NFL draft: A decade of wide receiver picks

05/03/2014 9:34 PM

05/03/2014 9:45 PM

In the past 10 NFL drafts, 79 wide receivers were selected in the first and second rounds.

About one in four (21 of 79) are ranked among the Observer’s 2013 Top 40 receivers. They range from receivers nearing the end of their career and first-year players still developing. The Top 40 represents a one-year snapshot of the NFL’s premier receivers.

One in three receivers (13 of 38) selected in the first round made the Top 40. Five of 14 top-10 draft picks made the list. Receivers drafted late in the first round – 20 through 32 – also had about a one-in-three chance of making the Top 40 (6 of 19).

About one in five receivers (8 of 41) drafted in the second round made the Top 40.

This chart lists the year, the round and selection and the team drafting. Players in the 2013 Observer Top 40 are in bold, with their ranking.

Overall pick Player Team Observer Top 40 rank
2013
First round
8 Tavon Austin Rams
27 DeAndre Hopkins Texans 35
29 Cordarrelle Patterson Vikings
Second round
34 Justin Hunter Titans
41 Robert Woods Bills
59 Aaron Dobson Patriots
2012
First round
5 Justin Blackmon Jaguars
13 Michael Floyd Cardinals
20 Kendall Wright Titans 20
30 A.J. Jenkins 49ers
Second round
33 Brian Quick Rams
43 Stephen Hill Jets
45 Alshon Jeffery Bears 12
54 Ryan Broyles Lions
63 Rueben Randle Giants
2011
First round
4 A.J. Green Bengals 2
6 Julio Jones Falcons 3
26 Jonathan Baldwin Chiefs
Second round
44 Titus Young Lions
58 Torrey Smith Ravens 17
59 Greg Little Browns
64 Randall Cobb Packers 22
2010
First round
22 Demaryius Thomas Broncos 4
24 Dez Bryant Cowboys 5
Second round
36 Dexter McCluster Chiefs
39 Arrelious Benn Buccaneers
60 Golden Tate Seahawks 28
2009
First round
7 Darrius Heyward-Bey Raiders
10 Michael Crabtree 49ers 31
19 Jeremy Maclin Eagles 38
22 Percy Harvin Vikings 34
29 Hakeem Nicks Giants 25
30 Kenny Britt Titans
Second round
36 Brian Robiskie Browns
50 Mohamed Massaquoi Browns
2008
First round
No wide receivers drafted in the first round
Second round
33 Donnie Avery Rams
34 Devin Thomas Redskins
36 Jordy Nelson Packers 13
41 James Hardy Bills
42 Eddie Royal Broncos
46 Jerome Simpson Bengals
49 DeSean Jackson Eagles 16
51 Malcolm Kelly Redskins
53 Limas Sweed Steelers
58 Dexter Jackson Buccaneers
2007
First round
2 Calvin Johnson Lions 1
9 Ted Ginn Jr. Dolphins
23 Dwayne Bowe Chiefs
27 Robert Meachem Saints
30 Craig Davis Chargers
32 Anthony Gonzalez Colts
Second round
44 Sidney Rice Vikings
45 Dwayne Jarrett Panthers
51 Steve Smith Giants
2006
First round
25 Santonio Holmes Steelers
Second round
36 Chad Jackson Patriots
44 Sinorice Moss Giants
52 Greg Jennings Packers 27
2005
First round
3 Braylon Edwards Browns
7 Troy Williamson Vikings
10 Mike Williams Lions
21 Matt Jones Jaguars
22 Mark Clayton Ravens
27 Roddy White Falcons 29
Second round
35 Reggie Brown Eagles
39 Mark Bradley Bears
55 Roscoe Parrish Bills
58 Terrence Murphy Packers
61 Vincent Jackson Chargers 9
2004
First round
3 Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals 10
7 Roy Williams Lions
9 Reggie Williams Jaguars
13 Lee Evans Bills
15 Michael Clayton Buccaneers
29 Michael Jenkins Falcons
31 Rashaun Woods 49ers
Second round
50 Devery Henderson Saints
54 Darius Watts Broncos
62 Keary Colbert Panthers

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