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Draft Panel: Best Wide Receiver Prospect, Mike Williams or Corey Davis?

Posted Mar 14, 2017

Four of the most prominent draft experts around the country share their take on the best receiver prospect in this year's class.



With six weeks until the 2017 NFL Draft, our panel of NFL Draft experts is back to share their take on another pressing topic. Who is the top wide receiver prospect in the 2017 NFL Draft? The two leading candidates are Clemson's Mike Williams and Western Michigan's Corey Davis.

The San Francisco 49ers added three wide receivers in free agency last week: Pierre Garçon, Marquise Goodwin and Aldrick Robinson. That said, it shouldn't be assumed that the 49ers won't target a receiving threat on Draft Day.

Williams won a national championship in 2016 with the Tigers. He caught eight passes for 94 yards and one touchdown in the title game against Alabama. For the season, Williams posted 98 receptions for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns, all of which were career-highs. Davis set career-highs in 2016 as well, racking up 97 receptions for 1,500 receiving yards and 19 touchdowns as a senior with the Broncos. Both Williams and Davis have plenty of size, each standing 6-foot-3.

Here's what our experts had to say regarding their choice between the two.

Daniel Jeremiah, NFL Network: Corey Davis

“I love both of them, but I have Corey Davis as my top guy. I think they’re both No. 1 guys. When people ask, ‘What’s the definition of a No. 1 receiver?’ I say that it’s on third down or in the red zone, when everyone in the whole stadium knows where it’s going, and the defense can’t do anything about it. I think both of those guys fit that description. I think they’re ready to come in and make an immediate impact on Day 1."

Matt Bowen, ESPN: Mike Williams

“I think it’s Mike Williams right now. A good comparison for him is Alshon Jeffrey, with a little more explosive-play ability and athleticism. Corey Davis reminds me of a Brandon Marshall. He’s physical, he’s strong, he can run inside-breaking routes all day. He can produce after the catch. You can make an argument that he’s No. 1, too. You can’t go wrong. They’re both size/speed guys with natural ability. I think with Williams, you get a little more at the point of attack, talking 50/50 throws down the field.”

Will Brinson, CBS Sports: Corey Davis

“Mike Williams has the pedigree. Clemson produces consistent NFL-caliber wide receivers. That being said, Corey Davis has probably been a more complete receiver in terms of how his game has developed. It doesn’t bother me at all to have a guy who played lower level competition. I don’t think that will hinder Davis. He’s my guy.”

Dane Brugler, CBS Sports: Mike Williams

“I lean towards Mike Williams. He’s bigger. He’s probably not the same caliber of athlete, but I feel more comfortable with him down the field in contested situations. He can climb the ladder. I like Corey Davis quite a bit, too. He can do a little bit of everything. He reminds me a lot of (New Orleans Saints wide receiver) Michael Thomas. Back to Williams, he’s got something special. You just throw it in his zip code and he finds a way to come down with it. He feels like a combination of A.J. Green and Michael Floyd.”


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