While no prospect participating in the East-West Shrine Game cracks our first-round 2012 NFL mock draft, here are some of the top players playing in next weekend's showcase game.
T Matt Reynolds, BYU
Reynolds came into the 2011 season with hopes of being a first-round pick, but he didn't show enough in the run game to be considered a top pick at tackle.
Still, he'll likely be taken in the first 100 selections.
WR B.J. Cunningham, Michigan State
Cunningham has the size (6'2", 215 lbs), hands and route-running ability to play in the NFL. The worry is his speed and quickness to separate at the next level. He could be a fourth-rounder.
WR Jarius Wright, Arkansas
Slot receivers are becoming more valuable in NFL offenses, and that's exactly what Wright offers at the next level.
He was productive in that role nearly all season, including a 281-yard day against Texas A&M.
Shaun Prater, Iowa
With a good senior season, Prater had the chance to push his stock into the second round. Even if that didn't happen, Iowa's cornerback likely had a good enough year to lock in his status as a third-rounder.
Aaron Henry, Wisconsin
Henry was exposed at times in coverage this season, but he still has value stopping the run and playing special teams. If a team thinks they can mould him at the back end, he could hear his name called in the fourth or fifth round.
David Paulsen, Oregon
In a weak tight end class in 2012, Paulsen could crack the fourth round. He didn't have much impact on an explosive Oregon offense, but there's run-blocking value here.
2012 NFL Mock Draft
1. Indianapolis Colts—Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. St. Louis Rams—Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
3. Minnesota Vikings—Matt Kalil, OT, USC
4. Cleveland Browns—Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. Washington Redskins—Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
7. Jacksonville Jaguars—Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
8. Carolina Panthers—Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
9. Miami Dolphins—Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
10. Buffalo Bills—Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
11. Kansas City Chiefs—Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
12. Seattle Seahawks—Devon Still, DT, Penn State
13. Arizona Cardinals—Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
14. Dallas Cowboys—Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
15. Philadelphia Eagles—Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
16. New York Jets—Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
17. Cincinnati Bengals—Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
18. San Diego Chargers—David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
19. Chicago Bears—Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
20. Tennessee Titans—Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
21. Cincinnati Bengals—Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
22. Cleveland Browns—Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
23. Detroit Lions—Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
24. Pittsburgh Steelers—Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
25. Denver Broncos—Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
26. New York Giants—Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
27. Houston Texans—Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
28. Baltimore Ravens—Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
29. New England Patriots—Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
30. San Francisco 49ers—Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
31. New England Patriots—Mark Barron, S, Alabama
32. Green Bay Packers—Nick Perry, OLB, USC
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