Originally posted by SanDiego49er:
Steve Smith is an exception and not the rule. He's also blazing fast. Wes Welker is not that great IMO. Look at the QB's he has played with. They make anybody look good. Victor Cruz is not really tiny smurf like. He's of normal size. And blazing fast with good hands.
Look at the pro bowl rosters 9 / 10 years. They are mostly big WR's. Look at the best guys in the game. Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Josh Gordon, Larry Fitzgerald. Big guys. Our own Anquan Boldin and Crabtree are not small. Certainly not on weight. And they are both at least 6'1". They are not small guys. And they tend to be the guys not getting thrown around like rag dolls by the Seahawks secondary. You want big, strong guys.
Would you rather have Calvin Johnson or Wes Welker?
Josh Gordon or Steve Smith?
Here's the thing, most of those guys you mentioned are confirmed super-freaks, where did Calvin Johnson get drafted again? AJ Green? Larry Fitzgerald? Andre Johnson? Its one thing to be a big WR, another thing to be immensely skilled and have tremendous size and speed, those guys rarely fall very far the draft boards. Beyond that, there's plenty of Jon Baldwin's that lure people in with their size and athletic ability even if their skills are lacking as a receiver.
Give me a skilled route runner with good hands over a guy who's big, fast and sloppy anyday. Jon Baldwin's size hasn't helped him much, chillaxing on the sidelines, unable to break into the lineup. Or look at Stephen Hill(big, super fast, super athletic freak) vs Marvin Jones, 6'1", average speed, good hands, very precise route runner. Which guy do you take now?
Size quite frankly is overrated, big and fast means jack s**t if the guy can't catch, big and slow isn't good either. I don't want the best athlete, I want the best receiver period.
[ Edited by Phoenix49ers on Dec 31, 2013 at 10:04 PM ]