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2016 Proves to be a Historically Slow Receiver Class

Written by Joe Marino on February 27, 2016

We just witnessed the slowest group of wide receiver 40-yard dashes at the Scouting Combine in over a decade.

Marino’s Take:  Wow! Speed has always been valuable in the NFL and there isn’t much of it to be had in this years receiver class. If you are a team that is in the market to add speed to your offense, this year’s draft does not offer many options. There are numerous examples over the past several years of teams taking a receiver in the first round whose all-around skill set was lacking but they had top-end speed which lead to a team investing a high asset in them. Phillip Dorsett, Tavon Austin and Darius Heyward-Bey immediately come to mind.

On the flipside, this could bode well for Notre Dame WR Will Fuller and Baylor’s Corey Coleman. Fuller was the fastest receiver at the Combine as he clocked a 4.32 official 40-yard dash. Coleman, who did not run due to injury, figures to clock an impressive time at his Pro Day. Both Fuller and Coleman have serious holes in their game but they provide speed that is rare, especially in this class.

After a few good years of athletic, speedy receivers entering the league, the 2016 class is severely lacking.

Joe Marino

Joe Marino is a Senior Scouting Consultant for NDT Scouting and co-host of the Locked of NFL Draft Podcast. Marino began his career as the Assistant Editor for USA Today Digital Properties Draft Sites Network in 2011. In 2014, Joe joined the highly regarded Draft Breakdown staff as a Senior NFL Draft Analyst where he received high praise for his coverage of the Senior Bowl, NFL Scouting Combine and prospect evaluation. Joe has been a featured NFL Draft Analyst on local ESPN Radio, national NBC and CBS Sports Radio, and numerous local radio shows and podcasts. Marino also contributes a weekly column to USA Today's Draft Wire.

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