Best in class

Want to know how to pick a winning wideout? KC Joyner has the answer.

Updated: April 21, 2010, 12:04 PM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN The Magazine

Which high-profile rookie wideouts are likely to thrive this season? To find clues, take a look at three of last year's marquee draft picks: Hakeem Nicks, Percy Harvin and Darrius Heyward-Bey. For each player, we analyzed six of his college games to calculate his yards per attempt (YPA). Since most receivers' YPAs drop after they join the NFL -- where effective wideouts post a mark of 9.0 or better -- successful wideouts typically beat that figure as undergrads.