- KC Joyner, NFL Insider
Which high-profile rookie wideouts are likely to thrive this season? To find clues, take a look at three of last year's marquee draft picks: Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin and Darrius Heyward-Bey. For each player, we analyzed six of his college games to calculate his yards per attempt (YPA). Since most receivers' YPAs drop after they join the NFL -- where effective wideouts post a mark of 9.0 or better -- successful wideouts typically beat that figure as undergrads.
Last year, Hakeem Nicks' success and Darrius Heyward-Bey's failure could have been predicted before either set foot in a stadium. KC Joyner uses last year's rookies to forecast the fates of three of this year's marquee receiver prospects.