Chris Hogan started games for the Jets at wide receiver in 2020. Yes the same Chris Hogan who recently declared his candidacy for the Premier Lacrosse League Draft. Outside of Denzel Mims this position group needs a massive overhaul and the Jets should be aggressive in free agency as well as the draft. After “Grinding” the film here are my top 10 WR’s for the 2021 draft.
#1: Devonta Smith – WR, Alabama | Age 22 | Pro Comparison: Marvin Harrison
Smith is 6″1 175 lbs. He is not a burner with 4.3 speed but he all he does is get open. Smith has the best hands in the class can play both in the slot and outside and he can run every route. When the famous Alabama Four all played together in 2019 Smith outproduced Jeudy and Ruggs with 1256 yards and 14 TD’s went back to school and finished with 1856 yards 23 TD’s in 2020. I do not think Smith has the highest ceiling of the top WR’s in this class but I am confident 15 years from now when his career is over he is just going to be a guy who racks up 10,000 plus career yards and 50+ TDs.
#2: Ja’Marr Chase – WR, LSU | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: AJ Brown
Chase dominated college football in 2019 during LSU’s going for 1780 yards and 20 TD’s. He is so physical as a WR constantly bullying opposing corners and dominating at the catch point. He is great after the catch and constantly breaks tackles like a power RB would. Chase is a bona fide WR1 at the next level and is going to be really good for a really long time.
#3: Jaylen Waddle – WR, Alabama | Age 22 | Pro Comparison: Santanna Moss
Waddle is a dynamic WR. He has real 4.2 speed and his shiftiness and ability to change direction made him impossible to cover in college. He is the most dangerous WR in this class with the ball in his hands consistently eliminating angles on defenders and leaving them in the dust. If Waddle can put together a full route tree there is no one with a higher ceiling in this class.
#4: Rashod Bateman WR, Minnesota | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Allen Robinson
Bateman has the most extensive route tree and the best releases off the line of any WR in this class. He has got ideal size at 6’2 210 lbs. and can consistently win on the outside as well as in the slot. Bateman has more juice after the catch then he gets credit for. Bateman is going to be a high level X WR at the next level and should hit the ground running from day 1.
#5: Elijah Moore – WR, Ole Miss | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Brandin Cooks
Moore exploded this year with Lane Kiffins arrival in Oxford going for 1193 yards and 8 TDs in just 8 games. Moore can consistently win at all 3 levels, is amazing after the catch, and is really good at contested catch situations especially for a smaller WR at 5″9 185. I love Moore and will be tweeting non stop for the Jets to take him on Day 2 as he is perfect for this offense and would pair excellently with Denzel Mims.
#6: Rondale Moore – WR, Purdue | Age 20 | Pro Comparison: Steve Smith
Moore might be the biggest wildcard in this whole class. He exploded as a true freshmen in 2018 going for 1471 yards from scrimmage and 14 TDs but soft tissue injuries limited him to only 7 games the following 2 years. Moore is a freak athlete with 4.3 speed and incredible play strength inside a 5″9 185 pound body. He was used in a mostly gadget role at Purdue with a majority of his targets coming within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage. He is dynamic after the catch with tremendous burst and agility making him a threat to score every time he touches the ball. The injuries are concerning and Moore needs to diversify his route tree a little more but he can a really exciting skill player at the next level for any team.
#7: Dyami Brown – WR, UNC | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Michael Gallup
Brown is a pure vertical threat in every sense of the world. He ran an almost exclusive vertical route tree at UNC averaging 20 yards a catch and going for over 1000 yards in 2019 and 2020. Brown does not have the typical top end speed deep threats have but he does a fantastic job tracking the ball and winning at the catch point for a smaller WR at 6 FT 185 lbs. I think Brown was unfairly put in a box at UNC as he is a really willing blocker in the run game and showed some real juice after the catch when given the opportunity. At the next level his ability to win vertically is always going to be a threat and I think that is going to make it easier for him to snap off intermediate routes and Brown will be a really good WR who can win at all 3 levels.
#8: Terrace Marshall Jr – WR, LSU | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: DJ Chark
Terrance Marshall is your carbon copy height, weight, speed WR. At 6″3 200 lbs. Marshall can fly and really blossomed as a number one option in 2020 after being a secondary player on the 2019 LSU championship team. Marshall is a real position less WR as he can play X, Z, or in the slot at the next level. Marshall has a real nose for the end zone as he reeled in 23 TDs the past 2 seasons where 24 percent of his total receptions were TDs. Marshall is just a rock solid WR prospect whose versatility is going to be very attractive to a lot of NFL teams.
#9: Kadarius Toney – WR, Florida | Age 22 | Pro Comparison: Santonio Holmes
Toney finally broke out as a senior at Florida going for 1145 yards from scrimmage. Toney is a human joystick his acceleration and shiftiness make him an absolute nightmare to deal with when he has got the ball in his hands. Toney was used in a gadget role at Florida and he is going to have to expand his route tree to be impactful at the next level. Toney needs some polish to his game but if he straighten that out he is going to be a fun one to watch for a long time.
#10: Tylan Wallace – WR, Oklahoma State | Age 21 | Pro Comparison: Jarvis Landry
Wallace rebounded nicely from his 2019 knee injury and showed everyone that he had not lost anything in 2020. Wallace is explosive off the line of scrimmage creating separation early and often. He is really good at contested catches especially being only 5’11 190 lbs. which just exemplifies the toughens he plays with at every snap. Wallace needs to be more dynamic with the ball in his hands in his hands as he is going to be a guy who works primarily in the short/ intermediate game but if he can improve on that he is going to be a really nice WR2-WR3 at the next level.