We live in unprecedented times when it comes to the innovative offensive game at the college level. The college game is preparing more and more wide receivers to be pro-ready when they advance to the NFL. The depth of the recent receiver classes speaks to this premise. The cupboard is not bear, as there are plenty of talented receivers in the college ranks.
1) Kayshon Boutte- LSU Tigers
2) Treylon Burks- Arkansas Razorbacks
3) Chris Olave- Ohio State Buckeyes
4) Drake London- USC Trojans
5) David Bell- Purdue Boilermakers
6) Garrett Wilson- Ohio State Buckeyes
7) George Pickens- Georgia Bulldogs
8) John Metchie III- Alabama Crimson Tide
9) Justyn Ross- Clemson Tigers
Kayshon Boutte is the next in the long line of the talented LSU receivers heading to the next level. Boutte is only a sophomore so he will not be eligible to come out until 2023. Even as a younger player, Kayshon Boutte has every right to headline the position. Treylon Burks is a man amongst boys at the college football level. Burks pops off the screen due to his outrageous size to speed ratio. Burks is the type of prospect that NFL front offices covet and could very well be the first receiver off the board in the 2022 NFL Draft. We have the Buckeye duo on the shortlist: Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Olave is incredibly dynamic, taking the top off of a defense. Wilson has the prototypical game that makes him an excellent fit in any offense at the next level.
Drake London stands out in a crowd. Oozing with talent, London has been one of the most dominant forces in college football in 2021. Drake London can challenge for the top spot in the receiver class if he continues this type of production throughout the season. David Bell is yet another dynamic Boilermaker receiver. Following in the footsteps of Rondale Moore, David Bell can move all over the formation and cause defenses sleepless nights. George Pickens may very well have been at the top of this list if not for the unfortunate injury before the season. Pickens could reclaim that spot, this is how talented a young man we have on our hands. John Metchie III has stepped up his game in the absence of DeVonta Smith and Jaylen Waddle. Metchie III has been the go-to receiver in the Alabama offense in 2021. Seeing Justyn Ross back on a college football field is a delight. Ross is a talented player, and you are starting to see the player we saw glimpses of during his freshman season. The medical recheck will be a big hurdle for Ross, but as long as everything goes well–wheels up.
10) Romeo Doubs- Nevada Wolfpack
11) Jalen Tolbert- South Alabama
12) Marvin Mims- Oklahoma Sooners
13) Jahan Dotson- Penn State Nittany Lions
14) Calvin Austin III- Memphis Tigers
15) Ainias Smith- Texas A&M Aggies
16) Zay Flowers- Boston College Eagles
17) Khalil Shakir- Boise State Broncos
18) Jadon Haselwood- Oklahoma Sooners
Tier two includes several highly productive, smaller-school prospects that you may not normally see. Romeo Doubs has been the central figure in the Nevada Wolfpack offense for a couple of seasons now. Jalen Tolbert is a nightmare to cover. Tolbert has tormented defenses for a while now. Don’t let the small-school prospect escape your attention–Tolbert is the truth. Marvin Mims has elevated his position to the top receiver on the Oklahoma Sooner offense. Mims is a big play waiting to happen. I love Ainias Smith. Smith is a dual-threat player that is utilized as a runner out of the backfield. Ainias Smith is the type of player that teams label ‘offensive weapon’ due to his unique skillset and versatility. Khalil Shakir has been one of the most consistent receivers in college football for over a year now. Jadon Haselwood shows you the glimpses. We know that the talent is there, without question. If Haselwood can continue to develop more consistency, the sky is the limit.
19) Dontay Demus Jr.- Maryland Terrapins
20) Devon Thompkins- Utah State Aggies
21) Reggie Roberson- SMU Mustangs
22) Ty Fryfogle- Indiana Hoosiers
23) Charleston Rambo- Miami (FL) Hurricanes
24) Erik Ezukanma- Texas Tech Red Raiders
25) Emeka Emezie- NC State Wolfpack
Dontay Demus Jr. has climbed out of the presumed shadow of Rakim Jarrett to elevate himself to the top receiver in the Maryland program. Devon Thompkins‘ production is off the chart. Thompkins brings a sophisticated, nuanced route-running ability with him. NFL front offices will have to decide what to do with Reggie Roberson. Roberson is talented, but he is an older prospect with a lengthy injury history. Ty Fryfogle is a physically imposing receiver. The primary question around Fryfogle’s future success will be whether or not he can separate at the NFL level. Charleston Rambo continues to improve and in the process, elevates his draft stock.
26) Xavier Worthy- Texas Longhorns
27) Jaylon Robinson- Central Florida Knights
28) Emeka Egbuka- Ohio State Buckeyes
29) Jordan Addison- Pittsburgh Panthers
30) Chris Autman- Bell- Minnesota Golden Gophers
31) Alec Pierce- Cincinnati Bearcats
32) Gunner Romney- BYU Cougars
33) Jaquarii Robertson- Wake Forest Demon Deacons
34) Corey Rucker- Arkansas State
35) Jalen Cropper- Fresno State Bulldogs
36) Travell Harris- Washington State Cougars
37) Dontario Drummond- Ole Miss Rebels
38) Jaivon Heiligh- Coastal Carolina Chantecleers
39) Bo Melton- Rutgers Scarlet Knights
40) Jaden Walley- Mississippi State Bulldogs
Tier Four features a pair of freshmen receivers already making their mark. Xavier Worthy has elevated his status as one of the premier offensive weapons taking off in the Texas Longhorn offense, and Emeka Egbuka is already beginning to stand out in a deep Buckeye receiver room. These two are three seasons away from reaching the NFL level, but keep your eyes on their development because they have star potential.