We here at Mocking the Draft put together a bracket to match up the top 32 rookie quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends drafted in April. Put simply, it's a NCAA tournament style bracket to help us decide which rookie will score the most fantasy points this coming season. You're welcome to go back and see the original post here Today's match up, Kendall Wright vs Michael Egnew.
Apologies for this being a day late, but I was busy with real world things. So we're going to have two match ups today to make up for it. First we have the Titans first round receiver Kendall Wright up against tight end Michael Egnew, drafted by the Dolphins in the third round.
Why vote for Wright?
Wright can be an explosive playmaker in the Titans receiving corps. He'll start off behind Kenny Britt and Nate Washington, but look for him to split time at the X and slot receiver positions. He gives the Titans the option to spread out the defense in three receiver sets, but they can keep the defense honest with Chris Johnson in the backfield. With the defensive focus on Britt, Washington and Johnson, Wright could fly under the radar and surprise a lot of people.
More after the jump.
Why vote against Wright?
The first problem for Wright could be that second year quarterback Jake Locker might win the starting job. If that's the case, the Titans might want to lean on Chris Johnson for the majority of their offense while Locker adjusts to being a starter in the NFL. The second problem is that the Titans have already said he's going to start out learning the X position, which is currently occupied by Kenny Britt. Wright is a good player, but he will find it tough to take time away from Britt barring any injury.
Why vote for Egnew?
Tight ends are the new big thing int he NFL after what happened in New England with Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez. Egnew is certainly a big target at 6'5", 252lbs. He is fast as far as tight ends are concerned and can get open vertically. This creates mismatches with the defense that the Dolphins will try to take advantage of. With the potential for rookie quarterback Ryan Tannehill to see the field early on, Egnew could be a valuable target, as most tight ends are to young quarterbacks.
Why vote against Egnew?
He struggles with blocking and can be a liability at times. He may have to play the majority of his snaps passing downs, tipping the defense to what the offense is doing. He's not much of a route runner. He can find the seam and be a vertical threat as I said earlier, but he struggles to get separation when making cuts. This could cripple his playing time and receptions.