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NFL Draft Recap: WR Edition

Here is a list of WR drafted in the 2021 NFL Draft.

#5) Cincinnati Bengals: Ja’Maar Chase, LSU

6’0, 208 pounds

2019 Stats: 14 games, 84 receptions, 1780 yards (21.2 avg), 20 TDs, 

Chase is the first wide receiver taken in the 2021 NFL Draft and rightfully so. Chase showcased his ability to make big plays with Joe Burrow when they played together in 2018 and 2019, and now they get a chance to do it on the biggest stage in football. 

Chase was a 2020 opt out, but that did not have the Bengals doubting their decision. There might be a lot of controversy with this pick because of Joe Burrow’s knee injury and the Bengals passing on Penei Sewell, but the Bengals have a chance to have a great, young wide receiver corps in Ja’Maar Chase, Tee Higgins, and Tyler Boyd. Chase will certainly produce in the NFL, but now the focus shifts to Joe Burrow’s recovery process and the Bengals future additions to its bottom-tier offensive line. 

 

#6) Miami Dolphins: Jaylen Waddle, Alabama

5’10, 182 pounds

2018-2020 stats: 34 games, 106 receptions, 1,999 yards (18.9 avg), 17 TDs

Another college receiver reunited with their former QB. Waddle joins Tua Tagovailoa in Miami and will provide big play potential in that offense. The Dolphins team is built around good defense and a low turnover offense, which resulted in a 10-6 record. The offense features a lot of short passes and Waddle can provide a lot of YAC opportunities on slant passes over the middle or designed screens. Tua ranked 30th among QBs last year in passing yards per attempt (6.3 Y/A), but Waddle’s play should increase that. The Dolphins could also use Waddle to spread the defense vertically with his speed, and open up more opportunities for others within the offense. The Miami receiving corps now looks pretty dangerous with newly signed Will Fuller (a fellow speedster) DeVante Parker, Mike Gesicki, Myles Gaskin and now Jaylen Waddle. 

 

#10) Philadelphia Eagles (from DAL): DeVonta Smith, Alabama

6’1, 175 pounds

2020 stats: 13 games, 117 receptions, 1,856 yards, 23 receiving TDs, 1 rushing TD

Yet another college QB-WR reunited. Jalen Hurts and DeVonta Smith both played together in Alabama and now they are back together in Philly. The 2020 Heisman Trophy winner goes to Philadelphia after they traded up from #12, because the Eagles made an uncommon, interdivision trade with the Cowboys to move up and draft Smith, and fill a WR void that has been there for years. The Eagles were terrible in receiving yards last year, ranking 28th in the league in yardage. No player had more than 600 yards receiving on the entire team. The leaders in receiving yards for them were Travis Fulgham (539 yards), Dallas Goedert (524 yards) and Greg Ward (419 yards). Smith is an instant upgrade for Philadelphia and should provide Jalen Hurts a strong number one option. The Eagles love to go up the seams with their two tight ends (Ertz and Goedert) and Smith will be a nice compliment to that offensive scheme. Look for Smith to prove the doubters wrong about his size and show what he can do in Philadelphia. 

 

#20) New York Giants (from CHI): Kadarious Toney, Florida

The Giants add to their receiving unit with their selection of Kadarious Toney at #20 overall. Toney has big play ability and compliments the new addition of Kenny Golladay well, in that offense. Daniel Jones has some new guys to throw to in Golladay and Toney and they also still have Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram and Darius Slayton. Toney has great elusiveness and ability to make big plays, he’s a player who can beat you deep, take a screen for a big play, or even take a handoff. The Giants can use him in a way like the Panthers used Curtis Samuel last year. 

 

#27) Baltimore Ravens: Rashod Bateman, Minnesota

2019 Stats: 13 games, 60 reception, 1219 yards, 11 TDs

6’0, 190 pounds

Bateman is a great addition to the Baltimore offense and a great weapon for Lamar Jackson. WR performance has been a crucial pain point for the Ravens offense and the passing game has been their achilles heel. Bateman has a lot of great tools to be a stellar wide receiver in the NFL with great speed and ability to make contested catches. Bateman fits really well in the Baltimore offense because he’s in the middle between the speedster Hollywood Brown, and tight end Mark Andrews. Another dangerous weapon in an already dangerous Ravens offense. Watch out. 

 

#34) New York Jets: Elijah Moore, Ole Miss

5’9, 178 pounds

2019-2020 Stats: 20 games, 153 catches, 2046 yards, 14 TDs

The first receiver taken in the second round goes to the Jets. Moore is a great slot receiver and offers big play potential. The Jets also added Corey Davis this year on a three year deal, and they still have Jamison Crowder, who is their main slot guy right now. Crowder could be a cut candidate now that they drafted a younger slot guy in Moore. Zach Wilson and Moore will look to build chemistry for the young Jets offense. 

 

All Other WRs Drafted: 

#49) Arizona Cardinals: Rondale Moore, Purdue

#56) Seattle Seahawks: D’Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan

#57) Los Angeles Rams: Tutu Atwell, Louisville

#59) Carolina Panthers: Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU

#77) Los Angeles Chargers: Josh Palmer, Tennessee

#82) Washington Football Team: Dyami Brown, North Carolina

#85) Green Bay Packers (from TEN): Amari Rodgers, Clemson

#89) Houston Texans (from CAR via CLE): Nico Collins, Michigan

#91) Cleveland Browns (from NO): Anthony Schwartz, Auburn

#109 )Tennessee Titans (from HOU via CAR): Dez Fitzpatrick, Louisville

#112) Detroit Lions: Amon- Ra St. Brown, USC

#129) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from SEA):Jaelon Darden, North Texas

#131) Baltimore Ravens: Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State

#141) Los Angeles Rams (compensatory pick): Jacob Harris, UCF

#157) Minnesota Vikings: Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa

#179) Dallas Cowboys (compensatory pick): Simi Fehoko, Stanford

#181) Kansas City Chiefs (compensatory pick): Cornell Powell, Clemson

#187) Atlanta Falcons: Frank Darby, Arizona State

#203) Buffalo Bills (from WAS via LV, MIA, HOU): Marquez Stevenson, Houston

#204) Carolina Panthers (from CHI): Shi Smith, South Carolina

#205) Tennessee Titans: Racey McMath, LSU

#209) Jacksonville Jaguars (from LAR): Jalen Camp, Georgia Tech

#211) Cleveland Browns: Demetric Felton, UCLA

#219) Denver Broncos (from ATL): Seth Williams, Auburn

#221) Chicago Bears (compensatory pick): Dazz Newsome, North Carolina

#229) Indianapolis Colts  (from JAX via NO): Mike Strachan, Charleston (WV)

#242) New England Patriots: Tre Nixon, UCF

#249) LA Rams (From TEN via JAX): Ben Skowronek, Notre Dame

#255) New Orleans Saints: Kawaan Baker, South Alabama

#258) Washington Football Team (from KC via MIA): Dax Milne, BYU

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