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2012 NFL Draft Preview: Wide Receivers

Posted Mar 26, 2012

Take a closer look at some of the top prospects at receiver as the 2012 NFL Draft approaches.

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- In the weeks leading up to the 2012 NFL Draft, DenverBroncos.com is taking a look at the draft prospects position-by-position.

We will devote a week to each group, looking back at some of the Broncos' previous picks at the position and showcasing some of the top prospects through top stories, blogs and Broncos TV videos.

Next up in the nine-part series: wide receivers.

Below you will find six of the top prospects at the position. Later in the week, we will profile another player to keep an eye on -- Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill.

TOP PROSPECTS AT THE POSITION:

JUSTIN BLACKMON
• COLLEGE: Oklahoma State
• HEIGHT: 6'1"
• WEIGHT: 207
On having the same type of success as a rookie as Bengal A.J. Green and Falcon Julio Jones:
"They are very great athletes. They came into the league and did a really good job this year. They had really good rookie seasons, both A.J. and Julio. I am very competitive, so I would put myself right up there with them. I like to compete, so I’m not going to down myself and say that I’m not just as good as them."
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MICHAEL FLOYD
Player • COLLEGE: Notre Dame
• HEIGHT: 6'3"
• WEIGHT: 220
On who he models his game after:
"Larry Fitzgerald. I like his style. How he is on the field and how he shows himself off the field too. He’s a positive character, a great guy to be around. I worked out with him before, and he’s just a guy that everyone wants to be around."
CHRIS GIVENS
• COLLEGE: Wake Forest
• HEIGHT: 5'11"
• WEIGHT: 198
On being one of the nation's leaders in yards per catch:
"I feel like that's something I bring to the table specifically. I work really hard in the offseason with my speed and explosiveness and I feel like one of my best traits is when I get the ball in my hands, I can show what I can do. That's what I did this past year."
Player
ALSHON JEFFERY
Player • COLLEGE: South Carolina
• HEIGHT: 6'3"
• WEIGHT: 216
On what he will bring to the NFL:
"If I’m fortunate enough to be drafted by an NFL team, I'm going to bring a great attitude, energy, and just go out and work hard. I'll work to make everyone around me better and push myself."
REUBEN RANDLE
• COLLEGE: LSU
• HEIGHT: 6'3"
• WEIGHT: 210
On the importance of blocking as a receiver:
"It’s key. My dad taught me since I was little, if you want to be a receiver you’ve got to be able to block, too. It’s not all about catching -- don’t be a selfish player. Blocking is something that makes a difference downfield. If you want a big run, you’ve got to block downfield."
Player
KENDALL WRIGHT
Player • COLLEGE: Baylor
• HEIGHT: 5'10"
• WEIGHT: 196
On being compared to Eagles WR DeSean Jackson:
"I mean, if that’s who they want to compare me to, they can. I guess we both smile and we’re explosive. That’s why I like his game, him and (Carolina WR) Steve Smith, they play fearless and explosive at all times. I’ve heard (Pittsburgh WR) Mike Wallace. I want to be Kendall. I just want to be me and do what I gotta do to get on the field and play."

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