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We get this question a lot and, quite honestly, the answer is that I could throw a rock outside of my office and hit a wide receiver. They are standing on every street corner in all shapes, sizes, speeds and skill sets. If you look across the landscape of college football there are tons of receivers making an impact and not just at top 25 programs, but well into the mid-majors in just about every conference.
For every Marqise Lee and Sammy Watkins, there is a Noel Grigsby (San Jose State) or Brandin Cooks (Oregon State). A guy like Tavon Austin was undersized and played RB, but ended up being a great player at WVU despite not being highly recruited. Wide receivers are not considered to be a value or premium position because of simple supply and demand. Of course, you will have rare talents such as Julio Jones, A.J. Green and Calvin Johnson, and when those guys start showing up in the top 10 or 20 of the ESPN 300, we are fairly convinced they are going to be difference-makers or possible first-rounders one day. Surprisingly, though, Alabama’s Amari Cooper wasn’t highly recruited until late in the process and even then programs weren’t quite convinced.