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2016 WR-b Prospect Grades (FINAL)

Date:
April 24, 2016

 -- This is a very sad collection of physically bigger wide receiver prospects. It really is. It should push Josh Doctson’s intrinsic draft value even higher. It’s very likely that outside of Doctson -- the rest of this group will be average or flame out/busts.

 -- I love Robby Anderson, but we recognize he has scouting/next level translation red flags. He’s very thin-framed. He’s also a fantastic wide receiver.

 -- I don’t get the love for Laquon Treadwell or Michael Thomas at all. They are NFL-worthy prospects, but in no way are first-rounders…or NFL high-impact guys.

 -- Keyarris Garrett has the body, but he’s a stiff in various ways.

 -- Paul McRoberts is a sleeper to watch among the lowly graded.

 -- I could see Cody Core being better than our grades.

 

The prospect we’re probably wrong about: Mitch Mathews, BYU

He may be more quality for the NFL than we are giving him credit for. His speed-agility for his size, and his catching ability and radius – he might be a shocking NFL success, quickly.

 

The prospect graded under 6.0 who could become a star in the NFL: Tyler Boyd, Pitt

He has unbelievable hands, and looks terrific on tape at times…but his size and athleticism/measurables are troubling. He might be in that Jaelen Strong vibe of prospect…nice college size/athlete, but not so hot for the NFL…more mediocre. With boyd, he might can shift into a different role as a possession WR, a sweet #3 WR for a team. 

We graded also graded Boyd as a ‘smaller’ WR prospect, and he scored much better there – he is not a franchise-changing #1 WR prospect. He’s a nice #2/#3 WR in an ensemble.

 

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 -- This is a very sad collection of physically bigger wide receiver prospects. It really is. It should push Josh Doctson’s intrinsic draft value even higher. It’s very likely that outside of Doctson -- the rest of this group will be average or flame out/busts.

 -- I love Robby Anderson, but we recognize he has scouting/next level translation red flags. He’s very thin-framed. He’s also a fantastic wide receiver.

 -- I don’t get the love for Laquon Treadwell or Michael Thomas at all. They are NFL-worthy prospects, but in no way are first-rounders…or NFL high-impact guys.

 -- Keyarris Garrett has the body, but he’s a stiff in various ways.

 -- Paul McRoberts is a sleeper to watch among the lowly graded.

 -- I could see Cody Core being better than our grades.

 

The prospect we’re probably wrong about: Mitch Mathews, BYU

He may be more quality for the NFL than we are giving him credit for. His speed-agility for his size, and his catching ability and radius – he might be a shocking NFL success, quickly.

 

The prospect graded under 6.0 who could become a star in the NFL: Tyler Boyd, Pitt

He has unbelievable hands, and looks terrific on tape at times…but his size and athleticism/measurables are troubling. He might be in that Jaelen Strong vibe of prospect…nice college size/athlete, but not so hot for the NFL…more mediocre. With boyd, he might can shift into a different role as a possession WR, a sweet #3 WR for a team. 

We graded also graded Boyd as a ‘smaller’ WR prospect, and he scored much better there – he is not a franchise-changing #1 WR prospect. He’s a nice #2/#3 WR in an ensemble.

 

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R.C. Fischer is an NFL Draft analyst for College Football Metrics, and a football projections analyst and writer for Fantasy Football Metrics. 

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