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Best routes for rookie NFL wide receivers: Why CeeDee Lamb’s out, Brandon Aiyuk’s screen are unstoppable

The success of a rookie NFL receiver is predicated on not only his overall skill, but also what in particular he brings to his specific offense. So what will the heralded wide receiver group of the 2020 NFL draft bring?

We looked at the 16 wideouts who were drafted in the first three rounds in April, identifying their best, most productive routes over the past two seasons in college and how those routes fit into their new units. Each receiver’s best route was determined by yards per route run relative to other receivers in the class and other receivers in college football. How often the receiver ran the route was also a consideration. When the ball is snapped, here’s what each Day 1 and Day 2 receiver will do best.

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