With the 2011 college football season winding down to a dramatic finish, NFL’s Future looks at their 2012 NFL Draft rankings position by position.
First up is the 2012 NFL Draft Quarterback rankings. The 2012 QB class features the possibility of four top-10 prospects. Everyone’s lock to be the top pick, Andrew Luck, hasn’t done anything to hurt the stigma of “next Peyton Manning.” Luck is a virtual lock to be selected with the first pick. From there it gets interesting. Matt Barkley, Robert Griffin III, and Landry Jones figure to battle for the right to be the second quarterback off the board. Barkley and Griffin have really helped their draft stock with their play in 2011 while Jones has taken a step backwards.
The depth of this class is fairly deep with prospects like Brandon Weeden, Ryan Tannehill, and Nick Foles figure to be second day prospects. In terms of sleeper candidates, there are a couple we will spotlight in our latest edition of the 2012 NFL Draft quarterback rankings.
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (Junior)
Height: 6’4 Weight: 234
Luck is a lock to be the top player off the board come April’s draft. Despite the pundits jumping aboard the Matt Barkley and RGIII bandwagons this is still a once-in-a-lifetime prospect. His play to finish the season hasn’t met expectations but he’s without a legitimate receiving threat. Luck has 31 TD passes to 8 INT’s and is throwing at over a 70 percent clip. Luck’s arm strength has been called into question but he appears to have plenty of it for it not to be a concern for NFL scouts. His athleticism and decision-making set him apart from other great QB prospects.
2012 NFL Draft Projection: No. 1 pick
2. Matt Barkley, USC (Junior)
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 230
Barkley is a pro-ready talent that would be the top pick in most drafts. Unfortunately for Barkley he is facing an uphill battle with Andrew Luck. Barkley has all the tools to be a franchise QB in the NFL including great anticipation and timing. He’s a natural leader that has the arm talent to become an elite quarterback in the NFL. He throws one of the prettiest deep balls of anyone in this draft and has a short/compact release. Barkley needs to work on his feet as he has a tendency to throw high because he doesn’t get his feet set.
2012 NFL Draft projection: Top-5
3. Robert Griffin III, Baylor (Junior)
Height: 6’2″ Weight: 220
Maybe the most intriguing battle in the 2012 NFL Draft is the battle for the number two QB spot behind Andrew Luck. Barkley and Griffin are 2A and 2B for me. RGIII has been as impressive as any college player in 2011. He’s a remarkable athlete that has improved on his accuracy. He can give defenses fits with his running ability and ability to throw downfield. He shows great touch on his deep ball and has improved drastically on his ball placement. RGIII is another natural leader with a high football IQ. RGIII’s combination of smarts, athleticism, and arm talent is sure to make the most seasoned talent evaluator wonder what could be. He will have to adjust to playing under center in the NFL and take care of his body. Durability may be a concern.
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