- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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Fitzgerald already has 613 receptions, far more than any other NFC West receiver over the last seven seasons.
In fact, the wide receivers with the most receptions for the Cardinals' division rivals during the same time period -- Torry Holt (St. Louis), Bobby Engram (Seattle) and Arnaz Battle (San Francisco) -- have long since moved on. I ran across Engram in the 49ers' main lobby Wednesday; he's a quality control coach with the team.
History tells us receivers carry more risk than some other positions. For every Fitzgerald, there seems to be a Koren Robinson, David Terrell or Troy Williamson -- high picks that never came close to realizing their potential. Mike Williams' revival with Seattle last season was an exception.
The charts break down every receiver NFC West teams have drafted since 2004. Will the St. Louis Rams add Julio Jones to their list of drafted wideouts?
As in the past, I'll preface each chart with thoughts from the teams' perspectives.
Immediate needs don't matter so much when front-line talent is available ...
2004-10 NFC West Drafts: Elite WR Prospects
2004-10 NFC West Drafts: Second-tier Wideouts
These guys might not start, but every team needs secondary options in the passing game ...
2004-2010 NFC West Drafts: Seeking Depth
We're getting late enough in the draft to consider grabbing a receiver while a few with decent potential remain on the board ...
2004-10 NFC West Drafts: Developmental Projects
Time to fill out the roster and hope we find depth for special teams ...
2004-10 NFC West Drafts: Last Call