Desean Jackson has outperformed the entire 2008 WR draft class

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Eagles wide receiver, DeSean Jackson, has gone to multiple Pro Bowls and been a serious weapon for the team over the last five seasons. Still, Jackson seemingly has been part of a love-hate relationship with fans and the media. And despite proving his toughness following a new contract, some still question his desire to play hard and be a team player, while discounting his production on the field.

Jackson was taken with the 49th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and was the seventh wide receiver selected that year. Still, Jackson has proven that his value has greatly superseded his classmates at his position. Of the 35 wide receivers selected, Jackson owns the most receptions, most yards and most total touchdowns in the class. In fact, the only players that sniff Jackson's productivity, are Green Bay's Jordy Nelson, Buffalo's Stevie Johnson and Washington's Pierre Garcon. Even with those three players, the California alum still has 1,500 more receiving yards than Nelson, nine more touchdowns than Johnson and 42 more receptions than Garcon.

Players taken ahead of Jackson like Donnie Avery and Devin Thomas have bounced around the NFL, while others who were taken just after him, like Malcolm Kelly and Limas Sweed, quickly fizzled out of the league. Guys like Harry Douglas, Earl Bennett and Jerome Simpson have been marginal at best. Still, despite his small stature, Jackson has proven to be the pinnacle of the 2008 group.

While Jackson still has to prove he can adapt to Chip Kelly's offense (which he seems tailor-made for),his value to this point in his career should not be questioned. While many consider him soft, he is a dynamic weapon with special talent. If you do not buy the hype, just check the numbers below:

Rd. Overall Player School Games Rec. Rec. Yards Total TDs Active in NFL
2 33 Donnie Avery Houston 55 163 2,089 13 Yes
2 34 Devin Thomas Michigan St. 55 43 482 3 Yes
2 36 Jordy Nelson Kansas State 73 217 3,276 28 Yes
2 41 James Hardy Indiana 16 10 96 2 No
2 42 Eddie Royal Virginia Tech 67 229 2,441 13 Yes
2 46 Jerome Simpson Coastal Carolina 41 97 1,278 7 Yes
2 49 DeSean Jackson California 71 274 4,785 30 Yes
2 51 Malcolm Kelly Oklahoma 21 28 365 0 No
2 53 Limas Sweed Texas 20 7 69 0 No
2 58 Dexter Jackson Appalachian St. 7 0 0 0 No
3 70 Earl Bennett Vanderbilt 63 153 2,034 8 Yes
3 81 Early Doucet LSU 54 139 1,491 7 FA
3 84 Harry Douglas Louisville 63 122 1,507 6 Yes
3 95 Mario Manningham Michigan 61 202 2,764 19 Yes
3 97 Andre Caldwell Florida 59 125 1,190 6 Yes
4 105 William Franklin Missouri 13 7 83 0 No
4 106 Marcus Smith New Mexico 20 0 0 0 No
4 125 Arman Shields Richmond 0 N/A N/A N/A No
4 126 Lavelle Hawkins California 42 71 771 1 Yes
4 128 Keenan Burton Kentucky 22 38 425 1 No
5 136 Kenneth Moore Wake Forest 14 6 59 0 No
5 153 Matthew Slater UCLA 75 1 46 0 Yes
6 171 Marcus Henry Kansas 0 N/A N/A N/A No
6 174 Josh Morgan Virginia Tech 65 179 2,274 11 Yes
6 182 Kevin Robinson Utah St. 8 0 0 0 No
6 191 Paul Hubbard Wisconsin 1 1 8 0 No
6 193 Jaymar Johnson Jackson St. 7 1 9 0 No
6 205 Pierre Garcon Mount Union 68 232 3,152 20 Yes
7 215 Justin Harper Virginia Tech 2 0 0 0 No
7 217 Brett Swain San Diego State 27 8 87 0 Yes
7 224 Stevie Johnson Kentucky 64 249 3,235 21 Yes
7 226 Chaz Schilens San Diego State 59 100 1,191 9 FA
7 237 Adrian Arrington Michigan 5 9 110 0 FA
7 246 Mario Urrutia Louisville 0 N/A N/A N/A No
7 248 Marcus Monk Arkansas 0 N/A N/A N/A No
UDFA N/A Danny Amendola Texas Tech 42 196 1,726 7 Yes
UDFA N/A Andrew Hawkins Toledo 27 74 796 4 Yes
UDFA N/A Davone Bess Hawaii 77 321 3,447 12 Yes

While this is admittedly a poor draft class for wide receiver, it says something that a sub-5'10" wide receiver has been so successful. Say what you want about Jackson, but he has certainly been productive and that is a fact when compared to his classmates.

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