With an absolute amazing game behind us in Super Bowl 51 (congrats Pats) it is finally time when most people say football is over. Football does not stop, it never stops. Right now young men are working their tails off. College all-star games such as the Senior Bowl and the East West Shrine game helped a few improve their craft, while being able to work out and practice in front of NFL coaches and scouts. Rookie wide receivers have big shoes to fill with Michael Thomas this past year and guys like Mike Evans and Amari Cooper in years past putting up big numbers immediately. Let us look to find the gems and avoid say the Heyward-Beys of the world (sorry Neal for taking a little shot at your Raiders but hey I did mention Amari.) He was fast…takes a little more than that sometimes though.
Corey Davis 6’2” 205 lbs Western Michigan
Coaches on the Western Michigan staff mention Corey Davis as a gym rat, the first one in and last one out kind of guy. Definitely a good quality to have but would carry more weight to me personally if he played for a “bigger” name program. He has a nice size to speed combination and listed as the #1 WR to come off the board in both the real NFL draft and rookie dynasty drafts. Todd McShay of ESPN currently has Davis going fifth overall to the Titans. Unfortunately, we will not be seeing Corey run in the combine coming up due to an ankle injury. Now in doubt to run at his pro day as well but let’s think positively.
Mike Williams 6’3” 205 lbs. Clemson
Does Clemson produce some serious wide receiver talent or what? In recent years the likes of Sammy Watkins, DeAndre Hopkins and Martavis Bryant have run down the hill at Memorial Stadium. I personally like Mike Williams as the first WR off the board in dynasty rookie drafts. Easily could change depending on team situation. The Clemson stud saw his stock rise against Alabama in the National Championship game posting a line of 8 catches for 94 yards and 1 TD. Many of the catches were at critical points in drives for Clemson and catapulted them to victory. This guy will make QBs want to throw him the ball, doesn’t have “RoadRunner speed” but in my opinion the least WR likely to need the right system to be successful.
Cooper Kupp 6’2” 194 lbs Eastern Washington
Comparisons for this guy has to have you thinking HOF from the get go. Seriously, the names are Julian Edleman, Wes Welker, Jordy Nelson and DeAndre Hopkins. If he can be anywhere close to those then why is he considered a mid-round guy…because he’s from a small school? Then what’s the excuse for Corey Davis? Because he is white? You tell me. Comes from NFL blood lines with his grandfather playing for the Saints and although his Dad’s career was short, he did play QB for the Cowboys and Cardinals. I really look forward to the NFL Combine and watching this game compete in all the categories. He could be one of the biggest movers and jump even into the first round if he can run sub 4.50 seconds 40 yard dash.
Isaiah Jones 6’1”202 lbs East Carolina
Goes by Zay. Great hands, should also post high level numbers in the vertical jump and lots of categories in the Combine. All he did during his collegiate career was catch 399 passes, yep you read that correctly. Zay is the FBS all-time career and single season catch leader. The crutch argument of Small school again, but when he played against SEC completion in South Carolina he caught a game record 22 balls in that game. I just want to say that 22 receptions in a game Is nuts. Obviously this guy needs the ball but not sure he can be an NFL number 1 option, great number 2 for a team that loves to throw and Zay will not disappoint. Comparison to Djax is a stretch because I don’t think he has that kind of speed but able to separate from faster DBs and he is not afraid to scale the wall to go get one, more like a smaller NUK-light.
That’s all for now on Wide Receivers until after the NFL Combine which starts the end of this month February 28th, 2017. John Ross out of Washington, JuJu Smith-Schuster from USC and Malachi Dupri from LSU along with others will be discussed in future articles following the Combine and pro days. Who said football was over? Currently all of these young men should be training as much as physically possible. Many will fatten their wallets during those few days in Indy and others could see multi-round drops if they put up poor numbers. Like a wise-ish man once said, LET GREATNESS BE GREAT. Gets me inspired to maybe hit the weights at the gym a little harder…or maybe just hang out in the Clock Dodgers chat room on the FantasyLife App, yeah that sounds good. Ooooh, so close.
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Written by: Jason Soukup – Twitter: FL2drinkminimum or more likely to be found on The Fantasy Life app @2drinkminimum in the Clock Dodgers chat.