The Book on Mike Wallace
By Bill Barnwell on February 27, 2012 12:23 PM ET
At 25, Mike Wallace is the most promising young receiver in all of football. He's accomplished more during his first three years in the league than any other wide receiver in recent memory, despite unfavorable conditions, regular absences from his starting quarterback, and the presence of two of the league's most decorated wide receivers ahead of him on the depth chart when he entered the league. Any team lucky enough to have Mike Wallace on its roster can expect to have the best wideout in football in its uniform for the next several seasons.
An Auspicious Debut
No active receiver has put together a more impressive résumé during his first three seasons as a pro than has Mike Wallace. If you compare what Wallace has done during that time to every other active wideout over the first three years of their respective careers, Wallace's statistical record is staggering. Consider:
• Among active wideouts, Wallace's 3,206 receiving yards are the second-most accrued during a player's first three seasons, behind only Anquan Boldin.
• Among receivers with a total of 60 receptions or more during their first three seasons, Wallace has averaged more yards per catch.
• He's scored 24 touchdowns in his first three seasons, more than any other receiver in football besides Braylon Edwards.
Wallace's performance during his first three seasons compares favorably to stars like Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, and Roddy White over the first three years in their respective careers. The table below lists the three-year totals for Wallace, those receivers, and other notable players, ranked by receiving yards:
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Only two receivers in the past 30 years have gained more receiving yards and scored more touchdowns during their first three years than Wallace, and they make for pretty good company: Randy Moss and Jerry Rice.
Mike Wallace - Best receiver since Rice/Moss?
Posted 06 March 2012 - 06:10 AM
Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:07 AM
He's quickly working his way up my wide receivers list in terms of best out there in todays game, and he's already close to the top. However, at the start of the season I definitely was missing Wallace on a lot of those "top 10" lists as I'm positive many others are.
The Steelers need to lock him up long term.
Posted 07 March 2012 - 12:59 PM
Since those 2:
Megatron>>>>>>>> Mike Wallace
AJ>>>>> Mike Wallace
Also looking at it who was Megatrons QB previous to this year. Fitz has had Curt Warner, John Skelton and Kevin Kolb. AJ had David Carr in his best years and then an often injured Schaub. mike Wallace has had a QB that is extremely tough to bring down which does two things it prolongs the play for him to use his speed. And it makes the DB hesitate thinking it is a sack. So he gets a lot of separation that way. So he has a more consistent QB, and more QB consistency.
And to the last point the disparity between elite speed and good speed int eh NFL is fractions of a second and I dont know many receivers his age that get faster. Once a speed receivers slows down a 10th of a second he is nowhere near as scary. He has some good years ahead of him but he is not the big bodied strong guy that has staying power. Or the crafty route runner that insure separation like Jerry, CC, or a welker (that hurt a bit to say).
Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:14 PM
Posted 07 March 2012 - 01:53 PM
Posted 07 March 2012 - 02:12 PM
Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:20 PM
Mav, I don't know about top five, but here's a list of who I think are best:
Calvin Johnson/Larry Fitzgerald
Greg Jennings/Mike Wallace/Steve Smith
Brandon Marshall/Hakeem Nicks/Vincent Jackson
Marques Colston/Roddy White/
Jordy Nelson/Victor Cruz (will climb with continued greatness)
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