Originally Posted by dantheman41
Do you read any scouts or do u just hear or listen to what guys on tv say? Because you are dead wrong. This is def not a weak WR class. Maybe a weak tight end class, weak safety class but not wide receiver. I read and listen to a lot of the top guys in the business. A lot of guys are finally coming around to admitting Michael Floyd is the better player after watching more film. Would you like me to show you articles from knowledgable people? And to dismiss Kendall wright obviously shows u know nothing about football nor did you watch any Baylor games. Guys is a straight baller and is most explosive playmaker at any position in draft. A LOT faster then he times. Watch game footage and see seperation he gets from corners. Blackmon is a lesser mans dez Bryant
I'd wager I've watched more of these three guys (Blackmon, Wright, and Jeffrey) than you have. Considering I've missed attending a grand total of 5 OSU games the last 4 years home/road/bowl but haven't missed watching any OSU game either in person or on TV since the late 90s. I record every Big 12 game that I can't watch live and I've several friends that are big SC fans so I hear and see so much of them that you would think I was a fan.
Wright is fast, but he's also tiny. He's not a cross the middle guy. If he goes between the hashes it is deep down field. He does make good adjustment to the ball, but I simply don't think he'll translate into a great player in the NFL. I think he could have moments of greatness, but I see him being similar to Devon Hester as a WR.
As for who I listen to and who I read, none of this comes from the normal talking heads. I will say that players and their college coaches tend to have a pretty good idea where they will end up (IE, OSU insiders knew that Dez was 90% likely to be drafted by the Cowboys.) There are just too many interviews for those guys to not know. As of right now, Blackmon will not slide past 6. Could that change? Of course it could, but it isn't likely to. There is also a better than 50% chance the Weeden goes in first round.
When I compare this WR draft to previous years: Lets just look at the last 10 years:
2003 - had 3 first round WRs including monumental bust Charles Rogers. But also had Andre Johnson, Bryant Johnson, and Anquan Boldin along with several other guys that have had some really good years. This year had 37 WRs drafted.
2004 - 7 first round WRs - 31 WRs drafted - biggest names today - Larry Fitzgerald, Roy Williams, Lee Evans, Bernard Berrian
2005 - 6 first round WRs - 31 WRs drafted - biggest names today - Braylon Edwards, Roddy White, Vincent Jackson
2006 - 1 first round WR - 34 WRs drafted - biggest names today - Santonio Holmes, Devon Hester, Greg Jennings, Brad Smith, Marques Colston
2007 - 6 first round WR - 34 WRs drafted - biggest names today - Megatron, Tedd Ginn Jr., Dwayne Bowe, Robert Meachem, Sidney Rice, Steve Smith (Giants), James Jones, Laurent Robinson, Jacoby Jones, Steve Breaston
2008 - no first rounders - 35 WRs drafted - biggest names today - Jordy Nelson, DeSean Jackson, Mario Manningham
2009 - 6 first round WRs - 33 WRs drafted - biggest names today - Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, Percy Harvin, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, Mike Wallace, Johnny Knox
2010 - 2 first round WRs - 27 WRs drafted - biggest names today - Dez Bryant, Golden Tate, Demaryius Thomas
2011 - 3 first round WRs - 29 WRs drafted - biggest names today - AJ Green, Julio Jones, Jonathon Baldwin, Greg Little
Realizing that it WR is one of if not the least likely position for guys to play at a high level in the first couple years, it is hard to evaluate 2010 and 2011. The shortened off season in 2011 didn't help.
So based off these numbers and the players over these years I'd rank these classes like this:
1 - 2007
2 - 2004
3 - 2003
4 - 2009
5 - 2011
6 - 2005
7 - 2006
8 - 2010
9 - 2008
Personally, I would put this 2012 class in the #7 slot and push '06, '10, and '08 down. That isn't a good WR draft in my view. But of course it will be easier to tell in 5 years when we see who flops and who is on track to do great.
David Harrell - Pokes