I just wanted to give a little explanation before I get into my positional breakdown below. I have 3 categories with each player.
First, I tell you the main reason I would take a player. This isn’t every reason I would give to take a certain player. I wanted to narrow it down to one specific reason.
I then tell the main reason for not wanting to draft a player. Typically with the draft, team’s look for reasons not to draft a player, so I give you at least one with every player mentioned.
Finally, I give you an NFL comparison for each player. This DOES NOT mean that the player being compared will go on to the exact career that the player they’re being compared to had or is having. I’m strictly giving examples of players who have a similar skill set as the player in this year’s draft.
Here are my top 10 wide receivers for the 2012 NFL Draft:
1. Justin Blackmon – Oklahoma St. 6’1” – 207 lbs – 4.48 Top 10
Why The Commish would take him: Blackmon’s best characteristic might be what he does with the ball in his hands. His ability to make plays after the catch is what separates him from the other receivers in this class.
Why The Commish would stay away: Blackmon’s lack of elite height and elite speed would make me hesitate from taking him with a top 10 selection in a draft that is deep at receiver.
NFL Comparison: Hakeem Nicks – New York Giants
2. Michael Floyd – Notre Dame 6’3” – 220 lbs – 4.47 1st Round
Why The Commish would take him: Floyd has the elite characteristics that NFL teams covet. His height, hands, and ability to make the tough catch make him a viable top target in the NFL.
Why The Commish would stay away: Floyd’s run-ins with alcohol and the law are tough to ignore. Character concerns are the biggest question with him.
NFL Comparison: Dwayne Bowe – Kansas City Chiefs
3. Kendall Wright – Baylor 5’10” – 196 lbs – 4.44 1st Round
Why The Commish would take him: Wright’s speed, ability to get deep, and big play ability are his biggest assets.
Why The Commish would stay away: I wonder if Wright has the ability to be a true go-to receiver or if he’ll be a great complement to a possession receiver.
NFL Comparison: Mike Wallace – Pittsburgh Steelers
4. Stephen Hill – Georgia Tech 6’4” – 215 lbs – 4.36 1st Round
Why The Commish would take him: Hills measurables are off-the-chart as you can see above. Any receiver that is that big and that fast is very attractive to NFL teams. Demaryius Thomas’ success with the Broncos helps Hill out a lot.
Why The Commish would stay away: Coming from Georgia Tech, Hill wasn’t asked to do a lot in regards to route running and making plays in the pass game. The unknown with Hill is the biggest concern of all.
NFL Comparison: Demaryius Thomas – Denver Broncos
5. Muhamed Sanu – Rutgers 6’2” – 211 lbs – 4.55 2nd Round
Why The Commish would take him: Sanu is an extremely reliable receiver with excellent hands and comes through in the clutch.
Why The Commish would stay away: Despite his 40 time, I wonder if Sanu will be able to get constant separation from corners in the NFL. He did not get separation in college.
NFL Comparison: Mike Williams – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6. Rueban Randle – LSU 6’3” – 210 lbs – 4.42 2nd Round
Why The Commish would take him: Randle has tremendous measurables which were not allowed to be displayed that much at LSU with the lack of quarterback play.
Why The Commish would stay away: Not physical at all at the receiver position. Randle offers nothing as a blocker and struggles with physical corners.
NFL Comparison: Mohamed Massoquoi – Cleveland Browns
7. Alshon Jeffery – South Carolina 6’3” – 216 lbs – 4.50 2nd Round
Why The Commish would take him: Jeffery’s size and ability to use that size to shield off defenders and make tough catches is very intriguing.
Why The Commish would stay away: Jeffery lacks separation skills and game speed. Jeffery has also gained a reputation of possibly being lazy. That is a reputation that is tough to shake.
NFL Comparison: Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears
8. Brian Quick – Appalachian St. 6’3” – 220 lbs – 4.55 2nd/3rd Round
Why The Commish would take him: The combination of size, speed, and pass catching ability is very attractive with Quick. He seems like a natural in running a full route tree from the short to intermediate routes, to getting deep as well.
Why The Commish would stay away: After playing at Appalachian St, Quick will have to get used to playing against better competition. He struggled early on at senior bowl week, which might be an indicator to how he will do early on in his NFL career.
NFL Comparison: Greg Little – Cleveland Browns
9. Marvin Jones – Cal. 6’2” – 199 lbs – 4.46 3rd Round
Why The Commish would take him: Jones has long arms and big hands to help him catch anything thrown his way. He also exells in technique with proper footwork in and out of breaks.
Why The Commish would stay away: As good and solid as I think Jones is, I’m surprised at his lack of production over his three years at Cal. Jones also struggles with physical corners in getting separation.
NFL Comparison: Keenan McCardell – Jacksonville Jaguars
10. Ryan Broyles – Oklahoma 5’11” – 192 lbs – 4.50 3rd Round
Why The Commish would take him: Broyles is much more quick than he is fast. He is very polished in his route running and is a very reliable receiver, catching the ball with his hands.
Why The Commish would stay away: Unfortunately, the major concern with Broyles is his knee and the torn ACL that ended his 2011 season.
NFL Comparison: Greg Jennings – Green Bay Packers