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Final 2012 NFL Draft Big Board – Top 200

Posted by Brad On April - 25 - 2012

After months of speculation, game tape, and sleepless nights the bittersweet end to another draft season is upon us.  The grades haven’t fluctuated much throughout the course of evaluations (with a few exceptions).  This is the final board for the 2012 NFL Draft:

RankNameSchoolPositionFINAL GRADE
1Andrew LuckStanfordQB7.5
2Robert Griffin IIIBaylorQB7.4
3Trent RichardsonAlabamaRB7.4
4Morris ClaiborneLSUCB7.1
5Matt KalilUSCOT7
6David DeCastroStanfordOG6.9
7Fletcher CoxMississippi St.DT/DE6.9
8Justin BlackmonOklahoma St.WR6.8
9Luke KuechlyBoston CollegeILB6.7
10Russell WilsonWisconsinQB6.7
11Mark BarronAlabamaSS6.6
12Melvin IngramSouth CarolinaDE/OLB6.6
13Kendall WrightBaylorWR6.6
14Stephon GilmoreSouth CarolinaCB6.6
15Dontari PoeMemphisDT6.5
16Quinton CoplesNorth CarolinaDE6.5
17Ryan TannehillTexas A&MQB6.5
18Michael FloydNotre DameWR6.4
19Michael BrockersLSUDT6.4
20Shea McClellinBoise St.OLB6.3
21Cordy GlennGeorgiaOG/OT6.3
22Doug MartinBoise St.RB6.3
23Whitney MercilusIllinoisDE6.3
24Casey HaywardVanderbiltCB6.2
25Bobby WagnerUtah StOLB6.2
26Dre KirkpatrickAlabamaCB6.2
27Brandon WeedenOklahoma St.QB6.1
28Peter KonzWisconsinOC6.1
29Andre BranchClemsonDE/OLB6.1
30Jonathan MartinStanfordOT6.1
31Coby FleenerStanfordTE6.1
32Alshon JefferySouth CarolinaWR6.1
33Lavonte DavidNebraskaOLB6.1
34Janoris JenkinsNorth AlabamaCB6.1
35Dont’a HightowerAlabamaILB6.1
36Kevin ZeitlerWisconsinOG6.1
37Chandler JonesSyracuseDE/OLB6.1
38Mychal KendricksCaliforniaILB6.1
39Vinny CurryMarshallDE6
40Nick PerryUSCDE/OLB6
41Riley ReiffIowaOT6
42Mohamed SanuRutgersWR6
43Amini SilatoluMidwestern St.OG6
44Bobby MassieMississippiOT6
45Stephen HillGeorgia TechWR6
46David WilsonVirginia TechRB6
47Rueben RandleLSUWR6
48Jerel WorthyMichigan StateDE/DT6
49Trumaine JohnsonMontanaCB6
50Courtney UpshawAlabamaOLB6
51Ronnell LewisOklahomaOLB6
52Dwight BentleyLouisianna-LafayetteCB6
53Mitchell SchwartzCaliforniaOT6
54Lamar MillerMiamiRB6
55Jeff AllenIllinoisOT/OG5.9
56Dwayne AllenClemsonTE5.9
57Derek WolfeCincinnatiDT/DE5.9
58Harrison SmithNotre DameSS5.9
59Jamell FlemingOklahomaCB5.9
60T.Y. HiltonFIUWR5.9
61Brandon ThompsonClemsonDT5.9
62Mike MartinMichiganDT5.9
63Brandon BoykinGeorgiaCB5.9
64Devon StillPenn St.DT5.9
65Ryan BroylesOklahomaWR5.9
66Orson CharlesGeorgiaTE5.9
67Josh NormanCoastal CarolinaCB5.9
68Mike AdamsOhio StateOT5.9
69Bernard PierceTempleRB5.9
70Jared CrickNebraskaDE5.9
71Brandon BrooksMiami (OH)OG5.9
72Miles BurrisSan Diego St.OLB5.9
73Josh RobinsonCentral FloridaCB5.9
74Kendall ReyesConnecticutDT/DE5.9
75Jarius WrightArkansasWR5.9
76Zach BrownNorth CarolinaOLB5.8
77Jayron HosleyVirginia TechCB5.8
78Kelechi OsemeleIowa St.OG5.8
79Brock OsweilerArizona St.QB5.8
80James BrownTroyOG5.8
81Devon WylieFresno St.WR5.8
82Isaiah PeadCincinnatiRB5.8
83Brian QuickAppalchian St.WR5.8
84Ryan SteedFurmanCB5.8
85Brandon TaylorLSUSS5.8
86Trevor GuytonCaliforniaDE5.8
87Leonard JohnsonIowa St.CB5.8
88Chris GivensWake ForestWR5.8
89Bruce IrvinWest VirginiaOLB5.8
90Alfonzo DennardNebraskaCB5.8
91Malik JacksonTennesseeDE5.8
92A.J. JenkinsIllinoisWR5.7
93LaMichael JamesOregonRB5.7
94Tyrone CrawfordBoise St.DE5.7
95Demario DavisArkansas St.OLB5.7
96Greg ChildsArkansasWR5.7
97Brandon MosleyAuburnOT5.7
98Terrell ManningNC StateOLB5.7
99Joe AdamsArkansasWR5.7
100Sean SpenceMiamiOLB5.7

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Final Inside Linebacker Rankings

Posted by Brad On April - 25 - 2012

"Mychal Kendricks"The 2012 NFL Draft is quickly coming upon us.  With less than ten days until Andrew Luck’s name is called by Roger Goodell, we will be offering our position-by-position rankings with final grades on most of the draftable prospects.

Today we look at the inside linebackers in the 2012 NFL Draft:

1.  Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College      

Height:  6032  Weight:  242

Kuechly is one of the safer picks in the draft.  He wasn’t called on to pressure the QB at Boston College so the knock that he can’t has reared it’s ugly head.  Kuechly proved at the Combine that he has the athleticism to rush the passer and make plays sideline-to-sideline.  Kuechly is one of the best coverage linebackers to come out in a long while.

2012 NFL Draft projection:  Top 20

Final Grade: 6.7

2.  Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama    

Height:  6022  Weight:  265

Hightower missed most of the 2009 season to a torn ACL and didn’t look healthy in the least in 2010.  He was back to relative full strength for 2011 and solidified himself as a first round pick.  He’s a physical player that has pass rush ability from the inside.  He will struggle in coverage in the NFL but should make up for it with his physical brand of play.

2012 NFL Draft projection:  1

Final Grade: 6.1

3.  Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California  

Height:  5110  Weight:  265

If not for his limited size, Kendricks could challenge to be the top ILB in this class, and that’s saying a lot considering who tops this class.  He’s a punisher with plus instincts.  Has the ability to lead a defense in the pros and far and away the most athletic ILB in this class.  Kendricks may wind up a steal of this draft.

2012 NFL Draft projection:  2

Final Grade: 6.1 Read the rest of this entry » «Final Inside Linebacker Rankings»

The 2012 NFL Draft is creeping up on us with the countdown officially set at 1 day.  With that in mind, we wanted to collaborate with our avid, informed reader’s on NFL’s Future to put together a mock draft.

The mock draft will be a pick a day with the final tally culminating at 6:00 a.m. EST the following day.  After the pick is in, that player will be off the board and the next selection will be up before 9:00 a.m. EST.  At the end we will put the mock together in anticipation of April 26th.

Thus far Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Matt Kalil, Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne, Justin Blackmon, Melvin Ingram, Ryan Tannehill, Fletcher Cox, Michael Floyd, David DeCastro, Luke Kuechly, Riley Reiff, Dontari Poe, Michael Brockers, Courtney Upshaw, Stephon Gilmore, Mark Barron, Kendall Wright, Quinton Coples, Cordy Glenn, Stephen Hill, Dre Kirkpatrick, Dont’a Hightower, Jerel Worthy, Rueben Randle, Shea McClellin, Whitney Mercilus, Kevin Zeitler, and Coby Fleener are off the board and the New England Patriots and New York Giants are up.  So get voting:

 

Huddle Report Top 100 Players Drafted

Posted by Brad On April - 24 - 2012

The Huddle Report is the premiere competition for draftniks to see if all their hard work really paid off in the end.  The top 100 players drafted IS NOT my top 100 board but rather a projection of the players drafted with the top 100 picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.  Here’s a look at my final submission to The Huddle Report, let’s see how I fare.

**FINAL

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.

Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.

Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina Read the rest of this entry » «Huddle Report Top 100 Players Drafted»

Draft This, Not That!

Posted by Jeff Risdon On April - 24 - 2012
"Jaye Howard"

Spend a first on Fletcher Cox or hold off until the fourth on Jaye Howard?

When I made a commitment to get in real good shape (for me), one of the most invaluable tools was a book my mother-in-law gave me called “Eat This, Not That!” It was chock full of useful tips and substitutions that made me really think about the value of the calories and nutrients in foods. Valuing the difference between Breyer’s and Haagen-Dazs when I want ice cream, or V-8 Fusion vs. V-8 Splash when I want to get my veggie drink on has been invaluable.

These principles of making smart choices amongst the same basic foods have NFL draft applications as well. Sometimes the high-calorie first round picks pack too much extra risk and fillers when compared with later-round prospects that offer very similar satisfaction and potential NFL production without the risk or guilt.

Looking for a 3-technique defensive tackle that has enough quickness to also play on the edge, or as a 5-technique when morphing to an odd front? Instead of drafting Fletcher Cox in the top 10, draft Jaye Howard in the 4th round.

Look at the tale of the tape on these two SEC defensive tackles:

Cox–6’4”, 298 pounds, 4.79 40 time, 10 3/8” broad jump, 4.53 short shuttle, 85 tackles with 21 TFL and 7.5 sacks the last two seasons.

Howard–6’3”, 301 pounds, 4.75 40 time, 9 7/8” broad jump, 4.47 short shuttle, 94 tackles with 20 TFL and 8 sacks the last two seasons.

Remarkably similar physical metrics, remarkably similar results in the same conference. I’m not here to argue that Jaye Howard is as good as Fletcher Cox; game tape reveals Cox to be a more dynamic presence with better on-field explosion and a more consistent motor. But if a coach can keep Howard’s motor revved and he transforms about 5 pounds of fat on his belly into muscle in his shoulders, he’s a very reasonable facsimile. You’re going to pay a huge premium to get Cox, who definitely has better upside but thus far has not produced any better than Howard, who will go three rounds later. For a team like Carolina or Seattle, it’s a value that makes real sense. Read the rest of this entry » «Draft This, Not That!»

The 2012 NFL Draft is creeping up on us with the countdown officially set at 2 days.  With that in mind, we wanted to collaborate with our avid, informed reader’s on NFL’s Future to put together a mock draft.

The mock draft will be a pick a day with the final tally culminating at 6:00 a.m. EST the following day.  After the pick is in, that player will be off the board and the next selection will be up before 9:00 a.m. EST.  At the end we will put the mock together in anticipation of April 26th.

Thus far Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Matt Kalil, Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne, Justin Blackmon, Melvin Ingram, Ryan Tannehill, Fletcher Cox, Michael Floyd, David DeCastro, Luke Kuechly, Riley Reiff, Dontari Poe, Michael Brockers, Courtney Upshaw, Stephon Gilmore, Mark Barron, Kendall Wright, Quinton Coples, Cordy Glenn, Stephen Hill, Dre Kirkpatrick, Dont’a Hightower, Jerel Worthy, Rueben Randle, Shea McClellin, Whitney Mercilus, and Kevin Zeitler are off the board and the San Francisco 49ers are up.  So get voting:

2012 NFL Mock Draft – Four Rounds of Draft Fun

Posted by Brad On April - 24 - 2012

"Andrew Luck"1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

If it weren’t official before last week, it is now.  Luck will be suiting up for the Colts from day one with some pretty hefty expectations to carry.  The Colts top priority will be surrounding Luck with some weapons at key spots, most notably tight end.

2. Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

The Redskins traded up with the assumption that they could land RGIII at No. 2.  This pick is official as we will get to see the dynamic Baylor QB in the Nation’s Capital in 2012.  Griffin has a host of weapons to play with including newly inked WR Pierre Garcon.  Garcon isn’t a true No. 1 but is one of the top vertical threats in the game.  It just so happens that Griffin throws the prettiest deep ball in this draft.

3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Rick Spielman has officially killed my 100% certainty that Kalil will be a Viking.  He appears dead set on trading down and has even warped my mind with thoughts of Morris Claiborne to the Vikes.  I have mocked Kalil to the Vikes since the draft order became official and it’s too late to look back now.  I fully expect the Vikings to use all the allotted time to make this selection as we will all be sitting on the edge of our seats.

4. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

I can officially say that I’m 100% certain that Trent Richardson is this pick unless the Browns get “wowed” by a trade offer.  I don’t expect that to happen, so I’m feeling good about this one.  TR is the exception to the rule when it comes to early picks on RB’s and has a very bright future.  Colt McCoy should be jumping up and down in his living room with this selection…at least until the Browns are on the clock at 37.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

His former DB coach is in Tampa, Aqib Talib is on the trading block, and he’s the last of the sure things.  Those factors make me feel pretty comfortable that Claiborne will be the name on TB’s card.  This one shouldn’t take much time to turn in.

6. St. Louis Rams – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.

Justin Blackmon makes a ton of sense here but I don’t see him being the pick here.  Jeff Fisher has a history of taking DT’s high and it continues in his first season in St. Louis.  Cox is a dynamic 3T that immediately upgrades the middle of the STL defensive line. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft – Four Rounds of Draft Fun»

2012 NFL Draft: Final Outside Linebacker Rankings

Posted by Brad On April - 23 - 2012
"Lavonte David"

Could David land at the end of round one?

The 2012 NFL Draft is quickly coming upon us.  With less than ten days until  Andrew Luck’s name is called by Roger Goodell, we will be offering our position-by-position rankings with final grades on most of the draftable prospects.

Today we look at the outside linebackers in the 2012 NFL Draft:

1. Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska

Height: 6005  Weight: 233

What Lavonte David lacks in size he more than makes up for with his playmaking ability and overall athleticism.  David is best suited on the weak side and is a 4-3 player only.  He possesses outstanding instincts and can play sideline-to-sideline.

2012 NFL Draft projection:  1-2

Final Grade: 6.0

2. Bobby Wagner, OLB, Utah St.

Height: 6003  Weight: 234

I admit that I like Wagner more than most.  The knock on Wagner is that he looks like Tarzan and plays like Jane.  Some of that may be true but the reality remains that he amassed 445 tackles in 46 starts at Utah St.  He will need to work on finding the football on a more consistent basis but his competitiveness will make some NFL team very happy.

2012 NFL Draft projection:  2-3

Final Grade: 6.0

3. Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma

Height: 6016  Weight: 253

Ronnell Lewis may be one of the more intriguing prospects in the 2012 NFL Draft.  He has all the makings of a very good pass rushing linebacker in the NFL.  With the versatility to play in either the 4-3 or 3-4 he should come off the board fairly early.  His overall game is raw and he will have to show he can consistently play down in and down out.

2012 NFL Draft projection:  2

Final Grade: 6.0

4. Miles Burris, OLB, San Diego St.

Height: 6020  Weight: 246

Miles Burris is one of my personal favorites in this draft.  He has the makings of an effective edge rushing linebacker in the NFL.  There are some major shortcomings with Burris as he has a tendency to be overaggressive and miss tackles in the open field and hasn’t been overly effective in coverage.  That said, he has a relentless motor and nose for the ball that should make him a steal in the middle rounds of this draft.  Scheme diverse.

2012 NFL Draft projection:  4

Final Grade: 5.9 Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Draft: Final Outside Linebacker Rankings»

The 2012 NFL Draft is creeping up on us with the countdown officially set at 3 days.  With that in mind, we wanted to collaborate with our avid, informed reader’s on NFL’s Future to put together a mock draft.

The mock draft will be a pick a day with the final tally culminating at 6:00 a.m. EST the following day.  After the pick is in, that player will be off the board and the next selection will be up before 9:00 a.m. EST.  At the end we will put the mock together in anticipation of April 26th.

Thus far Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Matt Kalil, Trent Richardson, Morris Claiborne, Justin Blackmon, Melvin Ingram, Ryan Tannehill, Fletcher Cox, Michael Floyd, David DeCastro, Luke Kuechly, Riley Reiff, Dontari Poe, Michael Brockers, Courtney Upshaw, Stephon Gilmore, Mark Barron, Kendall Wright, Quinton Coples, Cordy Glenn, Stephen Hill, Dre Kirkpatrick, Dont’a Hightower, Jerel Worthy, Rueben Randle, Shea McClellin, and Whitney Mercilus are off the board and the Baltimore Ravens are up.  So get voting:

2012 NFL Draft: Final Defensive Tackle Rankings

Posted by Brad On April - 22 - 2012

"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Fletcher Cox"The 2012 NFL Draft is quickly coming upon us.  With less than ten days until  Andrew Luck’s name is called by Roger Goodell, we will be offering our position-by-position rankings with final grades on most of the draftable prospects.

Today we look at the defensive tackles in the 2012 NFL Draft:

3-Techniques and 4-Nose Tackles

1. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.

Height: 6040  Weight: 298

Cox is a plus athlete that has the versatility to play 3T or 5T.  He’s hands down the top player at both positions which should ensure he’s drafted in the top 15 of the 2012 NFL Draft.  His motor is special but needs to play with better pad level.

2012 NFL Draft Projection:  Top 15

Final Grade: 6.9

2. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Height: 6036  Weight: 346

Poe is an elite size, strength, speed guy.  He’s a rare specimen that lacked big time collegiate production.  I don’t see the lack of production as a major flaw in his armor and think he’s worth the risk because guys like him don’t come around often.  Special set of tools with his athleticism.

2012 NFL Draft Projection:  Top 25

Final Grade: 6.5

3. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Height: 6050  Weight: 322

Brockers is a raw talent that brings a tantalizing skill set.  His versatility to play 4NT and 5T will open his options up to 32 teams which should allow him to be drafted in the top 20 picks.  He lacks the elite burst is a concern and raises questions about his ability to get the QB in a consistent fashion.

2012 NFL Draft Projection:  Top 20

Final Grade:6.4 Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Draft: Final Defensive Tackle Rankings»