2012 NFL Mock Draft Scoring Contest

Posted by Brad On February - 22 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
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Join the mock draft forum

NFL’s Future is debuting a new interactive feature for its readers.  We will open up a forum just for mock drafts.  It will be a place for our readers to bounce ideas off of each other to further guide them in their creation of a mock draft.

The best part of this process is the ability to submit your final mock draft for scoring purposes.  Once you have perfected your mock we will be opening up a competition to determine NFL’s Future best mock drafter among its readers.

From 8:00 A.M to 11:59 P.M. EST on April 25th 2012 we be accepting mock draft submissions from our readers for scoring.  We will score each mock draft to come up with the ultimate champion mock drafter for 2012.  Mock drafts will be submitted to bradc@nflsfuture.com during those hours.

In order to be considered for the contest you have to log-on into the forum section and create a profile.  The new forum section is located at the top of the page under “Forum”.

The results will be posted on the site for several days following scoring and the champion will have bragging rights for the entire year.

Here’s a link to the forum so get your log-in and get started.

2012 NFL Mock Draft : Pre-Combine Edition

Posted by Brad On February - 22 - 201222 COMMENTS

We are sticking with our trade ban clause through at least the heart of free agency.  So, once again, this mock will feature no trades but plenty of surprises which should make for some good debate.  This is our last 2012 NFL Mock Draft before the Combine so expect some major changes to come next Wednesday.  Enjoy and as always leave some feedback.

Dan Kadar

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
This has been the obvious choice since at least December. The only unknown now is how the Colts will surround Luck with talent. The offense needs pieces on the line, the receiver group has been depleted and the run game is only ordinary. It's a full-blown rebuild in Indianapolis, so they're fortunate to have a franchise quarterback to build around.

Brad Clark

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Justin Blackmon" St. Louis is set for picks, so I expect them to be aggressive in the draft. They could move back down or up from here and I wouldn’t be shocked. Taking Blackmon here makes a ton of sense and too much for me to ignore. While, I’m not sold on Blackmon this high, the Rams need to find a legitimate weapon for Sam Bradford with Brandon Lloyd looking to leave town.

Jeff Risdon

3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
"2012 NFL Draft prosect, Morris Claiborne" With Antoine Winfield
nearing the end and Chris Cook's status uncertain, the Vikings opt to
fill the huge need at corner. Their division has three excellent QBs and
legit #1 WRs and they must shore up the back end if they ever want to
compete in the NFC North.

Rob Staton

4. Cleveland Browns: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
"2012 NFL Draft prosect, Morris Claiborne" The Browns appear to be on the outside looking in with the Redskins trading ahead of them, Peyton looking to go to Denver or Arizona. That will leave a big pay day for Matt Flynn in Miami and Colt McCoy…Jason Campbell…or Kevin Kolb starting for the Browns in September. Not exactly what this team needed or wanted, I’m sure.
The Browns need weapons but I don’t see them pulling the trigger on Justin Blackmon at No. 4. This pick will be for sale to the highest bidder. If they can’t trade out of it, look for Morris Claiborne to be the pick. Trent Richardson will be a tempting selection as well.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Trent Richardson" With Claiborne off the board, the Bucs go with a Josh Freeman stress reliever in Trent Richardson. Freeman is the guy in Tampa but they need to surround him with guys that can take some of the load off him. Richardson can do just that.
Other Selections: Justin Blackmon

Brad Clark

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
"Robert Griffin III" Griffin was destined to be a Brown or Redskin. The 'Skins pulled off the
blockbuster and secured their quarterback of the future with RGIII.
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Alshon Jeffery in good shape?

Posted by Brad On February - 21 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Alshon Jeffery"

He's in bad shape...he's in good shape...we will know soon enough

Can the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine get here soon enough?  For weeks speculation and unconfirmed rumors have swirled about Alshon Jeffery’s figure and 40 time.

The most solid tidbit of information pre-Combine appears to be fired by Scout.com.  The information has come with a training partner of Jeffery’s in Florida,  Bethune-Cookman outside linebacker-defensive end Ryan Davis.  Davis said “Alshon’s in good shape.”  “He’s looking very good out there.  He’s going to turn a lot of heads.  He’s a big receiver, but he’s not fat.  I laugh when I see that on TV.  He’s been smirking.  I bet he runs a 4.5.  He’s way down in his weight.  He’s between 217 and 220 right now.”

This would appear to be the first legitimate confirmation on Jeffery’s pre-Combine status.  Jeffery will be poked and prodded by scouts after a lackluster junior season in which major concerns regarding conditioning and separation have claimed the day for the South Carolina receiver.   Read the rest of this entry » «Alshon Jeffery in good shape?»

Whitney Mercilus Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 21 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Whitney Mercilus"Whitney Mercilus

Illinois

Ht. 6-4 Wt. 265

 

Pass Rush:  Whitney Mercilus is most effective when he can work the inside off initial outside speed.  Impressed with the amount of refinement to Mercilus pass rush repertoire for a guy that has little time playing the game.  He’s got a quick first step and enough speed to threaten the edge.  He keeps himself clean with his hands and is quick to make a move.  He plays a little high and loses leverage on contact.  He’s a linear athlete that struggles moving laterally.

 

Against the run:  Mercilus has some natural strength to hold up at the point of attack.  He needs a little refinement in the run game but has the makings of a quality run defender.  He struggles to get off contact and plays a little upright giving blocker a large target.  Biggest downfall is finding the football and disengaging from blocks.  He needs more experience and some top level coaching. Read the rest of this entry » «Whitney Mercilus Scouting Report»

Melvin Ingram Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 21 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Mevin Ingram"Melvin Ingram

South Carolina

Ht. 6-2 Wt. 276

 

Pass Rush:  Melvin Ingram may be the most versatile pass rusher in this draft.  He boasts a bevy of pass rush moves and finds ways to the QB.  He possesses a ton of short area quickness and moves well laterally.  He most effective when he can get the first step and work his way inside.  His lack of height works for him as he’s able to bend and get underneath larger tackles.  Don’t be fooled by his size and short arms, he has enough power to surprise many.  A bulk of his QB pressures and sacks came from inside as a one-gap player.  He’s not lightning quick off the snap and doesn’t have the burst of the top level athletes at the position. Read the rest of this entry » «Melvin Ingram Scouting Report»

2012 NFL Draft: Top 100 Big Board

Posted by Brad On February - 21 - 20122 COMMENTS
"Tom Brady"

A look at our pre-combine top 100 rankings

With t-minus three days until the start of the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine, we decided it would be a good opportunity to roll out our updated top 100 big board.  These rankings, as always, are fluid with the Combine on the horizon.  A really fast, unexpected 40 or a really slow, unexpected 40 could change our rankings.  As much as we would like to think that those things don’t come into account during the evaluation process, they do.  Here’s a look at our Pre-Combine rankings (height, weight, and grade will be completed after the Combine and Pro Days):

RankNamePositionSchoolHeightWeightGrade
1Andrew LuckQBStanfod
2Roberrt Griffin IIIQBBaylor
3Morris ClaiborneCBLSU
4Matt KalilOTUSC
5Trent RichardsonRBAlabama
6David DeCastroOGStanford
7Riley ReiffOTIowa
8Melvin IngramDESouth Carolina
9Kendall WrightWRBaylor
10Justin BlackmonWROklahoma St.
11Quinton CoplesDENorth Carolina
12Janoris JenkinsCBFlorida
13Courtney UpshawOLBAlabama
14Luke KuechlyILBBoston College
15Dre KirkpatrickCBAlabama
16Russell WilsonQBWisconsin
17Michael FloydWRNotre Dame
18Michael BrockersDTLSU
19Mike AdamsOTOhio St.
20Ryan TannehillQBTexas A&M
21Peter KonzOCWisconsin
22Cordy GlennOGGeorgia
23Dont'a HightowerILBAlabama
24Fletcher CoxDEMississippi St.
25Mark BarronSSAlabama
26Jonathan MartinOTStanford
27Dontari PoeDTMemphis
28Whitney MercilusDEIllinois
29Stephon GilmoreCBSouth Carolina
30Brock OsweilerQBArizona St.
31Brandon WashingtonOGMiami
32Doug MartinRBBoise St.
33Jerel WorthyDTMichigan St.
34Andre BranchDEClemson
35Lamar MillerRBMiami
36Bobby WagnerOLBUtah St.
37Brandon ThompsonDTClemson
38Alshon JefferyWRSouth Carolina
39Nick PerryOLBUSC
40Jamell FlemingCBOklahoma
41Brandon WeedenQBOklahoma St.
42Ronnell LewisOLBOklahoma
43Dwayne AllenTEClemson
44Sean SpenceOLBMiami
45David WilsonRBVirginia Tech
46Mohamed SanuWRRutgers
47Rueben RandleWRLSU
48Orson CharlesTEGeorgia
49Brandon BoykinCBGeorgia
50Coby FleenerTEStanford
51Chandler JonesDESyracuse
52Mitchell SchwartzOTCalifornia
53Devon StillDTPenn State
54Jared CrickDENebraska
55Zach BrownOLBNorth Carolina
56Juron CrinerWRArizona
57Kelechi OsemeleOGIowa St.
58Alfonzo DennardCBNebraska
59Lavonte DavidOLBNebraska
60Stephen HillWRGeorgia Tech
61Amini SilatoluOGMidwestern St.
62Vinny CurryDEMarshall
63Alameda Ta'amuDTWashington
64Bobby MassieOTMississippi
65Leonard JohnsonCBIowa St.
66Joe AdamsWRArkansas
67Vontaze BurfictILBArizona St.
68Ryan SteedCBFurman
69Kevin ZeitlerOGWisconsin
70Cam JohnsonDEVirginia
71Chris GivensWRWake Forest
72Zebrie SandersOTFlorida St.
73Bernard PierceRBTemple
74Dwight BentleyCBUL Lafayette
75Dwight JonesWRNorth Carolina
76Bruce IrvinOLBWest Virginia
77Keenan RobinsonOLBTexas
78Chris PolkRBWashington
79Trumaine JohnsonFSMontana
80Jayron HosleyCBVirginia Tech
81Kendall ReyesDEConnecticut
82Isaiah PeadRBCincinnati
83George IlokaFSBoise St.
84Jonathan MassaquoiOLBTroy
85Matt McCantsOTUAB
86Jordan WhiteWRWestern Michigan
87Mike MartinDTMichigan
88Josh NormanCBCoastal Carolina
89Harrison SmithSSNotre Dame
90Terrell ManningOLBNC St.
91Derek WolfeDECincinnati
92Brian QuickWRAppalachian St.
93Nick ToonWRWisconsin
94Phillip ThomasFSSyracuse
95Philip BlakeOCBaylor
96Jarius WrightWRArkansas
97Shea McClellinOLBBoise St.
98Devon WylieWRFresno St.
99Nick FolesQBArizona
100Markelle MartinFSOklahoma St.

Top QB’s won’t throw at the Combine

Posted by Brad On February - 20 - 20121 COMMENT
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Andrew Luck"

Andrew Luck and others won't be throwing at the Combine

In what is becoming an annual right of passage for the top quarterbacks at the NFL Scouting Combine, this season’s best will pass on passing at the event.

In today’s news (that’s not really news to anyone) teams (Indianapolis Colts) have told Andrew Luck to forgo throwing at the Combine and wait until his March 22nd Pro Day at Stanford.  This news comes on the heals of Robert Griffin III electing to not throw and Ryan Tannehill will pass with his ailing broken foot.

Its been en vogue lately for the top signal callers to elect to wait on showing scouts their throwing wares until much anticipated pro days.  Luck was reportedly prepared to throw at this week’s Combine until he was given the green light by Indy teams to graciously bow out of that portion.  Luck will run and plans on participating in all non-throwing drills.  The same is expected of Robert Griffin III.

Past top throwers Sam Bradford (injury), Matt Ryan, and Matthew Stafford all elected to keep their throwing talents hidden until pro days.  Last season, Cam Newton elected to pass at the Combine but under much different circumstances.  Newton was still battling with Blaine Gabbert in the minds of most for the rights to be the top quarterback in the 2011 class.  Gabbert elected not to throw at the Combine while Newton’s team decided to allow him to show off his big arm.

Andrew Luck is the consensus top pick in April’s draft and has nothing to gain or lose by throwing, other than getting use to the lighting in Lucas Oil Stadium.  The same can be said for Robert Griffin minus the Lucas Oil comment.  Ryan Tannehill on the other hand could use a strong showing spinning the ball to prove to personnel that he is worthy of a top pick in April’s draft.  Tannehill is likely to be nursing his foot injury into his pro day and we may only see him weigh-in.

 

 

Brandon Thompson Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 20 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Brandon Thompson"Brandon Thompson

Clemson

Ht. 6-2 Wt. 315

 

Pass Rush:  Brandon Thompson has the natural strength to beat opponents with the bull rush.  He’s never going to be a high sack total guy but can push the pocket and move the QB off his spot.  He’s a one-gap penetrator that will make a living with his ability to win matchups with good leverage.  If Thompson got off the ball low, he was tough to handle.  Unfortunately, he played too high most of time.  This took away from his ability to win leverage battles and detracts from his power game.  He’s a limited pass rusher in terms of technique, very few pass rush moves and lacks the burst to be effective in this area.  Read the rest of this entry » «Brandon Thompson Scouting Report»

Dontari Poe Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 20 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Dontari Poe"Dontari Poe

Memphis

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 350

 

Pass Rush:  Dontari Poe has incredible get off for his size.  He showcases impressive burst off the snap which allows him to blow by blockers.  He is best in tight areas where he can show off his impressive short area quickness.  He is a natural bender that plays low for his size.  Poe has impressive lateral agility and strength which could be utilized more at the next level.  Poe is a work in progress.  He struggles to disengage if he can’t be the blocker off the snap.  He needs to work on extending his arms through contact and not popping upright into contact.  He shows limited pass rush moves, rip with occasional bull rush and spin move.  Read the rest of this entry » «Dontari Poe Scouting Report»

Devon Still Scouting Report

Posted by Brad On February - 20 - 2012ADD COMMENTS
"2012 NFL Draft prospect, Devon Still"Devon Still

Penn St.

Ht. 6-5 Wt. 310

 

Pass Rush:  Devon Still was a much more impressive pass rusher in 2011 than in years past.  He has a solid get off and burst for his size.  He fires off the ball low considering his 6’5 frame.  He flashes violent hands and can be overwhelming with the bull rush.  He showcases good lateral agility a very nice swim move.  The biggest problem with Still has been/is his inconsistent motor.  He appears to quit once he’s initially stopped.  He’s a more limited athlete than other first round DT’s which will probably limit his pass rushing abilities in the NFL.

 

Run Defense:  Still is a more than capable run defender.  He anchors well and if his pads are low, he wins.  He is excellent at stacking and shedding blockers.  He has good ball awareness and can get off the snap quickly and into run lanes.  He has the athleticism and lateral agility to play down the line but his motor is questionable.  I would like to see more effort on plays going away.  Because of his height he is susceptible to allowing blockers under his pads but when he wants he stays low.  For Still he could be a dominate run defender if he develops the motivation play in and play out. Read the rest of this entry » «Devon Still Scouting Report»