2012 NFL Draft Projections: Projecting the Draft's Top 3 WRs

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 12, 2012

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 8:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys cuts outside against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half on September 8, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma State defeated Arizona 37-14.  (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)
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Every NFL team needs a franchise quarterback, that we know. 

However, a great signal-caller must have a variety of weapons at his disposal. 

Receivers go a long way in determining a club's success. 

Let's look at the top wideouts in the 2012 draft. 

Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State 

What's not to like about Blackmon? 

He reeled in a video game-like 232 catches for 3,304 yards and 38 receiving touchdowns over the last two seasons at Oklahoma State. 

At 6'1'' and a chiseled 215 pounds, the Cowboys' star wideout has a body ready for the NFL. The only slight knock on him is he doesn't possess tremendous flatline speed. In the Fiesta Bowl against Stanford, he surely looked fast enough to me. 

I'll be shocked if he isn't selected in the top five. 

Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

Jeffery is the big, 6'4'' playmaking receiver every club would love to have on its roster. He's a physical wideout and uses his 235-pound body to overwhelm cornerbacks at the line of scrimmage and on jump balls down the field. 

He doesn't have tremendous acceleration, but once he gets going, he's deceptively fast. 

Depending on his pre-draft process and how he tests at the combine, Jeffery should be a top-10 pick. 

Kendall Wright, Baylor 

I find myself wavering between Kendall Wright and Michael Floyd as the third-best receiver in the draft. For the time being, Wright's elite speed and familiarity with the spread offense that's popping up across the NFL gives him the edge over Floyd. 

The Notre Dame receiver had brushes with the law during his time in South Bend and was injured in the team's bowl loss to Florida State. 

A team in the late stages of the first round will add him as a luxury pick, because he adds more pages to the playbook and can hit the big play anytime he touches the ball.