2019 NFL Draft: 5 Rookie Wide Receivers You Need To Know

These are the 5 rookie wide receivers you need to know ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft brought to you by the Dynasty Football guru Riley Bymaster!

2019 Rookies You Need To Know
Quarterbacks | Running Backs | Wide Receivers | Tight Ends

D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss

  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 228 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.33
  • Projected Round: Mid-1st
  • Compares to: Josh Gordon
  • Potential Landing Spots: BUF, WAS, SEA
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.03

Analysis: Metcalf is a polarizing prospect who possesses a rare combination of size and speed. His lack of consistent production during his time at Ole Miss causes a bit of hesitation, but he did fight through multiple injuries over the previous two seasons. Metcalf shows excellent releases off the line of scrimmage and has no issues beating tight press coverage with strong hand usage. He works down the field extremely well and tracks the ball with ease. Questions remain concerning his raw route running ability and the lack of various routes he ran in college. With a skill set like his, Metcalf has the potential to be one of the NFL’s most deadly receivers with an experienced position coach who knows how to take his game to the next level.

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N’Keal Harry, Arizona St.

  • Height: 6′
  • Weight: 226 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.53
  • Projected Round: Early 2nd
  • Compares to: Jordy Nelson
  • Potential Landing Spots: BAL, SF, SEA
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.02

Analysis: Harry is a big-bodied receiver who will find more success in the slot for his NFL team. He thrives in the short area of the field and is excellent as a ball-carrier after the catch. Harry has the ability to quick-step his releases and catch the opposing cornerback off guard. Despite his frame and short-area quickness, Harry struggles to create viable separation deep downfield. He relies on his very good contested catch ability due to his inability to run past defensive backs. He will be an immediate red zone threat and thrive in any jump-ball situations. Harry will reach his WR3 ceiling should he land with an accurate quarterback and an established alpha receiver playing the boundary.

Marquise Brown, Oklahoma

  • Height: 5’9″
  • Weight: 166 lbs
  • 40 time: n/a (estimated 4.35)
  • Projected Round: Late 2nd
  • Compares to: John Brown
  • Potential Landing Spots: GB, TEN, DAL
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 2.01

Analysis: Brown is a lightning-fast receiver who is a threat with the ball in his hands. With the ability to play from both the slot and outside the numbers, Brown can win from any position on the field. Though he is an electric playmaker as a ball-carrier, Brown will struggle with long-term durability issues due to his tiny stature. Because he weighs under 170 pounds, cornerbacks are able to interrupt his routes at the line of scrimmage. His hands are slightly above average at best and will not do any favors in contested situations. If he is able to stay healthy consistently, Brown will be a boom/bust WR3 for fantasy purposes and have an extremely similar career path to that of a deep-threat like Will Fuller.

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A.J. Brown, Ole Miss

  • Height: 6′
  • Weight: 226 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.49
  • Projected Round: 2nd
  • Compares to: JuJu Smith-Schuster
  • Potential Landing Spots: NE, NYJ, BUF
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.06

Analysis: Brown is a polished receiver who is amazingly flying a bit under the radar, despite his consensus first round projections. Because he lacks elite physical attributes, Brown is often thought to have a limited ceiling in the NFL. The opposite needs to be said due to his excellent feel for working against zone coverage and ability to gain chunks of yards after the catch. He has a strong, reliable set of hands and will be a quarterback’s best friend no matter the offensive system. Should he be able to improve his ability to beat press coverage consistently, look for Brown to make an instant impact on both his NFL team and all dynasty teams.

Hakeem Butler, Iowa St.

  • Height: 6’5″
  • Weight: 227 lbs
  • 40 time: 4.48
  • Projected Round: 2nd
  • Compares to: Devin Funchess
  • Potential Landing Spots: SF, BUF, BAL
  • Projected Dynasty Pick: 1.04

Analysis: Butler is a wide-framed praying mantis who excels playing above the rim. Though he is widely considered to be one of the top receivers in the class, his hype is solely based on the fact that he is tall. Butler struggles with his hands and allows the ball to reach his chest far too often. His route running is not sharp, and he often overruns himself to the point of losing momentum. He is best suited for a red zone-only role where he can thrive in a small number of packages for his NFL team. Yes he is tall, but Butler is overrated and will never live up to his WR1 expectations. Leave him alone until the mid-second round of rookie drafts.

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