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Much of the talk leading up to the draft a week from Saturday is of the top three receivers and how they should be ordered. I think it's safe to bet that Michael Crabtree, Jeremy Maclin and Darius Heyward-Bey will be the first three to come off the board, in some order.
But are these guys the surest things in the draft?
Maybe not. Crabtree has had his maturity and ego questions by NFL types. Maclin comes with limitations and injury concerns; plus, he might be better as a returner. Heyward-Bey dropped a fair number of passes and needs to make the transition from track star to pro receiver.
Next on the WR totem pole would be Percy Harvin and Hakeem Nicks, guys who raise serious flags -- namely Harvin.
So who are the safer, surer bets in this class? I think there are a few players who will be drafted in Rounds 2-3 who will end up being very good pros but might be overshadowed first on draft weekend.
Let's start with Ohio State's Brian Robiskie. First, he has been gaining a lot of steam lately, and I think part of it is because he's as polished and refined as any wideout in this class. Robiskie comes from an NFL pedigree, runs good routes and generally is considered NFL-ready. He almost certainly won't slide out of Round two and could get a look at the end of the first round because of how safe a bet he is.
Other safe bets, I believe are Oklahoma's Juaquin Iglesias and Penn State's Derrick Williams. Iglesias is sure to scare some teams because of the spread offense he worked in, but I love the way he improved throughout his college career and should be a good, complementary wideout. Williams, I feel, is overlooked. He has playmaking ability from a number of spots, and generally teams should feel comfortable about what they are getting.
I like two smaller guys, Arizona's Mike Thomas and Oregon State's Sammy Stroughter, but their size makes them just a little more of a question than the ones I previously mentioned.