2015 NFL Draft: Intriguing Wide Receivers to Watch

Get to know six receivers available in the upcoming NFL Draft

The 2015 NFL Draft begins on Thursday, April 30 in Chicago, Illinois.

2015 NFL Draft Schedule

Date

Round(s)

Time

Thursday, April 30

1

7pm CT

Friday, May 1

2-3

6pm CT

Saturday, May 2

4-7

11am CT

It's been a popular position for draft analysts to connect to the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, particularly in the first round. But after the free agent signing of receiver Jeremy Maclin, some believe the Chiefs will head in another direction while others believe it's still a legitimate possibility.

In any case, here are six names to know at the receiver position in this draft:

Louisville's DeVante Parker

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Parker (6'3", 209 pounds) caught 43 passes for 855 yards and five touchdowns in just six games last season for Louisville. He had a foot injury that sidelined him for the first seven games.

He's widely considered a top 15 pick in the upcoming draft and he's the No. 8 overall prospect for Daniel Jeremiah, a former scout and current NFL Network draft analyst.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com gave this scouting report evaluation of Parker:

"Parker does his best work when the ball is in the air. He uses his height and wingspan to consistently snatch anything that comes his way. Parker isn't going to overpower cornerbacks and he will have more contested catches than most explosive wideouts. He has consistently posted eye-popping yards-per-catch numbers during his time at Louisville and showed of solid athleticism at the combine. Parker has the potential to be a legitimate lead receiver for a West Coast offense."


USC's Nelson Agholor

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Agholor (6'0", 198 pounds) finished his junior season at USC with 104 receptions for 1,313 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He caught at least seven passes and had 80 yards receiving in nine of 13 games, including two games of more than 200 yards receiving (Washington State, California).

Agholor was born in Lagos, Nigeria and his family came to the United States when he was five years old. His father was a high-level soccer player before bringing his family initially to New York, then settling in Florida.

One of the first football teams Agholor played for at Liberty Middle School was called the Lutz Chiefs.

He's projected as a first-round pick by Jeremiah, who right now has Agholor going to the Houston Texans at No. 16.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had this scouting report on Agholor:

"Intelligent, instinctive receiver with an advanced feel for getting himself open against zone coverage and off man. Play speed doesn't match timed speed. Needs to force cornerbacks to respect him over the top. Agholor's best position could be working from the slot as a reliable possession receiver who can step right into the punt-returner job on Day 1."


Ohio State's Devin Smith

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Smith (6'0", 196 pounds) finished his senior season with 33 catches for 931 yards and 12 touchdowns.

He was a big-play machine for the Buckeyes National Championship team, averaging 28.2 yards per catch with 36 percent of his catches resulting in touchdowns.

In the Big 10 Championship Game, Smith had four receptions for 137 yards and three touchdowns.

He's currently Jeremiah's No. 33-rated player in this draft.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had this scouting report on Smith:

"Smith isn't just combine-fast, he's game-fast and he would have had more than 12 touchdown catches during the 2014 season if he didn't have to slow down and wait on throws so often. Smith has the feet and hips to become much more than a deep-ball specialist and should be able to step right into a gunner spot on special teams. He still needs to learn his craft and improve his hands, but he has rare speed to score from anywhere on the field."

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Small School Standout

University of Central Florida's Breshad Perriman

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Perriman (6'2", 212 pounds) reportedly ran a 4.24 and a 4.27 40-yard dash at his UCF Pro Day, which would have tied for the best mark ever at the NFL Scouting Combine (Chris Johnson – 4.24 – 2008).

As a junior in 2014, Perriman caught 50 passes for 1,044 yards (20.9 ypc) and nine touchdowns.

Perriman's father, Brett, played 10 years in the NFL with the New Orleans Saints (1988-90), Detroit Lions (1991-96), Kansas City Chiefs (1997) and Miami Dolphins (1997).

According to NFL Network's Mike Mayock, Perriman is one of four receivers who will be drafted within the first 20 picks.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had this scouting report on Perriman:

"Rare combination of size, top-end speed and suddenness that can be found in some of the best receivers in the game. Arrow is pointed way up on Perriman and he is one of the most discussed prospects in draft rooms around the league. His drops will drive teams crazy, but his physical traits and ability to hit the big play should warrant early consideration."

Photos of 2015 wide receiver draft prospects.


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Missouri's Dorial Green-Beckham

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After sitting out last season at Oklahoma due to being dismissed from the team at Missouri following the 2013 season, Green-Beckham (6'5", 372 pounds) has been of the more interesting storylines to follow throughout this draft process.

While at Missouri, Green-Beckham was a playmaker with 59 catches for 883 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2013. At his size and running a 4.49 40-yard dash at the combine, there's plenty of reason to be optimistic about Green-Beckham's ceiling in the NFL.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had this scouting report on Green-Beckham:

"Long-strider with vertical ability to change a game and the catch radius and body control to make the difficult look easy. However, Green-Beckham struggles against physical cornerbacks, and is raw as a route runner with poor instincts when it comes to getting open. It's easy to bet on the traits when a receiver has high football character and is a willing worker, but teams could pass on the traits early in the draft due to his perceived lack of work ethic and overall character."


Kansas State's Tyler Lockett

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Lockett (5'10", 182 pounds) was one of the most productive receivers in the country last season for Kansas State.

According to an article for ESPN Insider, Lockett "had more receptions of 10 or more yards against Power 5 teams than anyone in the nation, including Amari Cooper and Kevin White. Lockett also led the nation in red zone receptions (19) and yards receiving (171) last year."

He's listed as the Pro Football Focus No. 1 most underrated NFL Draft prospect and ESPN's Todd McShay lists him as the top "satellite" playmaker in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Lockett is projected as a second or third-round pick.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com had this scouting report on Lockett:

"Highly competitive with a history of production at Kansas State. Utilizes great routes and suddenness out of his breaks to get consistent separation. Lockett is a film rat who can come in and compete for a slot receiver spot right away and should be an NFL punt returner."

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