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Scouting report: WRs

Top receivers/tight ends in NFL draft

Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon is one of the premier receivers available in this year’s draft.

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Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon is one of the premier receivers available in this year’s draft.

The Boston Globe examines the top receivers and tight ends available in the 2012 NFL draft. Players are listed with position, school, height, weight, and 40-yard dash time. * denotes underclassman:

1. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.*/6-1/215/4.47

Top all-around prospect that has the production – won the Biletnikoff twice as college football’s top receiver – to match his physical skills. Had 232 receptions for 3,304 yards and 38 touchdowns his final two seasons. Better down the field than he is on the line of scrimmage. A long strider that could have trouble against top man-cover cornerbacks. Exceptional catching ability. A playmaker in the open field.

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Projected round: 1

2. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame/6-2 ½ /220/4.45

Started four years and left as the all-time leading receiver in Notre Dame history. Plays more physical than his strength (16 reps of 225-pound bench press) showed at combine. Plays well in the air and will make the difficult catch. Does not play to timed speed but that hasn’t been an issue. Had three alcohol-related incidents before senior season so there are come character issues.

Projected round: 1

3. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor/5-10/196/4.5

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A terrific playmaker in college with quarterback Robert Griffin III, and he should continue that in the pros thanks to his explosiveness that is trouble for defenses short and deep. Small frame and hands. Had a subpar combine workout, but scouts say he plays much faster than timed speed.

Projected round: 1

4. Colby Fleener, TE, Stanford/6-6/247/4.5

Draws comparisons to Rob Gronkowski of the Patriots for height and catching ability, but Fleener isn’t close to the physical blocker Gronkowski is. Despite height, is more of a fluid “move” tight end that plays off the line. A matchup problem that can get deep and leap over players. Very smart and is pro-style ready.

Projected round: 1-2

5. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech*/6-4/215/4.35

Has terrific potential but is raw after playing in the Yellow Jacket’s triple option offense. Will be helped that Demaryius Thomas has flourished in Denver coming from same school. Needs to refine his route running and could need time to adapt to pro game. Inconsistent catching the ball. Best overall athlete of the group.

Projected round: 1-2

6. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU*/6-3/210/4.54

Has a long frame with big hands. Tends to be inconsistent catching the ball in games but at the combine he was a natural catcher. A fluid athlete who disappointed with a poor vertical jump and short-shuttle time at the combine. A boundary catcher down the field who needs refinement.

Projected round: 1-2

7. Alshon Jeffrey, WR, South Carolina*/6-3/216/4.47

Outstanding catcher in the air and can definitely be a possession-type receiver in the NFL. The question is, can he be more than that? Has trouble getting off the line. Weight has been an issue at times, as has his concentration. Finished career with 3,042 receiving yards, the second most in SEC history.

Projected round: 2

8. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers*/6-1 ½ /211/4.67

Versatile player that did just about everything for the Scarlet Knights, including Wildcat quarterback. Is big and physical, and plays faster than his timed speed. Has natural feel for the game. Great body control. Will not separate so he’s a possession-type receiver.

Projected round: 2

9. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson*/6-3/255/4.8

Terrific pass catcher who will make one-handed grabs and plays faster than his timed speed. Is a matchup problem for linebackers. Despite having good strength (27 reps at combine), does not overwhelm as a blocker and needs work. Has a lot of potential.

Projected round: 2

10. Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian St/6-3 ½ /220/4.55

Played only one year of football in high school and is still learning the game. Possesses tremendous athleticism to go along with his size. Great leaper. Didn’t play against top competition, but held own at Senior Bowl. Raw and is a little bit of a project.

Projected round: 2

Best of the rest

A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois (6-0 ¼ , 190, 4.39, 3-4); Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa (6-3, 216, 4.53, 3-4); Marvin Jones, WR, Cal (6-2, 199, 4.46, 3-4); Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri (6-5, 252, 4.52, 3-4); Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest* (5-11 ¼ , 203, 4.41, 3-4); Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami* (6-5, 219, 4.40, 3-4); Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas (5-10 ½ , 179, 4.55, 3-4); Chris Owusu, WR, Stanford (6-0, 196, 4.36, 3-4); Orson Charles, TE, Georgia (6-2 ¼ , 251, 4.78, 3-4); LaDarius Green, TE, La.-Lafayette (6-5 ¾ , 238, 4.47, 4-5); T.J. Graham, WR, N.C. State (5-11 ½ , 188, 4.41, 4-5); Keshawn Martin, WR, Michigan State (5-11 ½ , 188, 4.45, 4-5); Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma (5-10, 192, 4.52, 4-5); Juron Criner, WR, Arizona (6-2 ½, 224, 4.68, 4-5); Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina (6-3 ¼ , 230, 4.55, 4-5); Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin (6-2, 215, 4.54, 4-5) James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma (6-3 ¾ , 252, 4.48, 5-6); Jeff Fuller, WR, Texas A&M (6-3 ½ , 223, 4.63, 5-6); Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas (5-9 ½ , 182, 4.61, 5-6).

Greg A. Bedard can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @gregabedard.
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