I got with buckeyefan55 last week before the Redskins game with the intent to post this last week. Might have been more useful as the general momentum of team needs has shifted heavily toward CB with Bradley Fletcher missing the rest of the season due to an injury to the same knee that cost him much of his rookie 2009 season.
Nevertheless, it's a strong draft class at wideout. There are #1 types, slot options, speed guys/playmakers and red zone threats aplenty. System fit is going to be key for the first three round with so much talent available.
That being said, our combo WR Big Board as of today for all draft-eligible prospects is after the jump.For reference, here's the Mocking the Draft WR rankings with detailed notes on 8 prospects.
|Rank||Name||School||MTD rank||Name||School||MTD rank|
|1||Alshon Jeffery||South Carolina||1||Alshon Jeffery||South Carolina||1|
|2||Justin Blackmon||Oklahoma St.||2||Justin Blackmon||Oklahoma St.||2|
|3||Michael Floyd||Notre Dame||3||Dwight Jones||North Carolina||7|
|4||Juron Criner||Arizona||11||Michael Floyd||Notre Dame||3|
|5||Ryan Broyles||Oklahoma||5||Ryan Broyles||Oklahoma||5|
|6||Dwight Jones||North Carolina||7||Jeff Fuller||Texas A&M||4|
|7||Mohamed Sanu||Rutgers||6||Mohamed Sanu||Rutgers||6|
|8||Jeff Fuller||Texas A&M||4||Kendall Wright||Baylor||8|
|9||Rueben Randle||LSU||17||Nick Toon||Wisconsin||14|
|10||Greg Childs||Arkansas||9||Eric Page||Toledo||10|
Some interesting discrepancies between our two boards.
First, buck's obviously giving the standard flanker types the nod, with Criner, Randle and Childs all on his board while not on mine. On the other hand, I've got slot/smoker types like Kendall Wright and Eric Page.
Big Boards are a bit of a fruitless endeavor since teams generally look for a specific type of WR to fill. If you need a speedier guy to work underneath a la Danny Amendola, you're not going to take Dwight Jones to fill that spot. On the other hand, if you're willing to spend a pick on a WR who, with time and tutelage, could turn into a productive wideout, Broyles just doesn't fit the bill IMO. It's just a different valuation, and one that probably reflects the Rams' needs more than anything.
So have at it. As for the weekend plan, we'll have college football threads up tonight for the two games and one up tomorrow for Boise-Fresno, a battle of the "State" schools that aren't actually states. And of course, we'll have stuff throughout Saturday with some huge games: Texas-OU, Florida-LSU, and Auburn-Arkansas all feature ranked teams going up against one another. There's plenty more to whet the appetite.
For now, though, it's all WRs. What's your reaction to the boards? Did we leave anyone out? What do you value more for the Rams - a #1 type with potential or a proven wideout with obvious limitations?
What kind of WR will help the Rams most?
Any kind - there's room to improve across the board (80 votes)
Slot - Amendola's no lock to return from his injuries, Salas has been unimpressive, and Bradford needs a reliable short option (3 votes)
Possession - Someone who can run 5-15 yard routes and hold on to the ball (and be a factor in the red zone) would do more for this offense than anything else (117 votes)
Speed - You can't teach it. Without a speed threat, defenses can tighten their pass defense against us. A true burner opens the middle of the field up. (194 votes)
394 total votes