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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Debate: Who’s the Better Value?

Sunday, February 16th, 2014

 

Kelvin Benjamin is just as or more physically dominant than Mike Evans, but is his value really 20 picks lower because he struggles with drops? (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

We are about to head into a turbulent time in the NFL Draft landscape where we judge prospects on rumors, film and measureables (if that’s even a word). It can be tough to gauge whether a prospect is actually worth the selection they are projected to be picked at. Sometimes the perceived value of two similarly talented prospects diverges to the point where they are slotted to go a full three rounds apart.

Whether its a blazing 40 time or a bad week in interviews we can overreact easily. That’s not to say its all for not and it certainly makes for interesting debates. Kind of like now. The following is a list of pairs where two prospects with similar skill sets, but differences in reputation and therefore value, are compared. I actually prefer all the prospects with a lower grade in this exercise, but the subject is fully open to debate.

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2014 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Rankings (Oliver Thomas)

Monday, January 6th, 2014

Florida State’s Kelvin Benjamin has a rare combination of size and speed. And in turn, he has the attention of NFL scouting departments. (USA Today Sports Images)

NEPD Editor: Oliver Thomas

January is a month of divergence for the NFL. Eight teams are left in the Super Bowl hunt; 24 others have cleared out lockers and dispersed for the offseason. But before long, all 32 will be back in the same lane, preparing for the 2014 NFL draft.

It’s a process of personnel evaluation from now through May. There will be all-star games, combines and pro days to gauge a player’s value in the same setting as their peers. Yet in actuality, 90 percent of their value has already been determined.

It’s been determined by the game film and the eyes viewing it.

Now big boards and positional rankings must be taken with a grain of salt. It ultimately comes down to preference, need, and fit.

One area where that rings especially true is at wide receiver.

Over the last three drafts, 90 receivers have been selected by NFL teams – including the Cleveland Browns’ compensatory pick of Josh Gordon in 2012. Of those 90, 36 were chosen within the first three rounds, netting an average of 12 annually.

That trend is expected to continue this spring. (more…)


Receiver or Power Forward? The Best 2014 Possession Receiver Prospects

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013

Mike Evans, a 6’5 former basketball standout, uses his power forward skill set to his advantage on the gridiron (Photo: US Presswire)

By Marc Sluis, Staff Writer

With the NFL tight end continuing to evolve into a more receiving oriented position and the spread attack gaining traction, the classic possession receiver has lost a bit of its luster. Sure guys like Calvin Johnson, AJ Green and Julio Jones have the build and strength of such a receiver but now guys like that run sub 4.4 40′s. Here are some true possession receiver who might offer some speed and athletic ability but are best suited to line up out wide and move the chains. It might not be surprising that a lot of these guys were standout basketball players as well.

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