Hey guys. Sorry for the lack of posts in the past couple days but I just started a new job and time was tight. A big thanks to Ryan for keeping the site fresh. I have been looking at mock drafts and seeing where Tommy Streeter has been going and I am consistently seeing anywhere from the 2nd to the 4th round. In my opinion, that is totally absurd as he is one of the premiere prospects at the WR position. Streeter has all the measurable’s to be an absolute stud and if a team can land him in the third round, they would be getting a major steal. After he blew up the combine, I thought Streeter might see his stock soar into the late first round but instead he has kind of stayed where he was. I have always had him rated as an early second round pick and I see numerous possible landing spots for him. After the jump see where they are and see my updated WR Rankings.
This year’s WR class is absolutely loaded with elite talent and phenomenal depth. Every type of WR is represented and there will be a lot of WRs taken early in the draft. After the jump see my analysis of this year’s WR class
Today I will take a look at the WR class quickly while I work on getting a 2 round Mock Draft out there. Look for that to publish later tonight or tomorrow at some point.
This class has 33 draftable WRs but the facts of past drafts tell you that 18 to 23 WRs will be drafted. That means their will be 10 or more UDFA WRs that will be worthy of making a roster.
1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State – Blackmon has emerged as the clear #1 WR in this draft and should be a top 5 draft pick come April. The Vikings, Rams, and Browns will target him from 2 through 4.
2. Mohammed Sanu, Rutgers – I have Sanu over Jeffery and Floyd and that will draw a lot of criticism. However, Sanu clearly performed better than both of them this year, and by a wide margin. He has better hands than both. Runs better routes than both. Has more speed than both and is a smarter player than both. Just because he doesn’t have 6’4″ size does not matter to me. He is 6’2″ 215 pounds and has the potential to be stud in this league. He just broke Big East WR records that Larry Fitzgerald held with out a QB that should have been starting on any other Big 6 conference team.
3. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina – Jeffery is fantastic player that suffered from awful QB play. He should still be a top 15 to top 20 pick but if he had good QB play, he could have been a top 5 pick. The team that lands him is going to get him a fantastic player that could be a top 5 WR in the NFL.
4. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame – Floyd came into the year with tons of character questions but he straitened out his act this year and performed fantastically. He should be a mid first round pick and provides a special player with 6’4″ height and 4.4 speed.
5. Kendall Wright, Baylor – Wright is a burner that can also be a dangerous kick returner. Because of his speed and route running along with his value as a KR, I see him as a late first round pick this year to a team in need of a #2 WR and KR prowess. I think he will end up at Houston or New England come April.
See the rest of the incredibly deep and talented WR class after the jump.
Note: Even though it foucuses on the Pittsburgh Steelers, this is worth the read for Non-Steelers fans as well because it gives some insight into draft stock and some minor details on over 20 prospects (25 to be exact).
This is a draft piece focusing on key players of the Pittsburgh Steelers that will likely be retiring soon (within the next two years). I will first talk about the player who is retiring soon, then mention a possible 2012 replacement and a possible 2013 draft replacement. Or I will mention if the replacement is already possibly on the team.
Note: Make sure you have time to read all of it as it is a little over 2000 words.
Earlier today I posted the RBs and yesterday I posted the QBs. The Wide Receiver position will be loaded this year if underclassmen declare. From top to bottom there is tons of NFL talent in this draft class and multiple #1 WRs. Note that this was written before Ryan Broyles incredible 154 yard 3TD performance. He is going to stay at No. 6 but the difference between 4 and 6 is marginal right now and could be inter-changeable.
1. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: I am now one of the people who think Blackmon is the #1 WR in the draft and by a decent margin. He is putting up ridiculous numbers with ease. I think he will be better than A.J. Green.
2. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina: This is not a knock on Jeffery at all. He will still be a top ten pick and he will still be a stud in the NFL but I think Blackmon has surpassed him as the No. 1 WR in this draft. Whoever gets Jeffery is getting an incredible WR with huge upside.
3. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: Floyd has all the talent in the world but has character concerns. He is a #1 WR in the NFL and just needs to stay focused.
4. Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers: This will surprise a lot of people but Sanu has been the best WR in college football so far this year. He has all the tools to be a Wes Welker like player in the NFL and could become the best possession WR in the NFL by the time he is a five year veteran. He will be a first round pick, possibly top fifteen, if he keeps playing this well.
5. Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M: Fuller has fallen because of great play by Floyd and Sanu, but he is still a legitimate #1 WR in the NFL. He should be a late first to early second round pick if he keeps this type of play up.
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