2012 NFL Draft: Ranking the 5 Best WRs in the Class

Eli NachmanyCorrespondent IIIAugust 30, 2011

2012 NFL Draft: Ranking the 5 Best WRs in the Class

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    This year, the NFL Draft looks to add another class of solid wide receivers onto its current good streak.

    Wideouts are typically difficult to project in the NFL and many players this year will be scrutinized as teams try to make the right selection.

    Look for these five pass-catchers to lead the way into the 2012 draft and find themselves on professional teams in important roles.

1. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

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    Not much of a surprise here at the top, as the 6'4" Jeffery has all of the tools to be a standout guy for many years to come.

    The Gamecock runs crisp routes and has a talented (if boneheaded) quarterback throwing him the ball, which should keep him as the No. 1 receiver in this class.

    This South Carolina athlete should find himself in the top five of the draft when April 2012 comes around.

2. Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M

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    Jeff Fuller combines great size with good production and a knack for scoring with the ball—all three are a dream for NFL scouts.

    He could contribute immediately wherever he goes and the A&M Aggie should finish his collegiate career with a big season this year.

    He has a capable quarterback feeding him the ball as well as a good overall situation—Fuller can, and will, put himself into the discussion as the second-best receiver in this class.

3. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

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    Many college football fans will be stunned that Blackmon falls to third on the list, but with a new offensive coordinator and defenses more aware of the receiver, I have my doubts.

    I don't see Blackmon putting up his insane numbers again like he did last year—20 touchdowns and 1700 yards isn't a very repeatable feat.

    Blackmon will take a step back in 2011 and slip to the third spot.

4. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

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    I could really see Broyles moving into the discussion as the fourth-best receiver in the draft with the situation he's in.

    Broyles plays for the No. 1 ranked team in the nation and has one of college football's best quarterbacks—Landry Jones—making this Sooner look good.

    Broyles puts up big numbers and it is only a matter of time before his track record, despite his size and speed, gets noticed.

5. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

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    I'm buying really low on Michael Floyd this year with the many things surrounding his football season for 2011.

    A mediocre quarterback throwing him the ball in Dayne Crist only makes matters worse and must be a real cause of concern to those with bets that Floyd will make the first round.

    He is a first-round talent, but he may not get to show it because of the situation he's in and the team he's on.