NFL Draft 2012: 5 Grossly Overrated WRs Who'll Never Be No. 1 Options

Bryant KnoxFeatured ColumnistMarch 23, 2012

Baylor's Kendall Wright is a projected first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Baylor's Kendall Wright is a projected first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft.Sarah Glenn/Getty Images

While the upcoming NFL Draft is set to produce a number of franchise-changing pro prospects, Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon could prove to be the only true No. 1 receiver selected this offseason.

Although Blackmon doesn't showcase the speed to beat every defender, his hands and physicality are already NFL-caliber traits, and his overall size and skill set could boost him into elite status almost immediately at the next level.

Although there are a number of players who should prove to be excellent complementary receivers throughout their NFL careers, don't get too excited about the No. 1 prospect of any receiver other than Blackmon during the 2012 NFL Draft.


Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

Michael Floyd will likely be taken as the second receiver in the draft, and as long as he is alongside another great receiver, he should be just fine during his rookie season.

Currently projected to go to the Arizona Cardinals with the 13th selection, Arizona could be an outstanding place for the senior to land.

In what would be a complementary role to Pro Bowler Larry Fitzgerald, Floyd's good hands and incredible catches could potentially make up for his trouble escaping tight coverages.

Character issues, however, have to be a question wherever he lands, as a number of alcohol related incidences plagued him throughout his collegiate career at Notre Dame. 

Notre Dame's Michael Floyd performs at the 2012 NFL Combine.
Notre Dame's Michael Floyd performs at the 2012 NFL Combine.Joe Robbins/Getty Images

If Floyd has truly "grown from it," as he stated to Sports Illustrated, then this becomes a non-issue. If he hasn't, however, he could become more of a headache than an asset at the next level.


Kendall Wright, Baylor

Kendall Wright benefited tremendously from Robert Griffin III's 2011 Heisman season.

Going for more than 1,600 yards on the year, and recording twice as many touchdowns as he did during his junior season, it's easy to peg the Baylor receiver as a go-to guy based on numbers alone.

The problem is, while the 5'10", 190-pound receiver has the potential to use his speed to stretch the field, his hands might be more trouble than their worth if he is taken as a No. 1 option during the 2012 draft.

If he can be placed alongside another great quarterback, there could be some form of success waiting for him in the slot at the NFL level.

If a team takes him, however, as a piece to improve an already inconsistent passing game, his production could prove to be less impressive. His ceiling could shrink by the time his rookie campaign comes to an end.


Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech

Stephen Hill proved last year that he is a big-play threat week in and week out. He also proved, however, that he can disappear at nearly the same rate.

His inconsistencies are likely a product of the unique triple-option offense at Georgia Tech, but so is his success.

Placed in a more traditional pro-style offense, Hill will find himself adjusting to the NFL, as the game plan will be based far more on execution and far less on deception.

He has a role in the NFL, just don't be fooled by his big games last season into thinking he's a No. 1 option at the next level.


Rueben Randle, LSU

Rueben Randle is another example of a receiver who is likely going to struggle at the NFL level without a top-notch quarterback to help elevate his game.

While he lacks the speed that people want to see out of an elite receiver, he can go deep and make plays when the ball is placed right where it needs to be.

His inconsistencies last season have to be a concern to scouts, but let's not forget that LSU ran a dual-quarterback system for most of the season. 

Switching back and forth between two different quarterbacks with two different styles, it's east to see how his numbers could fluctuate throughout the season. 

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 12:  Rueben Randle #2 of the Louisiana State University Tigers falls to the one yard line after being tackled by Tyree Robinson #22 of the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers at Tiger Stadium on November 12, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisi
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That being said, it's all the more reason to find him a consistent quarterback who is secure and confident with his role on the team.


Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

Despite being a borderline first-round prospect in the upcoming NFL Draft, Alshon Jeffery did not have the junior season that many thought he would have.

Following a 1,517-yard season with nine touchdowns his sophomore year, his numbers dropped down to just 762 yards and eight touchdowns despite No. 1 option Marcus Lattimore falling to injury part-way through the season.

Like everybody else on this list, Jeffery has the potential to be good in the NFL. After having the opportunity, however, to explode as the No. 1 option for the Gamecocks last year, it should be clear to scouts that his potential as a No. 1 option is not what we thought it could be just a season ago.