ESPN: Wide Receiver tiers in the draft

WinLoseOrTy

Active member
Joined
Nov 21, 2008
Messages
657
Reaction score
155
Points
43
According to Jeff Legwold... (https://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2020/...20-nfl-draft-scouts-help-us-rank-loaded-class)

Tier 1 (top 10 talent):
Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)

Tier 2 (top 15 talent):
CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)

Tier 3 (top 40 talent):
Henry Ruggs III (Alabama)
Justin Jefferson (LSU)
Tee Higgins (Clemson)
Michael Pittman Jr (USC)
Laviska Shenault Jr (Colorado)
Denzel Mims (Baylor)

Tier 4 (top 100 talent):
Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State)
KJ Hamler (Penn St)
Jalen Reagor (TCU)
Van Jefferson (Florida)
Devin Duvernay (Texas)
Quintez Cephus (Wisconsin)
Chase Claypool (Notre Dame)
KJ Hill (Ohio State)
Donovan Peoples-Jones (Michigan)

Best of Rest:
Collin Johnson (Texas)
John Hightower (Boise State)
Gabriel Davis (Central Florida)
Antonio Gandy-Golden (Liberty)
Bryan Edwards (South Carolina)


22 wide receivers listed. No Tyler Johnson. Surprising.
 

PitinoFan

Banned
Joined
Apr 11, 2013
Messages
5,167
Reaction score
1,586
Points
113
This came from NFL scouts. I’m not saying I agree with it, but it’s not surprising at all. They don’t like him.

“...We polled scouts, pro personnel executives, coaches and general managers -- and rolled the tape -- to help us put this receivers class into tiers,...”
 

GopherPD

Active member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Messages
101
Reaction score
69
Points
28
4 Big 10 receivers but not an all Big10 receiver. They'll probably minimize Bateman's abilities when he comes out as well.
 

MplsGopher

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 4, 2017
Messages
19,964
Reaction score
4,277
Points
113
If he doesn't get drafted, I hope he signs as a FA somewhere and then does his best to impress in spring camp!
 

MNVCGUY

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 8, 2011
Messages
9,096
Reaction score
1,843
Points
113
This came from NFL scouts. I’m not saying I agree with it, but it’s not surprising at all. They don’t like him.

“...We polled scouts, pro personnel executives, coaches and general managers -- and rolled the tape -- to help us put this receivers class into tiers,...”
I think the one thing people are forgetting is that being a good/great college player does not necessarily mean you will be a good/great NFL player. Look at the Heisman trophy winners who never did a thing at the next level.

The other thing to keep in mind with this particular list is that TJ didn't run the 40 at the combine and we have known all along that his 40 time was going to have a big impact on his draft stock.

If he comes out at his pro day and puts up a good time, it would not shock me to see his name shoot way up draft boards.
 

skiumah1

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 19, 2020
Messages
886
Reaction score
542
Points
93
Others I've seen have Johnson ranked between 10-15 in wideouts.
 

BigGopher69

Active member
Joined
Nov 26, 2019
Messages
155
Reaction score
141
Points
43
4 Big 10 receivers but not an all Big10 receiver. They'll probably minimize Bateman's abilities when he comes out as well.
Disagree Batemans a dude and I think he will have combine numbers that compare to the other top receivers.
 

BTChamp

Well-known member
Joined
Sep 24, 2019
Messages
1,240
Reaction score
705
Points
113
This came from NFL scouts. I’m not saying I agree with it, but it’s not surprising at all. They don’t like him.

“...We polled scouts, pro personnel executives, coaches and general managers -- and rolled the tape -- to help us put this receivers class into tiers,...”
Seems like all scouts, pro personnel executives, coaches, and general managers are all DINKS!!!!
 

Jeshurun

King of the Too's
Joined
Dec 10, 2008
Messages
4,247
Reaction score
624
Points
113
Crows are going go on the endangered species list once he starts taking snaps in the pros.
 

Just Gopher It!!

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 26, 2020
Messages
679
Reaction score
290
Points
63
More fuel for his fire!

Focus on things you can control, your pro day, and not what others think or your abilities. Cream always rises to the top!
 

oleboy41

Well-known member
Joined
Nov 20, 2008
Messages
3,408
Reaction score
85
Points
48
NFL cares about size and speed. TJ isn't 'fast' so it will always be an uphill battle until he proves it on the NFL field.
 

PitinoFan

Banned
Joined
Apr 11, 2013
Messages
5,167
Reaction score
1,586
Points
113
Others I've seen have Johnson ranked between 10-15 in wideouts.
I don’t know who “others” is, but these people are the only ones who matter.

His rapid drop is really stunning. It’s almost as though he’s been blacklisted, but he’ll still get a legitimate shot to prove himself.
 

hungan1

Well-known member
Joined
Jan 20, 2011
Messages
10,201
Reaction score
929
Points
113
Two things against TJ:
He did not run the 40 in the Combine.
There are 55 WRs in this year's draft.

I will take TJ any day over the other receivers rated above him. Whichever team decides to draft him will be pleasantly surprised.
 

skiumah1

Well-known member
Joined
Feb 19, 2020
Messages
886
Reaction score
542
Points
93
I don’t know who “others” is, but these people are the only ones who matter.

His rapid drop is really stunning. It’s almost as though he’s been blacklisted, but he’ll still get a legitimate shot to prove himself.
ESPN is the only one who matters? Come on now...I'll believe it when Johnson gets drafted outside the top 22.
 
Last edited:

PitinoFan

Banned
Joined
Apr 11, 2013
Messages
5,167
Reaction score
1,586
Points
113
ESPN is the only one who matters? Come on now...I'll believe it when Johnson gets drafted outside the top 22.
Do I really need to post this again?

“...We polled scouts, pro personnel executives, coaches and general managers -- and rolled the tape -- to help us put this receivers class into tiers,...”
 

MNVCGUY

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 8, 2011
Messages
9,096
Reaction score
1,843
Points
113
Do I really need to post this again?

“...We polled scouts, pro personnel executives, coaches and general managers -- and rolled the tape -- to help us put this receivers class into tiers,...”
Yep, because our fans are biased and can't understand why the NFL doesn't like our guy as much as we do. Once TJ runs the 40 the rankings will matter with him, until he does he isn't going to be a factor in a lot of them.
 

A nonymous

Active member
Joined
Jan 17, 2017
Messages
477
Reaction score
169
Points
43
Cephus a top 100? Did they see his 40 time?
This is the one that really irked me. Cephus is a good receiver, he is physical and sudden. But the question all along on TJ has been his speed. So Cephus runs in the 4.7s and it’s no big deal? Da fuq?
 

Gophersince72

Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2020
Messages
57
Reaction score
66
Points
18
Cephus a top 100? Did they see his 40 time?
Cephus is the one that caught my eye. Identical size to TJ, 4.73 in the 40, some legal problems in his background, and nowhere near as productive. Not sure why anyone would rank him above Johnson.
 

Bob_Loblaw

Well-known member
Joined
Oct 23, 2009
Messages
12,395
Reaction score
1,734
Points
113
According to Jeff Legwold... (https://www.espn.com/nfl/draft2020/...20-nfl-draft-scouts-help-us-rank-loaded-class)

Tier 1 (top 10 talent):
Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)

Tier 2 (top 15 talent):
CeeDee Lamb (Oklahoma)

Tier 3 (top 40 talent):
Henry Ruggs III (Alabama)
Justin Jefferson (LSU)
Tee Higgins (Clemson)
Michael Pittman Jr (USC)
Laviska Shenault Jr (Colorado)
Denzel Mims (Baylor)

Tier 4 (top 100 talent):
Brandon Aiyuk (Arizona State)
KJ Hamler (Penn St)
Jalen Reagor (TCU)
Van Jefferson (Florida)
Devin Duvernay (Texas)
Quintez Cephus (Wisconsin)
Chase Claypool (Notre Dame)
KJ Hill (Ohio State)
Donovan Peoples-Jones (Michigan)

Best of Rest:
Collin Johnson (Texas)
John Hightower (Boise State)
Gabriel Davis (Central Florida)
Antonio Gandy-Golden (Liberty)
Bryan Edwards (South Carolina)


22 wide receivers listed. No Tyler Johnson. Surprising.
Even ignoring the slight to TJ, this list is kind of crazy.

I don't really think 18 WRs are going to be taken in the first three rounds and there are a number of people who seem to be strange spots (from everywhere else I've seen).
 

PitinoFan

Banned
Joined
Apr 11, 2013
Messages
5,167
Reaction score
1,586
Points
113
Jerry Jeudy, of all people, didn’t test well, but I doubt it will hurt his draft status, because of what’s on tape.

 
Top Bottom