2012 NFL Draft: Wide Receiver Prospects go deep
This year’s class is loaded. Probably the richest position in the 2012 NFL Draft. There are difference-makers at the top. Speed throughout. Solid secondary and slot receivers in the middle. And a ton of potential to disect and differentiate. Here’s just a taste …
Justin Blackmon: Sitting at the top of this deep class is the back to back Blietnikoff award winner Blackmon. He plays stronger and faster than his times and measurements indicate (6’1 207, 4.46 pro day). For good reason, on and off the field, he is constantly compared to Dez Bryant. He is instinctive and attacks the football. Huge production in college, especially the big games. Has the quickness after the catch to be effective short as well as supreme body control to dominate in the air and down-field.
Michael Floyd: He has shown polished skills for the last few seasons. The safest WR in the draft. Great hands, instincts, and toughness. Might never become one of the top 5 WRs in the game, but he is a safe bet to develop and continue to beat defensive backs.
Next Best Things
Kendall Wright: He plays quick and fast. Lightning quick. Has stood out with Griffin since their first seasons. A big play maker who get stretch the defense vertically and go underneath on the screen. Immediately ready to step in the slot and create mismatches because of his natural hands, knack to get open, and ability to cut on a dime.
Alshon Jeffrey: He’s been criticized throughout the off-season due to his weight, size, speed, and everything else you can think off. Pretty disappointing Senior year, after a jaw-dropping and explosive prior season. What I loved about him was his ability to disregard defenders, both on the line in press coverage and catching the ball at a highpoint. Given the absolute depth of this class, there might be enough dirt on his name where he becomes a great value.
Borderline Q’s 1 or 2
Stephen Hill: Everyone knows Hill after his 4.36 official forty at the combine. With only 18 catches last year, he could epitomize “boom-or-bust” prospect. He can get vertical and could score some TDs, but needs time. Worthy of a 1st? Check out this video from DraftBreakdown.com of Hill vs. Georgia and Middle Tennessee State: http://draftbreakdown.com/stephen-hill-vs-georgia-middle-tenn-state.
Reuben Randall: Didn’t get a chance to watch him as much as other LSU WR prospects in the past. Evaluators are drawn to his combination of size and speed, projecting him as high as a mid-first round pick. He is a really good athete at 6’4 and even drew interest from MLB.
Juron Criner: Had a rough season due to injuries, but I really like this prospect. He’s got the size and enormous hands which he showcased during Senior Bowl practice.
Solid Second WR
Mohammed Sanu: He doesn’t have the speed or separation to be a top option, but understands the game and should produce in the right role. Very good hands and uses his body well to shield defenders. Should be a trustworthy supplemental receiver.
TY Hilton: A game-changing, playmaker at Florida International who seemed always to be a step or two above the competition. Teams will be attracted to him because of his speed and short area quickness, making him a solid slot receiver prospect. He is also a lethal return man, both on kicks and punts.
Joe Adams: Another slot WR. Stepped up with Childs getting back to speed. Quicker than fast. Not the best Senior Bowl or Combine, but plays better than that.
Others who’d I pick at the right time:
- Ryan Broles: Coming off injury. Prodigious route runner. Return ability.,
- Greg Childs: Also coming back from injury. Great hands and size.
- Marvin McNutt: Always impress with hands and route running.
- Nick Toon: Speed WR from Wisconsin can be a deep threat.
- DeVier Posey and LaVon Brazil
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