Look back in 2012, where the New York Giants decided to select Louisiana State receiver Rueben Randle in the second round of the NFL Draft, in the hope of replacing the former playmaker in Mario Manningham, who had left for the San Francisco 49ers following the spectacular Super Bowl catch against the New England Patriots. Randle was considered to be a top-three talent at the WR position, and seemingly had all the tools and experience necessary to come in and provide stability in the Giants’ offense.
Now two years into Randle’s NFL career, it’s time to really take a look into his potential as being on of the more dominant receivers in the league. His numbers aren’t outstanding, but they good enough to keep him as the No. 3 receiver on Big Blue in 2014. Randle has 60 recs, 909 yards, and nine touchdowns in his young career in the NFL, which is pretty good for the third option receiver of Eli Manning.
However, Randle was expected to come in and contribute big numbers early and often, which has not happened just yet. He has provided some bright spots, including the incredible gravity-defying touchdown catch against the Minnesota Vikings, and opening touchdown reception against the Green Bay Packers. He has what it takes to be a solid contributor in the NFL, and will be one of the better on the Giants for some years, but he will not be a receiver of the likes of Calvin Johnson or AJ Green. He lacks breakaway speed and athleticism to be a dominant No. 1 receiver to stretch the offense on his own.
There’s no question that Randle will be a very good player in this league for the next decade, but the tag as a future top-five receiver in the NFL may not happen as anticipated.