2012 NFL Draft Projections: Destinations for Justin Blackmon and Draft's Top WRs

Austin GreenCorrespondent IJanuary 15, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys catches a 67-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against Chase Thomas #44 of the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The 2011 NFL season was headlined by record-breaking passing numbers, but a quarterback is only as good as the guys he's throwing to.

Quality wide receivers are an essential ingredient to every high-powered offense, and as A.J. Green and Julio Jones proved this season, wideouts don't have to be experienced to be effective.

I doubt any receivers from this class will duplicate Green's rookie numbers, but there are several talented prospects that can make an impact right away.

Here are possible destinations for the top receivers in the 2012 draft class.


Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys runs for yards after the catch against Myles Muagututia #47 of the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glend
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Blackmon's draft stock has been skyrocketing after a phenomenal junior season at Oklahoma State. The 6'1", 215-pound receiver finished the year with 121 catches, 1,522 yards and 18 touchdowns.

He is unquestionably the best wide receiver in this class and a guaranteed top-10 pick.

Some have him going as high as No. 2 overall, but unless someone trades up to snag him, I think he falls to Jacksonville at number seven.

The Jaguars need a reliable target for young quarterback Blaine Gabbert and Blackmon would be a perfect fit.

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 has elite size for an NFL wide receiver (6'4", 229 pounds), but he's a bit raw. He'll need to improve his route running and technique if he wants to be a force at the next level.

The Carolina Panthers could use another weapon for Cam Newton, but I doubt they will reach for Jeffery.

A more likely destination is the Seattle Seahawks, who will have either the 11th or 12th pick, depending on a coin flip with Kansas City.

Seattle has plenty of issues, but one of the most glaring is their lack of receiving threats. The Sydney Rice signing was a bust, Golden Tate isn't producing and Doug Baldwin isn't talented enough to be a number one option.

Adding Jeffery could be just what they need.

Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 29: Michael Floyd #3 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish breaks away from Tra'ves Bush #9 of the Navy Midshipmen at Notre Dame Stadium on October 29, 2011 in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame defeated Navy 56-14. (Photo by Jonathan Dan
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The Chicago Bears would be thrilled if Floyd fell to them at No. 19, but the Philadelphia Eagles might snatch him up first.

The Eagles have the 15th pick, and with a disgruntled DeSean Jackson heading for free agency, they could use another target for Michael Vick.

Wide receiver isn't Philadelphia's biggest need, but if they aren't satisfied with the defenders available, they will happily add Floyd.

Like Jeffery, Floyd is a monster physically. If he improves the technical aspects of his game, he will be a matchup nightmare at the next level.

Kendall Wright, Baylor

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Kendall Wright #1 of the Baylor Bears runs during a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Wright doesn't have the size of the three guys above, but with his speed and elusiveness, he could develop into a Steve Smith (Carolina version) type of deep threat.

He would be a great fit with Jay Cutler and the Bears. Cutler desperately needs another weapon on the outside and I'm sure he would enjoy throwing the long ball to Wright.

If the Bears pass on the Baylor product, I'd be shocked if he fell past the Browns at No. 22. Colt McCoy needs help and Wright would be a welcome addition in Cleveland.