*Editor's note: NFL.com analysts Lance Zierlein and Chad Reuter will provide overviews for eight position groups in the 2018 NFL Draft (April 26-28 in Dallas), continuing today with wide receivers and tight ends. *
For all the talk about quarterbacks, it's often forgotten that it takes two to tango in the passing game. If receivers and tight ends are not in the right place at the right time, or fail to reel in catchable balls, then all the greatest throws won't mean a thing.
However, the great signal-caller talent available in the 2018 NFL Draft is not matched at the wide receiver and tight end positions this year. There will certainly be good starters and solid contributors at both positions, but there's a lack of top-end talent and the overall depth at each position is average, at best.
Let's take a deeper look at the 2018 WR and TE classes.
Teams with greatest need at WR
Top 5 players at WR
1) D.J. Moore, Maryland: Moore has speed, quickness, power, a competitive nature, and strong hands. He'll be an Odell Beckham-like playmaker in the NFL.
2) Calvin Ridley, Alabama: Ridley's body control is amazing, as is his suddenness. He could be one of the league's top receivers if he becomes a consistent hands-catcher and route-runner.
3) Courtland Sutton, SMU: He has size, speed, and is extremely agile for a taller receiver. He'll need to stop going for one-handed catches and secure passes with his big mitts to reach his potential.
4) Christian Kirk, Texas A&M: While he's not the fastest or tallest receiver, don't doubt Kirk's toughness and ability to make defenders miss. He'll be a solid inside threat on Sundays, and potentially a difference-making kick returner.
5) James Washington, Oklahoma State: Washington spent most of the past couple of years running past flat-footed Big 12 cornerbacks (19.8 yards per receptions, 39 touchdowns in his career). He has the strength to win at the line against pro defenders, though, and his arms are quite long (32 3/8 inches) for a 5-foot-11 receiver, giving him a great catch radius.
Teams with greatest need at TE
Top 5 players at TE
1) Dallas Goedert, South Dakota State: Goedert is a monster on the field. He's a 6-5, 256-pound athletic mismatch who will be a factor down the seam and in the red zone.
Most overrated prospect among WRs and TEs
Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State: Some of my media colleagues are including Gesicki in the first-round conversation. However, I don't believe NFL teams will view him as a good value that early in the draft. I project him to go late in Round 2 in my most recent mock draft. Now, there's no doubt Gesicki's a tremendous athlete -- everyone knew he would test well at the combine, and he was one of the biggest stars of the event. He struggled in his route running during position drills, though. His inconsistent hands are also a concern. I don't believe Gesicki will go in the sixth round like another athletic tight end -- Bucky Hodges -- did last year, but I suspect Gesicki will be picked later than most expect.
Most underrated prospect
Anthony Miller, WR, Memphis: There hasn't been a lot of buzz around Miller this off-season. Those that paid attention during the fall, though, know that he's a tough customer who can make defenders look silly in the open field. He could be a Randall Cobb-type receiver, and probably won't be picked until the second round or early in the third round.
Boom or bust
Antonio Callaway, WR, Florida: In his first two seasons with the Gators, Callaway exhibited explosive ability with the ball in his hands, both as a receiver and returner. He didn't play a down in the 2017 season, though, as he was suspended after facing charges of credit card fraud, and that wasn't his first off-field issue. If he can put his troubles behind him, he could turn out to be a bargain, as I'm expecting him to be drafted in the fourth or fifth round.
Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan: Two potential top-100 receivers from the FCS (Daurice Fountain, Northern Iowa; Justin Watson, Penn) are also worthy of this spot, but I'll go with Conklin as my sleeper pick. He has good size for the position. He's also a fluid runner and reliable pass catcher. The former Chippewa will make an impact in the passing game early in his pro career.