When the Redskins made Terry McLaurin the 12th receiver taken in the 2019 NFL Draft, they likely would've been happy if he used his speed for a few long touchdowns and he also delivered on special teams, an area he was very highly regarded in, as a rookie.
Instead, Washington has watched as McLaurin has blossomed into a consistent target, one who makes top corners look like practice squad guys quite often. In 10 games, the third-rounder has 40 catches for 638 yards and five touchdowns.
In other words, there's no way he'd be the 12th wideout off the board if teams could go through the 2019 Draft again. Just how high would he go, though?
Well, here are the 11 guys who play McLaurin's position and went before him this past April:
- Marquise Brown (25th pick, Ravens)
- N'Keal Harry (32nd, Patriots)
- Deebo Samuel (36th, 49ers)
- AJ Brown (51st, Titans)
- Mecole Hardman (56th, Chiefs)
- JJ Arcega-Whiteside (57th, Eagles)
- Parris Campbell (59th, Colts)
- Andy Isabella (62nd, Cardinals)
- DK Metcalf (64th, Seahawks)
- Dionate Johnson (66th, Steelers)
- Jalen Hurd (67th, 49ers)
Of those 11, only Marquise Brown, Deebo Samuel, AJ Brown and DK Metcalf are producing at comparable levels to McLaurin. So, let's line their stats up next to McLaurin's:
Marquise Brown — 9 games, 35 catches, 519 yards, 6 TDs
Samuel — 10 games, 40 catches, 523 yards, 2 TDs
AJ Brown — 11 games, 31 catches, 581 yards, 4 TDs
Metcalf — 11 games, 38 catches, 630 yards, 5 TDs
McLaurin — 10 games, 40 catches, 638 yards, 5 TDs
McLaurin is leading the way in yards and is tied for the most catches among this group of promising players. Metcalf's stats, meanwhile, are almost identical (in one more appearance) while Marquise Brown has the most scores (in the fewest appearances).
Of course, in a do-over, some franchises may prefer a certain kind of prospect for their offense. The lightning fast Brown, for example, fits in quite well with the Ravens and Lamar Jackson, while the absurdly gifted Metcalf is an ideal option for the freestyling Russell Wilson.
Still, there's an argument to be made that, if all 32 organizations could run the 2019 Draft back, McLaurin would be the first receiver selected. He has 4.35 speed, his route-running has been compared to artwork and he's excellent at attacking the ball. He'd fit in anywhere.
The Redskins, however, would have no interest in a do-over. They're perfectly fine with where McLaurin landed the first time.
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