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2014 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Selections

The 2014 NFL Draft has officially wrapped and now is the time where the fans look forward to the preseason to see how the new players perform on the field. For the next few weeks, I’ll be covering each position and the notable players selected.

I covered the running backs on Wednesday, which you can check out here.

Now let’s talk about the wide receivers of the 2014 NFL Draft. This class of wide receivers was considered to be the best possibly ever. With receiver being a top priority for several teams, it was a little surprising that only five wide receivers went in the first round. A total of 33 receivers were drafted this year.

The first receiver taken in this year’s draft was none other than Clemson standout Sammy Watkins. The Buffalo Bills traded from their eighth overall pick to grab Watkins with the fourth pick. The Bills also gave up their 2015 first round pick to the Browns in exchange to nab Watkins. Was it worth it? We’ll find out in the years to come.

Mike Evans went seventh overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Odell Beckham Jr. followed shortly after at pick number 12 to the New York Giants. The New Orleans Saints traded up seven spots to get Brandin Cooks with the 20th pick and the Carolina Panthers decided to add another young receiver to the NFC South by picking up Kelvin Benjamin at pick 28.

Many were surprised to see Benjamin taken before other big names such as Marqise Lee and Jordan Matthews, who both went in the second round (Lee to the Jaguars and Matthews to the Eagles).

Cody Latimer, who was once projected to the Kansas City Chiefs by Todd McShay, ended up as a Denver Bronco in the second round (with the very same pick the Chiefs would have had, had they not acquired Alex Smith from the 49ers). Latimer will be an interesting player to watch next season.

One of my favorite picks was John Brown out of Pittsburg State. I attended the University of Central Missouri so seeing any Division II player get drafted is super cool. Not to mention, he was a third round pick, which is awesome! Brown was an incredible talent at Pitt State and I’m excited to see him shine with the Arizona Cardinals.

The biggest steal of the draft hands down goes to the 49ers who got Bruce Ellington in the fourth round. I was hoping the Chiefs could get Ellington, but he ended up falling to the fourth round and becoming a Niner. Terrific.

Who do you think will have the best year out of this year’s rookie wide receivers?

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