NFL Draft Analysis: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri Tigers
by James Li
on April 23, 2009 @ 01:00:01
Maclin has certainly made the best of his curtailed collegiate career, posting huge numbers en route to consecutive All-American and first-team All-Purpose honors. He holds the NCAA freshman record for the most all-purpose yards in a season, with 1,039 kickoff return yards, 1,055 receiving yards and 2,776 total yards (an astounding 198.3 yards-per-game average). Despite an ankle injury, the Missouri native outdid himself his sophomore year with a nation-leading 2,833 all-purpose yards (202.7 yards per game).
Expected draft placement
Maclin is widely regarded as the second-best wide receiver available in the draft, behind Texas Tech wideout Michael Crabtree, and a lock to be drafted in the first round. Needless to say, Maclin would provide a huge boost to a team that needs an elusive wide receiver who can also double as a special teams returner.
Maclin is a good fit for the Oakland Raiders (No. 7), who had immense wide receiver issues in 2008. While trying to develop a young quarterback in JaMarcus Russell, the Raiders' receiving corps caught a mind-boggling total of 82 passes as a group. With wide receiver Javon Walker all but a huge (and very expensive) disappointment, Raiders team owner Al Davis may very well be looking for an infusion of young blood into this struggling department. Maclin fits what Davis likes in a receiver, and the former Tiger would give the team their own offensive triplets for years to come. The Raiders, however, have not selected a wideout with a first-round pick since one Tim Brown in 1988.
Possessing a set of weapons that mirror Chicago Bears return specialist Devin Hester's, Maclin should not fall out of the top 20 in the draft; the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 8) and New York Jets (No. 17) are likely spots.
About James Li
James Li has been a KFFL contributor since 2006.
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