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Raiders Draft Prospect Rankings: Wide Receiver Class Is Loaded

Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith #6 (John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

3. DeVonta Smith, Senior, Alabama

DeVonta Smith had a phenomenal senior year in which he won the Heisman trophy. He is a great space finder, and he changes his speed very well. The one concern is that he needs to bulk up significantly. At six-foot-one and 175 pounds, he is a bit frail. This shows up on tape when he is asked to block. If he can get a little stronger and put on some good weight, he could look a lot like Justin Jefferson.

Grade: First-round pick

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4. Rondale Moore, Junior, Purdue

Everyone knows about Rondale Moore’s world elite speed and agility. What really impresses when watching his tape was his physical dominance. It doesn’t look like it, but he is only 5’7″ and 175 pounds. Nevertheless, he plays a lot bigger than that. It may be an ambitious comparison, but the Indiana native has some Steve Smith vibes going on. The main concern is durability issues. In his last two seasons at Purdue, he was injured more often than not. If he can stay healthy, the sky is the limit.

Grade: Late first round

5. Rashod Bateman, Junior, Minnesota

Bateman is a savvy route runner who does a great job of putting himself in a position to make a play. He can box out defenders against tight coverage, or find a hole in the zone. The former Golden Gopher is a complete receiver that teams should be able to line up anywhere. His ability to find different ways to get open is reminiscent of Adam Theilen.

Grade: Late first round

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