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2012 NFL Draft: Potential breakout prospects.

Posted by Ozzy on May 11, 2011 – 5:17 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

Ryan Tannehill SR QB Texas A&M: Already had a partial breakout season last year coming out of no where to become the starting quarterback for the Aggies.  Is a very consistent football player, clearly knows the game of football, has ideal size for the position and makes very smart decisions on the football field.  As a potential quarterback prospect, with a solid season this upcoming year I would not be surprised if he is in the group of the top 5 quarterbacks taken in the 2012 NFL draft.

Audie Cole SR OLB NC State: A very athletic and very gifted outside linebacker for the Wolfpack.  I love his size at 6-5 240, and he is not just a rush defensive end type of prospect.  He can drop back in coverage and has the speed to cover a lot of ground at linebacker.  His versatility and size make him a great prospect in the NFL and do not be surprised to see his name rise up the draft boards.

Kyle Wilber SR DE Wake Forest: He is a very tall and lengthy defensive end for the Demon Deacons.  Wilber has really long arms and does a great job getting around the edge and attacking the quarterback.  He needs to gain some strength and be more solid at the point of attack, but if one is just focusing on pass rushing potential he could be a real breakout star this season.

Donnie Fletcher SR CB Boston College: A very tough and physical cornerback, has good size at 6-1 200 pounds and is a very accomplished tackler.  His ball skills are solid and he has been a productive part of the Boston College defensive back field ever since he was a freshman.   I would easily rank him as a top five potential cornerback prospect for the upcoming draft and expect great things out of him this season.

Devon Kennard JR ILB USC: He should be an absolute star at linebacker, but he will have to grasp the defensive at USC first and improve his production from last season.  He is very gifted, runs like the wind, has a very thick build and if he puts those athletic abilities to use making plays on the football field, he has the potential to be a 1st or 2nd round pick at linebacker.  Nonetheless, that is up to him if he plays up to that potential, because based off of his previous seasons he is more of a 2nd tear linebacker and not elite just yet, which is where he should and could be.

Latavius Murray JR RB UCF: A big powerful running back, broke out last season with a solid year and should be even better this year.  He has a nice combination of size and speed, runs hard between the tackles but has the breakaway speed to gain more yards after contact.  Look for him, along with the University of Central Florida football team to make big waves this year in college football.

LaRon Byrd SR WR Miami FL: He has the size and the strength to become a very good receiver.  Has yet to have the real breakout season and this could be the year for him.  Has strong hands, a good solid upper body and potentially being featured more this year for the Canes, he could be a great weapon if utilized.

Garrick Williams SR ILB Texas A&M: A very productive inside linebacker for the Aggies.  Plays aggressively, tackles hard and gives consistent effort more often than not.  One of the leaders of that much improved Aggie football team, Williams could be a very interesting prospect come draft day with his experience in the 3/4 defense and his ability to make plays all over the football field.

Andre Branch SR DE Clemson: Has the potential to follow in a long line of solid Clemson defensive ends.  Has good height at weight for a defensive end.  Has the athletic ability to get around the edge but also plays with the right toughness and leverage to not get pushed around in the run game.  He could have a real breakout year this season for the Tigers.

Jeff Allen SR OT Illinois: He is a mountain of a man and soon will be a well known name at the offensive tackle position.  He plays with great strength, gets good push off the line more often than not and has quick enough feet to be effective in pass protection.  If he plays up to his potential he could see his name rise straight up the NFL draft boards.

Deangelo Peterson SR TE LSU: A somewhat underutilized prospect, does not get much action on the field but that changed a little last season.  With possible improved quarterback play look for Peterson to be featured more down field as a pass catching tight end that can stretch the field.  If he improves his blocking he could be a very good all around tight end prospect.

Antonio Allen SR SS South Carolina: Has not seen much action, but he is an athletic player with a lot of talent.  If given the opportunity he could be a very impressive strong safety that could get up in the box and make things happen.  Is somewhat of a sleeper prospect but potentially he could be an interesting prospect come draft day if he has a solid year this season.


Written by:  Jeremy Osborne (aka Ozzy)

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