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2016 NFL Draft: Preseason Wide Receiver Rankings

Who are the receivers that you should be paying attention to this college football season? I've got you covered.

Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 wide receiver class appears to be following a recent trend.  It seems like year after year we are raving about how deep this season's receiver class is.  This year's group is no different.  It's crowded at the top and boasts several familiar names.  Here's how I ranked them.

1. Mike Williams, Clemson

6'4, 210, Junior

Williams is a smooth operating, lanky receiver. He exploded onto the scene last season, emerging as Clemson's number one target.  Williams averaged over 18 yards per catch on the season.  His long frame and outstanding body control allow him to haul in some tough catches.  He has excellent downfield speed.  That paired with his long frame and leaping ability make him a match-up nightmare.  Expect big things from Williams and Deshaun Watson in 2015.

2. Laquon Treadwell, Ole Miss

6'2, 210, Junior

If you're looking for a tough, hard-nosed, physical receiver, Laquon Treadwell is your guy.  Treadwell plays the game with a certain intensity that is tough to match.  He is an imposing figure that won't shy away from contact.  Treadwell was a big part of the offense last season, hauling in several screens a game and getting up field.  His numbers were hampered by spotty quarterback play, but he's everything you're looking for in a next level receiver.  He broke his leg near the end of the game against Auburn last season, but he's back and ready to roll again in 2015.

3. D'haquille Williams, Auburn

6'2, 224, Senior

D'haquille "Duke" Williams is cut from the same cloth as Treadwell.  He's a physical presence and knows how to use his size to his advantage. Williams is a good route runner and can gain separation regularly. He will drop a ball from time to time, however.  Duke is excellent in the open field, showing off a good burst and top end gear.  There are some lingering off the field issues on the table.  He was recently held out of Auburn's preseason practices for an undisclosed reason. Stay tuned.

4. Tyler Boyd, Pittsburgh

6'2, 190, Junior

Boyd is a polished receiving prospect who can do just about anything you ask of him.  His best trait is his route running ability.  Boyd uses subtle and decisive movements to gain separation against opposing defenders.  I don't think he's an elite athlete, but his separation skills should keep him productive in the league for a long time. Boyd is good after he catches the ball too. His open field ability and speed landed him opportunities returning kicks and punts on special teams for Pitt.

5. Josh Doctson, TCU

6'3, 195, Senior

Doctson emerged as on of Trevone Boykin's favorite targets last season, totaling over 1,000 yards and 11 touchdowns on the season.  Doctson's ball skills were the first thing that popped out to me.  He has incredibly soft hands and can haul in some of the most difficult passes with ease.  He appears to be a fantastic vertical athlete. Doctson can out leap defenders, using his 6'3 frame to his advantage.

Other names to watch:

Travin Dural, LSU

Marquez North, Tennessee

Phaoroh Cooper, South Carolina

Leonte Carroo, Rutgers

Michael Thomas, Ohio State

De'Runnya Wilson, Mississippi State