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Rating the top wide receivers in the NFL Draft

Amari Cooper caught 124 passes for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season for Alabama.
Amari Cooper caught 124 passes for 1,727 yards and 16 touchdowns last season for Alabama. The Associated Press

1. Amari Cooper, 6-1, 211, Alabama

Bio: Three-year starter and team captain who caught 124 passes for 1,727 yards (13.9 average) and 16 touchdowns in 14 games in 2014. Heisman Trophy finalist. Declared after his true junior season. Turns 21 this year. 31 1/2-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 4.42 40-yard dash. 33-inch vertical. 120-inch broad jump. 6.71 3-cone drill. 3.98 20-yard shuttle. Did not bench press due to a shoulder injury.

Consensus: All-Juice Team member. Sandwiched a middling sophomore season in between terrific freshman and junior campaigns. Really exploded this year under new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin. Possesses plus athleticism, and has elite quickness and out of his cuts, which makes him a dangerous weapon on deep routes. Uses his speed and polish as a route runner to win vertically, where his ability to track the deep ball is elite. Is only OK after the catch but has fairly reliable hands. Has the occasional focus drop. Beats press coverage with slickness at the line of scrimmage. Is not overly physical. Needs to get stronger — can be overpowered as a blocker, where his effort is inconsistent. Occasionally flashes nastiness but whiffs on blocks, too. Body language is interesting; seems to compete and play with a detached demeanor.

Grade: 7.3

2. Kevin White, 6-3, 215, West Virginia

Bio: Juco transfer. Two-year starter who caught 109 passes for 1,447 yards (13.2 average) and 10 touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. Turns 22 this year. 32 5/8-inch arms. 9 1/4-inch hands. 4.35 40-yard dash. 23 bench reps. 36.5-inch vertical. 123-inch broad jump. 6.92 3-cone drill. 4.14 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: All-Juice Team member. Can track the ball vertically and win jump balls. Vertical threat who flashes the ability to consistently make difficult, contested catches. Big, strong guy who plays to his size. Good speed, can get deep, but isn’t a burner. Slightly above-average burst out his cuts. Gives good effort as a blocker. Demonstrative, emotional player who is competitive and into the game. Has a little juice after the catch – is a strong runner. Has experience running screens. Can come back to the ball and make the catch.

Grade: 7.3

Story: West Virginia’s Kevin White opens eyes with blistering 40-yard dash time

3. DeVante Parker, 6-3, 209, Louisville

Bio: Two-year starter who caught 43 passes for 855 yards (19.9 average) and five touchdowns in only six games in 2014. Declared for the draft after his true junior season. Turned 22 this year. 33 1/4-inch arms. 9 1/4-inch hands. 4.45 40-yard dash. 17 bench reps. 36.5-inch vertical. 125-inch broad jump. Did not due to three-cone drill or 20-yard shuttle due to a foot injury.

Consensus: Big-play threat who broke a bone in his foot before his senior year, caused him to miss the Cardinals’ first seven games. Is not a blazer but showed more explosiveness as a junior, before the injury. Mainly runs slants or go routes, but is OK on digs and drags. Can definitely win the slant. Not sure how good he is at the entire route tree. Willing to take a hit over the middle but is only OK on short-to-intermediate contested balls. Shows some decent footwork but never seems to create a ton of separation. Has some shake and juice after the catch. Good leaping ability and is more natural catching vertical passes. Can make contested catches downfield, win jump balls with his large catch radius and track the ball in the air. Good speed once he’s got a head of steam. Gives decent effort as a blocker.

Grade: 7.0

4. Nelson Agholor, 6-0, 198, Southern Cal

Bio: Two-year starter and team captain who caught 104 passes for 1,313 yards (12.6 average) and 12 touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. Also had four punt return touchdowns in his career. Declared for the draft after his true junior season. Turns 22 this year. 32 1/4-inch arms. 9 1/4-inch hands. 4.42 40-yard dash. 12 bench reps. 36.5-inch vertical. 125-inch broad jump. 6.83 3-cone drill. 4.34 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: All-Juice Team member. Has identical measurables to Chiefs receiver Jeremy Maclin. Lines up in the slot and outside. Runs good rules. Can make catches over the middle. Has experience as a punt returner. Good runner after the catch. Used in bunch of ways-slot, outside, out of he backed, screens. Good speed. Good acceleration. Strong run after the catch skills. Has special teams value — has been a productive returner at USC. Inconsistent effort as a blocker. Ideal fit for the West Coast offense.

Grade: 6.8

5. Phillip Dorsett, 5-10, 185, Miami (Fla.)

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 36 passes for 871 yards (24.2 average) and 10 touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. 30 1/4-inch arms. 9 3/8-inch hands. 4.33 40-yard dash. 13 bench reps. 37-inch vertical. 122-inch broad jump. 6.70 3-cone drill. 4.11 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: All-Juice Team member. Willing blocker, just small. Big-time speed — can take the top off the defensive with it. Creates separation out of his cuts. Big-time juice once he gets the ball in his hands — can outrun people. Shows ability to make the tough catch near the sideline and get his foot down. Creates separation downfield with his speed. Has improved his hands during his college career but they are still only good, not great. Occasionally flashes the ability to make the short, contested catch.

Grade: 6.8

Story: Phillip Dorsett wins with speed, just like his idol, Santana Moss

6. Jaelen Strong, 6-2, 217, Arizona State

Bio: Juco transfer. Two-year starter who caught 82 passes for 1,165 yards (14.2 average) and 10 touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. Turned 21 this year. 32 1/2-inch arms. 9-inch hands. 4.44 40-yard dash. 42-inch vertical. 123-inch broad jump. 7.33 3-cone drill. 4.19 20-yard shuttle. Did not bench due to a shoulder injury.

Consensus: Is young for a prospect. Has broken bone in his wrist, likely needs surgery. Looks the part, physically. Was in an offense that featured lots of short passes but possesses good vertical speed and an ability to track the deep ball — he caught a Hail Mary for a game-winner vs. USC this year. Good strength as a runner— is tough to bring down after the catch and has breakaway speed. Will sell out for the big/tough catch and can make it over smaller defenders. Seems a bit stiff; rounds off his routes and does not always play to his imposing size, as he doesn’t consistently win 50/50 balls. Will fight the ball and drop catchable passes on the move and does not create a ton of separation in man-to-man coverage. Not nasty or consistent as a blocker — should be a better for his size.

Grade: 6.8

7. Devin Smith, 6-0, 196, Ohio State

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 33 passes for 931 yards (28.2 average) and 12 touchdowns in 15 games in 2014. 31-inch arms. 9-inch hands. 4.42 40-yard dash. 10 bench reps. 39-inch vertical. 122-inch broad jump. 6.83 3-cone drill. 4.15 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Very good speed. Gets upfield after the catch quickly. Can run the dig route and make the catch over the middle. Worked as a gunner on special teams at times. Is an absolute natural at tracking the deep ball — has the speed to run under it and the vision and hand-eye coordinator to run under it. Eats up around quickly vertically and wins contested balls downfield. Ridiculous 28.2 yards-per-catch average is a product of his rare ability in this area. Generally wants no part of blocking; effort in this area needs to improve in the NFL. Ran a limited route tree at Ohio State; will need time to develop a feel for the short and intermediate routes in the West Coast offense. Has a very high ceiling if he’s willing to work on the little things to become a complete receiver. This will come down to how much he loves the game. Also brings special teams value; is a fantastic gunner on punts.

Grade: 6.8

Story: Devin Smith’s rare ability to track the deep ball intrigues NFL teams

8. Tyler Lockett, 5-10, 182, Kansas State

Bio: Two-year starter and team captain who caught 106 passes for 1,515 yards (14.3 average) and 11 touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. Returned 21 punts for 402 yards and two touchdowns as a senior. Turns 23 this year. 30-inch arms. 8 3/8-inch hands. 4.40 40-yard dash. 35.5-inch vertical. 121-inch broad jump. 6.89 3-cone drill. 4.07 20-yard shuttle. 11.14 60-yard shuttle. Did not bench due to a shoulder injury.

Consensus: All-Juice Team member. Very, very quick in and out of his breaks. Wins contested balls downfield and is a polished route runner. Small, could get outmuscled on the next level but has a very good understanding of how to get open. Will need to use elusiveness and craftiness to beat press coverage in the NFL but could get swallowed up by bigger corners that can run. Has small hands and the occasional concentration drop but generally has reliable hands. Is also a dynamic special teams performer; his six career return touchdowns (two on punts and four on kickoffs. Projects best as a slot receiver but can contribute on the outside, provided his polish translates against NFL corners.

Grade: 6.7

Story: Tyler Lockett wants his production to do the talking at Senior Bowl

9. Dorial Green-Beckham, 6-5, 237, Oklahoma

Bio: Two-year starter who caught 59 passes for 883 yards (14.9 average) and 12 touchdowns in 14 games in 2013 and sat out 2014 due to NCAA transfer rules. Declared after his true junior season. Turns 22 this year. 32 1/2-inch arms. 9-inch hands. 4.49 40-yard dash. 13 bench reps. 33.5-inch vertical. 119-inch broad jump. 6.89 3-cone drill. 4.45 20-yard shuttle. 11.89 60-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Enormous frame and catch radius. Carries weight well. Excellent timed speed for his size. Shows the ability to high-point the football and overpower smaller defensive backs. Has the size and speed to physically dominate NFL defensive backs. Above-average hands but has concentration drops. Very raw prospect who still has much to learn about the finer points of the game but has the skillset to develop as an excellent “X” possession receiver in the West Coast offense. Had multiple off-field incidents at Missouri. Teams will thoroughly investigate his makeup and character.

Grade: 6.7

Story: Dorial Green-Beckham regrets way his tenure at Missouri ended, will meet with Chiefs

10. Chris Conley, 6-2, 213, Georgia

Bio: Two-year starter who caught 36 passes for 657 yards (18.2 average) and eight touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. Turns 23 this year. 33 3/4-inch arms. 9 7/8-inch hands. 4.35 40-yard dash. 18 bench reps. 45-inch vertical. 139-inch broad jump. 7.06 3-cone drill. 4.30 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Workout warrior who destroyed the combine. Has great size, a ridiculous vertical and a large catch radius. Has a nice burst off the line of scrimmage. Doesn't quite play to timed speed until he gets a head of steam; then he's difficult to catch. Needs to work on his route running — will round routes off. Shows the ability to make the difficult, contested catch. Generally does enough to get the job done as a blocker.

Grade: 6.6

11. Tony Lippett, 6-2, 192, Michigan State

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 65 passes for 1,198 yards (18.4 average) and 11 touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. Turns 23 this year. 32 3/4-inch arms. 9 7/8-inch hands. 4.61 40-yard dash. 10 bench reps. 36-inch vertical. 114-inch broad jump. 6.92 3-cone drill. 4.13 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Super productive. Nice combination of size and length as a target. Has good initial burst off the line. Can stick his foot in the ground and accelerate to the sideline on the out route. Has good hips — played some corner in college, which is rare for a player with his frame. Long speed is average but is a good route runner. Is OK on contested balls. Has the technique and size to beat press coverage and create separation. Is a competitive blocker. Played some cornerback in college and might also have a future there with his rare combination of length and movement skills.

Grade: 6.6

12. Breshad Perriman, 6-2, 212, Central Florida

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 50 passes for 1,044 yards (20.8 average) and nine touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. Turns 22 this year. 32-inch arms. 9 1/4-inch hands. 4.24 40-yard dash. 18 bench reps. 36.5-inch vertical. 127-inch broad jump. Did not run the shuttles due to a hamstring injury.

Consensus: Son of former NFL receiver Brett Perriman, but is bigger than his dad and faster, too; exploded onto the draft radar with a blistering 4.24 40-yard dash at his pro day. Big-play receiver whose 20.8 yards-per-catch average is outstanding. Defenses will have to respect his speed and size — can win vertically with that NFL-caliber combo. Shows some burst out of his cuts and surprisingly good play speed. Hands are marginal. Has focus drops and double catches passes. Needs to improve his field awareness. Mostly-willing blocker but should be better at it for his size.

Grade: 6.6

13. Rashad Greene, 5-11, 182, Florida State

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 99 passes for 1,365 yards (13.7 average) and seven touchdowns in 14 games in 2014. Turns 23 this year. 31 5/8-inch arms. 9-inch hands. 4.53 40-yard dash. 36.5-inch vertical. 122-inch broad jump. 6.88 3-cone drill. 4.22 20-yard shuttle. Did not bench due to injury.

Consensus: Thin frame but was super-productive and experienced in college. Was Jameis Winston's favorite target, by far. Has good speed and quickness and flashes burst off the line of scrimmage Is comfortable working the middle of the field and is a good route runner. Hands are solid. Is not terribly physical — needs to continue to work on beating press coverage. Willing blocker but locks the size or strength to be a factor.

Grade: 6.5

14. Justin Hardy, 5-10, 192, East Carolina

Bio: Four-year starter and team captain who caught 121 passes for 1,494 yards (12.3 average) and 10 touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. Turns 24 this year. 32 1/8-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 4.56 40-yard dash. 11 bench reps. 36.5-inch vertical. 114-inch broad jump. 6.63 3-cone drill. 4.21 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Is old for a prospect. Experienced, productive four-year starter with big, (largely) reliable hands and long arms for his height. Looks the part of an NFL slot receiver who can make a living in the short-to-intermediate areas. Can make the tough, contested catch. Doesn't have great long speed — is quicker than fast and could struggle to create separation in the NFL but shows some niftiness after the catch. Is football smart and plays with an attitude. Has experience as a punt returner. Is a willing blocker.

Grade: 6.5

15. Stefon Diggs, 6-0, 195, Maryland

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 62 passes for 792 yards (12.7 average) and five touchdowns in 10 games in 2014. Declared after his true junior season. Turns 22 this year. 31 1/4-inch arms. 10-inch hands. 4.46 40-yard dash. 11 bench reps. 35-inch vertical. 115-inch broad jump. 7.03 3-cone drill. 4.32 20-yard shuttle. 11.46 60-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Durability is a concern; has missed nine games the last two years. As a freshman, had 2,000 all-purpose yards. Shows comfort running intermediate routes and can create a bit after the catch with his shiftiness. Not an outright blazer but can run fast enough to separate from most corners downfield. Is only okay on contested balls but is a natural on deep-to-intermediates routes. Has big hands for his size and has shown an aptitude for the spectacular contested deep catch. Has returned two kicks for touchdowns in his career.

Grade: 6.5

16. Sammie Coates, 6-1, 212, Auburn

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 34 passes for 741 yards (21.7 average) and four touchdowns in 12 games in 2014. Declared after his redshirt junior season. Turns 22 this year. 33 3/8-inch arms. 9 3/8-inch hands. 4.43 40-yard dash. 23 bench reps. 41-inch vertical. 131-inch broad jump. 6.98 3-cone drill. 4.06 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Workout warrior with good speed, athleticism with long arms. Good at tracking the ball — flashes the ability to win contested balls downfield and it shows in his per-catch average. Shows power, niftiness and speed as a runner after the catch. Works out of the slot some. Physical and fast enough to beat press coverage. Route running needs work. Very inconsistent hands — has too many drops and double catches the ball too much. Gives inconsistent effort as a blocker. Seems to enjoy playing the game, though; had lots of energy at the Senior Bowl.

Grade: 6.4

17. Jamison Crowder, 5-8, 185, Duke

Bio: Three-year starter and team captain who caught 85 passes for 1,044 yards (12.2 average) and six touchdowns in 13 games in 2014. Turns 22 this year. 30 3/8-inch arms. 8 3/8-inch hands. 4.56 40-yard dash. 10 bench reps. 37-inch vertical. 115-inch broad jump. 7.17 3-cone drill. 4.32 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Small frame with small hands. Does not create a ton of separation but has good hands and is a good route runner. Has some Dexter McCluster in him as a runner after the catch, where it looks like he’s doing a bunch but isn’t going anywhere. Not a blazer but is very quick and can beat press coverage with his technique and initial burst. Can track the ball vertically and win contested balls despite size. Gives decent effort as a blocker. Has experience as a kick and punt returner.

Grade: 6.4

18. Titus Davis, 6-1, 196, Central Michigan

Bio: Four-year starter who caught 60 passes for 980 yards (16.3 average) and 13 touchdowns in 10 games in 2014. Finished his career with 37 career touchdowns. Turned 22 this year. 29 5/8-inch arms. 8 1/4-inch hands. 4.51 40-yard dash. 32.5-inch vertical. 119-inch broad jump. 7.14 3-cone drill. 4.28 20-yard shuttle. Did not bench for a shoulder injury.

Consensus: Super-productive, experienced receiver with some polish. Has very short arms and small hands. Shows some quicks and run-after-the-catch ability but isn't a great tester. Runs good routes and displays solid hands. Is a one-speed receiver with some savvy, which he will need to separate from defensive backs.

Grade: 6.2

19. DeAndrew White, 5-11, 193, Alabama

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 40 passes for 504 yards (12.6 average) and four touchdowns in 10 games in 2014. 31-inch arms. 9 1/8-inch hands. 4.44 40-yard dash. 34.5-inch vertical. 118-inch broad jump. 6.97 3-cone drill. 4.18 20-yard shuttle. Did not bench due to injury.

Consensus: Lines up inside and outside. Has some quickness and burst. Needs to refine his routes some but has some wiggle after the catch and is slithery. Decent hands — can make the tough catch. Willing blocker who does the dirty work — serves as a gunner on special teams. Good football player who was overshadowed some by star teammate Amari Cooper. Has been nicked up throughout his career.

Grade: 6.2

20. Tre’ McBride, 6-0, 210, William & Mary

Bio: Three-year starter who caught 64 passes for 809 yards (12.6 average) and four touchdowns in 11 games in 2014. Turns 23 this year. 32 1/8-inch arms. 9-inch hands. 4.41 40-yard dash. 16 bench reps. 38-inch vertical. 122-inch broad jump. 6.96 3-cone drill. 4.08 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Plucks the ball out of the air away from his frame. Solid initial burst off the line but is not a burner. Average burst out of his cuts. Has some strength after the catch but is not a major run-after-the-catch threat. Can make the tough catch and adjust to poorly thrown balls. Competitive, willing blocker. Has some experience as a kick returner. Production could have been better, given the level of competition.

Grade: 6.2

21. DeAndre Smelter, 6-2, 226, Georgia Tech

Bio: Two-year starter who caught 35 passes for 715 yards (20.4 average) and seven touchdowns in 12 games in 2014. Turns 24 this year. 32 5/8-inch arms. 11-inch hands. Did not work out due to a knee injury.

Consensus: Is old for a prospect. Tore his ACL in December. Good athlete with a baseball background; was a former elite pitching prospect who decided to give football a try after shoulder problems. Has only played football in college for two years but has natural skills. Is a big, physical receiver who can track the ball and make tough contested catches. Has big hands and ball skills and could be a possession receiver in the NFL with improved route running. Might need some time for development after coming out of a very run-heavy option offense.

Grade: 6.1

22. Antwan Goodley, 5-10, 2009, Baylor

Bio: Two-year starter who caught 60 passes for 830 yards (13.8 average) and six touchdowns in 11 games in 2014. Turns 24 this year. 30 3/4-inch arms. 9 1/4-inch hands. 4.44 40-yard dash. 35-inch vertical. 127-inch broad jump. 7.19 3-cone drill. 4.38 20-yard shuttle. Did not bench because of an injury.

Consensus: Is old for a prospect. Built like a running back. Was much more productive as a junior, when he caught 71 passes for 1,339 yards and 13 touchdowns. Has some good play speed. Multipurpose weapon; took some carries as a running back. Runs hard after the catch. Must refine his route running. Runs a limited tree. Hands are okay. Dealt with some injuries as a senior. Has experience returning kicks.

Grade: 6.1

23. Austin Hill, 6-3, 212, Arizona

Bio: Two-year starter who caught 49 passes for 635 yards (13.0 average) and four touchdowns in 14 games in 2014. 31 3/4-inch arms. 9 3/4-inch hands. 4.57 40-yard dash. 17 bench reps. 36.5-inch vertical. 129-inch broad jump. 6.65 3-cone drill. 4.03 20-yard shuttle.

Consensus: Big, physical receiver who tore his ACL in 2013 and missed the entire season. Timed speed is okay. Before the injury, had good burst off the line and run-after-the-catch skills. Caught 81 passes for 1,364 yards and 11 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2012. Slot receiver with good hands who could make the contested catch. Is comfortable working the middle of the field. Willing blocker.

Grade: 6.1

24. Ty Montgomery, 6-0, 221, Stanford

Bio: Two-year starter who caught 61 passes for 604 yards (9.9 average) and three touchdowns in 11 games in 2014. Turned 22 this year. 31-inch arms. 10 1/8-inch hands. 4.55 40-yard dash. 40.5-inch vertical. 121-inch broad jump. 6.97 3-cone drill. 4.21 20-yard shuttle. 11.57 60-yard shuttle. Did not bench due to an injury.

Consensus: Built like a running back and might end up doing his best work there. Lined up some at running back and in the Wildcat formation in college in an effort to get involved. Has good timed speed but takes a while to get a full head of steam and does not play to it, otherwise. Needs to work on his burst out of his breaks. Shows good power after the catch and runs good routes. Will drop some catchable balls. Does good job reading blocks on kick return. Has good effort as a blocker. Interesting utility-knife sort of skill player.

Grade: 6.1

Grading scale

7.1-7.5: Top 10 pick

7.0: 11-20

6.9: 21-32

6.8: Top half of the second

6.7: Bottom half of the second

6.6: Top half of the third

6.5: Bottom half of the third

6.4: Fourth round pick

6.3: Fifth-round pick

6.2: Sixth-round pick

6.1: Seventh-round pick

6.0: Priority free agent

NOTE: All rankings are based on a combination of extensive personal film study, interviews conducted with draft analysts and information gleaned from NFL Network draft broadcasts. Evaluations are cross-checked with multiple draft resources. Measurements and testing results are from the combine and pro days, according to NFL.com. Grades are assigned based on where The Star believes the Chiefs should take each player, based on their needs and scheme fit.

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