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2020 GZL Draft: Top WR Prospects
By Tyler Richardson
Special to gzl-football.com

Tyler Boyd - This list is going to start and end with Tyler Boyd. It's been a while since the GZL has seen a speedster this talented come out. Usually at the top of the draft you have your freakishly tall athletes that some how defy physics with their top end speed and athleticism for their size. In this case we have a speedster who is tall. While his base speed is nothing to rave about, the important thing here is his potential. Boyd theoretically could get to 98 SPD/98 AGI/99 ACC all while standing at 6'2" tall. He reminds me a lot of Billy Crockett when he came out, but a little bit better and a little bit taller. On top of his freakish potential Boyd is just an all around solid player. Sometimes when you see these freak players enter the pros they are undeveloped and unpolished. That simply isn't the case with Boyd. He's strong enough for a WR, runs a decent route tree, and has possibly the best hands in this class. He didn't fumble a lot at Pitt, can make guys miss after the catch, and can go up and grab a jump ball with the best of them. Boyd may not be the next 6'7" WR, but he's got unique potential given his athleticism and height right out of college. There are other good WRs out there with unique abilities, and some may even like one of them better than Boyd, but I don't think any of them have the potential Boyd does. Mark him down as a Top 10 pick with a good chance of him going in the Top 5.

Armani Chance - Remember those other good WRs with unique abilities I was talking about? Armani Chance is one of them. First of all let's talk frame and build. Chance is 6'3" tall and weighs about 230 lbs. I'm have flashbacks to Roy Hall ( I think that was his name?) from RZL. He's not the fastest, but his lateral movement is just outstanding, possibly the best we've seen, for someone his size. He's got great strength, a high enough football IQ, and good but not great hands. The best part about Chance? He really isn't going to need that much development to be a very good player. His first step isn't the best, but some don't see that as all that much of a negative. If it were me drafting him, I wouldn't be all that concerned about simply pumping speed into him and letting his acceleration where it is. He would max out at 6'3", 230 lbs, 96 speed, and 97 agility, which is pretty damn good if you ask me.

Laquon Threadwell - I could almost see this name being in a Key & Peele skit. Why don't we make any guys with those names? I think Hingle McCringleberry would be a great addition to the league. Anyways, Threadwell is the last of the top tier of WRs in this draft. I think the best way to describe him is pretty much as a poor man's Tyler Boyd. He kind of has middling athleticism with the potential to be a speedster but isn't quite there yet. He does a lot of things very well, however. At 6'2", 229 lbs, and excellent strength he is a force to be reckoned with. His coaches and quarterbacks rave(d) about his route running abilities, and he has good hands to complete the package. The guy has some hops too. Where Threadwell goes in the draft will largely depend on how much GMs value his abilities other than his speed, agility, acceleration, and height combo. I think there's definitely something to be said for what he can do other than that, but his ceiling is definitely limited by the fact that he's just not an elite athlete entering the draft. Another big factor is going to be what kind of potential GMs see in him based on how much effort they're willing to spend developing him. I think he has the potential to be a great but not elite wide receiver. Look for him to go off the board in the second half of the first round.
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