7. Trent Sherfield
NFL career stats: 2 starts, 19 receptions, 210 yards, 1 touchdown, 67.9% catch rate
This is where it gets interesting. There is a big gap between No. 8 and No. 7; all the previous receivers are viewed as likely cut candidates, special-teamers, or disappointing bench players. Trent Sherfield is neither of those. Though he was an undrafted free agent a year ago, the Vanderbilt product showed a lot of promise in his rookie season.
Sherfield caught on towards the end of last year’s Cardinals’ season. He started two of their last four games and caught 16 passes for 177 yards and a touchdown on a 72.3% catch rate. In those games, the receiver played both inside and out and showed several promising traits.
Some of those traits include; toughness to work the middle of the field, physicality in route-running, press-beating methods, and excellent body control + ball tracking. He has a well-built frame at 6-foot-1 and 205-pounds and performed well in his pro day 40-yard-dash at 4.45 seconds.
However, Sherfield is still a bit on an unknown. He’s shown some positives, but he isn’t an uber-athletic receiver and has struggled to be consistent. His game is dependent on him speeding up his footwork and adding to his route-tree. But, Sherfield is promising, and nearly ranked higher on this list. If he can continue developing his game, the Vanderbilt product may surprise many.