This whole blackmon debate is very entertaining when it comes to Turf Show Time bloggers. Is he worth the #6 pick? Is he not even worth a 1st round pick? The debate will go on until Justin Blackmon can actually prove his worth to an NFL team. So what does that leave us to do until then? Well I got to thinking how many pro-bowl caliber players were actually drafted high. As it turns out, a google search didn't answer my question well. Now that may just be because I am on my iPhone, but I took it upon myself to find out.
What i ended up researching, thanks to nfl.com stats, is that there were 117 different Wide Receivers to reach 1,000 receiving yards in a single season since 1997. Yes i went back and looked at each year, wrote down the player name, and looked up in what position that player was drafted. Also yes i do have that much time on my hands. No im not going to put the list on this post, because it was all hand written.
What im going to do is list the stats. 117 different players and I did not count multiple seasons. Of that 117, 82 of them were drafted in the top 100 players of their respective year drafted. One person drafted as player 100, Raghid Ismail if you were wondering.
2 players were drafted 1st overall, Irving Fryar and Keyshawn Johnson. The rounds most unlucky were 8 and 12, double checked, i thought that was weird. Most popular round was the 1st, suprised? Round 2 had 23, 3rd round had 14, 4th round had 11, 5th 6th and 7th had 3 each, and 8 receivers went undrafted.
There were 29 players drafted in the top 20, 22 of those players in the top 15. Of those 22, there were 18 players in the top 10. Calvin Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald, A.J. Green, Andre Johnson, Braylon Edwards, Irving Fryar, and Keyshawn Johnson being the only players in the Top 5. Of the 117, no player was drafted by the 5th team drafting. For the extra curious, Tim Brown and Torry Holt were the only players drafted at pick #6.
To add a little more; Wes Welked, Victor Cruz, Nate Washington, Miles Austin, Wayne Chrebet, Mike Furrey, Rod Smith, and Drew Bennett were all undrafted players. As a fun note, the Rams only had two players on the list, I shouldn't have to name them since this is a Rams site right? Here is a hint, the two on the list are the rams all time leading recievers. If you want to know how many different players a certain team had, ask in the comments section below.
To end this, I just want to remind you that I am only talking about players that played since the 1997 season, not players drafted since then. So all players since the 1997 season that has had 1,000 yards in a single season are on the list. The only players on the list that had the same name was Steve Smith, both the panthers Smith and the current Ram Smith. I hope you enjoy these "stats" more than i liked looking everything up( It wasn't all that exciting).
A side note; 165 WR have been drafted since 2006, averaging 32 WR drafted each offseason. Using that average, 480 WR have been drafted since 1997, 15 seasons total.