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Top-10 Draft Prospects: Wide Receivers

Top-10 Draft Prospects: Wide Receivers
Laquon Treadwell is widely viewed as the top wideout prospect in the 2016 draft class

Laquon Treadwell is widely viewed as the top wideout prospect in the 2016 draft class

Wide receivers have been the cream of the crop when it comes to finding fantasy value from the draft. In the last two years alone, the draft has produced the likes of Odell Beckham Jr., Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin (class of 2014), Amari Cooper and Tyler Lockett (class of 2015). Who will emerge this year? Here are the top-10 wide receivers in this year’s draft.

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Laquon Treadwell (WR – Ole Miss)
Treadwell is widely considered by many to be the best prospect at his position. He can catch anything that is close to him. His only red flag is his explosiveness off the line of scrimmage. He has the potential to develop into a Dez Bryant type.

Projected Round: Low first round

Will Fuller (WR – Notre Dame)
Fuller was a true playmaker in college. He has breakaway speed, can separate himself from defenders and is an excellent deep threat option. Although he is ranked below Treadwell, Fuller could emerge as the receiver to grab in fantasy drafts this year.

Projected Round: Round 1-2

Corey Coleman (WR – Baylor)
Like Fuller, Coleman is a vertical threat that can stretch a defense downfield. His lack of pure route running in college will be an issue in the NFL, and he did drop a few passes, but if he can overcome these issues, Coleman could have an impact in fantasy in 2016.

Projected Round: Round 1-2

Josh Doctson (WR – TCU)
Doctson is one of the bigger receivers in the class. He is 6’2, 202 pounds. 

Doctson has tremendous leaping ability in the end zone, as well as along the sidelines. Although not overly fast, he has the potential to have a similar impact that Jordan Matthews had his rookie season with the Eagles.

Projected Round: Round 1-2

Michael Thomas (WR – Ohio State)
Thomas is a mismatch both with his size and speed. He can challenge defenses, vertically as well as along the sidelines. In 2014 Thomas more receptions than his teammate Devin Smith for the national champion Buckeyes and Smith ended up being drafted by the Jets at No. 37. Thomas can be a solid WR2/flex receiver in fantasy one day. He is a good candidate for dynasty leagues.

Projected Round: Round 2-3

Tyler Boyd (WR – Pittsburgh)
What’s most impressive about Boyd is that he was a three-year starter in college and played with three different quarterbacks while he was there. He left as the all-time leading receiver for the Panthers, which is saying something, considering Larry Fitzgerald also played college ball at Pittsburgh. Boyd is best fit in the slot, similarly to Jarvis Landry.

Projected Round: Round 2-3

Braxton Miller (WR – Ohio State)
Miller is a wild card in this draft. He switched from QB to WR in 2015 and showed his athleticism and versatility. 

He has continued to maintain that he wants to play receiver at the next level. It’ll be interesting to see which team drafts him and what their intentions are for using him.

Projected Round: Round 2-3

Sterling Shepard (WR – Oklahoma)
Listed at just 5’10” and 194 pounds, Shepard showed a lot of toughness in college. He will have to continue to show that toughness to have an impact at the next level.

Projected Round: Round 3

Pharoh Cooper (WR – South Carolina)
Cooper is a nifty slot receiver and is also good at changing directions quickly on the run. His quickness allowed him to escape from defenders in college. We’ll see if it’s fast enough to do the same in the NFL.

Projected Round: Round 3-4

Rashard Higgins (WR – Colorado State)
Higgins was the nation’s leading receiver last year. He played in a favorable system and had the opportunity to run a variety of routes. We’ll see how he does in a pro-style offense.

Projected Round: Round 3-4

A.J. Stone is a correspondent at FantasyPros. To read more from A.J., check out his archive and follow him on Twitter @ajstone18.

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