5. Chris Godwin (2017)
It’s still early, so former Penn State wide receiver Chris Godwin could eventually climb higher on this list. But for now, he checks in at five after a solid rookie season in 2017 in which he showed how much potential he has.
Godwin was used somewhat inconsistently in his first year, but his role in the offense should expand in 2018. He got just 56 targets, which was fifth on the team, but caught 34 of them for 525 yards and a touchdown.
There’s an argument to make for him to start this season, but he’ll get plenty of targets regardless (for good reason). DeSean Jackson will still figure heavily into the team’s plans this year and potentially in the near future. But Godwin will still get his share of snaps simply due to his talent and play-making ability.
Once Jackson is gone, it seems like a foregone conclusion that Godwin will be the team’s No. 2 guy behind Mike Evans.
Licht got a lot of praise at the time for landing a talent like Godwin in the third round, but this looks like a pick that will be even more valuable in hindsight.