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Get ready for a run on receivers

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With all the talk about quarterbacks and cornerbacks going early and often in the 2014 NFL draft, the position that could produce the most first-round picks in 2014 could be receiver.

Current buzz has as many as seven receivers going in the first round, with up to five in the top 25.

If, as some are now suggesting, both Sammy Watkins and Mike Evans are selected by the time the first five picks are made, teams that need receivers could decide to pounce.

From Odell Beckham to Marqise Lee to Brandin Cooks to Kelvin Benjamin to maybe more, receivers should be hearing their names a lot on Thursday night.

Whether one or more or all make an instant impact remains to be seen.  Receivers have a high bust rate at the NFL level, in part because they’re facing press coverage for the first time with a grown man pushing and shoving and tugging and generally harassing the kids who are trying to run their routes.

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26 Responses to “Get ready for a run on receivers”
  1. explosionsauce says: May 7, 2014 5:53 PM

    9ers need to trade up for an impact WR before the defense passes their prime. Right now the offense has yet to catch up to the quality of their defense.

  2. cartrasuma says: May 7, 2014 5:56 PM

    Key line: “Receivers have a high bust rate…”

  3. chaseutley says: May 7, 2014 6:18 PM

    The biggest roll of the dice mentioned in this article is Kelvin Benjamin. My crystal ball is just as murky as the next guy’s and he could have a great career. I just hope that my team doesn’t spend a first rounder to find out.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: May 7, 2014 6:20 PM

    I’m going to guess on the low end and predict 5. Kiper and McShay did an alternating mock that had 9 in the 1st Round! But they also seemed to be doing it pretty hastily and I’m not sure they were really paying attention to the overall board.

  5. mintberrycrunch1 says: May 7, 2014 6:34 PM

    Kelvin Benjamin and first round shouldn’t be in the same sentence. Most overrated player by the media in the draft.

  6. teal379 says: May 7, 2014 6:38 PM

    Beckham in Green Bay – should the run not materialize I’d have to think TT takes him, would be lethal.

  7. thegrigga49 says: May 7, 2014 6:44 PM

    Trent Baalke please do whatever you have to do to get Paul Richardson WR Colorado. Perfect compliment to what Crabtree and Boldin do.

  8. ncphinsfan says: May 7, 2014 6:50 PM

    Here is the facts: Sammy Watkins and then the rest of them all the same through Round 3. After that… Just Camp Bodies and Career Journeymen.

  9. judsonjr says: May 7, 2014 7:16 PM

    Here’s a list of WR’s taken in the top 10 over the past 10 years. You run a pretty big risk of getting someone mediocre.

    Tavon Austin
    Justin Blackmon
    A.J. Green
    Julio Jones
    Darrius Heyward-Bey
    Michael Crabtree
    Calvin Johnson
    Ted Ginn
    Braylon Edwards
    Troy Williamson
    Mike Williams
    Larry Fitzgerald
    Roy Williams
    Reggie Williams

  10. lic112014 says: May 7, 2014 7:24 PM

    No one really knows how these guys are going to be.Victor Cruz was not even drafted and look at him now.It may take 2 or 3 years before you really know what you got so if you don’t get Watkins or Evans you still may get someone who could turn out to be very good.

  11. shutupandfknlisten says: May 7, 2014 8:16 PM

    Marquise Lee > Mike Evans

    I’ll take ability over potential any day of the week.

  12. finfan87 says: May 7, 2014 8:22 PM

    Whichever team decides to be patient and takes Allen Robinson later in the draft will be getting a steal.

  13. billsfan1 says: May 7, 2014 8:37 PM

    Beckham is 3rd best wr in draft. No chance he lasts until the 20’s

  14. getyourownname says: May 7, 2014 8:39 PM

    There’s almost always an unexpected run at some position.

    And when there is, the teams with discipline profit the most.

  15. luz56 says: May 7, 2014 9:03 PM

    Bottom line is the real work is done in UDFA…1/3rd of all NFL ballers are undrafted…there is a reason some if these teams constantly win and it’s their scouting

  16. hwould says: May 7, 2014 9:03 PM

    I hope for the love of God that the Browns end up with Watkins or Evans.

  17. babygaga19 says: May 7, 2014 9:40 PM

    Watch. Raiders will will burn their 5 spot on a worthless fast receiver when the draft is very deep on receivers. Only in Joketown. Have fun with that my amigos.

  18. lewiscafarella says: May 7, 2014 10:24 PM

    The Bills are gonna trade up to 3 or 4 and take Sammy Watkins. Without a doubt.

  19. taintedsaints2009 says: May 7, 2014 10:57 PM

    vikings could have calvin johnson, larry fitzgerald, aj green, and name your favorite receiver and they would still go 7-9 because they don’t have a quarterback.

    1st round receivers are busts because they usually get drafted to teams that have horrible quarterbacks.

  20. brownsalwaysrebuilding says: May 7, 2014 11:10 PM

    Justin Blackmon.

  21. teek77 says: May 7, 2014 11:16 PM

    I hope the teams at #27 and above have the same opinion of Benjamin as a couple of the “experts” giving opinions above. I would love to see him in Panther Black and Blue. He’s like a Tight End with Wide Receiver speed.

  22. arrow43050 says: May 7, 2014 11:35 PM

    Teams would have to be extraordinarily foolish or desperate to take a WR other than Watkins or Evans in the 1st round. The draft is so deep in WR that you can get quality in the 2nd or 3rd round and you never know what you are getting when you take a WR–it’s such a crapshoot at the pro level. You don’t USUALLY (not never, but usually) see a CB or an OT or a DE dominate or have Pro Bowl caliber play unless they are 1st or 2nd rounder. That’s why you have to grab the great players at those positions in Round 1 and get excellent players or players you think you can develop in Rounds 3-7. You can make those players into solid, career starters and get your stars at the difficult positions in 1st and 2nd Round.

  23. voyager6 says: May 8, 2014 7:07 AM

    Cincinnati tried hard to extend A.J. Green and failed. They took the option year, meaning they will have to Franchise Green in 2015.

    The M.O. for the Bengals is that they never re-sign a player once they have been forced to franchise him. If the Bengals join the party and draft a WR in the first round (which no mock draft has predicted), you can be sure that Mike Brown is back in full control of the draft (now that Zimmer and Gruden are gone) and Green will be gone in 2016.

  24. cshearing says: May 8, 2014 8:57 AM

    Not a surprise at all. With the way the NFL has protested WRs recently, the passing game has become more and more important. Where the big offensive picks were often a mix of WRs and RBs in past years, these days they will be nearly all WRs. RBs have been relegated to a commodity, unless you are an incredible talent like Adrian Peterson.

  25. jgedgar70 says: May 8, 2014 10:40 AM

    Despite all the hollering about having no receivers, I think the Panthers biggest need is for a left tackle. We have the best defensive front 7 in the NFL, and I would hate to see all that talent wasted in a bunch of 10-7 losses because Cam Newton spends all season on his back due to us playing Byron Bell at LT. We have Silatolu coming back from injury to play LG, but I can’t recall ever seeing Bell actually block anybody. There are so many good receivers out there; I think we should wait until round 2 to get one and get some OL help in round one.

  26. dcpatfan says: May 8, 2014 12:48 PM

    chick like long haired receivers are generally busts…..

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