How good are the wide receivers in the 2021 NFL draft? A year after the 2020 class saw a record 13 wideouts picked in the first two rounds, this class could top that number. ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay's updated two-round mock draft featured seven receivers in the top 33 picks, including three in the top 10.
There are elite, game-changing wideouts at the top of the 2021 class, but teams will also be able to find solid players on Day 2 -- from dynamic slot guys to vertical threats with speed to burn -- and Day 3. This class is loaded.
Let's pick ideal receiver/team fits for the best prospects -- prime landing spots for these rookies based on scheme and team needs. I picked 15 pass-catchers here, and all of them have the tools and upside to be picked before Round 3 is over. I'm also going to include Kyle Pitts, the top tight end in this class, because he's a unique weapon who could be used as a wide receiver at times. And I just wanted to write about him.
I'll start at the top and run through the first three rounds of the draft. These are the spots in which each player should want to play: