NFL Draft News & Analysis

2022 NFL Draft: Pros and cons for PFF's top five wide receivers

Sat., Nov. 20, 2021; Columbus, Ohio, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Garrett Wilson (5) celebrates after a touchdown with teammate Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Chris Olave (2) during the first quarter of a NCAA Division I football game between the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Michigan State Spartans at Ohio Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joshua A. Bickel/Columbus Dispatch via USA TODAY Network. Cfb Michigan State Spartans At Ohio State Buckeyes

NFL Draft season is nearly upon us. And with that comes the PFF NFL Draft Guide, which comes loaded with scouting reports and advanced data on the class' top draft prospects.

Very few draft prospects are perfect and come with a collection of pros and cons, crucial evaluation points when it comes to projecting the players to the NFL.

Here are the pros and cons for PFF's top five wide receivers.

Click here for more PFF tools:

Rankings & ProjectionsWR/CB Matchup ChartNFL & NCAA Betting Dashboards | NFL Player Props Tool | NFL & NCAA Power Rankings
Best Bets Tool


1. Garrett Wilson, Ohio State Buckeyes

PFF Big Board Rank: 10

Pros
  • Wilson has insane body control. He can adjust to just about anything and has a big catch radius.
  • The former Buckeye's stop-start and change of direction are special. He's bouncy in and out of breaks.
  • Wilson has an innate feel as a ball carrier and is a weapon after the catch.
Cons
  • He doesn't have enough answers for press coverage yet. Long corners gave him issues.
  • He gets caught too “dancy” in his routes. This throws off his timing and won't fly in the NFL.
  • He also struggles with physicality in his routes and is rarely the aggressor.

2. Drake London, USC Trojans

PFF Big Board Rank: 12 

Pros
  • The former Trojan is a man among boys. He has dominant physicality that will still be there in the NFL.
  • London has loose hips for a tall receiver. He can legitimately shake defensive backs.
  • He has an unparalleled catch radius and remarkable body control at his size.
Cons
  • London lacks speed. He's not going to run past corners.
  • He suffered a season-ending broken ankle in October.
  • He also dropped eight of his 96 catchable targets in 2021.
PFF's customizable mock draft simulator gives you the opportunity to be the GM for any team in the 2022 NFL Draft. Try it today — it's free!

3. Jameson Williams, Alabama Crimson Tide

PFF Big Board Rank: 17 

Pros
  • Williams has an elite, angle-changing, uncatchable top speed. You don't usually see this at his height.
  • His shiftiness at the line is different for a speedster. He's both quick and fast.
  • The receiver sells his vertical routes by changing speeds and attacking leverage.
Cons
  • Williams tore his ACL in the National Championship Game just a few weeks ago.
  • He is still rail-thin for a taller receiver. “Bully ball” is not going to be his game.
  • Williams is a one-year wonder. He was stuck behind the Ohio State trio before transferring to Alabama last summer.

Related content for you:

2022 offseason needs for all 32 NFL teams via Anthony Treash


4. Chris Olave, Ohio State Buckeyes

PFF Big Board Rank: 20 

Pros
  • Olave is an extremely polished route-runner at the deep and intermediate levels of the field.
  • He has more than enough speed to separate down the field.
  • The former Buckeye is very sure-handed. He has a 4.9% career drop rate, with most targets coming downfield.
Cons
  • Olave is not dynamic with the ball in his hands. He has just 10 career broken tackles on 176 receptions.
  • He's a little slimmer than you'd like. Olave has to keep himself clean to win.
  • Olave got passed up by others in the Ohio State offense as a senior.
PFF's 2022 NFL Draft Guide provides analysis, strengths/weaknesses, comparisons, grades and more for all of college football's top prospects. Subscribe today for access…

5. Jahan Dotson, Penn State Nittany Lions

PFF Big Board Rank: 26 

Pros
  • The Nittany Lion is a sudden and decisive route-runner. There's not a lot of wasted motion.
  • He has a flair for the acrobatic catch with a 5.2% drop rate over his career.
  • Dotson has terrific vision with the ball in his hands. He turns into a punt returner in space.
Cons
  • He doesn't have the size that profiles to the outside, although he has long arms for his height.
  • He struggled to stack corners who get their hands on him. His speed is good, but it's not great.
  • Dotson is on the older side for top receiver prospect, as he'll be 22 on draft day. He didn't break out until his junior year.
You've got the first pick with your finances. Western Southern Financial Group.
Sponsor

NFL Draft Featured Tools

  • Live picks, grades and reaction to the 2022 NFL Draft.

  • 250+ three-page scouting profiles - advanced stats, 3-year grades, player comps, combine data and Senior Bowl grades - for the 2022 draft class.

    Available with

    Edge
  • PFF's Big Board for the 2023 NFL Draft offers three-year player grades, combine measurables, position rankings, and in-depth player analysis for all of the top draft prospects.

    Available with

    Edge
  • Our exclusive database, featuring the most in-depth collection of NCAA player performance data.

    Available with

    CFB Prem Stats+
Pro Subscriptions

Unlock NFL Player Grades, Fantasy & NFL Draft

$9.99 / mo
$39.99 / yr

Unlock Premium Stats, PFF Greenline & DFS

$34.99 / mo
$199.99 / yr
College Subscriptions

Unlock College Player Grades and Preview Magazine

$7.99 / mo
$27.99 / yr

Unlock NCAA Premium Stats & PFF Greenline NCAA

$29.99 / mo
$119.99 / yr