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Default Scouting Football Talent Breaking down WR trends

Utter the position “Wide Receiver” and you might get a dozen different definitions and a myriad of all-time great examples. Perhaps no other position on the field allows for such a varied makeup within a club and across the League. Wide Receivers tend to trend more than the Dow Jones Industrials. Remember “The Smurfs” or “The Three Amigos”? They’ve now been replaced with the likes of “Megatron” and “The Natural”.

Effectively and Efficiently
This combination of physical talent is bound to come with an adjoining attitude that General Manager’s can only hope don’t mimic some of the recent divas to pass in and out of the National Football League. When scouting football talent we’ve noted the importance of having a great quarterback in building a successful team, but you better have equally productive receivers on the other end. The NFL is dominated (much to the angst of Dan Dierdorf and Chris Berman) through the air. You can argue all you want about running the football, and that even comes from a former wishbone fullback. But the top teams in professional football are the most efficient passing it. To do this consistently over a 16 game season and into the playoffs, you better have breadth and depth at the Wide Receiver position.

Parameters
Though there isn’t any cookie cutter pattern to the athletic build of wide outs, the League has moved to a much bigger frame; Vincent Jackson, Demaryius Thomas, Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall, Calvin Johnson…just to name a few. By and large, between 2008-2012, the following parameters have described the average prospect entering the NFL Draft;

Height – 6006
Weight – 202
Arm – 31 7/8
Hand – 9 3/8
Bench – 18
40-yard dash – 4.52
Vertical Jump – 32.9”
Broad Jump – 9’11”
Short Shuttle – 4,26
Long Shuttle – 11.77
3-Cone – 6.91


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