2021 NFL Draft Optimal WR/TE Landing Spots

by Jon Witt
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With the draft right around the corner, it is never too early to get a jump on the incoming rookies. We are going to have some fun here by diving into the 2021 NFL Draft Optimal WR/TE Landing Spots.

Often times the key to a rookie producing in year one has as much to do as which team drafts him as it does how talented he is.

Below are some ideal landing sports for some of the top wide receivers and tight ends featured in the 2021 NFL Draft. These teams provide the rookie with the best opportunity to produce in year one.

These landing spots were determined within the range of which a player may fall. For example, Ja’Marr Chase would be amazing on the Chiefs, but it is not realistic that he falls to them.

Keep in mind this is by no means a mock draft, rookie rankings or even a prediction where they will land. It is simply an evaluation of the "best possible" landing spots for them.

2021 NFL Draft Optimal WR/TE Landing Spots

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Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida Gators (Pick 4-8)

To many, myself included, Pitts is the most talented non-QB in this NFL draft. Without even knowing where he lands, I have him in the top 3 or 4 already for dynasty tight ends.

Barring trades, I do not see Pitts falling outside of the top 5. That being said, both Cincinnati and Atlanta would be ideal spots for Pitts but I am really intrigued by him in Atlanta.

Just imagine slotting Pitts, a matchup nightmare inside with Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones on the outside. Or better yet, Jones and Pitts together in the red zone...OH MY!

Having Pitts in the fold would also boost the stock of Matt Ryan. Adding a weapon like Pitts gives Ryan another read he will have confidence in. Lastly, not drafting a QB, and drafting a weapon for Ryan will go a long way in his psyche.

Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU Tigers (Picks 5-10)

Just like I do not see Pitts falling out of the top 5, I have a hard time believing that Chase will fall out of the top 10.

Within picks 5-10 there is no shortage of teams that could use a talent like Chase. Pairing him with his college QB (Joe Burrow) in Cincy is tempting, as is pairing him with Tua Tagovailoa in Miami.

However, for the clearest path to playing time, I think him landing with the Detroit Lions at seven is the sweet spot.

I know what you are thinking, Detroit has Jared Goff throwing the ball. But before you jump to that conclusion look at the lack of a wide receiver depth chart the Lions have. Breshad Perriman, Tyrell Williams and Quintez Cephus currently are penciled in as the starters. Now tell me Chase would not instantly be the number one.

Chase would be immediately paired with T.J. Hockenson as the top two targets on the team.

On paper, Detroit looks like a team that may play from behind a lot, so we know the targets will come aplenty. I can see Chase having a Justin Jefferson-type season in Detroit.

Jaylen Waddle, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide (Picks 11-20)

Odds are that Waddle and DeVonta Smith will both go in the 11-20 range on draft night. I think Waddle ends up going first and landing in a perfect spot with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Similar to the Lions, the Eagles group of wideouts is a bit of a mess. It actually might even be worse, outside of Jalen Reagor. Waddle would step right in and have instant success as the alpha WR.

With Jalen Hurts at QB, Philly needs a sure-handed WR that can be counted on. Waddle rarely drops a pass and is a YAC monster. He would slot in nicely opposite Reagor.

DeVonta Smith, WR, Alabama Crimson Tide (Picks 11-20)

In the 11-20 range, along with the Eagles above, both the New England Patriots and Arizona Cardinals need a WR. Between the latter two, the Cardinals are head and shoulders the better spot for Smith.

The Cardinals could use a burner, a WR to really take the top off of the defense. Smith can bring his blazing speed to Arizona and solve that need right away.

With DeAndre Hopkins and A.J. Green in the fold, Smith can take a back seat to those two, and really learn the game from two greats. There would not be as much pressure on Smith right away if he lands in Arizona and he should thrive with Kyler Murray under center.

Rashod Bateman, WR, Minnesota Golden Gophers (Picks 21-32)

Personally, I would love to see Bateman in Green Bay with Aaron Rodgers slinging him the ball. However, I think the Baltimore Ravens snatch him up first.

Yes, some would think this is a terrible spot for him, but someone has to catch the ball in Baltimore!

Bateman would be a day one favorite for Lamar Jackson, making him a true WR1 for Jackson to utilize.

Having a burner in Marquise Brown on the outside, and Mark Andrews down the middle, Bateman should be able to roam free beating one-on-one coverage.

Rondale Moore, WR, Purdue Boilermakers, (Picks 21-32)

Moore to the Packers just makes too much sense. Rodgers + Moore would equal Fantasy gold!

Rodgers should be banging the table for Green Bay to draft a versatile playmaker like Moore to pair with Devante Adams.

Moore is a burner who is not afraid to go over the middle and make a catch in traffic.

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