Still, given how balanced their roster is at the moment, it wouldn’t be surprising if Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn targeted a wideout in the upcoming NFL Draft. Doing so could help Atlanta maintain one of the league’s most versatile offenses well into the future. And it would allow a prospect to develop without the pressure of being a top-tier option right away.
With that in mind, here’s a look at Mike Mayock’s top WRs in the 2017 class, along with analysis from Lance Zierlein of NFL.com.
Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Strengths: Fierce competitor with sharp focus and knack for making big plays down the field. A productive target in the red zone who scored 19 touchdowns in 2016, tied for the most in the FBS. Improved his route-running throughout his collegiate career.
Weaknesses: Has had issues dropping passes. Can be too slow out of his breaks when lined up in the slot.
Mike Williams, Clemson
Strengths: Has long arms and big hands to snag throws at their highest points. Has good body control, allowing him to have a large catch radius.
Weaknesses: Doesn’t run sharp routes; doesn’t deceive cornerbacks with head and body fakes. Can drop the ball due to lack of focus.
John Ross, Washington
Strengths: Has blazing vertical speed and can reach an extra gear to burn defensive backs. Footwork is sharp; hands are reliable.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal size at 5-foot-11 and, at 190 pounds, isn’t particularly strong. Has struggled against physical corners.
Cooper Kupp, Eastern Michigan
Strengths: Has good hands. Physical with corners to make difficult catches in traffic, and can force opponents out of position with head fakes and stutter-steps.
Weaknesses: Has trouble getting separation on lateral breaks. Must run more efficient routes at next level.
Zay Jones, East Carolina
Strengths: Used reliable hands to break FBS receptions record, previously held by former teammate and current Falcon
Weaknesses: Speed is considered average. Has been neutralized by press coverage.