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.
WR Ole Miss
DK Metcalf is going to be one of the very noticeable battleground players for the Film versus Metrics War. He’s big, athletic, and makes mind blowing highlight-reel plays, but he also has an injury history and doesn’t have the market share or production numbers people are looking for. Welcome to Thunderdome.
WR Ohio State
It’s easy to get lost in an explosive rushing offense like Ohio State’s— hell, it happened to Michael Thomas! This year, JK Dobbins and Mike Weber both command a ton of touches for the Buckeyes, but overlooking Parris Campbell would be a mistake.
WR NC State
The 2019 Class has been touted for (what seems like) the last five years, in no small part due to traditional X-type receivers. Kelvin Harmon is a little harder to peg; he’s some sliding combination of X and Z— a possession receiver with the ability to stretch the field and block,. Harmon is the type of player offensive coordinators dream about.
WR Arizona State
No one in the 2019 class has a higher ceiling than N’Keal Harry. (It seems strange to talk about potential for a player who has posted two straight thousand-yard seasons.) Harry is tall, he’s physical, and his production is off the chart.
WR Ole Miss
There is a lot of love being heaped on the Ole Miss receiving corps, with most of it heading toward the athletic upside of DK Metcalf. But there’s another, more productive member of the NWO (Nasty Wide Outs) lurking. Meet AJ Brown.