Expectations Shifting For First-Round Receivers

Last year, we saw a truly historic rookie wide receiver class come in and take the league by storm. It says something when the top receiver taken nearly posted 1,000 yards and was probably the third-best rookie wideout.

That’s what happens when you have king-sized red-zone threats like Mike Evans and Kelvin Benjamin torturing tiny defensive backs and the explosive Odell Beckham Jr. making defensive backs look silly with his ball skills.

While the 2014 rookie receiver class may never be replicated again, finding instant-impact receivers in the first round is typically an anomaly.

With few pro-style college offenses and even fewer NFL-caliber corners and safeties to go against, receivers simply aren’t exposed to the types of systems and players they’ll face at the next level.

The 2015 receiver draft class looks great on paper, but can it stack up to the first-rounders from the past five years? Let’s take a look at how past first-round receivers fared in 2014 and how they’re projected to produce in 2015.

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