In a story now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss writes on the Patriots' recent struggles in drafting and developing a receiver into a big-time contributor. Not since Deion Branch (2nd round, 2002) and David Givens (7th round, 2002) has the team struck gold.
Why such a hard time for the Patriots at receiver?
The question is especially relevant this year, considering the team's glaring need for an outside threat and the fact the position rates as one of the deepest and most talented in this year's draft.
The Patriots aren't alone: Receiver is among the most boom-or-bust positions on a yearly basis. Two general managers (the Chiefs' Scott Pioli and the Rams' Les Snead) and one former team president (the Colts' Bill Polian) helped paint a picture at the NFL combine as to why that is the case.
While every position involves a projection of some sort, the personnel men say receiver is one of the toughest when factoring how a college player will transition to the pros.
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