Posted by Frazier
There are a handful of schools that could easily make the top spot at this position. This is the classic issue of depth vs. talent. Should Florida receive credit for producing ten serviceable WR's, even if Cris Collinsworth is the best of the bunch? How much does it hurt Stanford that they only sent four players, if three of them were pro bowlers? It's a tough decision. I think I leaned slightly towards excellence over sheer numbers. There are plenty of guys who get drafted for pure athleticism, or because of a particular college program, who never do anything special, but end up taking up a roster spot for six years. We are here to award excellence, not mediocrity. Also, becoming a Hall-of-Famer never hurts. Well, let's look at the carnage.
-Miami. They've boasted a slew of talent over the years. Real burners who have had solid NFL careers. They are of course led by Michael Irvin, a Hall-of-Famer, and a key aspect of the best team of the 90s. They managed to produce eight solid receivers (Michael Irvin, Eddie Brown, Brian Blades, Santana Moss, Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Brett Perriman, Randall Hill) seven of whom had a 1,000 yard season (Hill being the exception). Five of them had pro bowl seasons, and Johnson and Moss have a chance to move this group to the top of the list over the next few years.
The Number Two:
-Ohio St. THE Ohio State University has produced six solid pro's (Cris Carter, Terry Glenn, David Boston, Joey Galloway, Chris Sanders and Jeff Graham), and has two more with potential (Santonio Holmes and Michael Jenkins) plus the entirely enigmatic Ted Ginn at the college level. For me, this essentially came down to Michael Irvin vs. Cris Carter, and Carter is probably the second best receiver of all time (at this point). They lose significant points because despite incredible potential, and flashes of brilliance, Boston, Glenn and Galloway have all been disappointments to some degree.
-Syracuse. Well, it happened again. We researched independently, and came to the same fairly surprising conclusion. The 'Cuse has produced the best pro's over the last twenty years. Once again, having two Hall-of-Famers is a HUGE boost. The crew consists of Marvin Harrison (HOF), Art Monk (HOF), Rob Moore, Kevin Johnson, Qadry Ismail. Moore gets credit for a couple of pro bowls, and a very nice overall career. Johnson has had a 1,000 yard season, and Qadry, despite being labeled a disappointment, managed to have a pair of 1,000 yard seasons with the anemic Ravens offense. It really comes down to the big two. Monk held all sorts of receiving records when he retired after a storied career, and a couple of Super Bowls. He was the last of the old school receivers who came along before the recent passing explosion, and he still has phenomenal careers numbers. Harrison of course will obliterate all those numbers, and is the only man who conceivably has a chance of catching the great Jerry Rice. He very well may end up one of the top two receivers of all time, so in this line-up Art Monk would be the second option. That's enough to take the title in my book.