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Why Drafting a Receiver First Is Not a Reach

 
Why Drafting a Receiver First Is Not a Reach

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The debate on if the Bucs should select a receiver with the seventh overall pick rolls on. Whether it's Clemson's Sammy Watkins or Texas A&M's Mike Evans many feel it would be a reach to draft either at the position. While it does hold true to some degree, there is still room for optimism.

Going back to the past 10 draft, here is a list of receivers selected in the Top 10 of each draft:

2004
Larry Fitzgerald (3rd)
Roy Williams (7th)
Reggie Williams (9th)

2005
Braylon Edwards (3rd) 
Troy Williamson (7th)
Mike Williams, USC (10th)

2006
None

2007
Calvin Johnson (2nd)
Tedd Ginn, Jr. (9th)

2008
None

2009
Darrius Heyward-Bey (9th)
Michael Crabtree (10th)

2010
None

2011
A.J. Green (4th)
Julio Jones (6th)

2012
Justin Blackmon (5th)

2013
Tavon Austin (8th)

Green and Jones have four Pro Bowls between the two while Green is a two-time All-Pro. Crabtree is a 1,000-yard receiver and Austin won was honored with Pro Football Writes of America's All-Rookie Team for his performance last season. 

The recent crop of receivers are collectively providing more production than that of the previous five years when you remove Johnson and Fitzgerald from that list. This could prove that if the Bucs do go with a receiver at No. 7 — no matter how deep the draft class is — odds are they can land one that can be productive right away.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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