Wide receiver rankings are arguably the most important after seeing the recent flow of college talent to the NFL. Not only is there a heavy flow of talent into the league but the talent is immediately making their presence known.
Players such as Justin Jefferson, Ja’Marr Chase, Jaylen Waddle, and Garrett Wilson have been drafted high by teams and then jumped into the thick of it shortly thereafter.
In the 2023 class, we may have the best prospect in recent memory in the form of Marvin Harrison Jr. He is more than just his father’s namesake however, Harrison Jr. is his own type of player with some simple touches of his father’s playstyle.
Outside of the clear-cut number one, how deep is this class? These wide receiver rankings should be able to demonstrate how great this class can be.
The clear-cut king of the hill, Marvin Harrison Jr. is one of the best players overall in the 2024 NFL Draft class if he declares. His body control is that of no one I have seen in recent memory studying the draft. He is able to add airtime to his catches when he jumps to attack the ball, all the while having the awareness of everything around him. Such an easy study, an easy no-brainer for any team that wants to draft him or has a need at receiver.
Not to be outdone by his teammate at Ohio State, Emeka Egbuka is a more than acceptable consolation prize for anyone in the draft. Egbuka loves to work in the middle of the field, has a physical style, and runs some of the best routes in the country. He is the complete package for the position and would be in the WR1 conversation in most draft classes in recent memory.
A Swiss army knife in the LSU Tigers offense, Malik Nabers could find himself taking a step forward in future wide receiver rankings. LSU uses him every which way to get the ball in his hands and when they do he shows how explosive he can be. His speed and acceleration that he demonstrates after he receives the ball will translate very well to the next level, not to mention his physical traits.
On paper, the measurables are not the most exciting but make no mistake about it, Xavier Worthy is a playmaker. He projects as either an outside receiving option or a slot receiver at the next level, either way, he can find success. If he makes it to the slot inside, he has the twitchy movement and ball skills you love to see in a slot receiver. If he stays outside, however, Worthy has the ability to separate with his footwork and route running, a win-win for the Longhorn.
One of the most physically gifted receivers in these wide receiver rankings, Rome Odunze will have evaluators drooling by the end of the Fall. Odunze is the physical presence on the talented Washington offense, he can win no matter what you ask of him. Odunze will be a hilarious evaluation after the combine because, on traits and film combined, he could easily be the WR2 or WR3 in this class when it is all said and done.
Best of the Rest
Ladd McConkey, Georgia
Keon Coleman, Florida State
Jalen McMillan, Washington
Johnny Wilson, Florida State
Jacob Cowing, Arizona