Bigger is not always better. A lot of big bodied receivers are very stiff and can't run good enough routes to work in our offense. There are the rare big bodied guys like Jordy Nelson, Andre Johnson or Brandon Marshall who have the body control and change of direction to run the entire route tree exceptionally well. There are a couple of guys in this draft with that type of ability. I was impressed with Mike Evans at the combine, he certainly displayed better body control than I expected but he's kind of green with route running due to playing with a QB who like to improvise and just throw the ball up in his general direction. Without Evans, Manziel's numbers would have looked much worse IMO. Allen Robinson is another guy who I think helps his QB out a lot and no one seems to be talking much about him.
Last edited by datruth55; 05-01-2014 at 02:03 PM.
Nick1, thank you for posting this.
I was screaming this sentiment last year when everyone was jizzing their pants about Tavon Austin and wanting us to trade into the top 10 to get him.
As you have illustrated, there are a few sub 6 foot receivers who have success but virtually none were 1st round picks.
It's safe to say that a large catching radius with jump ball skills trumps speed in today's NFL passing game.
Mike Wallace's numbers would have been insane if he would just go up and fight for the damn ball.