2011 NFL Draft

NFL Draft 2012: Which Teams Must Target a Dynamic WR in Round 1?

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates after Oklahoma State Cowboys won 41-38 in overtime against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJanuary 19, 2012

There are three wide receivers in this year's draft class worth using a first-round selection on. That means if a team wants an immediate upgrade at the position, it will likely have to do a little wheeling and dealing to get it done.

Here are teams that should be doing everything within their power to get Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd or Kendall Wright.

 

St. Louis Rams

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12:  Sam Bradford #8 of the St. Louis Rams warms up before the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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Sam Bradford needs an elite wide receiver if he's ever going the reach his potential. It doesn't matter how talented a quarterback is, if he doesn't have a reliable top target it's tough to generate any consistency. That's especially true for a young player like Bradford.

The Rams should utilize the second overall pick to take Blackmon. Even though St. Louis has several other needs, including offensive line, getting Bradford a legitimate No. 1 pass-catcher should trump everything else at this point.

Blackmon has separated himself from the pack at the position and is clearly the best wideout on the board. The Rams simply can't pass up that type of potential.

 

Chicago Bears

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 07:  Quarterback  Jay Cutler #6 of the Chicago Bears celebrates after throwing a touchdown pass to  Earl Bennett #80 (not picttured) during the fourth quarter of the game at Lincoln Financial Field on November 7, 2011 in Philad
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Few quarterbacks receive as much blame as Jay Cutler for their team's failures. When you look at the receivers he's trying to work with, however, it shouldn't be a major surprise that Chicago's offense goes through prolonged slumps.

Players like Johnny Knox, Roy Williams and Devin Hester simply aren't good enough to strike fear into opposing secondaries. That's why adding another weapon to Cutler's arsenal should be atop the team's priority list heading into the offseason.

Notre Dame's Floyd would bring some much-needed size to the Bears' receiving corps and has enough talent to be a starter right away.

 

Cleveland Browns

CLEVELAND, OH - DECEMBER 4: Quarterback Colt McCoy #12 of the Cleveland Browns passes during the second quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium on December 4, 2011 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Colt McCoy hasn't lived up to the hype, but it's hard to pass final judgment on him because his receivers have been downright brutal since he arrived to Cleveland. Even though Greg Little was a step in the right direction, there's still massive upgrades needed.

There's where Wright comes into play. The Browns have two picks in the opening round and he should be available with the second one (No. 22). The Baylor star would be able to stretch the field, which is something the Browns offense has been sorely lacking.

Hopefully the Browns are finally aware of the problem and get it fixed. It's the only way for them to find out whether or not their young QB is the real deal.

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