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Interesting tidbits on top 10 WRs

So we've been discussing for a while the value of a guy like Justin Blackmon. Can he be a true #1 receiver? Is he worth being taken at pick #5? Well, all of those questions are a bit too big for the kind of extremely basic research I did for this article, but I was curious to see if there was a given size or speed cutoff for top 10 picks. I looked at all WRs drafted in the top ten since 2000. This included 17 WRs. Here are their main size and speed measurements.

Peter Warrick: 5’11 4.56 (bad)

David Terrell: 6’2 4.43

Koren Robinson: 6’1 4.38

Charles Rogers: 6’3 4.43

Andre Johnson: 6’3 4.41

Larry Fitzgerald: 6’3 4.53

Roy Williams: 6’3 4.37

Reggie Williams: 6’4 4.45

Braylon Edwards: 6’3 4.38

Troy Williamson: 6’1 4.32

Mike Williams:

Calvin Johnson: 6’5 4.35

Ted Ginn, Jr.: 5’11 4.28

Darius Heyward-Bey: 6’2 4.30

A. J. Green: 6’4 4.50

Julio Jones: 6’3 4.39

Justin Blackmon: 6'1 4.46

So it seems that 12 of the seventeen players taken in the top ten since 2000 were over 6'2. The four non-Blackmon WRs who were under 6'2 are Ted Ginn, Jr., Troy Williamson, Koren Robinson, and Peter Warrick. You'll note that each of those guys had blazing 40 times, including Ginn's 4.28. Williamson ran a 4.32, Robinson was "in the range of 4.33-4.38." Warrick had a very disappointing 40 time of 4.56 but I believe he was the heisman trophy winner that year.

Hindsight is 20/20 of course and the sample size is too small to take anything from it, but none of the receivers under 6'1 lived up to their draft position. Ginn has made a niche for himself with the 49ers, but is in no way featured, and he had arguably the best career out of those four.

I don't bring this up to condemn the Blackmon pick, just to point out how unusual it is. Compared against the others on this list, Blackmon has the perfect combination of not-quite-tall-enough on paper and not-quite-fast-enough for those drafted in his size range. He certainly doesn't fit in the Julio Jones/Andre Johnson category physically.

I suppose that means we're in new territory.

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