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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Ranking the Draft's Top WRs

LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 12:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates a touchdown against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Jones AT&T Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 15, 2012

With a new emphasis on passing the football in the NFL, wide receivers have become more essential to a team's success than ever before. 

Luckily for organizations in need of an aerial jolt on offense, the 2012 draft class of wideouts is deep. 

Let's rank the top receivers. 

 

1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State 

No question here. 

The 6'1'', 215-pound, extremely physical Blackmon is the best and most NFL-ready receiver in the 2012 class. 

He reeled in 232 catches and 38 touchdowns in his last two seasons at Oklahoma State and is a two-time Biletnikoff Award winner, which acknowledges the top receiver in college football. 

I love Blackmon's ability to snag the football with coverage draped on him along with his big play potential. Because he's so big and has that hard-nosed demeanor he's incredibly tough to bring down in the open field. 

He should be one of the first five selections. 

 

2. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 08:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks celebrates runs with the ball during their game against the Kentucky Wildcats at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka
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Jeffery is more in the Calvin Johnson mold because of his 6'4'', 235-pound frame. The South Carolina star isn't as fluid and athletic as Megatron, but he's a tremendous deep threat like the Detroit Lions star largely due to his intimidating size and leaping ability. 

He must become a more all-around receiver, especially running those intermediate routes that move the chains. 

If has a strong pre-draft process, runs well and doesn't display any weight issues, he should be picked in the Top 10. 

 

3. Kendall Wright, Baylor 

Among a group of colossal receivers, the 5'10'' Baylor Bear is still the third-best receiver in this year's class. 

He brings a skill set comparable to DeSean Jackson to the NFL. At 190 pounds, he can be a bit more physical with press corners.

The Baylor star has the flatline speed to be a threatening downfield option, but was featured on a variety of bubble screens as a collegian.

Wright is extremely versatile out of the slot.  

He should test out as one of the fastest receivers at the combine and his productivity (186 catches, 2,615 yards and 21 touchdowns in 2010 and 2011 combined) will make him a late first-round selection.

 

2012 NFL Mock Draft (Jan. 10 Update)

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

3.  Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4.  Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6.  Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

7.  Jacksonville Jaguars: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

8.  Carolina Panthers: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

9.  Miami Dolphins: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

10.  Buffalo Bills: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

11.  Seattle Seahawks: Nick Perry, OLB, USC

12.  Kansas City Chiefs: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

13.  Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

14.  Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

15.  Philadelphia Eagles: Vontaze Burfict, LB Arizona State

16.  New York Jets: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

17.  Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Lamar Miller, RB, Miami  

18.  San Diego Chargers: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford  

19.  Chicago Bears: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

20.  Tennessee Titans: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina

21.  Cincinnati Bengals: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

22.  Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons): Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma

23.  Detroit Lions: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

24.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

25.  Denver Broncos: Devon Still, DT, Penn State

26.  Houston Texans: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

27.  New York Giants: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

28.  Baltimore Ravens: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

29.  New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints): Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson

30.  San Francisco 49ers: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

31.  New England Patriots: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

32.  Green Bay Packers: Chris Polk, RB, Washington

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