Mothman wrote:Thielen isn't another Jordy Nelson either, at least not yet.
I'm glad you said "not yet," Jim. I think Thielen is just beginning to realize his potential. To me, he's a lot like Nelson -- tall (just a touch shorter than Nelson), faster than he looks (by their combine times, Thielen at 4.45 is actually faster than Nelson's 4.51), and tough. Both are hard workers, and both can get deep. Nelson happens to have an all-world quarterback throwing to him, which certainly helps.
That being said, based on what he's done RIGHT NOW, I would agree that Thielen is average. Not too bad for an undrafted free agent out of Minnesota State.
A person could make an argument that Diggs is above average, since he compiled his stats in only 13 games. However, the knock on Diggs coming out of Maryland was his durability, so that has to be considered.
Add it all up, and I believe the Vikings' receiving corps would probably rate as average. Given the utterly hapless state of our offensive line last year, I'd say that's pretty good. I also believe they have the potential to be above average if the offensive line can get Sam Bradford some time to throw. Add in an 80-catch Kyle Rudolph, and our corps have the potential to be pretty darned good. Of course, that's a big "if."