2012 NFL Mock Draft: Who's Rising Up Boards After Senior Bowl?

Wes StueveContributor IIIJanuary 30, 2012

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Courtney Upshaw #41 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a defensive stop against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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After the 2012 Senior Bowl, several NFL draft prospects are moving up. A dominant week in Mobile can make a huge difference for a player's stock, as it has for several guys this year. 

In the past, several players have been drafted in the first round purely because of their performance at the Senior Bowl. That isn't the case for any of these guys, but their Senior Bowl weeks certainly didn't hurt matters.

For the most part, the Senior Bowl answers questions. It could be a player's motor, consistency or character, but a full week can do a lot for a prospect.

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

4. Cleveland Browns: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

6. Washington Redskins: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

8. Carolina Panthers: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

9. Miami Dolphins: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

BLACKSBURG, VA - NOVEMBER 17: Logan Thomas #3 of the Virginia Tech Hokies is struck in the head after throwing the ball by Quinton Coples #90 of the North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Bur
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Opinions on Coples vary, but he solidified his status as a top-10 pick with a terrific week in Mobile. The North Carolina defensive end is a tremendous talent with great upside.

At 6'6", 281 pounds, Coples is scheme-versatile with the ability to gain or lose weight. Few players are more athletic, and, with time, Coples could develop into a star.

A right tackle would also make sense for Miami here, but Coples fits a need as the team switches to a 4-3 defense.

10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

11. Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

12. Kansas City Chiefs: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

13. Arizona Cardinals: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 18:  Mike Adams #75 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks for his blocking assignment against the Ohio Bobcats at Ohio Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)
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Prior to the Senior Bowl, few evaluators felt like Adams was a top-15 pick. However, Adams showed up at 6'7", 323 pounds, and looked quick on his feet.

At left tackle, only Matt Kalil has more upside than Adams does. The Ohio State left tackle can block the quickest of pass-rushers and is big enough to deal with more powerful linemen.

Arizona obviously needs to add an offensive lineman, and Adams' upside makes him a terrific pick.

14. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

TUSCALOOSA, AL - SEPTEMBER 24:  Courtney Upshaw #41 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Tyler Wilson #8 of the Arkansas Razorbacks at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Upshaw showed up in Mobile even bigger than expected, weighing 272 pounds. This has led many to believe that Upshaw can play defensive end in a 4-3 scheme or linebacker in a 3-4.

Though Upshaw was big, he also looked cut. If he is to play in coverage, Upshaw can't be fat and, fortunately, he wasn't. 

The Jets need a pass-rushing outside linebacker, and Upshaw can get after the quarterback while playing excellent run defense.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland): David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

18. San Diego Chargers: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC

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

20. Tennessee Titans: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia

At 6'5", 346 pounds, Cordy Glenn is a big dude. Glenn looked in shape and athletic playing guard and tackle while also demonstrating his trademark power.

Most people have pegged Glenn as a guard, but many are now thinking he can play right tackle. This versatility could provide Glenn's stock a huge boost as the draft approaches.

The Titans' interior line hindered Chris Johnson in 2011, and they are looking to improve up front. Glenn is the power blocker who could help get Tennessee's rushing attack back on track.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

It was well-established that Jenkins could play, but his character was a bigger question. Jenkins interviewed well at the Senior Bowl and came across as regretful and aware of his previous mistakes.

There were also some concerns about how well Jenkins would fair against upper-level competition after spending a year at North Alabama. This proved not to be an issue, however, as Jenkins played excellently.

Leon Hall is recovering from a torn Achilles, and the Bengals need another cornerback opposite the former first-round pick.

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta): Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

23. Detroit Lions: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

25. Denver Broncos: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

26. Houston Texans: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans): Mark Barron, S, Alabama

28. Green Bay Packers: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

29. Baltimore Ravens: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State

30. San Francisco 49ers: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

31. New York Giants: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

32. New England Patriots: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin


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