NFL : NFC West Position Rankings - Wide Receivers

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Ranking the NFC West Wide Receivers

I’m helping Doug out by doing this piece on the Wide receivers ranking in the NFC West. Stats come from NFL.com and if a player has no rank, that means he didn’t make the top 200, as listed from 2012 regular season statistics for all NFL wide receivers.

I’m going to go alphabetically because that’s just the way I think.

ARIZONA:

As of today Arizona has 13 wide receivers on the roster.

Name

NFL Rank

Pos

Age

Experience

College

Brown, Jaron

Rookie

WR

23

R

Clemson

Buckner, Dan

Rookie

WR

22

R

Arizona

Byrd, LaRon

181

WR

23

2

Miami

Dillard, Jarett

WR

27

4

Rice

Fitzgerald, Larry

21

WR

29

10

Pittsburgh

Floyd, Michael

55

WR

23

2

Notre Dame

Gill, Robert

WR

29

1

Texas State

Lawson, Javon

Rookie

WR

23

R

Louisiana Lafayette

Rios, Michael

Rookie

WR

22

R

Marist

Roberts, Andre

WR

25

4

The Citadel

Shaw, Tyler

Rookie

WR

23

R

NW Missouri State

Swope, Ryan

Rookie

WR

22

R

Texas A&M

Taylor, Kerry

WR

24

1

Arizona State


As you can see they have 6 rookies and 7 veterans in place. Fitz, Byrd, and Floyd are the only guys currently ranked in the NFL’s top 200 receivers. It’s an easy guess to say those three guys will be the starters for AZ unless some of those rookies show a huge amount of ability prior to the season getting underway.

SAN FRANCISCO:

The 49ers currently have 11 on their roster as follows.

Name

Rank

Pos

Age

Experience

College

Boldin, Anquan

25

WR

32

11

Florida State

Crabtree, Michael

11

WR

25

5

Texas Tech

Hall, Chad

WR

26

4

Air Force

Hastings, Joe

WR

26

2

Washburn

Jacobs, Chuck

Rookie

WR

23

R

Utah State

Jenkins, A.J.

193

WR

23

2

Illinois

Lockette, Ricardo

WR

26

1

Fort Valley St.

Manningham, Mario

63

WR

26

6

Michigan

Moore, Marlon

WR

25

4

Fresno St.

Patton, Quinton

Rookie

WR

22

R

Louisiana Tech

Williams, Kyle

117

WR

24

4

Arizona St.


They have 5 receivers ranked in the top 200, Boldin and Crabtree both in the top 25. The receiving core for the 49ers looks to be pretty fearsome when you consider the amount of ability and experience from just Boldin, Crabtree, and Manningham.

Next up, the Dirty Dozen from Seattle.

Seattle:

Name

Rank

Pos

Age

Expieriance

College

Austin, Matt

Rookie

WR

24

R

Utah State

Baldwin, Doug

82

WR

24

3

Stanford

Bates, Phil

WR

23

2

Ohio

Harper, Chris

Rookie

WR

23

R

Kansas State

Harvin, Percy

WR

24

5

Florida

Kearse, Jermaine

167

WR

23

2

Washington

Martin, Charly

159

WR

29

5

West Texas A&M

Rice, Sidney

WR

26

7

South Carolina

Swain, Brett

WR

27

4

San Diego State

Tate, Golden

55

WR

24

4

Notre Dame

Walters, Bryan

WR

25

4

Cornell

Williams, Stephen

WR

26

3

Toledo


Seattles veteran’s don’t rate that well as far as the top 200 during 2012 regular season. Tate being the best at number 55, and Baldwin close at number 82. With only two rookies on the new roster I’d be surprised if one of them turns out to be special.

Name

Rank

Pos

Age

Experience

College

Akins, C.J.

Rookie

WR

22

R

Angelo State

Austin, Tavon

Rookie

WR

22

R

West Virginia

Bailey, Stedman

Rookie

WR

22

R

West Virginia

Blake, Emory

Rookie

WR

21

R

Auburn

Givens, Chris

63

WR

23

1

Wake Forest

Johnson, Nick

Rookie

WR

23

R

Henderson State

Pettis, Austin

79

WR

25

2

Boise State

Quick, Brian

124

WR

23

1

Appalachian State

Radway, Raymond

WR

25

2

Abilene Christian


Now the Rams have an interesting group with 5 rookies and no receiver having over two years of experience. Even so Givens comes in at number 63, Austin at 79, and Quick at 124. Not bad considering how young they are. Now you through Austin and Bailey in the mix and we might have something special going on. I foresee a lot of players rotating through a game. It would just be plain stupid not to game plan with what is available to choose from.

Rating the NFC west is solely based on last year’s receiving stats and my own opinion.

1. St Louis: Because we are going to be tossing the pig way more than SF or SEA. They are going to be using their read option QB’s so the passing stats have to come down.

2. Arizona: Palmer likes to toss a pig once in a while and he’s not read option so expect a passing attack from the Cardinals.

3. 49ers: They get my vote just because of Boldin. Kapernick will get him deep once in a while.

4. Seahawks: I think they will self-destruct this year, and they don’t have the best group of WR’s and another option QB attack from Wilson.


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