Jeremy Maclin Shut Down by Top Competition

Seattle isn't likely to select Jeremy Maclin, but if there's any consensus about Seattle's first pick in the draft, it's that no one is sure who Seattle will select. So let's play a game of what if and say Seattle selects a dynamic playmaker at four, and that dynamic playmaker is Maclin. It would suck.

In two seasons, Maclin played seven teams ranked in the top 30 in defensive FEI. He was almost uniformly bad.

Targets: 64

Catches: 47

Yards per Target: 6.04

Missouri's dink and dunk offense kept the ball in Maclin's hands, but he did little with it. He had one touchdown and just two receptions over 20 yards. Good defenses shut down Maclin's run after the catch, and he won't find a softer schedule in the NFL. Of course we're in the very infancy of this stat and there's no proof it is predicative, but Maclin's YPT compares to Limas Sweed. What really separates the two is that Sweed's poor yards per target was linked to his low catch percentage, 55%, while Maclin caught 73.4% of the passes targeting him. It's just that he did nothing with those catches.

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