2016 NFL Draft: 5 Wide Receivers You Need to Know

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Oct 10, 2015; Manhattan, KS, USA; TCU Horned Frogs wide receiver Josh Doctson (9) makes a touchdown catch against Kansas State Wildcats defensive back Danzel McDaniel (7) during the game at Bill Snyder Family Football Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Sewell-USA TODAY Sports

The 2016 NFL Draft may be quite a few months away, but that doesn’t mean it is too early to start brushing up on some of the prospects who will be selected by your favorite team next April.

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In what will be the first of many early looks into next year’s draft, we will take a look at five wide receivers you need to start learning more about—whether your team needs a receiver or not. For the teams in need of an upgrade at the receiving position, this will serve as a guide of sorts for the players your team could take (unless you are a Cleveland Browns fan and your GM seems to hate drafting receivers) that could come in and make an immediate impact. As for those of you who are spoiled at the receiver position already, this will serve as your first look at who could be torching your defense next year.

Before we dive into the players chosen for this list, remember that impact receivers can be taken anywhere in the draft. In 2015, 35 receivers were drafted—ranging from Amari Cooper at No. 4 all the way to Tre McBride taken No. 245. As we are all well aware, draft position is not a guarantee of success, as can easily be seen by the emergence of Antonio Brown (sixth round) as one of the elite receivers in the NFL.

Since we are all just getting started, this list will have a few bigger names and a name or two you may have never heard of. If there is someone who has been impressing you throughout the college football season already, feel free to drop their name in the comments and we will make sure to give them a look for a future NFL Draft article.

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