2012 NFL Draft Grades: Assessing 2nd- and 3rd-Round Wide Receivers

Jeff ChaseSenior Analyst IIApril 28, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks against the Florida State Seminoles during the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl at Georgia Dome on December 31, 2010 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Some of the most electrifying players taken in the NFL draft are wide receivers, so it should be no surprise that so many have been taken in the second and third rounds.

Everyone is looking for someone who will take their team over the top, and perhaps they will. Here is a look at each wide receiver taken in the second and third rounds of the 2012 draft.


No. 33: Brian Quick (Appalachian State), St. Louis Rams


After deciding to not go with Justin Blackmon as they moved down in the draft, the Rams took their first wide receiver of the draft with Quick.

The Rams need to start adding receivers around quarterback Sam Bradford, and they should hope that Quick will be able to fill that need.

The thing with this pick is that it is questionable, as players such as Alshon Jeffery, Stephen Hill and Rueben Randle were still on the board.

This is a bit of a head-scratcher, but Rams fans will have to hope the team knows what it is doing.

Grade: C


No. 43: Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech), New York Jets

ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 28:  Stephen Hill #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets against the Georgia Bulldogs at Bobby Dodd Stadium on November 28, 2009 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Hill has been the biggest mystery man of this draft. At this year's combine, he looked like a total stud, but that doesn't speak to his numbers this past season.

In 2011, Hill had just 28 receptions, but those went for 820 yards—that's 29.3 yards per reception! He also had five touchdowns, but there is just no guarantee that this guy can do it game in and game out.

If he can, which is absolutely possible, Hill could be a stud. Considering how late the Jets nabbed him, this could be a steal.

Grade: A


No. 45: Alshon Jeffery (South Carolina), Chicago Bears

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 02: Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks makes a catch during the Capitol One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 2, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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The Bears moved up for this pick, so they better hope it pays off.

Jeffery could be a huge improvement for the Bears, who are hoping to continue to add pieces around quarterback Jay Cutler.

They already did so trading for Miami Dolphins WR Brandon Marshall, but now they have even more weapons to add to what they are building.

There was much controversy around Jeffery this past season, as it was said that he weighed nearly 230 lbs, up from his typical 216 range.

Still, the Bears are at least adding size to their receiving corps, something that hasn't had much of that as of late with guys like Johnny Knox and Devin Hester.

Grade: A-


No. 54: Ryan Broyles (Oklahoma), Detroit Lions

NORMAN, OK - OCTOBER 22:  Wide receiver Ryan Broyles #85 of the Oklahoma Sooners during warmups before the game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders on October 22, 2011 at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma. Texas Tech upset Oklaho
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After having a phenomenal 2010 of 131 receptions and 1,622 yards, Broyles unfortunately didn't have a chance to match those numbers his senior season, as he had to sit the final four games of the season due to injury.

In the first nine games, Broyles accumulated 1,157 yards with 10 touchdowns.

Besides the injury, the only other problem with Broyles is that he stands at just 5'10" and 188 lbs. The Lions aren't in dire need of another wideout, considering that Calvin Johnson guy they have, but it won't hurt to add another potential threat to the mix.

Grade: B


No. 63: Rueben Randle (LSU), NY Giants

BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 25:   Rueben Randle #2 of the LSU Tigers catches a pass over Tramain Thomas #5 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Tiger Stadium on November 25, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Razorbacks 41 to 17.  (Photo by
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Randle to the Giants just makes sense. He seems like the perfect replacement for Mario Manningham and will fit sitting behind Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks.

With the Tigers this past season, Randle had 53 receptions for 917 yards and eight touchdowns. If he can do anything like that for the G-men, then they got what they needed.

As the last pick in the second round, this pick is, without a doubt, a steal for the Giants.

Grade: A


No. 68: DeVier Posey (Ohio State), Houston Texans

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after throwing a touchdown pass to DeVier Posey #8 in the second quarter against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdo
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The Texans really needed a playmaking receiver to put alongside Andre Johnson, but Posey just may not be the right guy.

With players like Mohamed Sanu still on the board, this pick is a bit surprising.

Not taking into account Posey's 2011 numbers, as he missed most of the season due to suspensions, his 2010 stats are respectable. He did have seven touchdowns with 848 yards on 53 receptions, but nothing about him screams big-time playmaker. He stands at 6'2" and 211 lbs.

To say the least, the Texans obviously saw something, but he has a far climb to the top.

Grade: C


No. 69: T.J. Graham (North Carolina State), Buffalo Bills

RALEIGH, NC - SEPTEMBER 3:  Wide receiver T.J. Graham #6 of the North Carolina State Wolfpack runs with the ball against the South Carolina Gamecocks during the game at Carter-Finley Stadium on September 3, 2009 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Stree
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The Bills could use another explosive wide receiver to put alongside Steve Johnson, so selecting Graham here in the third round could be a solid selection.

With the Wolfpack this past season, Graham had a few games where he just went off. Most notable was a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats.

In that game, the Wolfpack lost 44-14, but Graham went off with seven receptions for 176 yards and two touchdowns.

The Bills could use a guy like that when defensive backs start to focus on Johnson, opening the field for Graham to take off.

Grade: B


No. 83: Mohamed Sanu (Rutgers), Cincinnati Bengals

EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 26: Mohamed Sanu #6 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights carries the ball as Yawin Smallwood #33 of the Connecticut Huskies defends on November 26, 2011 at Rentschler Field in East Hartford, Connecticut. The Connecticut Huskies defe
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The Bengals are beginning to look like a perennial threat in the AFC North, and they may have just taken a step closer to becoming an even more dangerous team with the addition of Rutgers' Sanu.

Sanu had seven games of 100 or more yards this past season along with seven touchdowns. He should open up the field for A.J. Green.

The team needs to continue to add weapons around quarterback Andy Dalton, who had a terrific rookie season.

If Sanu can play like he did this past season, the Bengals will fight to the top of the division a lot faster than many had originally expected.

Grade: B+


No. 92: T.Y. Hilton (Florida International), Indianapolis Colts

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - DECEMBER 20:  Wide receiver T. Y. Hilton #4 of the Florida International University Panthers rushes upfield  after a pass reception in the second quarter against the Marshall Thundering Herd December 20, 2011 in the Beef 'O' Brady's S
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After satisfying their fix on tight ends, the Colts finally took something different—very different—in selecting Hilton out of Florida International.

Hilton is a small receiver who accumulated 1,038 yards and seven touchdowns this past season. His team didn't play too many difficult opponents, but he did shine against the Louisville Cardinals in the second game of the season. That game, he had seven receptions for 201 yards and two TDs.

While that was a great game, the Colts probably could have grabbed a similar receiver later on in the draft. They are rebuilding though, so perhaps they believe this will be a solid piece for their future.

Grade: C