With the NFL Draft fast approaching, and two Bay Area football teams examining wide receivers, it's time to take a look at the positional rankings.
Here are the top wideouts available in the 2015 Draft, and where they excel:
1. Kevin White, WVU (Age: 22)
Where He Wins: Another who wins in the big and small receiver games, although he had difficult separating in routes against multiple quality corners this season. One year wonder label is interesting, but I don't see it as a negative. Would you rather he not have improved?
2. Amari Cooper, Alabama (Age: 20)
Where He Wins: Mostly wins in the small receiver game, and there is nothing wrong with that, but he did do a better job in contested situations this year. Still, I would not rely on him there. Creates so much separation with quickness, sustaining speed in routes and precision. Also a threat with the ball in his hands. He's not limited, he just can't win everywhere. Again, that is fine.
3. Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma (Age: 22)
Where He Wins: Wins in the big (catch point in contested situations) and small (separation and yards after catch) receiver games. Plays like a specimen at the position and there seems to be a lot of natural ability to work with, at a position where natural ability often separates great from good.
4. DeVante Parker, Louisville (Age: 22)
Where He Wins: Floats at the catch point in contested catches. If he goes to a QB who throws back shoulder, watch out. Improving in the "small" receiver game, in terms of separation and yards after catch.
5. Devin Funchess, Michigan (Age: 21)
Where He Wins: Has the level of ability to win in so many ways. Posts up and flashes of high pointing in middle of field, sideline or in the endzone. Has nice short area quickness for someone of his size to pick up yards after the catch.
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6. Devin Smith, Ohio State (Age: 23)
7. Justin Hardy, ECU (Age: 23)
8. Breshad Perriman, UCF (Age: 21)
9. Nelson Agholor, USC (Age: 21)
10. Rashad Greene, FSU (Age: 22)
11. Tre McBride, William & Mary (Age: 22)
12. Jamison Crowder, Duke (Age: 21)
13. Sammie Coates, Auburn (Age: 22)
14. Tyler Lockett, Kansas State (Age: 22)
15. Jaelen Strong, Arizona State (Age: 21)
16. Phillip Dorsett, Miami (Age: 22)
17. Tony Lippett, Michigan State (Age: 22)
18. Dezmin Lewis, Central Arkansas (Age: 22)
19. Kenny Bell, Nebraska (Age: 23)
20. Chris Conley, Georgia (Age: 22)