Plenty of talent in the 2025 NFL Draft wide receiver class which is led by Luther Burden III

The 2025 wide receiver class has great depth as a total of 96 players make NFL Draft Notebook's preseason watch list.
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The 2025 NFL Draft wide receiver class has plenty of depth, as I enter the season with a ridiculous 96 players on my watch list. The group is led by Missouri’s Luther Burden III, who will likely be a top ten pick next April. The class also offers several under the radar prospects including Montana’s Junior Bergen who has a good chance of being invited to next year’s Senior Bowl.

Please note these players are not listed in any particular order, and this is only a watch list.

2025 NFL Draft: One wide receiver to watch in each conference

ACC: Xavier Restrepo, Miami: Teams looking for a slot receiver next season will like what they see in Xavier Restrepo. Restrepo does a terrific job of finding the open space in coverage which is one of the reasons why he was able to finish third in the Power Five with 53 catches that went for either a first down or touchdown.

Big 10: Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State: Going into the 2024 season Ohio State wide receiver Emeka Egbuka had a first-round grade on my board. However, he had a disappointing season which saw him have tightrop surgery on his ankle and not post a single 100-yard receiving game. If he can return to his 2022 form look for teams to view him again as a first-round pick.

Big 12: Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona: The most productive receiving returning to school next year is Arizona’s Tetairoa McMillan who caught 90 passes for 1,402 yards last season. One of the reasons he was so productive is his consistent hands which led to him having the lowest drop rate in the Power Five according to Pro Football Focus.

SEC: Luther Burden III, Missouri: My top wide receiver going into the season is Missouri’s Luther Burden III. Last season, he finished in the top five in the nation in yards after catch (711, third), forced missed tackles (30, fourth), and yards after first contact (300, fifth).

Non-Power Four: Junior Bergen, Montana: Junior Bergan is one of the top kick returners in college football. Last season, he averaged an impressive 15.3 yards on 28 punt returns while taking three back for touchdowns. He also is a dangerous receiver who does a great job of picking up yards after the catch

2025 NFL Draft wide receiver watch list

Junior Bergen, Montana

Luther Burden III, Missouri

Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona

Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State

Tez Johnson, Oregon

Xavier Restrepo, Miami

Tre Harris, Ole Miss

Caullin Lacy, Louisville

Isaiah Bond, Texas

Chedon James, Idaho State

Elic Ayomanor, Stanford

Brennan Presley, Oklahoma State

Evan Stewart, Oregon

Ricky White, UNLV

Oronde Gadsden II, Syracuse

Julian Fleming, Penn State

Will Sheppard, Colorado

Ja'Corey Brooks, Lousiville

LaJohntay Wester, Colorado

Roc Taylor, Memphis

Ja'Mori Maclin, Kentucky

Sean Atkins, South Florida

Kamdyn Benjamin, Tulsa

Daniel Jackson, Minnesota

Will Pauling, Wisconsin

Deion Burks, Oklahoma

Pat Bryant, Illinois

Donaven McCulley, Indiana

Kaleb Brown, Iowa

Kaden Prather, Maryland

Tai Felton, Maryland

Keandre Lambert-Smith, Penn State

Smoke Harris, Louisiana Tech

Holden Willis, Middle Tennessee

Kris Mitchell, Notre Dame

CJ Daniels, LSU

Noah Smith, Sam Houston

Kelly Akharaiyi, Mississippi State

Darrell Harding Jr., Buffalo

Gage Larvadain, South Carolina

Grayson Barnes, Northern Illinois

Jerjuan Newton, Toledo

Kenneth Womack, Western Michigan

Elijhah Badger, Arizona State

Trond Grizzell, California

Jimmy Horn Jr., Colorado

Traeshon Holden, Oregon

J. Michael Sturdivant, UCLA

Logan Loya, UCLA

Josh Kelly, Texas Tech

Kaedin Robinson, Appalachian State

Corey Rucker, Arkansas State

Courtney Jackson, Arkansas State

Jared Brown, South Carolina

Robert Lewis, Auburn

Elijah Sarratt, Indiana

Jakarius Caston, Southern Miss

Joey Hobert, Texas State

Jabre Barber, Texas A&M

Chris Lewis, Troy

Beaux Collins, Clemson

Jordan Moore, Duke

Jacolby George, Miami

J.J. Jones, North Carolina

Da'Quan Felton, Virginia Tech

Jahmal Banks, Nebraska

Kobe Hudson, UCF

Jayden Higgins, Iowa State

Jaylin Noel, Iowa State

Lawrence Arnold, Kansas

Quentin Skinner, Kansas

Rashod Owens, Oklahoma State

Isaiah Alston, Iowa State

Tory Horton, Colorado State

Justus Ross-Simmons, Syracuse

Steven McBride, Hawaii

Dalevon Campbell, Nevada

Caleb Medford, New Mexico

Nick Nash, San Jose State

Jalen Royals, Utah State

Andrew Armstrong, Arkansas

Dominic Lovett, Georgia

Colbie Young, Georgia

Dane Key, Kentucky

Barion Brown, Kentucky

Kyren Lacy, LSU

Jordan Watkins, Ole Miss

Antwane Wells Jr., Ole Miss

Theo Wease Jr., Missouri

Squirrel White, Tennessee

Bru McCoy, Tennessee

Jahdae Walker, Texas A&M

Noah Thomas, Texas A&M

Dymere Miller, Rutgers

Chedon James, Idaho State in transfer portal

Max McLeod, Colorado School of Mines