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2014 Draft: Wide Receiver Analysis (Part 1)

Over the last ten years, Rams fans have not seen much production from our receiving core. Yes, there have been instances where it seemed that a receiver like Danario Alexander or Danny Amendola would break out and become that elite receiver who would take us to the playoffs. But, alas, this has not been the case. We haven't seen a sellout, deep threat, break your ankles, diving catches type of receiver since the days of Isaac Bruce and Torry Holt. This upcoming draft is exceptionally deep, housing a large amount of wide outs who show glimpses of potential so for this segment, I'm going to be analyzing them to see what their strengths and weaknesses are as well as to see who would fit well in STL.

Sammy Watkins: I'm sure by now everyone is sick of hearing about this guy but all the hype and talk is for a good reason. Standing at 6'1 and running a 4.4 40, Watkins can be explosive in his cuts and routes as well as able to win jump balls with his height. His ability to get himself away from coverage makes him a valuable deep threat and his work ethic is fantastic, always pushing himself to be better. His only problems are his height when matching up against big corners like Richard Sherman, his hands are not perfect, but I'm sure that will be worked on and improved, and his character as he has had problems with drug charges before.

Mike Evans: Another hot topic being discussed for pick 13, Evans is a massive dude, standing in at 6'5 and weighing 225 lbs. He is a former basketball player who runs a 4.5 40 and he uses those basketball skills to "box out" his opponent. Sometimes he gets a little to handsy though, and this could cause penalties in the NFL. His acceleration is mediocre, but once he gets going he is extremely hard to bring down. Extremely productive on winning 50/50 balls, this guy can prove to be a threat in the Red Zone as well, giving Bradford a big target he can rely on.

I'll be posting another analysis as soon as I can with the res of the receivers, but in the meantime, tell me what you think of these two gems and whether or not you think they'd be fit for the Rams.

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