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2014 NFL Draft: 5 WRs Set To Make An Impact As Rookies

2014 NFL Draft: 5 WRs Who Will Make An Impact As Rookies

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This year’s draft class at the wide receiver position is absolutely stacked. But while many of the wide receivers available have high upsides, with so many underclassmen, many of them are still raw and inexperienced so they may not be able to make an impact early in their careers. However, here are five receivers who will be instant impact players as rookies.

5. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Odell Beckham Jr. Louisiana State Tigers
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5. Odell Beckham Jr., LSU

Odell Beckham Jr. Louisiana State Tigers
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Beckham only spent three years in college, but he was a starter almost his entire career, so he's played a lot of football. He has well developed footwork and route-running skills, which will held him get separation against NFL cornerbacks. On top of that, he's lightning quick and can be dangerous after the catch. He'll also contribute his rookie season as a kick returner.

4. Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss

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4. Donte Moncrief, Ole Miss

Donte Moncrief
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Moncrief could have benefited from staying in school another year and not coming out in such a crowded draft class at wide receiver, but he's more than ready to play as a rookie. He doesn't have blazing speed, but other than that, Moncrief has the tools to be a quality wide receiver. He finds a way to get separation against press coverage, and he has exceptional hands and body control which will make him a reliable passing target right away.

3. Marqise Lee, USC

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3. Marqise Lee, USC

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Forget what Lee did during his junior season with lackluster quarterback play; he was ready for the NFL after his sophomore season. He's developed enough as a route runner to get himself open, especially with his athleticism, and he's going to be a nightmare for opposing defenses after the catch. With cornerbacks limited as to how physical they can be at the line of scrimmage, Lee should have a smooth transition to the NFL.

2. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

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2. Jordan Matthews, Vanderbilt

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As one of the few receivers who's not an underclassman, Matthews is more developed and more mature than the others, so he'll be more than ready to contribute as a rookie. Matthews isn't an elite athlete, but he has a good combination of size and speed, as well as trustworthy hands and good route-running skills. He's been the SEC's most productive and reliable receiver the last two seasons, and he'll be a steady contributor in the NFL from day 1.

1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson

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1. Sammy Watkins, Clemson

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Watkins is the best offensive player available, and he should have no trouble making an impact in the NFL right away. Whichever team gets him will be able to line him up anywhere and get him the ball in a variety of ways. Watkins has great ball skills and will immediately become one of the NFL's most dangerous players after the catch, making it easy for him to be an instant impact player as a rookie.