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.
The worst thing about CeeDee Lamb is that he plays in Oklahoma’s single-read offense. When the play is designed to go to his side, Lamb is a joy to watch.
WR Fresno State
When I think of Fresno State, it immediately conjures up images of Jerry Tarkanian and his towel; KeeSean Johnson turning a defender on a double move is now a close second. His progression as a player is obvious with a glance at his statistics: Johnson increased his receptions, yardage, and touchdowns each year with the Bulldogs.
WR Malone University
Ashton Dulin is Bigfoot; barely more than a whispered myth, caught only on grainy, poorly shot film. And much like any legendary creature, the stories are rooted in truth.
Splash plays get headlines and highlight reels, but most production comes from consistently doing the little things well. Stanley Morgan pays attention to the minutiae.
There is not a more decorated wide receiver in this class; Renfrow has played in three National Championship games (winning two) and scored four touchdowns in those games including a game winner against Alabama in 2016. But none of that matters now.
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.