Chris Simmons - NextPlay Sports
Whether it's round 1 or 12, the potential to find the next breakout wide receiver is always present. There is not a position that is harder to project than the WR because of weekly match ups, defensive schemes, and the realization that you're one pulled hamstring away from a season in the tank. Here's how we are grading the receivers of 2016.
If you are going with a wide receiver in round one, you have one job: GET IT RIGHT. You can't afford a bust. Here are the players I would take in round 1, and the order I'd take them in.
1. Dez Bryant
5. Jordy Nelson
I feel like the bust potential for the first 18 WR's is fairly low, pending injury of course. The list of "undraftables" really applies for a round 7 or later talent.
Last year Smith was the number 1 option for the 49ers, and scored a whopping 4 touchdowns for just over 600 yards. He's not meant for that role. Chip Kelly will steer clear of making him the center piece of his receiving core.
Just look at his numbers from last season. Enough said. Hope he enjoys retirement after next season.
We can't even say with certainty that Desean will even have a job next season. Avoid him. Injury prone and Washington added Josh Doctson in the draft and that will take many opportunities away from Jackson.
This is the toughest one to put on this list. Last year Maclin was ineffective if he didn't score a touchdown in the game. He had 7 games with 20+ points but also 6 games with 6 points or fewer. He's a hit or miss. And I believe you can find more consistency somewhere else.
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