After countless hours of watching game film, Jayson Braddock and Dory LeBlanc have narrowed hours of watching game film, Jayson Braddock and Dory LeBlanc have narrowed down the top ten wide receivers of the 2012 NFL Draft.
They used extensive criteria that included (but was not limited to) hands, route running, release, separation, tracking, after the catch, vision, blocking, physical makeup, physicality, and productivity into determining how those attributes translate to the NFL. The ten-best prospects at the WR position are:
- Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State, rJr., 6’1” 215 Lbs. – A receiver that will take the physical aspect of the game to the defense.
- Kendall Wright, Baylor, Sr., 5’10” 190 Lbs. – Shorter speedster that has the capability of being a team’s #1 option, despite his size.
- Michael Floyd, Notre Dame, Sr., 6’3” 224 Lbs. – Great size, hands, and routes…if only he was as physical after the catch, he could possibly be tops on this list.
- TY Hilton, Florida International, Sr., 5’10” 184 Lbs. – Has the ability to run through more men faster than his more popular sister, Paris.
- Juron Criner, Arizona, Sr., 6’2” 220 Lbs. – Out works almost every other receiving prospect when it comes to what they do after the catch. High effort!
- Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers, Jr., 6’2” 215 Lbs. – Dory likes him…blame her.
- Marvin Jones, California, Sr., 6’2” 198 Lbs. – A taller, faster, Brandon Lloyd. He will make highlight catches every game.
- Rueben Randle, LSU, Jr., 6’3” 208 Lbs. – He had his value hurt by the LSU quarterback play. Another YAC guy.
- Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, Jr., 6’4” 229 Lbs. – Some team will hope to get the slimmer, 2010 version of him or feed him a few more donuts and shift to Tight End (or pudgy end in this case).
- Nick Toon, Wisconsin, rSr., 6’2” 220 Lbs. – The ideal possession receiver in the NFL game. Not flashy but he runs great routes, catches with his hands, and has good size.
This is a deep receiver class and it was hard to narrow it down to just five on the bubble WRs; after a long discussion, these are the wideouts we’ll be watching closely during the Combine:
- Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech, Jr., 6’4” 206 Lbs.
- Jordan White, Western Michigan, rSr., 215 Lbs.
- Marvin McNutt, Iowa, rSr., 6’3” 216 Lbs.
- Brian Quick, Appalachian State, rSr., 6’4” 222 Lbs.
- BJ Cunningham, Michigan State, rSr., 6’1” 209 Lbs.
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Dory LeBlanc, covers Gator sports for Gators First and BourbonMeyer.com. Not just a college sports enthusiast, Dory is also a fan of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Born outside Philly, she moved to Tampa, and now resides in Illinois, giving her a broad perspective on the sporting world. You can follow Dory on twitter @DoryLeBlanc