In this 2012 NFL draft, it is fair to say that there is not a juggernaut at the wide receiver position like there has been in recent drafts. The last few being Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald who were all drafted in the top 5 and have become hall of fame caliber receivers. Justin Blackmon is the number one receiver in this draft and is projected to be drafted anywhere from Cleveland at 4 to St. Louis at 6. Michael Floyd on the other hand has a handful of destinations he may end up in and he very well could go as early as the top 10 or fall past the 20th pick.
Jacksonville Jaguars / Drafting 7th Overall / With the addition of Laurent Robinson in this off-season there is still much improvement that can be made in the receiving department. The Jaguars were ranked dead last in passing in 2011, and although it was partly due to poor play on the part of rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert, their receiving core was quite arguably the least talented in the league. It’s fair to say that the Jaguars would like to see Gabbert develop into a star in this league, after all, they drafted him in the top 10 last year. Both Gabbert, and newly acquired quarterback and former Miami Dolphin, Chad Henne will compete for the job come training camp. With the Jaguars trying to shore up both key offensive positions, Michael Floyd could very well be looked at with the number 7 pick. The problem with this is that many people think that Defensive Ends Melvin Ingram and Quinton Coples would be the better options, and that Floyd would be a reach for the 7th overall pick.
Miami Dolphins / Drafting 8th Overall / With the departure of Brandon Marshall to Chicago, it leaves a big question mark at the wide receiver position. Davone Bess and Brian Hartline are the only notable mentions here and they both cannot fill the shoes of a number one wide receiver. Although the Dolphins need help at the position, there is a very small chance the Dolphins will draft Michael Floyd. What must be noted is that the Dolphins failed to bring in Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn, and even 49ers quarterback Alex Smith. They signed former Jaguar David Garrard but many scouts believe they also need to address the position in the draft. Solid prospects that Miami will consider in this draft is QB Ryan Tannehill and OT Riley Reiff.
Buffalo Bills / Drafting 10th Overall / With key additions to the defensive line in free agency, some think the best option with the 10th overall pick is to draft an offensive player. Many speculate adding to the offensive line and protecting Ryan Fitzpatrick. With that being said, the most probable offensive tackle to be drafted in this scenario would be Riley Reiff. Another option would be drafting Michael Floyd to bolster up the offense in Buffalo and give Fitzpatrick yet another weapon along side Stevie Johnson. BTK Mock Draft 4.0 has the Bills addressing the defense and selecting Boston College linebacker Luke Keuchly.
Arizona Cardinals / Drafting 13th Overall / Besides Larry Fitzgerald, the Cardinals have re-signed number two receiver Early Doucet but could plan to add talent at the receiver position. Other positions they could address are offensive tackle, defensive tackle, and outside linebacker.
New York Jets / Drafting 16th Overall / With the addition of Tim Tebow in New York, it is more likely that the Jets will look else where with this pick. If Rex Ryan is serious about Tebow taking around 20 snaps a game out of the wild-cat, then they may not look to draft a receiver in the first round. Instead, they could look at drafting a player like Courtney Upshaw at outside linebacker. But if they look in the direction of a receiver, Michael Floyd could be there at the 16th pick.
Cincinnati Bengals / Drafting 17th and 22nd Overall / The Bengals would make an interesting landing spot for Michael Floyd as it would add to the A.J. Green/Andy Dalton combo from the 2011 NFL draft. The Bengals had a top 10 defense last season, and giving a young, talented quarterback in Andy Dalton another weapon would drastically improve that team.
Chicago Bears / Drafting 19th Overall / The Bears added wide receiver Brandon Marshall from the Miami Dolphins in this off-season. They traded two 3rd round picks, which is a huge steal in many people’s opinions. He is arguably a top 10 wide receiver in the league who is being reunited with his former quarterback Jay Cutler. Johnny Knox had a sever back injury and is surrounded with much uncertainty. Other than that, who does Chicago really have at wide receiver? Maybe a little bit of Earl Bennet, Roy Williams is a free agent, and Devin Hester is an elite return man, not a receiver in this league.
Written By – David Rantisi- NFL Draft and NFC North Writer
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