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Top 15 Wide Receivers in MLFB: Major League Football Rosters and Analysis

Top 15 Wide Receivers in MLFB: Major League Football Rosters and Analysis

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Top 15 Wide Receivers in MLFB: Major League Football Rosters and Analysis

The kick-off of the MLFB ($MLFB) season is getting closer, and the rosters of the 2022 MLFB teams are taking shape. We’re going position by position for the entire league and picking out the top 15 players at each. Today we’re looking at the top 15 wide receivers in MLFB.

As spread offenses have become more common at every level of football, the number of talented wide receivers has grown. Modern offenses are designed to get these WR’s the ball in space and allow them to make a play.

MLFB stocked its WR pool with a vast experience gap. Some players have spent multiple seasons with NFL scout teams, but a good number of players are using the MLFB as their first attempt at professional football.

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Erick Brundidge (Virginia Armada)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-0, 17o lbs

College: West Chester

Pro Experience: Aviators, TSL

Recent Stats: West Chester 2013- 2014 West Chester 40 Rec, 798 yds, 8 TD

Admittedly, this is a pretty sizeable nine-year gap since recording stats could be located. Though the stats couldn’t be found, there are video clips from the spring league of Brundidge taking the top off of defenses for TSL teammate and quarterback Zach Mettenberger. Given that he’s one of the older players in the league, the recent tape from TSL highlighting his speed is what likely landed him his spot on the Armada.


Jamari Hester (Arkansas Attack)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-6, 205 lbs

College: Jacksonville State

Pro Experience: Toronto Argonauts, CFL

Recent Stats: Jacksonville St 2009 – 59 receptions, 1,002 yds, and 5 TD

The first thing that jumps out about Jamari Hester is the sheer size. Hester’s 6-6 frame will be a big target in the red zone for the Arkansas Attack. He had a very productive career at Jacksonville State, where he made an impact immediately as a freshman, starting five games. By the end of his Jacksonville State career, Hester had amassed 161 receptions for 2,399 yards and 22 touchdowns. While he didn’t make the active roster after being signed by Toronto, he still has experience with the business side of professional football.


Ka’Ronce Higgins (Arkansas Attack)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-1, 179 lbs

College: Southern Arkansas University

Pro Experience: Alphas, TSL

Recent Stats: SAU  2018 38 Receptions, 649 yards, 6 TD

Those 2018 totals Ka’Ronce Higgins produced in 2018 for the Muleriders might seem light compared to some of the monster numbers that fellow teammate and fellow top 15 WR Jamari Hester produced in college, but when you consider that those numbers were in six games, it’s pretty impressive. In essentially two and a half seasons, Higgins had 109 receptions for 1,863 yards and 16 TD. In addition, he seems to be capable of stretching the field based on his time as a Mulerider. He averaged 22.7 yards per catch as a freshman and 17.1 yards per catch in his college career.


Nick Holley (Alabama Airborne)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 5-10. 197 lbs

College: Kent State

Pro Experience: LA Rams, Houston Roughnecks XFL, Calgary Stampede CFL

Recent Stats: Calgary 2021- 10 Rec, 105 Yds

Nick Holley might be using the MLFB as an opportunity to reinvent himself as a WR. Holley played RB throughout his career at Kent State. His breakout season as a WR was in the short-lived XFL 2020 season with the Houston Roughnecks. As a Roughneck in the abbreviated 2020 season, he caught 21 passes in five games; that’s nearly half of his total receptions over a four-year career at Kent State. He only appeared in three games for the Stampede of the CFL but still caught ten balls in that span. The MLFB will give Nick Holley plenty of opportunities to put his skills as a WR on tape for NFL scouts.

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Marquise Irvin (Virginia Armada)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-3, 216

College: Mercer

Pro Experience: Tuscon Sugar Skulls, IFL

Recent Stats: Mercer Career- 175 Rec, 2,325 yds, 18 TDs

In his career at Mercer, this big-bodied receiver set the program record for receiving yards in a season and then broke his record once before leaving campus with 814 yards. Irvin spent last season on the roster of the Tuscon Sugar Skulls of the IFL, but a receiver of this size will shine on the full-sized field of the MLFB instead of the confines of indoor football.


Jon’Vea Johnson (Ohio Force)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-0, 195 lBS

College: Toledo

Pro Experience: Dallas Cowboy and Chicago Bear practice squads

Recent Stats: Toledo 2018 – 32 receptions, 660 yards, 9 TD

In his time with Toledo taking part in MACtion, Johnson was a very productive receiver for the rockets. Johnson caught 123 passes at Toledo for 2,224 yards and 24 receiving touchdowns. This college productivity led to Johnson getting an opportunity to make two NFL rosters and stints on practice squads with the Cowboys and Bears. The USFL showed us that players with NFL experience, even as practice squad players, typically stand out amongst their competition in spring and developmental leagues.


Justin Manyweather (Arkansas Attack)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 5-9, 175 lbs

College: Eastern New Mexico University

Pro Experience: None

Recent Stats: Eastern New Mexico University: 48 Receptions for 751 yards and 11 TD’s. 

While pro experience is typically advantageous in these spring and developmental leagues, versatility is also a valuable trait. Justin Manyweather provides versatility with his ability to return kicks. The 5-9, 175 lbs speedster was productive in his final season of college, scoring 11 touchdowns; however, if he can continue to develop his skills as a kick returner, special teams could be his ticket to making an NFL roster.


Kameron Pleasant (Ohio Force)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-0, 180 lbs

College: Cabrillo College (Junior College)

Pro Experience: Bay Area Panthers, IFL

Recent Stats: 2o19 Cabrillo College – 81 rec, 1,533 yards, and 15 TD’s

Kameron Pleasant looks like a diamond in the rough for the Ohio Force. Following his last season at Cabrillo Junior College, Pleasant was voted 1st team Junior College All-American. Instead of transferring to a four-year institution, Pleasant opted to try his luck with the IFL and now the MLFB. He has good size and could prove he was more than a big fish in a small pond at the JUCO ranks.


Kayaune Ross (Ohio Force)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-6, 225

College: Kentucky

Pro Experience: Cincinnati Bengals, Memphis Express AAF, Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL

Recent Stats: 2019 Memphis Express AAF – 1 rec, 7 yards

Ross has SEC playing experience and NFL size. The 6-6 225lb Ross has spent time in three pro leagues, including a stint with the Bengals practice squad. His size and experience will be valuable for his Ohio Force QB.


Alonso Russell (Ohio Force)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-4, 220lbs

College: Toledo

Pro Experience: Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, New York Giants practice squad, St. Louis Battlehawks XFL, Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL

Recent Stats: 2020 St. Louis Battlehawks- 15 rec, 161 yds, 1 TD

Compared to the other players in this league, Alonso Russell has a lot of professional experience at multiple levels. After spending time on the Bengals and Giants practice squads, Russel landed in the pandemic, shortened XFL restart, and showed a good connection with Battlehawks QB Jordan Ta’amu. Additionally, his height and length at 6-4 will be an asset as he’s got a few inches on a relatively tall pool of defensive backs in the MLFB.


Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi (Arkansas Attack)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 5-11, 180 lbs

College: Phoenix Junior College

Pro Experience: Cleveland Browns practice squad, New York Guardians XFL, TSL Alphas, FCF, TSL Linemen

Recent Stats: Phoenix JC 2016- 3 rec, 26 yds

Damon Sheehy-Guiseppi, at first glance, might not appear to fit on this list given his lack of stats as a true WR in his time at Phoenix Junior College. However, Sheehy-Guiseppi has the two attributes that make players extremely valuable in developmental leagues. Sheehy-Guiseppi not only has ample pro experience with his stints in the NFL, XFL, FCF, and TSL, but he also offers versatility due to his prowess in the kick return game; in his time at Phoenix JC, he averaged 32 yards per kickoff return with four touchdowns and averaged 15 yards per punt return with two additional TD’s. His skills as a kick returner are what might land him back on another NFL roster. In his stint with the Browns, he had one punt return for a touchdown in preseason action.


Dez Stewart (Ohio Force)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-2, 200lbs

College: Ohio Dominican

Pro Experience: Washington Commanders and Detroit Lions practice squads.

Recent Stats: Ohio Dominican 2015 – 68 rec, 903 yds, 7 TD’s.

Dez Stewart enjoyed a productive three-year career at Ohio Dominican from 2013-2015. In his three-year career at the division two school, Stewart averaged 967 yards per season with a career-high 1,156 yards in 2014. In those three seasons, he scored 23 touchdowns as a receiver and added one additional touchdown as a punt returner in his final season at Ohio Dominican in 2015. Though he doesn’t have as many stops in the pros as Sheehy-Guiseppi of the Arkansas Attack, he also has the same coveted combination of time on a professional roster and a versatile skill set.


Tim Wilson (Alabama Airborne)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 5-9, 170 lbs

College: East Stroudsburg

Pro Experience: Philadelphia Eagles practice squad, Winnipeg Blue Bombers CFL

Recent Stats: East Stroudsburg 2017- 53 rec, 821 yds, 4 TD

Wilson had such a strong career at East Stroudsburg college that the NFL found him at the division two school, and he was able to find a spot on the Eagle’s practice squad despite not having traditional NFL size. When Wilson joined East Stroudsburg in 2013 and saw limited action, but returned to the team for the 2016 and 2017 seasons, catching 111 balls in two years and accumulating 1,731 yards with 12 scores.

Wilson has kick and punt return experience, and that skill led to him being the only player signed from an Eagles minicamp in 2018. Given his current choice in vocation, many might assume that Wilson lost two years to injury. However, in reality, Wilson changed majors and gave up two years of football to focus on academics, and at the time of his signing with the Eagles, he was nearing his masters in economics.


Tevon Wright (Virginia Armada)

Position: Wide Receiver

Measurables: 6-2, 195 lbs

College: Chadron State

Pro Experience: Alphas TSL

Recent Stats: Alphas TSL 2021– 34 Rec, 424 yds, 2 TD

Tevon Wright played all four years of his college career at division two Chadron State and improved his production every year he was on the roster. In his first year, he saw some playing time with 15 receptions for 183 yards and 1 TD but left the school as WR1 after a 2019 season that featured 74 receptions for 1,446 yards and 16 TDs. After his time at Chadron State, Wright got the opportunity to put more of his play on tape with the Alphas of TSL, where he caught 34 passes for 424 yards and two TDs against other professionals.

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