In his first mock draft of the season, ESPN analyst Todd McShay projected a whopping one-quarter of the first round to be wide receivers. Eight wide receivers being drafted in the first round feels unprecedented, especially with the depth of the class potentially pushing players down the board.
Still, McShay’s mock draft was a snapshot of the strength of the wide receiver class, and how that narrative is likely to dominate the lead up to draft night. Here were his eight projections:
3: Washington Redskins – Jerry Jeudy
6: Arizona Cardinals – CeeDee Lamb
14: Cleveland Browns – Tee Higgins
15: Indianapolis Colts – Justin Jefferson
16: Las Vegas Raiders – Laviska Shenault
18: Philadelphia Eagles – Henry Ruggs III
23: Buffalo Bills – Brandon Aiyuk
26: Green Bay Packers – DeVonta Smith
While it’s obviously unlikely that all eight of these prospects eventually get drafted in the first round, it’s notable that each of them are currently receiving buzz. The all-star game circuit and NFL Scouting Combine could be the ultimate factors in separating these players on draft boards.