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Wide Receivers Drafted from 1999-2004
David M. Dorey
2004
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Rnd 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
1 Torry Holt Peter Warrick David Terrell Donte Stallworth Charles Rogers Larry Fitzgerald
  David Boston Plaxico Burress Koren Robinson Ashley Lelie Andre Johnson Roy Williams
  Troy Edwards Travis Taylor Rod Gardner Javon Walker Bryant Johnson Reggie Williams
    Sylvester Morris Santana Moss     Lee Evans
    R. Jay Soward Freddie Mitchell     Michael Clayton
      Reggie Wayne     Michael Jenkins
            Rashaun Woods
2 Kevin Johnson Dennis Northcutt Quincy Morgan Jabar Gaffney Taylor Jacobs Devery Henderson
  Peerless Price Todd Pinkston Chad Johnson Josh Reed Bethel Johnson Darius Watts
    Jerry Porter Robert Ferguson Tim Carter Anquan Boldin Keary Colbert
      Chris Chambers Andre Davis Tyrone Calico  
        Reche Caldwell Teyo Johnson  
        A. Randle El    
        Antonio Bryant    
        Deion Branch    
3 D'Wayne Bates Ron Dugans Steve Smith Marquise Walker K. Washington Derrick Hamilton
  Marty Booker Dez White Marvin Minnis Cliff Russell Nate Burleson Bernard Berrian
  Karsten Bailey Chris Cole     Kevin Curtis Devard Darling
  Travis McGriff Ron Dixon     W.  McMullen Jr.  
    Lave. Coles        
    JaJuan Dawson        
    Darrell Jackson        
4 Craig Yeast Gari Scott Milton Wynn Ron Johnson Shaun McDonald Carlos Francis
  Dame. Douglas Danny Farmer Justin McCareins   Brandon Lloyd Samie Parker
  Brandon Stokley Trevor Gaylor Cedric James   Sam Aiken Jerricho Cotchery
  Larry Parker Anthony Lucas       Ernest Wilford
  Wane McGarity Avion Black        
  Na Brown          
5 Darrin Chiaverini Windrell Hayes Vinny Sutherland Terry Charles Bobby Wade Johnnie Morant
  Eugene Baker Joey Jamison Alex Bannister Herb Haygood Justin Gage Maurice Mann
  Malcolm Johnson Muneer Moore Scotty Anderson Jason McAddley Adrian Madise D.J. Hackett
    Troy Walters Onome Ojo Jake Schifino Jon Olinger Drew Carter
      Eddie Berlin Freddie Milons Doug Gabriel P.K. Sam
      Jon Carter Sam Simmons J.R. Tolver  
6 Tai Streets Mareno Philyaw Bobby Newcombe Kahlil Hill David Kircus Jamaar Taylor
  Darran Hall James Williams Cedrick Wilson Lamont Brightful Zuriel Smith Ryan Krause
  Martay Jenkins Emanuel Smith Kevin Kasper Lee Mays Latarence Dunbar Triandos Luke
  Dee Miller Sherrod Gideon Francis St. Paul Jamin Elliott Arnaz Battle Jeris McIntyre
  Troy Smith   David Martin Javin Hunter Jon Olinger Clarence Moore
  Chad Plummer     Deveren Johnson Willie Ponder  
          Kareem Kelly  
          David Tyree  
7 Donald Driver D. Kitchings Houshmandzadeh Michael Coleman Keenan Howry Mark Jones
  Tim Alexander Drew Haddad John Capel Kendall Newson Taco Wallace Sloan Thomas
  Billy Miller Charles Lee Reggie Germany Darrell Hill Walter Young Patrick Crayton
  Sulecio Sanford Leroy Fields Chris Taylor Daryl Jones Talman Gardner  
  Dar. McDonald Ethan Howell Ken-Yon Rambo Rodney Wright Dave Yovanovits  
  Sean Morey   Rich Flowers David Givens Deandrew Rubin  
  Ron Menendez   Andre King Aaron Lockett Kevin Walter  
          Carl Ford  
          Travis Anglin  
  Starter       Ryan Hoag  

First Round - Just like in fantasy drafts, the NFL draft has seem some solid if not spectacular receivers taken in the first round. It has also seen some incredible busts come along – Sylvester Morris, R.J. Soward and David Terrell. Since this is a position that typically takes time to develop, looking at past drafts has to consider the two to three years that are expected for a receiver to come into his own. Other than Terrell, most of the disappointments have been the receivers taken late in the round.

Second Round - The nine receivers taken in this round during 1999-2001 have all become starters for their teams and all have been fantasy gems at least for a period of time. The 2002 class enters their magic third season but not one of them have had a breakout season as of yet. Andre Davis, Antwaan Randle El, Antonio Bryant and Deion Branch have flashed enough to keep them on fantasy radars but the others have either failed in their shot or never were given one.

Third Round - Four good receivers have emerged from this draft slot, but the 2002/2003 classes have not yet proven they have anyone capable of breaking out. Both Coles and Jackson had fine rookie campaigns but most receivers taken at this level were not intended to be more than developmental players. Most do not develop.

Fourth Round - So far this is the Justin McCareins round, since he is alone if showing promise from this group. Even then, he is nothing more than a #2 receiver with his new team of the Jets and his value is more potential than in proven performance. Other players from this round have done little more than having one good game if that much.

Rounds Five to Seven - This is the Donald Driver area. He alone of  the 90 receivers taken since 1999 has proven to be #1 wide-out quality and he was unable to hang on to that last season. At the rate of 1:90, this is hardly the place to hunt for a receiver for the betting man. Even less so for your fantasy team.

2004 - This season is considered a wideout-rich draft by all accounts and better than any in the past five seasons. Oddly, the first two receivers – Larry Fitzgerald (ARZ) and Roy Williams (DET) go to teams that already have a #1 receiver. Both will be considered immediate starters but will not have the pressure of players like Charles Rogers or Andre Johnson from last season.

Lee Evans is a fascinating pick by the Bills since he is a clone of Peerless Price, something that Josh Reed was not last season. He’ll get an immediate chance at running deep routes and forcing the safeties to choose between him and Eric Moulds. Michael Clayton went to the Buccaneers and he is also a clone – of Keyshawn Johnson in this case. With McCardell getting old and Jurevicius having health problems, he’ll get plenty of opportunities this season.

Michael Jenkins continues the trend – he comes in as a clone of Brian Finneran in size but adds more speed and overall talent to the Falcon’s mix. He’s expected to step into a starting role soon and pair with Price for a powerful duo. Jenkins will be the possession guy while Price can return to his true talent of going deep.

The first round ended with Rashaun Woods and he will ironically have perhaps more opportunity than the five receivers selected in front of him. There is no other veteran receiver on the 49ers roster (unless you count Curtis Conway and you really shouldn’t). He’ll be in a situation primed for someone – anyone! – to step up and make a difference in the passing game.

Devery Henderson went to the Saints where he will still contend with Joe Horn and Donte Stallworth. With Horn already 32 years old, Henderson is a longer-term prospect. Keary Colbert was taken by the Panthers in a similar vein where Muhsin Muhammad is already 31 years old. Lastly, Darrius Watts went to the Broncos where a sudden receiver vacuum occurred with the loss of Shannon Sharpe, Ed McCaffrey and the reality that Rod Smith is already 34 years of age. He’ll get a shot at playing time this season and undoubtedly more in 2005.