2021 Rookie Wide Receiver College Highlights
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Alabama WR DeVonta Smith
Senior 6’1 175 lbs
Alabama WR DeVonta Smith had one of the best seasons in college football history. Smith caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards & scored 25 total TDs. He became the first receiver to win the Heisman since Desmond Howard in 1991.
Either Smith or LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase will be the 1st WR taken in the 2021 NFL Draft. As a prospect, he may not have the speed that Henry Ruggs & Jaylen Waddle have nor the flashiness Jerry Jeudy has, Alabama WR DeVonta Smith might be the best overall receiver from that loaded Alabama receiving core.
Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore
Junior 5’9 185 lbs
Ole Miss WR Elijah Moore has had a very interesting college career. He’s been one of the best players on the team the last couple of years, but has been getting more attention for his costly celebration penalty against Mississippi State in the 2019 Egg Bowl. It’s good to see Moore move on & perform well on the field. Ole Miss has been producing really good receivers lately in DK Metcalf & AJ Brown, so Moore looks to be the next one to make it to the NFL.
Broncos 1st round pick Jerry Jeudy entered the 2019 as the No. 1 ranked receiver, but LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase finished the season on top. Literally. He led the nation in almost every receiving category on his way to winning the Biletnikoff Award & a National Championship. It helps to have the Heisman winner & 1st overall pick Joe Burrow, but Chase’s talent could translate no matter who the QB is. That’s why next season will be interesting. LSU is losing a lot of talent in Burrow, Justin Jefferson, Clyde Edwards-Helaire along with multiple offensive lineman. Myles Brennan is set to take over at QB, so we’ll see if him and Chase can put up big numbers. Jefferson was drafted in the 1st round by the Minnesota Vikings, but Chase might be drafted higher next year. He’s said to be LSU’s best wide receiver prospect since Odell Beckham Jr.
Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle
Junior 5’10 182 lbs
Alabama had two receivers drafted in the 1st round last year & it looks like they’ll have two more this year. Henry Ruggs & Jerry Jeudy were 1st round picks in 2020 while Heisman winner DeVonta Smith & Jaylen Waddle are projected to be 2021 1st rounders.
Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle battled through injuries last season & it’ll be interesting to see how he bounces back because speed is his best asset. It’s not his only one, but it’s his most important one. He’s one of the fastest players in all of college football. He draws comparisons to Chiefs star WR Tyreek Hill & Desean Jackson. His game changing speed will definitely be valuable in the eyes of NFL scouts.
Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman
Junior 6’2 210 lbs
Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman entered the 2020 season as one of the best receivers in college football, but then opted out. He opted back in during the season, but was never able to get things going with the run heavy offense the Gophers were running. Plus, QB Tanner Morgan regressed after last season. Scouts won’t overlook what Bateman did last, so his draft stock won’t plummet. Looking back, Bateman could’ve been in a better position had he opted out the entire season like LSU WR Ja’Marr Chase.
Purdue WR Rondale Moore
Sophomore 5’9 180 lbs
Rondale Moore took the world by storm in his college debut breaking the school’s all purpose yards record. After that impressive performance, he’s continued to show that it wasn’t all hype. Moore is one of the fastest, quickest & shiftiest players in the country. He’s a legit playmaker who people view as the next Tavon Austin, Reggie Bush, DeAnthony Thomas or Tyreek Hill, which is high praise for a college football player. Injuries prevented the country from watching this electric playmaker play a lot in 2019, so many people have forgotten about him. He opted out of the season then opted back in, but never really got back on track. His draft stock is one that will be fun to watch closely. He has the talent & play making ability of a 1st rounder, but he’s really only had one year of film of him being healthy. He will be a complete steal if he falls past the 2nd round.
Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace
Senior 6’0 190 lbs
Oklahoma State WR Tylan Wallace could have declared for the draft last year, but then returned for another year. While his stats may not have looked better than his previous years, he still performed just as well. The Cowboys just didn’t have consistent play from their quarterbacks. His stock may not be as high as it should, but Tylan Wallace is a playmaker & difference maker who will contribute as a Day 2 pick.
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