Teams Struck WR Gold In 2009 DraftCurrent NFL leaders in receiving touchdowns among wide receivers:
1. Hakeem Nicks, 8
2. Kenny Britt, 7
T-3. Jeremy Maclin, 6
T-3. Austin Collie, 6
What do the top four scoring wide receivers have in common? Well if you read the title of this article, you can probably guess that they were all selected in the 2009 NFL draft, which will soon be known as the greatest draft for wide receivers...of all time.
Why is this draft class so immaculate? First, we must look at the receivers taken in the first round:
Darrius Heyward-Bey, Michael Crabtree, Percy Harvin, Jeremy Maclin, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt
We knew that Heyward-Bey was an overdraft at the time, and he has yet to show that he can be a top receiver, but everyone knew DHB was a project. He may still develop into a good player, but the Raiders really whiffed on this pick with the WR talent in this draft.
Michael Crabtree came in with a lot of hype, but has been somewhat of a disappointment on a team with no quarterback. Crabtree has shown flashes, though, and most believe he will still be a top receiver.
After those two, it just gets silly.
Percy Harvin is possibly the quickest player in the NFL, and is a big play waiting to happen. He is also a devastating kick returner.
Jeremy Maclin is a taller version of DeSean Jackson, and many believed that he would eventually become the Eagles' #1 receiver even before Jackson was concussed.
Hakeem Nicks is dripping with talent. He is deceptively fast, has enormous hands, incredible skills after the catch and a nose for scoring touchdowns. He is on pace for 103 receptions, 1,200 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Kenny Britt is a prototypical #1 receiver. He is fast enough to beat teams deep and big enough to be a supreme red zone target.
Harvin already made his first pro bowl as a rookie, and the other three could very well be in Hawaii at the end of this season. The four horsemen have already combined for seven multi-touchdown games this season, Nicks accounting for three of them.
And if that's not enough, the following receivers were also taken in the 2009 draft: Mohamed Massoquoi, Brandon Tate, Mike Wallace, Deon Butler, Mike Thomas, Brian Hartline, Louis Murphy, Austin Collie, Johnny Knox, Brandon Gibson, Julian Edelman and Sammy Stroughter.
All of these receivers have already made a positive impact on their team, and some of them look like they will be future stars.
Mike Wallace has taken over the Santonio Holmes role in the Steelers offense, and is developing into one of the league's best deep threats.
Louis Murphy was the Raiders' most consistent receiver last season, and has been what they hoped Heyward-Bey would be.
Austin Collie is one of Peyton Manning's favorite receivers, and was in the middle of a breakout season before suffering a thumb injury.
Johnny Knox is already the Bears' #1 receiver and is on pace to break 1,000 yards.
There is no question in my mind that a few years from now, the top twenty receivers in the league will contain at least four players taken in the first round of the 2009 draft, as well as a handful of other players drafted in this unbelievable pool of legendary talent.