Who are the best pass-catchers in the NFL draft class of 2014? That's a tricky question—especially when you factor in the best tight ends and wide receivers.
This year's class has elite speed and upside at both positions, and, thanks to the heavy influx of underclassmen added to the group, there is rare talent available. The current record of six wide receivers drafted in the first round could easily fall this year.
But who does it best? That's the goal of the NFL Draft 100. Looking at the film, who is the best prospect?
The B/R NFL Draft 100 metric is based on scouting each player and grading the key criteria for each position. The criteria are weighted according to importance on a 100-point scale. Unlike our NFL 1000 series, this project factors in upside for each player, as the NFL draft is as much about upside as it is about production.
Putting wide receivers and tight ends together, these are the rankings. Wide receivers are judged on hands (40 points), speed (20 points), route running (20) and upside (20). Tight ends were graded based on hands (35 points), blocking (5), route running (20), speed (20) and upside (20). Both groups were also graded on all of the technique, athletic ability and football intelligence needed to play the position.
In the case of ties, the ranking is based on which player I prefer personally.
Subjective? Yes. But ties are no fun.
I scouted each player with these key criteria in mind. The following scouting reports and grades are the work of months of film study and in-person evaluation.