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New Top 32 Big Board 3/7

Posted by James Rowe on March 7, 2012 – 4:19 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft


Boston College LB Luke Kuechly is rising draft boards after a great Combine performance

1 Andrew Luck QB Stanford*

Luck is the lock to be the #1 pick with Peyton gone, and Luck will likely have to fill his shoes early in his career.

2 Robert Griffin III QB Baylor*

RG3 was the star of the combine this year, locking himself in as the #2 pick in the draft to whatever team trades up for the talent QB.

3 Matt Kalil OT USC*

Kalil displayed outstanding athleticism for a 300lb athlete, and is basically a lock to go to Minnesota at 3 if they don’t trade down.

4 Morris Claiborne CB LSU*

Claiborne looked great in drills and ran a solid 40, and will be the 1st defensive player to be drafted.

5 Trent Richardson RB Alabama*

Richardson has the possibility to fall in this draft, but I’d say he’s the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson/Darren McFadden.

6 Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State*

Blackmon doesn’t have elite size or speed, but is a reliable receiver that will give you consistent production with a good QB.

7 David DeCastro OG Stanford*

DeCastro is a rare OG prospect that looks like he will be a multiple time All Pro selection for whatever team drafts him.

8 Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College*

Kuechly is the complete package at LB backing up his incredible film with an awesome workout at the combine.

9 Riley Reiff OT Iowa*

Reiff isn’t a prospect most will fall in love with, but his is a tough blocker that can start from day 1 at either LT or RT in the NFL.

10 Dontari Poe DT/NT Memphis*

Poe is an extremely gifted athlete for his size, and can play multiple positions in a diverse defense scheme.

11 Quinton Coples DE UNC

Coples was an underachiever at UNC, but you have to love his size and athleticism that will translate very well to the NFL.

12 Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina

Ingram is a dynamic pass rusher that can come at the QB from all angles, and should make a 3-4 team very happy early in the draft.

13 Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama

Upshaw is looking more like a DE as the draft process has went on, and 3-4 teams could be scared away from him.

14 Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

Floyd ran great at the combine, and really reminds me of a Hakeem Nicks type WR that could produce right away.

15 Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State*

Cox is a very talented DT prospect that looks like a high potential pass rusher inside, and is a riser after the combine.

16 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama*

Kirkpatrick’s stock has went down some after his arrest, but his potential shutdown CB skills will entice a team to draft him early.

17 Kendall Wright WR Baylor

Wright ran a poor 40 time, but it’s obvious on film this kid can fly down the field with pads on and stretch the defense.

18 Nick Perry DE/OLB USC*

Perry is a very athletic pass rusher, that can likely play in either a 4-3 or 3-4 depending on what team drafts him.

19 Michael Brockers DT LSU**

Brockers is a massive project, but if he doesn’t bust he will give you a stud on your dline that can help the run and pass defense.

20 Cordy Glenn OT/OG Georgia

Glenn has seen his stock go up more and more since the Senior Bowl, and can play right away at likely all the positions on the oline except Center.

21 Lamar Miller RB Miami**

Miller is a 1 cut RB with homerun speed, and will likely need time before he turns into a Pro Bowl RB.

22 Mark Barron FS/SS Alabama

Barron likely won’t test extremely well at his pro day, but on the field Barron is by far the top Safety in this draft.

23 Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama

Jenkins doesn’t have the size you usually look for in a 1st round CB, but his skills and production have to impress you despite his off the field issues.

24 Mike Adams OT Ohio State

Adams is a huge OT with tons of experience, and likely will get a starting job as a rookie in the NFL.

25 Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illinois*

Mercilus is a 1 year wonder that has the potential to be a surprise pick very early in the draft.

26 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

Tannehill will be the 3rd QB off the board, but his draft spot is dependent on where Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn sign.

27 Jonathan Martin OT Stanford*

Martin struggled at times with bull rushers, but if he can continue to get bigger and stronger he could be a very good starter during his career.

28 Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina*

Jeffery’s stock remains stagnant as a late 1st round prospect after not running at the combine, and his pro day could determine where he gets drafted.

29 Peter Konz C Wisconsin*

Konz is a very talent Center with awesome size, and teams would love to draft him if the value/need is right.

30 Devin Still DT Penn State

Still was probably the best DT in college football last year, and can play in both the 4-3 and 3-4 schemes.

31 Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama*

Hightower is another 1st round caliber Alabama prospect, and looks to be a very good thumper at ILB.

32 Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin

Zeitler is a NFL ready OG, that has also said he is willing to move inside to Center if a team thinks he can play there.