Originally posted by pwillis52beasty:
Which wide receivers have put up the greatest production against the best competition? Out of those guys, which wide receivers have the best combination of speed and quickness.
To beat Seattle's DBs, we need to target a receiver that has been very successful against the top competition and is also very quick and fast. Sammy Watkins is one guy I know that meets these requirements. We probably don't have a shot at trading up for him. Mike Evans, the next wide receiver on a lot of peoples boards, does not meet these requirements.
What other guys have the combination of production vs high level competition and great speed and quickness?
Not a lot of 6' 3"+ burners out there, but speed without skill is useless in the NFL anyway.
Realistically, the best speed/height combination receiver that faced high-level defensive competition in 2013 (that would be reachable for us) is Kelvin Benjamin (6' 5"). But if he kills it at the combine (and I really think he'll run in the mid-to-high 4.4 range as a worst-case scenario), he might not be reachable without trading up quite a bit. He's really raw, but I think his potential (with the right coaching staff) is limitless. If he's coached up properly and paired with the right QB, think Alshon Jeffery with MUCH more open-field elusiveness. I like him as a situational player in his first year. However, if we have to replace Boldin, we should look elsewhere...he's a project.
Mike Evans won't be there without trading up, and although he fits the mold of "big-bodied target," he plays the basketball box-out game more than I like for our offense. Besides his ball skills, he really doesn't really jump off the tape, but you can't argue with results. Personally, I'm not sure another 50/50 ball receiver is what we need right now.
I really like Donte Moncrief. He's reachable; he's played against top competition coming out of Ole Miss, and although he doesn't look like an honest-to-goodness burner on tape (I still like his chances to run high 4.4s-low 4.5s), he's faster than he looks, and plays extremely tough football.
Allen Robinson and Jordan Matthews (both 6' 3") are two other options I like, although I see both as being more of the Crabtree mold than that of say, A.J. Green.
[ Edited by au8277 on Jan 28, 2014 at 4:59 PM ]