I want to share a revelation revealed to me regarding a trend occurring in the NFL as we speak.
After completing my 2010 top ten NFL wide receiver tandem's list, it dawned on me that I had three rookies listed on it.
After getting a lot of flack from fans for the rookies being on the list, I decided to do some research on the matter, and that is when my intuition came to fruition.
The NFL draft has produced at least three rookie wide receiver sensations for the past three seasons. Last season, however, that number more than doubled. Add to that, one of the rookie wide receivers, Harvin, also happened to be the Offensive Rookie of the Year.
My point is simple: two times is a coincidence, three times is a trend. This is especially the case when the third time you find the trend going from three rookie receivers a year to seven rookie receivers stepping up their game and earn a spot in the top half of the league's best tandems.
Here are the three rookie wide receivers of 2007 NFL Draft:
Dwayne Bowe: 14.2 yards per reception, 995 reception yards, five touchdowns
Calvin Johnson 15.8 yards per reception, 756 reception yards, four touchdowns
Anthony Gonzalez: 15.6 yards per reception, 576 reception yards, three touchdowns
Here are the three rookie wide receiver of 2008 NFL Draft:
Eddie Royal: 10.8 yards per reception, 980 reception yards, five touchdowns
DeSean Jackson: 14.7 yards per reception, 912 reception yards, two touchdowns
Donnie Avery: 12.7 yards per reception, 674 reception yards, three touchdowns
Royal was actually sixth in receptions, and then when you calculate all his special teams returns and rushing yards into the equation, things get really stupid in regards to any attempt to write off a wide receiver simply because he is a rookie. Desean Jackson also killed it with his special teams returns.
Now here are the 2009 seven Rookie receivers who jumped into the top 64 last season, making them eligible bachelors for tandems, considering there are 32 teams in the league.
Mike Wallace: 19.4 yards per reception, 756 reception yards, six TD’s
Percy Harvin: 13.2 yards per reception, 790 reception yards, six TD's
Jeremy Maclin: 13.8 yards per reception, 773 reception yards, four TD's
Hakeem Nicks: 16.8 yards per reception, 790 reception yards, six TD's
Kenny Britt: 16.7 yards per reception, 701 reception yards, three TD's
Johnny Knox: 11.7 yards per reception, 527 reception yards, five TD's
Mohamed Massaquoi: 18.4 yards per reception, 624 reception yards, three TD's
Is it no wonder Why The Passing Offense Is King in the Modern Era of the NFL! Or why Terell Owens is having a rough time finding a Job?
This, of course, brings us to the 2010 NFL Draft. My question is, which of these receivers will jump into the league's best WR tandems from the rookie class this season?
Patrick Crayton set the bar last season for the weakest link stats-wise, as far as the 2010 top 10 NFL WR tandems last season.
Patrick Crayton: 16.8 yard average, 622 receiving yards, five touchdowns
How many wide receivers from this rookie draft class will break Crayton's mark and emerge as part of the top 10 tandems in 2010?
Be sure to check out the highlight reels linked to each of the Rookies' names! Tim Tebow throws a 60 yard bomb to Riley Cooper on the first play of his highlight reel.
22 Broncos Demaryius Thomas WR Georgia Tech
24 Cowboys Dez Bryant WR Oklahoma State
39 Buccaneers Arrelious Benn WR Illinois
60 Seahawks Golden Tate WR Notre Dame
77 Titans Damian Williams WR USC
78 Panthers Brandon LaFell WR LSU
82 Steelers Emmanuel Sanders WR SMU
84 Bengals Jordan Shipley WR Texas
87 Broncos Eric Decker WR Minnesota
88 Cardinals Andre Roberts WR The Citadel
89 Panthers Armanti Edwards QB/WR Appalachian State
90 Patriots Taylor Price WR Ohio
99 Rams Mardy Gilyard WR Cincinnati
101 Buccaneers Mike Williams WR Syracuse
107 Bills Marcus Easley WR Connecticut
108 Raiders Jacoby Ford WR Clemson
156 Ravens David Reed WR Utah
159 Eagles Riley Cooper WR Florida
165 Falcons Kerry Meier WR Kansas
177 Browns Carlton Mitchell WR South Florida
191 Bengals Dezmon Briscoe WR Kansas
195 Steelers Antonio Brown WR Central Michigan
206 San Francisco 49ers Kyle Williams WR Arizona State
219 Redskins Terrence Austin WR UCLA
222 Titans Marc Mariani WR Montana
255 Lions Tim Toone WR Weber State
Since you can only vote once in the poll for the top 10 candidate, be sure to put your list of potential receivers you think can make it into the top 64 receivers in the league down in the comment section.