Last week I had a little bit of fun writing a “Does Your Team Need A QB?” article that still has yet to be proven incorrect in any way.
Because of the absolute truth that it is, combined with my duty as a draft analyst to inform you all, I have decided to bring you another edition of such an article. This one is called, “Would Your NFL Team Trade Their WR Trio For Ole Miss’ WR Trio?”
There are a lot of good wide receiver groups in the NFL, so this one might be a lot less obvious. But, if you’re not familiar with the Ole Miss wide receiver group, allow me to introduce them to you.
D.K. Metcalf is a 6-foot-3, 225-pound redshirt sophomore who has the size, length, speed and catching ability to possibly be the No. 1 wide receiver taken in the 2019 NFL Draft. A.J. Brown, a 6-foot-1, 225-pound junior, seemed to be the consensus No. 1 draft eligible wide receiver going into the 2018 college football season. He has one of the highest production rates in all of college football and can play every single spot inside and out as a wide receiver. DaMarkus Lodge, the 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, averaged more than 17 yards per catch last season. He’s one of the best deep threat players in the country due to speed and athleticism, but his consistency with catching does need work.
All three of these wide outs have Top 100 potential for sure, but perhaps it’s even more than that, as their names have been seen as high as Top 50s in rankings and Top 10s overall on mock drafts.
So, would your favorite NFL team trade their trio for the Ole Miss trio right now if they could? Age and potential included, let’s answer that question 32 times.
New England Patriots: No
As weird of a fit as the Patriots’ WR group might be for any other team, Julian Edelman, Chris Hogan and now Josh Gordon mean the Ole Miss gang wouldn’t be an upgrade for what the Patriots like to do.
New York Jets: Absolutely
Robby Anderson can run fast and that’s about it. Enunwa’s had a nice stretch, but not enough for me to keep their squad. The Jets might legit have one of the Ole Miss boys on their team next year anyways.
Miami Dolphins: Oh Yeah
I like Kenny Stills for what he is as much of the next guy, but Metcalf would start immediately on the outside and A.J. Brown would start immediately in the middle.
Buffalo Bills: Yup
Kelvin Benjamin and Zay Jones ain’t it.
Pittsburgh Steelers: No
Antonio Brown is still absolutely spectacular and JuJu Smith-Schuster is one of the fastest rising stars in the league.
Baltimore Ravens: Yes
I feel like the Ravens have had more wide receivers come through their franchise than any team over the last five years.
If you ask me, they’re still searching.
Cincinnati Bengals: I… Don’t Know
A.J. Green is obviously a Top 7 or Top 5 wide receiver in the league, depending on who you ask. Even if you think Metcalf is good (I do) that’s his ceiling and best case scenario. Would I take A.J. Brown and DaMarkus Lodge over Tyler Boyd and John Ross? Yeah, probably.
“Trev, you have to have an answer for all these.”
I SAID TOSS UP.
Cleveland Browns: YES
Sorry about that, still had caps lock on from the previous sentence.
I like Jarvis Landry a lot, but the package of the Ole Miss trio > the Browns’ best three right now.
Tennessee Titans: No
Let’s be clear. I’m only saying no because of my son Corey Davis.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Yes
The Jags’ wide receivers are producing without Allen Robinson better than I thought they would, but I’d still take the Ole Miss guys over their best three.
Houston Texans: Nope
Am I really going to replace Nuk?
Indianapolis Colts: Oh, Definitely
If T.Y. Hilton is so fast, why couldn’t he out-run Ryan Grigson’s bad decisions when he was GM, huh?
Yeah, that’s what I thought.
Denver Broncos: You Know What, No
I think Demaryius Thomas is overrated and I think Emmanuel Sanders is underrated, but the real x-factor here, for me, is the fact that they have DaeSean Hamilton. That’s a solid three with him in the slot.
Los Angeles Chargers: Nope
I think the ceilings for Mike Williams and D.K. Metcalf are similar, and I think the same for A.J. Brown and Keenan Allen. I’d say Lodge is a better third than what the Chargers have right now, but the production of Allen makes me also bet on the upside of Williams, so I’ll go with no. It’s close, though.
Oakland Raiders: In A Heartbeat
Jordy Nelson’s about to ride off into the sunset, Amari Cooper isn’t great and… who’s their third? Martavis Bryant? Did he come back? He did? But didn’t they cut him? Whatever. Give me the Ole Miss three.
Kansas City Chiefs: An overdose of “No” (Again)
Good Lord, the Chiefs’ weapons are impressive. How did we let this happen?
Dallas Cowboys: Lord, Yes
The Cowboys receivers are a bottom five unit in the league.
New York Giants: No
Odell is still king even though the haters say he isn’t.
Washington Redskins: Yep
I hesitated here only because Washington seems to have trouble even getting Josh Doctson the ball right now. But the Ole Miss group is better than the group they trot out there regularly.
Philadelphia Eagles: Can You Imagine?
Carson Wentz with D.K. Metcalf, A.J. Brown and DaMarkus Lodge?
Green Bay Packers: Mhmm
Davante Adams is legit but outside of him they got nothing. D.K. Metcalf with Aaron Rodgers would be so much fun.
Minnesota Vikings: Not Even A Little
I love the Ole Miss guys, but Thielen and Diggs are an unbelievable pairing that I can’t in all good consciousness breakup.
Chicago Bears: I’m Actually Gonna Say No
I’m an Allen Robinson truther, so take that for what you will. I also think Taylor Gabriel is one of the best x-factor players in the NFL, when used correctly. Throw Anthony Miller in there and you’ve got a tipping of the scale in Chicago’s favor.
Detroit Lions: No — Good For You, Lions
When Calvin Johnson left I thought it would be a long road to receiver recovery for the Lions. But the grouping of Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay is really good.
New Orleans Saints: No, Out Of Respect
Michael Thomas is one of the best receivers in the NFL, but even though the rest of their WRs could be comparably replaceable to Ole Miss’ guys, I have to say no, just for how good Thomas has been.
Atlanta Falcons: The First Super No
Julio. Ridley. Sanu.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: The Second Super No
Evans. D-Jax. Godwin.
Carolina Panthers: The First Super Yes
Take D.J. Moore out and it ain’t pretty.
San Francisco 49ers: Yes
This one is closer than I thought it would be because Garcon is a legend, Goodwin is super fast and Pettis is really good… but potential wise I’d still edge the Ole Miss guys overall.
Seattle Seahawks: Yeah, Like, Now
I don’t even trust how the Seahawks use their receivers anymore, so idk if this matters.
Arizona Cardinals: The Second Super Yes
When Larry Fitzgerald retires this wide receiver group is shaping up to be the manifestation of the “nope, there’s only trash here” Pokemon meme.
Los Angeles Rams: Nah, But It Would Be Fun
Brandin Cooks, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are taking the NFL by storm. The Ole Miss trio would put up hella numbers in that offense, too, but I can’t say I’d make the sub.