2012 NFL Draft: 4 Players Rising Up Draft Boards

Ryan Duncan@jrydunContributor IIIJanuary 31, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: 4 Players Rising Up Draft Boards

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    For college football players entering the 2012 NFL draft, their work is just getting started.

    Some college football players have already solidified their position in the NFL draft.  These players will be selective as to which drills they participate in at the combine, and the conditions of their school pro day. 

    Others are not afforded this luxury.  They will rely on their performance in their final college season—the measurements they put up at the combine.

    Here is a list of players that in their final college season have started moving themselves up on 2012 NFL draft boards:

Ryan Tannehill: QB, Texas A&M

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    Ryan Tannehill is widely considered to be the third-best quarterback in this year's draft.  Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are both likely to be selected in the top five picks which leaves several teams looking for that next QB.

    As I see it, as many as nine teams in the first 15 picks could benefit from drafting a quarterback.  With the top two quarterbacks off the board early, this could send Tannehill flying up the draft boards.

Russell Wilson: QB, Wisconsin

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    Russell Wilson's name is not being mentioned much in terms of top quarterbacks in this year's draft.  The Virginia native transferred to Wisconsin for his final year of eligibility.

    By opting to play one more year, Wilson has elevated his stock.  He led the Badgers to an 11-3 record and was at the top of most statistical passing categories in the NCAA. 

    Wilson will have to have a very strong showing at the combine if he wants to overcome criticisms about his height. 

Taveon Rogers: WR/KR, New Mexico State

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    Taveon Rogers was arguably the best player on a pretty bad New Mexico State Aggies team.  Although Rogers did not become a starter until the midway point of the 2010 season, he took advantage of his opportunities.

    In 2011, Rogers led the Aggies in receptions, yards and touchdowns.  He also led the NCAA in kick returns for touchdowns with three. 

    With NFL teams' love for return specialists, Rogers could find himself drafted in the middle rounds.

Brandon Joiner: DE, Arkansas State

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    Arkansas State defensive end Brandon Joiner is not even on most draft boards.  With a good workout, this could change. 

    Joiner was the leader on a defense that led Arkansas State to a Sun Belt conference championship this season.  He was also fourth in the nation in sacks.