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Mayock's Top WR Prospects in the 2017 Draft

Posted Feb 16, 2017

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock released his first position-by-position rankings, which includes a talented list of wide receivers.

By adding a mixture of prudent draft choices, waiver claims and free agents, the Falcons have put together a talented wide receiving corps – one that was instrumental in helping Atlanta become an elite scoring attack in 2016.

Still, given how balanced their roster is at the moment, it wouldn’t be surprising if Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn targeted a wideout in the upcoming NFL Draft. Doing so could help Atlanta maintain one of the league’s most versatile offenses well into the future. And it would allow a prospect to develop without the pressure of being a top-tier option right away.

With that in mind, here’s a look at Mike Mayock’s top WRs in the 2017 class, along with analysis from Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.

Corey Davis, Western Michigan

Strengths: Fierce competitor with sharp focus and knack for making big plays down the field. A productive target in the red zone who scored 19 touchdowns in 2016, tied for the most in the FBS. Improved his route-running throughout his collegiate career.

Weaknesses: Has had issues dropping passes. Can be too slow out of his breaks when lined up in the slot.

Mike Williams, Clemson

Strengths: Has long arms and big hands to snag throws at their highest points. Has good body control, allowing him to have a large catch radius.

Weaknesses: Doesn’t run sharp routes; doesn’t deceive cornerbacks with head and body fakes. Can drop the ball due to lack of focus.

John Ross, Washington

Strengths: Has blazing vertical speed and can reach an extra gear to burn defensive backs. Footwork is sharp; hands are reliable.

Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size at 5-foot-11 and, at 190 pounds, isn’t particularly strong. Has struggled against physical corners.

Cooper Kupp, Eastern Michigan

Strengths: Has good hands. Physical with corners to make difficult catches in traffic, and can force opponents out of position with head fakes and stutter-steps.

Weaknesses: Has trouble getting separation on lateral breaks. Must run more efficient routes at next level.

Zay Jones, East Carolina

Strengths: Used reliable hands to break FBS receptions record, previously held by former teammate and current Falcon Justin Hardy. Not afraid to run into traffic; can return kicks.

Weaknesses: Speed is considered average. Has been neutralized by press coverage.