To say a lot has gone into this would be an understatement.
While I am confident enough in my work ethic that I don’t feel the need to justify the length of my process, I felt as though some reflection was necessary.
I started 2019 NFL Draft prep on May 4th, 2018, just six days after the 2018 NFL Draft had concluded. On that day, I scouted three wide receivers from Ole Miss that I felt as though would be draftable talents: D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and Damarkus Lodge. More on those guys later.
Roughly three months later, The Draft Network was born on August 6th, 2018. If you remember, the early content on the site was ranking the position groups among Power-5 conferences. Unique content started on August 28th, 2018.
Since that day, you are currently reading my 139th piece of unique content. This is the 76th one that is focused on wide receivers.
To say that I am obsessed with the position would also be an understatement. Wide receiver is the position we all play growing up on the playground. I was blessed to take enough reps playing pick-up football that I could play the position at the high school level. I was even more fortunate enough that a college wanted me to play it, too. From the moment I was done playing, I began coaching wide receivers. I’m on my fourth year of coaching the position, and I learn something new about it every day.
I’ve essentially dedicated my life to wide receivers. It’s the thing I know best. From a coaching and scouting perspective, wide receiver play consumes my daily life.
Countless hours of coaches film study and note-taking went into forming this list. It won’t be perfect. There will be misses, as there always are. Hell, some of you are going to say my top ranked receiver is going to be a “bust.” Disagreements are okay, but I trust my process and my grading scale.
It’s important to note that I don’t try to force player comparisons just for the sake of having them. I look at pro player comparisons as realistic professionals who have similar body types, athleticism and play styles. I allow comparisons to happen organically, and if a name never comes to me, then I don’t give the prospect a comparison. That is why you will see pro player comparisons for some prospects, but not for others.
On average, around 33-34 wide receivers will be selected in each NFL Draft. While the number of draftable grades given out generally exceeds that number, it far surpassed it this year. The depth of the class in the middle and late rounds is remarkable in 2019, and the draft is flush with prospects who could become future contributors. Hence the 46 draftable grades that you’ll see below.
It’s important to remember that the round grade is more important than the overall ranking. With a class as strong and deep as this one, the player ranked 15th overall would've easily been in the top 10 just a year ago.
Here is the ranking of every wide receiver that I’ve scouted that has earned a draftable grade: