NFL Draft Order 2012: Teams Who Must Find Receiving Help on Day 2
As the first round in the 2012 NFL Draft came and went, there were teams that should've taken a wide receiver with their first round pick, but instead elected to address the need later on in the draft.
As it turns out, those teams made the right decision, at least for the time being.
There were only four receivers taken in the first round yesterday—Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright and A.J. Jenkins—when up to seven could've easily been taken off the board.
So with players like Stephen Hill, Alshon Jeffery, Rueben Randle, Mohamed Sanu and Brian Quick still looking to be drafted, wide receivers could be flying off the board in the second and third round of the draft.
Here's a list of four teams that must find receiving help on Day 2 of the draft.
I thought the Texans were a lock to address the wide receiver need in the first round of the draft, especially with Stephen Hill sitting there at No. 26 overall. The Texans need depth at wide receiver, particularly someone with speed to line up opposite of Andre Johnson.
This could've been their intention as well, but everything changed when they had Whitney Mercilus, the defensive end from Illinois, fall into their laps.
Wide receivers could come off the board quickly in the beginning of the second round, so they might be forced to trade up from No. 58 overall, which is where they currently sit in the second round.
I'm not quite sure what the Cleveland Browns are thinking at the moment. I absolutely loved the Trent Richardson pick at No. 3 overall because it will take some pressure off of Colt McCoy, the quarterback of the Browns.
Next on the list would've been selecting a wide receiver, which is glaring need on offense to say the least. If Greg Little is the leading receiver on the offense, it's going to struggle.
So, that's why I thought that the Browns were inevitably going to select a wide receiver at No. 22 overall. That could've been the case if Kendall Wright wasn't taken two picks ahead of them by the Tennessee Titans.
Instead, they opted to go with Brandon Weeden, a 28-year-old quarterback who wasn't even supposed to go in the first round.
Now with two unproven quarterbacks on the roster, they'll need someone to throw to. Drafting a wide receiver on Day 2 is a must for the Browns.
After trading away Brandon Marshall the Dolphins were left with a gaping hole at the wide receiver position. Worse yet, they lacked a quarterback to throw to the wide receivers that they didn't even have.
Are you following?
As it turns out, they resolved one of those issues by selecting Ryan Tannehill, but I wouldn't even call that fixing the problem. Tannehill was a the definition of a reach with the eighth overall pick in the draft, but that's an entirely different story.
If the Dolphins want their brand new quarterback to be successful in this league, he'll need someone to throw to now that Marshall is in Chicago. And with the 10th pick in the second round, they should have plenty to pick from.
Step one of the rebuilding process: find a franchise quarterback.
Step two of the rebuilding process: construct a front-seven that can rush the passer.
Well, that takes time and there aren't many elite pass rushing prospects still available in the second and third round.
Step three of the rebuilding process: give the franchise quarterback some weapons to throw to.
This is the area where the Colts need to focus on in the second and third round, especially with Pierre Garcon and Dallas Clark leaving the Colts for greener pastures. And barring that the St. Louis Rams don't pick a receiver with the first pick in the second—which they very well could—they'll have the ability to chose any receiver they desire.
One name that stands out to me is Coby Fleener. Yes, the fact that they were teammates at Stanford makes it a logical choice, but the fact that he's a tight end makes it a match made in heaven. A tight end is a quarterback's safety blanket, which is essential for a rookie quarterback to have. Fleener needs to be the pick if he's sitting there at No. 34 overall.
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