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The 2012 Wide Receiver Draft Class

As far as the draft goes according to ESPN’s current mock draft 4 wide receivers are projected to go in the first round. I highly suggest the Eagles wait until later in the draft to use a pick on a wide receiver if they decide to draft one because clearly other needs exist on the defensive side of the ball which should be addressed using those early picks.

If they do choose to ignore those needs and draft a wide receiver early the top 4 receivers currently on the board are Justin Blackmon from Oklahoma State projected to go at number 8, Michael Floyd out of Notre Dame projected at pick 18, Alshon Jeffrey out of South Carolina projected at 23, and Kendal Wright out of Baylor at pick number 32.

Blackmon is without a doubt the most explosive of the group coming in at 6-1, 215 pounds but would be a stretch for the Eagles to grab. If for some reason he falls into the mid first round and is available for the Eagles it might be tough to pass up on him.

His style of play has been compared to T.O during his prime as he possesses a combination of size, strength, and athletic ability that overwhelms defenders. He even wears number 81 at Oklahoma State and truly resembles another T.O. out on the field. It’s been said that Oklahoma coaches believe his skills are more advanced at his current stage than Dez Bryant’s were at this stage so without a doubt if all goes according to plan Blackmon will be making a name for himself in the NFL.

Michael Floyd, coming in at 6-3, 224 pounds could be available for the Eagles and according to scouts might be the best pass catcher available since Larry Fitzgerald. He has great balls skills and has a knack for making a tough catch look routine. Questions have been asked about his top end speed but most believe his catching ability outmatches any of those questions.

Alshon Jeffrey is considered a jump ball specialist. As I said earlier, one thing even with DeSean back the Eagles should consider is a big red zone presence at wide receiver and this guy could be the answer. He’s 6-4, 229 pounds and has already been compared to a Plaxico Burress type of playmaker. He currently lacks top end speed but has the size and strength to be a force in the red zone. If the Eagles can grab Jeffrey and resign DeSean both of them along with Jeremly Maclin could prove to be one of the greatest Eagle wide receiving cores ever for years to come with each of them being so young.

Kendall Wright is more of a DeSean Jackson type of receiver and could prove to be a cheap replacement for DeSean and may be able to pick up right where Jackson left off. Wright is 5-10 and 190 pounds so he has some weight on DeSean but not much. Wright has scouts all over the place talking about his extraordinary speed. He still remains unpolished as a route runner but with some work he has the opportunity to blossom into something special in the NFL and lets face it you can never have enough speed on the offense. He just came off a season at Baylor where he played with Heisman winner Robert Griffin III. Griffin has a similar style of play to Mike Vick so it could be a perfect fit for him to end up in the Eagles offense with Vick being he already has that experience of playing with a running quarterback.

The Eagles wide receivers are in good shape heading into 2012 and the team clearly has options if they decide to let DeSean walk. Both the free agency field and draft class have some outstanding talent that can help make this group even better. Only time will tell how things shake out for this group but it all will rest on the outcome of DeSean Jackson’s free agency. With that said we might need to get ourselves familiar with some of the names I mentioned above because one of them very well could be suiting up in Eagle green next season.

John Stratis

A lifelong Philadelphia sports fan always looking to share his opinion about the greatest sports town in the world. Follow me on twitter @JohnStratis

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January 31, 2012 7:39 am

A couple of WR’s to keep an eye on for the 2nd/3rd/4th Rounds

WR Joe Criner from Arizona State (6-2 220lbs) – Had a great Senior Bowl week, very good route runner with good hands

WR Joe Adams from Arkansas – (5-11 190lbs and runs a 4.38 and an Awesome Punt Returner, think of a D-Jax by 15lbs bigger and stronger..)

WR Brian Quick from Appalchian State (6-4 225 lbs) more of a straight line WR but reminds me a lot of Plaxico Burress Type, long arms with great leaping ability and will be a very good Red-Zone Target for someone

WR Marvin Jones – U of CAlifornia (6-2 200), Good hands and route runner.. Had a very impressive Senior Bowl week against top competition

WR Nick Toon – Wisconsin (6-2 220lbs) Has the great bloodlines with his father Al Toon being a NFL WR for years. Big Target and tough…

January 31, 2012 12:35 pm

What about that kid from Arizona, wasn’t he going to be all pro. I’m not sure if he got hurt or fell of the face of the Earth due to the fact that Arizona was garbage. He was being talked about alot before the season. He could probably had late in the draft.

January 31, 2012 1:14 pm

Stay away from Notre Dame’s WR Michael Floyd who will be a bust
He has to be the softest 6’3 224 lbs WR I have ever watched, has off the field isuues with 3 sperate incidences with alcohol ovet the last 2 years…
Reminds me of another Golden Tate who has done nothing as a Pro in his 3 Seasons as a WR with Seattle.. Stay away from Notre Dame players and especially their skill players..

January 31, 2012 1:56 pm

If Desean is not resigned only Mike Wallace of Pittsburgh and Vincent Jackson of San Diego can replace him ——– they are healthy pro bowlers who demand double teams — only Justin Blackman can replace Desean in the draft — Desean is a top 15 WR and only those three are capable of being a top 15 WR with the Eagle offense —

January 31, 2012 2:06 pm

Paulman I’m liking your thoughts on the recievers I agree what your saying please stay away from Floyd I do like Joe Adams and Nik Toon but Joe Adams fill to jobs slot reciever and punt returner and in free agency sign Plaxico Burress for your red zone reciever.

January 31, 2012 2:31 pm

Money was the reason Jeremiah Trotter and Brian Dawkins were not resigned and even today the Eagles have not been able to replace them by free agency or draft —- expect a similar situation with Desean

January 31, 2012 2:33 pm

I Like it Turk..
I really think Joe Adams can be the next D-Jax in the NFL and better, ..He goes at a solid 185-190lbs and does not shy away from contact like D-Jax does

January 31, 2012 2:42 pm

eagles- i dont fully agree. I would not say “money” but instead the word “worth”. Listen to what many of the players that have left have said about signing the big contract elsewhere. You will hear a common thread among almost all of them. Take Ike reese for example. He was honest and said that he knew he wasnt really worthy of the starter role. He was a GREAT role player and knew what he was doing when he left. They moved on from Dawk because he was injured…. he was struggling on the field. He was not the dawk of old. Now…. fast forward to now….. Dawk has played much much better. we dont know what dawk would have signed for…. and it looks like they goofed at that one…… but its not just about money… its about worth.

January 31, 2012 3:18 pm

I’d rather spend the $$ on a top 6 rookie WR/good FA (think big physical guy who can go up and fight for ball) than on DJax whose only attribute is his speed – not his hands, route running ability, or physicality or jumping ability. There are WR’s (draft/FA) who’ve proven to catch a ball with a Dback all over them… DJax gets pushed/bumped off too easily. Tired of this Eagle philosophy of focusing on speed guys when the game is still about physicality/toughness.

January 31, 2012 3:19 pm

Stevo — the career of Donovan McNabb, the #1 reason they use why he is ringless is no WR help ——————— The problem is solved in 2009-2011 unless the dingbat bean counters forget HISTORY and make it a problem again

January 31, 2012 3:40 pm

i agree- cant replace him with nothing.

January 31, 2012 6:23 pm

Paulman’s 1st 14 Selections of the 2012 NFL Draft

#1) Colts – QB Andrew Luck – (Stanford – 6-4 235lbs)
#2) Redskins (trade up w/Rams) QB RG III (Baylor 6-2 220lbs)
#3) Vikings – OT Matt Kalil (USC 6-6 300lbs)
#4) Browns – RB Trent Richardson (Alabama 5-11 225lbs)
#5) TB Bucs – CB Morris Claiborne (LSU 6-0 185lbs)
#6) Rams – WR Justin Blackmon (Oklahoma State 6-1 215lbs)
#7) Jagaurs – OT Riley Reiff (Iowa 6-6 300lbs)
#8) Panthers – DE Quinton Coples (UNC 6-6 270lbs)
#9) Dolphins – DE/OLB Melvin Ingram (South Carolina 6-2 275lbs)
#10) Buffalo – DT Micheal Brockers (LSU 6-5 305lbs)
#11) KC CHiefs – OT Jonathon Martin (Stanford 6-6 305lbs)
#12) Seahwaks – OL Dave Decastro (Stanford 6-5 312lbs)
#13) Arizona – CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama 6-2 195lbs)
#14) Cowboys – OLB Cortney Upshaw (Alabama 6-2 265lbs)
#15) EAGLES – and with the 15th Selection of the 2012NFL Draft…..

January 31, 2012 8:28 pm

statistically brian quick is sick .. he had 2000 yards and 11tds last year which is just crazy for a wide receiver even if its 1 AA… dont really know who he reminds i guess buress

January 31, 2012 9:26 pm

WR Brian

January 31, 2012 9:38 pm

WR Brian Quick played for my Hometown University (Appalachian State University in Boone,NC) and I have followed and watched him mature as a player over the last 3 years . He does not have great initial speed off th eline of scrimmage but can get his motor going as he gets down the field and uses those long strides of his.. He has great hands and body control and has a great knack of timing his leaps/jumps at th eright moment for catching the ball.. At 6-4 1/2 225lbs he reminds me of a young Randy Moss and Sydney Rice.. He needs to work on the intermediate route running and getting in and out of his breaks as all young Receivers do.. In the Red-Zone, this guy is almost undstoppable if the ball is anywher near him and he has large hands a strong lower boddy to shield away defenders.. I really hope the Eagles use one of their 2 2nd Round Picks to grab him for I expect him to be gone by the end of the 2nd Round or very early in the 3rd at the latest
As far as his personality he’s a little on the quiet side, hard working and goes about his business, he doesn’t mind blocking and mixing it up and is definitely not a diva type like so many other Recievers are… Remember this name for I think the sky’s the lime on Brian Quick and I reallly hope the Eagles grab him..( I also have been hearing the Panthers,Redskins,Patriots,Titans,Browns and Rams are also very high on him too) and can all use big a physical WR. .

February 1, 2012 12:43 am

Great job pman- what was his cup size again?