Sammy Watkins was the highest drafted wide receiver since AJ Green in 2011. Since 2004, every receiver drafted in the Top 4 has gone to the Pro Bowl at least once.
34 wide receivers and 10 tight ends were taken in the 2014 NFL draft. Some of them were superstars in big programs, others had less production but were seen as projects that can one day dominate with their incredible athletic ability – and some look like they may simply be the next big thing in pass catching.
Not every wide receiver gets to start right away, and even fewer succeed – since 2004, only 4 receivers have recorded over 1,000 receiving yards as a rookie (most recently Keenan Allen in 2013).
Here are the top 10 rookie receivers – wide receivers and tight ends included – that should have the biggest impact for their team as a rookie in 2014: