2012 NFL Draft: Teams in Dire Need of Big-Time WRs

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 13, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 5:  Quarterback Blaine Gabbert #11 of the Jacksonville Jaguars salutes a touchdown run by running back Maurice Jones-Drew #32 against the San Diego Chargers in a Monday Night Football game December 5, 2011 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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As the 2012 NFL draft approaches, each team around the league has different needs, but a few of them could all use a playmaking wide receiver to help win games. 

Selecting a guy to help stretch the field and make big plays will greatly improve the offense for these teams, but if they fail to draft a talented wideout, they won't be getting any better.

Stars like Justin Blackmon, Alshon Jeffery and Michael Floyd are sure to be drafted in the top 20. Kendall Wright and Mohamed Sanu are also guys to consider, but they won't be taken until the late first-round or early second. 

With that said, here are three teams who desperately need to select one of the big-time wide receivers of the 2012 NFL draft. 


Jacksonville Jaguars 

New head coach Mike Mularkey has a lot to consider with the seventh-overall pick in the draft, but if he's smart, he'll make sure he ends up with one of the top three wideouts. 

In order for the Jaguars to have success in the future, Blaine Gabbert has to have better talent around him. Currently, there is no true threat at the wide receiver position and that has to change. 

If it means trading up to get Blackmon then so be it. Jacksonville could also look to trade down if they feel they're reaching too much by selecting Jeffery or Floyd at No. 7. 

Either way, the Jaguars will be sadly mistaken if they don't have a top-notch wideout once the draft is over. 


Chicago Bears 

CHICAGO, IL - DECEMBER 18:  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears stands on the sidelines during a game against the Seattle Seahawks at Soldier Field on December18, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. The Seahawks defeated the Bears 38-14.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/
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Jay Cutler needs help. While the Bears best option at No. 19 is likely an offensive lineman, they're better off moving up to get a playmaking wideout. 

Sure, Cutler needs better protection too, but if Chicago is serious about contending for a Super Bowl, it will do whatever it takes to get Cutler more weapons. 

Roy Williams, Johnny Knox and Devin Hester aren't the right guys to help bring Chicago a title.

It may cost the Bears some picks, but it will be worth it to finally have a reliable wideout that opposing teams will fear. 


Cleveland Browns

Luckily for the Browns, they have two first-round picks, which means they have an excellent chance to land a skilled wideout to help Colt McCoy prosper. 

With the No. 4 pick, the Browns could consider a QB like Robert Griffin III or even a RB like Trent Richardson. However, their best bet is to get Blackmon, as it will make life so much better for the team, especially McCoy. 

Of course, Blackmon may not be there, in which case, the Browns will have to make a tough decision. With the No. 22 pick in the draft as well, they could wait until that point to draft a receiver. 

Whatever Cleveland decides to do, it had better be bringing home a superb wideout or else the franchise will continue to be bottom-dwellers of the NFL. 


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