Continuing our Weekly Roundup series, we’ll be looking at some of the best prospects at the wide receiver position and what we learned about them this week.
DJ MOORE – MARYLAND
The former Terrapin’s stock is going up since an impressive showing at the combine, and after another good showing at his pro day, it looks like he’ll be a 1st round pick and maybe even the first WR off the board when the draft rolls around. The Panthers are a potential landing spot for the athletic wideout, with OC Norv Turner watching his pro day workout like a hawk:
Panthers OC Norv Turner had DJ Moore run each of these routes at pro day. He seems to really like the Maryland WR. Rightfully so. pic.twitter.com/1AaOlANgsA
— TURRON DAVENPORT (@TDavenport_NFL) March 28, 2018
CALVIN RIDLEY – ALABAMA
Ridley has thus far been the consensus #1 WR in this draft class, a former 5 star recruit who had stellar production for the Crimson Tide. But an unremarkable combine performance added to the fact he will be an old rookie, entering the league at age 24, is making some people question his star potential as a pro. He was able to rebound in his pro day Wednesday, and during interviews guaranteed he’s in fact the best wide receiver of the class. Ridley still is the favorite to be the first WR selected in this year’s draft, but it’s not as safe a bet as it seemingly was prior to the combine.
Recruiting Rankings for 2018 NFL Draft WRs
#2 WR in 2015
118th Safety in 2014
#6 WR in 2015
234th WR in 2013
37th WR in 2014
70th WR in 2014
— NCAAF Nation (@NCAAFNation247) March 26, 2018
COURTLAND SUTTON – SMU
While Sutton had his pro day today, Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett worked extensively with him. The 6 foot 4, 218 pound WR had a great workout and is an intriguing prospect, but our draft specialist Brad Kelly doesn’t sound very optimistic about him on the latest Cover 1 podcast, despite believing he will be a first or second day selection.
Episode #53 @RussNFLDraft and @BradKelly17 discuss draft Options for #Panthers and #Rams, Take Your Pick Mock Draft, Midday 180 performances, Calvin Ridley, Courtland Sutton, D.J. Moore https://t.co/Y5DXBMt5As pic.twitter.com/egKbcEaE33
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) March 29, 2018
MICHAEL GALLUP – CSU
The talented all around wideout was able to improve on combine numbers at his pro day and is another possible first or second day pick in this draft.
Lowest drop rate in the red zone among the 2018 NFL Draft class at WR?
Of course that belongs to Michael Gallup! pic.twitter.com/HVW7uGF7h2
— PFF College (@PFF_College) March 26, 2018
ANTHONY MILLER – MEMPHIS
His pro day will be on April 10, and it will be interesting to see his 40 time. Miller is a dangerous weapon playing in the slot or outside, and his production in the red zone was truly on another level.
Red zone production for some of the top wide receivers in this draft class pic.twitter.com/i6pNZmaOsS
— Justis Mosqueda (@JuMosq) March 28, 2018
Miller had 11 touchdowns in the Red Zone in 2017, 6 of those were inside the 10 yard line. When Memphis needed a big play, they went obviously went to him. Here he is up against one of the best corners in the country Mike Hughes. Miller wins this matchup. pic.twitter.com/bIvwnT1K0b
— Cover 1 (@Cover1) January 22, 2018
Pettis is still struggling with an ankle injury suffered last November, which prevented him doing any combine or pro day drills. Despite not being able to take advantage of those opportunities, our own Brad Kelly has Pettis as his #1 WR in this class and believes someone will get tremendous value drafting him on day two or three.
Dante Pettis (WR1) vs Oregon State.
Hip drop + head/shoulders inside wins half man relationship. Lateral agility outside + high arm bar with “wipe past” back hip. Rise off outside foot + flip hips, extend towards highest point w/soft hands + tuck away from the DB. 2 ft. inbounds pic.twitter.com/jAcFNqb7OE
— Brad Kelly (@CoachBKelly) March 28, 2018
CHRISTIAN KIRK – TEXAS A&M
The former Aggie caught passes from Jhonny Manziel at his pro day, and it looks like they were able to help each other. Kirk’s being compared to the productive Lions WR Golden Tate, and is another interesting prospect in a deep 2018 WR class.
Christian Kirk was reliable in the receiving game for Texas A&M a season ago pic.twitter.com/8Cl330RGFF
— PFF College (@PFF_College) March 23, 2018
Washington was able to take advantage of his pro day, improving his vertical jump from 34.5 inches at the combine to an impressive 39 inches at his latest workout. His 4.5 speed isn’t lightning fast by any means, but this guy knows how to get open deep.
James Washington blew away the competition in terms of most deep receiving yards last season pic.twitter.com/KAveoTQKVy
— PFF College (@PFF_College) March 29, 2018
DJ CHARK – LSU
He will be holding his pro day next Wednesday and will surely be watched closely by all WR-needy teams. Chark, who impressed at the NFL Combine, has the best combination of size (6’3″) and speed (4.3) in this class.
LSU WR D.J. Chark (#7) checks all the boxes. Great size-speed ratio (6027/199/4.34, 40" VJ). Elite deep threat but more than just straight-line guy. Makes catches inside, dangerous RAC, and has returned punts. See the full variety here: https://t.co/t2R6WAI0Gu@DJChark82 pic.twitter.com/VTpOHIwgqt
— Kevin Brown (@KevinBrownNFL) March 30, 2018
This is really a deep group of talented guys, with other names like Penn State’s DaeSean Hamilton, Texas Tech tandem Keke Coutee and Dylan Cantrell, and others. It will be fun to follow these guys and see who ultimately finds the most success at the pro level.