Christian Kirk has been earning praise at Cardinals workouts; lots of positive talk about him possibly heading for a breakout season. Arizona's second-rounder a year ago was having a nice rookie season until he landed on IR with a foot injury.

It's a new quarterback and new offense, plus the Cardinals drafted three wide receivers in April. They also still have Larry Fitzgerald. But encouraging to think Kirk might be the best of that group.

I took a look at all of the wide receivers drafted in the second round since 2000. To get a reasonable number of players (not too huge or too few) I took all of those players who'd contributed at least something noteworthy as rookies -- I went with over 300 receiving yards, to exclude guys who did nothing, and usually fizzled out quickly. How did those players then perform in their second seasons?

I wound up with 44 names, plus last year's four second-round wideouts who were that productive as rookies -- Kirk, Courtland Sutton, Anthony Miller and Dante Pettis. Second-year numbers are encouraging for the outlook for those four.

Of the previous 44, just over half (23) put up more yards in their second seasons. That includes eight 1,000-yarders and seven more with at least 800 yards. Only about a third (16) failed to come within 80 percent of their rookie yards.

YearPkPlayerYds(1)TD(1)Yds(2)TD(2)% Chg(Yds)
201245Alshon Jeffery, Chi.367314217387.2%
200136Chad Johnson, Cin.329111665354.4%
201461Allen Robinson, Jac.5482140014255.5%
201164Randall Cobb, G.B.37519548254.4%
200133Quincy Morgan, Clev.43229647223.1%
201737Zay Jones, Buff.31626527206.3%
2012suppJosh Gordon, Clev.805516469204.5%
200265Deion Branch, N.E.48928033164.2%
201762JuJu Smith-Schuster, Pitt.917814267155.5%
201463Jarvis Landry, Mia.758511576152.6%
200652Greg Jennings, G.B.632392012145.6%
200535Reggie Brown, Phil.57148169142.9%
201334Justin Hunter, Tenn.35444983140.7%
200247Andre Davis, Clev.42075765137.1%
200849DeSean Jackson, Phil.9124115612126.8%
201341Robert Woods, Buff.58736995119.1%
200236Josh Reed, Buff.51425882114.4%
201442Jordan Matthews, Phil.87289978114.3%
201039Arrelious Benn, T.B.39524413111.6%
201647Michael Thomas, N.O.1137912455109.5%
201453Davante Adams, G.B.44634831108.3%
201640Sterling Shepard, NYG68387312107.0%
201158Torrey Smith, Balt.84178558101.7%
201159Greg Little, Clev.7092647491.3%
200836Jordy Nelson, G.B.3662320287.4%
200833Donnie Avery, St.L.6743589587.4%
200233Jabar Gaffney, Hou.4831402283.2%
200152Chris Chambers, Mia.8837734383.1%
201541Devin Funchess, Car.4735371478.4%
200950Mohamed Massaquoi, Clev.6243483277.4%
200263Antonio Bryant, Dall.7336550275.0%
200262Antwaan Randle El, Pitt.4893364374.4%
201540Dorial Green-Beckham, Tenn.5494392271.4%
201144Titus Young, Det.6076383463.1%
200032Dennis Northcutt, Clev.4220211050.0%
201439Marqise Lee, Jac.4221191145.3%
200354Anquan Boldin, Ariz.13778623145.2%
200462Keary Colbert, Car.7545282237.4%
201655Tyler Boyd, Cin.6031225237.3%
200744Sidney Rice, Minn.3964141435.6%
200842Eddie Royal, Den.9805345235.2%
201254Ryan Broyles, Det.310285027.4%
201359Aaron Dobson, N.E.51943807.3%
200454Darius Watts, Den.38512205.7%
201840Courtland Sutton, Den.7044???
201847Christian Kirk, Ariz.5903???
201844Dante Pettis, S.F.4675???
201851Anthony Miller, Chi.4237???

None of this guarantees Kirk is headed for a breakout season. But I think that the second-rounders who at least showed something as rookies then generally went on to build on those numbers a year later. I think I'll have a few shares of Kirk this summer.

--Andy Richardson