Rookies are all thrown into different situations going into the NFL at varying levels of talent, which in turn affects their production in their rookie year. It is not every year that we see rookie wide receivers like Ja’Marr Chase or Justin Jefferson breaking records, but it is still interesting to see the trajectory young receivers can take. The following is predicting the young rookie wide receivers with the most production in year one as they start their rookie campaign in the NFL.
1. Skyy Moore
The Chiefs were able to get Skyy Moore in the draft after losing their star receiver in Tyreek Hill. The Chiefs lost and added other players in free agency, but it seems that Moore will have a lot of opportunity available to him in his rookie year. The quarterback play around him with Patrick Mahomes will be stellar and when you combine that, his talent, and his opportunities, you see he will have a lot of production in year one.
2. Chris Olave
The Saints took a chance on Chris Olave in the first round with one of their picks, and I think it will be a great benefit to them. Despite having a star (or former star) in Michael Thomas, there are major question marks, as he has not played in a couple of years. Olave will be able to come in and be a starter on top of addressing some of those concerns. He will get his chances early and was a great talent in college. I saw him higher than others in the draft process, and I think he will show why he deserved a chance even higher in the draft this year.
3. Treylon Burks
Treylon Burks was drafted by the Titans in the first round to come in and be a day one starter. After losing Julio Jones and AJ Brown, they needed an answer there and found it. Burks has been a dominant talent and has done great in training camp, and with how much he will see the field in his first year, the expectation should be a great season with a lot of production out of him.
4. Garrett Wilson
Garrett Wilson is going to a very young team in the New York Jets. The receiving threats the Jets have are not anything scary to me, and so drafting Wilson was a great answer and pair for Zach Wilson. He could be ranked higher, but with how young the team is around him and all the question marks, I decided he should be slightly lower. He will still see the field a lot and be a big part of the Jets offense.
5. Drake London
With the departure of players and suspension of Calvin Ridley, Drake London could very well come in and be the biggest receiving threat for Atlanta outside of tight end Kyle Pitts. London will have a lot of opportunities as the group is not especially strong around him. The offense, however, does not seem very strong, especially at quarterback and that room’s style of play. Because of this, London finds himself a little lower but still towards the top in who should show out in their rookie year.
Honorable mentions: Jameson Williams, Jahan Dotson, Christian Watson
The thing holding back some other players I list here in the honorable mentions is really health concerns. Jameson Williams could start the year on the PUP list for the Lions and so without playing all the games you expect the others to play, it is a risk putting him higher in the list, even if he seems to be one of the best talents from this draft class. Jahan Dotson and Christian Watson will have opportunities pending staying healthy but I don’t foresee the production I do from the rest of the list. All of these guys could be great additions in your dynasty fantasy football leagues however, as they all have a bright future, but this is how I see production coming in year one for these players.