The tricky part with ranking the Denver wideouts has been the reality that all three of them -- Courtland Sutton, Jerry Jeudy, Tim Patrick -- have flashed potential of being the best of them. And then there were two: Patrick is done for the season after tearing his ACL in practice yesterday.

Devastating blow for Patrick, but opportunity for other players. Certainly, Jeudy and Sutton will have to do more, taking a few of the 79 and 85 targets that Patrick soaked up the last two seasons (resulting in eerily similar stat lines of 51-742-6 and 53-734-5). And there will need to be a new No. 3 in the passing game.

KJ Hamler is the favorite. He caught an 80-yard touchdown in the preseason last year, before missing most of the season with a torn ACL. He's been practicing at camp, and should get first crack at a top-3 spot.

But let's throw another hat into the ring, in fifth-round rookie Montrell Washington (pictured).

Like Hamler, who's listed at 5-foot-9 and 178 pounds, Washington is small (5-10, 170), and fast. He might might have been selected primarily for what he could bring to the return game. At Samford, he handled both punts and kickoffs, with 5 career touchdowns -- 3 last season. Those responsibilities will probably be on his plate, but his college coach thinks he'll bring a lot more.

"He's the energizer bunny, he's lightning in a bottle," says Samford coach Chris Hatcher. “He’s one of the top competitors I’ve ever coached and one of the top practice players I’ve ever coached. He just loves football and loves competing.”

Reports from training camp have been positive too. "He has worked so hard," Nathaniel Hackett said. "I don't think anybody really knew where he was going to put himself within the wide receiver rotation. He is a guy that Russell [Wilson] has latched on to and really tried to push with the rookies being around here. We're excited."

Helping the Broncos as a reserve receiver (and perhaps occasional runner) and return man doesn't guarantee fantasy relevance, of course. What are the chances of a fifth-round wideout making any kind of NFL impact? Actually, there were a few more examples than I was expecting.

Table shows all top-50 (PPR) seasons by wide receivers drafted in the fifth round this century. Tyreek Hill is the crown jewel, and he fell in the draft for off-field reasons. But there have been other hits, including three other top-25 (and a top-40) wideouts just last season. Those players are listed in bold.

2020Tyreek Hill, K.C.87127614.717328.92
2018Tyreek Hill, K.C.87147917.014334.02
2020Stefon Diggs, Buff.127153512.18328.63
2021Tyreek Hill, K.C.111123911.29298.56
2021Stefon Diggs, Buff.103122511.910285.57
2017Tyreek Hill, K.C.75118315.88247.28
2021Hunter Renfrow, L.V.103103810.19261.110
2018Stefon Diggs, Min.102102110.09266.310
2017Marvin Jones, Det.61110118.19225.112
2016Tyreek Hill, K.C.615939.712219.018
2020Marvin Jones, Det.7697812.99227.818
2017Stefon Diggs, Min.6484913.38198.219
2019Stefon Diggs, Min.63113017.96218.121
2021Darnell Mooney, Chi.81105513.05219.724
2008Steve Breaston, Ariz.77100613.13196.425
2017Kenny Stills, Mia.5884714.66178.726
2019Marvin Jones, Det.6277912.69193.928
2013Marvin Jones, Cin.5171214.010188.729
2016Stefon Diggs, Min.8490310.83193.331
2013Riley Cooper, Phil.4783517.88184.331
2010Johnny Knox, Chi.5196018.85177.232
2019Tyreek Hill, K.C.5886014.87188.333
2021Marvin Jones, Jac.7383211.44180.234
2015Marvin Jones, Cin.6581612.64173.936
2019Darius Slayton, NYG4874015.48170.037
2009Steve Breaston, Ariz.5571213.03148.638
2014Kenny Stills, N.O.6393114.83173.939
2012Denarius Moore, Oak.5174114.57166.639
2021K.J. Osborn, Min.5065513.17158.540
2011Steve Breaston, K.C.6178512.92154.041
2012Jeremy Kerley, NYJ5682714.83159.642
2016Marvin Jones, Det.5593016.94172.343
2008Justin Gage, Ten.3465119.26135.145
2016Kenny Stills, Mia.4272617.39168.646
2015Stefon Diggs, Min.5272013.94149.347
2013Denarius Moore, Oak.4669515.15145.547
2007Justin Gage, Ten.5575013.62142.047
2008Bobby Wade, Min.5364512.22129.549
2020Darnell Mooney, Chi.6163110.34152.150
2007Bobby Wade, Min.5464712.03135.850

The Patrick injury, and his college coach loving him (plus Hackett's positive words), aren't enough to merit actually drafting Washington anywhere just yet. Hamler, with the extra preseason of experience and being an earlier selection, should be considered the favorite to step into the top 3, with Washington more of a longshot.

But we'll see. I added Washington in dynasty yesterday (Hamler was already rostered), and I'll be watching him in August. Stranger things have happened. He wouldn't be the first fifth-rounder to turn into a significant player at the position.

--Andy Richardson