With the news that WR Sammy Watkins will sign a three-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs tomorrow when free agency opens, I offered a list of wide receivers in free agency that might make sense to bring in in Watkins’ absence.
Over at NFL.com, Chad Reuter offered three targets in the 2018 NFL Draft that the Los Angeles Rams could look toward: Maryland WR D.J. Moore in the first round, UCF WR Tre’Quan Smith in Round 3 and Colorado St. WR Michael Gallup to start Day 3.
Here are a couple more prospects to keep in mind:
SMU WR Courtland Sutton
I’m not a fan, but I get the appeal. He’s a Brian Quick clone in terms of his build and skill set. Definitely will be plenty of first-round interest.
LSU WR D.J. Chark
Great top-end speed, but a little slow off the line. Needs to get coached up too, but I could definitely see a good fit with the Rams’ staff.
Memphis WR Anthony Miller
If you like the smaller WRs who produce in spite of their size, Miller’s your guy. He’s quick, physical and clean downfield. If he were four inches taller, he’d be a first-round lock. Not sure he lasts to the Rams in the third, so I doubt he’s a real option for us.
Notre Dame WR Equanimeous St. Brown
The oldest of the three St. Brown brothers out of Orange County, Equanimeous isn’t much different that Sutton IMO. Technique can get sloppy, but he’s got a huge build with plus speed. His younger brothers, Osiris (a wide receiver at Stanford) and Amon-Ra (an incoming freshman at USC who also plays wideout) will certainly learn quite a bit from his experience. Easy hometown story. Speaking of...
USC WR Deontay Burnett
Good rotational option. Can go to work in the slot early. Wouldn’t trust him deep on the outside as he’s lacking physicality.
Georgia WR Javon Wims
One of my favorite sleepers. Was a junior college transfer to Georgia who just came on too late. Very productive in Georgia’s wild 2017 season.
New Mexico St. WR Jaleel Scott
Massive. Great hands. Physical. Good technique.
Not great speed or acceleration...but really underrated IMO.
We’re less than 24 hours to the opening of free agency. We might sign a guy that rules some of the top prospects out, but I’d keep these guys in mind next month in Dallas.