5 Teams that Need one of the 2020 Wide Receivers

David Fernandez
A freelance writer with more than 10 years experience, David is based in sunny Miami, FL. He holds a master's degree in English and Creative Writing, and teaches Journalism. As a freelance writer, David concentrates on sports, health, education and entertainment.

Heading into the NFL Draft, the 2020 Wide Receivers class stands as one of the deepest positional groups. With six first-round receivers in Brian Lamb’s latest mock for our site, there’s plenty of talent out there.

So here’s a look at five teams that should consider investing in one of the 2020 wide receivers.

Denver Broncos & the 2020 Wide Receivers 

The Broncos spent a high second-round pick in 2019 on quarterback Drew Lock, and while it took him a while, Lock’s finally on the field. If Denver truly thinks Lock is the one, they’ll need to surround him with more playmakers in 2020. 

The Broncos have the makings of a solid young core with Phillip Lindsay, Noah Fant and Courtland Sutton. But the team’s second-leading receiver this season is Emmanuel Sanders, who’s been on the 49ers roster since Week 8. 

Thanks to a subpar 2019, Denver will be picking in the top-half of the first round in 2020. That positioning should give them access to a dynamic playmaker like Henry Ruggs III

Oakland Raiders & the 2020 Wide Receivers 

The Raiders’ playoff hopes are clinging to life heading into the final regular season game of the 2019 season. They could make the playoffs thanks to a four-team tie-breaker that isn’t completely out of the realm of possibility. 

That said, Jon Gruden’s team need to upgrade at the wide receiver spot before their move to Las Vegas. 

Wide receiver is the team’s most glaring need at this point. They’ve been led by tight end Darren Waller’s production (84 receptions, 1,038 yards and three touchdowns). And while they’ve gotten decent production from fifth-year wideout Tyrell Williams and rookie Hunter Renfrow, the other receivers have done little. 

Don’t be surprised if the Raiders use one of their two first round picks on a wide receiver. Picking in the mid-first might take the top-end talent off the board, but someone like Tee Higgins would work well in Vegas.  

Philadelphia Eagles & the 2020 Wide Receivers

The Eagles have fought their way back into the playoff picture and might come away with the NFC East crown. But injuries have ravaged their wide receiver corps. In recent weeks, Philly has relied on AAF-alum and practice squad signee Greg Ward Jr. 

Alshon Jeffrey, Nelson Agholor and DeSean Jackson have all missed time this season due to injury. And 2019 second-round-pick JJ Arcega-Whiteside has largely been a disappointment. 

The team could select a defensive back early (Ronald Darby, Jalen Mills and Rodney McLeod are all free agents in 2020). But they also might go with Lavisha Shenault with their first-round pick. 

Green Bay Packers & the 2020 Wide Receivers 

For Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense, it’s been all Davante Adams on the outside. Adams has 76 catches, 904 yards and four touchdowns this season, and more than double the amount of targets as the next closest wideout. 

Second-year receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling has been inconsistent this season, and Geronimo Allison a disappointment. Practice-squad signee Allen Lazard has been serviceable, but Rodgers needs more targets for this offense to really hum. 

Look for the Packers to target someone like Shenault or perhaps Penn State slot receiver KJ Hamler early in the draft.

New Orleans Saints & the 2020 Wide Receivers

The Saints might win it all this season. If they do so, it’ll be with an incredibly thin wide recieving corps. Drew Brees has piled up the numbers, and wideout Michael Thomas has broken the single-season receptions record with a game to spare. But receivers not named Thomas have only 50 catches on the season.

Second-leading receiver Ted Ginn Jr. is a 2020 free agent and Tre-Quan Smith, a third-round selection in 2018, has been disappointing.

The Saints may choose someone like Jalen Reagor from TCU to bolster their receiving corps. 

Other Teams to Consider

The Jacksonville Jaguars have two first round picks, and could supplement their receiving corps with one of these talents.

The Detroit Lions have a number of needs across the board, but don’t be surprised if they pick one of the top receivers early. 

The Buffalo Bills have a thin group at receiver, and could give Josh Allen another target. 

The New York Jets may consider a wide receiver with their first round pick, especially if AdaM Tase gets his say going forward. 

 

 

 

 

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