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This Draft is Slowly Falling Apart for the WR class

Previewed this Spring 2009 as a solid upcoming 2010 NFL Draft, the wheels continue to come off more and more at the WR position with the latest news in from Minnesota and Syracuse.

First, it was Dez Bryant's suspension not being lifted by the NCAA.

Now, today, one of the top graded WR that was thought to be entering this draft, junior Mike Williams, from Syracuse, has quit the team. Williams is having a very good year, but obviously has some serious off the field issues. No mention on the direct cause, but it could be either academic failure, or disciplinary from the team (he's already been suspended once this season). Quitting on a team is never a good thing, and continues to show that this kid is troubled. If he departs permanently, he would need to play at a non-Division I school (in order to play his senior year), or enter the draft. I've got a feeling many teams just took him off their board today, but we'll have to wait and see the reasoning for his departure, and if it is temporary or permanent.

In Minnesota, Eric Decker's surgery is complete, and the rehab process will begin. However, the news is that his rehab will carry well beyond the February combine, and March campus workouts, and maybe into the summer. This is a draft killer for a lot of players, and surely drops Decker down the board some unknown distance.

A lean year of redshirt sophomore WR's (AJ Green, Julio Jones and Michael Floyd are all true sophomores and not eligible to come out) adds to the misery.

Not everyone is in tears over the bad news the past week. Illinois junior WR Arrelious Benn, who supposed has been a good camper (according to Illinois beat writers) despite playing in a pathetic offense, is the big winner. With the competition thinning out, he looks to cash in on bigger money as his draft value has jumped.

[ Edited by MadDog49er on Nov 2, 2009 at 14:29:53 ]
Do you still assume Bryant is the 1st WR taken?
I guess we should all be pretty damn happy that we got Crabtree then when we did. I dont think WR was going to be a focus for this team anyway in the next draft given our needs on the OL and on defense(OLB and secondary)
Originally posted by jreff22:
Do you still assume Bryant is the 1st WR taken?

hell yeah
Originally posted by FredFlintstone:
Originally posted by jreff22:
Do you still assume Bryant is the 1st WR taken?

hell yeah

Dude is a beast. Hopefully he can kill the combine and save his stock
of course

crabtree signed his contract
Mhmm. I noted the Decker injury (torn foot ligaments -- that's horrific, really) in another thread, but yeah.. I'm exceptionally glad we have Crabtree now.

Getting Grandpa Bruce out of the way next year, and while sad to say, showing Arnaz Battle the door as well will help us develop and fully utilize a WR corps that needs the experience and continued growth. Crabtree will start. And we can hope Jones gets some slot time and Morgan hopefully will turn the corner in his 3rd year becoming a solid starting WR, as well as Jason Hill doing more with any playing time he gets.

Expect (or hope for) a Crabtree-Morgan-Jones-Hill-Rookie*WR/KR.
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Mhmm. I noted the Decker injury (torn foot ligaments -- that's horrific, really) in another thread, but yeah.. I'm exceptionally glad we have Crabtree now.

Getting Grandpa Bruce out of the way next year, and while sad to say, showing Arnaz Battle the door as well will help us develop and fully utilize a WR corps that needs the experience and continued growth. Crabtree will start. And we can hope Jones gets some slot time and Morgan hopefully will turn the corner in his 3rd year becoming a solid starting WR, as well as Jason Hill doing more with any playing time he gets.

Expect (or hope for) a Crabtree-Morgan-Jones-Hill-Rookie*WR/KR.

Agree on all counts. I hope we can find a quick slot/return guy in round 4 or 5. I think our first 4 picks have to be OL(2), OLB, and DB but would think this should be a priority starting in 4th.
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Mhmm. I noted the Decker injury (torn foot ligaments -- that's horrific, really) in another thread, but yeah.. I'm exceptionally glad we have Crabtree now.

Getting Grandpa Bruce out of the way next year, and while sad to say, showing Arnaz Battle the door as well will help us develop and fully utilize a WR corps that needs the experience and continued growth. Crabtree will start. And we can hope Jones gets some slot time and Morgan hopefully will turn the corner in his 3rd year becoming a solid starting WR, as well as Jason Hill doing more with any playing time he gets.

Expect (or hope for) a Crabtree-Morgan-Jones-Hill-Rookie*WR/KR.

Bruce should be planted on the bench right now, I see no reason to wait.
Originally posted by Ninerjohn:
I guess we should all be pretty damn happy that we got Crabtree then when we did. I dont think WR was going to be a focus for this team anyway in the next draft given our needs on the OL and on defense(OLB and secondary)

Very glad we did.
Has anyone seen WR Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green? He's putting up insane numbers. They play Buffalo tomorrow (Tues. 11/3) on a televised game. I'll be watching for sure.

Scott Wright doesn't even list him in his Top-25. To date, through 8 games he has 99 receptions, 1054 yds and 9 TDs.

That's an average of 12 rec, 132 yds, and a TD, per game.

I know level of competition is an issue, but that's great production, regardless of who you're playing.

Like I said, he'll be televised against Buffalo. Check him out if you can.
All's well that ends well. Good thing the Niners don't have a dire need anymore.
Originally posted by m_brockalexander:
All's well that ends well. Good thing the Niners don't have a dire need anymore.
Originally posted by strickac:
Has anyone seen WR Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green? He's putting up insane numbers. They play Buffalo tomorrow (Tues. 11/3) on a televised game. I'll be watching for sure.

Scott Wright doesn't even list him in his Top-25. To date, through 8 games he has 99 receptions, 1054 yds and 9 TDs.

That's an average of 12 rec, 132 yds, and a TD, per game.

I know level of competition is an issue, but that's great production, regardless of who you're playing.

Like I said, he'll be televised against Buffalo. Check him out if you can.

Did you see the thread from a few days back? http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/thread.php?num=132452
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
Originally posted by strickac:
Has anyone seen WR Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green? He's putting up insane numbers. They play Buffalo tomorrow (Tues. 11/3) on a televised game. I'll be watching for sure.

Scott Wright doesn't even list him in his Top-25. To date, through 8 games he has 99 receptions, 1054 yds and 9 TDs.

That's an average of 12 rec, 132 yds, and a TD, per game.

I know level of competition is an issue, but that's great production, regardless of who you're playing.

Like I said, he'll be televised against Buffalo. Check him out if you can.

Did you see the thread from a few days back? http://www.49erswebzone.com/forum/thread.php?num=132452

OnTheClock is OnTheMoney.

-9fA
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