NFL Combine: Will 2009’s Season Help Improve Draft Stock of Rookie Receivers?

March 1, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Certain positions are equated with "instant" results.
Running backs, for example, usually have fairly short evolution time frames. Trench guys on either side of the ball may take time to refine, but can frequently step into key roles as rookies.
Other positions are generally thought of as taking some time for development.
Cornerbacks and quarterbacks are the most frequent cases of this, taking two or three years to start really making good on potential.
Traditionally, wide receivers tend to lean closer to the later set of positions.  Unless a need is dire, they are given smaller roles in order to learn the NFL pace of football and to improve their rapport with a team’s quarterback.
In 2009, however, top-flight wide receivers broke onto the scene in major roles right away.  Fifteen rookie wideouts topped the 30-catch mark last season; whereas, only five accomplished that number the year prior.
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