2012 NFL Mock Draft: Talented WRs Who Will Rescue Inept Offenses

Michael DixonAnalyst IIINovember 16, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC - SEPTEMBER 03:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks during their game against the East Carolina Pirates at Bank of America Stadium on September 3, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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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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