Analysts: 2014 WR class has slight edge over 2015 WR class

The wide receiver class from the 2014 NFL Draft might just go down in league history as one of the best ever, as several members of the group are coming off incredible rookie seasons.

While the 2015 crop of wide receivers is also considered to be an extremely impressive class, the consensus from NFL Media analysts is that this year's crop doesn't quite stack up with the class of a year ago.

NFL Media analysts Daniel Jeremiah and Charles Davis looked at both classes and ranked the top 10 receivers out of the field, giving a slight edge to the 2014 group.

New York Giants 2014 first-round pick Odell Beckham was slotted at No. 1 on their list, with fellow 2014 first-rounder Sammy Watkins coming in a close second. A member of the 2015 class made the list at No. 3.

"Kevin White, West Virginia, goes there," Davis said. "I keep hearing he's a one-year wonder but I think he'll be more than that. He's a big, strong, physical guy who can do everything you want."

White came in one spot ahead of Tampa Bay's Mike Evans, the seventh overall pick last year. Those two receivers have somewhat similar builds and both had tremendously productive final seasons in college. Evans was a top candidate for Offensive Rookie of the Year, an honor that went to Beckham.

Six of the 10 receivers that made the analysts' list came from last year's draft, including four of the top six.

"I'm only going to go with 2014 as the better draft only because of what we've already seen," fellow analyst Brian Baldinger said. "I just think last year's draft had a lot of depth. John Brown, Jordan Matthews, Martavis Bryant... there were 33 wide receivers drafted last year so I don't know if the depth will be that great (this year). But when you look at the top -- Kevin White, Amari Cooper, DeVante Parker -- there's certainly a lot of star power."

As if the NFL were not already a passing league, such a huge infusion of talent at wide receiver in a two-year span will certainly help continue the aerial explosion.

You can follow Bryan Fischer on Twitter at @BryanDFischer.

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