To do what Victor Cruz did in 2011 is very difficult. Whether or not a player is heralded coming into the season, producing 1,536 yards in essentially 14 games during a single NFL campaign is a tremendous feat.
The fact that most people had no idea who Victor Cruz was at this time last year made it all the more impressive.
Jordy Nelson was one of three wide receivers to score double-digit touchdowns (15) last season, which also went largely unpredicted.
I’m not suggesting that the players in the following list will replicate the aforementioned seasons, but someone is going to appear from nowhere and come close. That’s the nature of the NFL.
With that, these are my lottery ticket candidates at wide receiver for 2012.