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2016 NFL Draft – Top 10 Wide Receivers

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It’s difficult to accept, but the reality is that college football is nearing an end. We’re currently in the second year of the four-team playoff and there looks to be tons of drama.

The primary idea of the playoff was to make more teams happy, however, the final vote of this season could enrage more programs than ever imagined.

With all of that being said, let’s fast forward to the 2016 NFL Draft by seeing who are the top receivers of the class.

1. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss – After his gruesome leg injury last season, many were questioning if Treadwell would ever be the same.

Well, it appears to be safe to say his injury is way behind him at this point.

Standing at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, Treadwell provides a tough matchup for opponents due to his size and athleticism. He’s able to beat press coverage and while he doesn’t have elite top notch speed, he neglects that with his ability to go up and get the ball in tight coverage.

On the season, Treadwell has 68 catches for 1,002 yards to go along with seven touchdowns.

2. Michael Thomas, Ohio State – When it comes to production, Thomas would probably like to be more active.

Thomas has 45 catches for 651 yards and eight touchdowns.

However, forget his numbers for a second because this guy is tailor-made to succeed at the next level. He’s 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, but at his size, Thomas provides a legit deep ball threat, which will benefit some team looking to become more vertical down the field.

Also, Thomas isn’t afraid to go over the middle with his big frame.

3. Josh Doctson, TCU – The Horned Frogs are built on outscoring their opponents, which is something they do very well. A major part of their high powered offensive attack is none other than Josh Doctson.

Docton ranks in the top five in catches (79), receiving yards (1,327) and touchdowns (14).

The Texas native doesn’t have jaw dropping speed, but he makes up for it with sure hands and good route running.

There’s going to be questions of whether or not Doctson is a product of the system, but with that being said, Doctson still may be a first round selection.

4. Corey Coleman, Baylor – Unlike the previous prospects, Coleman is under six foot, as he stands at 5-foot-10, but don’t let his height fool you.

Coleman leads the nation in receiving touchdowns with 20.

Similar to Doctson, Coleman is the primary piece of a high octane offense in Waco. While his size isn’t ideal for the next level, he’s able to neglect a lot of that due to his elite speed and athleticism.

Here’s an example of his ability to go up and get it despite his size:

5. Will Fuller, Notre Dame – The Philadelphia native has turned into one of the best Notre Dame receivers in recent memory.

Last year, Fuller exploded onto the scene after snatching down 76 catches for over 1,000 yards to go along with 15 touchdowns.

Fuller isn’t going to blow you away with elite athleticism, but he understands angles and he’s very good at catching the ball in traffic.

At the next level, he’ll be an ideal possession receiver with the ability to go over the top depending on the matchup.

He’ll be a very safe pick in the second round.

6. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh – As a receiver, if you’re mentioned in the same sentence with Larry Fitzgerald, odds are you’re doing something good, which is the case with Boyd.

During his freshmen year at Pitt, Boyd broke Fitzgerald’s school record for receptions and yardage.

Boyd has ideal size at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.

He’ll need to hone his route running skills, but as far as raw talent, Boyd will be able to be a team’s number two receiver from day one.

7. Travis Dural, LSU – On the season, Dural only has 28 catches, but don’t let that number mislead you in anyway.

Dural does play on the same team as Heisman candidate, Leonard Fournette, who has rushed for over 1,500 yards already to go along with a whopping 17 touchdowns.

The LSU receiver is another guy in line with former Tiger standouts, such as Odell Beckham Jr., Dwayne Bowe, Jarvis Landry and etc.

Just like those guys, Dural is a physical player, who has the ability to line up anywhere on the field due to his speed.

8. Braxton Miller, Ohio State – This is only his first year at wide receiver and he’s already shown flashes of being an elite player at the position.

However, Miller still has tons to learn at the possession.

His route running isn’t the best by any stretch of the imagination, but when you access his raw talent, there’s not too many guys at this position better.

Give Miller the ball in the open field and he instantly becomes a threat to take it to distance.

9. Pharoh Cooper, South Carolina – The first thing that stands out here is his size of 5-foot-11, 208 pounds, but you have to dig a little deeper to get the full story.

You can’t play for the Gamecocks and be soft, it just doesn’t work like that. Cooper plays a lot bigger than his size, however, he still presents game changing type speed.

He’s one of those guys you can plug anymore on the field, which gives defensive coordinators headaches in preparation for Cooper.

As he preps for the next level, the obvious area he needs to work on is his route running. Beating his opponents one-on-one just based on speed will not come that easy on Sunday’s.

10. De’Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State – Size isn’t an issue when it comes to this Bulldogs standout.

The junior receiver stands tall at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds.

On the season, Wilson has 40 catches to go with eight touchdowns.

With his exceptional size, Wilson would look to be a great option in red zone situations.


About Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels

Mark Gunnels is an NFL columnist for Football Insiders. He has several years of experience covering the NFL and NCAA football. He's the radio color commentator for Lincoln University football. Mark's work has been featured on Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and Yard Barker.