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Top Five 2015 NFL Draft Prospects- Wide Receiver

Updated on August 14, 2015

These guys will look to become the future playmakers of NFL franchises. Today I rank the top five wide receiver prospects for the upcoming NFL Draft.

1. Amari Cooper, Alabama

Bio: In three seasons at Alabama, Amari Cooper caught 228 passes for over 3,400 yards and 31 touchdowns. In 2014, he surpassed many Alabama single season and career receiving records and won the Biletnikoff award as the nation's top receiver.

Strengths: Excellent quickness and balance to get a clean release against press coverage and to make defenders miss in space. Can accelerate in a flash, generating the burst to gain separation from the top cornerbacks of the SEC. Makes incredible catches look easy with his excellent hand-eye coordination and awareness to high point passes. Competitive run blocker.

Weaknesses: Not an ideal route runner and drops too many passes. Catches the ball with his body too often. Doesn't contest passes when engaged with a cornerback.

Projected Round: 1

2. Kevin White, West Virginia

Bio: After spending time in junior college, Kevin White joined West Virginia in 2013. In two years with the Mountaineers, he has 144 receptions for over 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Strengths: Tall and slender frame with good muscle definition and functional strength in contested situations. Outstanding leaping ability and reflexes to make adjustments to easily secure balls away from his body and is at his best high pointing and plucking with his large and reliable hands. Great foot quickness to beat press and get vertical in a hurry with his downfield acceleration. Displays above average coordination and footwork in his breaks to create separation at the top of routes and catch the ball without breaking stride to create after the catch.

Weaknesses: He isn't a burner and doesn't have the elite suddenness in space to consistently make defenders miss or dance his way out of trouble. Needs to learn how to run routes better. Occasionally loses focus and drops passes. Needs to learn how to properly run block in order to avoid basing called for holding.

Projected Round: 1

3. DeVante Parker, Louisville

Bio: In four years at Louisville, DeVante Parker recorded 156 receptions for over 2,700 yards and 33 touchdowns.

Strengths: His size, hands, and leaping ability make him a tough receiver to defend as there is anywhere in the country. He utilizes great body control and timing to win any ball thrown in his vicinity regardless of how well-covered he is. Shows impressive shiftiness despite being a long-strider and has a nice second gear to create distance once he's in the open field.

Weaknesses: Doesn't have great burst or quickness to get off the line. Struggles against press coverage and doesn't have ideal straight line speed to separate on go routes. Needs to develop better skills as a route runner and learn to comeback to the ball when its under thrown. He also missed half of his senior season die to injury.

Projected Round: 1

4. Devin Smith, Ohio State

Bio: In four years at Ohio State, Devin Smith earned a reputation as one of the best deep threats in college football. He recorded 121 receptions for over 2,500 yards and 30 touchdowns.

Strengths: Possesses quick strides that allow him to pick up speed vertically with strong cuts in his routes to create some separation against defenders. Has earned a reputation for getting behind the secondary for big plays by using his deep, fast speed and also contributing on special teams coverage.

Weaknesses: Inconsistent tracking ability causing him to adjust late which results in drops. His lean frame is less than ideal and other than running vertically, he hasn't proven himself as a route runner.

Projected Round: 1-2

5. Dorial Green-Beckham, Oklahoma

Bio: Dorial Green-Beckham was one of the most sought after wide receiver prospects coming out of high school. After playing two seasons at Missouri, he transferred to Oklahoma.

Strengths: Physical specimen with freakish athleticism for his tall, long frame. Long strider with the speed to be a legitimate vertical threat. speed to be a legitimate vertical threat. Has natural body power to trample defensive backs after the catch and uses his hands well downfield to fight for positioning. Possesses the ball skills and rhythm in his routes to finish and be a dangerous, Randy Moss like receiver.

Weaknesses: Must spend time in the weight room to physically mature. Doesn't have the maturity or work ethic to be a professional yet. Not a flexible route runner and doesn't disguise the routes he does run. Many off the field issues that caused him to be dismissed by Missouri.

Projected Round: 1-2

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    • Josh Ruga profile image

      Joshua Ruga 

      3 years ago from New Jersey

      Another deep crop of wide receivers. If this group is anything like the rookie class of 2014, it should be interesting to watch, along with being great for fantasy football players like myself who like to pick up rookies after a big game.

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