As we're seeing more and more, the pass is becoming more dominant in the NFL. Still, there are several teams in the NFL that have virtually no down-field attack.
In some cases, it's because of injuries. In other cases, teams just haven't done a good job developing a serious offensive threat.
There are some receivers that are about to enter the NFL that will change that. I am not going to go in depth on every single receiver that I see drafted in the first round, or every team that needs a receiver.
Instead, let's take a look at some of the weaker teams in the league that have all the potential in the world to improve their offense this spring with one good player.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Alshon Jeffery
Blaine Gabbert needs help. The defense is solid and Maurice Jones-Drew is still a solid running back. What the Jaguars don't have is a single receiver that defenses need to respect.
That's where South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery enters the picture. In a great group of receivers, his mix of size and speed makes him the cream of the crop.
In Jeffery and Gabbert, the Jaguars would have a QB-WR duo to build on.
Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon
This is not a secret. Anyone who has watched a Cleveland Browns game this year knows that they are offensively inept.
Defensively, the Browns are a team capable of making the playoffs. Offensively, they have absolutely no presence outside of Josh Cribbs.
Cribbs is not a true receiver and his skills are best as a return man. So, when he's going against the other team's best defensive backs, there just isn't much of a chance at having more than one big play.
Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon would change that. Colt McCoy is far from a perfect quarterback, but he can thrive if the weapons are there for him.
Without a good receiver, the Brown's chances to succeed are minimal.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Michael Floyd
A few teams (notably the Broncos, Seahawks and Redskins) I have picking between Cleveland and Tampa Bay could use a receiver. Still, I see them going in other directions.
The Buccaneers have the playmakers in place, but none of them are performing this year. As a result, QB Josh Freeman and the Bucs are having a disappointing season.
They are more than capable of having a good year, but they do need a good, consistent playmaker.
That's where Notre Dame's Michael Floyd enters the picture.
With him in place, as well as the rest of their playmakers, the Buccaneers will return to relevance in what should be a lethal NFC South in 2012.
2012 Mock Draft: First Round
|1.||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck, QB-Stanford|
|2.||St. Louis Rams||Matt Kalil, OT-USC|
|3.||Carolina Panthers||Quinton Coples, DE-North Carolina|
|4.||Miami Dolphins||Landry Jones, QB-Oklahoma|
|5.||Jacksonville Jaguars||Alshon Jeffery, WR-South Carolina|
|6.||Arizona Cardinals||Trent Richardson, RB-Alabama|
|7.||Cleveland Browns||Justin Blackmon, WR-Oklahoma State|
|8.||Minnesota Vikings||Jonathan Martin, OT-Stanford|
|9.||Washington Redskins||Matt Barkley, QB USC|
|10.||Seattle Seahawks||Courtney Upshaw, LB-Alabama|
|11.||Philadelphia Eagles||Brandon Thompson, DT-Clemson|
|12.||Denver Broncos||Alfonzo Dennard, CB-Nebraska|
|13.||Kansas City Chiefs||David DeCastro, OG-Stanford|
|14.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Michael Floyd, WR-Notre Dame|
|15.||Tennessee Titans||Vontaze Burfict, LB-Arizona State|
|16.||Buffalo Bills||Riley Reiff, OT-Iowa|
|17.||San Diego Chargers||Dre Kirkpatrick, CB-Alabama|
|18.||Dallas Cowboys||Morris Claiborne, CB-LSU|
|19.||Detroit Lions||Manti Te'o, LB-Notre Dame|
|20.||Cincinnati Bengals||Nick Toon, WR-Wisconsin|
|21.||Cleveland Browns (via ATL)||Cordy Glenn, OG-Georgia|
|22.||Cincinnati Bengals (via OAK)||LaMar Miller, RB-Miami|
|23.||Chicago Bears||Janoris Jenkins, CB-North Alabama|
|24.||New York Jets||Alameda Ta'amu, DT-Washington|
|25.||Houston Texans||Mark Barron, S-Alabama|
|26.||Pittsburgh Steelers||Dont'a Hightower, LB-Alabama|
|27.||New York Giants||Luke Kuechly, LB-Boston College|
|28.||New England (via NO)||Zach Brown, LB-North Carolina|
|29.||Baltimore Ravens||Jeff Fuller, WR-Texas A&M|
|30.||San Francisco 49ers||Mohamed Sanu, WR-Rutgers|
|31.||New England Patriots||Jared Crick, DT-Nebraska|
|32.||Green Bay Packers||Markelle Martin, S-Oklahoma State|
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