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Wide Receiver Class of 2014

Originally posted by Karma:
Fair enough. I guess you can add character and confidence to that list.

Here's your poster boy.


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Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by Karma:
I think the bigger concern is how "polished" the receiver is and how many routes he can run with precision. Crabtree ran plenty of screens, but Texas Tech had him running every route in the tree. Crabtree was never a speed guy. He made his name by being able to gain separation with technique and intelligence. The fear is that guys running a huge number of screens have great athletic ability, but can't really on their route running ability to gain separation (See Ginn, Ted). Ultimately, Baalke will look for the receiver with these skill sets:

1. Blocking - If he can't or won't run block, he won't play. That was a big problem with Jenkins (among many). Does Marquise Lee's size make him a less effective blocker?

2. Hands - Kaepernick has one of the strongest arms in the league. He loves whipping it into a window and letting his receivers snatch at it. If he can't catch fastballs with his bare hands, we don't want him. Crabtree and Boldin both have big, strong hands and can consistently pull it down without their body. Who in this class has the best pure hands? Beckham? Robinson?

3. Intelligence - WR seems to be the position with the least amount of growth for our young players. Almost every other position on this team boasts a player who is out performing his perceived ceiling (Bruce Miller, Chris Culliver, Dan Skuta, etc.) Which leads me to believe we have a weakness in the WR coaching department. That means any player we draft needs to be self motivated and have a good grasp on his position.

No other traits in a WR are deal breakers. We are clamoring for a speed guy, like Torrey Smith, to open up defenses, but I don't think Baalke or Harbaugh put that much of a premium on elite speed. Right now I like Beckham, but I don't know the prospects well enough.


Hands? Blocking? Intelligence? Sounds like you really want Jarvis Landry.

Do you think he grades higher than Beckham? I haven't watched enough LSU to know.
Originally posted by Karma:
Do you think he grades higher than Beckham? I haven't watched enough LSU to know.

Landry? As far as a route runner and hands, yes definitely. Landry has the lowest drop rate of any WR in the draft. You can't go wrong with either of those guys I think but I'm more on the Landry bandwagon now.
Originally posted by Karma:
Originally posted by Phoenix49ers:
Originally posted by buck:
Work ethic is a deal breaker and it is not on your list.

This too.

Fair enough. I guess you can add character and confidence to that list.

Not sure how high intelligence is needed at WR. Looking back at Irvin and Moss or Josh Gordon & Dez Bryant today none are that intelligent. Understanding the defense sure, but I think WR is a combine athleticism, work ethic, hands, and the desire to go get the ball.
I think, he is talking about football intelligence. The WRs are allowed to think about alternative routes if they recognize that their predetermined route won't deliver success for the team, i.e. recognizing coverage schemes and react to them or simply help their QB who tries to check down the ball but no one is behind the LOS.
Also a WR and any other player is allowed to think whom to block for their running teammate.
[ Edited by communist on Jan 30, 2014 at 1:02 PM ]
Originally posted by PTulini:
I've been driving the Allen Robinson bandwagon for a while now. He could fill Anquan Boldin's role in the near future. I think we could draft him in the late 1st-2nd round range.




I also like Clemson WR Martavis Bryant at some point in the draft. I think he has a good mix of size and speed.



This would be a nice combination
There are a bunch of players I would be ecstatic if we drafted. Overall, this is the order of the players I like the most in this draft at WR (although this is not where I'd rank them in terms of where they would go in the draft).

1. Sammy Watkins (no chance)
2. Donte Moncrief
3. Kelvin Benjamin
4. Allen Robinson
5. Devante Adams
6. Jarvis Landry
7. Marqise Lee
8. Mike Evans
9. Brandin Cooks
10. Odell Beckham
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Jan 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM ]
Originally posted by PTulini:
I've been driving the Allen Robinson bandwagon for a while now. He could fill Anquan Boldin's role in the near future. I think we could draft him in the late 1st-2nd round range.




I also like Clemson WR Martavis Bryant at some point in the draft. I think he has a good mix of size and speed.



I'm going to keep a close eye on Martavis Bryant. This kid has huge upside.
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
There are a bunch of players I would be ecstatic if we drafted. Overall, this is the order of the players I like the most in this draft at WR (although this is not where I'd rank them in terms of where they would go in the draft).

1. Sammy Watkins (no chance)
2. Donte Moncrief
3. Kelvin Benjamin
4. Allen Robinson
5. Devante Adams
6. Jarvis Landry
7. Marqise Lee
8. Mike Evans
9. Brandin Cooks
10. Odell Beckham

big fan of Benjamin?
Originally posted by LaMichaelJeff:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
There are a bunch of players I would be ecstatic if we drafted. Overall, this is the order of the players I like the most in this draft at WR (although this is not where I'd rank them in terms of where they would go in the draft).

1. Sammy Watkins (no chance)
2. Donte Moncrief
3. Kelvin Benjamin
4. Allen Robinson
5. Devante Adams
6. Jarvis Landry
7. Marqise Lee
8. Mike Evans
9. Brandin Cooks
10. Odell Beckham

big fan of Benjamin?

I see a massively raw prospect with flashes of brilliance but one who clearly isn't "there" yet. His massive upside is what intrigues me the most. He will take some time, but I think as he develops, he could be a real difference-maker in the NFL.

This is an early list. Things may fluctuate over the combine and workouts, etc.
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
There are a bunch of players I would be ecstatic if we drafted. Overall, this is the order of the players I like the most in this draft at WR (although this is not where I'd rank them in terms of where they would go in the draft).

1. Sammy Watkins (no chance)
2. Donte Moncrief
3. Kelvin Benjamin
4. Allen Robinson
5. Devante Adams
6. Jarvis Landry
7. Marqise Lee
8. Mike Evans
9. Brandin Cooks
10. Odell Beckham
Beckham only 10th? Due to his inconsistent hands?
Originally posted by LaMichaelJeff:
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
There are a bunch of players I would be ecstatic if we drafted. Overall, this is the order of the players I like the most in this draft at WR (although this is not where I'd rank them in terms of where they would go in the draft).

1. Sammy Watkins (no chance)
2. Donte Moncrief
3. Kelvin Benjamin
4. Allen Robinson
5. Devante Adams
6. Jarvis Landry
7. Marqise Lee
8. Mike Evans
9. Brandin Cooks
10. Odell Beckham

big fan of Benjamin?

yeah, I'm curious why Benjamin is so high and no Bryant? Trust your research, just curious...
Originally posted by OnTheClock:
There are a bunch of players I would be ecstatic if we drafted. Overall, this is the order of the players I like the most in this draft at WR (although this is not where I'd rank them in terms of where they would go in the draft).

1. Sammy Watkins (no chance)
2. Donte Moncrief
3. Kelvin Benjamin
4. Allen Robinson
5. Devante Adams
6. Jarvis Landry
7. Marqise Lee
8. Mike Evans
9. Brandin Cooks
10. Odell Beckham

no way thats your real list
[ Edited by outside4949 on Jan 30, 2014 at 3:11 PM ]
An interesting guy to keep in mind is Cody Latimer (Indiana not an NFL scouts 1st stop for talent). His is built like TO (6-3 210~215) was recruited for basketball and football coming out of high school. From what I have seen he has that explosive speed, maybe not the long speed of a Watkins or Lee. But he shows flashes of his basketball background while playing Wr (a super good thing IMO). He had some good games against NFL caliber DBs (Darqueze Dennard, Bradley Roby, E.J. Gaines, Ricardo Allen). He has a ton of ability and by him coming out as a junior it makes him a mid to late round pick with a lot of room to grown if drafted by the right team. Look for him to move up to a sure mid round pick if he blows up the combine.
Originally posted by WRATHman44:
yeah, I'm curious why Benjamin is so high and no Bryant? Trust your research, just curious...
Benjamin was the top-WR in his team whereas Bryant was lucky to have a Watkins so that he was covered softer at times, perhaps.