2023 WR Draft Class: Quentin Johnston, Jordan Addison, Others in Line for WR1

Quentin Johnston and Jordan Addison serve as the figureheads for a polarizing but ultimately exciting 2023 NFL Draft WR class, and the potential it brings.

The 2023 NFL Draft WR class doesn’t have the preferred level of guaranteed production. But at its best, it could be an incredibly strong class that exceeds expectations. Here’s a full account of the wide receivers eligible to be selected in the 2023 NFL Draft, led by a hotly-contested first-round crop.

2023 WR Draft Class

These are the wide receivers for the 2023 NFL Draft, listed by last name in alphabetical order:

  • Jordan Addison, USC
  • Kazmeir Allen, UCLA
  • Daniel Arias, Colorado
  • Marcell Barbee, Texas State
  • Taye Barber, TCU
  • Clark Barnes, Guelph
  • Brendan Beaulieu, Bemidji State
  • Ronnie Bell, Michigan
  • Ronnie Blackmon, West Georgia
  • Jadan Blue, Virginia Tech
  • Jake Bobo, UCLA
  • CJ Bolar, Alcorn State
  • Jadakis Bonds, Hampton
  • Kayshon Boutte, LSU
  • Jalen Brooks, South Carolina
  • Jason Brownlee, Southern Miss
  • Braxton Burmeister, San Diego State
  • Terrell Bynum, USC
  • Carlos Carriere, Central Michigan
  • KeSean Carter, Houston
  • Malachi Carter, Georgia Tech
  • B.J. Casteel, Nevada
  • Dylan Classi, Princeton
  • Brian Cobbs, Utah State
  • Elijah Cooks, San Jose State
  • Jacob Copeland, Maryland
  • Avante Cox, Southern Illinois
  • Isiah Cox, Alabama A&M
  • Jalen Moreno-Cropper, Fresno State
  • Aron Cruickshank, Rutgers
  • Dallas Daniels, Jackson State
  • Daewood Davis, Western Kentucky
  • Derius Davis, TCU
  • Shaquan Davis, South Carolina State
  • Nathaniel “Tank” Dell, Houston
  • Dontay Demus Jr., Maryland
  • Demario Douglas, Liberty
  • Colton Dowell, UT Martin
  • Josh Downs, North Carolina
  • Christian Drayton III, Millersville
  • Grant DuBose, Charlotte
  • Bailey Edwards, Albion
  • Malik Flowers, Montana
  • Zay Flowers, Boston College
  • Bryce Ford-Wheaton, West Virginia
  • Eric Gallman II, Duke
  • Xavier Gipson, Stephen F. Austin
  • Antoine Green, North Carolina
  • Taylor Grimes, Incarnate Word
  • Jaylen Hall, Western Kentucky
  • Elijah Harper, Adams State
  • Keilahn Harris, Oklahoma Baptist
  • Tre’Shaun Harrison, Oregon State
  • Jadon Haselwood, Arkansas
  • Malik Heath, Ole Miss
  • Dante Hendrix, Indiana State
  • E.J. Hicks, North Carolina Central
  • Elijah Higgins, Stanford
  • Mac Hippenhammer, Miami (OH)
  • Tyler Hudson, Louisville
  • Xavier Hutchinson, Iowa State
  • Jalin Hyatt, Tennessee
  • Andrei Iosivas, Princeton
  • Mikito Itokawa, Kwansei Gakuin (Japan)
  • Jayshon Jackson, Ball State
  • Kearis Jackson, Georgia
  • Shedrick Jackson, Auburn
  • Shocky Jacques-Louis, Akron
  • Sam James, West Virginia
  • Jadon Janke, South Dakota State
  • Jaxon Janke, South Dakota State
  • Rakim Jarrett, Maryland
  • Michael Jefferson, Louisiana
  • Jaray Jenkins, LSU
  • Braydon Johnson, Oklahoma State
  • C.J. Johnson, East Carolina
  • Quentin Johnston, TCU
  • Amare Jones, Georgia Southern
  • Charlie Jones, Purdue
  • Cayden Jordan, Charleston Southern
  • Jerome Kapp, Kutztown
  • Johnny King, SE Missouri State
  • Danny Kittner, Mary
  • Boogie Knight, UL Monroe
  • Malik Knowles, Kansas State
  • Matt Landers, Arkansas
  • Dwayne Lawson, Missouri Southern
  • Ed Lee, Rhode Island
  • Zach Leslie, North Carolina A&T
  • Tyjon Lindsey, Oregon State
  • MJ Link, UT Permian Basin
  • T.J. Luther, Gardner-Webb
  • Omar Manning, Nebraska
  • Justin Marshall, Buffalo
  • D.J. Matthews Jr., Indiana
  • Jesse Matthews, San Diego State
  • Devon McCoy, Clark Atlanta
  • Ryan Miller, Furman
  • Marvin Mims, Oklahoma
  • Jonathan Mingo, Ole Miss
  • Jeremy Murphy, Concordia (CAN)
  • Antoine Murray, Howard
  • Puka Nacua, BYU
  • Caylin Newton, William & Mary
  • Joseph Ngata, Clemson
  • Josh Okechukwu, Fort Hays State
  • Trey Palmer, Nebraska
  • A.T. Perry, Wake Forest
  • Corey Reed, Bethune-Cookman
  • Jayden Reed, Michigan State
  • Nikko Remigio, Fresno State
  • Rashee Rice, SMU
  • Payton Rose, Lindenwood
  • Adonicas Sanders, Temple
  • JuanCarlos Santana, Tulsa
  • Tyler Scott, Cincinnati
  • Morgan Scroggins, Bowie State
  • Jeremy Singleton, Georgia Southern
  • Tyrell Shavers, San Diego State
  • Justin Shorter, Florida
  • Trea Shropshire, UAB
  • Xavier Smith, Florida A&M
  • Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
  • Keylon Stokes, Tulsa
  • Darryl Talley, Valdosta State
  • Thayer Thomas, NC State
  • Keytaon Thompson, Virginia
  • Cedric Tillman, Tennessee
  • Mitchell Tinsley, Penn State
  • Brycen Tremayne, Stanford
  • Cole Tucker, Northern Illinois
  • Tre Tucker, Cincinnati
  • Josh Vann, South Carolina
  • Jalen Walker, Miami (OH)
  • Kade Warner, Kansas State
  • Parker Washington, Penn State
  • Duece Watts, Tulane
  • Jalen Wayne, South Alabama
  • Jared Wayne, Pittsburgh
  • Dontayvion Wicks, Virginia
  • Austin Williams, Mississippi State
  • Quian Williams, Buffalo
  • Michael Wilson, Stanford
  • Ontaria Wilson, Florida State
  • Isaiah Winstead, East Carolina
  • Shae Wyatt, Tulane

Who Are the Top Wide Receivers in the 2023 NFL Draft?

The 2023 NFL Draft WR class has almost 150 prospects vying for selections. In the past decade, no more than 37 receivers have been selected in any single class. Nevertheless, just to be in the conversation is an honor. The UDFA pool should provide plenty of value, but it’s the top names that will command the most attention.

Conveniently, the man at the top of the alphabetical list is also a contender for the WR1 mantle. 2021 Biletnikoff winner Jordan Addison delivered on his promise with Caleb Williams and the USC Trojans. Particularly, with his rare separation potential, RAC ability, and catch-point instincts, Addison profiles very well in the modern NFL.

The race for the WR1 spot, however, remains a close one. TCU’s Quentin Johnston is another strong contender, largely on account of his upside. He’s one-of-one as an athlete at 6’4″, 215 pounds, with elite explosiveness, flexibility, and twitch to go along with an outrageous wingspan.

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Past those two, other receivers like Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Kayshon Boutte, Josh Downs, Zay Flowers, Jalin Hyatt, and Cedric Tillman lay claim to potential early-round capital. Meanwhile, in the Day 2 range, options are abundant, with Rashee Rice, A.T. Perry, Xavier Hutchinson, Jayden Reed, Tank Dell, Parker Washington, Tyler Scott, and others filling the board.

One could make a strong argument that the 2023 NFL Draft WR group doesn’t have a bonafide WR1, as previous years have had. There’s no Ja’Marr Chase, and maybe not even a Garrett Wilson or a Chris Olave. But this class does have potential on its side. There’s less certainty, but if the top options pan out, the potential returns could be astronomical.

Much like other recent WR classes, this year’s group also has a great deal of late-round depth. All-star circuit standouts like Demario Douglas, Mitchell Tinsley, Dontayvion Wicks, Michael Wilson, and Jadon Haselwood could go on to be steals at their projected capital.

Beyond that group, there are well over a dozen FCS sleepers to watch — most notably Jadakis Bonds, Dallas Daniels, Andrei Iosivas, and Xavier Gipson.

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