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Rob Rang
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Rob Rang

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There is no denying Plaxico Burress' talent. When healthy and not causing a distraction, he is certainly among the elite receivers in the NFL.

Teams, however, are becoming ever more tired of the prima donna receivers throughout the NFL. The fact that the Buffalo Bills signed Terrell Owens is not proof that teams still have an interest in glory-hound receivers, but rather proof that glory-hound receivers like Owens are now having to resort to signing with teams like the Bills, rather than the big media-market, Super Bowl-contending franchises he would have liked.

Teams would be wise to look into adding Burress, as he is, quite simply, that damn good.

However, this year's talented receiver class will make it all the more likely that many of the teams that could use Burress' skills will instead gamble on the youth available in the draft. A year after no receiver were taken in the first round, some believe that three (Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin, and Darrius Heyward-Bey) could be among the top ten picks this year. Furthermore, Hakeem Nicks, Kenny Britt, Percy Harvin and Brian Robiskie are all earning 1st round grades from at least one franchise I've spoken with over the past few weeks.

Wide receiver is among the toughest positions for rookies to make an immediate impact and teams know that no first year player is going to bring the same level of play Burress could.

Teams would be just as likely to point out, however, that no rookie would likely bring the same potential headache as Burress, either.

By Rob Rang  |  April 6, 2009; 11:34 PM ET  | Category:  Draft , New York Giants , Plaxico Burress Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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