Arizona Cardinals: Which of the Rookie WRs Will Make the Most Impact?
Clearly, the biggest talk of the NFL draft for the Arizona Cardinals is taking Kyler Murray number one overall. But the other talk of the draft is they ended up with three wide receivers and the “steal of the draft” in Byron Murphy. The one thing in common with these wide receivers other than their position is the fact they have a lot to prove, and an excellent mentor to look up to in Larry Fitzgerald. Each of these wide receivers is completely different in what it is they bring to the table.
First: Andy Isabella Round 2, Pick 30
Andy is a speedster wide receiver, known for his 4.31 forty yard dash time and his ability to create separation with his footwork. In 2018, he had 102 catches for 1698 yards with 13 touchdowns at UMass. One thing that puts a magnifying glass on this particular player, is he is basically what we got back for Josh Rosen on day two of the draft. If he pans out, that looks better on Keim and company as well as the organization.
Second: Hakeem Butler Round 4, Pick 1
Hakeem is an absolute beast of a man. He stands at 6 foot 5 and ran a 4.48 forty yard dash with a three-foot vertical leap. This is a man that will win a lot of the jump balls on the field with his size. In college, he had 60 catches with 1,318 yards and nine touchdowns. So far Kyler seems to have been taking a liking to this man, saying he’s “never had a bigger target”. Watch out for this one, last season he lead the NCAA in “explosive plays”.
Third: KeeSean Johnson Round 6, Pick 1
KeeSean did not have the best showing at the combine. However, the thing is, the one thing he does well is the most important thing about being a wide receiver. He can catch the ball, and catch it well. With his size being almost dead center between Hakeem and Andy, he may serve as “Ol Reliable” in the Cardinals offense.
So who’s the best?
Kliff Kingsbury is known for the “air raid” offense. That offense is based solely on quick reads, simplifying the reads for the quarterback so he can get the ball out quickly to their receivers. Having different wide receivers with different skill sets will become an integral part of the offense. With that being said, the rookie that will most likely have the largest impact overall will be Hakeem Butler. The reason for that is his size, chances are since he is best in the one on one situations, he will get a lot of looks in pressed man coverage. With the type of offense they are getting ready to run, a large target will make a great impact in a short amount of time.
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