Five receivers could go in the first half of the first round

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Last year’s class of wide receivers may have been the best in the history of the NFL draft. Until this year.

While five wide receivers went in the first round in 2014 (Sammy Watkins fourth, Mike Evans seventh, Odell Beckham 12th, Brandin Cooks 20th and Kelvin Benjamin 28th), it’s possible that five receivers could go in the first half of the first round this year.

That’s how it plays out in PFT’s final mock draft, where the run on receivers looks like this:

4. Raiders: WR Amari Cooper, Alabama.

6. Jets: WR Kevin White, West Virginia.

11. Vikings: WR DeVante Parker, Louisville.

12. Titans (from Eagles through Browns): WR Breshad Perriman, UCF.

16. Texans: WR Nelson Agholor, USC.

And the really impressive thing about this year’s receiver class is that even if those five players do go in the first half of the first round, there will still be plenty of receiver talent available. Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong, Washington State’s Vince Mayle, Miami’s Philip Dorsett, Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett, Michigan State’s Tony Lippett and Stanford’s Ty Montgomery would all still be available at that point. And based on pure talent, Dorial Green-Beckham might just be the best receiver in this draft, but off-field issues will likely drop him to the late first or early second round.

There may be a dozen receivers good enough to go in the first round this year. There’s more talent there than at any other position in this year’s draft.