I was scouring for some fantasy football advice when I stumbled upon Eric Karabell's weekly flex rankings where he ranks RBs and WRs and in some instances has a little to say about them. Here's what he had to say about the "gift that keeps on Givens-ing." (I know you read for the content, but you stay for the puns).
So that got me thinking.
Mike Wallace was a third round pick from Mississippi. His combine numbers indicate that he's 6'0'' 199 lbs and ran a 4.33 40-yard dash and a 4.27 20-yard shuttle and had a 40-inch vertical. He accrued over 100 catches and almost 2000 yards and 15 touchdowns over the course of his three seasons in college. He returned 2 kickoffs in his last two seasons in college.
Chris Givens was a fourth round pick from Wake Forest. His combine numbers indicate that he's 6'0'' 198 lbs and ran a 4.41 40-yard dash and a 4.23 20-yard shuttle and had a 33.5-inch vertical. He accrued over 160 catches and almost 2500 yards and 21 touchdowns over the course of his three seasons in college. He returned 2 kickoffs in his last two seasons in college.
The similarities don't stop there.
After his first 6 games, Wallace had 18 receptions for 246 yards (13.67 YPC) for 1 touchdown. However, it was not until the final 10 games that Wallace truly became who he is today. He had 21 additional receptions for 510 yards (24.29 YPC) and finished with 5 more touchdowns.
After his first 6 games, Givens had 7 receptions for 197 yards (28.14 YPC) for 1 touchdown. According to ESPN Stats, Givens is on pace to finish with 19 catches for 525 yards and 3 touchdowns. However, he had his most targets so far this season in the last game (7) and looks to be receiving probably close to that number each game until Danny Amendola comes back and maybe even after he is back. Assuming he averages less targets, perhaps 6, and catches about 3 of them, throughout the remainder of the season, he would finish with an additional 30 catches, therefore bringing him closer to the 39-756-6 that Wallace had in his first season. Using 20 YPC (less than his current) as his baseline across his purposed 30 additional catches and estimating more or less his touchdown output, we're looking at a final stat line of 37-797-6.
That being said, although this is an obvious statement at this point in the season, we might have struck gold in round 4 this year if Givens' progression continues in the way of Mike Wallace, who in his sophomore and junior seasons in the NFL, combined for 18 touchdowns and 2400 yards.
For all clamoring for a number 1 wide receiver, what do you think of Mike Wallace... 2.0?