Reception Perception: Assessing the Fit of the 2017 NFL Draft 1st Round Wide Receivers

Reception Perception: Assessing the Fit of the 2017 NFL Draft 1st Round Wide Receivers

Much of the talk heading into the 2017 NFL Draft was that the class of wide receivers was deep but didn’t carry the top-heavy appeal of year’s past. Well, it appears the league begged to differ, as all three of ...
Reception Perception: Measuring Potential Reward that Comes with the Risk of Dede Westbrook

Reception Perception: Measuring Potential Reward that Comes with the Risk of Dede Westbrook

According to longtime draft analyst Tony Pauline, a number of teams did not assign a draftable grade to Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook. Apparently, his interviews at the NFL Scouting Combine were “horrible” and turned teams off because he seemed ...
Reception Perception: Josh Reynolds & Ability Beyond the Assignment

Reception Perception: Josh Reynolds & Ability Beyond the Assignment

As the draft creeps ever closer, it’s been hard to miss the steady drumbeat growing among film watchers for Texas A&M receiver Josh Reynolds. Lauded for his ability to high-point the ball and make the spectacular grab, even a cursory ...
Reception Perception: Ryan Switzer and an Annual Archetypal Discount

Reception Perception: Ryan Switzer and an Annual Archetypal Discount

The clearance rack is a fascinating place. Without a doubt, a good half of the items curtained there belong in the department store’s version of the Island of Misfit Toys. Yet, it’s also home to pieces that serve as true ...
Reception Perception: A Clouded Journey Lies Ahead for Ishmael Zamora

Reception Perception: A Clouded Journey Lies Ahead for Ishmael Zamora

In a class with the well-discussed Joe Mixon, there lies another character vs. ability riddle for NFL teams to solve. Despite not receiving much of the spotlight afforded to his running back draft class mate, Ishmael Zamora also presents the ...
Reception Perception: Understanding Chad Hansen's Narrow and Limited Assignment

Reception Perception: Understanding Chad Hansen’s Narrow and Limited Assignment

Everyone sees things differently and that’s okay. As soon as you can accept that reality and be settled with it, the closer you are to finding peace in not just many social walks of life, but also in debates surrounding ...
Reception Perception: Taywan Taylor and Expecting the Unexpected

Reception Perception: Taywan Taylor and Expecting the Unexpected

One theme that continues to hold true throughout the process of evaluating this wide receiver group: Day 2 will be loaded with potential longtime NFL players. You can argue that the top of this class isn’t filled with high-end No ...
Reception Perception: Zay Jones is This Year’s Most Confusing WR Prospect

Reception Perception: Zay Jones is This Year’s Most Confusing WR Prospect

Back in Cooper Kupp’s Reception Perception evaluation, we discussed the process of the NFL Draft season. At that time, the massive hype machine generated by the Eastern Washington receiver’s Senior Bowl week had hit an impasse with a poor combine ...
Reception Perception: Under the Radar Isaiah Ford is an Elite Separator

Reception Perception: Under the Radar Isaiah Ford is an Elite Separator

Editor’s Note: Get full Reception Perception data and written evaluations by Matt Harmon on top 50 wide receivers for the 2017 NFL season in the 2017 Ultimate Draft Kit In my view, this is a strong wide receiver class. Last year, ...
Reception Perception: JuJu Smith-Schuster and the Intersection of Different Departments

Reception Perception: JuJu Smith-Schuster and the Intersection of Different Departments

Editor’s Note: Get full Reception Perception data and written evaluations by Matt Harmon on top 50 wide receivers for the 2017 NFL season in the 2017 Ultimate Draft Kit When at peak functionality, an academic department is a truly beautiful ecosystem ...
Reception Perception: Providing Context to Cooper Kupp's NFL Projection

Reception Perception: Providing Context to Cooper Kupp’s NFL Projection

Viewing the NFL Draft as anything but a process would be a mistake. Yes, it culminates in a singular event where the teams “put pen to paper” and select college players to join their organization, but there is so much ...