Way Too Early 2022 NFL Draft Rankings
10: Frank Ladson (Clemson)
I probably like the younger receivers on the Clemson more than Ladson but the opportunity is there. We’ve seen very little of Ladson catching just 18 balls last year but he’s a big target at 6-foot-3 that should take the next step forward here in 2021.
9: David Bell (Purdue)
Rondale Moore is a stud but David Bell was the more complete receiver at Purdue. Not quite as twitchy but enough speed and checks in at 6-foot-2. He’s been very productive in the Big 10 with bad quarterback play. He’s a grown man already at the position.
8: Jahan Dotson (Penn State)
Jahan Dotson can play. If you want to see what Dotson brings to the table, watch him cook Shaun Wade during the Ohio State game this past year. The dude can really run. I think you may be looking at a potentially better version of KJ Hamler. Look for Dotson to explode this year. Shout out Nazareth PA! Local young blood doing it.
7: Treylon Burks (Arkansas)
Treylon Burks is a big boy. He was recruited as a linebacker by many schools standing at 6-foot-3, and a good 230. He’s probably the best blocker at the position and uses his strength to win balls in the air. Despite the size, Burks has averaged 16.2 yards per reception showing off that explosion. Hopefully, Burks has better quarterback play to work with this year. Anything has to be better than drunk Feleipe Franks, right?
6: Jadon Haselwood (Oklahoma)
Sample size? That’s really it here. Big recruit, haven’t seen much of the guy. Four receptions last year. It’s time to prove he can play. Decent size at 6-foot-2 but skinny.
5: John Metchie (Alabama)
John Metchie enters the season as the true WR1 at Alabama now. It’s his show. All those studs like DeVonta Smith, Jaylen Waddle, Jerry Jeudy, and Henry Ruggs are gone. Is Metchie more than just a deep threat? We’re going to find out. 16.7 yards per catch with plus speed is one thing. How complete of a wide receiver is he?
4: Garrett Wilson (Ohio State)
Garrett Wilson just needs to get stronger. Wilson is very athletic but is a frail 6-foot. The hands are there with a mega recruiting background. I think he can do it all. Line up anywhere and run the routes. Now it’s time to take that proverbial DeVonta Smith leap and prove he can play bigger and continue to hone in on the craft.
3: Justyn Ross (Clemson)
Ross is a height, weight, speed. We just haven’t seen him in for a while. A rare Congenital neck injury raises questions about his entire career. We don’t know what’s going to happen yet. If healthy, we’ve seen how good this cat is. 6-foot-4 and dominated as a true freshman. As a freshman on a roster with Tee Higgins, Hunter Renfrow, and Amari Rodgers; it was Ross that lead the team in receiving. This cat is built different.
2: Chris Olave (Ohio State)
Chris Olave is just so smooth. His hands are flat out ridiculous. Guy catches everything, gets open all the time, and somehow wins all these contested catch situations despite not being huge. Not a big time recruit but this he’s good. More similar to the Michael Thomas route rather than a physical specimen.
1: George Pickens (Georgia)
You probably won’t see George Pickens this year. He tore his ACL this spring and likely will just declare for the draft and call it a day. I can promise you, this is the dude right here. Georgia hasn’t had a guy like this since AJ Green. Pickens has a chance to be better. He’s still a little raw in the route running and may not be a pure speedster but god he’s good. He was born to be a receiver.
Go watch the Sugar Bowl from his freshman year. Pickens is the real deal. If any wide receiver gets picked ahead of him, the list is wrong.
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