My 2022 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings By Position: Wide Receiver

My 2022 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings By Position: Wide Receiver

13) Justyn Ross Clemson Age: 22.3 Height: 6’4 Weight: 205 lbs. — Justyn Ross seems like a solid but unspectacular wide receiver prospect. Ross doesn’t have game-breaking speed or much agility in the open field, but he has a giant catch radius that could be useful in the red-zone.

My Evaluation: Mid/Late 3rd Round Pick

12) Jalen Tolbert Southern Alabama Age: 23.1 Height: 6’1 Weight: 194 lbs. — Jalen Tolbert is an older prospect from a weak college football conference, but his downfield production was outstanding. Tolbert may have reached his physical peak already, but he could serve as a viable deep threat in the NFL.

My Evaluation: Mid/Late 3rd Round Pick

11) John Metchie III Alabama Age: 21.7 Height: 5’11 Weight: 187 lbs. — John Metchie is a smooth, polished route-runner who has a knack for finding soft spots in coverage. Metchie has the speed to scamper for yardage after the catch, but his thin frame may limit him in the NFL. Also, John Metchie tore his ACL in the SEC Championship game, which may lower his draft stock.

My Evaluation: Mid/Late 3rd Round Pick

10) Skyy Moore Western Michigan Age: 21.5 Height: 5’10 Weight: 195 lbs. — Skyy Moore is a high-variance receiver prospect, as you could talk me into either poor man’s Tyreek Hill or Tavon Austin 2.0. Skyy Moore has elite shiftiness that helps him off the line of scrimmage and in route-running. I don’t expect him to be a starting NFL receiver right away, but Skyy Moore has an intriguingly high amount of potential.

My Evaluation: Early 3rd Round Pick

9) Jahan Dotson Penn State Age: 22.0 Height: 5’11 Weight: 178 lbs. — Jahan Dotson is a slim, fast deep-threat receiver who has the ability to break shorter crossing routes into long gains. I don’t agree with the 1st round buzz Dotson has been getting, because I project Dotson as more of a complementary weapon rather than a go-to option. Jahan Dotson reminds me a lot of Juju Smith-Schuster.

My Evaluation: Early 3rd Round Pick

8) Christian Watson North Dakota St. Age: 22.9 Height: 6’4 Weight: 208 lbs. — Christian Watson is a 6’4 vertical weapon who ran an astounding 4.36 40-yard dash. Upon observing Watson play, I noticed that his route running lacks precision and he struggles with dropping passes in traffic. I understand the 1st round buzz for Christian Watson, because he is such a rare physical specimen. Christian Watson reminds me of an underdeveloped DeVante Parker.

My Evaluation: Late 2nd Round/Early 3rd Round Pick

7) Garrett Wilson Ohio St. Age: 21.7 Height: 6’0 Weight: 183 lbs. — Garrett Wilson is a shifty receiver with precise route-running and good hands. Wilson’s dazzling head fakes on routes and agility in open space make him a desirable receiver prospect. I have Garrett Wilson ranked quite a bit lower than most analysts, though. I question whether or not Wilson translates to being a true №1 wide receiver in the NFL, given how much he was schemed open in the Ohio State offense. My player comparison for Garrett Wilson is a better version of Golden Tate III.

My Evaluation: Early 2nd Round Pick

6) Chris Olave Ohio St. Age: 21.7 Height: 6’0 Weight: 187 lbs. — Chris Olave is a smooth route-running receiver who has noticeable finesse and patience when scampering in the open field. Olave has decent agility and good hands. Similarly to Garrett Wilson, I do not see Chris Olave as a №1 receiver in the NFL and am factoring in the Ohio State offense scheming him open a lot. My player comparison for Chris Olave is Santonio Holmes.

My Evaluation: Early 2nd Round Pick

5) Treylon Burks Arkansas Age: 22.0 Height: 6’2 Weight: 225 lbs. — There isn’t another wide receiver like Treylon Burks in the 2022 draft class. Burks is a thick, sturdy player who has the body of a running back with enough speed to play wide receiver. Treylon Burks is excellent at breaking tackles and winning jump-ball situations. While Burks has decent straight-line speed, I find his agility and precision in route-running to be underwhelming. I think that Treylon Burks will be used similarly to how the 49ers deploy Brandon Aiyuk in the NFL.

My Evaluation: Late 1st Round/Early 2nd Round Pick

4) George Pickens Georgia Age: 21.1 Height: 6’3 Weight: 195 lbs. — George Pickens is a big, strong, fast wide receiver prospect with great body control. For someone so tall, Pickens has a decent get-off at the line of scrimmage and precise footwork when running routes. George Pickens hasn’t been receiving a ton of pre-draft hype, which is likely because he peaked in 2019 as a Freshman, missed a sizable chunk of the 2020 season, and barely played in 2021 due to a torn ACL. The lack of playing time over the past two seasons is mildly concerning, but Pickens still looked good when he played, which is reassuring. I view George Pickens as a slightly more polished route-running Courtland Sutton, and I think that Pickens is one of the higher upside prospects in the 2022 NFL Draft, given that he’s barely 21 years old right now.

My Evaluation: Late 1st Round/Early 2nd Round Pick

3) Alec Pierce Cincinnati Age: 21.9 Height: 6’3 Weight: 211 lbs. — The most pleasantly surprising wide receiver prospect I watched was Alec Pierce from Cincinnati. Pierce is big, tall, and sturdy, yet he blows by outside cornerbacks regularly. Pierce has a quick get-off at the line of scrimmage and consistently snatches the football midair. The sneaky speed I witnessed on tape showed up at the 40-yard dash, too, as Pierce ran a 4.39. Alec Pierce is going to be a stud with back-shoulder fades and deep crossing routes. Pierce displays shades of Jordy Nelson.

My Evaluation: Late 1st Round/Early 2nd Round Pick

2) Drake London USC Age: 20.7 Height: 6’4 Weight: 219 lbs. — I don’t typically favor jump-ball wide receivers, but Drake London is outrageously good at snagging the football from the outstretched arms of defenders. London is probably better than over 80% of NFL receivers at jump-balls, and he’s not even 21 years of age. London was also a better route-runner than I was anticipating, though he could still use refinement. My player comparisons for Drake London are Michael Pittman Jr. and Vincent Jackson.

My Evaluation: Mid/Late 1st Round Pick

1) Jameson Williams Alabama Age: 21.0 Height: 6’1 Weight: 179 lbs. — Jameson Williams blew me away with his rare combination of precise route-running, incredible speed, and explosive acceleration. Williams tracks deep passes downfield as well as anybody in the 2022 draft class. Jameson Williams tore his ACL in the National Championship Game, but I would still take him in the early 1st round. I like Jameson Williams better than I liked any Alabama wide receiver prospect in the past two drafts, which include: DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Henry Ruggs III, and Jerry Jeudy.

My Evaluation: Early 1st Round Pick

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