With the 16th pick, Jerry Rice was selected in the first round of the 1985 NFL draft. Rice would later go on to own virtually every significant NFL wide receiving record, including: receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), and total touchdowns (208).
There will never be another Jerry Rice. But there will certainly be a whole slew of amazing pass catchers heading to the NFL in the next few years. Many of these wide receivers have already declared for this years draft. From small receivers flashing awesome sticky football gloves to physical wideouts who can catch as well as they block, here are some of the best wide receivers that will likely be taken early on in this year's NFL draft:
- A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss -- Brown came into 2018 with extremely high expectations, and did not disappoint. He totaled 85 receptions for 1,320 yards, and six touchdowns this season. The NFL has been waiting for Brown to enter the draft since his freshman season in 2016, where he averaged 14.2 yards per catch. Now, Brown is the most highly touted wide receiver in this year's draft.
- Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo -- Over the last two college football seasons, Johnson shined for the Buffalo Bulls; playing 24 games, catching 133 passes for 2,367 yards, and scoring 25 total touchdowns. Khalil Mack is certainly the best player in recent years out of Buffalo, but Johnson is hoping to break into the conversation.
- N'Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State -- Harry is perhaps the most physically gifted receiver in the country. As a sophomore in 2017, he grabbed 82 passes for 1,142 yards. Alongside QB Manny Wilkins, N'Keal brought in 9 touchdowns this season. The 6-4 Junior will surely help out any NFL franchise, especially those with a dearth at the wideout position.
- Marquise Brown, WR, Oklahoma -- Brown, one of the fastest players in the country, brought in 75 catches, 1,318 yards, and 10 touchdowns. He will certainly be an explosive option for any professional team. Brown is projected to be drafted in rounds 1-3.
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