Building The Perfect Wide Receiver Prospect

It’s been well documented that the 2019 NFL Draft wide receiver class is deep and diverse. With so much talent and so many varied skill sets, building the perfect wide receiver prospect is a way to highlight the best traits amongst the class.

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Physical Profile: Hakeem Butler

Hakeem Butler’s measurables at the NFL Scouting Combine would make Calvin Johnson proud. With height, length, a broad frame and proper thickness distributed throughout his body, Butler has the look of a created player. Butler’s measurements were as followed, accompanied by their percentiles among wide receiver prospects:

Height: 6’5 ⅜ (98th percentile)

Weight: 227 pounds (95th percentile)

Wingspan: 83 ⅞” (98th percentile)

Arm Length: 35 ¼” (99th percentile)

Hand Size: 10 ¾” (98th percentile)

Athletic Profile: Miles Boykin

Not too far behind Butler in the size department, Miles Boykin checked in at 220 pounds. Most wide receivers his size will run a bit slower or be less explosive than their smaller counterparts. But, that wasn’t the case with Boykin. With excellent straight-line speed, explosiveness and agility, these were Boykin’s testing numbers from the NFL Scouting Combine (accompanied with their percentiles among wide receiver prospects):

Weight: 220 pounds (88th percentile)

40-yard dash: 4.42s (83rd percentile)

Vertical: 43 ½” (98th percentile)

Broad Jump: 140” (99th percentile)

Three-Cone Drill: 6.77s (77th percentile)

Short Shuttle: 4.07s (86th percentile)

Vertical explosiveness: D.K. Metcalf

For his size, D.K. Metcalf’s acceleration and explosiveness out of his stance is otherworldly. His work in a straight-line is the main cause of his success as a vertical threat. That explosiveness led to Metcalf’s insane 4.33s 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Honorable Mention: Emanuel Hall

Speed: Mecole Hardman

Hardman is lightning in a straight-line, but I love his ability to maintain speed while bending, cutting or adjusting his running path.

Watch him in the slot right on both of these plays:

Honorable Mention: Marquise Brown

Hands: Hunter Renfrow

Hunter Renfrow racked up 186 receptions in his career at Clemson, showing incredible adjustments and consistent hands. The crazy part is that Renfrow has the second smallest hand size ever measured at the NFL Scouting Combine, regardless of position. Nonetheless, the ball never seems to find the ground when it’s thrown in Renfrow’s direction.

Honorable Mention: KeeSean Johnson

Body Control: Damarkus Lodge

Lodge is a legitimate acrobat in the air, able to contort his body and adjust to any ball placement. Whether attacking the high point, remaining inbounds along the boundary or adjusting to the ball thrown behind him, Lodge’s body control expands his catch radius.

Honorable Mention: N’Keal Harry

Route Running: Stanley Morgan Jr.

Stanley Morgan Jr. has the most nuanced, varied route running in the class. With above average explosiveness through route breaks, technical refinement and the awareness to alter his stems based on defensive coverages.

Honorable Mention: Deebo Samuel

Catch Radius: J.J. Arcega-Whiteside

There is no defense for a JJ Arcega-Whiteside jump ball. The former basketball player uses a box out technique and full extension to the catchpoint to really expand his catch radius.

Honorable Mention: Antoine Wesley

Elusiveness: Parris Campbell

Campbell was used as Ohio State’s underneath, screen and jet sweep threat, and for good reason. He ruins the angles of the defense, while being equally shifty in short areas.

Honorable Mention: Marquise Brown

Ball Skills: A.J. Brown

AJ Brown performed well enough in limited contested spots at Ole Miss, but I like his conscious effort to always be extending away from his frame to make receptions. The ball almost never comes into his body.

Honorable Mention: Riley Ridley

Stalk Blocking: Travis Fulgham

Fulgham has all of the necessary tools to be a great blocker; size, strength and physicality. What separates him from others is his technique and motor, which is consistently clearing space for the ball carrier.

Honorable Mention: Kelvin Harmon

Technical Prowess: Jakobi Meyers

Meyers crisp footwork and natural cuts allows him to create passing windows with excruciating consistency, despite less than ideal speed. These traits will make him a third-down threat at the next level.

Honorable Mention: Anthony Johnson

Releases/Beating Press Coverage: Terry McLaurin

McLaurin has the necessary speed and agility to thrive through the contact window. His experience as a punt gunner gives him a natural feel for closing space down and hand usage while facing press coverage.

Honorable Mention: David Sills V

Written By:

Brad Kelly

NFL Draft Analyst

NFL Draft Analyst for The Draft Network. Wide Receivers Coach at Salve Regina University. Salve Regina Football ‘15.

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