Wide Receiver Rankings 2021 NFL Draft

WIDE RECEIVER RANKING 2021 NFL DRAFT

The 2021 NFL Draft class is crowded with quality NFL wide receiver prospects and on par with recent exceptional classes, with five players worthy of first-round grades on our draft board. The main debate is at the top, where Alabama’s DeVonta Smith and LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase are battling to be the best and thus first receiver taken.

 

Smith became the first non-quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy since 2015 and helped lead Alabama to another college national championship - most consider his 2020 performance the best by any college player this season. Despite this, he is ranked #2 on our board, with the more freakish athlete Chase slightly ahead.

 

It would be a major surprise if at least three weren't taken in the first half of the draft. The group is rounded out with several other blue-chip prospects, Jaylen Waddle, Rondale Moore, and Rashod Bateman, all worthy of eventual NFL starting roles.

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LAST UPDATED: 01/19/2024

Player Rankings - Wide Receiver

# Player Pos Team Weight Height 40YD AVG POS RANK AVG OVR RANK Rating Summary
1

Ja'Marr
Chase

WR
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208lbs 6-0 4.34 1 4.6
94.0
Projects to be the first receiver to hear his name called in the 2021 draft and almost certain to be a top 10 pick. Was the favorite target...
2

DeVonta
Smith

WR
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170lbs 6-0 4.48 66 211.5
93.0
3

Jaylen
Waddle

WR
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182lbs 5-10 4.29 3 10.9
91.0
Another Crimson Tide receiver looking to get selected alongside teammate DeVonta Smith (and to follow in the footsteps of Henry Ruggs and...
4

Rashod
Bateman

WR
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195lbs 6-1 4.41 4 20.7
90.0
One of the more intriguing  WR prospects in the 2021 draft, Bateman has good size and build and couples that with good route running...
5

Dyami
Brown

WR
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185lbs 6-1 4.44 16 109.7
89.0
Dyami Brown exploded on to the scene in 2019 with Sam Howell playing quarterback at UNC, as he received third-team All-ACC honors by...
6

Elijah
Moore

WR
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185lbs 5-9 4.35 13 82.4
88.0
Moore has blossomed at Ole Miss in 2020 following the arrival of coach Lane Kiffin and he will carry that positive momentum into the draft...
7

Kadarius
Toney

WR
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193lbs 6-0 4.39 11 66.3
87.0
Toney enjoyed a breakout season in 2020 putting up 70 receptions for 984 yards and 10 touchdowns (and he has also been productive as part...
8

Tutu
Atwell

WR
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165lbs 5-9 4.42 12 81.6
86.0
A tiny receiver (just 5'9") Tutu joins a large and talented crop of WR prospects in this year's draft. After a breakout year in 2019 he had...
9

Terrace
Marshall Jr....

WR
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200lbs 6-3 4.40 7 42.8
85.0
Marshall comes from a program that has seen its fair share of quality receivers entering the NFL and he will be hoping to follow in their...
10

Rondale
Moore

WR
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180lbs 5-9 4.28 5 30.1
82.0
Small but electric Moore can do a bit of everything and do it very well. He is solidly built and hard to bring down. Has been compared to...
11

Tylan
Wallace

WR
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190lbs 6-0 4.48 10 60.6
82.0
Wallace has played in an air raid system and as such has been asked to run only a limited variety of routes - though he has been effective...
12

Sage
Surratt

WR
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212lbs 6-3 4.66 18 111.7
81.0
Sage Surratt is one of those people that seems to be naturally good at pretty much everything - he was even slated to go to Harvard before...

2021 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Wide Receiver

We've compared players post combine 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.

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2021 NFL Draft Athleticism Chart - Wide Receiver

We've compared players 40 times and weight and charted them on the scatter chart below. You'll find the 40 time on the Y-axis and on the X-axis the weight in pounds.
The exceptional athletic freaks (determined by the combination of speed vs weight) will be found at the top right of the chart while the less impressive athletes will be sitting towards the bottom left.