2011 NFL Draft: Top 10 Wide Receivers
The 2011 NFL Draft wide receiver class is still a good class, especially the top five receivers. This class would have been great if Justin Blackmon, Ryan Broyles and Michael Floyd declared for this year's draft, but they decided to stay in school.
The best receivers in the NFL have size, speed, hands, they run great routes and block. There are many NFL teams looking for that big play threat, and I think there are quite a few big play receivers in this year's upcoming draft.
Here are my top 10 wide receivers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
10. Cecil Shorts III, Redshirt Senior: Mount Union Purple Raiders
Played at Mount Union, a Division III school that regularly makes it to the national championship game every year. Also the same school that current Colts wide receiver Pierre Garcon went to. Has great speed and jumping capabilities. Good hands and can adjust to poorly thrown balls. Will have to adjust to the NFL speed.
9. Tandon Doss, Junior: Indiana Hoosiers
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Doss is a good athlete, runs good routes and is a possession type receiver. He had 63 catches and seven touchdowns in his last campaign as a Hoosier. Could add 10-15 pounds to his frame.
8. Austin Pettis, Senior: Boise State Broncos
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Pettis has great hands. He runs good routes. Will go up and get the ball. Pettis isn't a speedster but does make plays and makes people miss after the catch.
7. Torrey Smith, Junior: Maryland Terrapins
Torrey Smith could become an explosive receiver in the NFL. He makes tough catches, is very fast and also is an excellent kick returner. Caught 67 passes for 12 touchdowns his junior year before declaring for the draft. He catches with his body a little too much and doesn't have great height.
6. Greg Little, Senior: North Carolina Tar Heels
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Sat out his senior year due to the NCAA investigations that linked him with receiving benefits from agents along with other North Carolina players. Little is a very versatile athlete that also played running back for the Tar Heels. Could fall in the draft due to a lack of maturity as well. He has great ball skills and will fight for every yard. He is a very tough player, caught 62 passes for five TDs his junior year and also returned kickoffs.
5. Leonard Hankerson, Senior: Miami Hurricanes
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Hankerson is a playmaker that has excellent hands. He makes catches most receivers couldn't make. Knows where he is at on the field, getting his feet in bounds on catches. He caught 72 passes and averaged 16.1 yards per catch to go along with 13 touchdowns. Hankerson was very impressive at the Senior Bowl and could have higher draft stock if he has a good combine.
4. Titus Young, Senior: Boise State Broncos
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Already getting comparisons to wide receiver DeSean Jackson of the Philadelphia Eagles. Young would be a burner in the slot and works hard to get where he needs to be. Has great hands and runs great routes. He still has a lot of upside. Young caught 150 passes for 19 touchdown in his last two seasons as a Bronco.
3. Jon Baldwin, Junior: Pittsburgh Panthers
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Baldwin has good speed for a taller receiver. He is not afraid to go over the middle to make catches. Will block downfield. Makes excellent adjustments to poorly thrown balls. He uses his big frame to his advantage shielding defenders. Has a great vertical leap. His production dipped a little his junior year, catching 53 passes for five touchdowns for 822 yards. He played in an offense that was run oriented with teammate Dion Lewis.
2. Julio Jones, Junior: Alabama Crimson Tide
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Highly touted coming out of high school, Julio Jones is a physical wide receiver that has good hands. He sometimes loses focus and drops passes. He breaks tackles. He runs decent routes and has a lot of work to do to reach his big potential. Jones caught 78 passes for 1,133 yards for seven touchdowns in his junior year before he decided to for go his senior season at Alabama.
1. A.J. Green, Junior: Georgia Bulldogs
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Green had his best season as a Georgia Bulldog his junior year despite being suspended for the first four games of the season. He is the complete package for a wide receiver with speed, hands, route running and a vertical leap. He goes up and snatches footballs thrown to him. Makes people miss after the catch. All around, very consistent wide receiver and should be drafted in the top Five.