Jeremy Maclin staying on pace with top wide receivers from 2009 draft class

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Since heing taken in the 1st round of 2009, Jeremy Maclin's career has been under a microscope. The former Missouri Tiger was the third wide receiver taken in the draft, making his production vital to the success of the Eagles, the team that traded up to take him 19th overall.

At Missori, Maclin was a dominant receiver, returner and playmaker in general. However, since being drafted, he has been in-and-out of the lineup due to injuries and was rarely successful on returns when given the chance. A two-time consensus All-American, Maclin came into the league with a lot of hype, but has yet to have a 1,000-yard season.

Still, Maclin has proven to be more than capable in the redzone, having already had a 10 touchdown season. He has consistently hovered around 65 receptions per season and has been fairly productive when healthy. Despite all that, his biggest issue is consistency and a lack of obvious toughness, attributes that have drawn criticism from the media and fans.

Although he tends to be the subject of trade speculation by the media and constant debate from the Eagles fanbase, he has been able to maintain competitive numbers when compared to his impressive draft class. The 2009 wide receiver class features such talented players as Hakeem Nicks, Mike Wallace, Kenny Britt, Michael Crabree and Percy Harvin. Even with those big names, Maclin ranks among the top of the leader board in receiving yards and total touchdowns.

Despite the lack of returning success, Maclin ranks fourth in the class in total touchdowns (all receiving), which is led by Wallace, Harvin and Nicks. Of the three, Harvin has greatly benefited from his ability to play running back and return kicks. In the receiving yards category, Maclin ranks third behind Wallace and Nicks, who are both the top wide receivers for their respective teams. Maclin has mostly served as the number two pass catcher behind Desean Jackson during his career.

Want to see how the rest of the 2009 wide receiver class has produce? Check it out:

Rd. Pick Overall Player College Games Rec. Yards Total TDs Active
1 7 Darrius Heyward-Bey Maryland 56 2,071 11 Yes
1 10 Michael Crabtree Texas Tech 58 3,345 21 Yes
1 19 Jeremy Maclin Missouri 59 3,453 26 Yes
1 22 Percey Harvin Florida 54 3,302 29 Yes
1 29 Hakeem Nicks North Carolina 55 3,726 27 Yes
1 30 Kenny Britt Rutgers 45 2,354 19 Yes
2 36 Brian Robiskie Ohio State 37 485 4 Yes
2 50 Mohamed Massaquoi Georgia 54 1,745 7 Yes
3 82 Derrick Williams Penn State 18 82 0 No
3 83 Brandon Tate North Carolina 50 643 9 Yes
3 84 Mike Wallace SMU 63 4,042 32 Yes
3 85 Ramses Barden Cal Poly 29 394 0 Yes
3 87 Patrick Turner USC 24 122 1 FA
3 91 Deon Butler Penn State 35 611 4 Yes
3 99 Juaquin Iglesias Oklahoma 1 0 0 No
4 107 Mike Thomas Arizona 61 1,796 8 Yes
4 108 Brian Hartline Ohio State 60 2,753 6 Yes
4 124 Louis Murphy Florida 57 1,707 8 Yes
4 127 Austin Collie BYU 42 1,845 16 FA
5 140 Johnny Knox Abilene Christian 45 2,214 13 No
5 141 Kenny McKinley South Carolina 8 0 0 No
5 144 Jarrett Dillard Rice 21 398 1 Yes
5 160 Brooks Foster North Carolina 0 N/A N/A No
6 194 Brandon Gibson Washington State 55 2,090 9 Yes
6 206 Dominique Edison Stephen F. Austin 5 0 0 No
6 224 Demetrius Byrd LSU 0 N/A N/A No
6 229 Manuel Johnson Oklahoma 2 6 0 No
6 232 Julian Edelman Kent State 48 714 7 Yes
6 233 Sammie Stroughter Oregon State 33 639 1 FA
7 243 Marko Mitchell Nevada 10 32 0 No
7 251 Derek Kinder Pittsburgh 0 N/A N/A No
7 252 Freddie Brown Utah 0 N/A N/A No
7 253 Tiquan Underwood Rutgers 33 566 2 Yes
N/A N/A Quan Cosby Texas 44 71 0 FA
N/A N/A Kevin Ogletree Virginia 46 730 4 Yes

Does this research change your opinion of Maclin? Do think the fanbase has overlooked him? What are your thoughts on Mike Wallace leading in all categories in the study?

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