2024 NFL Draft Prospect Rankings: WR Edition (4/2/24)

Welcome to the 2024 NFL Prospect Rankings: WR Edition.

Player Comp = *(Playstyle Not Career Projection)

1.) Malik Nabers – 6’0″ 200 lbs. (Ja’Marr Chase)

The first thing that stands out about Nabers is his mitts. Hands catcher and plucks the ball out of the air. He’s a ‘man amongst boys’ type of prospect. Breaks tackles and is hard to contain 1v1. He forced 30 missed tackles. Alignment versatile as well. Can play all over the offense. He has the 6th most slot yards in college with 991. Competitive and motivated. He improved as the season went on.

There’s room to improve as a route runner. He needs to work on staying balanced in and out of breaks and at the top of his stem. He needs to focus in on the routine catches more. 5 drops. Could also benefit from protecting himself from big hits.

The bottom line is that you’re getting an explosive athlete that can score from anywhere on the field. Hence, the Ja’Marr Chase comp.

2.) Marvin Harrison Jr. – 6’3″ 209 lbs. (A.J. Green)

His height and speed are rare at the WR position. Good character profile. Room to add muscle and add on to frame. Impressive body control. He wins routes with speed, salesmanship and size. Varies his speed at the line of scrimmage to catch defenders off guard. Makes uncanny over the shoulder catches. Can play anywhere on the the offense but profiles as an X or Z.

Seems to have shorter arms than frame would suggest. Which could affect catch radius to some extent. Had 6 drops because of combat catch tussles and concentration. He has thin lowers which could lead to ticky tack lower body injuries.

Overall, you’re getting a route running savant with NFL pedigree. His comp of A.J. Green is an ode to his vertical threat ability as well.

3.) Rome Odunze – 6’3″ 212 lbs. (Alshon Jeffery)

Odunze is more than than just a deep threat specialist. Even though he’s first in that category collegiately with 23 catches and 783 yards. He has a good character profile. He closes cushion with vertical burst. Has YAC ability. Has a frame that can add muscle. Reliable hands. 140 targets – 3 drops. Plucks the ball. Could’ve had even more yards with more accurate passes, but such is life at the WR position but important to note. Once again, these guys in Tier 1 can play anywhere, but Odunze profiles as a traditional X or Z wideout.

Contested catch volume creates questions about his ability to separate consistently. Tight hipped which doesn’t negate his movement much but does make his movement narrow and swiveled. Level of comp to some degree is a concern with these PAC12 WRs. Could add a little more polish to his route running and he played predominantly on the outside. Not many significant negatives. All are conquerable.

Odunze is a player that is both underrated and overrated at the same time. He’s not quite Larry Fitzgerald like some have clamored but his above the rim playstyle does mimic some of the better route runners and craftsmen we’ve seen. A healthy mix of Torry Holt and Alshon Jeffery comes to mind.

4.) Brian Thomas Jr. – 6’3″ 209 lbs. (Mike Williams)

Starting off Tier 2 is Thomas Jr. Easy winner off of the line of scrimmage. Smooth in the open field. 50/50 ball winner. Big body WR that wins vertically that can high point the ball and finish catches. Hitch route merchant. Big X type.

1 year of high-end production. Route running is limited. Has too many drops due to concentration. Second to Odunze in deep yards. 57% of his yards came from deep passes. Traditionally a low efficiency pass option on a macro scale. But specializing can be a good thing.

You can throw alley oops to Thomas Jr. all game it seems. But he’s the type of player that of course you want to highlight his strengths as a vertical dynamo but also understand he could be so much more as an underneath and intermediate option in the middle of the field.

5.) Troy Franklin – 6’2″ 183 lbs. (D.J. Chark Jr.)

Franklin has vertical speed that separates. Productive. Improved every year of college. Freshman Year – 200 yards. Sophomore Year – 900 yards. Senior Year – 1400 yards. A lot to work with because he has speed and the frame to add muscle. 4.4 speed. Was 8th in college with 14 deep catches and 11th in yards with 558. He plays with a fiery disposition and that helps him excel in game situations. Subtle but explosive route runner that uses the defenders blind spots to manipulate leverage and make plays down the field. He is a WR that suffered from sporadic passes at times. Franklin is a Z at the pro level.

9 drops on 114 targets. Hand size may be an issue. Reliability must improve. Slender frame and a taller target to hit. Did not look great at the combine. Will predominantly be a field stretcher to start career if he doesn’t get bigger and stronger.

Franklin in shorts running gauntlet drills concerns me. Franklin in football pads is one of the most dangerous deep threats in the draft.

6.) Ricky Pearsall – 6’1″ 190 lbs. (Adam Thielen)

Starting off Tier 3 is one of the most well-rounded WRs in the draft. One of the first things that standout about Pearsall is that he is a willing blocker. All signs point to him having high durability. Shifty route runner. High MPH and 4.4 speed. Punt returner utility. Can separate and make tough catches. One of the bigger slot presences in the draft with actual route running prowess and spacial awareness. He can play on the outside at Z but I think he’s more effective as a slot WR.

Slender build. Okay game speed. No 1K yard seasons. Disappeared in some games. Which was a product of him not being featured.

Pearsall has some stiff competition at slot WR supremacy this draft cycle. As he translates his game to the next level, his ability to assist in the run game and make plays over the middle will keep him on the field more than other highly touted names. I think he separates himself with his SEC level of competition, positional versatility, catch radius and health history.

7.) Roman Wilson – 5’11” 185 lbs. (Elijah Moore)

Wilson closes cushion in a hurry. Tough and hardworking. Sudden and shifty route runner. Incredibly competitive. Slot centric profile.

Reliable pass catcher but small catch radius. No 1K yard season but Michigan ran a lot. Lacks elite long speed.

Wilson got my early nickname of Pocket Puka™️ because of his toughness and big play ability. I think he continues to be underrated and will make defenders pay because of it.

8.) Xavier Legette – 6’1″ 221 lbs. (Cordarelle Patterson)

Legette has big-time YAC ability. Excels on crossing routes, go’s, and screens. Has kick returner value. Physical player with only 2 drops. Small but strong hands. I think he could legitimately have a Cordarrelle Patterson type of role to add to an already Deebo Samuel like profile. (X, Z, Slot, RB.)

Change of direction – a bit stiff in and out of breaks. Not a smooth runner but high effort strider. Small hands. 1 yr. of production. Lingering calf injury. Utility is there but wasn’t used frequently in other creative roles.

Legette may never be a convincing route runner, but it would be malpractice for him not to be a big playmaker at the next level as a gadget player or as a returner.

9.) Xavier Worthy – 5’11” 170 lbs. (Marquise Brown)

Can separate vertically. Gadget and return utility. Linear speed is his best attribute. He’s been productive all of his years in college. He’s like what a lot of people expected Kadarius Toney to be. But he’s faster with less wiggle. He had some big plays left on the field due to some errant passes but as I said earlier such is life at the WR position sometimes. Z and Slot sufficient with return ability.

Concentration drops. Struggles to come down with combat catches. Small/thin frame. Overall usage may skew towards special teams or gadget plays. Route running is average. Screen Merchant.

Worthy’s speed and ceiling as a route runner makes him an appealing option at WR. However, early in his career I think his biggest impact could be as a returner.

10.) Adonai Mitchell – 6’2″ 205 lbs. (George Pickens)

Mitchell could very well be WR 5 or 6 on this list, but there’s somewhat of a disconnect between his athletic traits and actually living up to those numbers. That’s why tiered lists are so important because situation, coaching, and development all play a role in players making leaps and who knows, Mitchell could improve in those aforementioned areas. But let’s talk about what he CAN do now. Mitchell is a legitimate vertical threat. 4.3 speed. Makes plays past the sticks. He has solid hands. 1 drop on 86 targets. Clean movement, sharp route runner and could be effective at all three levels. He profiles as an X, Z, or Big Slot.

Must be targeted on an expanded route tree to become a more efficient player. 1 yr. of production. Doesn’t win enough combat catches. Not much utility. Not a YAC threat. Can easily be schemed out of games. QB play did affect his ability to make plays at times.

His redzone ability alone may push him up rankings. He’s a specialized target getter rather than a high volume phenom. If you need a first down or a redzone touchdown, get him in a 1v1 situation and expect him to win. Every now and then you can use him as a pure deep threat option on a shot play.

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