Top 10 Receivers in the 2021 NFL Draft
We’re so close to Draft Day! At Ultimate Autographs, we are always trying to look ahead and see who might be the next stars in the UA Live Break Room!
1. Devonta Smith - Alabama
It’s been decades since a wide receiver was even truly in the conversation to win the Heisman Trophy. Not only was Smith in that conversation, but he sealed the deal after posting 117 receptions for 1856 yards and 23 touchdowns. Despite all of those eye-popping numbers, it’s still not a done deal that Smith goes 1st among the wide receivers in the class and some say even 2 or 3 guys could end up leaping him. That would be a mistake. Get me this guys signed helmet already!
2. Ja’Marr Chase - LSU
Chase is probably the consensus top wide receiver, and there’s good reason behind it. After a monster sophomore campaign, he sat out all of 2020 and still put up absurd combine numbers. Look for him to be a top 10 pick on April 29th.
3. Rashod Bateman - Minnesota
Bateman was another player that chose to sit out in 2020… well kinda. He did end up playing in a few games but between deciding at the last min and recovering from COVID and then not ending the season with the Gophers, his draft stock took a bit of a hit but overall this kid still has the talent to win at the next level.
4.Jaylen Waddle - Alabama
This kid is crazy fast, but he is more than just a speed threat. Between being electric in the open field and being a fairly savvy route runner, this kid could end up being special.
5. Elijah Moore - Ole Miss
Moore didn’t really burst onto the scene until this past season, but what he was able to do this past season was pretty spectacular. In only 8 games he totaled over 1,100 yards and 8 touchdowns while really being the only playmaker on that offense. Matt Harmon recently compared him to Antonio Brown!
6. Rondale Moore - Purdue
Stop me if you have heard this before, but here is another player that opted out, only to opt back in, then to opt-out once more. Despite that, I’m not sure we have ever seen a freshman receiver dominate in a power 5 conference like he did.
7. Amon Ra St. Brown - USC
This is probably the start of a new tier when it comes to talent level. That being said, St. Brown is still a fantastic player that wins with route-running savvy, strength and contested catch ability.
8. Kadarius Toney - Florida
Toney is crazy fast and crazy athletic. He would likely be higher on this list if he were a bit more refined but as it stands today, he will do just fine in the draft just on his freakish speed and upside.
9. Austin Watkins Jr. - UAB
This is a name that you likely won’t see on many top 10 lists. However, after the show he put on in the senior bowl, many teams took an extra look at his tape. What they saw was a player with size, strength and the ability to make catches everywhere on the field.
10. Amari Rodgers - Clemson
Rodgers played in the shadow of Tee Higgins and Justyn Ross for many seasons, but in 2021 he had his opportunity to shine. After putting up over 1,000 yards and 7 touchdowns, Rodgers is ready for the big show.