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2016 NFL Draft: Position preview -- draft filled with No. 2 wide receiver prospects

If the Giants are looking to add a number 2 receiver, they need look no further than the 2016 draft.

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When the New York Giants effectively told Rueben Randle not to let the door hit him on the way out of the building, they were either voicing their confidence in the young receivers already on the roster, or quietly confirming that they plan to draft a receiver early in the 2016 NFL Draft.

Whenever the Giants have had a hole, or potential hole, at the receiver position under Jerry Reese, they have been aggressive about filling it. That means that it's likely that the Giants will pick a receiver in the first two days of the draft. The 2016 receiver class doesn't have any prototypical "Number 1" receivers like Beckham, Julio Jones, or Dez Bryant, but it is well stocked with "Number 2" receivers who should be productive early. Fortunately for the Giants, they already have one of the top three receivers in the NFL in Odell Beckham Jr.

Laquon Treadwell (Ole Miss) -- Who is ranked as the top receiver in the draft largely comes down to who is doing the ranking. Treadwell is generally at the top of the class, but some knock him for his limited athleticism. He makes up for that with good quickness, routes, solid hands, and a ferocious physicality. He is also a downright bully as a blocker.

Josh Doctson (TCU) -- Those who don't see Treadwell as the top receiver generally favor Doctson. He was tremendously productive at TCU despite every defense knowing that he is the focus of their passing attack. Where Treadwell is big and physical, Doctson is electrifyingly athletic. Able to high-point the ball as well as any receiver, and has the body-control and soft hands to make the tough catches.

Sterling Shepard (Oklahoma) -- Shepard gets overlooked for his lack of height, but there is no better route runner in this draft. Selling his routes and then making sharp breaks at the top he is able to create separation, and uses plus body control, hands, and an explosive lower body to play much bigger than he is listed. He probably doesn't have the size to be an "X" receiver at the next level, but he will cause headaches for defenses out of the slot or as the "Z" receiver off the line of scrimmage.

Michael Thomas (Ohio State) -- Ohio State's possession receiver, Thomas has the size NFL teams are looking for. Some questioned his long speed after a disappointing 40-yard dash at the combine, but he put those fears to bed with a very solid time in the 4.4's at the Ohio State pro day. There are still wrinkles in Thomas' game to be ironed out, but he should at least be a good number 2 receiver for an NFL team.

Will Fuller (Notre Dame) -- Fuller is one of the big home-run threats in the 2016 draft. He is undersized, with short arms and small hands, but he is a threat to take it to the house every time he catches the ball. With legitimate 4.3 speed and short area quickness, he can made defenses pay for any miss tackle, and stress them vertically down the field. Drops are a big problem for Fuller, and his 8 1/4-inch hands don't do him any favors there.

Corey Coleman (Baylor) -- Similar to Fuller, Coleman has the speed to burn any defensive back who doesn't respect him or misses a tackle and is a home-run threat. Coleman was remarkably productive last year at Baylor, racking up 1,363 yards and 20 touchdowns, but he was also helped by an offensive scheme that manufactured separation. Baylor's route tree is also very simplistic, and Coleman suffered some concentration drops if he had to work toward the middle of the field. He could face a sharp learning curve in the NFL.

Braxton Miller (Ohio State) -- The shoulder injury that ended Braxton Miller's quarterback career at Ohio State might have been the best thing to ever happen to him. He wouldn't be playing QB in the NFL, and getting a year's experience at receiver dramatically improved his stock. He is still raw when it comes to the technical aspects of his new position, but he is on another level as an athlete. Miller has a Odell Beckham like blend of speed and electric quickness to embarrass unprepared defenders. He was next to un-coverable in Senior Bowl practices, but will be something of a project in the NFL, but his character and leadership will be assets as he enters the pros.

Charone Peake (Clemson) -- A combination of injuries and being surrounded by talent has kept Peake off the national radar, and NFL teams are likely hoping that their colleagues/competitors are overlooking him too. At 6-3, 210 pounds, with legitimate 4.3 speed, long arms, and nuanced route running, Peake has the tools NFL teams are looking for, and the ability to burn a defense. The question with Peake is how teams feel about his injury history and failure to produce up to his talent. He could be a steal for the right team.

Pharoh Cooper (South Carolina) -- A "Swiss Army Knife" for the Gamecocks, Cooper played all over South Carolina's offense. He will likely be a slot receiver at the next level, but he also has the ability to play out of the backfield or away from the line of scrimmage to create mismatches. Cooper has reliable hands, good short-area quickness, and plenty of competitiveness. While he doesn't have the long speed of some other receivers, he is a playmaker just the same. Some compare him to Green Bay's Randall Cobb.

Rashard Higgins (Colorado State) -- Embracing his nickname "Hollywood", Higgins is competitive, confident, and the most productive receiver in his school's history. Despite his slight build and average athleticism, he is absolutely fearless on the field, and routinely wins routes against more athletic defenders. Teams might overlook him because of his pedestrian workout numbers, but he has a chance to be a tremendous value later in the draft.