Rookie Stock Report: Marquise Brown and Terry McLaurin Among First-Year Wideouts Dominating in 2019

Jason Schandl
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With only two wide receivers and one running back taken in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, there was some question as to how much of an impact this year's rookie class would have at those positions.

However, only three weeks into the season and the answer is already clear: a massive impact.

There are 60 wideouts in the NFL with at least 125 receiving yards through three games, and more than 10 percent of that group is made up of rookies.

Marquise Brown and Terry McLaurin have been particularly impressive. Brown ranks fifth at the position with 282 yards while McLaurin isn't far behind, ranking 12th with 257. DK Metcalf, ranking 22nd with 217, rounds out the group of rookies with at least 200 yards through the air.

As the only player on that list that wasn't drafted within the first three rounds, Preston Williams' 155 yards are incredibly impressive, especially considering he was an undrafted free agent and a long shot to even make the Miami Dolphins' roster this year.

The NFL record for most receiving yards in a season by an undrafted rookie was set by Anthony Armstrong in 2010, with 871 yards. Williams is just shy of that pace, as his 51.7 receiving yards per game puts him on a 16-game pace for 827, which would be good for second all time.

The pure yardage totals from these wideouts may not be overly surprising, as the increasingly pass-heavy nature of the NFL is inflating receiving numbers across the board. But for so many first-year wideouts to rank so highly among their more veteran peers is pretty incredible. This group is worth keeping a close eye on, because we could be looking at one of the best rookie classes of wide receivers in recent memory.

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