2017 Rookies: Wide Receivers

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Ok, it’s time to break down the 2017 Rookie Wide Receivers coming out of this 2017 NFL Draft Class! The running backs, quarterbacks and tight ends will soon follow, and note the Dynasty and Redraft Rankings have these players already slotted in! So check those out as well!

The Elite

1. Corey Davis WR | Western Michigan

1. Corey Davis WR | Western Michigan

Size: 6-3, 205 lbs
NFL Comparable: Josh Gordon/Corey Coleman mix
Fantasy Upside: Eventual Top 5-10WR
2/1/17: Corey Davis is a beast in the making; he has both the speed and the hands to become an eventual top 5-10 fantasy wide receiver. The kid is as explosive, physical, quick and strong, and he can easily take a short-yardage catch and turn it into an 80-yard touchdown. He is the kind of player that can easily pulling double-digit TDs in a single season, something that separates the elite WR1-type fantasy wide receivers from the low-end WR1-type fantasy wide receivers. If any receiver in this draft class can turn into the next Odell Beckham, it’s Corey Davis. The guy pulled in 97 receptions in 2016 for 1,500 yards and 19TDs. He is an end zone machine and has off-the-chart talents across the board. Some receivers in this draft class, or other draft classes in the past have a couple elite skills that could easily have them flirting with eventual fantasy WR1-type upside… well, Coleman has have elite ability in all areas of this game, to the point where it would be an absolute shock to me if he didn’t turn into an absolute fantasy stud.

2. Mike Williams WR | Clemson

2. Mike Williams WR | Clemson

Size: 6-3, 205 lbs
NFL Comparable: Julio Jones/Mike Evans mix
Fantasy Upside: Eventual Top 5-10WR
2/1/17: Mike Williams is the real deal, a receiver capable of becoming an elite fantasy WR1 within his first 1-2 years in the NFL. In 2016, Williams pulled in 98 receptions for 1,361 and 11TDs. His game reminds me of a slower Julio Jones, and while the word ‘slower’ might make you think negatively about his upside/ceiling, keep in mind that he has some unique attributes that make him uniquely-different than most every receiver coming out of this 2017 NFL Draft class. Williams plays taller than 6-3, as he stretches out like someone that looks 6-5. When a receiver can outreach any defensive back, not being the fastest player on the field becomes less of an issue. Think Mike Evans, a guy in the NFL that is currently dominating defensive backs, yet he is doing it with contact and not breakaway situations. That’s exactly how you should view Williams. While he won’t consistently go untouched on streaks to the end zone, he will be one of the biggest red zone targets for any team he lands on. Areas of improvement are definitely his hands and his speed, but these will not hold him back, and he can obviously improve upon these areas. Consider this kid a potential fantasy WR1 of the future with upside to eventually be a top 10-15 overall fantasy player.

The Rest: WRs 3-16

John Ross WR, Washington

Size: 5-11, 190 lbs
NFL Comparable: Brandin Cooks

2/1/17: John Ross is fast, and I mean fast. No one will catch him once he’s out in open field, and he has both a great nose for the end zone and solid hands. He is quite undersized, though. While size no longer caps the upside of fantasy football wide receivers, it’s still something to overcome, as it’s still somewhat rare to be both small and elite at the receiver position. It can be done and this kid’s landing spot could vault him up into the “Elite” class above. Stay tuned for his landing spot, which we will know soon enough during the 2017 NFL Draft.
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More

JuJu Smith-Schuster WR, Southern Cal
Curtis Samuel WR, Ohio State
Dede Westbrook WR, Oklahoma
Malachi Dupre WR, LSU
Noah Brown WR, Ohio State
Cooper Kupp WR, Eastern Washington
ArDarius Stewart WR, Alabama
Isaiah Ford WR, Virginia Tech
Amara Darboh WR, Michigan
Zay Jones WR, East Carolina
Isaiah Ford WR, Virginia Tech
Amara Darboh WR, Michigan
Zay Jones WR, East Carolina

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