Rookie Wide Receivers

In-depth fantasy outlooks for all of the top wide receiver prospects entering the 2019 NFL Draft. Outlooks include player analysis, college stats, combine metrics, best team fit, fantasy ceiling and floor analysis, player comparisons projected draft round, projected draft team, highlight videos and full-game film.

Jamal Custis – Syracuse University

Jamal Custis of Syracuse is an intriguing study, BDGE fam. Very rarely do you see college players take a redshirt year in the middle of their college careers, but that’s exactly what Custis did in 2016. Honestly, it might sound weird but I really like Jamal Custis–way more than a prospect like Gary Jennings, Jr. of West Virginia who had significantly more college production. Here’s why. Tape doesn’t lie. I immediately fell in love with Custis tape from his senior season at Syracuse. The kid is oozing with potential out of every pore in his football body. He’s the definition of a late-bloomer and I think some lucky NFL team will get great value when they get this guy into training camp. In 2018, he was named Second Team All-ACC as a senior, after hauling in 51 catches for 906 yards and six touchdowns. I absolutely love his ability to track the ball through the air. He’s got good size at 6’4, 215 lbs. and really good size adjusted speed below on PlayerProfiler.com (88th percentile). He’s also really good at getting deep down the field and catching the football in a variety of positions. Little known, fact–in 2018, Jamal Custis led the damn ACC in deep receiving yards–according to PFF.

KeeSean Johnson – Fresno State University

When KeeSean Johnson (different spelling than Keyshawn Johnson) broke Davante Adams’ school receptions record at Fresno State–it immediately got my attention. Johnson left Fresno State as not only as the school’s all-time leader in receptions (275) but receiving yards as well (3,468). A highly skilled route runner with exceptional hands, I look for Johnson to make a name for himself in the National Football League. His profile on PlayerProfiler is underwhelming to say the least. It’s actually horrible–but the PlayerProfiler is only a small piece to the scouting puzzle, BDGE fam. I go by the old adage that film does not fucking lie. Johnson’s tape speaks for itself. His gorgeous route running and exceptionally strong hands will make you fall in love with his ability to win at all areas of the football field. He’s a natural hands catcher who is excellent at plucking the football out of the air away from his body. He’s also excellent at contorting his body in mid-air and fighting for the contested catch. Some draft analysts even think Johnson could have the best hands of any receiver in the 2019 draft class. The man is special. It’s a beautiful thing to see. In watching his tape/highlights–he’s a much better athlete than his profile on PlayerProfiler.com (below) would lead you to believe.

Gary Jennings, Jr. – West Virginia University

He teamed up with Will Grier and David Sills V to form one of the most explosive passing attacks in all of college football the past few years–taking an absolute blowtorch to the pitiful defensive backs of the Big 12. Jennings, Jr. did most of his damage from the slot, his 917 yards in the slot in 2018 rank him 7th of any WR in the 2019 NFL Draft Class. Big.Facts.Only. He averaged 17 yards per catch this season (2018)–performing as one of the better receivers in the Big 12 this season. Tested out with pretty damn good measurables at the combine with 4.42 speed and a 37-inch vert. For those kind of measurables–I still don’t think the tape is as good as it should be. Jennings, Jr.’s lack of creativity in the open field really frustrates me for a guy with this level of straight line speed. It likely has to do with his shitty ass 3 cone drill time (slower than Tom Brady). His shuttle time was also–shitty–running a 4.15–which by the way is not that much faster than Brady-who ran a 4.38. Simply said, fam, if you ask Gary Jennings Jr. to run straight ahead, then you’re fine, anything outside of that and it’s not going to be pretty because his change of direction skills are flat out SHIT .

Olamide Zaccheaus – University of Virginia

Olamide Zaccheaus–WR–Virginia–This is such an insanely deep wide receiver class that it’s easy for hidden gems like Virginia’s Olamide Zaccheaus (5’8, 190 lbs.) to get lost in the mix. Nicknamed “O” at Virginia, Zaccheaus was truly one of the fastest, most explosive, and most versatile receivers in all of college football during his four years at Virginia. He hauled in 250 catches for 2,753 receiving yards–in doing so cemented his legacy as one of the best receivers ever to suit up in Charlottesville, Virginia. He owns the school record at Virginia in five major stat categories: catches (250), receptions in a single-season (85 in 2017, 93 in 2018), kick return yards in a single game (231 yards vs. Boise State) receiving yards in a single game (247 yards vs. Ohio), career receptions of 80 plus yards or more (3). Did I also mention that his 2,753 receiving yards rank second in school history? Trust me when I say this man makes me weak in the fucking knees!

N’Keal Harry – Arizona State University

N’Keal Harry is one of the most intriguing draft prospects in 2019. First off, he’s 6’2 228 lbs, so you’d think he’s a typical alpha x-receiver who wins in contested catch situations. Well, you’d be right about that, but his extreme versatility is what really sets him apart. Not only is he used heavily in quick screens where he can display his elite footwork and YAC ability, he also showed to be an effective kick returner throughout his time at ASU. In 2018, he took one of his 9 returns to the house and averaged nearly 17 yards per return. How many 230 pound receivers do you see returning kicks, let alone finding paydirt from them? If you’re still trying to muster up an answer, I’ll help you out; it’s ZERO. His rare blend of size, elusiveness, and field vision at that size make him an elite and unique talent that will make an immediate impact in the league.