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2012 NFL Draft: Are WRs Being Overrated?

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State catches a pass during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State catches a pass during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Kevin Weidl of Scouts Inc did a piece this week about what he sees as the overrating of WRs heading into this months' draft. We are seeing Justin Blackmon as a consensus top 10 pick and Michael Floyd breaking into the top 10 in some mock drafts as well. Weidl says that watching the tape, he just doesn't see them on par with elite top 10 prospects in recent years.

On Michael Floyd - ...he is not very sudden in his routes and shows tightness in his hips, particularly when dropping his weight to get in and out of cuts. And despite his solid hands, he does let the ball get to his body at times and suffers some drops as a result. Those shortcomings aren't enough to push him out of the first round, but Floyd has been talked about as a possible top-10 overall pick and I just don't see it. He's not an elite, explosive threat like Calvin Johnson, A.J. Green or Julio Jones. The combine and a solid pro day are pushing Floyd a bit too high for my taste, and I feel much better about him in the 15-30 range.

And for what it's worth, I don't put Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon (6-0⅞, 207) in the top 10 overall, either. Blackmon ran in the mid-4.6 range at his pro day, but when I watch the tape I don't see much in the way of separation. He is similar to Floyd in terms of hands and body control, but to me Blackmon is more of an Anquan Boldin type whose skill set fits as a good No. 2 receiver in the NFL.

The Eagles recently hosted Floyd for a pre draft visit. So if indeed he is a value in the 15-30 range, the Eagles could consider him at their #15 pick.