The 2019 NFL draft is coming and in preparation for it, I’m breaking down past wide receiver draft classes looking for patterns in their production, starting with the 2012 class and finishing in 2017. We’ll then take what we’ve seen and compare it to the 2019 class. That will give us a six-year sample of what each wide receiver’s production looked like even before the Combine, and a good idea of how they did in the NFL. I’ll then breakdown the 2019 class.
Essentially what I’m trying to do is write out what a mathematical model – bit by bit. Because frankly, we prefer players to numbers.
This is the final section of our initial period back when young wide receivers were good and all was right with the world.
The first two parts broke down the 2012 and 2013 class and offered some initial comparisons between the best and worst prospects.
In this final part, I want to take a look at the production numbers we had for 2014 prospects before the Combine, before breaking down what we have found through all three together.
2014: The Mother Load
To date, just the first three rounds of the 2014 wide receiver draft class have accounted for five top-five seasons and 24 of the last 120 top-24 seasons. It has already outpaced 2012 and 2013, combined. 2014 was something different.
So, consider who broke out in 2012 and 2013, and what we knew about them before the Combine. Who looked good in 2014?
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