1. Dez Bryant, Oklahoma State.
Bryant’s dedication and passion for the game are concerns, but on the field he’s right up there with Larry Fitzgerald, Andre Johnson, and Calvin Johnson as the top receiver prospects of the last decade.
Draft Prediction: Dolphins, No. 12 overall.
2. Demaryius Thomas, Georgia Tech.
Built like Terrell Owens (6’3/224) with sub-4.4 speed and NFL-ready blocking ability, Thomas is unlikely to fall out of round one despite fracturing his left foot in February.
Draft Prediction: Patriots, No. 22 overall.
3. Golden Tate, Notre Dame.
The 2009 Biletnikoff Award winner tips the scales at just 5-foot-10 and 199 pounds, but comes from a pro-style system and is dynamic after the catch and on the deep ball.
Draft Prediction: Buccaneers, No. 35 overall.
4. Arrelious Benn, Illinois.
Benn’s production drop in 2009 is alarming, but he is a physical player in the Anquan Boldin mold with plenty of size and speed.
Draft Prediction: Bills, No. 41 overall.
5. Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati.
Gilyard lacks homerun speed, but is a hard worker, devastatingly quick, and was highly productive throughout his college career as both a receiver and return ace.
Draft Prediction: Panthers, No. 48 overall.
6. Brandon LaFell, LSU.
LaFell has 4.6 speed and dropped too many passes as a senior, but projects as a chain-moving, high-scoring NFL wideout with a high “floor.”
Draft Prediction: Jaguars, No. 74 overall.
7. Mike Williams, Syracuse.
Williams may be the third most naturally gifted receiver in this class (behind Bryant and Thomas), but a poor Combine performance and serious character concerns will cost him on draft weekend.
Draft Prediction: Bengals, No. 120 overall.
8. Damian Williams, USC.
Williams is not a burner, but ran the full route tree in Trojans offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates’ NFL-like system and offers instant impact potential on punt returns.
Draft Prediction: Broncos, No. 45 overall.
9. Taylor Price, Ohio.
Exceptionally quick with 4.4 speed, Price left college as the Bobcats’ all-time leading receiver and stood out on the Senior Bowl practice field in January.
Draft Prediction: Lions, No. 100 overall.
10. Carlton Mitchell, South Florida.
Mitchell’s catch totals were mediocre in Jim Leavitt’s decidedly run-heavy offense, but he is a field-stretcher with a high ceiling at 6-foot-3, 215.
Draft Prediction: Falcons, No. 83 overall.
11. Eric Decker, Minnesota.
The Gophers’ all-time leading receiver and a two-time Major League Baseball draft pick, Decker might be in the late first-round conversation if he wasn’t recovering from a Lisfranc foot fracture.
Draft Prediction: Chiefs, No. 68 overall.
12. Marcus Easley, UConn.
A late-bloomer under Randy Edsall, Easley combines ideal size (6’3/210) with ideal speed (4.42-4.46) and averaged 18.6 yards per catch as a senior.
Draft Prediction: Browns, No. 92 overall.
13. Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas.
Briscoe ran poorly at February’s Combine (mid-4.6s), but his production in KU’s spread offense was off the charts (31 touchdowns in 37 games).
Draft Prediction: Cowboys, No. 125 overall.
14. Jordan Shipley, Texas.
A 24-year-old sixth-year senior who dominated 19- and 20-year-old Big 12 defensive backs, Shipley projects as a slot receiver at the next level.
Draft Prediction: Redskins, No. 103 overall.
15. Jeremy Williams, Tulane.
Williams has good size (6’0/205) and stellar senior-year production, but is a step slow (4.59) and was injury prone before 2009.
Draft Prediction: Seahawks, No. 139 overall.
For a more extensive look at the 2010 receiver class, bang it here.