the best receivers and tight ends


As we approach the NFL draft, We Sport offers you five players per position who should animate the nights of April 29 and 30. After the quarterbacks, we tackle the receivers and tight ends!

Kyle Pitts (Florida – Junior)

Kyle Pitts is one of the 2021’s most promising players. (Photo credits: Logan Bowles – AP)

Certainly one of the greatest talents of this draft. Maybe even the second behind Trevor Lawrence. Kyle Pitts shows up at the gates of the NFL with a size and hands that could very quickly propel him to the top. And that’s his goal.  » Start at a high level and keep improving every year. Being able to do other things that other tight ends don’t, which would make me special, he explained to ESPN during his pro Day. With the preparation and over the years, I think I will be the best in history. « 

In Florida, Kyle Pitts has been the nightmare of SEC defenders by combining an imposing physique (1.98 m, 108 kg) at a confusing speed (40 yards in 4.45 seconds). But he also showed his ease at the reception, displaying an array of complete tight end. His blocker abilities don’t measure up to his other qualities, but they’re high enough to possibly make him the first non-quarterback selected on April 29.

His statistics in 2020 (8 games): 770 yards and 12 touchdowns in 43 receptions (17.9 yds / rec)

His NCAA stats (24 games): 1,492 yards and 18 touchdowns in 100 receptions (14.9 yds / rec)

His achievements: All-American first team (2020), John Mackey Award (2020), 10th in the Heisman Trophy (2020)

Ja’Marr Chase (LSU – Junior)

Impressive in 2019, Ja’Marr Chase did not play in 2020 (Photo credits: crescentcitysports.com)

A yard machine. Favorite weapon of Joe Burrow in 2019, Ja’Marr Chase splashed the NCAA with his talent. A sophomore season punctuated by a league title and making him the only player in LSU history to exceed 2,000 yards after his first two seasons. Control of the lines, safe hands, yards gained after reception: the receiver seems to have all the weapons to win in the NFL. But hasn’t shown it for a year.

Faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, Ja’Marr Chase has indeed given up competing for the 2020 season. But despite this period without competition and therefore only one year of very high level, his immense qualities should allow him to be among the two first drafted receivers.

His statistics in 2019 (14 matches – opt out in 2020): 1,780 yards and 20 touchdowns in 84 receptions (21.2 yds / rec)

His NCAA stats (24 games): 2,093 yards and 23 touchdowns in 107 receptions (19.6 yds / rec)

His achievements: national champion (2019), All-American first team (2019)

DeVonta Smith (Alabama – Senior)

DeVonta Smith, winner of the Heisman Trophy in 2020, will he be the first receiver selected? (Photo credits: K. Gidley – USA Today Sports – Reuters)

When talent takes precedence over physicality. From the height of his 1.85 m and his 79 kg, DeVonta Smith is far from the templates that roam the NFL fields. But the appearance is deceptive. The receiver has such qualities that he could well impose his small measurements in the big leagues. Thanks to his ease in separating from his defender and his prowess at reception, he won two league titles. In passing the title of best university player of the year 2020, a first for a receiver since Desmond Howard in 1991 (Michigan). His hands, capable of catching just about any pass, only conceded 7 drops out of 268 catchable balls. DeVonta Smith was also one of the  » greatest workers In Alamaba, according to his coach Nick Saban. A strong potential that should push a top 10 franchise to override its weak physical dimension.

His statistics in 2020 (13 games): 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns in 117 receptions (15.9 yds / rec)

His NCAA stats (47 games): 3,965 yards and 46 touchdowns in 235 receptions (16.9 yds / rec)

His achievements: national champion (2017,2020), All-American first team (2020), winner of the Heisman Trophy (2020)

Jaylen Waddle (Alabama – Junior)

Athletic machine Jaylen Waddle is ready to shine in the NFL. (Photo credits: Mark J. Rebilas – USA Today Sports)

A new Tyreek Hill in the league? In any case, this is what many NCAA observers predict with the imminent arrival of Jaylen Waddle in the NFL. His explosiveness makes him dangerous both with and without a ball. Thanks to his extraordinary support, he can easily separate from the opposing cornerback before using his speed to gain yards after reception. Even if he is not very thick (1.78 m, 83 kg), he is an athletic receiver and able to multiply the big games. In three university seasons, the last of which was truncated by an ankle injury, Jaylen Waddle has four receptions of 75 yards or more.  » A phenomenal competitor “, According to Alabama coach Nick Saban, who should, unsurprisingly, be chosen by one of the top ten teams in the draft.

His statistics in 2020 (6 games): 591 yards and 4 touchdowns in 28 receptions (21.1 yds / rec)

His NCAA stats (34 games): 1,999 yards and 17 touchdowns in 106 receptions (18.9 yds / rec)

His achievements: national champion (2020)

Rashod Bateman (Minnesota – Junior)

Despite his drops, Rashod Bateman could be of help to an NFL franchise. (Photo credits: Nuccio DiNuzzo – Getty Images)

A cut below the best receivers of the cuvée, Rashod Bateman still has his say. Without being an athletic beast, the native of Georgia was quickly characterized by the quality of his lines and his feints once the leather in hand. He broke the record for receptions (60) and receiving yards (1219) for Minnesota in one season during his sophomore year. Comfortable inside and out, Rashod Bateman, however, released 19 balls on 166 catchable passes in the NCAA. A large number of drops, perhaps even too many to make NFL franchises forget its lack of explosiveness. His reduced 2020 season, due to an opt out after five games, is also due to a player who should be called up after half of the first round.

His statistics in 2020 (5 games): 472 yards and 2 touchdowns in 36 receptions (13.1 yds / rec)

His NCAA stats (31 games): 2,395 yards and 19 touchdowns in 147 receptions (16.3 yds / rec)

Photo credits from: Sam Greenwood – Getty Images



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