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Building the Board: Grading our first 10 Wide Receivers

Rose Bowl Game presented by Capital One Venture X - Ohio State v Utah Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

For several months now, the WCG crew has been working hard on a simple idea: building a Chicago Bears draft board brick-by-brick in an attempt to create as authentic a draft board as possible while tailoring it specifically to one team (rather than the scheme-free evals that are so common around the internet).

We’ve been scouting the players available in the 2023 NFL Draft, and we’ll continue to do so with the end game being a fully-fledged Draft Board. Today we talk through our first 10 player grades — specifically, the following Wide Receivers:

  • Ohio State’s Jaxon Smith-Njigba
  • Southern California’s Jordan Addison
  • Boston College’s Zay Flowers
  • Tennessee’s Jalin Hyatt
  • North Carolina’s Josh Downs
  • Louisiana State’s Kayshon Boutte
  • TCU’s Quentin Johnston
  • Houston’s Nathaniel Dell
  • Wake Forest’s AT Perry
  • Stanford’s Michael Wilson

Our initial Draft Board (1.0) will be on a Google Document that we’ll share here as soon as it’s done, and keep your eyes peeled over the next few weeks — we’ll be adding players to it in batches of 10 as we try to show the process of how draft boards shuffle week-by-week.

We’re excited! We want to hear your thoughts — do you agree with today’s grades? Do you disagree? Let us know!

Podcast version is available here:

And in case you missed the original introduction video for Building the Board, check it out below for an overview of the project!