2012 NFL Mock Draft: Nick Toon and WRs Knocking on Door of First Round

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IOctober 23, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17:  Nick Toon #1 of the Wisconsin Badgers celebrates a touchdown catch against Jimmie Ward #15 of the Northern Illinois Huskies tries to bring him down short of the goal at Soldier Field on September 17, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  Wisconsin defeated Northern Illinois 49-7.(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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In almost every NFL draft there is one receiver who slips into the later stages of the first round and proves he belongs there.

Eight weeks into the college football season, several receivers are beginning to draw more attention from NFL scouts and experts.

Here are three borderline receivers who should be in the first round discussion come the 2012 NFL Draft.

3. Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers

At 5-2 overall, Rutgers is near the top of the Big East, and a lot of it has to do with Mohamed Sanu.

Sanu is one of those players who I feel is bound to be a steal. He hasn't played against a lot of top competition so inevitably he's going to be overlooked by a lot of people, but there is no doubt in my mind that Sanu can play. He's physical, tough and athletic, and he's fluid in his route-running and catching. He has a lot of the tools he'll need to be a threat at the next level.

Remember the name: Mohamed Sanu.

2. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma

What more does Ryan Broyles have to do to gain some respect? He has 899 receiving yards and nine touchdowns through seven games and he's excelled against tough defenses, as well.

He may be a little small for a receiver, at 5'10" and 188 lbs., but plenty of receivers, including the New England Patriots' Wes Welker, have proven that excluding someone just because of their height can be a big mistake.

Maybe if Broyles plays well against Kansas State and Texas A&M in the next two weeks he'll start getting the respect he deserves.

1. Nick Toon, Wisconsin

Nick Toon is coming off a disappointing game against Michigan State, but he racked up 94 receiving yards and a touchdown against Nebraska's top cornerback Alfonzo Dennard, who many have going in the first round.

Toon has had his fair share of injuries, so that's always going to be in the back of NFL scouts' minds, but he's a great athlete and has made some spectacular catches over the years. Plus, his dad Al played in the NFL for eight seasons.

I believe Toon is a legitimate first-rounder. It's just a matter whether he can stay on the field.

2012 NFL Mock Draft:

1. Miami Dolphins: Andrew Luck, QB 17. Houston Texans: Jerel Worthy, DT
2. Indianapolis Colts: Landry Jones, QB 18. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB
3. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR 19. New York Jets: Ronnell Lewis, LB
4. Arizona Cardinals: Matt Kalil, OT 20. Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB
5. Denver Broncos: Matt Barkley, QB 21. Tennessee Titans: Manti Te'o, LB
6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alshon Jeffery 22. New York Giants: Zach Brown, LB
7. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE 23. Buffalo Bills: Bruce Irvin, DE/LB
8. Minnesota Vikings: Jonathan Martin, OT 24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Stephon Gilmore, CB
9. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB 25. Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordy Glenn, G
10. Seattle Seahawks: Morris Claiborne, CB 26. Detroit Lions: Jayron Hosley, CB
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB 27. San Diego Chargers: Courtney Upshaw, LB
12. Cleveland Browns: Luke Kuechly, LB 28. San Francisco 49ers: David DeCastro, G
13. Dallas Cowboys: Alfonzo Dennard, CB 29. Baltimore Ravens: Jared Crick, DE/DT
14. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Thompson, DT 30. New England Patriots: Chase Minnifield, CB
15. Chicago Bears: Riley Reiff, OT 31. New England Patriots: Michael Floyd, WR
16. Cincinnati Bengals: Vontaze Burfict, LB 32. Green Bay Packers: Billy Winn, DE/DT

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