Top WR prospects for 2015
Cooper, Greene and Strong could all rise to the top of draft boards
Soon after the 2014 NFL draft concluded I released my "too-early" Big Board for the 2015 NFL draft, a ranking that includes players who will be underclassmen during the 2014 college football season. It goes without saying that these rankings are preliminary, as I have hundreds of hours of evaluation ahead on the 2015 class.
A couple of important notes about the rankings below:
• This isn't a straight "top 10" list, because I've split these between seniors and underclassmen. I think it's important to rank seniors alone, as those are the only players I can guarantee will be a part of the 2015 NFL draft process.
• In some instances I've included more than 10 players; if two or three guys are extremely close on my board, I simply tacked on the names.
With those parameters in mind, here's an early look at the top wide receiver prospects for 2015.
Top five senior wide receivers
1. Rashad Greene, Florida State Seminoles: While Kelvin Benjamin left early for the NFL draft and went in Round 1 to the Carolina Panthers, nobody who watched most of FSU's games last year would say Benjamin was the team's best receiver. That was Greene, who -- remarkably -- has led the Noles in receptions in each of his first three seasons with the team. Greene is neither big (6-foot, 180 pounds) nor extraordinarily fast, but he's a good route runner and has a great sense for how to both find and create space. Add reliable hands and the willingness to catch the ball over the middle, and you know why he's easily Jameis Winston's favorite target.
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