The San Francisco 49ers got a lot of production from their wide receivers last season, but none of them stood out as a clear cut number one. Rumors have swirled lately in regards to possible trades; names such as Antonio Brown and Odell Beckham Jr. have been linked to the 49ers. As good as those players may be, the asking price could prove to be too costly. More than likely, the best way for the 49ers to find their guy is through the draft. With that said, here is arguably the top 10 wide receivers available in this years 2019 NFL Draft. Enjoy…
1. A.J. Brown, WR, Ole Miss
Brown has led the SEC in receiving yards the past two seasons, eclipsing 1000 yards in each of those years. As a junior, he was a first-team All-SEC selection. Measuring in at 6-foot-1 and 230 pounds, Brown possesses the measurables that scouts covet in a true number one wide receiver. He’s big and physical at the point of attack who can catch the ball in traffic and shed tackles. With a 40 time projected to be in the 4.50 range, Brown has good speed for the position. He finishes his college football career with 189 receptions for 2984 yards with a 5.8 yard average and 19 touchdowns.
2. Parris Campbell, WR, Ohio State
Campbell is among the best wide receivers available in the 2019 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-1, 208 pound wide-out had a break-out season as a junior, catching 40 passes for 584 yards and 3 touchdowns. In his senior year, before going against the Washington Huskies in the Rose Bowl, Campbell collected 79 receptions for 992 yards and had 11 touchdowns. His elite speed should have him climbing up draft boards. Campbell’s projected 40 time is in the 4.35 to 4.40 range. He finishes his college football career with 143 receptions for 1768 yards with a 12.4 yard average, and 15 touchdowns.
3. Kelvin Harmon, WR, NC State
Harmon is a big target, measuring in at 6-foot-3, 214 pounds. He was named a member of the All-ACC first team this season, hauling in 81 receptions for 1186 yards and seven touchdowns. Against Syracuse, the junior wide-out enjoyed his best performance of the season, making 11 receptions for 247 yards and two touchdowns. Two weeks later against Wake Forest, Harmon recorded a season-high 15 catches. In three years with the Wolfpack he has 177 receptions for 2665 yards with a 15.1 yard average, and 16 touchdowns. Harmon’s projected 40 time is in the 4.50 to 4.55 range.
4. D.K. Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss
Sharing the field with A.J. Brown, Metcalf has had to take full advantage of his opportunities. He’s missed five games this season due to a neck injury, but when healthy he’s been explosive. Just a sophomore, Metcalf exhibits strong route running ability and has impressive downfield speed. Standing 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, Metcalf’s huge catch radius helps him easily separate from defenders and win most contested passes. His 40 time is projected to be in the 4.48 to 4.58 range. In 21 games with the rebels Metcalf has 67 catches for 1228 yards, an 18.3 yard average, and 14 touchdowns.
5. N’Keal Harry, WR, Arizona State
Harry is a big, strong, physical receiver with elite athleticism who can break through tackles and gain extra yards after-the-catch. Standing 6-foot-4, 216 pounds, he has the measurables NFL scouts are looking for, but ultimately, it will be his 40 time that determines his draft stock. Some scouts say that Harry lacks explosiveness and worry that he isn’t fast enough in and out of his breaks. His projected 40 yard dash time is between 4.52 and 4.62. He finishes his college football career with 213 receptions for 2889 yards, a 13.6 yard average, and 22 touchdowns.
6. Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, WR, Oklahoma
Brown is cousins with Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown. Listed at 5-foot-10 and 168 pounds, he may seem undersized for the position, but what he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in his explosive speed and big play ability. Brown’s projected 40 time is in the 4.35, 4.40 range. As a junior in 2018, he was named a first-team Associated Press All-American, catching 75 passes for 1318 yards and 10 touchdowns. Brown’s yardage total for that season was fourth highest in school history. In just two seasons with the Sooners, he has 132 receptions for 2413 yards, with a 18.3 yard average, and 17 touchdowns.
7. Deebo Samuel, WR, South Carolina
Whether it’s catching passes or returning kicks, Samuel is very dangerous with the ball in his hands. Standing 6 feet, 210 pounds and projected to run the 40 in the 4.45 range, he’s hard to stop. Samuel was named AP All-SEC at both wide receiver and kick returner this season. In his senior year, Samuel made 62 receptions for 882 yards, scoring 11 touchdowns and was the only player in the conference to return a kick for a touchdown, He led the conference with a 24.78 kick return average and finishes his college football career with 148 receptions for 2076 yards, with a 14 yard average, 16 receiving touchdowns, and 4 kick returns for touchdowns.
8. Hakeem Butler, WR, Iowa State
Butler had a breakout season this year and is one of only five players in Cyclones history to reach 2000 receiving yards. As a junior Butler led the FBS with 22 yards per reception and broke Iowa State’s single-season receiving record with 1318 yards. Butler is an impressive specimen, measuring 6-foot 6, 225 pounds, and reportedly runs a sub 4.50 40-yard dash time. His size and catch radius helped him haul in nine touchdowns this season, providing multiple circus type catches along the way. He finishes his college football career with 110 receptions for 2149 yards, a 19.5 yard average, and 18 touchdowns.
9. JJ Arcega-Whiteside, WR, Stanford
Stanford selected Arcega-Whiteside as their most valuable player this season. He tied James Lofton’s school record of 14 touchdown receptions set back in 1977. Arcega-Whiteside can be a great asset in the red-zone, with his leaping ability he’s able to take full advantage of his large, 6-foot-3, 225 pound frame to separate from smaller defenders and win contested passes. With a projected 40 time in the 4.57 to 4.67 range, he’s not considered a burner by any means, but he makes up for his lack of speed with steady production. In 33 games with the Cardinal, he has 135 receptions for 2219 yards, a 16.4 yard average, and 28 touchdowns.
10. Anthony Johnson, WR, Buffalo
Injuries have slowed Johnson down in 2018, but he still managed to haul in 57 catches for 1011 yards and 11 touchdowns. As a junior, he had one of the best seasons by a wide receiver in school history catching 76 passes for 1356 yards and 14 touchdowns. Johnson led the Mid-American Conference and ranked 2nd in the nation averaging 113 receiving yards per game. He passes the eye test, measuring in at 6-foot-2, 207 pounds, but will need to impress throughout the draft process to garner a higher pick. Currently Johnson is projected to run the 40 in the 4.44 to 4.54 range. He finishes his career with the Bulls catching 133 receptions for 2367 yards, a 17.8 yard average, and 25 touchdowns.