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2016 NFL Draft wide receiver rankings: A solid group headlined by Laquon Treadwell

We may not have a superstar wide receiver this year, but the Ole Miss pass catcher comes close in a class that features a handful of first-rounders and a ton of potential.

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We've been spoiled the last several years with incredible wide receiver classes. In the 2016 NFL Draft, we have a good group but maybe more of a normal one where there could be a few first-rounders but likely not a top-10 pick.

Leading the way is Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss. He's not a direct clone of Dez Bryant, but he has a similar playing style where he relies on his strength and body positioning to make difficult catches. He has good hands and knows how to extend out of his frame to pull in difficult grabs. That may sound obvious, but not every receiver does it.

Chief among those offenders is Will Fuller of Notre Dame. If he was more of a hands catcher he could challenge as being the top receiver in the draft. His deep speed is a rare trait and he can pull away from defenders in the open field. The issue is that he seems to catch the ball with his chest as much as he does with his hands. Unfortunately, chests do not have fingers.

Because of Fuller's catch flaws, he's behind a group of players including Josh Doctson of TCU, Corey Coleman of Baylor and Michael Thomas of Ohio State. Thomas does a lot of the same things well that Treadwell does. He has the size and will really go up and grab the ball. No one, however, can high-point the ball like Doctson. His vertical leap is impressive, and he knows how to use it. Some team is going to love him in the end zone. He also has good speed, runs tight routes and can make it happen after the catch. That's why Doctson should be the second wideout taken.

Coleman has the skills to be a superstar. He's a dynamic pass catcher who is a big play or touchdown waiting to happen at any given moment. If he were only a couple inches taller (but that's what they said about Odell Beckham Jr., and that's worked out just fine). Coleman's hands aren't an issue and he's going to be an asset on special teams. If Coleman can be compared to Beckham (which is mostly unfair), Sterling Shepard of Oklahoma can compare to Jarvis Landry. He's a smaller wide receiver but arguably the best route runner in the draft. There's not a single wasted motion in Shepard's play and he has good hands. He could be a superstar in the slot and wrack up 80-100 catches a season in the NFL.

Deeper in the class into the second and third rounds, there are some intriguing moderately sized and athletic wide outs. Among them is Charone Peake of Clemson, Tyler Boyd of Pittsburgh and Leonte Carroo of Rutgers. With the right coaching, they could all be borderline No. 1 or high-end No. 2 wide outs in the NFL. The most interesting player in this group is Braxton Miller of Ohio State. If he can continue developing on the potential he showed in his first year at the position, watch out. Miller has special athleticism on the field, and has a magnetic personality in the locker room. No player in this class matches Miller's potential. Now the onus is on him to actualize it.

Day 3 gem: This is a real shot in the dark. A couple years ago, you could convince people that Marquez North of Tennessee would be a first-round draft pick. As a freshman he showed flashes of superstar playmaking and the ability to pull in tough catches. He never really developed on his potential, though. He was hampered by injuries and not being targeted in Tennessee's offense. You wonder if something else  was going on with North because when he was on, it looked special. If a team can tap into that potential, look out. More of a sure thing Day 3 gem is Daniel Braverman out of Western Michigan. He could play a lot of years in the NFL out of the slot with his combination of quick route running and good body control to get around on short passes and find the ball.

Overall position grade: B+

Although this class might lack the superstars of years past, the top couple tiers of players are really good. The middle is full of several good all-around players, there's some solid dependable pass catchers late and there are a few sleeper studs who have to develop.

1. Laquon Treadwell, 6’2, 210 pounds, WR, Ole Miss
2. Josh Doctson, 6’2, 202 pounds, WR, TCU
3. Michael Thomas, 6’3, 210 pounds, WR, Ohio State
4. Corey Coleman, 5’11, 190 pounds, WR, Baylor
5. Sterling Shepard, 5’10, 193 pounds, WR, Oklahoma
6. Will Fuller, 6’0, 184 pounds, WR, Notre Dame
7. Tyler Boyd, 6’2, 200 pounds, WR, Pittsburgh
8. Leonte Carroo, 6’1, 215 pounds, WR, Rutgers
9. Rashard Higgins, 6’2, 190 pounds, WR, Colorado State
10. Braxton Miller, 6’2, 215 pounds, WR, Ohio State
11. Pharoh Cooper, 5’11, 207 pounds, WR, South Carolina
12. Charone Peake, 6’2 3/8, 209 pounds, WR, Clemson
13. Malcolm Mitchell, 6’1, 195 pounds, WR, Georgia
14. Kenny Lawler, 6’2, 195 pounds, WR, California
15. Kolby Listenbee, 6’1, 183 pounds, WR, TCU
16. Mike Thomas, 6’1, 200 pounds, WR, Southern Miss
17. Tajae Sharpe, 6’3, 188 pounds, WR, Massachusetts
18. Aaron Burbridge, 6’1, 206 pounds, WR, Michigan State
19. Jay Lee, 6’3, 220 pounds, WR, Baylor
20. Keyarris Garrett, 6’4, 221 pounds, WR, Tulsa
21. Daniel Braverman, 5’10, 177 pounds, WR, Western Michigan
22. Bralon Addison, 5’10, 190 pounds, WR, Oregon
23. Jalin Marshall, 5’10, 205 pounds, WR, Ohio State
24. Marquez North, 6’3, 229 pounds, WR, Tennessee
25. Jakeem Grant, 5’6, 170 pounds, WR, Texas Tech
26. Paul McRoberts, 6’1, 202 pounds, WR, SE Missouri State
27. Jordan Payton, 6’1, 212 pounds, WR, UCLA
28. Cayleb Jones, 6’3, 215 pounds, WR, Arizona
29. Roger Lewis, 6’0, 196 pounds, WR, Bowling Green
30. D.J. Foster, 5’10 1/4, 193 pounds, WR, Arizona State
31. Geronimo Allison, 6’4, 200 pounds, WR, Illinois
32. Quinshad Davis, 6’3, 218 pounds, WR, North Carolina
33. Chris Moore, 6’1, 206 pounds, WR, Cincinnati
34. Devon Cajuste, 6’4, 227 pounds, WR, Stanford
35. De’Runnya Wilson, 6’5, 215 pounds, WR, Mississippi State
36. Byron Marshall, 5’10, 205 pounds, WR/RB, Oregon
37. Duke Williams, 6’2 1/4, 229 pounds, WR, Auburn
38. DeMarcus Robinson, 6’1, 204 pounds, WR, Florida
39. Hunter Sharp, 6’0, 200 pounds, WR, Utah State
40. Mekale McKay, 6’3 5/8, 207 pounds, WR, Cincinnati
41. Trevor Davis, 6’1 1/8, 188 pounds, WR, California
42. Nelson Spruce, 6’1 1/8, 206 pounds, WR, Colorado
43. Devin Lucien, 6’0, 192 pounds, WR, Arizona State
44. Cody Core, 6’2 5/8, 205 pounds, WR, Ole Miss
45. Jaydon Mickens, 5’10, 173 pounds, WR, Washington
46. Johnny Holton, 6’0 5/8, 190 pounds, WR, Cincinnati
47. Rashawn Scott, 6’2, 203 pounds, WR, Miami