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A Nagging Question: What is a #1 Wide Receiver?

The debate rages on about who we should pick in the first round and while I have sworn away from debating whether or not the Rams get Blackmon with their 6th pick in the draft, I feel the need to correct some people on this, how do you say, misinterpretation of what a #1 Wide Receiver is. Also I believe it is important to also point out what makes a #1, is it his over all ability, or is it an outside factor that he can not control.

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When most people think about a #1 Wide Receiver 3 Wide Receivers pop into their heads and these 3 guys are Larry Fitzgarald of the Cardinals, Calvin "Megatron" Johnson of the Lions and Andre Johnson of the Houston Texans. These guys are indeed number ones but these types of players are a one in a generation types of talent. Not every #1 in the league are like these guys. If you say I'm wrong look at Brandon Lloyd, Roddy White, and Wes Welker. All three of these guys are #1s for their respective teams but they aren't as athletic nor have the kind of measurable of the first three that I mentioned. Also look at Torry Holt, was he worth the 6th pick in the draft? Because according to most on here since he wasn't the athletic specimen that those first tier of Wide Receivers are, he wasn't be worth it. So what is a true definition of a #1 receiver, a number one is a receiver who opens up the field for the less receivers on the field by getting special attention from the defense. He's a decoy but also a player that can take on the double coverage and still get his numbers.

Now we have to consider what makes a number one. Sure there are a few elite NFL receivers that can step into any offense and produce off the top but that's not every one of them. I believe what makes a number 1 so great at the end of the day is the system that he is in. Although we would like to think they make it happen on their own, most receivers like Running Backs and Quarter Backs have to be put in the right system to maximize their potential. If they are not put into the right system, they become busts because they don't have to necessary elements to succeed. I believe the perfect example of this is Brandon Lloyd himself. He proved this past season and off season that although he is a talented Wide Receiver, he is majorly a product of the McDaniels offense that allows him to show off his ability. This also goes for Wes Welker, before New England he was an average Wide Receiver at best but in New Englands offense he became a household name and a star in the league (does that offense not make Wide Receivers look good?). Don't get me wrong both of the players mentioned are talented in their own right but I think the main thing to think about is that neither of these players are physical specimens that Fitz is nor Calvin or Andre. #1s come in all shapes in sizes is my main point and if you put them in the right situation, they can succeed.

There has been some buzz about getting Wallace from Pittsburgh but I think there's many reasons like his and the Steelers asking prices but lets stick to the football side of it. I'm sorry to break it to all the people that are fans of the long ball but that just doesn't fit the philosophy that is being brought in by this coaching staff. Although, Shotty is the type of coach that likes to they seem like they want to just ease Sam into this offense in his first season, unlike McDaniels. Also, I don't care if we did get Kalil in this years draft or another LT, that still won't change anything and if you think this line will automatically be great just because we get a LT this offense is saved, you are delusional. Bottom line, this offense will be built for running the ball, getting the ball out of Sam's hands as quick as possible and building back up his confidence. This is not the shinny and "pretty" way of playing football but it's the way it has to be done.

To make myself clear this is not an avocation for drafting Blackmon again because I've already made that case many times on here. This is just me trying to enlighten all of the people who think just because there's not a Fitz, Calvin, or Andre in this draft class we shouldn't pick a Wide Receiver in the first round. If the front offense feels that even Floyd can contribute to this offense and he fits, then they should pick him. So, to keep it short, don't get caught up in the height and measurable of a particular Wide Receiver, look more at the system that your team is playing and pick the better players for that Offense. I think where teams get caught up is when they try and go for the big name players, not acknowledging and taking into consideration how that player will play a role in their offense.

What do you think about the role of a number 1 and do you agree with my position on the subject or do you differ and why?

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