For all the buzz and optimism these receivers brought in their careers, they’ve each only been in the top 5 of receiving yards once each: Plaxico Burress (2002: 5th with 1325 yards), Derrick Mason (2003: 5th with 1303 yards) and Hines Ward (2002: 4th with 1329 yards).
New Miami WR Chad Ochocinco has done it four times. He was 4th in 2003 with 1355 yards, 3rd in 2005 with 1432 yards, 1st in 2006 with 1369 yards and he was 3rd in 2007 with 1440 yards. Of all current players, only Larry Fitzgerald has been in the top 5 in receiving yards as many times as Ochocinco.
Daniel Jeremiah at NFL.com wrote a great piece, detailing what execs and scouts around the NFL think of Chad based on his most recent three seasons, especially last season.
The Dolphins basically have 2 of the crucial 3 wide receiver spots filled. I see Chad out wide and Bess in the slot. They have a great accumulation of competition for the other spots: Edmond “Clyde” Gates, Brian Hartline, Legedu Naanee, and B.J. Cunningham. If nothing else, they have deep threat covered.
Chad will not only be the star attraction for “Hard Knocks: Training Camp With The Miami Dolphins” (unless Kim Kardashian crashes the set to visit Reggie Bush), but he’ll boost ratings for the Dolphins’ primetime match-ups, and for his “revenge” games against the Patriots. He’s been famously MIA on Revis Island. He gets his first shot Sep. 23rd.
For fantasy value, even if Chad isn’t running quite as fast as he used to, his strengths are still the intermediate game and – to a lesser extent – the deep game. For that reason, I’d put him as a 10th round selection if Tannehill starts (Reggie claims he has the inside track since he played in a Sherman system for years in college), and more like 13th or 14th if it’s Moore or Garrard (I think Moore will spread it around more to Bush and Bess, and I really don’t find Garrard to be consistent). Chad (taken 36th overall in 2001) and Matt Moore (undrafted in 2007) both played some college football at Oregon State.
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