|2010 Rookie Wide Receiver Rankings|
|Written by Jeff Hoffman, Editor|
|Friday, 19 March 2010 04:43|
This year’s class of Wide Receivers is very deep with players that can fit multiple roles on NFL teams and on your Dynasty/redraft squads as well. We have a group to players that are NFL ready, and some players that are going to be late round gems. Here are our rankings to help you cash in.
NFL Comparison: Brandon Marshal
Positives: Was successful despite being the player every defense he faced tried to shut down. Excellent go to receiver, and playmaker with the game on the line. Knack for getting open despite double coverage, good hands, and he also provides additional value in special teams as a returner.
Negatives: Has a history of being nicked up in his college career despite having good size. Biggest negative by far is the high potential for character issues given his loss of most of the 2009 season due to NCAA violations. He needs to have the ability to keep focused on his job, and needs to land on a team with strong leadership and coaching.
2. Golden Tate, Norte Dame, 5-10, 199, 4.42
NFL Comparison: Santana Moss
Positives: Three years of experience in a pro-style offense and a dynamic playmaker in the open field. Excellent hands and a very physical receiver despite his below average size. He also will impact his team immediately in the return game.
Negatives: Undersized and might have problems getting open against quality NFL corners. Might never be able to develop into an outside receiver and be destined to spend his career in the slot.
3. Arrelious Benn, Illinois, 6-3, 206, 4.53
NFL Comparison: Dwayne Bowe
Positives: Excellent hands, physical receiver who will punish tacklers, and is not afraid to go over the middle. Ability to make tuff catches in traffic, and win jump balls.
Negatives: Coming off a down season, and is not a major factor in the red zone.
4. Demaryious Thomas, Georgia Tech, 6-3, 229, 4.55
NFL Comparison: Braylon Edwards
Positives: A big physical target with great upside. Was successful despite a limited supporting cast that allowed defenses to focus on stopping him. Excels at deep jump balls, and averaged 25.1 yards per catch. Solid hands and excellent blocking, and a raw prospect that appears to have room to grow in his game.
Negatives: Limited experience in running true pro routes will require him to learn on the job, and might keep him from being an instant impact player. Needs to improve his ability to get open to succeed at the pro level.
5. Brandon LaFell, LSU, 6-3, 206, 4.6
NFL Comparison: Kevin Walters
Positives: Willing to work in the middle and make the tuff catches to move the chains. Reliable hands and a solid red-zone target. Potential to be a long time possession receiver in the NFL
Negatives: Poor speed could result in inability to be a big play threat at the NFL level.
Best of the Rest:
6. Mardy Gilyard, Cincinnati, 6-1, 180, 4.60: Playmaker as a receiver, and returner. Excellent hands, but will likely be limited to the slot at the pro-level given his size.
7. Damian Williams, USC, 6-1, 195, 4.53: Experience in a pro-offense will allow him to make an early impact if he lands with the right team. Average speed and a tendency to catch the ball with his body are big negatives.
8. Dexter McCluster, 5-8, 186, 4.86: Part running back, part receiver, and pound for pound one of the most physical players in the NFL. Will make his living as a slash player which should mean lots of touches.
9. Dezmon Briscoe, Kansas, 6-3, 200, 4.64: Excellent hands, and has the ability to make plays in traffic, will fight for extra yards. Will have to adjust to the pro-offense.
10. Mike Williams, Syracuse, 6-2, 204, 4.55: Has the physical tools to be an impact player. Character issues are a major red flag, with problems with the team and with the books. High potential for a bust.
|Last Updated on Friday, 19 March 2010 04:59|