2012 NFL Draft: Power Ranking Top 5 WRs in the Class

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 20, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys runs for yards after the catch against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NFL Draft is littered with exceptional talent on both sides of the ball, but the wide receiver position will be heavily watched in the first round. 

In 2011, two wideouts where taken in the Top 10 and three in the first round.

With some superb players up for grabs and several teams in need of playmakers, don't be surprised if four or even five wideouts get selected in Round 1 this year. 

That being said, here are the top five wide receivers in the 2012 NFL draft class. 


1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State 

Having won the Fred Biletnikoff Award two seasons in a row, Blackmon made the right choice in declaring for the NFL Draft. He is sure to be at least a top 10 pick, possibly even in the top five. 

Blackmon reeled in 121 receptions for over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns this past year for Oklahoma State. He's a phenomenal athlete. He is sure to be a star for whatever team drafts him. 

Listed at 6'1", 215 pounds, Blackmon is a great physical player that has the skills to thrive at the next level. He'll muscle his way around NFL corner backs and definitely be in contention for offensive Rookie of the Year. 


2. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina 

Another underclassman that's sure to steal the show in pre-draft workouts, Jeffery has the size, strength and speed to be an outstanding receiver in the NFL. 

His numbers were down this season because of inconsistent play at quarterback for the Gamecocks, but there's no denying his great talent. Jeffery is going to shine bright in the workouts leading up the draft, which will cause his draft stock to greatly rise. 

Listed at 6'4", 229 pounds, Jeffery is a beast on the field that can catch just about anything. If you throw it his way, he's going to do whatever it takes to bring it in, which is why he's the No. 2 wideout in the class of 2012. 


3. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 

The former star for the Fighting Irish, Floyd could see his name fall on draft boards because of character issues. Multiple run-ins with the law of alcohol related incidents won't sit well in the eyes of NFL scouts. 

Floyd has a chance to redeem himself in the interview portion of the combine, but it remains to be seen how much his off-field troubles will hurt him. Still, he is incredibly talented and will definitely make some team very happy. 

Listed at 6'3", 229 pounds, Floyd has great hands and is a very physical player, which is hard not to love. He needs to work on separating himself from defenders more, but with a good QB, Floyd will be a fine NFL wide receiver.


4. Kendall Wright, Baylor 

If it weren't for Wright, Robert Griffin III may not have won the Heisman Trophy. This fantastic receiver does a great job of getting open and making plays after the catch. 

His ball skills aren't as great as the top guys in the draft, but he has the potential to be a dangerous deep-ball threat in the NFL because of his speed. This past season, he was a big play machine for Baylor, reeling in catches for 48, 59, 66 and even 87 yards. 

Since a number of teams are in need of big play threats, Wright will likely end up as a first-round draft pick. Listed at 5'10", 194 pounds, Wright will need to bulk up some, but his speed is what puts him in the top five. 


5. Dwight Jones, North Carolina 

Jones' numbers aren't overly impressive, but when you consider the fact that the Tar Heels weren't all about the pass, his stats look better. 

During his senior season, Jones caught 85 passes for over 1,100 and 12 touchdowns. Jones has great acceleration, which will help him beat the skilled NFL corner backs he will soon face. 

What really catches the eye of many is that Jones is 6'4" and 225 pounds. He has great hands, and is going to make big plays at the next level because he's a solid downfield threat. Jones' size gives him advantage, which is why he squeaks into the top five. 


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