Ranking WRs Drafted in First Round Since 2015

Since 2015, 17 wide receivers have been drafted in the first round. While the 2020 Draft is considered heavy and deep on talented wide receivers, drafting a WR in round one hasn’t always worked out, as evidenced by this list.

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N’Keal Harry (2019, #32 Patriots)

Harry started his rookie year on injured reserved for the Patriots and played the final 7 games, catching only 12 passes and 2 touchdowns. He is a work-in-progress, but health and chemistry with his new QB will be the two biggest things in 2020.

Honorable busts

John Ross (2017, #9 Bengals)

Ross didn’t catch a pass as a rookie and in his last two seasons has just 49 catches, 716 yards, and 10 touchdowns. It’s not too early to say he is a bust.

Corey Coleman (2016, #15 Browns), Josh Doctson (2016, #22 Redskins), Laquon Treadwell (2016, #23 Vikings)

All three of these guys are paired together because all three were drafted ahead of Michael Thomas (47th overall). Together, these three have 15 combined TD catches.

Kevin White (2015, #7 Bears)

Injuries destroyed White’s career. He played 14 games between 2015-2018 and caught just 25 passes. He never caught a touchdown in his career.

Top 11 WRs

11. Phillip Dorsett (2015, #29 Colts)

Dorsett was traded in 2017 from the Colts to the Patriots for QB Jacoby Brissett. In three years with Patriots, Dorsett never exceeded 400 yards. He has 11 career TDs in 71 games, and will enter 2020 with the Seahawks.

10. Breshad Perriman (2015, #26 Ravens)

Of his career numbers (95 catches, 1,561 yards, 11 TD), 25 catches, 506 yards, and 5 TDs came in the final 5 games of 2019. He will enter 2020 as one of the top 2 WRs on the Jets and look to continue his positive momentum on his fourth team in five years.

9. Corey Davis (2017, #5 Titans)

After being the #5 pick in the draft, Davis has been underwhelming for the Titans. He has just 6 career TDs (none as a rookie) and only 142 catches. He plays in an offense that places heavy emphasis on the run and the emerge of 2019 second round pick AJ Brown further devalues Davis’ stock.

8. Nelson Agholor (2015, #20 Eagles)

Agholor’s career highlight is 8 TD catches during the Eagles’ Super Bowl winning season in 2017. Still, he’s never been more than a third option in the passing game and has a horrible habit of drops. He signed with the Colts for 2020.

7. Calvin Ridley (2018, #26 Falcons)

Ridley has benefited from playing opposite of Julio Jones, in a high-powered offense with QB Matt Ryan. He has been extremely consistent through two seasons, catching 64 and 63 passes, respectively, for 821 and 860 yards. He has 17 career TDs and as Jones gets older, Ridley will become more and more of a threat for Atlanta.

6. Marquise Brown (2019, #25 Ravens)

Brown caught 7 TD passes as a rookie and showed a knack for big plays. Brown missed 5 games due to injury, but was clearly banged up in a handful of other games. Heading into his second season (and beyond) he must improve his conditioning and overall health. As long as he is on the field, he will always be a big play threat.

5. DeVante Parker (2015, #14 Dolphins)

Parker could have been cut after each of his first 4 seasons in the NFL. He was extremely underwhelming, was hurt and dropped too many passes. But in 2019, he was given one last chance and he capitalized on it big time. Coming into the season, Parker had 9 career TD catches. In 2019, he caught 9 TDs. His previous high in yards was 744 and he exceed 1000 yards for the first time (1,202) and caught a total of 72 passes. Parker finished 5th in receiving in 2019 (4th among WRs). With Miami on the upswing, Parker is too.

4. DJ Moore (2018, #24 Panthers)

Moore broke out in a big way in 2019, leading the Panthers with 87 catches and 1,175 yards. The 4 TDs (and 2 in 2018) are a product of a struggling offense, poor QB play, and the presence of Christian McCaffery. Moving forward, with Teddy Bridgewater and a new coaching staff, Moore should continue to ascend among the league’s best WRs.

3. Will Fuller (2016, #21 Texans)

With DeAndre Hopkins gone, Fuller becomes the #1 guy in Houston in 2020. Health has been the biggest barrier holding Fuller back. He has played 13, 11, 7, and 10 games each of his first 4 seasons. In 2017, he caught 7 touchdowns, on 28 receptions. In 2019, he set career highs for catches (49) and yards (670).

2. Mike Williams (2017, #7 Chargers)

After a quiet rookie season, Williams caught 10 TD passes in 2018, on 43 catches (25% of his receptions were touchdowns). He only had 2 touchdowns in 2019, and only caught 6 more passes (49), but exceed 1,000 yards and was first in the league, with 20.4 yards per reception.

1. Amari Cooper (2015, #4 Raiders)

Cooper has over 1,000 yards receiving in 4 of 5 seasons and has 5 or more touchdown catches each year. Raiders traded him to the Cowboys during the 2018 season for a first round pick and he has been worth the price for the Cowboys, who needed a legit #1 receiver. Cooper was 8th in the NFL in receiving yards in 2019.

Mike is an alum of the University of Cincinnati and the ultimate sports nerd.

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