2017 NFL Draft: Top 5 Wide Receiver Ranking

Dec 2, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver Corey Davis (84) runs the ball for a td in the first half against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver Corey Davis (84) runs the ball for a td in the first half against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /
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Dec 2, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver Corey Davis (84) runs the ball for a td in the first half against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 2, 2016; Detroit, MI, USA; Western Michigan Broncos wide receiver Corey Davis (84) runs the ball for a td in the first half against the Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports /

1.) Corey Davis

A natural, precise route runner in a lanky frame. They’ll line him up all around the field and set him loose.  Possesses well above average athleticism for the position. Has great get off on the line of scrimmage and can run by corners in the open field. Has a natural, long stride like a sprinter.

The best route runner in this class, bar none. He does a great job of getting off the ball against press coverage through both clean footwork and great use of hands.

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Never sells out his routes, has a knack for setting up the corners before he creates separation on his breaks. He’s near uncoverable on drag routes.

With his size, you might think of him as more of a boundary receiver. While he certainly can track the deep ball, that isn’t his game. He plays more small ball. Davis moves like a punt returner after the catch, possessing half-back like vision and good balance in the open field. Can throw a violent stiff arm when he needs to.

Drops will never be a problem. A well schooled blocker.  As clean as you’ll see at the position and does a good job of squaring up and not getting overextended. Overall, this is a plug and play receiver best suited for a west-coast offense who can immediately ignite an attack.

Value: Top 10 to Mid First Round

Comparison: A less explosive, less drop prone Demaryius Thomas