Justin Blackmon? Michael Floyd? Kendall Wright? Best receiver in the draft? Or does that really even matter?
Where players rank in evaluators minds will affect where theyre drafted. But the best player in any given draft class is not automatically ticketed for elite status in the NFL or anything close to that.
Its one thing to put these guys in line with the draft, ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said Tuesday. But what are they compared to guys in the NFL? Where do we think hes going to be two, three years down the road?
Is he going to be an A.J. Green, or an Andre Johnson, a Larry Fitzgerald or Calvin Johnson? I think the answer is no.
The key then is comparing a Blackmon not to other receivers in the draft, but whether he is going to give the same impact as a player at a different position who could be selected there.
So the Cleveland Browns at No. 4, for example, have a decision to make: Blackmon, the best receiver in the draft, or the top running back in the draft. And for McShay, its not a difficult call.
You have to make a decision of Blackmon vs. Trent Richardson and what he could provide. I think hes the best back to come out since Adrian Peterson...
Ive heard some people say they would take Floyd over Blackmon. I dont agree. I think Floyd shows a little more stiffness and while he makes some great catches, there are some drops on tape, so I dont think hes better than Blackmon that facet of the game.
Kendall Wright could drop a little but I still think he goes in the first round... Hes not a natural pass catcher and theres some questions why he ran those times (4.6 sec.) at the Combine.
The Bears released their latest injury report this Wednesday, with some more notable names added to the list, including running back David Montgomery and tight end Trey Burton.
In a new development, David Montgomery had limited participation in Wednesday’s practice due to an ankle injury. The cause or severity of the injury is unknown at this time.
Trey Burton DNP in Wednesday’s practice due to a calf injury he suffered during Sunday’s matchup against the Lions. He was previously on the injured list in October due to a groin injury, becoming a full participant in practice during Week 10.
Danny Trevathan is still unable to participate in practice after leaving Week 10’s game during the first quarter due to a gruesome elbow injury. There has yet to be an official update from the Bears on the severity of Trevathan’s injury, but Nagy didn’t seem particularly optimistic on during Monday’s press conference following the game, admitting Trevathan could potentially join Akiem Hicks on IR depending on the results of his MRI.
Isaiah Irving also DNP due to a quad injury. He has been on the injured list since Week 9.
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Here’s your random, surprising and somewhat meaningless thing of the day: Kevin Durant wore a Bulls Toni Kukoc jersey in a gym.
This isn’t reason to start “KD to the Bulls” speculation, but it is a weird, cool thing that came out of nowhere.
Kukoc was 6-foot-11 and primarily made his living on the perimeter as a sharpshooter. He shot 40.3% from 3-point range during the Bulls’ 72-win season in 1995-96.
Durant, 31, would have been young and impressionable just as Kukoc was entering his prime with the Bulls during those years. He also has grown into having a similar profile as a big man playing on the perimeter. From that perspective, it’s reasonable to think Durant looked up to Kukoc from a young age. Durant will also wear No. 7, Kukoc's number with the Bulls, when he eventually comes back from injury and suits up for the Nets.
It’s still a bit jarring to see one of the best players in the NBA repping someone from a previous era who never made an All-Star team.
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