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2011 NFL Draft - Receiver Rankings
A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Leonard Hankerson
A.J. Green, Julio Jones, Leonard Hankerson
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 11, 2011


The big receiver argument and debate over the last few weeks has been about A.J. Green and Julio Jones and which one will be better, and while the 2011 NFL Draft class is great up top, it's loaded in the midsection with an interesting group of talents who should upgrade several passing games. Check out the CFN ranking of the top wide receiver prospects.

2011 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Top Ten Receivers


By Pete Fiutak

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- QBs | RBs | FBs | WRs
- TEs | OTs | OGs | Cs 

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- C | OT | OG | DE
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- 1st Rounders
- 2nd Rounders
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- 4th Rounders
- 5th Rounders
- 6th Rounders
- 7th Rounders 
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2010 CFN Position Rankings & Analysis

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- Cs | OTs | OGs | DEs
- DTs | ILBs | OLBs
- Ss | CBs

2010 NFL Combine Quick Looks & Post-Combine Rankings

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- Cs | OTs | OGs | DEs
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2010 NFL Combine
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- 2011 NFL Wide Receiver Rankings - No. 11 to 35

This Class Is … deep with a few stars up top. After A.J. Green and Julio Jones it gets a big dicey for a little while, but there are plenty of talented players from around ten to 25. This isn’t the fastest all-around group of receivers, but it’s a good enough class to find a slew of No. 2 and 3 targets.

The Best Value Pick Will Be … Greg Little, North Carolina
Most Underrated … Terrence Toliver, LSU
Most Overrated … Titus Young, Boise State
The Deep, Deep Sleeper Is … Stephen Burton, West Texas A&M

1. A.J. Green, Georgia 6-4, 211 (Jr.)
With all the tools, he’s the ideal receiver prospect and is a legitimate No. 1, go-to target who should be a franchise-shaper. He was the only thing the Georgia offense had going for it at times (after he came off suspension) and he still produced at the highest of SEC levels. He has the size, the speed, the athleticism, the hands, and the willingness to go across the middle. The one big knock is his lack of bulk; he’s not going to be an Andre Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald when it comes to his size. Yes, he’s a great athlete, but he came up with an underwhelming Combine compared to Julio Jones, has smallish hands, and it’s not like a post-grad degree at M.I.T. is an option, but he’s a hard worker, is missing the diva trait, and he does everything you want on the field and he’ll instantly be the featured star of a passing game from the moment he steps on the field.
CFN Projection:
First Round

2. Julio Jones, Alabama 6-3, 220 (Jr.)
Everyone knew he was a next-level prospect coming out of high school as the rare player who physically could’ve made the jump right away, and then came the NFL Combine. He put on an all-timer of a show with a sub-4.4 while jumping out of the stadium and cutting like a much smaller player. With a phenomenal attitude, a great competitive fire, and a good personality, he’s the type of prospect you want to be your No. 1 guy. There are two problems. 1) He was okay as a collegian but he was hardly special on a consistent basis. It was partly due to the offense, but a player of his talent should’ve done more. 2) He was ALWAYS hurt. While he’s tough and plays through pain, he always had a big ding of some sort he had to overcome. With his tools and his physical style, he’s a star in the making who’ll blow up if he can stay on the field. If it was a guarantee that he could play a full 16 games on a regular basis, he’d be the No. 1 receiver on the board.
CFN Projection:
First Round

3. Torrey Smith, Maryland 6-0, 205 (Jr.)
Fast, fast, fast. As a receiver and a kick returner, Smith has special home-run hitting ability that’s even better than his 4.4 timed speed. With great character and good work ethic forged from a gripping personal story – he all but raised six brothers and sisters by himself – he’s the type of feel-good story that makes him easy to root for. While he might not be a No. 1 target to revolve a passing game around, he’s a tremendous home run hitter who could dominate as a No. 2 and be a dream No. 3 who’ll stretch the field and should star as a returner. CFN Projection: Second Round

4. Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt 6-4, 228
A receiver who’s built like a tight end, he has the look and the bulk to be an Andre Johnson-type size-wise, and he’s physical enough to use his size well. However, he’s not nearly as fast as a top-shelf target needs to be, isn’t all that quick, and has a knucklehead streak that’ll turn off some, but he’s a great athlete, can jump out of the stadium, and has enough pure football talent to be a potential superstar. One of the toughest calls in the draft, he could be a Pro Bowl talent if he wants it and if he turns into a workout warrior who takes to coaching. If he doesn’t bring the effort, which is a legitimate concern, he could be maddeningly inconsistent. CFN Projection: Second Round

5. Greg Little, North Carolina 6-2, 231
A high school superstar who could’ve gone anywhere and was a major coup for North Carolina, Little is a tremendous athlete, freakishly strong, and great at using his size to beat people up as a blocker. Smooth as glass, even though he doesn’t look like it body-wise, he runs well, isn’t afraid to take a shot across the middle in the name of another yard, and has all the skills to be a great slot receiver. He’s not all that tall, isn’t a blazer, and has an attitude for good and bad, but it’s all there to be a very productive, very good player for a long time.
CFN Projection:
Second Round

6. Randall Cobb, Kentucky 5-11, 191 (Jr.)
A jack-of-all-trades playmaker who carried the Kentucky offense at times as a Wildcat quarterback, return man, runner, and receiver. He’s not all that big, but he’s tough, very fast, and extremely quick. A playmaker whenever he gets the ball in his hands, he can play anywhere in a receiving corps. He puts the ball on the ground way too often and he’s not going to block anyone, but he’ll be a nice toy to play with and he should be a very, very nice weapon if he doesn’t have to be the main man.
CFN Projection:
Third Round

7. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy 5-9, 185
Extremely quick with excellent speed, he’s a shifty, dangerous playmaker who dominated the Sun Belt and came up big whenever he got his chances against the bigger boys. Great when he gets the ball on the move, he should thrive in single coverage and will have extra value as a kick returner. The problem is a lack of size that should get him beaten up a bit too much. He wasn’t healthy as a collegian and certainly won’t be able to take much of a pounding at the next level. There will be times when he takes over a game and is the difference, but he won’t be reliable to last 16 games.
CFN Projection:
Third Round

8. Leonard Hankerson, Miami 6-1, 209
With good size and excellent speed, he’s a nice all-around prospect who had a good career and then abused defensive backs during Senior Bowl week to make a bigger splash. He likes being a football player and is always working and always trying to improve his game; it shows as a route runner. A more natural receiver than he gets credit for – he did have a case of the dropsies at times - he can snatch the ball with big hands. He doesn’t have special skills and he’s not the type of target to revolve a passing game around, but he’ll be a long-time pro who’ll be a reliable complementary player.
CFN Projection:
Third Round

9. Dwayne Harris, East Carolina 5-10, 200
An excellent route runner who runs well and tries to beat people up as a blocker, Harris has the fight and the toughness to be a coach’s dream. With huge hands, he snatches everything that comes his way, and he isn’t afraid to take a big shot or try to come up with the big catch. He doesn’t have special skills and he isn’t as weight room strong as he needs to be to play the type of game he likes, but he should be a great No. 2 receiver who’ll be used in a variety of ways. Durability is a question, but he should carve out a long, productive career.
CFN Projection:
Third Round

10. Vincent Brown, San Diego State 5-11, 187
It would be nice if he was bigger and it would be wonderful if he wasn’t glacier-slow, but he’s functionally fast and didn’t seem to have a problem coming up with the big play. Awesome during Senior Bowl week, he ripped up the next-level defensive backs and caught everything that came his way. He could be an ultra-reliable third down receiver who runs perfect routes and is as reliable as they come. He’ll become a quarterback’s best friend.
CFN Projection:
Fourth Round
 
- 2011 NFL Wide Receiving Rankings - No. 11 to 35