The long wait is over, and the 2012 NFL draft is finally here.
The game of football is changing, and wide receiver is an even bigger position than it once was. The NFL is a passing league and teams can't have one primary, stud receiver anymore.
This year's draft class for wideouts has some big game-changers and they will be hot commodities. These picks are with no trades, because that is just impossible to know.
Round 1, No. 6, St. Louis Rams
The St. Louis Rams badly need weapons for Sam Bradford to be successful.
Blackmon can come into the NFL and cause problems for defenses right away. His production at Oklahoma State was off the charts and will continue in the NFL.
Blackmon is 6'1", weighs 207 pounds and ran around a 4.4 40-yard dash at his pro day. He doesn't have top-end speed, but great ball skills.
Bradford will love Blackmon so St. Louis can't go wrong with this pick.
Round 1, No. 13, Arizona Cardinals
Larry Fitzgerald needs a partner in Arizona and Floyd is the perfect match.
Floyd has a tremendous combination of size and speed. At just under 6'3" and weighing 220 pounds, Floyd showed he's a great athlete at the combine by running a 4.47 40-yard dash.
While at Notre Dame, Floyd put up solid solid in a pro-style offense that will give him a smooth transition to the NFL. Unfortunately, Floyd has three alcohol-related arrests that will be a red flag to some teams.
Not only will Fitzgerald be happy with this pick, whoever ends up being Arizona's quarterback will look for Floyd a lot.
Round 1, No. 21, Cincinnati Bengals
This is another pick that will make a star receiver happy.
A.J. Green will need a receiver to pair up with, and Kendall Wright is a solid option. Wright can line up inside or outside and possess multiple options for quarterback Andy Dalton.
Wright is only 5'10" and weighs 194 pounds, but he can be used all over the field. He only ran a 4.61 40-yard dash, but then ran a 4.44 at his pro day.
Cincinnati will get a big-play receiver in Wright and will continue to improve a dynamic offense.
Round 1, No. 26, Houston Texans
Again a team picks a receiver to pair up with its star.
Andre Johnson needs a running mate in Houston. Hill will bring big-play ability as a deep threat for Houston and quarterback Matt Schaub.
Hill is a rare combination of size and speed. Standing at 6'4" and weighing 215 pounds, Hill wowed scouts by running a 4.36 40-yard dash.
Houston may be picking a project in the first round, but Hill is a rare athlete that has loads of potential.
Round 2, No. 35, Minnesota Vikings
The Minnesota Vikings passed up on Blackmon in the first round and get a steal in the second round by selecting Rueben Randle.
Randle is exactly what Minnesota needs to line up opposite of Percy Harvin. Randle showed he has a knack of going up and getting balls in the toughest situations.
The combination of size and speed for Randle is solid. Standing at 6'3" and weighing 210 pounds, Randle still has size to grow as he matures. Randle ran a 4.55 40-yard dash showing a fluid, long stride.
Christian Ponder needs a bigger target and Randle will pair up greatly with the smaller Harvin.
Round 2, No. 37, Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland Browns passed on a wideout in Round 1, but still get a first-round talent in Alshon Jeffery in Round 2.
Cleveland desperately needs a wide receiver. Jeffery can come in right away and produce for Colt McCoy or whomever becomes Cleveland's quarterback.
Jeffery had weight problems all year that made him go from a top-10 pick, to now a second-rounder. Fortunately for Jeffery, he slimmed down to 216 pounds at the combine to go along with his 6'3" frame.
There's no denying Jeffery's potential. He is one of the most productive receivers in SEC history and if he stays focused, the Browns could get an absolute steal in the second round.