Danny Amendola, Wes Welker, and the Draft

First, a career comparison:

Wes Welker receiving (only his last 3 years, since I can't find the rest)

  1. 50 receptions, 582 yards, 11.6 YPR, 5 touchdowns
  2. 86 receptions, 1054 yards, 12.3 YPR, 7 touchdowns
  3. 97 receptions, 1099 yards, 11.3 YPR, 9 touchdowns
Totals: 233 receptions, 2735 yards, 11.7 YPR, 21 touchdowns

Danny Amendola receiving

  1. 13 receptions, 119 yards, 9.2 YPR, 1 touchdown
  2. 34 receptions, 395 yards, 11.6 YPR, 3 touchdowns
  3. 48 receptions, 487 yards, 10.1 YPR, 5 touchdowns
  4. 109 receptions, 1245 yards, 11.4 YPR, 6 touchdowns
Totals: 204 receptions, 2246 yards, 11 YPR, 15 touchdowns

Comments: Not that it should surprise anyone, but Wes Welker was the better receiver in three years. Leads Danny in all relevant statistical categories. The argument can be made, and I'd buy it, that Danny had a better senior season than Wes. Amendola's 109 receptions and 1245 yards was damn impressive.

I don't have the return stats, but I'm pretty sure Wes Welker was a better collegiate return guy than Danny.

The point of this diary was to illustrate that perhaps, and I say perhaps because I always tend to overstate this kind of thing, there is a noticeable change in attitude by NFL teams about Texas Tech wide receivers. If Amendola gets drafted -- and that's by no means a certainty at this point -- it would speak volumes for the impact Welker's NFL success has had on our program. The statistics are very comparable and, if anything, lean towards favoring Welker (who I think was the better collegiate player overall, as well). I'm not so young to forget how good of a player Welker was, I was at Tech when he finished up afterall, and knew when he went undrafted that it was just a matter of time before he made a team. I don't have that same feeling about Amendola, but I wish him the best and hope he gets drafted.

If Amendola does get drafted it will prove to fans and future recruits alike that what was once true of this program just a few years ago is no longer the case. Wes Welker proved that a Red Raider system product WR can have enormous success -- AND PAYDAY BABY -- at the next level. If Danny Amendola, a fine receiver, can get drafted out of Tech, a lot of 4 and 5 star recruits can do the same? Don't forget the season Crabtree just had, either. Any reasons future wide receiving prospects had for choosing any other school will look increasingly trivial, especially if Danny hears his name on Sunday.

Programs don't change overnight. What Coach Leech has done is win consistently and loudly with our nationally famous offense. I believe, I hope, that we're just tipping the iceberg on the recruiting benefits our prolonged success, especially offensively, will reap. I'll be watching this weekend.

Cheers, Wreck Em.

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