Six wide receivers heard their names called during the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft. All six of those wideouts went off the draft board between picks No. 9 and 18.
But fortunately for the Indianapolis Colts, who had a major need at receiver and were without a first-round pick entering the draft, the 2022 class is deep at receiver. There are plenty of options at wideout for the Colts if general manager Chris Ballard elects to pick one at No. 42 overall in the second round.
Here are three of the top wide receivers that are still left on the draft board entering Day 2 of the 2022 NFL Draft:
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George Pickens, Georgia
Five Bulldogs went off the draft board in the first round on April 28, but all of them were from the national championship defense. Pickens, who has been a popular pick to the Colts in mock drafts this offseason, is still available.
Former NFL general manager and Heavy’s NFL front officer insider Randy Mueller ranked Pickens the No. 5 wide receiver in the class going into the draft. Mueller rated him higher than USC receiver Drake London and Penn State wideout Jahan Dotson, who both went in the first round.
Mueller described Pickens as being “very sudden in flashes.” He also wrote Pickens is “somewhat raw” but has “big upside at the pro level.”
Draft analyst Todd McShay of ESPN, who projected the Georgia receiver to Indianapolis in a mock draft released on April 5, wrote that Pickens “has first-round traits,” and added that Pickens’ stock fell into the Day 2 conversation after he tore his ACL in March 2021.
Colts expert Andrew Moore of Sports Illustrated also predicted Pickens to land with the Colts in his two mock drafts.
Pickens returned from his ACL tear to catch five passes for 107 yards last season. He finished his career at Georgia with 85 receptions, 1,240 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns.
Skyy Moore, Western Michigan
The breakout star receiver from Western Michigan has been another popular name around the Colts this offseason. NFL staff writer …read more