Experts name top Wide Receiver prospects

Posted Mar 16, 2014 compiled the top five prospects at each position in the upcoming NFL Draft, based on experts' analysis

Bookmark it. Print it out. Save it on your desktop. Do what you will, but consider this your ultimate NFL draft guide. Based on what draft experts are saying around the league, compiled the top five prospects at each position in the upcoming NFL Draft, which runs May 8-10. So until Mr. Irrelevant is called in the seventh round with the 256th overall pick, you’ll want to keep this close as the Giants prepare for the 2014 campaign.

  • Sammy Watkins, Clemson
    NFL.COM: A legitimate No. 1-caliber receiver who stepped onto the field as a true freshman and made an immediate, game-changing impact. Was slowed by injuries as a sophomore, but responded with a strong junior season and capped his career as one of the most impactful receivers in school history. Has rare speed, soft hands and the big-play ability to challenge NFL defensive backs as a rookie. A top-10 cinch.

  • Mike Evans, Texas A&M
    NFL.COM: A prep hoopster with shooting-guard size, Evans combined with Johnny Manziel to form one of the most dominant quarterback-receiver connections in the nation the last two seasons. He’s a big, physical, strong-handed, West Coast possession receiver with playmaking ability who projects as a No. 2 in the pros where he will make his money as a chain mover and red-zone target.

  • Marquise Lee, USC
    NFL.COM: An extremely motivated, dynamic, playmaking receiver, Lee's junior season was plagued by shoulder, knee and leg injuries and a revolving door at head coach, where he cycled through three. Showed all the traits desired in a No. 1 receiver early in his career and has overcome a lot of adversity in his life to get to this point.

  • Brandin Cooks, Oregon State
    NFL.COM: Short, speedy, nifty-footed receiver who was unaffected by the departure of Steelers 2013 third-rounder Markus Wheaton, establishing himself as a playmaker in his own right by leading the nation with 133 yards per contest as a junior. Projects as a useful slot receiver with run-after-catch ability and some utility as an outside receiver.

  • Odell Beckham, LSU
    NFL.COM: Talented, competitive, productive, inconsistent college split end who projects as a big-play receiver in the pros. Offers versatility to toggle between "X," "Z" and slot given his ability to stretch the field and run after the catch. Brings added value as a kick returner.

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