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Raiders Draft Prospect Rankings: Wide Receiver Class Is Loaded

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Alabama WR Jaylen Waddle #17 and Georgia DBTyson Campbell #3 (Gary Cosby Jr/The Tuscaloosa News via USA TODAY Sports)

This year’s class of receivers is once again loaded, which is good news for the Las Vegas Raiders. Everyone in this top 10 has at least a day two grade or better and if the Silver and Black is interested in fortifying the wide receiver corps, they will be able to do it at any point of the selection meeting.

1. Ja’Marr Chase, Junior, LSU

Unfortunately, we did not get to see Ja’Marr Chase in 2020 since he opted out. Nevertheless, he showed more than enough in 2019 to prove that he is the most complete receiver in this class. He has size, speed, footwork, hands, awareness, and everything else you look for. In fact, opting out probably helped his cause. Nobody had to see him without Joe Burrow throwing him the ball and without being in Joe Brady’s offense.

Speaking of Brady, reuniting with him in the NFL could be a good fit since Brady made him look like Michael Thomas at LSU. That comparison actually works for the Tigers receiver. He finds space inside really well and has all the intangibles to win in space. Even though there will be an early run on quarterbacks, it’s highly unlikely the Raiders will have a shot at drafting him.

Grade: Top five pick

2. Jaylen Waddle, Junior, Alabama

While Jaylen Waddle’s size would appear to limit his usage at the next level, he has proven he can play anywhere. He is much stronger than his size suggests, and he can run a full route tree. The Alabama product has a very high controlled speed, allowing him to get crazy separation on his routes. He compares very well with Tyreek Hill.

Grade: Top 15 pick

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