2012 Early Rankings (Wide Receivers)
By Sigmund Bloom
January 10th, 2011

It's never too early to look at next season. Here's a quick look at the 2012 wide receivers.

Rankings

  1. Calvin Johnson, DET (Tier 1)
  2. Larry Fitzgerald, ARI (Tier 1)
  3. Andre Johnson, HOU (Tier 1)
  4. Roddy White, ATL (Tier 1)
  5. Hakeem Nicks, NYG (Tier 1)
  6. Greg Jennings, GB (Tier 1)
  7. Victor Cruz, NYG (Tier 1)
  8. Wes Welker, FA/NE (Tier 1)
  9. Jordy Nelson, GB (Tier 1)
  10. Steve Smith, CAR (Tier 1)
  11. A.J. Green, CIN (Tier 1)
  12. Brandon Marshall, MIA (Tier 1)
  13. Kenny Britt, TEN (Tier 1)
  14. Julio Jones, ATL (Tier 1)

  15. Marques Colston, FA/NO (Tier 2)
  16. Percy Harvin, MIN (Tier 2)
  17. Dwayne Bowe, FA/KC (Tier 2)
  18. Antonio Brown, PIT (Tier 2)
  19. Mike Wallace, PIT (Tier 2)
  20. Miles Austin, DAL (Tier 2)
  21. Dez Bryant, DAL (Tier 2)

  22. Michael Crabtree, SF (Tier 3)
  23. Stevie Johnson, FA/BUF (Tier 3)
  24. Jeremy Maclin, PHI (Tier 3)
  25. Vincent Jackson, FA/SD (Tier 3)
  26. Denarius Moore, OAK (Tier 3)
  27. Demaryius Thomas, DEN (Tier 3)
  28. DeSean Jackson FA/PHI (Tier 3)
  29. Justin Blackmon, ROOK (Tier 3)

  30. Sidney Rice, SEA (Tier 4)
  31. Brandon Lloyd, FA/McDaniels (Tier 4)
  32. Santonio Holmes, NYJ (Tier 4)
  33. Mike Williams, TB (Tier 4)
  34. Reggie Wayne, FA/IND (Tier 4)

  35. Michael Floyd, ROOK (Tier 5)
  36. Torrey Smith, BAL (Tier 5)
  37. Pierre Garcon, FA/IND (Tier 5)
  38. Austin Collie, FA/IND (Tier 5)
  39. Malcom Floyd, SD (Tier 5)
  40. Darrius Heyward-Bey, OAK (Tier 5)
  41. Santana Moss, WAS (Tier 5)
  42. Anquan Boldin, BAL (Tier 5)
  43. Lance Moore, NO (Tier 5)
  44. Laurent Robinson, FA/DAL (Tier 5)

  45. Randall Cobb, GB (Tier 6)
  46. Jon Baldwin, KC (Tier 6)
  47. Vincent Brown, SD (Tier 6)
  48. Jacoby Ford, OAK (Tier 6)
  49. Earl Bennett, CHI (Tier 6)
  50. Nate Washington, TEN (Tier 6)
  51. Leonard Hankerson, WAS (Tier 6)
  52. Doug Baldwin, SEA (Tier 6)
  53. James Jones, GB (Tier 6)
  54. Mario Manningham, FA/NYG (Tier 6)
  55. Eric Decker, DEN (Tier 6)
  56. Titus Young, DET (Tier 6)
  57. Andre Roberts, ARI (Tier 6)
  58. Jerome Simpson, FA/CIN (Tier 6)
  59. Greg Little, CLE (Tier 6)
  60. Steve Breaston, KC, (Tier 6)

Outlook

Potential WR1s will last into the fourth, if not fifth round as teams like Dallas, Pittsburgh, Green Bay, NY Giants, and Atlanta all have multiple elite talents. You might be able to get away with not taking a WR until the third round and still have a WR corps that can hang with just about anyone. The drop-off is steep from the top 20 or so wideouts to the group of free agents, youngsters, and 2011 underachievers all with their fair share of uncertainty. Upside picks from the rookies and 2011 class of rooks will abound in the late rounds.

Biggest Offseason Questions

  • There is a slew of free agent WR1s for their 2011 team, including; Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, DeSean and Vincent Jackson, Wes Welker, Stevie Johnson, and Reggie Wayne.

  • Will Peyton Manning return to Indy and restore the fantasy value of Colts wideouts, and who will those wideouts be with two of the top three receivers from 2011 entering free agency?

  • How close to 100% will Kenny Britt when camp opens considering his off the field track record?

  • Can anyone figure out what was wrong with Santonio Holmes and Mike Williams in 2011 and fix it?

  • Who will stick their necks out for likely first-round picks Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd?
  • As always, thanks for reading. Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome to bloom@footballguys.com.

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