2011 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Rankings

Published on January 22, 2011 by     Seahawk Fanatic

  1. A.J. Green*, WR, Georgia
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 10 Pick.

    10/1/10: Green has served his four-game suspension by the NCAA, and he makes his debut this week against Colorado. Stay tuned…

    3/31/10: Despite the downgrade at quarterback, A.J. Green did not suffer a dropoff in production. He caught 53 balls for 808 yards and six touchdowns in 10 games. With Julio Jones’ drop problems, Green is the No. 1 wideout in the 2011 class for now.

    8/7/09: Like Julio Jones, A.J. Green humiliated SEC corners as a true freshman, collecting 56 catches for 963 yards and eight scores. There might be a dropoff with Matt Stafford gone, but there’s no denying Green’s talent.

  2. Jonathan Baldwin*, WR, Pittsburgh
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 225.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 20 Pick.

    10/1/10: Pittsburgh elected not to throw at cornerback Brandon Harris as everyone else has done this season in Baldwin’s matchup against the first-rounder for Miami. Baldwin has been very consistent this season catching the football and looks like a huge possession receiver at the next level.

    3/31/10: Believe it or not, but there are other receivers in this 2011 NFL draft class besides Julio Jones, Michael Floyd and A.J. Green. Jonathan Baldwin, at 6-5, 225, caught 57 balls for 1,111 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore in 2009.

  3. Michael Floyd*, WR, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 220.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2011): Top 20 Pick.

    10/1/10: Floyd has been very consistent thus far this season catching at least five balls in each of his first four games for a 14.1 yard per catch average. He has shows excellent athleticism and has a knack for timing jump balls and keeping his feet in bounds. Floyd is a first-round pick.

    5/17/10: Dropped him to No. 4 in my 2011 NFL Draft wide receiver rankings. I figure he needs to prove he can stay healthy for a whole season to be drafted in the top half of the first round.

    3/31/10: Michael Floyd played in just seven games in 2009 – the people who say Jimmy Clausen had elite talent tend to ignore this – yet he still grabbed 44 receptions for 795 yards and nine touchdowns.

    8/7/09: Michael Floyd contributed immediately, catching 48 passes for 719 yards and seven touchdowns. He played in only 10 games because of a knee sprain.

  4. Julio Jones*, WR, Alabama
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round (2011): 1-2.

    10/1/10: We have seen too much inconsistency in Jones’ game to say he is locked into the first round. He doesn’t always come out very sharply out of his routes, drops catchable passes and tends to lose focus.

    3/31/10: Caught only 43 passes for 596 yards and four touchdowns in 2009. Struggled with drops.

    8/7/09: The top receiving prospect we’ve seen since Calvin Johnson, Julio Jones has a shot at being drafted first overall. Running pro routes, Jones dominated the SEC as a true freshman, garnering 58 receptions for 924 yards and four touchdowns.

  5. Ryan Broyles*, WR/PR, Oklahoma
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.41.
    Projected Round (2011): 2.

    10/1/10: Broyles is second in the nation in receiving yardage at the moment as he has been absolutely dominant for the Sooners catching 41 balls for 482 yards and four touchdowns. He is excellent in getting yards after the catch and really has a second gear in the open field.

    3/31/10: Despite missing Sam Bradford almost the entire year, Ryan Broyles compiled 89 receptions, 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was also great on punt returns (15.9 average).

  6. DeVier Posey*, WR, Ohio State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2011): 2-3.

    10/1/10: Posey has solid size, speed, and seems to have improved his overall receiving skills from last season. He has upside and just might break out when given the chance in Big Ten conference play.

    3/31/10: Has the production to match his impressive size and solid speed – caught 60 balls for 828 yards and eight touchdowns as a sophomore.

  7. Austin Pettis, WR, Boise State
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 201.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2011): 2-3.

    10/1/10: Pettis made a name for himself against Virginia Tech going for six catches for 73 yards and two touchdowns. He has very consistent, soft hands and uses his big frame to his advantage. However, he lacks great athleticism and speed to be a huge vertical threat at the next level.

    3/31/10: Had a big junior campaign for Boise State, catching 63 balls for 855 yards and 14 touchdowns.

  8. Leonard Hankerson, WR, Miami
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.57.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-4.

    10/1/10: Hankerson’s hands are a little inconsistent, but he has shown the ability to make the acrobatic catch as well. If he becomes more consistent he could sneak into the second round. Hankerson has 241 receiving yards and three touchdowns through his first three games this season.

    3/31/10: Compiled 45 receptions, 801 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.

  9. Dwayne Harris, WR/KR, East Carolina
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-4.

    10/1/10: Harris is one of the more underrated receiving prospects in the country. He’s a very polished, competitive player who doesn’t go down easy once the ball is in his hands. Harris has notched 23 catches for 294 yards and four touchdowns this year for the ECU Pirates.

    3/31/10: The 83 catches for 978 yards and seven touchdowns are nice. The three scores on kick returns are better.

  10. Matt Szczur, WR/RB/KR, Villanova
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-4.

    3/31/10: Villanova’s all-purpose back, Matt Szczur had 654 rushing yards and 542 receiving yards in 2009. He also averaged 27.6 yards per kickoff return.
  11. Ronald Johnson, WR/RS, USC
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/1/10: Johnson is more athletic than Damian Williams showcasing very impressive speed and athleticism, but he needs to step up his production. Check out his punt return for a touchdown against Hawaii showing his suddenness and elite second burst to blow by Hawaii’s coverage unit.

    3/31/10: Played eight games because of a collarbone injury; caught 34 passes for 378 yards.

    8/7/09: As a sophomore, Ronald Johnson caught just 33 passes, but turned that into 570 yards and eight touchdowns. Johnson also happens to be a very effective kick-returner.

  12. Greg Little, WR, North Carolina
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 212.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.55.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/1/10: Senior WR Greg Little is out indefinitely with an NCAA eligibility issue. He has a lot of upside and is physically a better prospect than Brandon Tate.

    3/31/10: Greg Little managed 62 receptions, 724 yards and five touchdowns as a junior in 2009.

  13. Titus Young, WR, Boise State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 170.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.41.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/1/10: Young is a smaller receiver, but he has nice speed and is a very sharp route runner. Young has 15 catches for 310 yards and two touchdowns on the year including a five-catch, 136-yard performance against Oregon State.

    3/31/10: Needs to bulk up his rail-thin frame. Caught 79 passes for 1,041 yards and 10 touchdowns as a junior.

  14. Derrell Johnson-Koulianos, WR/KR, Iowa
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    3/31/10: An underrated talent, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos snagged 45 passes for 750 yards in 2009. Doubles as a solid kick-returner.

    8/7/09: A big receiver with solid speed, Derrell Johnson-Koulianos notched 44 receptions for 639 yards and three scores as a sophomore.

  15. Jerrel Jernigan, WR/KR, Troy
    Height: 5-9. Weight: 184.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.39.
    Projected Round (2011): 3-5.

    10/1/10: Jernigan is an athletic player in the open field. He has 31 catches for 384 yards and two touchdowns on the year, but 209 of his receiving yards came against Arkansas State.

    3/31/10: Had a big year for Troy, catching 71 balls for 1,101 yards and four touchdowns. Also averaged 23 yards on kickoff returns.

  16. Terrance Toliver, WR, LSU
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 206.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    3/31/10: Terrance Toliver really improved as a junior, catching 53 passes for 735 yards and three scores.
  17. DeAndre Brown*, WR, Southern Miss
    Height: 6-6. Weight: 228.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.48.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    3/31/10: Coming off a broken leg, DeAndre Brown caught 47 passes for 785 yards and nine scores. What broken leg?

    8/7/09: As a freshman, DeAndre Brown logged 67 receptions for 1,117 yards and 12 touchdowns. Unfortunately, he broke his leg in a meaningless winter practice game.

  18. Vincent Brown, WR, San Diego State
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 180.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    3/31/10: Vincent Brown hauled in 45 receptions, 778 yards and six touchdowns in 2009. All of this was in seven games – he missed time with a thumb injury.
  19. Ryan Whalen, WR, Stanford
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    3/31/10: Ryan Whalen notched 57 receptions, 926 yards and four touchdowns in 2009.
  20. Chris Owusu*, WR, Stanford
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 201.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.46.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6

    3/31/10: Grabbed 37 balls for 682 yards and five scores in a pro-style attack. Could declare early if Andrew Luck leaves.
  21. Cecil Shorts III, WR, Mount Union
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 190.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    3/31/10: Another great year for Cecil Shorts III – 90 catches, 1,551 yards and 17 scores.

    8/7/09: Aside from having one of the coolest names in this draft class, Cecil Shorts III registered 77 receptions for 1,484 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2008.

  22. Armon Binns, WR, Cincinnati
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.58.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    3/31/10: Notched 61 receptions, 888 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2009.
  23. James Rodgers, WR/KR/PR, Oregon State
    Height: 5-7. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.38.
    Projected Round (2011): 4-6.

    3/31/10: Hauled in 91 passes for 1,034 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009. Was also very effective on punt and kick returns. Unfortunately, his 5-7 height will hurt his draft stock.

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  24. Niles Paul, WR/KR/PR, Nebraska
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 215.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.42.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    3/31/10: Niles Paul managed 40 receptions, 796 yards and four touchdowns as a junior. His kickoff (27.9) and punt return (10.7) averages were both impressive.
  25. Jeremy Kerley, WR/PR, TCU
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 192.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.44.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    3/31/10: In addition to his great punt returning (14.4 average, 2 TDs), Jeremy Kerley caught 44 balls for 532 yards.

    8/7/09: Strictly a punt-returner; Jeremy Kerley averaged 13.4 yards per return as a sophomore.

  26. Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.60.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    3/31/10: We’re used to seeing big numbers from Hawaii receivers – Greg Salas collected 106 receptions, 1,590 yards and eight touchdowns in 2009.
  27. James Cleveland, WR, Houston
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 205.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.54.
    Projected Round (2011): 5-7.

    3/31/10: Another receiver with bloated numbers as a result of the offense he plays in, James Cleveland collected 104 receptions, 1,214 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2009.
  28. Phillip Livas, PR/KR, Louisiana Tech
    Height: 5-8. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.34.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-7.

    3/31/10: Had another great year as a return specialist in 2009; averaged 27.0 yards on kickoffs and 13.4 yards on punts. Scored twice.

    8/7/09: Will be drafted as a return specialist only; despite playing on a bum knee, Phillip Livas scored three return touchdowns in 2008.

  29. Jarvis Williams, WR, N.C. State
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 213.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-7.

    3/31/10: Finished his junior campaign with 45 receptions, 547 yards and 11 touchdowns.
  30. Mark Dell, WR, Michigan State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 188.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-7.

    3/31/10: Struggling this year with a shoulder injury (26 catches, 449 yards).

    5/13/09: We’ll have to see how Mark Dell does without Brian Hoyer, but as a sophomore, he caught 36 passes for 679 yards and three touchdowns.

  31. Gerald Jones, WR, Tennessee
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-7.

    3/31/10: Caught 46 passes for 680 yards and four touchdowns in 2009.

    8/7/09: Gerald Jones notched 30 receptions for 323 yards and four scores as a sophomore. He was also effective as a punt-returner.

  32. Scotty McKnight, WR, Colorado
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    3/31/10: Grabbed 76 balls for 893 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.

    8/7/09: As a sophomore, Scotty McKnight logged 46 receptions for 519 yards and five scores.

  33. Dane Sanzenbacher, WR, Ohio State
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.61.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    3/31/10: Snagged 35 receptions, 563 yards and six touchdowns as a junior.
  34. Aldrick Robinson, WR, SMU
    Height: 5-10. Weight: 175.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.36.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    3/31/10: Caught 47 passes for 800 yards and five scores.

    8/7/09: Aldrick Robinson has a nice 40 and has put up pretty stats (59 receptions, 1,047 yards in 2008), but he plays in a gimmick offense. Robinson was also suspended by his head coach last year.

  35. Marshall Williams, WR, Wake Forest
    Height: 6-1. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.49.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    3/31/10: Hauled in 60 receptions for 867 yards and six scores in 2009.
  36. Vidal Hazelton, WR, Cincinnati
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 210.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    8/7/09: A transfer from USC, Vidal Hazelton will have to wait until 2010 to play for the Bearcats. Hazelton caught 57 balls for 586 yards and four scores in 2007, but was hampered by injuries last year.
  37. Jeshua Anderson, WR, Washington State
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 186.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.32.
    Projected Round (2011): 6-FA.

    3/31/10: Quit the Washington State football team to focus on his track and field career. Al Davis is devastated.

    8/7/09: Jeshua Anderson is a track star who is going to blow Al Davis away at the Combine. Anderson’s meager stats (33 receptions for 305 yards) won’t keep Undead Al from drafting the man with the misspelled first name.

  38. Frantrell Forrest, WR/KR, UAB
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 195.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/31/10: Compiled 34 receptions, 558 yards and nine touchdowns in 2009. Averaged 21.9 yards on kickoff returns.

    8/7/09: Caught 42 balls for 536 yards and two scores in 10 games in 2008. Also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.

  39. Kevin Grayson, WR, Richmond
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 200.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/31/10: Saw a massive dropoff in production in 2009 (38 catches, 444 yards, 2 TDs).

    8/7/09: Kevin Grayson registered 61 receptions, 853 yards and three scores in 2008. He was given award for his volunteer work and community service.

  40. Duval Kamara, Notre Dame
    Height: 6-5. Weight: 219.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.64.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/31/10: Struggling with a knee injury, Duval Kamara caught only 23 passes as a junior.

    8/7/09: Duval Kamara… why does that sound like a car? Kamara had 20 receptions for 206 yards and a score as a sophomore.

  41. Delashaun Dean, Arizona
    Height: 6-4. Weight: 198.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.50.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/31/10: A dropoff in production as a junior; snagged 42 receptions for 396 yards.

    8/7/09: As a sophomore, Delashaun Dean grabbed 53 balls for 593 yards and four touchdowns.

  42. Johnathan Wilson, WR, Kansas
    Height: 6-3. Weight: 189.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.56.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/31/10: Had 35 catches and 449 yards in 2010.

    8/7/09: Jonathan Wilson caught 43 passes for 565 yards and three scores as a sophomore. He led all wideouts with 133 yards in the Kansas spring game.

  43. David Gilreath, PR, Wisconsin
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 165.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.43.
    Projected Round (2011): 7-FA.

    3/31/10: Struggled on punt returns in 2009 (5.6 average). Caught only 12 passes.

    8/7/09: Could get drafted as a punt-returner; in 2007, David Gilreath averaged 14 yards per take-back. Gilreath caught 31 balls for 520 yards and three touchdowns as a sophomore.

  44. D’Andre Goodwin, WR, Washington
    Height: 5-11. Weight: 183.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.47.
    Projected Round (2011): FA.

    3/31/10: Was lost in the 2009 offense; caught only 14 passes.

    8/7/09: Finished his sophomore campaign with 60 receptions for 692 yards and a score. Needs to add some bulk.

  45. Austin Rogers, WR, Tennessee
    Height: 6-2. Weight: 185.
    Projected 40 Time: 4.45.
    Projected Round (2011): FA.

    10/10/09: Suffered a torn ACL in the summer.

    2/7/09: Thanks to being paired with some of the worst quarterbacks in college football history, Austin Rogers managed just 14 receptions for 180 yards.

    7/26/08: Austin Rogers was second on Tennessee with 56 catches and 624 yards. Rogers was pretty consistent until the final three contests of the 2007 campaign, when he had just seven total receptions.

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