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Wide Receivers Drafted from 2003 to 2008
David Dorey
July 11, 2008
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First Round - WHAT?!?! First time in 18 years. Way to send a message to the most egotistical of all positions.

Second Round – This round has historically not produced many starters and almost none with fantasy relevance. Greg Jennings in the lone exception over the last five years but he loses Brett Farve this year. Making this year even more wierd, there was a huge run on wideouts and a historically high number of wideouts (ten) were drafted in this round. They did not so much exclude first round wide receivers this year, they just shoved them all into the second round. Evaluating this year's class has to consider that Thomas, Hardy and Nelson could have all been first rounders in other years.

Third Round – This round has produced some nice players but rarely more than one per year if that. Anquan Boldin had a great rookie year but Reggie Brown took a couple of years to catch on. Bernard Berrian has come on well but this is the round of players who take time to develop - if they ever do.

Fourth Round – Not a lot of value has come from this round in the last five years though Cotchery and Ernest Willford have produced marginal fantasy value. Usually this round (and deeper) serves up guys who become serviceable #2 wideouts for teams - if even that. Brandon Marshall is the lone exception here.

Rounds Five to Seven – Oddly enough, the fifth and sixth rounds have done nothing to produce starters and yet Donald Driver, T.J. Houshmandzadeh and of course Marques Colston came from the seventh round to becoming starters. The majority of these players do nothing if they even make the team but there have been some big surprises from the final round every couple of years.

2008 -   What to think when no NFL teams wanted a wideout in the first round of the draft this year. But the floodgates opened in the second round and drained ten players out. Avery is a curious first wideout drafted and goes to a bad situation in STL who will not need him this year. James Hardy has the most promising opportunity of any rookie wide receiver thanks to a dearth of decent players in Buffalo . Jordy Nelson has promise in Green Bay but Favre retired and Driver hasn't. The prospect this year are not good outside of Hardy but down the road, any of these second rounders have some promise obviously and Thomas, Nelson and Sweed most likely have #1 wideout talent.

Rnd 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
1 Larry Fitzgerald Braylon Edwards Santonio Holmes Calvin Johnson  
Roy Williams Troy Williamson   Ted Gin Jr.  
Reggie Williams Mike Williams   Dwayne Bowe  
Lee Evans Matt Jones   Robert Meacham  
Michael Clayton Mark Clayton   Craig Davis  
Michael Jenkins Roddy White   Anthony Gonzalez  
Rashaun Woods        

Dev. Henderson

Reggie Brown Chad Jackson Sidney Rice Donnie Avery
Darius Watts Mark Bradley Sinorice Moss Dwayne Jarrett Devin Thomas
Keary Colbert Roscoe Parrish Greg Jennings Steve Smith Jordy Nelson
  Terren. Murphy Devin Hester   James Hardy
  Vincent Jackson     Eddie Royal
        Jerome Simpson
        DeSean Jackson
        Malcolm Kelly
        Limas Sweed
        Dexter Jackson
3 Derrick Hamilton Courtney Roby Travis Wilson Jacoby Jones Earl Bennett
Bernard Berrian Chris Henry Derek Hagan Yamon Figurs Early Doucet
Devard Darling Brandon Jones Brandon Williams Laurent Robinson Harry Douglas
    Maurice Stovall Jason Hill Mario Manningham
    Willie Ried James Jones Andre Caldwell
      Mike Walker  
      Paul Williams  
      Johnnie Lee Higgins  
4 Carlos Francis Jerome Mathis Michael. Robinson Ryne Robinson Will Franklin
Samie Parker C. Thorpe Brad Smith Chris Davis Marcus Smith
Jer. Cotchery Chase Lyman Cory Ridgers   Arman Shields
Ernest Wilford Fred Gibson Avant Johnson   Lavelle Hawkins
  Royd. Williams Dem. Williams   Keenan Burton
    Will Blackmon    
    Brandon Marshall    
    Skyler Green    
5 Johnnie Morant Airese Currie Marq. Hagans Steve Breaston Kenneth Moore
Maurice Mann Larry Brackins Jeremy Bloom Aundrae Allison Matt Slater
D.J. Hackett Rash. Marshall   David Clowney  
Drew Carter     Roy Hall  
P.K. Sam     Legedu Naanee  
6 Jamaar Taylor Chad Owens Mike Hass Joel Filani Marcus Henry
Ryan Krause Tab Perry Jonathan Orr Courtney Taylor Josh Morgan
Triandos Luke

D. Ridgeway

Delanie Walker Jordan Kent Kevin Robinson
Jeris McIntyre Craig Bragg Adam Jennings   Paul Hubbard
Clarence Moore   Jeff Webb   Jaymar Johnson
        Pierre Garcon
7 Mark Jones Marcus Maxwell Ethan Kilmer Dallas Baker Justin Harper
Sloan Thomas Paris Warren Todd Watkins John Broussard Brett Swain
Patrick Crayton LeRon McCoy Bennie Brazell Chandler Williams Steve Johnson
  Harry Williams D. Aromashodu Syndric Steptoe Chaz Schilens
  J.R. Russell Ben Obomanu Chansi Stuckey Adrian Arrington
    David Anderson Derek Stanley Mario Urrutia
    Marques Colston Johnathan Holland Marcus Monk
    Kevin McMahon    

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