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Another look at Top Wide Receivers

Ever wonder how your "fantasy studs" lined up against the rest? In the following segment, not only do I give you all the rankings, but I also discuss a trend. For each category, I took the top 10 players and made lists. I then analyzed the data to produce some startling results.

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Receptions


Andre Johnson

115

Wes Welker

114

Brandon Marshall

104

Larry Fitzgerald

98

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

92

Eddie Royal

91

Anquan Boldin

89

Roddy White

88

 

Yards

 

Andre Johnson

1575

Larry Fitzgerald

1431

Steve Smith

1421

Roddy White

1382

Calvin Johnson

1331

Greg Jennings

1292

Brandon Marshall

1265

Antonio Bryant

1248

Wes Welker

1165

Reggie Wayne

1145

 

Touchdowns

 

Larry Fitzgerald

12

Calvin Johnson

12

Anquan Boldin

11

Randy Moss

11

Lance Moore

10

Terrell Owens

10

Greg Jennings

9

Andre Johnson

8

Kevin Walter

8

Dwayne Bowe

7

 

Those are your Top 10’s for three of the most popular Receiver Categories. The following was produced after even more research.

 

 

Player

Round

Overall

Traded?

Release/FA

Top 10's

Team

Team 2

Team 3

Team 4

Age

Andre Johnson

1

3

No

No

3

-

-

-

-

 27

Anquan Boldin

2

54

No

No

2

-

-

-

-

27

Antonio Bryant

2

63

Yes

Yes

1

Cowboys (T)

Browns

49ers

Buccaneers

27

Brandon Marshall

4

119

No

No

2

-

-

-

-

24

Calvin Johnson

1

2

No

No

2

-

-

-

-

23

Dwayne Bowe

1

23

No

No

1

-

-

-

-

24

Eddie Royal

2

42

No

No

1

-

-

-

-

22

Greg Jennings

2

52

No

No

2

-

-

-

-

25

Kevin Walter

7

255

No

Yes

1

Giants

Bengals

Texans

-

27

Lance Moore

Undrafted

Undrafted

No

Yes

1

Browns

Saints

 

-

25

Larry Fitzgerald

1

3

No

No

3

-

-

-

-

25

Randy Moss

1

21

Yes

No

1

Vikings

Raiders

Patriots

-

31

Reggie Wayne

1

30

No

No

1

-

-

-

-

30

Roddy White

1

27

No

No

2

-

-

-

-

27

Steve Smith

3

77

No

No

1

-

-

-

-

29

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

7

204

No

No

1

-

-

-

-

31

Terrell Owens

3

89

Yes

No

1

49ers

Eagles

Cowboys

-

35

Wes Welker

Undrafted

Undrafted

No

Yes

2

Chargers

Dolphins

Patriots

-

27

 

Age

22-23

24-25

26-27

28-29

30-31

35

 

2

5

6

1

3

1

The Two players to hold a spot on all three categories are both third overall draft picks:

- Andre Johnson

- Larry Fitzgerald

The Six players to hold a spot on exclusively two categories are:

-2 first rounders

-2 second rounders

-1 fourth rounder

-1 UDFA

 

Now you have looked at the charts. Okay…you glanced at them. What does this all mean?

 

Draft Picks Used

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Fifth

Sixth

Seventh

UDFA

 

7

4

2

1

 0

0

2

2

 

If you want a relatively high percentage to land a top tier wide receiver you draft in the first round. Plain and simple. 7 out of 18 of the players listed are first rounders. That is 39 percent. But how high? A top 10 pick is not necessarily necessary to land a top tier receiver. Out of these seven, only 3 were drafted in the top 10. The rest were near the tail end of the first round. With a range of 21-30. Where do the dolphins draft in their first round? We are slated to draft with the 26th pick. Out of the first rounders that seems like the place to spend the first round pick on wide receivers. With a 57 percent of the first rounders drafted in this area, it is safe to say there is a great chance of finding that stud here.    

 

In the second round consists of 22 percent of the players here (4/18). Even though that is nearly half of the first round, it is still a good spot to land these studs. These 2nd round receivers have a range of 42 to 63. Guess where our second round pick (via redskins) is? 45th overall. Another "in-range" place to select a wide receiver.

 

It is interesting to note that 22 percent of the players (4/18) consist of 7th round picks and undrafted free agents. How could teams pass on these players? It shows measurables is not the only thing that makes good receivers. Numbers can be a great place to start (11/18 were in top 2 rounds) but with good ball skills and instincts stud receivers can be found late in draft.

 

Now what am I getting at, and why should you care? Well honestly. All these numbers and statistics can mean nothing. They are only numbers, but the quantifying aspect of the draft is very real. Most likely, if we are going to go after that stud receiver, it has to be in those first two picks. With those two spots, we are statistically, in the right spot to land those.

 

I am looking at the spread throughout the top-tier receivers and those are the places to get them. The talent is there, and the coaching is ready to utilize it. Instead of working with "less talent" in the later rounds, why not draft a receiver with the talent. So we can get a player on those three top 10 charts.

 

Now I bid you the question. Where should we draft a WR? Who? Why? Give examples.

 

Please do not just say… "We’ll find a UDFA and turn him into the next Bess" Tell me whom that person will be.

 

I will go first. I make my case for Kenny Britt. He will most likely fall in that second round range (pending combine performance) and be available when we pick 45th overall. He is 6ft 4 inches. Weighs 215 pounds. He is a declared Junior from Rutgers (RU). He is known for his physical style. He is great in "jump-ball scenarios" and has a knack of catching the ball in clutch situations. Despite having poor quarterback play, he still put up respectable numbers.

 

I will now leave you to your "busy" lives with this one thought.

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[Note by finsxfactor, 01/16/09 8:30 PM EST ]

I apologize for the quality of the charts. Copy and pasting from excell did not also transfer the border.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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