Ask the Experts
Posted Oct. 25 at 06:53 AM
ASK THE EXPERTS appears weekly with answers to a new question being posted Thursday morning. How the guest experts responded when we asked them:
Which rookie wideout will have the best NFL career?
The space between 1.05 pick Justin Blackmon and the rest of the rookie WRs certainly has shrunk with his slow start but I am still taking Blackmon. He has talent and true No. 1 WR skills and size, he just needs some time and better QB play (Blaine Gabbert is utterly atrocious). Blackmon had over 110 receptions 1500 yards and 18 TDs in each of his last two seasons at Oklahoma and the talent is there. Jacksonville will almost certainly upgrade the QB position in the offseason. The other key however is for Blackmon to keep his head on straight (he had a DUI right before the season).
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This is such a tricky question. No WRs have really stood out as breakouts for the next decade based on their current rookie season performance. So Justin Blackmon remains my pick for dynasty keeper. He needs a QB though.
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There are about 10 guys, I think, who can at least enter the fringes of the conversation. Chris Givens of the Rams has had a 50-yard catch four weeks in a row. Ryan Broyles is going to play a lot more in Detroit. But for the No. 1 spot, I keep circling back to two names: Alshon Jeffery and Kendall Wright. I give the slight edge to Jeffery. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he looks like he could be another Brandon Marshall. Within a couple of years (2014, perhaps) I think he’ll be Chicago’s No. 1 receiver, and he could be something really special at that point. That size should make him good in the red zone, and I think he’ll be catching 80-plus balls per year. Wright looks like he Steve Smith. He’s a smaller guy, but he’s got quickness, after-the-catch ability and seems to be picking things up quickly. Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd were the first receivers drafted, but I think Jeffery and Wright would be picked before those guys if all of these receivers were thrown back into the NFL draft.
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I'm still very high on Justin Blackmon of the Jaguars. He's got the right offensive system and the right competition in that division for years to come. It's been a downright ugly start for him, but I wouldn't bail out now, this ship will rise not sink. I do have to add I really like what I've seen from Kendall Wright too, that kid can play.
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I had a really good feeling about Kendall Wright back in May, and wish I had enough conviction at the time to push for him to be our top wide receiver. Nothing I've seen has changed my mind, he should be very good for years to come. It's too soon to give up on Justin Blackmon or even Michael Floyd, but I'd certainly select Wright ahead of them in a dynasty draft at this point. (And probably would have in the preseason.) The new hat in the ring is Josh Gordon, who has made quite an early impact with the Browns. He's big and talented, and strange to say, his quarterback situation looks better right now than any of the other highly touted rookies.
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Posted by Matt Mumford | Oct. 25 at 09:26 AM
Nice work fellas! I've been a Justin Blackmon fan for a long time. Although he went to Oklahoma STATE & not Oklahoma. I kinda like Ryan Broyles, too. He looked good for Detroit on Monday night.
Posted by cliff streich | Oct. 31 at 05:08 AM
who to start in week 9 cutler or Flacco and Cobb or Sproles ?
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