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The NFL Draft is set to for April 25-27. The combines have already taken place and pro day workouts are set for this month. Every aspect of the process can alter the rankings of the players coming out this year. At present time, there are many receivers ranked among the top 50 players, regardless of position. Here's a look at the receivers who are likely to make the most impact out of this year's draft class.
D.K Metcalf (Ole Miss)
As a freshman in 2016, Metcalf caught two passes in the first two games before his season ended due to a foot injury. In 2017, Metcalf caught 39 passes for 646 yards and seven touchdowns. Last season, he was on pace to eclipse those total before going down with a neck injury versus Arkansas. In seven game, he averaged 21.9 yards on 26 receptions and scored five touchdowns. Although missing much time due to injury, his stock is extremely high. He ran a 4.33 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine and showed his strength on the bench press. His big size at 6' 4" and 230 pounds gives him an advantage on balls in traffic and the red zone, while his speed makes him a threat to stretch the field on any given play.
Marquise Brown (Oklahoma)
Brown was very impressive in his collegiate career at Oklahoma. Not on the field as a freshman, Brown hauled in 57 passes for 1095 yards and seven touchdowns as a sophomore. Although his yards per reception dropped slightly from 19.1 to 17.6 from his sophomore to junior year, Brown surpassed his totals in receptions, yards and touchdowns with 75 receptions, 1318 yards and ten touchdowns. Although undersized at 5' 10" and 165 pounds, Brown has top notch vertical speed to go along with excellent quickness. He can stretch the field among the best and his quickness will enable him to maneuver in and out of routes.
N'Keal Harry (Arizona State)
A three-year starter, Harry has deceptive speed for a big man, having posted a 4.53 in the 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. He caught 58 passes for 659 yards and five touchdowns in 2016 as a freshman. Harry increased those totals to 82-1142-8 in his sophomore year. Last season as a junior, Harry set a personal best nine touchdowns on 73 receptions for 1088 yards. At 6' 4" tall, Harry is a tough receiver to defend in the red zone and his 13.6 career yards per catch indicate he's better suited for the mid range passing game. However his deceptive speed may pose problems for opposing defenses on the occasional deep ball.
Kelvin Harmon (North Carolina State)
As a secondary option during his freshman year in 2016, Harmon caught 27 passes for 462 yards and five touchdowns. He increased his produced significantly in 2017, hauling in 69 for 1017 and four touchdowns. Harmon took his game to even another level last year, moving himself among the elite wide receivers in the nation. He caught 81 passes for 1186 yards and seven touchdowns. Similar to Harry in size, he has the strength to fight for tough balls and has enough speed at 4.6 in the 40 to get behind defensive backs. In addition to his pass catching skills, Harmon has displayed the willingness and ability to run block, adding to his value.
J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (Stanford)
Arecga-Whiteside quietly came on to the scene and did not play as a freshman in 2015. As a secondary target in 2016, he caught 24 passes for 379 yards. Not until his junior season did Arcega-Whiteside become a legitimate NFL prospect, hauling in 48 passes for 781 yards. Exploding statistically as a senior, he caught 63 for 1059 yards and 14 touchdowns. What stands out is his 28 touchdowns, for an average of one touchdown per five catches. At 6' 3" and 225 pounds, Arcega-Whiteside has the size to make life difficult for opposing defenses in the red zone.
Rounding out the top 10
AJ Brown (Ole Miss)
Hakeem Butler (Iowa State)
Deebo Samuel (South Carolina)
Parris Campbell (Ohio State)
Anthony Johnson (Buffalo)