JAWS: Falcons Looking At Wide Receivers?

JAWS: Falcons Looking At Wide Receivers?

Jay Adams

Published March 16, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Welcome to my new blog-style posts that I’m going to affectionately call JAWS. What does JAWS stand for? Jay Adams Writes Stuff. Can’t blame me for not being literal. Anyway, I’ll be updating this section of the site several times per day to give you my take on certain news items concerning the Falcons, while also giving you a chance to voice your concerns in a poll.

It started with mock drafts and now it’s moved to blog posts with facts to back it up: It seems the Falcons are looking for help at wide receiver.

More than one mock draft has the Falcons going with a wideout with the No. 27 overall pick in April’s NFL Draft, but friend of the site and ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas reports the Falcons held a private workout with East Carolina wide receiver Dwayne Harris. The Falcons will also have “at least one representative to Cincinnati’s pro day to see receiver Vidal Hazelton,” Yasinskas wrote.

It doesn’t surprise me to see this kind of news as general manager Thomas Dimitroff, the scouts and the coaching staff do their due diligence on every position there is to look at.

If the guys at the top decide to take a wideout, I’ll caution fans to temper expectations for what that wide receiver will be able to accomplish in the first three years of his career.

It’s pretty common knowledge around the league that wideouts tend to take a while to develop. There are a few exceptions, of course, but those exceptions are few and far between. Perhaps the only wide receiver in this Draft that could contribute at a high level right away is Georgia’s A.J. Green.

Everyone else could need one, two or even three years to start producing on a consistent level. Even wide receivers like Detroit’s Calvin Johnson needed a year to find his stride. Houston’s Andre Johnson did, too.

Is it possible to hit the jackpot with a wideout who can unexpectedly become a pivotal part of the offense right away? Sure. But, judging by history, it doesn’t seem likely.

What’s your take? Let us know below.

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