2012 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting the Mid-Round Wide Receivers

John Rozum@Rozum27Correspondent IJanuary 18, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - JANUARY 02:  Devier Posey #8 of Ohio State Buckeyes runs upfield during the first half at the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl against the Florida Gators at EverBank Field on January 2, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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With so much attention going to Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, the talent in the mid-rounds at receiver is going vastly overlooked.

So, here's a look at receivers who'll go in the middle rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.


Washington Redskins: Brian Quick, Appalachian State (Round 3)


Provided that the Redskins can land Baylor's Robert Griffin in round one, a studly standout receiver is needed to accompany him in our nation's capital.

Well, that man comes in the form of 6'4", 215 pound Brian Quick of Appalachian State. Catching 71 passes for 1,096 yards and scoring 11 TDs in 2011, Quick is the school's all-time receiver in catches, yards and TDs.

His size is perfect to go across the middle as well as the sure-handedness on the fade route. It's something that Washington missed in the red-zone this season, so it's an ideal fit for both parties to have success in 2012.


San Diego Chargers: TY Hilton, Florida International (Round 4)


A dynamic player and one of the better playmakers in the draft, Florida International's TY Hilton fits right in with San Diego.

The Chargers need a complete return man that can break a game open and they lost that when Darren Sproles bolted for New Orleans. Hilton accounted for 2,855 kickoff and 614 punt return yards throughout his collegiate career while also taking six of the returns back to the house.

As a receiver he's reliable in the slot and would make a great complement inside of Vincent Jackson and/or opposite of Antonio Gates. He can also provide the horizontal dimension in the ground game as he scored seven rushing TDs for the Golden Panthers.


Miami Dolphins: DeVier Posey, Ohio State (Round 5)


The only reason why DeVier Posey's draft stock is down is because he wasn't able to play in Ohio State's first 10 games of 2011. In 2009 and 2010, though, he collected over 825 receiving yard each year and combined for 15 TDs on 113 receptions.

Standing at 6'2" and weighing 210 pounds, Posey is the ideal No. 2 receiver in pro football. There, the Miami Dolphins are a suitable team as Posey would be opposite of Brandon Marshall. He immediately creates a solid duo for quarterback Matt Moore to rely on and is a reliable blocker on the edge for the ground game.

In turn, that will also allow Clyde Gates and Davone Bess to focus more on their kick/punt returning niches as Miami begins to become a more complete/dangerous team in 2012.


2012 First-Round NFL Mock Draft

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB (Stanford)

17. Cincinnati (From OAK): Riley Reiff, OT (Iowa)

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

18. San Diego Chargers: Courtney Upshaw, LB (Alabama)

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT (USC)

19. Chicago Bears: Alshon Jeffery, WR (South Carolina)

4. Cleveland Browns: Morris Claiborne, CB (LSU) 

20. Tennessee Titans: Mohamed Sanu, WR (Rutgers)

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Richardson, RB (Alabama)

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Cordy Glenn, OG (Georgia)

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

22. Cleveland (From ATL): Vontaze Burfict, LB (ASU)

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Floyd, WR (Notre Dame)

23. Detroit Lions: Zach Brown, LB (UNC)  

8. Miami Dolphins: David DeCastro, G (Stanford)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Zebrie Sanders, OT (Florida State) 

9. Carolina Panthers: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB (Alabama)

25. Denver Broncos: Chase Minnifield, CB (UVA)

10. Buffalo Bills: Alfonzo Dennard, CB (Nebraska)

26. Houston Texans: Jerel Worthy, DT (Michigan State)

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Quinton Coples, DE (UNC)

27. New England Patriots (From NO): Nick Perry, DE (USC)

12. Seattle Seahawks: Kendall Wright, WR (Baylor)

28. Green Bay Packers: Melvin Ingram, DE (South Carolina)

13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT (Stanford)

29. New York Giants: Devon Still, DT (Penn State)

14. Dallas Cowboys: Janoris Jenkins, CB (North Alabama) 

30. Baltimore Ravens: Dont'a Hightower, LB (Alabama)

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Kuechly, LB (Boston College)

31. San Francisco 49ers: Mark Barron, S (Alabama) 

16. New York Jets: Brandon Thompson, DE (Clemson)

32. New England Patriots: Jayron Hosley, CB (Virginia Tech)


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