Top 5 Wide Receivers In The 2021 NFL Draft

AARON LAVINSKY – STAR TRIBUNE Gophers wide receiver Rashod Bateman.

There have been many wide receivers taken in the past drafts that have turned into the #1 receiver on the teams they were drafted by.  Here are the top 5 wide receivers in this year’s NFL Draft that can be a #1 receiver for any team.

LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase

Chase opted out of the college football season this year due to COVID-19 but led the Tigers to the National Championship last year with Joe Burrow at the helm. Teams will be skeptical at first due to not seeing him play at all this season, but Chase has all the tools and skills to become that number one receiver on any team. With no scouting combine either this year, Chase will have to show out on his pro day for the scouts.

LSU WR Terrace Marshall Jr.

Marshall Jr. blossomed this year for the Tigers. With Chase opting out, he jumped into that number one receiver role for LSU this year. He does not have as much hype as Chase, but he showed this year that he can be a number one guy.

Alabama WR DeVonta Smith

The Heisman Trophy winner this season has everything teams look for in a wide receiver. Smith has speed, separation, agility, good hands amongst all the skills he has. He jumped into the number one receiver role when Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs III both entered the NFL Draft last year. Smith is the #1 receiver in this class and every team should be looking at him.

Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle

Waddle did not get to showcase his full potential this year due to an injury that kept him out from the middle of the season. Waddle like Smith moved into a prime wide receiver role when Jeudy and Ruggs III entered the draft last season. He can be that number one receiver for a team if he can remain healthy. His health is a major concern but otherwise, he’s the real deal.

Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman

Bateman rose up the draft boards this season with Minnesota. He showed flashes of speed on the field, getting past cornerbacks with ease, and had some impressive touchdown catches. Bateman is not a household name like Smith or Waddle, but Bateman can be a decent receiver for a team that is in need of a playmaker or a receiver who can contribute.




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