2. Tee Higgins — Clemson
We dipped into the LSU receiver talent pool earlier with Justin Jefferson so it’s only fair that we do the same with Clemson. And in this case, we’re talking about their No. 1 wideout in Tee Higgins.
Higgins excelled as a big-bodied, lengthy X receiver in Clemson’s high-powered offense over the last two seasons and it’s easy to see why NFL scouts have their eyes on him as a likely top-20 selection.
At 6-foot-4, 215 pounds, Higgins as exceptional height and length for the position which allows him to high-point balls very well and make contested grabs against even the most physical defensive backs.
Few players in this class have a larger catch radius and his basketball background comes in handy when he “boxes out” opposing defenders. On top of that, he certainly isn’t lacking when it comes to speed or athleticism.
That said, he is one of the more limited receivers being discussed as first-round options. He is strictly an outside receiver and the majority of his work has come to the outside or along the boundary.
Being limited doesn’t make him not good at the things he excels at, but it does mean that he isn’t as versatile as others on this list.
Still, it would be hard to complain about the Raiders landing of player of his caliber in the first round.