WIDE RECEIVER RANKINGS 2023 NFL DRAFT
Of late the draft's receiver classes have become a consistent bounty of NFL-level talent capable of making an impact from day one with 11 being selected in the first round over the past two years. This year is no different where we have rated no less than six wideouts as worthy of first-round consideration.
The class is led by two potential top ten picks in the shape of Ohio State's Jaxon Smith-Njigba and LSU's Kayshon Boutte.
Smith-Njigba has put up crazy numbers for the Buckeyes in 2021 despite officially being listed as the third receiver behind Olave and Garret Wilson and this year could become even more productive as he becomes the number one target for CJ Stroud
Kayshon Boutte is probably the most explosive receiver in the class, he's got legit 4.40 speed with the body control and hands to match. The former five-star recruit hasn't been super productive thus far in his career - so this season will be massive for him
After the top two there are a few players with first-round grades - led by Jordan Addison from USC. He's got all the speed you look for at the position and in 2021 put up a huge 1593 Yds in the air for USC. The only thing holding him back from being an elite prospect is his somewhat limited 180lb frame.
Josh Downs from North Carolina (5-10 180) could well be one of the fastest players in the 2023 draft. Like Addison, he's been very productive, and possesses elite sprinter's speed but lacks the bulk - likely limiting him to a slot-only role in the pros.
Rounding out the list of the best available we have Oklahoma's Marvin Mims and the big-bodied Quentin Johnson from TCU. But don't be shocked to see another prospect appear out of nowhere though - in a similar fashion to how Jameson Williams exploded onto the scene after transferring to Alabama last year.