Ranking the 2014 WR prospects

Wide receiver cheat sheet: Rankings, market value, teams in need

Updated: May 2, 2014, 11:43 AM ET
By Todd McShay | ESPN Insider

Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee, and Mike EvansGetty Images, Getty Images, USA TODAY SportsWhere do Sammy Watkins, Marqise Lee and Mike Evans rank in this year's class?

This year's class of wide receivers features both top-level talent and really good depth -- we could potentially see two top-10 wide receivers and about seven in the first round.

How does the board stack up? I've ranked the WRs below and grouped them based on their round grade and have included the average number of receivers to go off the board in each round over the past five years. You'll also see the traits we study when evaluating the position and the teams that could be looking to select a receiver in the 2014 draft.

First-round grades

1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson (Grade: 96): One of the four elite prospects in this draft, Watkins stands out for his acceleration, competitiveness and big-play ability.

2. Mike Evans, Texas A&M (Grade: 94): Good top-end speed and big-play ability for his size, strong hands and success rate on 50-50 balls. He's a very competitive runner after the catch.

3. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU (Grade: 91): He can heat it up in a hurry and has very good top-end speed, in addition to being dangerous with the ball in his hands.

4. Brandin Cooks, Oregon State (Grade: 90): Ran the fastest 40-yard-dash time of any receiver at the combine (4.33 seconds), is a very good route runner and plays bigger than his size (5-foot-10, 189 pounds).