2012 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting the Best Prospects from Non-BCS Schools

Chris Trapasso@ChrisTrapassoAnalyst IJanuary 19, 2012

HOUSTON - OCTOBER 22:  Defensive lineman Vinny Curry #99 of the Marshall Thundering Herd lines up against the Houston Cougars at Robertson Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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Every year, there are a handful of players from non-BCS schools that receive major attention come NFL draft time. 

The 2012 class is no different. 

The NFL has plenty of star players from small schools and all GMs are looking for the next Jared Allen (Idaho State), Miles Austin (Monmouth) or Fred Jackson (Coe College).

These are the best players from schools outside the major six conferences in college football. 

Vinny Curry, DL, Marshall

This 6'5'', 242-pound Curry was one of the most productive players in Conference USA over the last two seasons. In 2010, his 12-sack total gave him national attention. This year, he followed that up with 11 more quarterback takedowns.

He has great suddenness off the snap, is extremely quick and stays low to get around the corner. The senior doesn't possess a ton of counter moves and typically relies on his pure speed and athleticism to get to the quarterback.

He's not the most consistent defensive end against the run and needs to add bulk to his frame if he wants to stay at that position at the next level.  

Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan 

It's hard to have better seasons than the last two that White had at Western Michigan. As a junior, he caught 94 passes for 1,378 yards and 10 touchdowns. In 2011, he reeled in 140 passes for 1,911 yards with 17 touchdowns. 

This 6'0'', 215-pound stud projects similarly to Pierre Garcon when he came out of Mount Union a few years ago. 

He's a good possession guy, but has the athleticism and deceptive speed to create the big play down the field. 

White exploded for 13 grabs for 265 yards and one touchdown in the Broncos' bowl game against Purdue this season. 

He is an all-around solid receiver that should go in the second or third round and has the potential to become a viable starter in the pro ranks. 

Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State

Quick is the small-school offensive prospect everyone's talking about. He contributed in all four years during his time with the FCS powerhouse and hauled in 71 passes for 1,096 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games this season.  

At 6'5'' and 220 pounds, Quick has an NFL body and should be able to overpower smaller cornerbacks with his size alone. 

He's a long-strider, so his speed sneaks up on defenders. Furthermore, the senior has respectable leaping ability with soft hands, making him an ideal red-zone target.  

2012 NFL Mock Draft (Jan. 18 Update, post-Kirkpatrick arrest)

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: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6.  Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

7.  Jacksonville Jaguars: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

8.  Carolina Panthers: Michael Brockers, DE/DT, LSU

9.  Miami Dolphins: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

10.  Buffalo Bills: Nick Perry, OLB, USC

11.  Seattle Seahawks: Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

12.  Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

13.  Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

14.  Dallas Cowboys: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

15.  Philadelphia Eagles: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

16.  New York Jets: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

17.  Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders): Lamar Miller, RB, Miami  

18.  San Diego Chargers: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa 

19.  Chicago Bears: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

20.  Tennessee Titans: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina

21.  Cincinnati Bengals: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

22.  Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons): Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama 

23.  Detroit Lions: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

24.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

25.  Denver Broncos: Chris Polk, RB, Washington

26.  Houston Texans: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor 

27.  New York Giants: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

28.  Baltimore Ravens: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

29.  New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints): Devon Still, DT, Penn State

30.  San Francisco 49ers: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

31.  New England Patriots: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

32.  Green Bay Packers: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia


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