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2015 NFL Draft: Ranking the wide receivers

Alabama's Amari Cooper is the best player in another stacked group, but West Virginia's Kevin White isn't far behind.

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If an NFL team has a questionable wide receiver corps after this year’s draft, they only have themselves to blame. Although the wide receiver class in the 2015 NFL Draft isn’t quite as good as last year, it is once again deep and talented.

Leading the way is Alabama’s Amari Cooper. He may not be a flawless wide receiver, but it’s hard to find any glaring negatives in his play. He’s fast enough, slippery after the catch and has good hands. There might not be a Sammy Watkins, Mike Evans or Odell Beckham in this year, but Cooper would be right behind them.

After Cooper is West Virginia’s Kevin White. He’s more physical, faster and bigger than Cooper, but he’s raw. His route-running isn’t as good and he only had one good season for the Mountaineers. This class could feature three top 15 picks, including Cooper, White and Louisville’s DeVante Parker. He missed some time last season, but is a well-rounded receiver who will go up after the ball and do work over the middle.

The wild card of the group is Dorial Green-Beckham, from Oklahoma by way of Missouri. Green-Beckham possesses a high level of talent. Unfortunately, it’s a matter of putting him into a position to take advantage of that talent. There are also the off-the-field issues that teams won’t ignore.

There are plenty of other good players at the position this year. Arizona State’s Jaelen Strong is a good vertical threat and a likely first-round pick. Ohio State’s Devin Smith is a speed merchant and a fringe first-rounder. It wouldn’t be a complete shock to see Central Florida’s Breshad Perriman taken in the first round.

Under the radar: East Carolina’s Justin Hardy isn’t big or the fastest. He’s just a solid, dependable player. He’s the type who could be taken in the middle of the draft and make a solid contribution as a rookie.

Position grade: A-

1. Amari Cooper, 6'1, 210 pounds, WR, Alabama
2. Kevin White, 6'3, 210 pounds, WR, West Virginia
3. DeVante Parker, 6'3, 211 pounds, WR, Louisville
4. Dorial Green-Beckham, 6’6, 225 pounds, WR, Oklahoma
5. Jaelen Strong, 6'3, 212 pounds, WR, Arizona State
6. Devin Smith, 6'0 3/8, 190 pounds, WR, Ohio State
7. Nelson Agholor, 6'1, 190 pounds, WR, Southern California
8. Phillip Dorsett, 5’9 5/8, 183 pounds, WR, Miami
9. Devin Funchess, 6’5, 230 pounds, WR, Michigan
10. Breshad Perriman, 6'3, 214 pounds, WR, Central Florida
11. Sammie Coates, 6'1 3/4, 213 pounds, WR, Auburn
12. Jamison Crowder, 5’8 1/8, 174 pounds, WR, Duke
13. Tyler Lockett, 5’9 5/8, 181 pounds, WR, Kansas State
14. Justin Hardy, 5'10 1/2, 190 pounds, WR, East Carolina
15. Rashad Greene, 6'0, 180 pounds, WR, Florida State
16. Tony Lippett, 6’2 1/2, 192 pounds, WR, Michigan State
17. Ty Montgomery, 5'11 3/4, 216 pounds, WR, Stanford
18. Chris Conley, 6’1 7/8, 213 pounds, WR, Georgia
19. Tre McBride, 6'0 3/4, 205 pounds, WR, William & Mary
20. Josh Harper, 6’0 3/4, 189 pounds, WR, Fresno State
21. Vince Mayle, 6'2, 219 pounds, WR, Washington State
22. Deontay Greenberry, 6’3, 200 pounds, WR, Houston
23. DeAndre Smelter, 6’2, 226 pounds, WR, Georgia Tech
24. Stefon Diggs, 6’0, 195 pounds, WR, Maryland
25. Antwan Goodley, 5’10 1/2, 210 pounds, WR, Baylor
26. Dezmin Lewis, 6'3 1/2, 215 pounds, WR, Central Arkansas
27. Titus Davis, 6’0 3/4, 196 pounds, WR, Central Michigan
28. Mario Alford, 5’8 1/2, 180 pounds, WR, West Virginia
29. Rannell Hall, 6'0 3/8, 193 pounds, WR, Central Florida
30. Austin Hill, 6’2 3/8, 210 pounds, WR, Arizona
31. Deon Long, 6'0, 188 pounds, WR, Maryland
32. Dres Anderson, 6’1, 187 pounds, WR, Utah
33. Darren Waller, 6'6 5/8, 242 pounds, WR, Georgia Tech
34. Devante Davis, 6'3, 220 pounds, WR, UNLV
35. DaVaris Daniels, 6'1 1/2, 203 pounds, WR, Notre Dame
36. Cam Worthy, 6’2, 211 pounds, WR, East Carolina
37. Nigel King, 6'3, 210 pounds, WR, Kansas
38. Geremy Davis, 6’2 3/8, 216 pounds, WR, Connecticut
39. Kenny Bell, 6’1 1/8, 197 pounds, WR, Nebraska
40. George Farmer, 6’1, 220 pounds, WR, Southern California
41. Donatella Luckett, 5’11 3/4, 211 pounds, WR, Harding
42. Christion Jones, 5’10 1/8, 182 pounds, WR, Alabama
43. Devin Gardner, 6'4, 217 pounds, WR, Michigan
44. Jordan Taylor, 6'5, 210 pounds, WR, Rice
45. Chris Harper, 5’11, 175 pounds, WR, California
46. Kasen Williams, 6'1 5/8, 219 pounds, WR, Washington
47. J.J. Nelson, 5’10 1/4, 156 pounds, WR, UAB
48. Matt Miller, 6'3, 212 pounds, WR, Boise State