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In regards to the Prototype WR / one more Ramses Barden topic . . . well kinda

I felt that I needed to write this for some time now as I have seen multiple posters rip the thought of the Colts getting / needing a bigger WR.

First, to start off to my detractors, I agree. No one can definitively say that the prototype body equals success. Troy Williamson is probably the best opinion in my book. But the prototype is the prototype for a reason.

Scouts, coaches, and fans are obsessed with the measurables because it is the base floor upon which you can build greatness. Using the case of Ramses Barden (6'6" 224 lbs. with a timed 40 time of 4.55) seconds is one of the best canvases upon which coaching can work. As everyone will cite, there are numerous factors to which a guy does not put up stats expected when drafted (i.e. injury, quality highly drafted depth in front of the guy, QB play, etc.).

We as Colts fans know that there are multiple ways of generating Wideout separation. Sometimes it is simply scheme (i.e. motioning a player to the opposite side of the field), sometimes it is great route running, and sometimes it can be simply by physical ability. Coordinators / QBs address the first. Coaching instills the second. But no one controls the third but God alone. Simply put, if you want to generate base vertical or horizontal separation it is purely a measurables thing. Any mixture of the three creates an infinitely higher possibility for a catch to happen.

Personally, I like the idea of having Barden (or any big receiver) on the roster because for years as Colts fans, we have seen the QB bailout adequate receiver play (i.e. making the perfect throw, finding the right receiver, etc.). Yet, the reciprocal is also true. Great receivers can also bail out adequate QB play. Or better still, what happens when both a Great WR and a Great QB get together? Many of us fans relish the idea of a bigger receiver because a bigger receiver with good jump measurables allows you to throw the "jump ball / end-zone fade pass." It is just one more dimension that we presently do not have on the roster presently, and I think it becomes all the more important to have that kind of receiver when you run a West Coast offense as those check-done opportunities start to fade as you near the end-zone (simply do to a shorter field).

I am not advocating that we only get monsterous sized WRs. I am advocating that we get WRs which provide varying challenges to defenses. Now, all of this is not to discount the fact that a receiver has to be able to run routes and actually catch the ball first. If a guy does not show those abilities first, he is a waste to throw out on the field in my opinion. Generally speaking, as I have watched Barden I cannot say that I have seen either of those items being of significant issue. Thus, I am openly for obtaining Ramses Barden.

In regards to the drafting of WRs, my personal philosophy is that you only draft the prototype player in the first round (6'4" or above, at least 205 lbs., and sub -4.40 speed). On day two, you can draft the super measurables WRs (sub-4.4 speed regardless of height or above 6'3" with at least average speed measurables and big jumping ability). These are guys that deviate from the prototype slightly with height or long-speed variances (i.e. Desean Jackson, Hilton, Vincent Jackson, Brandon Marshall, etc.). After round 3, I believe you are safe to draft whomever you want. In these rounds, I think you draft guys because they do something extremely well - regardless of measurables (i.e the slower slot receiver which has ridiculous hands and has the mind of QB, the WR which has great run-blocking ability, the developmental QB to WR, and the combo returner / WR, etc.). The goal in the late rounds in my opinion is to find the guy that has some ability which supersedes the norm and has a high work ethic.

I know what some will say, "But you will miss out on Percy Harvin if you don't draft him in the first round . . ." And I am okay with that. For every Percy Harvin, there is a Craig Davis. Also, you may say, "But there are only a few WRs that fit your mold of what a 1st - 3rd round WR is, you are going to miss out on a lot of good receiver." Yes, but the point of my philosophy is to draft "Great, game changer" receivers not only "good, adequate" receivers. I hope this explains the position that some people have noted regarding the "prototype" wideout.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Stampede Blue's writers or editors.

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