Blitz is crazy busy this morning so he asked to fill in for a second and there's been something that's been bugging me so the timing is pretty good I guess. In looking at some rather meaningless rankings of positions (namely WR), I expected to see Santonio Holmes ranked somewhere in the 15-20 range (shortly ahead of Ward). I realize that most of the rankings at this point in the offseason will be geared toward 'fantasy rankings,' but I honestly thought that he'd ranked a bit higher in 'fantasy terms.' Man, was I surprised:
If you ever read Matt Miller's Mocking the Draft, you probably saw that he's been ranking players at each position and several days ago he completed his ranking of wide receivers. He doesn't give any explanations for his rankings but Holmes came in at 33rd in the league. 33rd? Needless to say I was floored. He was surrounded by the likes of Deion Branch, Laveranues Coles, Donte Stallworth and Jerry Porter. Further up the list were names like Jericho Cotchery, Santana Moss, Bernard Berrian and Derrick Mason just to name a few.
I brushed off that ranking and picked up a recently purchased CBS Sports/Pro Football Weekly NFL preview magazine and flipped to their rankings of wide receivers. I was once again shocked to find Holmes coming in at 29th. He was once again behind Coles, Cotchery, Moss, Berrian and this time even Chris Chambers. They stopped giving explanations 25, so I'm not sure what their reasoning was either.
So my question is simple, do we as Steelers fans overrate Holmes because he's one of our own? Also why would he be ranked so low, do they consider him a 'one trick pony' who just goes deep? And most importantly where does he rank in your mind?