Originally Posted by AntoinCD
I would probably agree although it is selling Stokley and Clark short by simply saying that. They were 2 of the top players at their respective positions at that time.
In a simple comparison:
Harrison > D. Thomas
Wayne > Decker
Stokley < Welker
Clark > J. Thomas
You have this exactly backwards.
Thomas is a better receiver than Harrison. Harrison was a good technician but Thomas is a game-changing athlete. Harrison minus Manning would have been a run-of-the-mill receiver. Thomas is elite anywhere.
Decker and Wayne...Decker is big and deceptively athletic. Wayne's a tough overachiever who relied on Manning and modern soft defenses/spread offenses to produce.
Stokley...he got 1,000 yards on 15.8 yards/catch. That's quite a bit more impressive than doing it on 10-11 yards/catch. Stokley actually had to run real
patterns to beat people, not dinky little underneath crap.
I was always a Dallas Clark fan, but Julius Thomas is on another level athletically. He's basically another wide receiver. I always thought Clark was a very underrated blocker, though...when they used him in the 2 TE sets at the line, as opposed to splitting him out, anyway. Still, Thomas is much more of a game changer.