2004 WR draft class revisited

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  1. GoPats

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    (I posted this on a couple of boards, so sorry if you've already seen it!)



    It's interesting to look back at the '04 draft, which is notable not only because of the Eli Manning draft-and-trade but also the crop of WRs that came out of that first round (7 total). Some turned out to be what they were expected to be, others are on the verge of being out of the league.

    They say it takes three full seasons for a WR to adjust to the NFL and really hit his prime. Snapshot time?

    Pick # 3 - Larry Fitzgerald, Cardinals
    Has 230 catches, 3135 yards, and 24 TDs in three seasons. Pretty remarkable considering he's been playing in the desert, where careers often go to die. First one taken, and probably with good reason.

    Pick # 7 - Roy Williams, Lions
    Has 181 catches, 2814 yards, and 23 TDs in three seasons. Another good pick. At least Detriot hit on one.

    Pick # 9 - Reggie Williams, Jaguars
    Has 114 catches, 1329 yards, and 5 TDs in three seasons. Inconsistent, but how much of that is due to the shaky QB situation? His numbers are just OK, especially for a first rounder.

    Pick # 13 - Lee Evans, Buffalo
    Has 178 catches, 2878 yards, and 24 TDs in three seasons. After Fitzy, is the best of this class, IMO. If he played for a better team in a bigger market, you'd definitely hear more about him. Great vertical guy... fast, and locates the ball well. Could be dangerous if Losman improves.

    Pick # 15 - Michael Clayton, Bucaneers
    Has 145 catches, 1921 yards, and 8 TDs in three seasons. His numbers are jacked up by a great rookie year (80 grabs, 1193 yards). Has just over 30 catches in the past two seasons. I don't recall if part of that is due to injury or not, but IMO it doesn't matter. Staying on the field is part of being a great player.

    Pick # 29 - Michael Jenkins, Falcons
    Has 82 catches, 1063 yards, and 10 TDs in three seasons. Those numbers would look good if it were a single year! The fact that it took him three to put up #1 WR-type numbers is probably not a good sign. Has also had Mike Vick throwing him the ball, so you've got to take that into account as well.

    Pick # 31 - Rashaun Woods, 49ers
    Has a whopping 7 catches, 160 yards, and 1 TD in three seasons. Lasted only two with the 49ers and toiled at the bottom of the Chargers' depth chart last season. I believe he's currently looking for work, but I get more hits googling my own name than his.


    So, in hindsight (always easy), I would put them in this order:

    1. Fitzgerald
    2. Evans
    3. Roy Williams
    4a. Clayton
    4b. Reggie Williams
    6. Jenkins
    7. Woods

    Clayton and Reggie Williams are a tie for 4th, IMO.

    What do you guys think?
     
  2. hadaad

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    I'd put Clayton ahead of Williams by quite a bit. Williams's numbers show me that he hasn't ever stood out. At least Clayton had that one year (if you've been there already, there's more chance you'll go back.)
     
  3. Texan_Bill

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    I dont know where to put Clayton, since he's been bumped to #2 on the Bucs depth chart... Seems they disagree with you Hadaad.
     
  4. GoPats

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    Just to clarify, you mean Reggie, not Roy, right?

    I had a hard time with that. Clayton's drop-off after year one is hard to ignore. They both kind of suck, actually. It's a matter of figuring out who's suckier!
     
  5. TheDrifter

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    I'd put Clayton ahead of Reggie, just for slightly better stats in an offense that strikes me as generally less talented than the Jags.

    Also.....because he isnt a Jag. :texflag:
     
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    Yeah, Clayton had a drop-off year, but Reggie who talks about himself it third person, (="http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/wire?section=nfl&id=2965250"] "I don't see it as competition," he said. "I look at it as trying to be the best Reggie can be.) and does a TD dance after every first down catch :gun: has never even had a jump-up year to drop-off of. Reggie Williams in three years and 48 games has NEVER even had a 100 yard receiving game. There are some crappy WRs in this league that bounce from team to team that can luck out on one sunday and put up 100 yards.....

    He's been outperformed by another first round reach on his team that didn't even play the position in college. Matt Jones in one year less time only has 250 less yards and 4 more receiving TDs.
     
  7. Maddict5

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    i cant remember what game but reggie williams looked pretty good last yr
     
  8. SF49erFaithful

    SF49erFaithful Crabtree FTW

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    I think Rashaun Woods signed with a CFL team this offseason.
     


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