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Six WRs to Watch in the 2015 NFL Combine

The 2014 rookie wide receivers set the bar pretty darn high in Fantasy Football, but these six WRs to watch in the 2015 NFL Combine could become the new stars of the league.

Before you go nuts and fill half your Fantasy Football roster with rookies from the 2015 wide receiver class, understand that 2014 was a very unique season. Transitioning from college football to the NFL is a little bit easier for running backs, and that’s why a handful of them can crack the top 20 in their first year.

Wide receivers, on the other hand, have a lot to deal with learning new routes and building chemistry with their quarterback in year one, so make sure your expectations aren’t too high.

Six WRs to Watch in the 2015 NFL Combine

It’s highly doubtful that you will find the 2015 version of Odell Beckham Jr. from this draft class, but that doesn’t mean that one of these six WRs couldn’t rise to Fantasy Football glory. Again, make sure you keep your expectations in check, and start researching how a player may fit into a system after he is drafted.

Kevin White, West Virginia University

Rookie Wide Receiver Kevin White Fantasy Football

White is being called the Kelvin Benjamin of the 2015 rookie wide receiver class. If I were White, I wouldn’t complain. Listed as 6-foot-3, 210 pounds, White fiercely competes for any ball thrown in his direction. He had an issue with drops when he transferred from JUCO, but he showed immense improvement and concentration this past season. He went from 35 receptions in 2013 to 109 in 2014, and he could get even better with the right development plan.

The big knock on the Mountaineers’ all star is his top-end speed, and that could drop his draft stock considerably. In terms of Fantasy Football success, I think White is a guy who will have a ton of receptions each game, and can make a big impact in leagues that award points for receptions. He isn’t going to burn you down the field, but he gets down field, and catches the ball while fighting off defenders. While the 40-yard dash time is important, what’s more important is how teams respond to White’s time.

Amari Cooper, Alabama

Amari Cooper Touchdowns

White and Cooper sit atop the list of the six WRs to watch in the 2015 NFL Combine, and this will help to set an early distinction between the two. While Cooper has a slighter frame than White, his NFL draft profile compliments him as a complete receiver. I feel that Cooper might not only gain an edge because of his 40-yard dash time, but he has three years of playing against elite teams, while White spent two years in JUCO.

His senior year was dominant, but can Cooper find the right team to utilize his overall-skill base in his first year?

DeVante Parker, Louisville

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Parker is talented and he obviously  deserves to be one of the six WRs to watch in the 2015 NFL Combine, but where he ends up will have a big factor in his first-year success. In mock drafts, I’ve seen Parker going everywhere from the Miami Dolphins to the Houston Texans. The one team that really intrigues me, however, is the Minnesota Vikings.

Starting in Week 7, the Vikings lost one game by a point, two games by two points, one game by three points and one game by a touchdown. The team went 5-5 during this stretch, and if a few things went differently, the Vikings might have ended the year with a winning record. At 6-foot-3, 208 pounds, Parker would be a great weapon to help Teddy Bridgewater‘s development. It doesn’t hurt that he and Bridgewater were teammates in college, but the Vikings have other pressing needs, and the former Louisville Cardinals’ receiver really needs to have an impressive day to find his way to Minnesota.

Nelson Agholor, USC

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Agholor has immediate value in his first year because of his punt-return abilities. He set a school record at USC with four punts returned for touchdowns, and his sold route running will help him earn a consistent role in an offense.

While quick, Agholor is another prospect who scouts knock for a questionable top-end speed. If Agholor records a solid 40-yard dash time, this should help to boost his draft stock. His main value will be as a slot receiver, but with the right team, that position can produce very solid Fantasy Football results. With a chance to make an immediate impact, Agholor should be on your list of wideouts to watch.

Sammie Coates, Auburn

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Biggest Issue: Coates dropped one out of every nine balls thrown to him in 2014.

Biggest Payoff: The 6-foot-2, 201-pound receiver has reportedly run a 4.25 40-yard dash time before.

Coates is a raw product to say the least, and there are other receivers with better well-rounded skill sets. With that being said, some coaches love developing a player to his full potential. Coates was compared to Martavis Bryant in his NFL Draft Profile, which really indicates a boom-or-bust type of performance. With a draft class being knocked for elite top-end speed, Auburn’s former receiver could stand out from the pack with the right 40-yard dash time.

If you’re starting to prepare for your 2015 Fantasy Football draft, make sure to check out our six RBs to watch in the 2015 NFL Combine as well.

DeVante Parker Photo Credit: Kentucky National Guard

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