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Is It Time To Identify A Franchise WR ?

  • KID9R
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Originally posted by SaksV:
When Dwight Clark began to fade, Jerry Rice and John Taylor stepped up.
When Jerry Rice went down in 1997, Terrell Owens and J.J. Stokes stepped up.
When Michael Crabtree goes down, Anquan Boldin and Ricardo Lockette will step up.

When did Lockette go from practice squad to 3rd on the depth chart?
I do believe Kaepernick will make all of the receivers better on the team.
While I don't totally agree with your opinion, I can see where you are coming from. It's boom or bust it seems with bigger receivers IMO.

A couple to keep an eye on are:

Dorial Green-Beckum, Missouri, 6'6 220lbs. Will be a true sophomore next year, and while he got suspended for some reason ( pot or theft, cant remember ),
his skills can't be denied. He didnt have eye popping numbers last year, mainly due to a slow start and bad quaterback play. Very fluid for a guy his size.
Jumped off the screen when I was watching a game last year. Might be available late in the 1st if he comes out next year, as he will still be a little raw.

Mike Evans, Texas A&M 6'5, 215lbs. Was another guy who looked like a man amongst boys. I believe he will be a true sophmore as well. Had great production last year, though Im not as certain he will be a number one at the next level.
Uhh. Don't franchise wide receivers usually identify themselves by catching lots of passes and gaining lots of yards and scoring lots of touchdowns?
Originally posted by KID9R:
Originally posted by SaksV:
When Dwight Clark began to fade, Jerry Rice and John Taylor stepped up.
When Jerry Rice went down in 1997, Terrell Owens and J.J. Stokes stepped up.
When Michael Crabtree goes down, Anquan Boldin and Ricardo Lockette will step up.

When did Lockette go from practice squad to 3rd on the depth chart?

#thezonecrownedhimalready
Originally posted by captain_planet:
Uhh. Don't franchise wide receivers usually identify themselves by catching lots of passes and gaining lots of yards and scoring lots of touchdowns?

Nope. It's a title bestowed upon them by the WZ.
  • buck
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Originally posted by Rascal:
Originally posted by buck:
I never said that Jenkins was a bad pick. I said "Baalke may have blown the Jenkins pick."

Ahh I see, semantics huh ? So, in other words, you are leaning towards Jenkins "may have been" a bad pick then ?

If you think the difference between the two statements is a matter of semantics, I disagree.
marvin harrison was considered a franchise WR with a great QB feeding him the ball. He won with superior speed and playcalling....

I can't believe i'm going to say this...

AJ JENKINS!
Originally posted by KID9R:
When did Lockette go from practice squad to 3rd on the depth chart?

Tonight.
Originally posted by Big_Daddy:
marvin harrison was considered a franchise WR with a great QB feeding him the ball. He won with superior speed and playcalling....

I can't believe i'm going to say this...

AJ JENKINS!

And excellent route running and the guy was a technician with impeccable footwork. I made this same optimistic comparison as far as physical stature and gifts and I can only hope AJ can replicate some of his feats on the football field but we are both nuts for mentioning AJ and Harrison but hey we can dream can't we?
Originally posted by thl408:
Top WRs command top dollar. This team is built in the trenches with all the ancillary pieces having cost effective production. Once Kap makes them a star, they will leave for big money and the FO will have to find a cheaper, younger replacement. Goes back to "can't pay everyone". The salary structure of the team will take a huge turn when Kap and Aldon get their money. No room to pay a WR top dollar. I'd rather keep the money invested in Kap and protecting Kap (Oline).


You misunderstood. I am suggesting to draft one. The top dollar will only come after his first contract which will be say 4 years down the road.
Originally posted by mtminer:
While I don't totally agree with your opinion, I can see where you are coming from. It's boom or bust it seems with bigger receivers IMO.

A couple to keep an eye on are:

Dorial Green-Beckum, Missouri, 6'6 220lbs. Will be a true sophomore next year, and while he got suspended for some reason ( pot or theft, cant remember ),
his skills can't be denied. He didnt have eye popping numbers last year, mainly due to a slow start and bad quaterback play. Very fluid for a guy his size.
Jumped off the screen when I was watching a game last year. Might be available late in the 1st if he comes out next year, as he will still be a little raw.

Mike Evans, Texas A&M 6'5, 215lbs. Was another guy who looked like a man amongst boys. I believe he will be a true sophmore as well. Had great production last year, though Im not as certain he will be a number one at the next level.

I don't think I agree bigger receivers have a higher chance of being a bust. In fact, it is no different to anyone you draft, the only difference is you will be trading up a lot to get him.

I haven't looked at Green-Beckum yet, but I have looked at Mike Evans who I felt plays more like a tight end as he seems to lack a bit of speed as compared to some of the other potential candidates such as Brandon Coleman.
  • SaksV
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Originally posted by English:
Yes. The stepping up. Duh.

Right. So you're telling me that if AJJ, QP or Lockette get 60 receptions, 800 yards and 6 TDs, you wouldn't call it productive? Considering whatever numbers Bolding puts up, I'd say that exceeds many people's expectations of the above mentioned players. "Stepping up" is when you are given an opportunity that you wouldn't normally have been given and make the most of it. DId you watch the 1997 season at all?
  • SaksV
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Originally posted by KID9R:
When did Lockette go from practice squad to 3rd on the depth chart?

When our #1 WR tore his achilles tendon and the 2 guys higher on the depth chart are coming off injuries. That's when.

Don't believe me though... Jim Harbaugh said it already. I highly doubt you'd ask him that question though if given the chance, lolz
Originally posted by captain_planet:
Uhh. Don't franchise wide receivers usually identify themselves by catching lots of passes and gaining lots of yards and scoring lots of touchdowns?


What I am saying is to identify that top talent / potential franchise WR then go after him in the draft much like how the Falcons went after Julio Jones and the Lions going after Megatron. Whether their performance translate in the NFL is any matter, but there was no doubt both the Falcons and Lions had franchise WR in mind.