Michael Irvin Picks THIS Player as the Best Wide Receiver in 2021 NFL Draft Class

Published 04/23/2021, 11:33 PM EDT


During his time with Dallas Cowboys, Michael Irvin donned the famous #88 jersey. The 3-time Super Bowl champion ended his NFL career with 11,904 receiving yards with 65 receiving TDs. He spent 10 years in the big league before hanging up his boots.

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He was subsequently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007. Since retiring from professional football, Irvin works as a commentator for the NFL Network and ESPN.

Speaking ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, Michael was asked to offer his two cents on the wide receivers available this summer.

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Michael Irvin picks his top wider receiver prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft

On the latest segment of Get Up, host Mike Greenberg was joined by the reputed Michael Irvin. The latter was asked to give his preferred pick as the top wide receiver from the current crop of players.

He replied, “I think this year, the wide receiver class gives you different flavors. If you’re asking me who’s the best I’m going to pull out probably Ja’Marr chase but remember this, we’re in a different time.

“People are drafted for specific reasons….De’Vonta Smith reminds me a lot of a young Deshaun Jackson….you know we look for track guys that can play football.

Jan 5, 2021; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver DeVonta Smith poses for a photo after being announced the winner of the 2020 Heisman Trophy. Mandatory Credit: Kent Gidley/Heisman Trophy Trust via USA TODAY Sports

“These guys are football players that have track speed and with the game being what it is now, Greenie, where you’re throwing a lot of balls behind the line of scrimmage and then asking the guy to use that skill set like Tyreek Hill does. But that guy right there brings you a lot of value,” Irvin said on the show.

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LSU star Ja’Marr Chase missed the 2020 NCAA season due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. In his absence, Alabama WR De’Vonta Smith grabbed headlines by helping his team win the CFP National Championship earlier this year.

Both these players will be 1st-round prospects when the draft begins on April 29th, 2021. But only time will tell which team they will feature for when the season starts in September.

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