We asked readers where the unhappy wide receiver should be drafted right now. Where he is drafted now and where he will be drafted come August are probably two very different things. Either he will be signed and in camp and his average draft position (ADP) will shoot up or he will still beholding out and his fantasy stock will be plummeting. Currently his ADP is 36.5 overall and Wallace is the 12th WR to come off boards on average.
Wallace is coming of his best season (72/1193/8) and he is entering his fourth NFL season. Wallace finished 9th in fantasy points in 2011, so the fact that he is being taken as the 12th WR in mocks (just three WR slots lower than his 2011 results) reflects confidence by the masses that he will be in camp. Our readers were a little less optimistic. Many of them clearly have reservations about taking Wallace as high as the third round with a possible hold out on the horizon.
The RFA Deadline has passed. Mike Wallace is likely a Steeler in 2012, but he could hold out. Where would you be willing to draft him today?
- 4th Round (41%, 25 Votes)
- 3rd Round or sooner (33%, 20 Votes)
- 5th Round (16%, 10 Votes)
- 6th Round (7%, 4 Votes)
- 7th Round or later (3%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 61
There also concerns about what changes may be coming in terms of run/pass balance shifting with new OC Todd Haley. Then there is the presence of the emerging talent Antonio Brown who was actually targeted more than Wallace in 2011 (123 to 113). Brown may be the reason the Steelers are comfortable dragging this process out – oh, and the fact that Wallace is making ridiculous salary demands.
Our view is that we are sufficiently concerned enough to pass on Wallace where he is being drafted right now in favor of better value later. That judgement is not solely out of a fear that Wallace will hold out long enough to miss games but that receivers who hold out and come back late get injured. With guys being drafted after Wallace that feel like either safe plays like Jeremy Maclin (55 Overall / WR23), Steve Smith (42 Overall / WR16), and Stevie Johnson (60 Overall / WR25) and high upside guys still on the board Kenny Britt (62 Overall / WR27), Demaryius Thomas (62 Overall / WR27), and Robert Meachem (80 Overall / WR31) we can justify letting someone else have Wallace at this point.
Like we said, this could all be very different come the middle of draft season.