Quick Hit: Putting The Best 1st Round WR In Perspective
My last post discussed the impact (or lack thereof) 1st round WR’s make in their rookie year. Three such WR accounted for 25% of his team’s total receptions. Let’s look at how that stacks up to other players in those same seasons.
Andre Johnson in 2003 caught 26.61% of the Texans’ passes. Impressive, but good for only 12th best in the league. Here are the other players who had 25% of his team’s receptions that year:
Only 5 1st rounders in the bunch and only 3 of those 1st rounders were WR’s.
Hall Of Famer James Lofton racked up 25.56% of Green Bay’s passes in 1978. Here’s how he stacked up:
Lastly, here is Isaac Curtis in 1973 (sidenote: Curtis’ speed was the reason that the NFL decided to allow defensive backs to make contact with receivers within 5 yards of the line of scrimmage):