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Wide Receivers Drafted from 2005 to 2009
David Dorey
June 22, 2009
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First Round - For some reason, wideours only exist in odd-numbered years. 2006 and 2008 combined for only one. 2007 and 2009 totaled 12. Surprising too is that Robert Meacham and Craig Davis have both undelivered in a bust way most recently. There is no magic about the first round for wideouts other than it means they get a chance to play. Not all have really taken advantage of it. And the first year for them have all been below fantasy relevance with minor expceptions.

Second Round – This round has historically not produced many starters but a few like Vincent Jackson and Greg Jennings have developed into top receivers. Eddie Royal and DeSean Jackson had impressive rookie years though there were no first rounders last year so they were sort of "first round equivalents". This is mostly a level where players have to develop a year or two to matter and most end up marginal players if that.

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 and Bernard Berrian has come on well but this is the round of players who take time to develop - if they ever do. The last four years have been nearly wastelands of talent.

Fourth Round – 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. The very much lone exception. And we cannot be sure yet if that was just Jay Cutler's doing.

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 though if they even make the team but there have been some big surprises from the final round every couple of years. Chansi Stuckey and Chaz Schilens may get to start this year. For some reason, the seventh round has served up much more than the fourth through seventh rounds have lately.

2009 -  Like every year, there are at least a few rookie wideouts that are spawning optimism that almost always proves unfounded. The Raiders made Darius Heyward-Bey the first receiver taken but few outside of Big Al think the rookie holds a lot of promise for this year. Michael Crabtree was the concensus top dog but the 49ers pass attack appears unlikely to create any stars this year, let alone for a rookie. Jeremy Maclin (PHI) and Percy Harvin (MIN) are creating excitement already and are the most likely to shine this year. This appears to be a far better crop than 2008 but that doesn't mean any of them will end up as fantasy starters.

Rnd 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
1 Braylon Edwards Santonio Holmes Calvin Johnson   Darius Heyward-Bey
Troy Williamson   Ted Ginn Jr.   Michael Crabtree
Mike Williams   Dwayne Bowe   Jeremy Maclin
Matt Jones   Robert Meacham   Percy Harvin
Mark Clayton   Craig Davis   Hakeem Nicks
Roddy White   Anthony Gonzalez   Kenny Britt
2 Reggie Brown Chad Jackson Sidney Rice Donnie Avery Brian Robiskie
Mark Bradley Sinorice Moss Dwayne Jarrett Devin Thomas Mohamed Massaquoi
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 Courtney Roby Travis Wilson Jacoby Jones Earl Bennett Derrick Williams
Chris Henry Derek Hagan Yamon Figurs Early Doucet Brandon Tate
Brandon Jones Brandon Williams Laurent Robinson Harry Douglas Mike Wallace
  Maurice Stovall Jason Hill Mario Manningham Ramses Barden
  Willie Ried James Jones Andre Caldwell Patrick Turner
    Mike Walker   Deon Butler
    Paul Williams   Juaquin Iglesias
    Johnnie Lee Higgins    
4 Jerome Mathis Michael. Robinson Ryne Robinson Will Franklin Mike Thomas
C. Thorpe Brad Smith Chris Davis Marcus Smith Brian Hartline
Chase Lyman Cory Ridgers   Arman Shields Louis Murphy
Fred Gibson Avant Johnson   Lavelle Hawkins Austin Collie
Royd. Williams Dem. Williams   Keenan Burton  
  Will Blackmon      
  Brandon Marshall      
  Skyler Green      
5 Airese Currie Marq. Hagans Steve Breaston Kenneth Moore Johnny Knox
Larry Brackins Jeremy Bloom Aundrae Allison Matt Slater Kenny McKinley
Rash. Marshall   David Clowney   Jarett Dillard
    Roy Hall   Brandon Hughes
    Legedu Naanee   Brooks Foster
6 Chad Owens Mike Hass Joel Filani Marcus Henry Quinten Lawrence
Tab Perry Jonathan Orr Courtney Taylor Josh Morgan Brandon Gibson

D. Ridgeway

Delanie Walker Jordan Kent Kevin Robinson Dominique Edison
Craig Bragg Adam Jennings   Paul Hubbard  
  Jeff Webb   Jaymar Johnson  
      Pierre Garcon  
7 Marcus Maxwell Ethan Kilmer Dallas Baker Justin Harper Demetrius Byrd
Paris Warren Todd Watkins John Broussard Brett Swain Manuel Johnson
LeRon McCoy Bennie Brazell Chandler Williams Steve Johnson Julian Edelman
Harry Williams D. Aromashodu Syndric Steptoe Chaz Schilens Sammie Stroughter
J.R. Russell Ben Obomanu Chansi Stuckey Adrian Arrington Jake O'Connell
  David Anderson Derek Stanley Mario Urrutia Marko Mitchell
  Marques Colston Johnathan Holland Marcus Monk Courtney Greene
  Kevin McMahon     Derek Kinder
        Freddie Brown
2009 Starter       Tiquan Underwood

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