2012 NFL Combine - Receiver Analysis
Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu
Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu
Posted Feb 17, 2012

Pre-Combine quick looks at the wide receivers invited to Indy.

2012 NFL Pre-Combine

Top Ten WR Rankings

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- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine WR Rankings, No. 11 to 25 
- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine Tight End Rankings 
1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (Jr.) 6-1, 210 Proj. 1
Positives: Very strong, very tough. Is physical and will push cornerbacks around. … Ultra-consistent. Even with everyone focusing on him, he still produced all the time. … Not afraid to make the tough grab in traffic. He'll go over the middle and he'll always find a way to make the big play. … Great hands. It's always a shocker when he comes up with a drop. … He'll hit. He's a willing, tough blocker who'll be great for a ground game. … Great route runner. Dependable.

Negatives: Doesn't have it athletically and will be way, way, WAY overdrafted. Worth a late first round pick but not a top ten NFL athlete and certainly not worth the No. 2 to St. Louis. … He has the bulk, but he's not fast, isn't tall, and isn't quick. … The elite NFL receivers – Calvin Johnson, Andre Johnson, Larry Fitzgerald – who were drafted high are big and fast and tall. Blackmon will be a good pro, but his upside is Anquan Boldin. … He's not going to be a YAC guy. He's not going to do as much in the open field as he'll need to as a top draft pick. ... Pumped up numbers playing in the Oklahoma State system.

2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 6-3, 229 Proj. 1
Positives: Tremendous playmaker. A true No. 1 target who played up to the pressure. … Very big with NFL size and physical ability. He'll outmuscle corners for the ball. … Football fast. He won't time well, but he gets separation and uses his hands well to make himself open. … He'll beat almost anyone for jump balls. He'll be a quarterback's best friend; throw the ball in his area and he'll go get it. … Athletic. Could be a devastating goal line receiver.

Negatives: Character. Drunk driving issues were a problem. Has enough of a record that one more screw up will be a huge problem. … Not a blazer. A more physical receiver than a speed target. Won't be a top-end deep threat. … A few durability concerns with a hamstring injury and broken collarbone. His still will get him beaten up.

3. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (Jr.) 6-4, 230 Proj. 2
Positives: Ideal size. Huge and knows how to use his bulk. He looks the part of an NFL No. 1 receiver. … Busts his tail. Little bust potential when it comes to attitude and drive. He won't go diva on an NFL team, and if it doesn't work out, it won't be because of want-to. … Throw the ball up and he'll go and get it. He'll beat out almost any corner for the ball in a one-on-one situation. … He dominated as a sophomore. He might have been a top ten overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft.

Negatives: One of 2011's biggest disappointments with the spotlight on. It wasn't his all his fault with the mediocre quarterback play. His production was almost cut in half from 2010 and didn't come up with a 100-yard game until the bowl game – and that came because he made a play on a Hail Mary. … He doesn't have top-end NFL speed. Not quick or sudden. … A minor academic problem at USC. He didn't miss any game time, but he needed to work to get in everyone's good graces.

4. Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers (Jr.) 6-2, 218 Proj. 2
Positives: Good size and good overall athleticism. The coaching staff invented ways to get the ball in his hands. … Great inside and out. Has the toughness and the make-up to make the tough catch across the middle and then do something with it. … Has a nice next gear. Once he gets going, he's excellent on the move. … A playmaker. A better player on film than he'll be in workouts. … Could be an ideal No. 2 receiver. Knows what he's doing and will more than his share of one-on-one battles.

Negatives: Not explosive. Not a sudden, shifty target. … Could use more polish as a route runner. Has to be more precise after spending his career getting the ball in his hands and doing something with it. … Banged up a bit. Had a few issues that he fought through, but suffered a few shots. … He doesn't have No. 1 ability. Not good enough to revolve an NFL passing game around.

5. Kendall Wright, Baylor 5-10, 194 Proj. 1
Positives: Terrific deep speed. A home run hitter who tracks the ball extremely well and finds ways to make things happen down the field. Forget about what he times; he's football fast. … Zips in and out of his breaks. Shifty and cuts extremely well. … Still a work in progress in a good way. He has the basic tools and the requisite speed, but he still has to keep working on his technique, his strength, and his polish. Unlike Justin Blackmon and several other top prospect, there's still a lot of room to improve on an already good prospect. … A fighter. Loves the game and wants to be the main man.

Negatives: Part of the system. He wasn't asked to do much more than get down the field in the wide-open Baylor offense, and it helped to have a mobile quarterback like Robert Griffin to get him the ball. … Does he have what it takes to make the improvements needed to be great? The tools are there, but he has to work – really, really work – to go from being a functional NFL starter to a true No. 1. … Not big. He doesn't have a big frame and can't add much bulk.

6. Dwight Jones, North Carolina 6-4, 226 Proj. 3
Positives: HUGE. Got bigger over the last year adding bulk to an already big frame. … Physical and fast for his size. He has all the tools and the upside to become a dangerous prospect. … A deep target. Could be a matchup nightmare on downfield plays. … There's a ton of upside. He's not finished and has to work on being a better all-around player. If a coach can light a fire under him and if he wants to become special, he has the raw talent to potentially be the best receiver in the draft.

Negatives: Needs a lot of work. He's not a good route runner and has to be better working the whole tree. … Needs to want it. Reputation for not going the extra mile to become great. … Not necessarily a fighter. He has first round skills who could be a mid-round pick because he's hardly a sure thing.

7. Rueben Randle, LSU (Jr.) 6-4, 205 Proj. 2
Positives: A superstar high school prospect who could be a far better pro than a collegian. He never got top-shelf quarterback play and could go from good to phenomenal with a passer who knows what he's doing. … The tools are all there. He's a big deep threat who knows what to do with the ball in his hands. … Can work in a variety of roles. Can play inside or out.

Negatives: Didn't have to run a full tree often enough. He was the deep threat who produced when everyone loaded up to stop the run. … Erased by Alabama. Caught five passes for 32 yards in the two big games of 2011. … Didn't make enough plays as a top-flight No. 1 receiver. Didn't do enough after the catch on a consistent basis.

8. Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M 6-4, 217 Proj. 4
Positives: Right out of central casting. If you were to come up with what you'd want an NFL wide receiver to look like, he is it with tremendous size and bulk. … Strong and great when he gets the ball put his way. Get the ball in the right area and he has the physical ability to go and grab it. … There's upside. He could be a better pro with the right coaching and a few adjustments.

Negatives: There's something missing. He should've done far more and didn't progress and didn't make the big strides he should've. … Doesn't have top end speed. He'll time well for his size, but he doesn't get great separation. … Doesn't use his size and physical tools well enough. It could require a slight adjustment, but he loses too many jump balls and drops too many passes.

9. Chris Givens, Wake Forest (Jr.) 6-1, 207 Proj. 3
Positives: Ultra-productive in an offense that didn't exactly bomb away. Turned into a big play target showing off good football speed. … A nice route runner. Has the potential to become a tough and reliable mid-to-deep target. … Good across the middle. Not just a one-trick target and isn't afraid to come up with a block.

Negatives: Not known for being a big-time worker in the weight room. … Huge bust potential. While he has supposedly changed his attitude and now seems to "get it," he has to show he's ready to take his game to another level and do all the work needed once he arrives. … Doesn't have elite tools. Not big, slight, and doesn't have elite speed.

10. Marvin McNutt, Iowa 6-2, 238 Proj. 4
Positives: The former quarterback plays like he knows where he's supposed to be. He understands route running and is ultra-reliable. … Good size and knows how to use it. Walls himself off well from defenders and fights for the ball. Uses his hands well. … Ready out of the box. He's smart enough to get a playbook and be used as a No. 2 receiver right away.

Negatives: Not the greatest athlete. He looks like a former quarterback playing wide receiver. … This is it. He can improve a bit on his mechanics and can be a more polished route runner in terms of his suddenness, but this is what he's going to be. That's not bad, but there's limited upside. … Should be erased by any upper-level NFL corner. He's not going to produce in one-on-one situations against a No. 1 corner.
- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine WR Rankings, No. 11 to 25 
- 2012 CFN Pre-Combine Tight End Rankings