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Driver Most Overrated WR Says ESPN Insider Joyner

Packers wide out Donald Driver has been named as the most Overrated receiver in the League according to KC Joyner in an article on ESPN.com. The theory behind ranking Driver where he did is as follows from the article Joyner wrote:

Donald Driver

For sheer production, Driver had few equals last year, as he ranked fifth in the league in receptions and in receiving yards.

A quick barometer of a quarterback/wide receiver/tight end’s efficiency.

Depth level: A measurement of how far downfield a receiver was on a pass attempt. It is measured from the point at which the receiver touched the ball. Short passes are 1-10, medium 11-19, deep 20-29, and bombs 30 or more yards downfield.

Success percentage: The percentage of plays on which a player does something successful with the ball. Successful plays include completions (for offensive players), incompletions (for defensive players) and penalty plays that go in the player’s favor.

Missed passes: Inaccurate or dropped passes that cause an incompletion. Missed passes are used to measure how successful a QB/WR/TE could have been if not for the mistakes. They also help measure how lucky a cornerback was in coverage.

However, it took a huge number of pass attempts for him to amass these figures. When I rank wide receivers, I place the highest value on consistency and explosiveness. Driver certainly wasn’t that explosive, as his 7.6 YPA ranked him 48th among wide receivers (of 67 qualifiers).

His 10.3 YPA on bomb passes (30-plus yards downfield) ranked him 39th in the league, and his 10.1 YPA on deep passes (20-29 yards) ranked him 44th.

Driver’s consistency also left something to be desired. His success percentage, which used to be Driver’s calling card, plummeted to a meager 57.6 percent last year, his lowest total in the four years I have been tracking metrics. He also had the most dropped passes of any wide receiver, and his dropped pass percentage (14.4) was the 12th worst in the NFL.

I’m not saying Driver is a bad wide receiver. I just think metrics such as these did not warrant the Pro Bowl starter slot he garnered last year.


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One Response to “Driver Most Overrated WR Says ESPN Insider Joyner”

  1. shochiavang says:

    you are fuckin dumb..Donald driver is not overrated fuckin Joyner,

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