I’ve seen a few articles pumping up Josh Gordon as some sort of steal this year: he’ll be suspended the first two games of the season; you’ll be able to draft him low! Don’t get me wrong, I like the addition of Norv Turner at offensive coordinator, but I think the immediate player to benefit is 6-foot-5 Jordan Cameron at tight end. It would have to be late in the draft for me to waste time on a pick that’s going to ride the bench the first few weeks. How do zero points help you? I’d rather draft someone useful and then scour the waiver wire if need be. Someone will emerge while Gordon’s on the bench. They always do.
Josh Gordon. Really?
Brown missed all of last season for the San Diego Chargers with a broken ankle. And yet, somehow, Danario Alexander is seen as the health liability in the equation. In Brown’s absence, Alexander stepped in to become quite the playmaker. Not only will Brown need to knock the rust off, he is also dealing with changes as in new head coach Mike McCoy.
Vincent Brown. Really?
With the injury to Michael Crabtree, Jenkins seemed poised to move up the depth chart for the San Francisco 49ers. Drafted in 2012, Jenkins was all but invisible last year. As in, he did not record a single catch. Between old reliable in Vernon Davis and the monster addition of Anquan Boldin, I see Jenkins as continuing his stint as the invisible man. He will improve upon his zero-yard performance last year, but not enough to be worth a roster spot.
A.J. Jenkins. Really?
Hopkins, after his record breaking year at Clemson, is an underrated rookie. Who outside of Andre Johnson (entering his 10th year in the league) isn’t a question mark in the Houston Texans receiving corps? Clearly Arian Foster is literally the cog that gets the Texans’ machine running, but I foresee Hopkins getting a lot of looks while Johnson is busy being double covered. He goes up and fights for the ball, and, once he’s got it, you can almost see him hit a turbo button. Tavon Austin will be the flashy rookie receiver at your draft this year, but I prefer the value in this promising rookie instead.
DeAndre Hopkins. Really!
It is commonly known that receivers tend to break out in their third year. As such, this year is make-or-break for Jacksonville Jaguars receiver Cecil Shorts. Let’s break it down rationally. The Jaguars have nowhere to go but up from their miserable 2-14 record last season. Forget that Shorts amassed a team leading 979 yards and seven touchdowns last year. Between groin surgery and continuing to get himself into trouble, Justin Blackmon won’t be on the field until Game 5 at the earliest. Attending Larry Fitzgerald’s famed workout alongside Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne only increases his stock. This is basically Shorts’ job to lose.
Cecil Shorts. Really!
Speaking of Larry Fitzgerald, I don’t need to waste space telling you he’ll be back a top 10 receiver this year (even though I just did). The player to keep your eye on for the Arizona Cardinals is second-year receiver Michael Floyd. I dig Bruce Arians as the Cardinals new head coach. Previously an offensive coordinator with the Pittsburgh Steelers before becoming interim head coach for the Indianapolis Colts last year (during Coach Pagano’s health battle), he has a history of getting the most out of his players. Floyd’s stats in 2012 were subpar (562 yards, 2 TD), but even Fitzgerald only had 798 yards and four touchdowns. Floyd will make waves with Carson Palmer under center.
Michael Floyd. Really!