An Overview of Free Agent Wide Receivers via SN

In this week’s article for the Sporting News I examine the wide reciver market and try to come up with some general pricing points for the various tiers of players. Check it out and if you have any additional comments just let me know.

Breaking Down the Wide Receiver Free Agents

  • Dan Kunze

    Here is a quote from the article:

    “Maclin should be considered the most desirable of the three as he not only had a first round draft pedigree…”
    I don’t really understand this draft pedigree item. Where a player is drafted to me doesn’t matter all that much. Tom Brady was a sixth rounder and we all know about that. So did you say this because it affects the cap/ because it affects compensatory draft picks or was there another reason that you brought it up?

    • I think for many teams the draft status still means a great deal as silly as it sounds. Its how a Trent Richardson gets a first round pick in a trade or how a Jason Smith and Vernon Gholston got second contracts with teams. There is a point in time where it doesnt make a difference but for the first contract I think it can when the players are close. Most of the time the physical attributes that had someone a high pick will also stand out when evaluating the player as a FA.

      • Kirk Vollmer

        I think there is a bit of confirmation bias there. If you start to see a former 1st rounder playing well then teams think “Ahh we are finally getting what we expected”. . . But if you start to see a former UDFA play well they seem to think “Ok great, but when is he gonna regress to the mean.” It probably also has to do with the athletic abilities giving them a high “ceiling”.

        • Ghoston

          It has more to do with most of these GM’s and scouts also had that player at a 1st round grade. They think it was just the system holding him back. But he can fit in our system…..sometimes it works but most of the time it fails.
          A fourth round pick 1/3 of the teams don’t even have that player on their board. And teams that did have that player on their board are probably no longer scouting or acting as a GM anymore. so they don’t get as many second chances when they are free agents. Remember a player is a free agent for a reason the original team doesn’t want him.