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2021 NFL DRAFT: Top 50 Wide Receivers Ranked

@zack zander ranks his Top 50 Wide Receivers for the 2021 NFL Draft, and gives strengths, weaknesses, and pro comparisons.

The NFL draft is finally here, and by far the deepest position in the draft is wide receiver. Player film has never been more important, and I dive deep into each prospects full archive of tape. I rank the top 50 wide receivers, and tier them based on talent. Strengths, and weaknesses are listed that I identified from game tape, and Pro Comparisons are given for the top 35.

TIER 1

1. Ja’Marr Chase-LSU

Strengths: Release, strength, and body control.

Weakness: One year of production.

Pro Comparison- Antonio Brown

2. DeVonta Smith-Alabama

Strengths: Quickness, route running, and run after catch.

Weakness: Strength.

Pro Comparison- Steffon Diggs

Credit: Vasha Hunt | AP Photo

TIER 2

3. Terrace Marshall Jr.-LSU

Strengths: Contested catch, length, and speed.

Weaknesses: Route running, and durability.

Pro Comparison- Demaryius Thomas

4. Jaylen Waddle-Alabama

Strengths: Acceleration, agility, and run after catch.

Weakness: Contested catch.

Pro Comparison- Santana Moss

5. Rashod Bateman-Minnesota

Strengths: Release, and route running.

Weakness: None.

Pro Comparison- Adam Thielen

Credit: AP Photo/Stacy Bengs

6. Rondale Moore-Purdue

Strengths: Agility, acceleration, run after catch, and kick return.

Weaknesses: Size, and contested catch.

Pro Comparison- Percy Harvin

TIER 3

7. Kadarius Toney-Florida

Strengths: Run after catch, agility, and acceleration.

Weaknesses: Route running, and contested catch.

Pro Comparison- Deebo Samuel

8. Amon-Ra St. Brown-USC

Strengths: Route running, catching.

Weakness: Speed.

Pro Comparison- Robert Woods

9. Tylan Wallace-Oklahoma State

Strengths: Hands, and route running.

Weaknesses: Acceleration, and durability.

Pro Comparison: Tyler Boyd

Credit: profootballnetwork.com

10. Elijah Moore-Ole Miss

Strengths: Acceleration, agility, and route running.

Weaknesses: Contested catch, and release.

Pro Comparison- Brandin Cooks

11. Seth Williams-Auburn

Strengths: Contested catch and body control.

Weaknesses: Hands, and acceleration.

Pro Comparison- DeVante Parker

12. Tamorrion Terry-Florida State

Strengths: Speed, and deep routes.

Weaknesses: Hands, and release.

Pro Comparison- Martavis Bryant

TIER 4

13. Dyami Brown-North Carolina

Strengths: Acceleration, and agility.

Weaknesses: Release, and contested catch.

Pro Comparison- Sterling Sheppard

14. Amari Rodgers-Clemson

Strengths: Run after catch, and agility.

Weaknesses: Release, and contested catch.

Pro Comparison- Golden Tate

15. Demetric Felton-UCLA

Strengths: Acceleration, run after catch, and agility.

Weaknesses: Route running, contested catch, and release.

Pro Comparison- Randall Cobb

Credit: AP Photo/Rusty Costanza

16. Chatarius Atwell-Louisville

Strengths: Acceleration, agility, and route running.

Weaknesses: Size, strength, and contested catch.

Pro Comparison- Az-Zahir Hakim

17. D’Wayne Eskridge-Western Michigan

Strengths: Acceleration, and run after catch.

Weaknesses: Contested catch, and strength.

Pro Comparison- John Brown

18. Shi Smith-South Carolina

Strengths- Quickness, and agility.

Weaknesses: Strength, and durability.

Pro Comparison- Tyler Lockett

19. Jaelon Darden-North Texas

Strengths: Run after catch, and agility.

Weaknesses: Strength, and release.

Pro Comparison- Phillip Dorsett

TIER 5

20. Dez Fitzpatrick-Louisville

Strengths: Body control, and route running.

Weaknesses: Hands, and strength.

Pro Comparaison- Rashad Higgins

21. Josh Palmer-Tennessee

Strength: Contested catch.

Weaknesses: Acceleration, and agility.

Pro Comparison- Tim Patrick

22. Ihmir Smith-Marsette-Iowa

Strengths: Acceleration, and deep routes.

Weaknesses: Strength, and release.

Pro Comparison- Darius Slayton

Credit: AP Photo/ Charlie Neibergall

23. Austin Watkins-UAB

Strengths: Hands, and strength.

Weaknesses: Speed, and agility.

Pro Comparison- Pierre Garcon

24. Nico Collins-Michigan

Strengths: Contested catch, and deep routes.

Weaknesses: Release, and agility.

Pro Comparison- Allen Lazzard

25. Jonathan Adams Jr.-Arkansas State

Strength: Contested catch.

Weaknesses: Acceleration, and run after catch.

Pro Comparison- Josh Reynolds

26. Sage Surratt-Wake Forest

Strength: Contested Catch.

Weakness: Speed.

Pro Comparison- Travis Fulgham

27. Dazz Newsome-North Carolina

Strengths: Acceleration, and run after catch.

Weaknesses: Strength, and contested catch.

Pro Comparison- Keelan Cole

28. Frank Darby-Arizona State

Strengths: Hands, and strength.

Weaknesses: Acceleration, and run after the catch.

Pro COmparison- Quintez Cephus

TIER 6

29. Tyler Vaughns-USC

Strength: Contested catch.

Weaknesses: Acceleration, and strength.

Pro Comparison- Justin Hunter

30. Cornell Powell-Clemson

Strength: Acceleration.

Weaknesses: Route running, and run after the catch.

Pro Comparison- James Washington

31. Marquez Stevenson-Houston

Strength: Acceleration.

Weaknesses: Strength, and contested catch.

Pro Comparison- Marqise Lee

32. Anthony Schwartz-Auburn

Strengths: Speed, and acceleration.

Weaknesses: Hands, route running, and contested catch.

Pro Comparison- Devin Smith

33. Marlon Williams-UCF

Strength: Hands

Weakness: Acceleration, and run after catch.

Pro Comparison- Quincy Enunwa

34. Warren Jackson-Colorado State

Strength: Contested catch.

Weaknesses: Acceleration, and agility.

Pro Comparison- Devin Funchess

Credit: 247sports.com

35. Trevon Grimes-Florida

Strength: Speed.

Weaknesses: route running, and hands.

Pro Comparison- Equanimeous St. Brown

TIER 7

36. Dillon Stoner-Oklahoma State

37. T.J. Vasher-Texas Tech

38. Damonte Coxie-Memphis

39. Josh Imatorbhebhe-Illinois

40. Jhamon Ausbon-Texas A&M

41. Tarik Black-Texas

42. Damon Hazelton-Missouri

43. Cade Johnson-South Dakota State

44. Michael Strachan-Charleston

45. Rico Bussey Jr.-Hawaii

46. Simi Fehoko-Stanford

47. Whop Philyor-Indiana

48. Brennan Eagles-Texas

49. Adrian Hardy-Louisiana Tech

50. Dax Milne-BYU

Overview

The depth of the 2021 NFL Draft Wide Receiver class is as deep as any class I have studied, and fully expect 35 plus receivers drafted. Tier one is elite, but tier two, and three all flash elite tendencies, and should be drafted before day two is over. Players in tier four, and five could easily be rated higher in a weaker classes, but will still have every opportunity to become successful NFL contributors. 2021 will be the perfect year to collect WR depth in rookie drafts, and watch as players in tier four, and five develop into fantasy assets in the coming years.

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