It is no secret that Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown is a great football player. He, coincidentally, is also a part of a very talented 2019 WR NFL Draft class. Specifically, the second day of the draft was a gold mine for receivers.
A.J. Brown and D.K. Metcalf may get the most attention of any of the pass-catchers from that draft – for good reason. They are extremely physically gifted and have the production to back it up so far. Deebo Samuel and Diontae Johnson have catapulted their names into discussions as well, especially this season. Washington Football Team WR Terry McLaurin was taken after all of those previous names mentioned, but he has been one of the most productive.
A.J. Brown – 2,886 receiving yards, 23 receiving TDs, 14.0 YPC
D.K. Metcalf – 3,049 receiving yards, 26 receiving TDs, 14.9 YPC
Deebo Samuel – 2,926 scrimmage yards, 19 total TDs, 12.9 YPT
Diontae Johnson – 2,682 receiving yards, 19 receiving TDs, 9.1 YPC
Terry McLaurin – 2,936 receiving yards, 16 receiving TDs, 14.0 YPC
So, why does it matter that this class has a lot of talent at wide receiver? That aspect isn’t unique, especially with the WR classes that are coming out of today’s college football world. Soon, it is going to be the norm to get really impressive classes at the position year in and year out.
This 2019 WR class was dominant on day 2 (rounds 2 and 3). The talent and numbers are not even comparable between the guys taken in those rounds and the ones taken in the first round. Even the day 3 (rounds 4-7) and undrafted receivers have outplayed the first-round receivers in totality, though. It isn’t close, either.
Only two WRs were taken in the first round, Baltimore’s Marquise Brown and New England’s N’Keal Harry. Brown has shown exciting flashes this year, but he had struggled with injuries prior to 2021. Harry has done very little in his time as a Patriot. He only has 57 catches for 598 yards and 4 touchdowns.
On the flip-side, undrafted New England WR Jakobi Meyers has easily outplayed Harry. Meyers has 156 catches for 1,811 yards and a TD as well as three passing touchdowns. Saints WR Deonte Harris has been a star returner for the team after going undrafted in 2019.
As for the day 3 receivers, Las Vegas’ Hunter Renfrow has been arms above everyone else. He has totaled 197 receptions for 2,210 yards, and 12 TDs. Tampa Bay’s Scotty Miller and the Giants’ Darius Slayton have both been impactful day 3 selections as well. They have provided solid depth for their teams’ rosters.
Clearly, this WR draft class has some amazing talent and depth. It has proven that, in some years, wide receiver can be a position where the gems come in the rounds that you may not expect. Accordingly, teams may throw more darts at receivers on day 2 and day 3 for years to come.
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