Luke Easterling's 2016 NFL Draft WR Rankings

Luke Easterling rolls out his full wide receiver rankings for the 2016 NFL Draft.

RANK | NAME | SCHOOL | HEIGHT | WEIGHT | CLASS | GRADE

1. Laquon Treadwell | Mississippi | 6'2" | 210 | Junior | 1st Round

Treadwell is widely regarded as the top pass-catcher in this draft, and I've seen nothing on film to the contrary. He has the size and physicality to body up smaller corners, and despite regardless of what he runs in the 40 at the Combine (some reports expect him to run slower than the 4.6 range), he's got more than enough field speed to be a legitimate No. 1 receiver at the next level. His ability to bounce back from a gruesome leg injury that ended his sophomore season speaks to his athletic ability, work ethic and competitiveness.

2. Sterling Shepard | Oklahoma | 5'10" | 193 | Senior | 1st Round

Don't let his size fool you; Shepard is one of the most well-rounded receivers in this year's class, and has what it takes to become a productive starter early in his career and develop into something more down the road. His routes are quick and smooth, he's strong at the catch point and willing to go over the middle, which will make him a valuable slot target rom Day 1. He's not track star, but he's fast enough to make plays down the field, and he tracks the ball well when going deep.

3. Josh Doctson | TCU | 6'2" | 195 | RS Senior | 1st Round

Doctson's collegiate career was an interesting ride with plenty of twists and turns, but he found his sweet spot at TCU and became one of the nation's most productive receivers in 2015. He could use a few pounds of quality bulk, but Doctson has the height, leaping ability and body control to be a valuable red-zone threat from Day 1, and could eventually develop into a No. 1 target if he can stay healthy.

4. Michael Thomas | Ohio State | 6'3" | 210 | RS Junior | 1st Round

NFL teams are always looking for big receivers with the speed and route-running skills top beat defensive backs in multiple ways, and Thomas brings that kind of skill set to the table. He didn't light up the stat sheet for the Buckeyes in terms of yards and catches, but he hauled in nine scores in each of his past two seasons, proving to be a capable deep threat and go-to red-zone target.

5. Corey Coleman | Baylor | 5'10" | 190 | RS Junior | 2nd Round

It's easy to see why many analysts have Coleman graded in the first round, as he's one of the most explosive receivers in this class when he's got space to work with. Unfortunately, that's where his skill set drops off considerably for me. He's not overly physical (his lack of size doesn't help), and he's not likely to find as much room to roam in NFL secondaries as he did in the Big 12. There are moments on film that make you think he can be the next Antonio Brown, but I'll have to see it at the next level before I believe it.

6. Tyler Boyd | Pittsburgh | 6'2" | 200 | Junior | 2nd Round

Boyd's measureables might not jump off the screen, but he does all the little things that will translate to success at the next level, along with the size to be a legitimate No. 1 receiver. His yards-per-catch average dropped to just 10.2 last season, but he averaged 1,000 yards per season over his three years with the Panthers. Some might think his ceiling is nothing more than a No. 2 possession receiver, but he's got playmaking potential that could make him a team's top target in the right situation.

7. Braxton Miller | Ohio State | 6'1" | 204 | RS Senior | 2nd Round

Going into the Senior Bowl, I saw Miller as a mid-round gadget-type receiver that could make an immediate impact on special teams and be a useful weapon in certain packages and situations. But what I saw in Mobile was a much more refined receiver than I expected, with quick routes and soft hands, and the ability to create consistent separation from some talented corners. He's got enough size, and his explosive play-making ability in undeniable. I'm not completely sold on him yet, but the sky is the limit for his potential, and I expect a team to take a chance on him in the late-1st round.

8. Pharoh Cooper | South Carolina | 5'11" | 208 | Junior | 2nd Round

Cooper feels like somewhat of a forgotten man in this year's receiver crop, but he's another undersized receiver I feel could end up being a great value in the right situation. He's explosive after the catch and can make defenses pay for giving him space, but he's got a thick build that allows him to be more physical that other sub-6' pass-catchers. An NFL team could immediately use him as a jack-of-all-trades type, finding creative ways to get the ball in his hands with space to work, but he's got the skills to develop into a starting receiver. There's some Randall Cobb to him.

9. Will Fuller | Notre Dame | 6'0" | 184 | Junior | 2nd Round

Fuller gets knocked for his inconsistency when it comes to catching the bal (an important trait in a receiver, I know), but the sum of his parts should overshadow that more than it does. Fuller is arguably the best in this year's class when it comes to flat-out straight-line speed and taking the top off of a defense, something NFL teams will greatly value. He's a smooth route-runner who has some rough edges to his game, but his explosiveness and big-play capability is worth taking a chance on in Round 2.

10. Mike Thomas | Southern Mississippi | 6'1" | 200 | Senior | 3rd Round

I've been on this train for a while now, and I'm not getting off anytime soon. Thomas is the most overlooked receiver in this class, having been snubbed by the Combine and considered by many to be nothing more than a late-round flyer. I see something more in Thomas, who averaged nearly 20 yards per catch in 2015. He's got decent size, and while he's not a burner, he's got good hands, route-running ability and body control to win contested catches. It looks like this is one of the hills I'm willing to die on this year, but I'd spend a 3rd-rounder on Thomas.

11. Leonte Carroo | Rutgers | 6'0" | 217 | Senior | 3rd Round

12. Rashard Higgins | Colorado State | 6'2" | 188 | Junior | 3rd Round

13. Kenny Lawler | California | 6'2" | 195 | RS Junior | 3rd Round

14. Keyarris Garrett | Tulsa | 6'3" | 221 | RS Senior | 4th Round

15. Jordan Payton | UCLA | 6'1" | 216 | Senior | 4th Round

16. De'Runnya Wilson | Mississippi State | 6'4" | 215 | Junior | 4th Round

17. Cayleb Jones | Arizona | 6'3" | 215 | RS Junior | 4th Round

18. Paul McRoberts | Southeast Missouri State | 6'2" | 202 | Senior | 5th Round

19. Malcolm Mitchell | Georgia | 5'11" | 194 | RS Senior | 5th Round

20. Tajae Sharpe | Massachusetts | 6'2" | 188 | Senior | 5th Round

21. Bralon Addison | Oregon | 5'10" | 190 | RS Junior | 5th Round

22. Jay Lee | Baylor | 6'2" | 214 | Senior | 5th Round

23. Geronimo Allison | Illinois | 6'3" | 197 | Senior | 5th Round

24. Aaron Burbridge | Michigan State | 6'0" | 210 | Senior | 5th Round

25. Roger Lewis | Bowling Green | 6'1" | 199 | RS Sophomore | 6th Round

26. Charone Peake | Clemson | 6'2" | 208 | RS Senior | 6th Round

27. Demarcus Robinson | Florida | 6'1" | 204 | Junior | 6th Round

28. Nelson Spruce | Colorado | 6'1" | 205 | RS Senior | 6th Round

29. Thomas Duarte | UCLA | 6'2" | 225 | Junior | 6th Round

30. Kolby Listenbee | TCU | 6'1" | 183 | RS Senior | 6th Round

31. Marquez North | Tennessee | 6'3" | 224 | Junior | 7th Round

32. Jaydon Mickens | Washington | 5'11" | 170 | Senior | 7th Round

33. Chris Moore | Cincinnati | 6'1" | 203 | Senior | 7th Round

34. Daniel Braverman | Western Michigan | 5'10" | 177 | RS Junior | 7th Round

35. Chris Brown | Notre Dame | 6'2" | 180 | Senior | 7th Round

36. Jordan Williams | Ball State | 6'3" | 226 | Senior | 7th Round

37. Hunter Sharp | Utah State | 5'11" | 199 | Senior | 7th Round

38. K.J. Maye | Minnesota | 5'8" | 194 | Senior | 7th Round

 


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