2012 NFL Mock Draft: Analyzing Top Prospects in East-West Shrine Game

Zach KruseSenior Analyst IJanuary 12, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - DECEMBER 03:  B.J. Cunningham #3 of the Michigan State Spartan runs for yards after the catch against the Wisconsin Badgers during the second half of the Big 10 Conference Championship Game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 3, 2011 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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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