Ranking NFL impact of 49ers' Brandon Aiyuk, other rookie receivers
No. 6: Jalen Reagor, Philadelphia Eagles
Reagor was the most surprising wideout to come off the board in the first round this past April. A dynamic player in the slot coming out of TCU, Reagor joins the Eagles with speedster Desean Jackson well ahead of him on the depth chart.
Philadelphia has been decimated by injuries over the past few seasons, so Reagor could be in line for additional looks should someone like Jackson or Marquise Goodwin ends up going down with an injury.
Similar to Jackson coming out of Cal, Reagor is known for blazing speed and ability to break off big plays. He likely will see limited opportunities behind Jackson, but could be utilized in special packages that allow him to showcase his athleticism. Quarterback Carson Wentz is one of the league's best when it comes to extending plays, and Reagor could be the perfect player to turn a broken play into a touchdown.
No. 5: Brandon Aiyuk, 49ers
Aiyuk's run-after-the-catch ability has 49ers fans salivating at the former Sun Devil being integrated into Kyle Shanahan's offense. Aiyuk torched numerous PAC-12 defensive backs on his way to over 1,000 receiving yards and eight touchdowns in 2019.
Shanahan's offense is known for complex schemes, and we've seen young wide receivers drafted highly that struggle with staying on the field (i.e. Dante Pettis). Aiyuk's ability to learn the playbook early on will be the key to whether he gets meaningful snaps in 2020.
The 49ers' offense features a plethora of weapons, and if Deebo Samuel returns to the lineup before the regular season begins, Aiyuk's production will be limited. But the Arizona State product could be in line for plenty of early targets if Samuel's absence ends up being longer than he and the team hope for.
No. 4: Justin Jefferson, Minnesota Vikings
Jefferson was apart of the NCAA's most dynamic offense at LSU last season, helping quarterback and 2020 No. 1 overall pick Joe Burrow bring home the Heisman Trophy. He was incredibly prolific out of the slot, catching 18 touchdown passes and amassing over 1,540 yards receiving for the Tigers.
Quarterback Kirk Cousins often relied on the now-departed Stefon Diggs as a safety valve, and Jefferson could make a similar impact given he'll likely line up primarily on the inside.
Minnesota traded Diggs this offseason, and are banking on Jefferson to make up for some of that production. Alongside Adam Thielen, Jefferson is poised for a solid share of targets in his rookie season for the Vikings.
No. 3: Henry Ruggs, Raiders
Ruggs was the first receiver off the board in April, as coach Jon Gruden and general manager Mike Mayock fell in love with his unreal athleticism and speed in the open field. The Alabama product was just the seventh receiver in NFL Combine history to run a sub-4.30 second 40-yard dash with his blazing 4.27 in Indianapolis.
He suffered a freak injury while moving this offseason that resulted in a punctured thigh, but he's expected to be 100 percent ready for training camp.
The Raiders also grabbed wideouts Bryan Edwards and Lynn Bowden later in the draft, so there is plenty of young talent in the position room. Quarterback Derek Carr is looking to build on a career year, and Ruggs likely will be a focal point of the offense for the franchise's first season in Las Vegas.
No. 2: Jerry Jeudy, Denver Broncos
Jeudy was seen by many as the draft's top wideout coming out of Alabama, but ended up going three spots behind college teammate Henry Ruggs. The Broncos had little to offer Drew Lock in terms of talent at receiver for his first season as Denver's starting quarterback, and Jeudy brings an elite skill set.
He was reported to still have gotten some throwing work in with Lock this offseason despite the coronavirus pandemic, and their chemistry will be key to improving Denver's offense after a woeful 2019 campaign.
Jeudy is playing with an inexperienced QB in Lock and a team that has a heavy investment in the running back position with Philip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, so Jeudy's production is difficult to project. But if Lock continues to develop positively, Jeudy could be a major factor in Denver's offense as a rookie.
No. 1: CeeDee Lamb, Dallas Cowboys
Lamb was incredibly productive in his college career at Oklahoma, topping 1,100 yards receiving in each of his last two seasons in school and hauling in 32 touchdowns over his three seasons in Norman. Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup firmly are entrenched as the top two options at wide receiver, but Lamb could see some favorable matchups as a result of the attention on those two.
He has the best odds of any wideout to win Offensive Rookie of the Year per BetMGM, and Dak Prescott signing his franchise tag to return to the Cowboys in 2020 only will make Lamb's adjustment to the NFL easier.
Lamb was given Hall of Famer Michael Irvin's historic No. 88 in Dallas for a reason, as the Cowboys feel like they got one of the steals of the draft with Lamb at 17. Especially if Gallup shows some regression in his third NFL season, Lamb could instantly be among the league's most impactful wide receivers in his rookie season.