2012 NFL Mock Draft: Landing Places for Justin Blackmon and 5 First-Round WRs
I expect Blackmon to be quite the hit for whichever lucky team is able to snag him, but he's not the only potential big-time wide receiver that is in this draft.
The 2012 NFL draft is talented and deep at the wideout position, and there are quite a few first-round prospects that have the potential to be great at the next level.
Where are they going to end up though? That's the question on everybody's mind.
Check out my latest mock. Emphasis, wide receivers:
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Nothing new to see here folks, move along.
2. TRADE Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
I've been expecting the 'Skins to make a move for Griffin all offseason, and I don't see that changing now. Keep an eye on who's moving back here—the St. Louis Rams.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Vikings would love to get someone that will protect Christian Ponder for years to come. Kalil is not perfect, but he will be there for a long time.
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Best player available in my opinion, and he's a stud. Cleveland really got a great pick here.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Horrible Buccaneers defense just got a shut-down corner. This is a huge pick for their organization.
6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Here's the first receiver off the board, and he couldn't be any better. Blackmon is an absolute stud, and he's going to be a great option for Sam Bradford.
At 6'1'', 215 he's the perfect mold for a Z receiver in the NFL—more of a physical possession receiver that can make things happen after the catch—and if the Rams can re-sign Brandon Lloyd, they will have a very formidable one-two punch at the wideout position.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alshon Jefferey, WR, South Carolina
Two wide receivers in a row, way to go. If Blackmon is your typical NFL Z receiver than Jeffery is your typical X—deep ball, stretch the field, vertical threat wide receiver.
He's tall and lean and is a consummate deep ball threat. Put him on the outside and start throwing him jump balls, and he's bound to start coming down with them.
The Jaguars had the league's worst passing offense last season, so at 6'4'', 229 pounds Jeffery is going to be a sight for sore eyes.
He may take a year or two to fully develop, but in time, he could be a truly elite No. 1 wide receiver for Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars.
8. Carolina Panthers: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
He's arguably the best player on the board at this point, and the Panthers really need to fix up their secondary. This is a great pick.
9. Miami Dolphins: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
DeCastro is the surest bet in the draft. He's going to be a stud for years to come in the NFL, and I don't see him moving out of the Top 10, despite what others think.
10. Buffalo Bills: Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
Their problems at linebacker have been well documented, and Upshaw fits the mold of what they're looking for.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
He's a big player that will fit perfectly as a nose tackle in the 3-4 defense.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
A young and very fast Seahawks defense just got a whole lot better.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
He's arguably the most athletic and skilled tackle in the draft, and the Cardinals desperately need him.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
Dallas has a need for an offensive lineman, but the best value here would be to fix its secondary issues with a solid and physical corner.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
The Eagles couldn't tackle last year. Kuechly is a very good tackler.
16. New York Jets: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
He fills a huge weakness, and he's the best player at his position.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Envisioning putting Floyd across from A.J. Green to form the perfect complementary possession receiver is going to be too much for the Bengals to pass up on.
At 6'3'', 224 pounds, Floyd has great size to come into the NFL and be able to battle it out with corners. He's also got enough speed to get behind the defense every now and then, and with Green on the other side of him, he's going to become even more dangerous.
18. San Diego Chargers: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
This is somewhat of a fall for Martin, so the Chargers are taking care of a huge need and getting incredible value.
19. Chicago Bears, Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Wright is the purest deep threat wide receiver in the draft, and he may be the legitimate No.1 option the Bears are looking for.
Everybody knows Jay Culter has a cannon for an arm, and now he'll be able to chuck it up to Wright and watch what he can do with it.
Wright has blazing speed and can make things happen after the catch. He's got great field vision to go along with great hands.
He's going to be a dream come true for Cutler and this Bears offense.
20. Tennessee Titans, Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
The Titans need a lot of help, but one place they can improve right away is their pass rush with this steal of a pick.
21. Cincinnati Bengals, Lamar Miller, RB Miami (Fla.)
The Bengals added their wideout and now they have their running back of the future. This offense is starting to look stacked.
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta): Nick Perry, DE, USC
Best player available and very versatile. Can help the defense in many ways.
23. Detroit Lions: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The Lions desperately need secondary help, so they'll do some stretching here.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
He hits the scheme as if he was ment to play it. Big player, will take up a lot of space.
25. Denver Broncos: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
The Broncos need a big guy that can stop the run and make life easier for their linebackers.
26. Houston Texans: Cordy Glenn, OT/OG, Georgia
I'd say protecting the quarterback is going to be an emphasis for the Texans, and Glenn is a very versatile blocker and a steal.
27. New England Patriots (via Saints): Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
The Patriots need all the defensive help they can get, and Brown is quite a good catch at this stage of the first round.
28. Green Bay Packers: Whitney Mercilus, LB, Illinois
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Here's a guy the Pack can put across from Clay Matthews and just ask him to get the quarterback.
29. New York Giants: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
Put Burfict with the Giants' front four, and you've created a quarterback's worst nightmare.
30. New England Patriots: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Their secondary was a huge problem this year, so taking a flier on Jenkins won't be an issue.
31. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, OG/C, Wisconsin
The Ravens offensive line is getting older, and Konz can fill a variety of their needs for now and in the future.
32. San Francisco 49ers: Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
The 'Niners are going to need to find a big-time play-maker at wide receiver for Alex Smith to throw the ball too.
At 6'4'', 225 pounds Jones is a going to be a very intriguing option for the 49ers here, and I think they're going to take a shot on him.
He's got the size and speed that you're looking for and has great hands.
Jones can be a game-changer and will add a new and exciting element to the 49ers offense.
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