The UCLA product led the Bruins in receptions and receiving yards in each of his last two seasons on campus, combining for 145 catches and 2,060 yards in that span. He has more speed than one would guess on tape given his thick frame, but he was able to run a 4.47 40-yard dash at the Combine. Payton does have some trouble reaching that maximum speed off the line, however, which could be a problem against NFL level press coverage. In all, he does fit a need for the Browns in that he offers some size and ability to work the intermediate routes opposite speed demon Corey Coleman.
The first selection of the fifth round, Sharpe heads into the NFL with a long list of accomplishments at Massachusetts, where he caught 277 passes for 3,486 yards and 16 touchdowns in four years. Sharpe is only modestly athletic and has a thin build, so he doesn't project as much more than a PPR type in the NFL, but he should be a reliable part of Tennessee's wideout rotation eventually.
Poor pre-draft workout numbers pushed Cooper this far, but the skilled open-field runner was highly productive as the workhorse in the South Carolina offense the last two years. Despite 4.65 speed and weak jumps (31-inch vertical, 117-inch broad jump), Cooper's film and production give reason to think he can make an impact in the NFL, even if it's only as a slot wideout and returner. Landing with the Rams is not the greatest news for his fantasy prospects, however.
Louis (6-foot-2, 215 pounds) is one of the most athletic receivers in the draft, boasting 4.43 speed, a 38-inch vertical and a 132-inch broad jump. Louis probably doesn't have great upside since he was a late bloomer at Auburn, never exceeding 325 receiving yards in a season prior to 2015, but he was all along a strong open-field runner, and his rare athleticism gives him a real chance to turn into a starting wideout in the NFL.
The 22-year-old USF product was one of eight players waived on Friday, as the Bucs work on creating room for the signing of undrafted free agents after the conclusion of the draft on Saturday. Davis had signed a futures contract with Tampa in January, after having been waived by the Bills in their next-to-last cutdown at the end of last year's training camp.
It's not a good landing spot for Carroo's fantasy value -- Jarvis Landry and DeVante Parker aren't going anywhere -- but it's an excellent value for the Dolphins. Carroo is an innately skilled receiver with adequate athleticism to project as a legitimate NFL contributor, and his incredible production at Rutgers gives reason to believe he'll produce if he gets targets. The target count could be meager for the foreseeable future, though.
It's not a surprise the Texans will use someone as speedy as Fuller outside the numbers, but we're intrigued at what other plans O'Brien has for him. When training camp rolls around, we'll get a clearer picture of how the Texans plan to deploy their first-round pick.
This looks like a great pick for the Giants. Shepard doesn't have obvious WR1 potential at just 5-foot-10, 194 pounds, but he's an extremely accomplished receiver who checks all the required boxes to emerge as a standout NFL receiver. He caught 233 passes for 3,482 yards and 26 touchdowns in 49 career games at Oklahoma, and he demonstrated encouraging athleticism by running a 4.48-second 40-yard dash and logging a 41-inch vertical at the Combine. Victor Cruz is not guaranteed to return to his pre-injury form, so Shepard could earn a leading role alongside Odell Beckham sooner than expected.
At the time, Fuller noted Notre Dame's reputation for "top-notch education" and the school's graduation rate as factors in his decision to switch. O'Brien has apparently forgiven him, selecting him with the 21st overall pick in Thursday's draft. Fuller is a deep threat, averaging 20.3 yards reception last year with the Irish, and one of the speediest receivers in the draft. In an ideal world, he'll be a reliable target for new quarterback Brock Osweiler while opening up the field for DeAndre Hopkins and Cecil Shorts.
It's just about the best-case scenario for Minnesota, as the Vikings needed to add some size and playmaking ability to their receiver rotation. Treadwell was the fourth wideout selected behind Corey Coleman (15), Will Fuller (21) and Josh Doctson (22), but it wasn't long ago when he was the consensus top prospect at his position. Mediocre-to-poor testing at the Combine and Mississippi pro day implied a lack of explosiveness at the NFL level, but Treadwell is a big target with refined wide receiver fundamentals, so he should at the least provide a high floor. His fantasy value may be somewhat limited in a Minnesota offense that doesn't project to produce a passing attack better than modest.