NFL Draft 2011: Power-Ranking the Draft's Top 10 Wide Receivers

Tony Santorsa@@TonySantorsaSenior Writer IIApril 8, 2011

NFL Draft 2011: Power-Ranking the Draft's Top 10 Wide Receivers

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide avoids a tackle by Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the Crimson Tid
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    A.J. Green and Julio Jones—who else is there?

    It's clear cut that Green and Jones are the two best wide receivers in the 2011 NFL draft class, but who are all the other guys? Will any of the receivers turn out to be reliable options in their respected teams offenses?

    All 32 teams in the NFL have their own "draft board"—a ranking system of players in which what value they possesses and the need of their own team. 

    Well, here is my miniature "draft board" for solely wide receivers. 

    Here are the top 10 best wide receivers in the 2011 NFL draft.

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10. Tandon Doss, Indiana

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    BLOOMINGTON, IN - NOVEMBER 01:  Tandon Doss #81 of the Indiana Hooisers celebrates on the field during the game against the Central Michigan Chippewas at Memorial Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Bloomington, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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    Tandon Doss out of Indiana is one of the younger wide receivers in the draft. Many scouts believe that Doss should have stayed one more season to develop, but he has been very productive during his time as a Hoosier. 

    In Doss' final season as a Hoosier, he played in 11 games and tallied up 63 receptions, for a total of 706 yards and seven scores. 

    Standing in at 6'2", Doss possesses a tall, athletic frame, that is certainly attractive to NFL scouts. He's got great hands and catches nearly every pass in front of his body—he attacks the ball when it's thrown.

    One of Doss' major weaknesses is his strength. He must add more muscle to succeed at the next level. 

9. Greg Little, North Carolina

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - OCTOBER 22:  Greg Little #8 of the North Carolina Tar Heels dives past Florida State Seminole defenders for a first quarter touchdown at Kenan Stadium on October 22, 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Im
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    North Carolina's Greg Little is one of the more physical receivers in the 2011 draft.

    The major knock against Little is that he was suspended the entire 2010 season by the NCAA for improper contact with agents. 

    Other than that, Little has major upside.

    His junior year at UNC, Little reeled in 62 passes while accumulating 724 yards and scoring five touchdowns.

    The former Tar Heel should have a productive NFL career if he improves his route running skills, which is one of his few weaknesses.  

8. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - DECEMBER 18:  Jerrel Jernigan #3 of the Troy University Trojans scores a touchdown over Donovan Fletcher #29 of the Ohio University Bobcats during the R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on December 18, 2010 in New O
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    Jerrel Jernigan out of Troy's biggest upside his is lightning-fast speed.

    Jernigan ran an amazing 4.32 40-yard dash at Troy's Pro Day a couple weeks ago, and he's certainly caught many scouts eyes. 

    He was a four-year starter at Troy. His senior year he caught an impressive 84 passes for 822 yards and six touchdowns.

    Not only is Jernigan a play-making receiver, he is one of the NCAA's best kick returners. 

    When drafted, Jernigan may not be projected as starting receiver in his first few seasons, but he will most definitely play on the team's special teams a returner and a gunner. 

7. Randall Cobb, Kentucky

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    LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 13:  Randall Cobb #18 of the Kentucky Wildcats runs with the ball while defended by Sean Richardson #21 of the Vanderbilt Commodores during the game at Commonwealth Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky. Kentucky won
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    Kentucky's Randall Cobb is another versatile receiver, being able to split-out on offense and then returning punts.

    Cobb has said to have good game speed—he's not fast but he's quick. 

    In 2010 at Kentucky, Cobb played in 13 games. He caught 84 balls for an impressive 1,017 yards and seven touchdowns.

    Cobb may take some time to develop into an NFL receiver, but he's raw talent. He will be an impact player immediately with his ability to play on special teams. 

6. Titus Young, Boise State

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    LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Titus Young #1 of the Boise State Broncos catches a pass just out of bounds in the end zone in front of Brandon Burton #27 of the Utah Utes during the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2010 in Las Vegas, N
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    Titus Young's four years at Boise State were incredible. Young managed to put up huge numbers every season and was a part of one of the most explosive offenses in the NCAA.

    Young isn't necessarily the fastest guy, but he's very quick at accelerating. He's a very intelligent player and runs crisp routes on every play. 

    His last two years at Boise State, Young caught at least 70 balls and accumulated 1,000 yards in each year. 

    Young is definitely a solid candidate for a team looking for a quality sub-package receiver. 

5. Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh

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    PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 05:  Jonathan Baldwin #82 of the University of Pittsburgh Panthers catches a touchdown against the Cincinnati Bearcats on December 5, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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    Pittsburgh's Jonathan Baldwin is one of the most physically gifted wide receivers in the 2011 draft.

    Baldwin stands in at 6'4" and weights about 230 lbs.—he is a huge receiver that offers a large target and is hard to bring down.

    However, in 2009, Baldwin was charged for disorderly conduct and harassment, and that might raise a few eyebrows.

    But, overall, Baldwin has the potential to be a very efficient number two receiver on an NFL roster. 

4. Leonard Hankerson, Miami

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    MIAMI - NOVEMBER 20: Leonard Hankerson #85 of the Miami Hurricanes catches a touchdown over Davon Morgan #2 of the Virginia Tech Hokies at Sun Life Stadium on November 20, 2010 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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    Miami's Leonard Hankerson put up some big numbers during his final year as a Hurricane.

    Hankerson caught 72 passes in 13 games, accumulated 1,156 yards and scored an incredible 22 touchdowns—that's what I call effective.

    Hankerson has the potential to be a game-changer with his great speed and height combination. Although, according to many scouts, Hankerson does tend to lose focus—but I'd imagine that's fixable. 

3. Torrey Smith, Maryland

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    Torrey Smith out of Maryland is one of the draft's well-rounded receivers.

    Smith offers a nice combination of speed and height and possesses a nice pair of hands. 

    During his final season with Maryland, he put up some impressive numbers: 67 receptions, 1,055 yards and 12 touchdowns. 

    Smith's only major knock is his ability to run routes across the middle. He did not do that a whole lot at Maryland, and will need to adjust to that and sacrifice his body a bit more at the next level. 

2. Julio Jones, Alabama

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Julio Jones #8 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a long reception against the Auburn Tigers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Julio Jones is definitely a great consolation prize if your team doesn't end up with A.J. Green.

    Jones has an amazing skill-set, work ethic, and a large, muscular frame.

    During his final season at Alabama, Jones was impressive and at sometimes unstoppable. He caught 78 passes for 1,133 yards and scored seven touchdowns. 

    Jones is a nice possession receiver that has the ability to take over a game. He is always attacking balls and forces himself open. He'd be a very nice asset to a NFL offense. 

1. A.J. Green, Georgia

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    AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 13:  A.J. Green #8 of the Georgia Bulldogs against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Georgia's A.J. Green is in a league of his own when it comes to wide receivers.

    Green will emerge as an elite receiver during the first few seasons of his career—that's how good he is.

    He's got the ideal wide receiver frame standing in at 6'3" and great speed. Green is always concentrated and makes breath-taking catches in nearly every game. 

    During his junior year at Georgia, Green only played in nine games, but reeled in 57 passes for 848 yards and scored an impressive nine touchdowns. 

    Green will be a top ten draft pick and will be a huge difference maker on the team that drafts him. 

    He has the potential to be something special.