A.J. Brown is a special player, not only because of his college production, but also due to his rare size for a wideout that occupies the slot. Don’t get me wrong, A.J. can play on the outside, but sharing the field with Damarkus Lodge and D.K. Metcalf allowed him to play in his most fitting role. When’s the last time you saw a 226 pound slot receiver? Honestly, I can’t name one. The most similar player in the NFL right now is probably JuJu, who measures in at 6’1 215, but even at that stature, Brown outweighs him by over 10 pounds and ran a faster 40 (4.49 to 4.52). Brown even laid a very JuJue-esque block (the one he pulled on Vontaze Burfict) against LSU this past season, further displaying the similarities in their games.
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.
Morgan could easily be the steal of the NFL Draft. He’s an older prospect, currently 22 years old (I can’t find what month he was born, I’ve been on my CIA shit looking everywhere and still nothing), and it shows in his tape. I don’t mean he’s got a hunchback like Antoine Wesley, or that he gets winded every two plays, I mean he’s extremely polished for a college receiver. Typically, older prospects are better route runners and have more on-field awareness simply because they have more experience, even if it’s just one additional year of football, and that’s certainly the case for Morgan. He’s extremely agile in his routes, allowing him to get in and out of breaks quickly and efficiently. This was put on display during the NFL Combine, where he posted an impressive 6.78 three-cone drill and 4.13 20 yard shuttle. To put that into perspective, Christian McCaffrey, one of the most laterally gifted players in the NFL, put up a 6.57 and 4.22 in each category. Standing at 6’ 202 pounds, Morgan displayed great lateral ability, landing him in the 84th percentile for Agility Score (per PlayerProfiler). He definitely translates this onto the field in creating separation, because for what he lacks in straight line speed, he certainly makes up for in quick moves catching corners off guard.
In pretty much any other draft class, Mitchell would be an unquestioned top-ten wide receiver prospect. He’s raw, for sure, but he showed flashes last season that points to him having the potential of a dynamic playmaker at the next level. DMitch is tall, fast, can create after the catch, and is versatile, but there are still things he needs to work on if he wants to be a real threat in the NFL.
Before the combine, nobody was talking about Boykin, and I don’t blame them. Before last year when he finally broke out at 21.9 years old (18th percentile per PlayerProfiler), he topped out at 12/253/2 in a season. Yeah…not great. Truth be told he was playing behind Equanimeous St. Brown in 2017, but other than he, there were no receivers of note on the Fighting Irish roster. Why did he not produce then?
Antoine Wesley is one of the more intriguing receivers in this class. First off, his athleticism is still sort of a question mark, as AW didn’t participate in the 40, but did partake in the other drills and tested out as mostly average (37 inch vertical at 6’4 is impressive but put up 6 reps on the bench and ran a 7.07 three cone drill). Along with this, Wesley also did absolutely nothing up until last season, but when he got his opportunity, he blew the fuck up like RiFF RAFF. Prior to A-Dub’s junior season, Wesley totaled 10 receptions, 137 yards, and 0 scores, all of which coming in his Sophomore campaign. How, then, did this poor-postured “athlete” become a 1,000+ yard receiver his team’s #1 option just one year later? Well, I may be able to explain.