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Wolf's Big Board:     Monday, May 29, 2017     Tier One - The Big Three   1 ) David Johnson (ARI) RB1   2 ) Le'Veon Bell (PIT) RB2   3 ) Ezekiel Elliott (DAL) RB3   Tier Two - High-end WR1 and RB1s   4 ) Antonio Brown (PIT) WR1   5 ) Julio Jones (ATL) WR2   6 ) Mike Evans (TB) WR3   7 ) Odell Beckham JR. (NYG) WR4   8 ) DeMarco Murray (TEN) RB4   9 ) Melvin Gordon (LAC) RB5   10 ) LeSean McCoy (BUF) RB6   11 ) Jay Ajayi (MIA) RB7   12 ) AJ Green (CIN) WR5   13 ) Jordy Nelson (GB) WR6   14 ) Michael Thomas (NO) WR7   15 ) Dez Bryant (DAL) WR8   16 ) Devonta Freeman (ATL) RB8   Tier 3 - Lower-end RB1 and WR1s, elite second options   17 ) Lamar Miller (HOU) RB9   18 ) DeAndre Hopkins (HOU) WR9   19 ) TY Hilton (IND) WR10   20 ) Leonard Fournette (JAX) RB10   21 ) Rob Gronkowski (NE) TE1   22 ) Brandin Cooks (NE) WR11   23 ) Demaryius Thomas. (DEN) WR12   24 ) Jordan Reed (WAS) TE2   25 ) Doug Baldwin (SEA) WR13   26 ) Amari Cooper (OAK) WR14   Tier 3.5   27 ) Todd Gurley (LAR) RB11   28 ) Carlos Hyde (SF) RB12   29 ) Christian McCaffrey (CAR) RB13   30 ) Jordan Howard (CHI) RB14   31 ) Marshawn Lynch (OAK) RB15   32 ) Davante Adams (GB) WR15   33 ) Alshon Jeffery (PHI) WR16   34 ) Isaiah Crowell (CLE) RB16   35 ) Tyreek Hill (KC) WR17   36 ) Keenan Allen (LAC) WR18   37 ) Spencer Ware (KC) RB17   Tier 4 - Elite QBs, Solid #2 RBs + WRs, side TE1s   38 ) Bilal Powell (NYJ) RB18   39 ) Tom Brady (NE) QB1   40 ) Sammy Watkins WR19   41 ) Aaron Rodgers (GB) QB2   42 ) Travis Kielce (KC) TE3   43 ) Terrelle Pryor (WAS) WR20   44 ) Allen Robinson (JAC) WR21   44 ) Mike Gillislee (NE) RB19   45 ) Mark Ingram (NO) RB20   46 ) Golden Tate (DET) WR22   47 ) Jamison Crowder (WAS) WR23   48 ) Greg Olsen (CAR) TE4   48 ) Tevin Coleman (ATL) RB21   49 ) Willie Snead (NO) WR24   50 ) Doug Martin (TB) RB22   51 ) Michael Crabtree (OAK) WR25   52 ) Brandon Marshal (NYG) WR26   53 ) Julian Edelman (NE) WR27   54 ) Donte Moncrief (IND) WR28   55 ) Drew Brees (NO) QB3   56 ) Ameer Abdullah (DET) RB23   57 ) Jimmy Graham (SEA) TE5   58 ) Tyler Eifert (CIN) TE6   59 ) Martavis Bryant (PIT) WR29   Tier 5 - Last Startable WRs and RBs + TE1 Candidates   60 ) Pierre Garcon (SF) WR30   61 ) Eric Decker (NYJ) WR31   62 ) Jarvis Landry (MIA) WR32   63 ) Larry Fitzgerald (ARI) WR33   64 ) Samaje Perine (WAS) RB24   65 ) Joe Mixon (CIN) RB25   66 ) CJ Anderson (DEN) RB26   67 ) Matt Ryan (ATL) QB4   68 ) Stefon Diggs (MIN) WR33   69 ) Emmanuel Sanders (DEN) WR34   70 ) Ty Montgomery (GB) RB27   71 ) Hunter Henry (LAC) TE7   72 ) Corey Davis (TEN) WR35   73 ) Adrian Peterson (NO) RB28   74 ) Kelvin Benjamin (CAR) WR36   75 ) Delanie Walker TE8   76 ) Paul Perkins (NYG) RB29   77 ) CJ Prosise (SEA) RB30   78 ) Eddie Lacy (SEA) RB31   79 ) Dalvin Cook (MIN) RB32   80 ) Theo Riddick (DET) RB33   81 ) Frank Gore (IND) RB34   82 ) Cameron Meredith (CHI) WR38   83 ) Mike Wallace (BAL) WR39   84 ) DeSean Jackson (TB) WR40   85 ) Martellus Bennett (GB) TE9   TIer 7 - side QB1s and Top WR and RB Lottery Tickets   86 ) Andrew Luck (IND) QB5   87 ) Derek Carr (OAK) QB6   88 ) Kirk Cousins (WAS) QB7   89 ) Marcus Mariota (TEN) QB8   90 ) Philip Rivers (LAC) QB9   91 ) Ben Roethlisberger QB10   92 ) Dak Prescott (DAL) QB11   93 ) Jameis Winston (TB) QB12   94 ) Joe Williams (SF) RB35   95 ) Derrick Henry (TEN) RB36   96 ) Kareem Hunt (KC) RB37   97 ) Jamaal Williams (GB) RB38   98 ) Davante Parker (MIA) WR41   99 ) Josh Doctson (WAS) WR42   100 ) Ted Ginn (NO) WR43  
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7) Corey Coleman, Baylor

Numerous draft boards have Corey Coleman listed as this draft’s #1 or 2 wide receiver prospect. The RSJ is not “numerous draft boards”. It is important to view each prospect with a fresh set of eyes and not let groupthink prevail.

I believe Corey Coleman is a good wide receiver prospect that has the deep speed (unofficial 4.37 second 40 yard dash), jumping ability (40.5” vertical leap) and athleticism to be very successful at the NFL level.

However, he does have more to work on than the receivers above him in this list and will not always be able to rely on his superior athleticism in the pros. Coleman needs to work on attacking the ball at its highest point and catching with his hands; he has a tendency to let the ball come to him and trap it in his body. Also, he must improve his blocking and be more aggressive at the point of attack. Corey only had to run three different routes in Baylor’s offensive scheme and was spread out in more open space than he will ever see in the NFL. The Fred Biletnikoff award winner for the top collegiate wide receiver in 2015 must master the full route tree, improve his catching technique, become a more assertive blocker, and adjust his game to the faster NFL.

It was hard to find a comparison for Coleman who is a shorter receiver (5’11” and 194 lbs) with a stockier base and long arms, but he does have pieces of Steve Smith’s game.

Talent: 9

Risk Level: 3

Overall (so far): 12

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8) Will Fuller, Notre Dame

Will Fuller set the Indy track on fire with his blazing 4.32-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. Everybody knew Fuller was a burner from his time dominating corners on the go route at Notre Dame, but the prospect endeared himself to NFL scouts with the top 40-yard dash time of all the receivers in this year’s draft.

I have Fuller lower on this list than most because he does not display the natural hands that you would like in a receiver. Similar to the above Coleman, the Notre Dame alum allows the ball to come into his body too often and does not attack the ball with his hands, which has resulted in Fuller having a high drop rate. A sticky pair of hands and strong catch technique are among the two most crucial, but often overlooked, factors when evaluating the top receiver prospects. All the speed, route technique, and jump ball skills mean nothing if you can’t hang on to the ball.

Additionally, Fuller has a skinny frame (6’ and 186 lbs), which could make tight press coverage difficult to shake. He’ll need continued improvement on his hand and feet techniques at the line of the scrimmage if he wants to beat presses and reach his highest NFL potential.

However, Fuller’s speed gives him a very real chance to be special. He’ll need to improve with attack the football at his highest point and avoid breaking down with his smaller build.  Both of skinny frame and elite speed, DeSean Jackson comes to mind when watching Will Fuller.

Talent: 8

Risk Level: 3

Overall (so far): 11

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9) Malcolm Mitchell, Georgia

If you are not able to stay healthy in the SEC, how are you going to stay on the field in the NFL? This has to be a question on every scouts’ minds as they evaluate Malcolm Mitchell. Unfortunately, Mitchell could be a training room fixture and find himself validating the NFL’s “Not For Long” nickname. He was injured in parts of 2011 and 2012 prior to tearing his ACL in 2013 and missing the entire season and the beginning of 2014. Finally healthy in 2015 Malcolm played the whole year and put up solid numbers in the run-based Georgia Bulldog offense.

The Georgia bred wide receiver was a 4-star recruit heading to college and flashed big play potential on tape when healthy. At 6’ and 198 lbs Malcolm is not a short receiver, but he lacks a thick frame. The scouting community was very impressed with his 4.45-second 40-yard dash time and 36” vertical leap at the combine.

When I heard that the Patriots were bringing Mitchell in for a meeting, I knew this was a player I needed to check out.  In reviewing the limited tape on Mitchell, I see a sound route running, soft hands,  and high pointing abilities. He has dominated both over the middle and down the sidelines.

Malcolm will need to add on weight as a professional to improve his blocking. If he is able to stay healthy at the professional level, he has the measurables to make an immediate impact. Malcolm Mitchell has the skill set to become a receiver similar to Emmanuel Sanders down the line.

Talent: 8

Risk Level: 2

Overall: 10

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Deep Sleeper Special: Michael Thomas, Southern Miss

This man may not get drafted until the third day, but you should be keeping an eye out for Michael Thomas. No, not the Michael Thomas from Ohio State we previously discussed, the one from Southern Mississippi. Whichever team lands him could be getting a steal.

First seen by the Rookie Scouting Portfolio’s Matt Waldman, this college football playmaker has a chance to make a real impact in the NFL yet remains extremely low on most draft boards. Despite only playing  in two full seasons at the FBS level,Thomas broke out for 14 touchdowns his senior year.

With the referral from Waldman I looked deeper into this small school prospect. I saw a playmaker that continued to flash on tape. His Odell Beckham-esque one handed catch against Louisiana Tech for a touchdown should alone get him drafted. Listed at 6’1” and 200 lbs, Thomas showed the soft hands and after-the-catch playmaking ability to develop into a very sound, all-purpose NFL receiver.

I am interested in what type of measurables Michael is able to turn in at his Pro Day. He’ll likely never belong in the same sentence as Antonio Brown, but Thomas parallels the elite Steeler as an overlooked, small school prospect with strong body adjustment abilities.

Talent: 7

Risk Level: 3

Overall: 10

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Final Thoughts on 2016’s Wideouts

Overall, this years draft class is deep at wide receiver. With that being said, it is not the 2014 class (which may have been the best ever) and does not have any top end, elite prospects. Each receiver in this year’s class comes with some baggage, and we’d be surprised to see any go in the top 10 picks. A lot of good, but missing great.

Yet, there’s still plenty of prospects that’ve flashed star NFL receiver potential… with the right team and coaching. While we can only evaluate Talent and Risk at the moment, we’ll have a clearer sense of which players will impact the 2016 fantasy landscape when landing spots are determined.

*Dynasty League Selection: Quenton Bundrage, Iowa State + Canaan Severin, Virginia

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