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2012 NFL Draft: Ranking the Top 10 Wide Receiver Prospects

Keaton WolfeContributor IIIMarch 3, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Ranking the Top 10 Wide Receiver Prospects

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    The 2012 NFL Draft wide receiver class is very talented. I can see at least eight wide receivers being drafted in the first two rounds of the NFL Draft. Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd both made good choices to stay in school for another year however Ryan Broyles did not because of a bad knee injury that will affect his stock dearly. 

    The best receivers in the NFL have size, speed, hands, and they run great routes and block. There are many NFL teams looking for that big play threat, and I think there are quite a few big play receivers in this year's upcoming draft.

    Here are my top 10 wide receivers in the 2012 NFL Draft.

10. Nick Toon, Redshirt Senior: Wisconsin Badgers

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    Toon has good size at 6'2'', 215 pounds. He runs great routes, has dependable hands, isn't afraid to go across the middle and blocks really well. Toon could be a solid red zone threat with a 37.5-inch vertical jump.

    He might not have much upside and doesn't get much separation from defenders. Still, he should be a dependable WR in the NFL for quite some time.

    Toon could go as high as the second round because he is a polished WR or as low as the fourth.

9. Tommy Streeter, Redshirt Junior: Miami Hurricanes

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    Streeter is a prospect with great upside who at 6'5'', 220 moves a lot like NFL WR Plaxico Burress. He is a very good red zone threat as well as a deep threat. Streeter gets separation from defenders and uses his 4.4 40 speed well.

    He doesn't run good routes but that can be worked on. Could be a steal in the fourth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.

8. Dwight Jones, Senior: North Carolina Tar Heels

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    Jones is another pure possession receiver for the NFL. He's a big guy at 6'3'' and 230 who might want to drop 10 or so pounds. He caught 85 passes for 1,196 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2011.

    He didn't have a good showing at the combine dropping passes, and he also dropped a lot of passes in the bowl game against Missouri. He isn't a good blocker and looks afraid of contact.

    Jones will be selected in the third or fourth round.

7. Mohamed Sanu, Junior: Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    Sanu is a pure possession receiver at 6'2'', 210 pounds. He didn't run a good 40 time at 4.67 and doesn't look very fast on tape. He is however, the most physical wide receiver in the draft and isn't afraid to blow up linebackers.

    He makes some spectacular catches and caught 115 balls for 1,206 yards in 2011.  He was the QB in Rutgers' Wildcat Formation and made some plays out of that. I see him as a late second, early third-round prospect.

6. Rueben Randle, Junior: LSU Tigers

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    Randle caught 53 passes and averaged 17.3 yards per catch at LSU with inconsistent quarterback play. He has good size at 6'3'', 210 pounds and is a good red zone threat. Randle has decent speed and was also a deep threat in college. He knows his way to find the open zone and runs solid routes.

    He will likely be selected somewhere in the second round and could fall to the early third round.

5. Stephen Hill, Junior: Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas.... Stephen Hill. Hill is next in line as a top wide receiver coming out of Georgia Tech even though they don't throw the ball quite often in its offense. Hill only caught 28 passes in 2011 but made them count when he did for an average of 29.3 yards per catch.

    At the NFL Combine he proved that he is big, he is fast and he is explosive. He measured in at 6'4'', 215 pounds and ran a blazing 4.36 40.

    Based on his huge potential, a team could draft this guy in the first round.

4. Kendall Wright, Senior: Baylor Bears

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    Wright should be an effective slot receiver in the NFL being 5'10'' and 196 pounds. He ran a slow 40 time at the combine (4.61) to be considered a top prospect. He probably is faster than that or looks faster than that on tape.

    Wright is very agile and runs excellent routes. He is very explosive and can go deep. He was a very dependable option for quarterback Robert Griffin III at Baylor catching 108 passes for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    The thing he needs to work on is blocking technique and overall effort. He will be picked in the second round and could slip into the first.

3. Alshon Jeffery, Junior: South Carolina Gamecocks

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    Jeffery had a stellar sophomore year but fell off a little in terms of production his junior year while at South Carolina. He went from 88 catches to 49 catches and some of it has to do with inconsistent quarterback play.

    He is a pure possession receiver prospect going into the NFL based on his game speed but can go up and get the ball on the deeper routes. He uses his big frame well positioning his body to shield off defensive backs. He also saved his best game for last, burning Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard for four catches and 148 yards.

    Jeffery's draft position depends on how well he does on his pro day. He could be the second receiver selected or fall into the second round.

2. Michael Floyd, Senior: Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    Floyd is 6'3'', 220 pounds who proved himself at the combine to be a top 20 selection. He caught 100 passes his senior year and can also be a deep threat.

    Floyd runs good routes, blocks well, makes the tough catches and goes across the middle of the field. He is just a very physical receiver with explosiveness.

    The only concern with him are some off-the-field issues that look to be in his past and he's moved forward from that.

1. Justin Blackmon, Redshirt Junior: Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    In his last two seasons at Oklahoma State, Blackmon caught 232 passes for 3,304 yards and 38 touchdowns. He was also named the Fred Biletnikoff Award winner the last two seasons as the nation's top college wide receiver.

    Blackmon does lack some size somewhat for a No. 1 receiver in the NFL being 6'1'' and 207 pounds. However, he plays way bigger than he is and some have referred to him as Minitron, in reference to Lions Pro Bowl WR Calvin Johnson or Megatron. He was double teamed constantly and still put up numbers.

    He didn't do anything at the combine except bench, but will probably run in the 4.4 range on his pro day. He toasted 2011 first-round pick CB Prince Amukamara who now plays for the Giants. He gets the job done.

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