NFL Draft Positional Rankings: Justin Blackmon and the 5 Best WRs in 2012
Justin Blackmon has received the moniker as the best wide receiver in the 2012 NFL draft.
However, there are plenty of other wide receivers that have the potential to turn into stars in the NFL. Michael Floyd and Kendall Wright both posted big numbers their senior year, and Rueben Randle and Stephen Hill have plenty of upside.
Here's a look at the top five wide receiver prospects for 2012.
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Blackmon's resume while at Oklahoma State is incredibly impressive. A two-time unanimous All-American and Biletnikoff award winner, Blackmon dominated Big 12 competition, catching 242 passes for over 3,300 yards and 38 touchdowns over the last two years of his career. The guy can produce, no doubt about that.
Blackmon's stats are incredible, but his physical attributes are underwhelming. At 6'1" and 215 lbs, Blackmon lacks elite size. Additionally, his 4.46-second 40-yard dash time isn't particularly impressive either.
While these are causes for concern, they are minor. Blackmon has clearly demonstrated his ability to dominate on a football field and should have no problem continuing that domination in the NFL.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
Floyd has all of the physical characteristics NFL scouts want. At 6'2.5" and 220 lbs, he has the size that teams are looking for. His 4.47-second 40 time is fast enough considering his size. While Floyd's stats aren't as impressive as Blackmon's, he did set Notre Dame records in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
Floyd is downgraded by NFL scouts because of his off-the-field issues, as well as his injury history. During his freshman and sophomore seasons, Floyd missed seven games due to injury, including a broken clavicle. Off the field, Floyd was arrested for DUI in 2011, his third alcohol-related run-in with the law in two years.
Kendall Wright, Baylor
Kendall Wright is coming off his best season at Baylor, catching 108 passes for 1,663 yards and 14 touchdowns. As RG3's primary receiver, he dominated Big 12 competition. Wright is a superbly athletic receiver, who utilizes his athletic ability to successfully run all of the routes. Additionally, he catches everything thrown to him.
The knock on Wright is his size. At 5'10" and 196 lbs, he is small by NFL standards. Wright also turned in a lackluster time at the combine, posting a 4.61-second 40-yard dash.
Rueben Randle, LSU
At 6'3" and 210 lbs with a 4.55 second 40, Rueben Randle is a big-bodied receiver similar to Blackmon and Floyd. Randle is very fluid and athletic, which he utilizes in his superb route running. Randle also have very good hands and is a superb blocker for a wide receiver.
Randle compares physically to Blackmon and Floyd, but he isn't nearly as productive, catching 53 passes for 917 yards and eight touchdowns. While this lack of production is a concern, playing in LSU's offense severely limited his opportunities.
Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Hill is the wild card in this year's draft; he has the athletic ability but is unproven.
At 6'4" and 215 lbs with a 4.36-second 40, Stephen Hill is big and fast. A phenomenal athlete, Hill has scouts drooling over his potential. He also excels as a blocker after playing in the triple-option offense.
As impressive as Stephen Hill is athletically, he is an unproven wide receiver. Stephen Hill played in the triple-option offense at Georgia Tech, and his 28 catches for 820 yards and five touchdowns in 2011 was considered a breakout season. He is incredibly raw in the passing game and desperately needs to work on route running.
Hill has all the potential in the world; it is simply a question of whether he can put it all together.