Slot receivers aren’t sexy. (At least, that’s what the Dynasty Community continues to convince itself.) Every year, players like AJ Brown, Cooper Kupp, and Justin Jefferson get pushed down rookie draft boards because they win from the inside.
Whiteside feels bigger than 6-2”, largely because of how physical he plays. (Sometimes it seems like an extra tight end inadvertently walked onto the field.) In fact, Whiteside does everything so big that one out of every five catches in his career went for a touchdown.
WR Ole Miss
The third member of Ole Miss’s NWO trio, DaMarkus Lodge, is far less heralded than his teammates. He hauled in 65 catches for 877 yards in 2018, but still remains in the shadows of AJ Brown and DK Metcalf.
When turning over stones to find draft prospects, it’s always a good idea to check up at that MAC powerhouse, the University at Buffalo; Anthony Johnson was a nice surprise.
That’s not a typo, Marquise “Hollywood” Brown is listed at 165 pounds. (The technical term is teeny weeny.) In spite of his size, Brown has rolled off consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, capped off by a 75 catch, 10 touchdown effort in 2018.
Scientists familiar with the Earth’s history have isolated the Brunhes-Matuyama reversal (780,000 years ago) as the last time the magnetic north and south flipped, but the polarity of Riley Ridley’s prospects as an NFL wideout is threatening to turn the world on its head again.
WR Wake Forest
Greg Dortch is carrying the stain of being a slot-receiver with him into this draft season. He is definitely designed to attack from the slot, and that’s ok. Embrace it.
Two or three DraftTwitter darlings always manage to emerge from the Senior Bowl; this year, one of them is Andy Isabella, a slightly undersized, unassuming wideout from the University of Massachusetts. Don’t be fooled into judging this book by its cover though; Isabella caught 102 balls for nearly 1,700 yards this season.
WR South Carolina
If your thing is wideouts with speed to burn and ability to stretch a defense to its limits, I’d like to introduce you to Deebo Samuel.
WR Iowa State
It’s hard to put Hakeem Butler into a neat wide-receiver box, (partially because finding a box that big is impossible,) but mostly because of the way he plays.