Scouting 2012 Players Poll – Denver Broncos looking for Wide Receivers


This list that follows is meant to be my personal amateur analysis on Wide Receivers available in the 2012 Draft with information about the professional general draft projection and my (again, amateur) analysis about who fits Denver needs and in which round should be draft by the Denver Broncos.

 

Player

Position

College

Year

Height

Weight

Note

League Projection

My Grade (Broncos point of view)

Justin Blackmon

WR

OklahomaState

rJr

6-1

207

He won’t be there at 25. Anyhow he is not in the league of AJ Green or Julius Jones, I can’t see the super speed or the power in his body frame.

1st

1st

Michael Floyd

WR

Notre Dame

Sr

6-3

220

To me he is a la Brandon Marshal type one receiver, not overly fast but bigger than defensive backs and stronger than them. He has a little bit less speed than Blackmon but overall could be more successful in the rookie year because he is bigger and stronger and won’t be asked to beat CBs with speed. He is my Nº 1 receiver in this draft.

1st

1st

Kendall Wright

WR

Baylor

Sr

5-10

196

In my opinion if he’s there at 25 the Broncos should select him because he could be effectual in a lot of different formation on offense andDenverhas not anymore a type of player like him in the roster since Royal signed with the Chargers. IfDenveris looking for a short but slippery and fast WR, he should be their man,. Even if later in the draft there will be more looking like players. I’m not buying that he had a fantastic year in 2011 because ofGriffithand BU. He did amazing thing also whenGriffithwere throwing Tebow spirals. He’s a very good football player that could add a dimension to Denver Offense.

1st

1st

Rueben Randle

WR

LSU

Jr

6-3

210

A poor man Brandon marshal again, with less athletic ability. Has also to get more powerful so that he could brake some tackle and gain some extra yard. He is an effort guy and is capable to get big hits. He could be inDenverlist too at 25 but I think Decker still has upside and right now is an really good player already and is developing a strong leadership between Denver WRs.

1st – 2nd

1st

Alshon Jeffery

WR

South Carolina

Jr

6-3

216

I personally like a lot his videos. To me he is a complete WR. He does not have the pure speed or the explosion at the beginning of the play to be a top 5 pick. Be he has all the rest. Plus he’s also willing to block and do it fairy well. He really could be aDenvertarget because he can catch and use his body properly to get to the ball with or without separation from the CB. I really liked what I saw and although I thinkDenverhas other more dire needs than WR, it is impossible to deny that this guy could be a playmaker for the Broncos even having Thomas and Decker on the field. Denver could select him in the 1st round, but also this guy for an unknown reason is dropping on analysts boards…..if this is happening also to Pro team and he’s still there at 57…Denver won’t need more then 5 seconds to select him.

2nd

1st

Chris Givens

WR

WakeForest

rJr

5-11

198

A Eddie Royal style of receiver. He’s fast and knows how to run route. He could be useful inDenver.

2nd

2nd

Greg Childs

WR

Arkansas

Sr

6-3

219

Another really good receiver in this deep draft at the position. He’s a true nº 1 WR that does not show on video elite speed but make it up with awareness, willingness and great routes. He played 2011 not being 100% and this is most probably the reason why he wasn’t productive as during his Junior year. The injury could let him slip in the 3rd round and could let him be one of the steals of the Draft.

3rd

2nd – 3rd

Mohamed Sanu

WR

Rutgers

Jr

6-2

211

He is a really fearless player that takes a lot of big hits on slant routes. I don’t know if he has the speed to play out routes but he definitely could play the slot position in the NFL.

2nd – 3rd

3rd

Jarius Wright

WR

Arkansas

Sr

5-10

182

He is a speed receiver that could get it done in the NFL. This receiver class is fabulous…I mean…how many good prospect there are. This gay could play the slot and has the speed to play out. He’s not tall by nay NFL standard but if he could bulk up a bit he could just do the same than Kendall Wright…Incredible.

4th – 5th

3rd

Rishard Matthews

WR

Nevada

Sr

6-0

217

A solid built WR that has explosion after the catch and could be a really good player in the slot tough he also has speed to run out routs.

3rd – 4th

3rd – 4th

Marvin McNutt

WR

Iowa

rSr

6-3

216

Here it goes another B-Marsh to be. I actually like this guy really a lot and would love to see him as third receiver inDenver. He can separate from CB and he’s not afraid to go to the middle. He can be successful even in slant rout and his solid frame would allow him to be productive also in special teams.

5th

3rd – 4th

Joe Adams

WR

Arkansas

Sr

5-11

179

Return specialist and good WR.Denveris , IMO, in need of a return specialist and this guy could be productive both on offense and in special teams. He has speed, tough not elite speed. He could be the natural replacement for Eddie Royal. I think he’ll go higher than the projections even in the 3rd. IfDenverwould use a 4th round pick on him it would be really one of the best pick of the entire draft.

5th – 6th

3rd – 4th

Nick Toon

WR

Wisconsin

rSr

6-2

215

He’s doing a nice job receiving the ball and run polished routes. Also is an effort guy on blocking. He could be a good addition to theDenverroster at the beginning of the 4th round

3rd

4th

Jeff Fuller

WR

TexasA&M

Sr

6-4

223

He is big, not fast but shows good initial burst. Is also strong, not hyper athletic but he can play. Has to be a possession WR at NFL level, but he can take hits. He could be developed for being a tweener TE/WR. 4th round

4th – 5th

4th

Juron Criner

WR

Arizona

Sr

6-3

224

He has to improve hi awareness. He has the athletic and physical skills to be a true nº 1 receiver in the NFL, but drops too much the ball.

3rd – 4th

4th – 5th

T.Y. Hilton

WR

FloridaInternational

Sr

5-10

183

Speedy receiver. He has good hands in the slot, could take hand off and explode the run and also could be a returner. I like what he brings to the table for the Broncos. The knock on him is injury concerns.

4th

5th

A.J. Jenkins

WR

Illinois

Sr

6-0

190

A good short WR that could make a lot of different plays. He could go as high as the 2nd round.

4th – 5th

5th

Devon Wylie

WR

FresnoState

rSr

5-9

187

One of the masters of the slot position in this deep WRs class. He has everything the NFL wants from a slot WR.  He also is a great returner. At 5-9, the concern on him could be NFL durability.

4th

5th – 6th

Tommy Streeter

WR

Miami(Fla.)

rJr

6-5

219

A tall lean WR that is somewhat of a one year wonder atMiami. IMO he’s too light for Playing inside in the NFL and should be use outside. He is a vertical threat and I couldn’t find videos on his routes running. In this deep WRs class he’s not exciting me too much. He could be useful for many teams andDenveris one of them, but I won’t use more than a 5th round to select him. Another knock on him is the fact that he was productive just in this season atMiami.

4th – 5th

5th – 6th

Eric Page

WR

Toledo

Jr

5-9

186

Great rout runner, has good speed and is a great returner. I don’t think he’ll be the same successful in the NFL as he has been in college, but he’ll find a way to produce. Underrated.

6th

5th – 6th

Dwight Jones

WR

North Carolina

Sr

6-3

230

Underrated prospect. He’s another clone of Brandon Marshal by the way he plays. And probably has also some similar ego. TA Denver Broncos scout was the only one assisting to his own personal Pro Day after NC Pro Day finished. He was not allowed to participate to NC Pro day because of some stupidity by both sides but still his ego is shown by his attitude on that fact. Would he be a good weapon for the Broncos? Yes, he is a really good WR. Tall strong sure hands and a fighter after the catch. Would he be a Peyton Manning type of guy? I don’t think so.

4th

6th

Danny Coale

WR

Virginia Tech

rSr

6-0

201

A Wes Welker type of body with just less explosion of the original but till a high effort football player that knows how to get open and make great plays when it counts.

5th

6th

Junior Hemingway

WR

Michigan

rSr

6-1

225

The most impressive thing on him is that he really looks more lie a running back. Instead he has been a deep threat receiver forMichiganand quite successful at it. Tough he doesn’t look to have elite speed and is not overly tall, he could develop in a very interesting nº 2 receiver in the NFL.

6th

6th – 7th

Dale Moss

WR

South DakotaState

Sr

6-3

220

 

FA

7th

Jeremy Ebert

WR

Northwestern

Sr

5-10

195

This guy can play. He’s a little short but he definitely made big plays against the better competition he faced in college. Doesn’t look explosive or anything special but he always find a way to be in the play and looks like a security lock for a QB when the play brakes up. I think that somebody will pick him “surprisingly” in the middle rounds, but depending on which will be Denver first 4 – 5 picks, as 7th rounder he could really add quality depth to Denver team that will be a need in case that Royal departure.

FA

7th

B.J. Cunningham

WR

MichiganState

rSr

6-1

211

A good powerful WR that has also the speed to separate from CBs.

7th

7th – FA

DeVier Posey

WR

OhioState

Sr

6-2

211

Suspended for 5 games in 2011. Not a good showing in the Senior bowl. He was inconsistent in 2011. But in his 2010 videos (when Pryor was the QB atOhioState) he really jump up on the video. In this really deep WR class, he’ll slide to the 5th or 6th probably or a little bit more.

5th – 6th

FA

T.J. Graham

WR

North CarolinaState

Sr

5-11

188

He’s a good return man. Provide less upside as a wide receiver because he does not show enough ability to run routes on videos.

5th – 6th

FA

Tim Benford

WR

TennesseeTech

Sr

5-11

205

I could not find any video on him.

6th

FA

Gerell Robinson

WR

ArizonaState

Sr

6-3

227

This big guy needs to bulk up because he doesn’t look strong enough to catch in traffic with NFL talent defender constantly. Anyhow id undeniable that he can catch, even though he has some mental lapses at times, and he’s 6′ 3”. As CFA, I will take a chance on him, even though he’s now projected to be a 6th rounder……he falls Denver should try to get him to see which kind of competition is able to provide in training camp.

6th – 7th

FA

Marquis Maze

WR

Alabama

rSr

5-8

186

A returner specialist.

6th – 7th

FA

Chris Owusu

WR

Stanford

Sr

6-0

196

He already had multiple concussions. A FA to bring to training camp if it won’t be too risky for his health.

7th – FA

FA

LaVon Brazill

WR

Ohio

rSr

5-11

192

This guy has some speed, knows how to get open and run some good routes….incredible how deep is this WR class.

7th – FA

FA

Lance Lewis

WR

East Carolina

Sr

6-1

209

This guy burner a couple of time a guy (Gilmore) that will be select in the top ten of the draft. He has been just more athletic than Gilmore. Unbelievable. If he goes undrafted,Denvershould bring him in for training camp.

7th – FA

FA

Stephen Hill

WR

Georgia Tech

Jr

6-4

215

He has been used a la Brandon Marshal in GA Tech: getting screen passes and intermediate passes towards the internal part of the field. Professional analysts are projecting him as pure speed nº1 receiver ( ala Demarious Thomas) but his videos don’t show separation from the CB. Plus his body looks really fragile. He could develop in a perennial All-Pro, but I thinkDenveralready has a young Decker to play routes and Thomas playing outside. I won’t touch Hill if I’ll be part of the Broncos FO.

1st – 2nd

No

Brian Quick

WR

Appalachian State

rSr

6-4

220

A taller and quicker version of Jeffers. But his light and his routes running is not as polished as Jeffers. He could have a great career in the NFL, don’t take me wrong, but is not the kind of solid prospect that I would like the Broncos to add to the roster.

2nd – 3rd

No

Marvin Jones

WR

California

Sr

6-2

199

A little bit too much inconsistent. He’s a dynamic player but is too light to be a nº1 in the NFL and does not show enough speed on video to be a true nº 2. He could be a effective slant WR if he’s able to drop the ball less.

3rd

No

Ryan Broyles

WR

Oklahoma

rSr

5-10

192

He’s recovering from a November ACL rupture that required surgery. He is a fierce and experienced competitor that knows hw to play football. Still he’s short for being a true nº 1 receiver in the NFL and has not enough game speed for being an effective out runner. He can play the a la Wes Welker but from his videos I see him more as a possession receiver in college…He is a return man as well so some team will draft him because his talent deserves it and he’ll know how to gain some playing time between special teams and Offense.

5th – 6th

No

 

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