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NFL Draft prospects: Ranking wide receivers heading into the 2023 NFL Draft

We rank the 2023 draft prospects at WR ahead of the NFL Draft.

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The 2023 NFL Draft will be held from Thursday, April 27 through Saturday, April 29 in Kansas City, MO. The first round will be held on Thursday, Friday will cover the second and third rounds, and then the remainder of the draft will be wrapped up on Saturday.

Unlike the past few years, there isn’t a wide receiver that is projected to be taken in the top 10 in this class. However, there are still plenty of strong pass-catching threats in this year’s class and a handful of them will have their names called on Day 1.

Likely first player off the board

Ohio State’s Jaxon-Smith Njigba will likely be the first wideout taken off the board and he should hear his name called in the middle portions of the first round. Sharing a receiving room with Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson in 2021, JNS still managed to stand out by setting a Big Ten record with 1,606 receiving yards off 95 receptions and nine touchdowns that year. The 6’1”, 196-pound prospect out of Rockwell, TX, would miss a good chunk of the 2022 season with a hamstring injury, dropping his stock as a potential top-10 draft choice. Nevertheless, some draft experts have made comparisons with him to Justin Jefferson and he’s expected to have an immediate impact in the league.

Biggest names

Sitting right behind Smith-Njigba is Boston College’s Zay Flowers, who could also be a mid-first rounder. Flowers has risen up the board throughout draft season and the speedy 5’9” prospect has the potential to be the next Tyreek Hill-esque speed demon playing out of the slot

TCU’s Quentin Johnson and USC’s Jordan Addison are two prospects who could also hear their names called on Day 1. The 6’3” Johnston played a huge role in getting TCU to the College Football Playoff title game this past season and always has big catch potential. Meanwhile, Addison has a Biletnikoff Award on his college resume and is drawing some comparisons to Tyler Lockett heading into the draft.

The Tennessee duo of Cedric Tillman and 2022 Biletnikoff Award winner Jalin Hyatt are both projected as round two picks and both could play huge roles at wherever they land right out the gate. North Carolina’s Josh Downs could also be a Day 2 selection that ends up turning heads upon his arrival to the league.


As is the case every year, a number of under-the-radar receiving prospects could make an impact in the right situation. Some potential includes Wake Forest’s AT Perry, West Virginia Bryce Ford-Wheaton, and Michigan State’s Jayden Reed.

2023 WR prospect rankings

Player Pos School Pos Rk Overall Rk
Player Pos School Pos Rk Overall Rk
Jaxon Smith-Njigba WR Ohio State 1 11
Quentin Johnston WR TCU 2 21
Jordan Addison WR USC 3 23
Zay Flowers WR Boston College 4 26
Jalin Hyatt WR Tennessee 5 38
Cedric Tillman WR Tennessee 6 42
Josh Downs WR North Carolina 7 49
Rashee Rice WR SMU 8 69
Jonathan Mingo WR Ole Miss 9 79
Kayshon Boutte WR LSU 10 85
A.T. Perry WR Wake Forest 11 90
Marvin Mims WR Oklahoma 12 91
Tank Dell WR Houston 13 116
Dontayvion Wicks WR Virginia 14 119
Xavier Hutchinson WR Iowa State 15 125
Bryce Ford-Wheaton WR West Virginia 16 130
Jayden Reed WR Michigan State 17 134
Michael Wilson WR Stanford 18 143
Jalen Cropper-Moreno WR Fresno State 19 161
Trey Palmer WR Nebraska 20 173
Andrei Iosivas WR Princeton 21 176
Parker Washington WR Penn State 22 190
Tyler Scott WR Cincinnati 23 194
Demario Douglas WR Liberty 24 204
Ronnie Bell WR Michigan 25 205
Charlie Jones WR Purdue 26 211
Matt Landers WR Arkansas 27 224
Tre Tucker WR Cincinnati 28 226
Rakim Jarrett WR Maryland 29 244
Justin Shorter WR Florida 30 248
Grant DuBose WR Charlotte 31 249
David Durden WR West Florida 32 253
Jadon Haselwood WR Arkansas 33 255
Puka Nacua WR BYU 34 259
Xavier Gipson WR Stephen F. Austin 35 265
Antoine Green WR North Carolina 36 283