3 Studs and 1 Sleeper, WRs Going Pro Edition

College football has been a blessing for many fans this year. Not only did it continue under the current circumstances, it let a lot of players display their talents. Below are the three receivers who solidified their stock and two who are going to fly under the radar. 

(Please note that this WR draft class is STACKED so if I miss your favorite player, I apologize)

DeVonta Smith, SR. Alabama

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Stats for 2020: 11 GP. 98 receptions for 1511 yards and 17 TDs. 3 rushes for 11 yards and a TD.

DeVonta Smith is easily the most polished receiver in college right now. He has been playing elite football this year, with 2020 being his second 1000 yard year. Mac Jones is in the Heisman race because of people like Smith who make it easier to pad the stats. Smith has dominated all the defenses he has faced thus far, coming off a 15 catch, 184 yard and two TD game against Florida for the SEC title. DeVonta is set to be the jewel draftee in the 2021 NFL Draft and he deserves all the praise he gets. 

Elijah Moore Jr, Ole Miss

Elijah Moore, WR, Mississippi - NFL Draft Player Profile | PFN
Stats for 2020: 8 GP. 86 receptions for 1193 yards and 8 TDs. 14 rushes for 64 yards.

Elijah Moore is perhaps the most upside stud on this list. He was limited to only eight games but still put on some numbers against tough SEC competition. His 5’9, 185 pound frame makes him quick and helps him slide past opposing DBs. He can fit as a slot receiver for any team in the NFL and can also be used in trick plays if needed. If he had more games to play he could have easily had more premiere stats, but whoever gets him is getting a baller.

Ja’Marr Chase: Jr, LSU

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Stats for 2019 (Did not play this season): 14 GP. 84 receptions for 1780 yards 20 TDs.

Ja’Marr Chase opted out of this season but has declared for the 2021 draft. His 2019 resume easily puts him as the top receiver coming into 2020 and he is hoping that helps him in the draft. Chase won the title with LSU in 2019 and was a machine when he had the ball in his hands. Although he didn’t showcase his stuff this year, his talent is undeniable. If he can add some weight to help his 6 foot frame, then he will be even scarier.

Rondale Moore: Jr, Purdue. The Sleeper.

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Stats for 2020: 3 GP. 35 receptions for 270 yards. 2018 Stats (Full stats as a freshman): 13 GP: 114 reception for 1258 yards and 12 TDs. 21 rushes for 213 yards and 2 TDs.

If there has ever been a sleeper receiver with the ridiculous upside, it is Purdue’s Rondale Moore. As a freshman, Moore dominated defenses and also carried the Boilermaker’s offense. 2019 was a year of many little injuries that kept Moore sidelined for most of the season. In 2020, Moore played 3 games and opted out to focus on the draft. He is a shifty, 5’9 receiver who can make explosive plays deep. He has tremendous hands and crazy speed that makes him a mismatch no matter who he faces. If he can stay healthy and pick up that 2018 form then watch out. He isn’t going to be a day one or two guy, but whoever gets him is getting a diamond in the rough.