Football has changed dramatically over the last 20 years as teams look to move the ball through the air. With the passing game taking over, NFL teams are always looking for play makers on the outside and this years draft is loaded with quality talent.
Amari Cooper is ranked as the top wide receiver in this years draft class and for good reason. With decent size, explosive speed, and great hands, the Crimson Tides All American is a sure-fire top-10 choice.
Experts have the young wide out headed to the NY Jets or Chicago Bears early in the first round. With comparisons to A.J. Green, Cooper is the type of player that could come into the league and have an immediate impact in the 2015 season.
For those teams looking for a bit more size, both Kevin White of West Virginia and DeVante Parker of Louisville are next in ranking. Both of these young men stand 6'3" and over 200 pounds. Parker is more polished as a route runner, but White has 4.5 speed, so depending on what GM's are looking for, these wide receivers could get picked by a number of teams in the first round, including San Francisco and St Louis.
There is a bit of drop off for the next level of receivers, but still a group that should have a solid career in the league. The most intriguing option is Dorial Green-Beckham of Oklahoma. At 6'5' and 225 pounds, his overall athleticism is undeniable, but after getting kicked out of school in Missouri, he just practiced with the Sooners this past year because of NCAA rules about transfers.
Green-Beckham has cost himself millions with his off-field issues over the last two years, but the NFL is a league of second chances and a team like New England would be a great fit for the talented wide out.
Two of the quickest wide receivers in this years draft class are Sammie Coates of Auburn and Devin Smith from the National Champion Ohio State Buckeyes. While the might not have the size teams prefer, both have big play capabilities in both the passing game and on kick returns. Both players are linked with the likes of Seattle or New England, who despite their appearance in this years Super Bowl, need some speed for future success.
Two names that won't ring many bells with football fans are Donatella Luckett and Tre McBride. Both players made a huge impact in college football this past season, but playing at Harding and William & Mary, not many people got to see these youngsters in action, but scouts and general managers around the league know of their talent. These young men won't get their named called on the first couple days of the draft, but they should get a chance in the later rounds to continue the dream of playing football for a living and with some luck, hard work, and personal sacrifice, they could make a name for themselves and have a long career.
Fans and teams are always looking for a 'sleeper', that one player that has talent, but for one reason or another didn't have a big college career. Jordan Taylor of Rice has terrific size at 6'5" and 210 pounds, but playing on a team that like to run the football, Taylor was mainly used as a decoy, but he did manage to make over 50 receptions for three straight years for the Owls and with the right team, he could be a player to watch over the next few years.