Ranking the top 10 wide receivers in 2022 NFL Draft


The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy provides his top 10 wide receivers in this year’s NFL draft, primarily based on evaluations and conversations with folks round the league:

1. Drake London, USC, 6-5, 210 kilos

Possession receiver and red-zone goal. Recovering from a fractured ankle, so questions linger about top-end velocity. Lines up inside and out of doors. Rips away contested catches with simple energy. Averaged 11 catches per recreation final season.

Overlooked at Ohio State behind the subsequent two on this checklist, however his jets outclassed even the quickest cornerbacks in the SEC after switch. Scored 11 touchdowns of 30 yards or extra — some on quick-hitters. Coming off a bowl-game ACL tear.

3. Garrett Wilson, Ohio State, 6-0, 192 kilos

YAC assault! Acceleration and energy to run by way of tackles means large yards after the catch. Inside/exterior versatility and the wide catch radius often related to larger receivers. Played his finest at the finish of final season.

Drake London and Jameson Williams
Drake London and Jameson Williams
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4. Chris Olave, Ohio State, 6-1, 188 kilos

Smooth route-runner with a knack for creating separation. First receiver a number of Ohio State quarterbacks seemed to when performs broke down. Ran a 4.39-second 40-yard sprint however scouts need him so as to add energy to counter press-man protection.

5. Treylon Burks, Arkansas, 6-3, 225 kilos

Led Power Five receivers with a 98.4 receiving grade on 20-plus yard targets, in accordance with Pro Football Focus. Drawing comparisons to Titans star A.J. Brown due to dimension/velocity mixture. Underperformed at NFL Scouting Combine.

6. Christian Watson, North Dakota State, 6-5, 208 kilos

Crushed the mix with the athleticism that may permit him to leap over protection. Still uncooked however work ethic suggests he’ll put in the time to shine off routes. Father was an NFL security.

7. John Metchie, Alabama, 6-0, 195 kilos

Watch the unbelievable footwork and short-area quickness on his whip route for the game-winning rating in opposition to Auburn. Understands leverage and will probably be a nightmare to cover in the slot when he recovers from ACL tear.

8. Jahan Dotson, Penn State, 5-11, 184 kilos

Undersized however elusive after the catch. Coming off a 91-catch season that highlighted his ball expertise, together with monitoring deep balls and a way of getting previous the sticks on the beneath ranges.

9. Skyy Moore, Western Michigan, 5-10, 195 kilos

Huge leap in manufacturing to 95-catch, 10-touchdown season in which he attacked the ball. Works the center of the subject and bounces up from large hits. Called “most underrated player in this draft” by ESPN analyst Mel Kiper Jr.

10. Alec Pierce, Cincinnati, 6-3, 213 kilos

Plays even sooner than his 4.41-second 40-yard sprint time. “Alabama was scared of him,” NBC Sports analyst Chris Simms mentioned. Should be highlighted in the purple zone. Won’t again down from hands-on physicality.

Late Riser

Watson: Left scouts buzzing after the Senior Bowl, the place his standing again flips weren’t his most spectacular feat. More well-rounded than anticipated. Averaged 26.4 yards per kickoff return, too.

Falling Fast

Metchie: Someone has to pay the worth for all the fast-rising non-Power Five receivers. Metchie isn’t getting sufficient credit score for what he does rather well when groups need to evaluate him to the many nice Alabama receivers of years previous.

Small-School Wonder

Jalen Tolbert, South Alabama, 6-1, 195 kilos

Had seven 100-yard receiving video games however saved his finest for final and for giant challenges, posting 17 catches for 334 yards and two touchdowns in opposition to Tennessee and Coastal Carolina in the remaining two video games.

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