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Wide Receivers Drafted from 2000 to 2006
David Dorey
June 21, 2006
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First Round - Just like in fantasy drafts, the NFL draft has seem some solid if not spectacular receivers taken in the first round. It has also seen some incredible busts come along. Since this is a position that typically takes time to develop, looking at past drafts has to consider the two to three years that are expected for a receiver to come into his own. Other than Terrell and Rogers, most of the disappointments have been the receivers taken late in the round. Last season was not considered nearly as good as 2004 for wideouts and yet the top eight receivers all had playing time. But none were particularly fantasy relevant.

Second Round – This round has produced it’s share of starters and in several cases – players that did better than many first rounders.. Chris Chambers and Chad Johnson came out of 2001 but otherwise this round has not produced many fantasy gems for the current season. Taken this deeply in the draft has usually meant the team believes in them but not enough to consider them an instant starter for the last several seasons.

Third Round – This round has produced some very nice players – Steve Smith and Darrell Jackson as leaders. But it has been an almost wasteland the last four seasons and recall that both Smith and Jackson showed up very early with their talent. Consider them much more the exception since teams are no longer searching for immediate impact this deeply.

Fourth Round – While most years offer up one player from this round to become a starter (more likely a #2 wideout), last season had almost zero production from this level with only Roydell Williams showing up thanks to constant injury problems in Tennessee. Too deep for any expectations on the current year.

Rounds Five to Seven – Oddly enough, the fifth and sixth rounds have done nothing to produce starters and yet both Donald Driver and T.J. Houshmandzadeh came from the seventh round to becoming starters. The last four years have produced little more than practice players and wasted draft picks.

2006 -   The batch of rookies this year looks as weak as any in recent memory. The top draftees were actually college juniors who opted to come out because the talent level was so low this year. Santonio Holmes landed in Pittsburgh as the first taken but that was at the end of the first round and he’ll struggle to get as high as a #3 receiver with Hines Ward, Cedrick Wilson and Heath Miller already there. Chad Jackson was an interesting prospect that fell, but his 2006 season in New England will more likely be about learning than producing fantasy numbers. At least he only has Deion Branch as his main competition but the scheme in New England is already diverse and unlikely to produce big numbers for any wideout, let alone a rookie who came out early. Moss in New York will only be a slot receiver while Greg Jennings in Green Bay has to battle a slate of hopefuls in Green Bay. If there was ever a year to avoid a rookie receiver – this is it.

Rnd 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
1 Peter Warrick David Terrell Donte Stallworth Charles Rogers Larry Fitzgerald Brayl. Edwards Santon. Holmes
Plaxico Burress Koren Robinson Ashley Lelie Andre Johnson Roy Williams Troy Williamson  
Travis Taylor Rod Gardner Javon Walker Bryant Johnson Reggie Williams Mike Williams  
Sylvester Morris Santana Moss     Lee Evans Matt Jones  
R. Jay Soward Freddie Mitchell     Michael Clayton Mark Clayton  
  Reggie Wayne     Michael Jenkins Roddy White  
        Rashaun Woods    
2 Den. Northcutt Quincy Morgan Jabar Gaffney Taylor Jacobs

Dev. Henderson

Reggie Brown Chad Jackson
Todd Pinkston Chad Johnson Josh Reed Bethel Johnson Darius Watts Mark Bradley Sinorice Moss
Jerry Porter Robert Ferguson Tim Carter Anquan Boldin Keary Colbert Roscoe Parrish Greg Jennings
  Chris Chambers Andre Davis Tyrone Calico   Terren. Murphy Devin Hester
    Reche Caldwell Teyo Johnson   Vincent Jackson  
    A. Randle El        
    Antonio Bryant        
    Deion Branch        
3 Ron Dugans Steve Smith Marquise Walker K. Washington Derrick Hamilton Courtney Roby Travis Wilson
Dez White Marvin Minnis Cliff Russell Nate Burleson Bernard Berrian Chris Henry Derek Hagan
Chris Cole     Kevin Curtis Devard Darling Brandon Jones Brand. Williams
Ron Dixon     W.  McMullen Jr.     Maurice Stovall
Lave. Coles           Willie Ried
JaJuan Dawson            
Darrell Jackson            
4 Gari Scott Milton Wynn Ron Johnson Sha. McDonald Carlos Francis Jerome Mathis Mich. Robinson
Danny Farmer Just. McCareins   Brandon Lloyd Samie Parker C. Thorpe Brad Smith
Trevor Gaylor Cedric James   Sam Aiken Jer. Cotchery Chase Lyman Cory Ridgers
Anthony Lucas       Ernest Wilford Fred Gibson Avant Johnson
Avion Black         Royd. Williams Dem. Williams
            Will Blackmon
            Brand. Marshall
            Skyler Green
5 Windrell Hayes Vin. Sutherland Terry Charles Bobby Wade Johnnie Morant Airese Currie Marq. Hagans
Joey Jamison Alex Bannister Herb Haygood Justin Gage Maurice Mann Larry Brackins Jeremy Bloom
Muneer Moore Scotty Anderson Jason McAddley Adrian Madise D.J. Hackett Rash. Marshall  
Troy Walters Onome Ojo Jake Schifino Jon Olinger Drew Carter    
  Eddie Berlin Freddie Milons Doug Gabriel P.K. Sam    
  Jon Carter Sam Simmons J.R. Tolver      
6 Mareno Philyaw B. Newcombe Kahlil Hill David Kircus Jamaar Taylor Chad Owens Mike Hass
James Williams Cedrick Wilson Lamont Brightful Zuriel Smith Ryan Krause Tab Perry Jonathan Orr
Emanuel Smith Kevin Kasper Lee Mays

Latar. Dunbar

Triandos Luke

D. Ridgeway

Delanie Walker
Sherrod Gideon Francis St. Paul Jamin Elliott Arnaz Battle Jeris McIntyre Craig Bragg Adam Jennings
  David Martin Javin Hunter Jon Olinger Clarence Moore   Jeff Webb

Dev. Johnson

Willie Ponder      
      Kareem Kelly      
      David Tyree      
7 D. Kitchings TJ Houshmand. Mich. Coleman Keenan Howry Mark Jones Marcus Maxwell Ethan Kilmer
Drew Haddad John Capel Kendall Newson Taco Wallace Sloan Thomas Paris Warren Todd Watkins
Charles Lee Reg. Germany Darrell Hill Walter Young Patrick Crayton LeRon McCoy Bennie Brazell
Leroy Fields Chris Taylor Daryl Jones Talman Gardner   Harry Williams D. Aromashodu
Ethan Howell Ken-Yon Rambo Rodney Wright Dave Yovanovits   J.R. Russell Ben Obomanu
  Rich Flowers David Givens Dean. Rubin     David Anderson
  Andre King Aaron Lockett Kevin Walter     Kevin McMahon
      Carl Ford      
      Travis Anglin      
Starter     Ryan Hoag      

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