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June 28, 2012
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June 28, 2012

Wide Receivers

There's a lot to like. He's entering the prime of his career, and he's the clear No. 1 receiver for a team that likes to spread defenses out and throw the ball. And he put up his numbers last year while playing with a groin injury. But Buffalo's offense tailed off in the second half of 2011 (partly due to QB Ryan Fitzpatrick's injured ribs), so that should give owners some pause.

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25 Antonio BROWN STEELERS TIER: 3

AGE: 24 BYE WEEK: 4 AUCTION: $8

[ON THE RISE] By the end of 2011, Brown had surpassed Mike Wallace as Ben Roethlisberger's favorite target, with 677 yards in the second half of the year and obvious chemistry with his improvising QB. Brown's upside is capped by Pittsburgh's expected recommitment to the run and, at 5' 10", 186 pounds, his ineffectiveness in the red zone. But he's a high-quality WR2.

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26 Torrey SMITH RAVENS TIER: 3

AGE: 23 BYE WEEK: 8 AUCTION: $7

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