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    Instant Wide Receivers Who Won't Cost a First Round Pick

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap300...irstround-pick

    Here's an article by Steve Smith Sr. about good WRs that will not cost a 1st. I provide a section of his assessment:

    Brandon Aiyuk, Arizona State: The way this kid moves around the field is so impressive considering his size (6-foot, 201 pounds). He's an open-field nightmare who makes 60-, 70-, 80-yard catch-and-run plays look quick, and a short run feel like a microwave minute. Aiyuk's breakaway speed is really something to watch.

    Antonio Gandy-Golden, Liberty: With Liberty being a stone's throw away from Charlotte, there are several things that come to mind at the mention of Gandy-Golden. The first being why didn't he play at a big-time school? Don't get me wrong, there's nothing wrong with Liberty. But this university is better known for its No. 1-ranked dining hall than its football program. Well, this young man is putting the Flames on the map. Fourth in receiving yards (1,396) in the FBS last season, he can outrun you, out-muscle you and make any defender wonder: Do I really want to cover this guy all all? Gandy-Golden has the IT factor and I think his stock can really climb at the combine depending on what he does with the ball in his hands.

    K.J. Hamler, Penn State: He's an explosive jitterbug who brings a lot to the table -- chairs AND the meal. I know there will be teams that pass on him because he isn't the right size (5-9, 176 pounds), but they will realize just how foolish that decision was once he gets in the league. Hamler has a ton of upside and will be a troublemaker for NFL defensive coordinators. Don't let his stature sway you.

    John Hightower, Boise State: The concern for some is that Hightower didn't regularly face big-time competition at Boise State. SO WHAT!? This kid can flat out play. The 6-1, 185-pound wideout has talent and a track background, and the combine will give him a great opportunity to showcase his skills in a high-pressure environment. Looking ahead to April's draft, he'll benefit most from a great receivers coach who can help him excel and get the most out of his gifts.

    Tyler Johnson, Minnesota: The two-time All-Big Ten selection is coming off a monster season in which he set multiple school records. Johnson has quick feet, is a good route technician and will force defenders to be confident in their cover skills because he's not likely to give them any sort of break. He high-points the ball well and routinely makes the tough catches, so expect scouts to look for answers about his speed and quickness this week.

    Van Jefferson, Florida: I believe he was the odd man out at Ole Miss, likely in the shadows of D.K. Metcalf and A.J. Brown. After transferring to Florida, the 6-3, 215-pound receiver led the Gators in receiving in consecutive seasons. His effectiveness is evident on film, as Jefferson just makes plays with every chance he gets. If he plays like that at the next level, the team that drafts him should be very happy with the results.

    Denzel Mims, Baylor: The 6-3, 206-pound wideout is a big target who plays with a lot of physicality. It's hard to know what his game speed is because Mims often out-muscled his opponents in college. That's not necessarily a bad thing, but the NFL is full of grown men who are just as strong if not stronger than Mims. Expect the young man's 40 to be under the microscope in Indy.

    Michael Pittman Jr., USC: I'm not gonna lie to you, I'm not happy about the way Pittman handled a few Utah defensive backs this past season. As a former Ute and a strong supporter of Utah athletics, my fingers hurt typing this man's evaluation. In all seriousness, though, Pittman is a big target (6-3, 219 pounds) who a lot of teams covet. He's quick but must run a good 40 and three-cone drill to separate himself in this deep receiver class.

    Jalen Reagor, TCU: The only question I have is: What can't he do? He boasts lightning speed with scoring potential from anywhere on the field. More impressive is his work ethic. Coaches will not have to teach Reagor that quality because it's clearly part of his DNA. Projected to be a Day 2 selection, Reagor will be an impact player for the team who drafts him.


    In the link you will see a quick video of Daniel Jeremiah describing Aiyuk as his fav to watch. Hey, why not consider him or another of these WRs, for a little less currency, given their skills and the fact we might do better using our first pick for another quality player?
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    So gang, what's the word on Aiyuk? Why not go for a speedy, exciting player who will definitely complement Sutton. Again, pick up an Anderson or Perriman, or another respectable, moderately priced proven player, and side with a star in the making - Sutton, and a young speedy play-maker. Leaves us with our #1 pick, and gives our O a significant increase in weapons.

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    I like Tyler Johnson he reminds me of Keenan Allen when he came out. Van Jefferson is the son of a WR coach and is very polished as a route runner, he would be a great value pick as his floor is higher than most.

    But Reagor is the guy for me, I just love what he brings to the table. His speed is incredible, his ability to change direction without losing speed is the best in the class IMO, and he has a ridiculous vertical to high point passes. The drops are concerning but when I see him sky up and catch the ball at the highest point away from his body, I think the drops can be coached out of him. His route tree can be developed because he already shows great change of direction ability he just wasnít asked to run routes in that offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beastlyskronk View Post
    I like Tyler Johnson he reminds me of Keenan Allen when he came out. Van Jefferson is the son of a WR coach and is very polished as a route runner, he would be a great value pick as his floor is higher than most.

    But Reagor is the guy for me, I just love what he brings to the table. His speed is incredible, his ability to change direction without losing speed is the best in the class IMO, and he has a ridiculous vertical to high point passes. The drops are concerning but when I see him sky up and catch the ball at the highest point away from his body, I think the drops can be coached out of him. His route tree can be developed because he already shows great change of direction ability he just wasn’t asked to run routes in that offense.
    What round does Reagor go? Two?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanDB View Post
    What round does Reagor go? Two?
    I think thatís where most have him projected to go currently but I think heíll end up going in the first round when all is said and done

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    Quote Originally Posted by beastlyskronk View Post
    I think that’s where most have him projected to go currently but I think he’ll end up going in the first round when all is said and done
    So do you pursue him by dropping back with our #1, or moving up in two?? If he's a late 1, then I do not like to move up that much. So, trade back time....get extra picks??

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanDB View Post
    So do you pursue him by dropping back with our #1, or moving up in two?? If he's a late 1, then I do not like to move up that much. So, trade back time....get extra picks??
    Hmm it depends on how the board plays out and of course how FA goes. But there is a scenario where I would trade back and grab him. It wouldnít be popular on these boards because it would involve passing on Ruggs but I do believe Reagor will be the better player in the long run.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanDB View Post
    So gang, what's the word on Aiyuk? Why not go for a speedy, exciting player who will definitely complement Sutton. Again, pick up an Anderson or Perriman, or another respectable, moderately priced proven player, and side with a star in the making - Sutton, and a young speedy play-maker. Leaves us with our #1 pick, and gives our O a significant increase in weapons.
    Aiyuk is my favorite receiver in the 2nd round range. If we donít take a WR in the first, Iím secretly hoping he falls to us. He has the speed, RAC ability, and has great length. Definitely a possible instant starter on offense for us.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDbroncos02 View Post
    Aiyuk is my favorite receiver in the 2nd round range. If we don’t take a WR in the first, I’m secretly hoping he falls to us. He has the speed, RAC ability, and has great length. Definitely a possible instant starter on offense for us.
    Good to know. I will be watching this guy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HDbroncos02 View Post
    Aiyuk is my favorite receiver in the 2nd round range. If we don’t take a WR in the first, I’m secretly hoping he falls to us. He has the speed, RAC ability, and has great length. Definitely a possible instant starter on offense for us.
    Aiyuk is a stud. He might sneak into the 1st round. Reagor is a terror, he seems very near the top of the 2nd round if not a 1st rd long shot. I would love either of these guys especially with a 1st rd OL,or LB, CB, DL.

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    I'm not high on Reagor because not having a good feel for route running may end a WR's career. Lock already has a development period ahead of him. Having a WR who may not understand route concepts, especially in a complex west coast offense is not how you want him to start. We would be better off with Aiyuk or Johnson, or just accepting that it will take a 1st round talent to get the production we want at WR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAsianPA View Post
    I'm not high on Reagor because not having a good feel for route running may end a WR's career. Lock already has a development period ahead of him. Having a WR who may not understand route concepts, especially in a complex west coast offense is not how you want him to start. We would be better off with Aiyuk or Johnson, or just accepting that it will take a 1st round talent to get the production we want at WR.
    Or sign Amari Cooper.

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    ...or sign Robby Anderson from NYJ.

    From NFL.com 2020 NFL free agency: Free agents by position

    3) Robby Anderson, free agent
    Robby Anderson is known for his speed, and he made some big-boy catches for the New York Jets in 2019. Playing 91.2 percent of the offensive snaps last season, Anderson was a reliable target for Jets quarterbacks. A quarter of Anderson's 52 catches went for 20-plus yards, including two that exceeded 40 yards. The 26-year-old wideout has registered at least five receiving TDs in each of his last three seasons and could be a relatively affordable deep threat for teams looking to stretch the field.
    Superbowl 50 MVP Von Miller on February 7th, 2016

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheAsianPA View Post
    I'm not high on Reagor because not having a good feel for route running may end a WR's career. Lock already has a development period ahead of him. Having a WR who may not understand route concepts, especially in a complex west coast offense is not how you want him to start. We would be better off with Aiyuk or Johnson, or just accepting that it will take a 1st round talent to get the production we want at WR.
    I struggle to get on board with Reagor as well. One huge knock on him was his drop rate. He might be up there with Ruggs in terms of athleticism and game-breaking ability, but his inconsistent hands and lack of refined route running technique fit him into the stereotypical one-trick pony speedster category for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al Wilson 4 Mayor View Post
    Or sign Amari Cooper.
    This and Robby Anderson

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