The first round of the 2022 NFL Draft is just a few days away and we’re continuing our position previews with the wide receiver position. Earlier in the day, we took you through the best odds and landing spots for the potential first-round quarterbacks, so make sure to check that out.
On Pro Football Focus’ big board of the top 250 college football prospects, six wide receivers make the top 30, so we could see a flurry of receiver activity, especially at the back-half of the first round
Here are the top seven receivers ranked by PFF along with their overall ranks and their 2021 stats.
2022 NFL Draft Wide Receiver Rankings
1) Jameson Williams (ranked 9th overall), Alabama
- 15 games, 1,572 yards on 79 catches (19.9 yards per reception) with 15 TDs (*tore his ACL in the playoffs)
2) Drake London (13th overall), USC
- 8 games, 1,084 yards on 88 catches (12.3 yards per reception) with 7 TDs
3) Garrett Wilson (14th overall), Ohio State
- 11 games, 1,058 yards on 70 catches (15.1 yards per reception) with 12 TDs and one rushing TD
4) Chris Olave (21st overall), Ohio State
- 11 games, 936 yards on 65 catches (14.4 yards per reception) with 13 TDs
5) Skyy Moore (22nd overall), Western Michigan
- 12 games, 1,292 yards on 95 catches (13.6 yards per reception) with 10 TDs
6) George Pickens (28th overall), Georgia
- Tore his ACL before the 2021 season. In 12 games as a freshman in 2019 had 727 receiving yards on 49 catches (14.8 yards per reception) with 8 TDs
7) Treylon Burks (46th overall), Arkansas
- 12 games, 1,104 yards on 66 catches (16.7 yards per reception) with 11 TDs and one rushing TD on 14 carries.
2022 NFL Draft: Odds on First WR Drafted
As it stands on Tuesday morning, Garrett Wilson is the odds-on favorite to be the first receiver off of the board, but Jameson Williams and Drake London are not too far behind.
Potential Landing Spots
Where might each of these receivers go? The oddsmakers at DraftKings have the top five favorites (any position) for each of the first 22 picks available. Here is where wide receivers appeared:
- No. 8 (Falcons): Garrett Wilson (+443), Drake London (+466), Jameson Williams (+500)
- Unless there’s a trade, this is likely the first pick where we’ll see a WR come off the board. With Calvin Ridley out, Atlanta really needs to make a big move at the receiver position before the 2022 season. Expect them to take a WR or trade down to stockpile more picks and take whoever falls at the position.
- No. 10 (Jets): Williams (+333), Wilson (+350), London (+483)
- Obviously, this will depend on what the Jets do with the 4th pick and whether or not they are able to swing a trade for Deebo Samuel. If the Jets stand pat here at 10, taking one of the top three WRs would seem to be a solid likelihood.
- No. 11 (Commanders): Wilson (+375), London (+600), Williams (+650)
- Washington needs another receiver to pair with Terry McLaurin, and their last few attempts haven’t worked. They could trade out of this spot, but if one of the top three guys falls, it could be too tempting to pass on.
- No. 16 or 19 (Saints): Olave (+800)
- The Saints have a big hole at wide receiver, but it’s unlikely any of the top three options will fall to them. If those three names are gone, the Saints will decide if they want to take the next WR off the board or pivot to fill their other needs.
- No. 22 or 28 (Packers): Treylon Burks (+400), Olave (+600), London (+800), Pickens (+900)
- With Davnate Adams and Marquez Valdes-Scantling both gone, the Packers are likely to try to find a wide receiver early who can slide into the starting lineup and be a reliable threat for Aaron Rodgers
- No. 25 (Bills): Burks, Olave, Skyy Moore, Pickens (no odds)
- Buffalo is in a position to draft the best player available, so there are a number of different ways that they could go. Stefon Diggs and Gabriel Davis are the long-term locks in the receiver room, but the presence of Jameson Crowder, Isaiah McKenzie, and Marquez Stevenson won’t prevent the Bills from taking a long-term asset if they believe there’s one on the board.
- No. 26 (Titans) Burks, Olave, Moore, Pickens (no odds)
- A lot of this depends on how the Titans feel about the A.J. Brown situation. Plus, Julio Jones was a major bust in his first year in Tennessee. If the right guy falls to them, don’t be surprised if the Titans snatch up a wide receiver option.
- No. 29 or 30 (Chiefs) Burks, Moore, Pickens (no odds)
- The Chiefs are apparently super high on Skyy Moore, and there’s a chance they could take him with one of these two late first-round picks as a way to secure a guy they think could play the same type of role as Tyreek Hill did.
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