2015 NFL Draft: Top 10 wide receivers

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In today's NFL, the wide receiver position is becoming more important by the year.

As a result, we have seen an increase in talent.

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2015 NFL Draft: Top 10 wide receivers

10. Breshad Perriman

Perhaps one wide receiver that is flying under the radar in the pre-draft process is Breshad Perriman out of Central Florida. At 6-foot-2, 215 pounds, Perriman has a very impressive frame. He has broad shoulders, long arms and a huge wingspan.

To go with his body, Perriman has solid speed.

With his combination of size and speed, Perriman shows the ability to go up for the football and come down with it as well. After he catches the football, Perriman is great in open space and, because of his size and speed, he’s such a hard player to bring down.

The main problems with Perriman would be his route-running skills and his unproven ability. Even though he has a ton of traits scouts will like, he’s still a raw player.

At the next level, he will need to develop himself as a receiver. While he has a ton of potential, Perriman is still not the finished product. When he doesn’t get the football, it weighs on him and there are times where he will lose interest in the game. It might take him awhile to get acclimated to the professional level, but good coaching will make Perriman a stud.

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9. Nelson Agholor

This junior took the nation by storm after an excellent year as the No. 1 receiver for the USC Trojans.

In 2014, Nelson Agholor caught 104 passes for 1,313 yards and 13 touchdowns. Although production doesn’t matter when it comes to NFL potential, the fact of the matter is that Agholor shows the ability to be a No. 1 receiver at the next level.

Agholor is excellent at finding the open space in a defense. While he doesn’t show the ability to be a possession receiver in the NFL, Agholor could play a role on an offense as a deep pass-catcher and a reliable receiver like an Emmanuel Sanders.

As of now, he has a thin frame, but if he can add on around 10-15 pounds, Agholor could become even more effective as he does show a ton of elusiveness and ability to make plays in the open field.

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8. Devin Smith

During the four-team college football playoffs, Devin Smith turned heads and his draft stock skyrocketed. It was a nice coming out party for the wide receiver, because Smith has really been a great player for the Buckeyes over the past few years. Although he doesn’t have top-end speed like Phillip Dorsett, Smith has just a special ability to make plays deep downfield.

Smith also has a solid frame at 6-foot, 195 pounds.

Although Smith has a place in an NFL offense as a vertical threat, he lacks ability in the intermediate game. Because his game is really tailored to a deep-ball receiver, Smith struggles at getting separation on intermediate throws.

His route-running skills are sub par and he struggles to get off the line of scrimmage when cornerbacks jam him. However, Smith is a true gamer and even though it’s hard to project where he will land, it’s safe to say he will be drafted in the top-45 simply because of his play-making ability — and some even believe he will go in the first round.

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7. Sammie Coates

When he came to Auburn, Sammie Coates was a three-star recruit. However, because speed is so important in Gus Malzahn’s offense scheme, it wouldn’t have come as a surprise at all if he were one of the best receivers in the nation from the get-go.

After all, it’s not that often you find a receiver that is 6-foot-1, 215 pounds, with game-breaking speed.

At the combine, he recorded an impressive time in the 40-yard dash at 4.43. It’s clear that Coates is an unbelievable athlete and only a few players can keep up with him.

On top of his size and speed, Coates has excellent tracking skills and whether it’s in the open field or in a tight space, Coates has so much potential to be a stud in the NFL.

The biggest concerning aspect of Coates is the offense he played in at Auburn. In that offensive scheme, Coates was used as a vertical receiver and as a receiver who would be able to catch short passes and make plays in the open field with his size and speed. Out of these ten receivers, Coates is the least developed. However, he has the potential to be one of the best from this class.

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6. Devin Funchess

While he was a tight end at the college level, many see Devin Funchess as a guy who play both the wide receiver position and the tight end position at the next level.

Blessed with unmatchable size at 6-foot-4, 235 pounds, and a huge wingspan and catch-radius, Funchess is an absolute matchup nightmare. His hands need to get stronger, but his long arms and his jumping ability make it easier for Funchess to bring in tough passes.

An NFL offense can use Funchess in a variety of ways. However, if and when he lines up at tight end, he might have problems getting off the line of scrimmage with his thin build. It should also be said that given his speed, he ran a 4.70 40-yard dash at the combine, Funchess might not have the speed to get past cornerbacks at the next level.

That being said, it’s really unclear what position Funchess will play in the NFL. However, given his athleticism to go with his size, there are more good things than bad things with Funchess and he will play an intriguing role in an NFL offense.

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5. Jaelen Strong

Like his name, Jaelen Strong is a guy who thrives off his strength. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, Strong has good size. However, when players pair their size with excellent body control, it makes an excellent combination.

Strong runs high on his route, but when he cuts, Strong gets low to the ground, which helps him shake off cornerbacks.

As is the case with most taller receivers, Strong excels on the outside and he is stellar at back-shoulder passes, which are becoming more popular in the redzone in the NFL.

Where Strong struggles, however, is when passes are a bit higher than him.

When balls are near his chest area, he often does not high-point the football. If this is fixed, combined with his huge catch-radius, Strong will be a much more finished product. He’ll have problems going across the middle, but when he puts on weight, Strong will be an extremely good football player for an NFL team.

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4. DeVante Parker

DeVante Parker really is one of the most intriguing prospects in this year’s draft. If it were any other year, Parker could very well be the best receiver prospect. At 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, Parker has good size, but he also has an evenly-distributed frame which helps him tremendously.

Like Strong, Parker has excellent body control. He has no problem skying up for the football or go down below his was it to make a play.

If he is put in the right scheme, Parker could be a dynamic receiver from the get-go.

Similar to Odell Beckham Jr., despite being three inches taller, Parker has excellent wiggle and when he is in the open field, he can simply do great things with the football. Parker is a threat to score at any given time and he will be a really nice No. 1 receiver if a team develops him correctly.

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3. Dorial Green-Beckham

Despite being the third-best player on my list, Dorial Green-Beckham will probably be the last player drafted out of the top five on this list. On the football field, Green-Beckham is an absolute menace. However, when he is off the gridiron, he has run into a ton of trouble.

Green-Beckham has had multiple marijuana-related incidents and he’s also had many other legal troubles which have attributed to his release from Missouri. Besides that, Green-Beckham’s problem is his attitude. He really has never devoted himself to a team and despite his freakish size, Green-Beckham hasn’t fully maximized his frame yet.

6-foot-6 receivers do not come around often in the NFL and when they do, they usually do not have the skills a guy like Green-Beckham has.

Whomever drafts Green-Beckham will need to get his head on straight. Despite that, if Green-Beckham can maximize his true potential, he could very well be one of the best receivers in the NFL one day. That’s how good he can be.

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2. Kevin White

There aren’t a lot of impact seniors in this draft class, but one of the best in this draft class is Kevin White and, no, not the Kevin White from TCU. This past season at West Virginia, White had one of the best senior seasons of all-time.

Even though people will say White’s stats in 2014 were inflated because of the air-raid system he played in, it should be said that if it weren’t for White, Clint Trickett wouldn’t have had the season he had in 2014.

White was basically the main reason why the Mountaineers finished above expectations in 2014.

White caught 109 passes for just under 1,450 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns. At 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, White has NFL-ready size and the amazing thing is that he uses his height to his advantage.

By doing this, White makes his catch-radius bigger and it makes it even harder to guard him. On top of his height, White is an excellent route-runner, great size, and he shows the ability to be an effective blocker in the running game as well. White is so good that Daniel Jeremiah has him rated higher than the next guy on this slideshow.

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1. Amari Cooper

At 6-foot-1, 210 pounds, Amari Cooper has a solid build. On top of that, he is the most pro-ready player in this draft.

For starters, Cooper has unbelievable separation ability. He reads defenses really well and he has unbelievable technique. Cooper’s speed is second to none and he has some of the softest hands I have ever seen out of a draft prospect.

The best thing about Cooper is his route-running ability. He can virtually run any route asked and paired with his intelligence, it is easy to see why he’s rated so highly.

Not many draft prospects enter the league with the wits and the intelligence Cooper has and that is why so many teams are high on him.

Cooper is the definition of a true No. 1 receiver and he will without a doubt be a top-ten pick in the 2015 NFL Draft. Cooper isn’t really bad at anything. He’s a polished player that will be an absolute stud in the NFL for years to come.

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Players like Calvin Johnson, Dez Bryant, A.J. Green and Antonio Brown have simply revolutionized the game and the position. In the 2014 NFL Draft, the wide receiver class was probably the best in the history of football.

While the 2015 NFL Draft class falls short of the 2014 class in terms of receiving talent, there is still an impressive amount of talent at the top.

With the combine now done and over with, it's time for NFL scouts and player personnel people around the league to start to put together their draft boards and their draft rankings.

Even though it takes around a year before receivers really start to make an impact in the NFL, these ten players all have a ton of potential to big things at the next level for their respective teams. All of these guys have potential to be No. 1 receivers in the NFL.

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