It has taken longer than normal, but the fourth and final part of this series has finally arrived! The good news is that with the NFL season kicking off, the shift for most owners switches from potential to production. This makes it the perfect time to swoop in and make some offers for rookies who don’t start hot right out of the gate. The question is who to buy and who to lean away from.
Over the course of this series, I’ve outlined the upside or ceiling for the entire class (so long as I had the necessary data). In this final part, I’ll talk about my personal top-seven receivers - their strengths, weaknesses, and what I expect in both the short and long term out of them.
If you missed any of the previous three parts, especially part one, go take a look. (Here are the links for part two and part three.) They will help you understand the metric and what the score means. The order is based on their score in the metric, with my own ranking as well as DLF’s current ranking listed as well. On with the show!
Parris Campbell, WR IND: 6.897 (7.313)
My ranking: second, but very close to first and third.
DLF Ranking: fifth
This section of the article has been re-written about four times now. Unfortunately for Campbell and his owners, his situation keeps changing. Between his injuries, Andrew Luck’s injuries, and now the retirement of Luck, things have been far from consistent for the young receiver. Nonetheless, I still think Campbell has a very bright future in the NFL with the skill set to be a future number one target for an offense.
While Campbell might be slightly undersized at his six foot height and 205 pounds, he has every other physical trait you look for in an alpha receiver. He has great explosiveness, acceleration and speed to help him get open and stay open. He has a strong upper body to help him fend off press coverages and a solid pair of hands to go with it. Once he has some time with NFL coaches and an NFL training program, I only except all of this to get even better! If he perfects his route running, I think he has the skills to be a fantasy WR1, assuming the Colts can find another starter to take over the team at the quarterback position.
Speaking of quarterbacks, you can’t talk about Campbell without addressing the situation.