We’ve covered what NFL scouts look for in the wide receivers, but let’s take it a step further, and talk about a workout for wide receivers.

In case you missed those posts:

Wanna Be One of the Top College Wide Receivers? Here’s What NFL Scouts Look for in Receivers.

Wanna Be One of the Top College Wide Receivers? Here’s What NFL Scouts Look for in Receivers. Part 2

Knowing what they look for is cool, but knowing the information alone ain’t good enough.  I think we need to take it a step further and take some action with this info!


Five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Andre Johnson. (ICON Sports)

Well, if you’re like most guys that have dreams of playing pro football, you might have to train yourself.  To help you out, I’ve compiled a bunch of drills that you can do.

But not just any drills.  These are drills that will help you get better at most of the specific things NFL scouts look for when they’re analyzing wide receivers.

A lot of drills require equipment of some kind.  But to help those on a budget, the drills listed below require little-to-no equipment to be purchased..

Disclaimer: If you’re injured, or have health issues, please consult with a doctor before doing any of this stuff.  I, nor Get2TheLeague.com is responsible if you hurt yourself, or tear-up your mom’s house trying to do these drills.

With that said, let’s continue.




The plyometric drills in this video will help you with your explosion.

The exercises referenced in our How to Tackle Hard in Football post were are all about explosion and burst.

They will help you develop the explosion that scouts look for in receivers.


It’s often overlooked, but hip flexibility plays a huge part in developing explosion in your hips.  Increasing the range of motion in your hips is crucial.  The drills in the video below can help you with that.




There’s a difference between being able to run a fast 40 and having football speed.

There’s a lot of receivers that don’t play fast, but can run a 4.4 or below in a t-shirt and shorts.

Obviously, you wanna do well in both, but football speed is the more important of the two.

In fact, we did a post on improving football speed.  Check it out:

What Everybody Ought to know about Football Speed

This guy gives you some largely unknown tips on running the 40.  I really wish I knew some of this stuff back when I was trying out for teams back in my hey day.

I was really impressed with the information in this video.  He explains the strategy of every single part of the 40, but from the perspective of the scouts or personnel that’s timing you in the 40.

The more you know (and apply, most importantly) about their philosophy regarding how they time, the better.

He then gives you a strategy to use to run the 40, that’s based on how they time the 40.

The guy in this video introduces some strategies for you to use when you’re running the 40, along with examples of specific exercises you should be doing to get faster in the 40 yard dash.

If you’re a football player, you should be familiar with the names of the exercises that he mentions.  If you’re not, you may want to try Google’ing the terms and exercises he mentions to become more familiar.




Vincent Jackson, star receiver with the San Diego Chargers, with tips on catching the football.  (Courtesy YFitTV.com)

This video gives you some really simple, but unique drills you can do to help you get comfortable with catching the ball.  The second drill really helps you with your hand/eye coordination.

Don’t get thrown-off at the fact that these are high school kids.  These drills will definitely help you get the hands you need.

I gotta admit, I’m impressed with the number of quality drills in this video.  Wow.

The gentleman in this video does a great job going over the basics of catching the football.  He also goes through some good drills to help you catch and tuck the football.




Tim Gardner, from Expert Village with tips on running effective routes.

Former NFL wide receiver Wendell Davis with tips on how to avoid tipping-off the db when you’re running routes.

This video steps you through the M-Drill (and a variance of it) to help you take sharper cuts in your routes.

There’s quite a few drills in this one that’ll help you develop the physical tools to stem db’s and run crisp routes.

The definition of a “good route” depends largely on your ability to properly modify your route according to the coverage.

This video gives you some insight to some of the minor adjustments you want to make to your route in different coverages.  (Courtesy Expert Village)

You’ll need about 3 or 4 people to stand around you and throw you the ball on the 4 cones drill, but it’ll definitely get you better at getting your head and hips turned around to catch the ball.


Jumping Ability

If you’re looking to increase your vertical jumping ability, check out the below article we did on the topic here at Get2TheLeague.com:

Little-Known Ways to Jump Higher!

This dude Tony Thomas has some serious hops.  He gives you a nice complete workout you can do with no extra equipment.

What I like about this video, is that he gives you reps and set recommendations, instead of just doing the drills.

I’m kinda jealous of his abs, though, I can’t lie.

Please be careful when trying these two drills.  They’ll definitely help you, though.

For the first drill, if you don’t have the little medicine balls, you can probably use 5 pound dumbbells instead.



This video steps through the proper techniques to use to get off the line versus press coverage.

This video will help you use your hands more effectively in your releases, as well as in your routes.

He starts out by teaching you the proper hand-use philosophy you want to use as a receiver.



Mr. Chad Johnson himself showing you why he’s been able to be one of the best receivers in the game.

The video starts out with some warm up stuff, but if you slide the video up to the 2:30 mark, Chad starts going through footwork drills.

You’ll need someone to throw you the rock on these drills, but they’ll help you develop your agility to run better routes.  (Courtesy Premier1football.com)

Some great ladder-based drills, as well as drills for you to do on the field with cones in this video.

The video below introduces the 2-3-2-3 drill, which’ll help you with your lateral agility and quickness.

They’re using speed hurdles on the video, but you should be able to find something (or make something) around the house that you can use instead.

My quads started burning a little bit just watching this guy go through these drills…  Had a brother catching flashbacks to individual periods in college.

Finish it up with some more footwork drills courtesy of Chad Johnson.


Hey, that’s it for today, but you can click here to check out part 2 of the Wide Receiver Workout series.

Use this information, and go dominate some db’s this upcoming fall.

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