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Early Top 32 for the 2012 NFL Draft

Posted by on May 11, 2011 – 10:14 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

 

This is a very early ranking of a potential top 32 prospects for the upcoming 2012 NFL draft.   Much can change once the season starts clearly, but hypothetically, if certain players decide to come out this is how I think the player rankings could turn out.   Sure a linebacker going that high in the draft as a inside linebacker rarely happens, but in terms of prospect value, like many have pointed out next years draft is potentially stacked at linebacker, especially if you compare it to this years draft.  Running backs do not always go that high, but there are some very good ones in there potentially with LaMichael James, Kniles Davis and especially Trent Richardson, he could explode this year.

 

Luck is the clear cut #1, everyone knows that, but I think if Barkley finally plays up to his potential, he has everything one would be looking for in a quarterback.  All he has to do is back it up on the field with his performance.  Because he has the arm strength, and possible leadership qualities, he just has to be a little more gritty on the field and lead the football team and be more productive.  If he has that breakout year and plays up to his potential he could be an extremely high pick as well.

 

Many could argue Jeffery is a better receiver than AJ Green in terms of going after a jump ball, and if he works on his conditioning and his open field speed expect him to be just as high of a draft selection.  At safety there are a lot of good players as well with Moody, Iloka and Barron but just like this years draft, for whatever reason safeties fall like rocks at times.   But these prospects should not see that happen but I guess stranger things have occurred.

Top 32

1 Andrew Luck QB Stanford RS JR

2 Matt Barkley QB USC JR

3 Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State JR

4 Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina JR

5 Riley Reiff OT Iowa RS JR

6 Jared Crick DT Nebraska

7 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina JR

8 Quenton Coples DE UNC continue reading

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2012 NFL Draft: Potential breakout prospects.

Posted by 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. continue reading

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Buckeyes Busted: What Now?

Posted by on May 10, 2011 – 10:29 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

Ask anyone and their mother what the biggest storyline was of this past off-season in college football and they’ll have to answer with the catastrophe that has become the Ohio State University football program.  Just when the average follower or even beat writer thinks that this horrendous publicity could be over, another leak seems to burst through the fundamental piping of the program.

With five essential players (QB Terrelle Pryor, RB Daniel “Boom” Herron, WR DeVier Posey, OT Mike Adams and DE Soloman Thomas) and ultimately the most important person to the program, head coach Jim Tressell being suspended for the first five games, the program is bound to run into some trouble on the field, for once.  Now with word coming out of media outlets here in Columbus that some players may have even received cars as extra benefits, the team may see even more players being suspended or sanctions handed out depending on the fallout within the next couple of weeks.

However, that’s not what we’re here to talk about.  We’re here to discuss how these suspensions will affect the five players upcoming draft stocks.  These five players (regardless of whether or not they did the wrong thing) ultimately had the repercussions of this wrongdoing happen at the ironically perfect time.  The fact that they’ll miss the first five games before their respective senior seasons does not bid well at all for their chances of being taken any earlier than they were projected before the scandal.  Let’s take a look at the prospects and where they go from here, shall we? continue reading

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2012 Draft- Year of the Quarterback V.2

Posted by on May 8, 2011 – 10:27 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

In the last version of this blog I talked about my top 3 Quarterback prospects for the 2012 NFL draft in Andrew Luck, Matt Barkley, and Landry Jones. While I feel those guys are a lock for the first round, and quite possibly the top 10-15 picks, there are several names that I can see sneaking into the first round and making some noise come draft time.

Ryan Lindley Senior SDSU- Lindley is the type of guy that a ton of people may not know about, due to the fact that

Ryan Lindley hopes to go from "under the radar" to first round stud

he played at San Diego State, and they are not your traditional football power. However, at 6’4″ Lindley has the size and everything else you look for in a big time Quarterback prospect. He has the arm to make all the throws, and throws a pretty deep ball. He has been playing in a pro style offense under Brady Hoke over the last couple seasons, so he has been preparing to take that next step into the National Football League. With a big senior season I could Lindley being the 4th Quarterback off the board in 2012.

Lindley has the make up and the abilities of a big time Quarterback, but he does not play against the best competition. Being from the Mountain West he has very few opportunities to impress against NFL style talent, so he needs to make them count when he gets the chance.

Junior Season: 243-421 3830 YDS 57.7% 28 TD 14INT 149.4 RTG continue reading

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Bringing the pain : The 2012 LB Class is Scary good.

Posted by on May 8, 2011 – 7:14 pm in: 2012, NFL Draft

The LB position is declining the last few years but 2012 should change that, there are only a few Patrick Willis’s and Jerod Mayo’s every few Years but 2012 could have Four guys that can really be Captain’s of the Defense.

Vontaze Burfict, JR- A guy who was highly recruited out of high school has been a monster since arriving on campus at Arizona State. Freshmen year he was Second on the teams in tackles with 69 (40 solo), he also added  seven tackles for loss, two sacks and two forced fumbles. As a Sophomore he Sporting News Pac-10s Defensive MVP. A True LB with the aggressive Streak of Ray Lewis, the only concern with him is that he plays with to much Passion sometimes and gets called for personal fouls a little more than he should but if he can fix that in 2011 he has all the Potential to be a Top 10 Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Manti Te’o, JR- Another highly recruited guy coming out of Hawaii, continue reading

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Hurricane Season: Tracking the Canes

Posted by on May 6, 2011 – 7:40 pm in: NFL Draft

This year will be a very good year, as far as Hurricane prospects being projected in the early rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft. With this years class of draft eligible Canes, I am looking forward to seeing big numbers from four Canes in particular.

Travis Benjamin Sr. WR- Has added 6 lbs. during the offseason. “The weight will help me become more physical. The more weight I add the more power I will gain. Although I was in track, it was a good thing  I added the weight, because I knew my speed would stay consistant.” If he can limit his drops this season, he will become a much better WR. I expect him to have the 2nd fastest, if not the fastest combine 40 time next year in Indianapolis, behind Jeffery Demps. This year Benjamin broke Santana Moss’ 11-year old record in the indoor track & field 60 meter dash event, with a blazing time of 6.70 seconds.

Lamar Miller RS-So. RB- Who is only a Sophomore will be expected to take on the bulk of the carries this year, with Damien Berry and Graig Cooper leaving due to graduation. Although Miller will most likely become the starter after an excellent Spring Game, he will share the load with continue reading

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2012 Draft – Year of the Quarterback

Posted by on May 6, 2011 – 2:19 am in: 2012, NFL Draft

When this past bowl season ended, there were many people drooling about the coming Quarterback class. While there were 4 Quarterbacks taken in the first round (all 4 happened to be taken in the top 12), this past class has nowhere near the amount of hype that the 2012 draft class will have. While Cam Newton maybe one of the most freakish athletes we have seen to play the Quarterback position, does he have the poise, and the swagger of the amazing Andrew Luck, who would have been without question the top pick in last week’s draft. When you say Jake Locker and all of his amazing tools that he has yet to put all together? I raise you with the USC product Matt Barkley who has the size, the arm, and has been coached up by the Quarterback Guru in Steve Clarkson since he could crawl. Barkley has been one of the hottest names in prep football since he was a freshman at the always powerful Mater Dei High School. While those two will be at the top of the class names such as Landry Jones (Oklahoma), Ryan Lindley (San Diego State), EJ Manuel (Florida State), and Nick Foles (Arizona) will be hot topics as well. continue reading

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