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Jeremiah, Davis See Value in 2016 Wide Receiver Class

There were six receivers selected in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft and five the previous season.

It remains to be seen how many will be tabbed April 28 in Chicago, but NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis said this week they believe there might not be as much depth at the top, but they do see some value toward the mid rounds.

"The wide receiver position this year, we've been so spoiled the last two years with the depth of talent," Jeremiah said. "I don't think we quite have that this year in terms of that top-end talent, but I do think in the middle rounds, there's a lot of depth to be found there on the offensive side of the ball."

Jeremiah has most recently projected that the Vikings will take TCU receiver Josh Doctson, and Davis most recently forecasted that Minnesota would select Mississippi receiver Laquon Treadwell at the 23rd overall spot.

Stefon Diggs, a fifth-round find a year ago, has been the only receiver selected in the past two drafts by the Vikings. Diggs led Minnesota with 52 receptions for 720 yards and finished second on the squad with four touchdown catches in 13 games.

Diggs' production exceeded all but one first-round selection (Oakland's Amari Cooper: 72 receptions, 1,070 yards and six touchdowns) in his rookie class.

Miami's DeVante Parker (14th) caught 26 passes for 494 yards and three scores, Philadelphia's Nelson Agholor (20th) caught 23 passes for 283 yards and one score, and Phillip Dorsett (29th) caught 18 passes for 225 yards and a score in his first season in Indianapolis.

Chicago's Kevin White (seventh overall pick) and Baltimore's Breshad Perriman (26th) were completely shelved by injuries.

The production lagged in comparison to the bumper crop yielded in rookie seasons by 2014 first rounders:

Buffalo's Sammy Watkins (fourth overall), 65 catches | 982 yards | 6 touchdowns

Tampa Bay's Mike Evans (seventh), 68 catches | 1,051 yards | 12 touchdowns

New York Giants' Odell Beckham, Jr. (12th), 91 catches | 1,305 yards | 12 touchdowns

New Orleans' Brandin Cooks (20th), 53 catches | 550 yards | 3 touchdowns

Carolina's Kelvin Benjamin (28th), 73 catches | 1,008 yards | 9 touchdowns

"Different drafts, we always talk about this isn't the deepest draft or this isn't that, but you hear from the outside there's no buzz," Davis said. "Guess what? These kids are going to get drafted and play really well in the league."

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