The 2011 NFL Draft is over and now we can look back at the selections and figure out if teams addressed their needs at wide receiver (or if they drafted as if they didn't understand they had needs at wide receiver).
Here is a list of NFL starting quarterbacks who were most victimized by dropped passes last season (5.5%+ of a quarterback's attempts being dropped is a major issue for me). Dropped passes as percentage of incompletions in brackets.
1. Derek Anderson-Arizona: 8% (16.5%)
2. Tom Brady-New England: 7.5% (22%)
3. Shaun Hill-Detroit: 7% (18.2%)
4. Peyton Manning-Indianapolis: 6.6% (19.7%)
5. Sam Bradford-St. Louis: 6.1% (15.3%)
6. Eli Manning-New York Giants: 5.9% (16%)
7. Ben Roethlisberger-Pittsburgh: 5.9% (15.4%)
8. Colt McCoy-Cleveland: 5.9% (14.9%)
9. Mark Sanchez-New York Jets: 5.9% (13.1%)
10. Carson Palmer-Cincinnati: 5.8% (15.2%)
11. Kerry Collins-Tennessee: 5.8% (13.6%)
12. Matt Hasselbeck-Seattle: 5.6% (14%)
Injuries or not, those are unacceptable levels of drops and each of the teams above should have been looking for wide receivers (and/or running backs with good hands). So did the teams above draft receivers?
Arizona: 1 (DeMarco Sampson-SDSU, Round 7)
New England: 0
Detroit: 1 (Titus Young-Boise State, Round 2)
St. Louis: 2 (Austin Pettis-Boise State, Round 3; Greg Salas-Hawaii, Round 4)
NY Giants: 1 (Jerrel Jernigan-Troy, Round 3)
Cleveland: 1 (Greg Little-North Carolina, Round 2)
NY Jets: 2 (Jeremy Kerley-TCU, Round 5; Scotty McKnight-Colorado, Round 7)
Cincinnati: 2 (A.J. Green-Georgia, Round 1; Ryan Whalen-Stanford, Round 6)
Seattle: 1 (Kris Durham-Georgia, Round 4)
Tight ends might also help address the drop issues. However, out of the above teams only St. Louis, Cleveland, Arizona and New England drafted a tight end.
St. Louis A+
New York Jets: B-
New York Giants: C
New England: D