2012 NFL Draft: College Stars Whose Stock Is Soaring

Scott Semmler@@ScottSemmler22Analyst IIFebruary 11, 2012

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Kendall Wright #1 of the Baylor Bears runs during a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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Chris Polk, Brock Osweiler and Kendall Wright are just three players who were stars on their respective teams and whose stock is going to hit the roof by the time the Indianapolis Colts are on the clock at the end of April.

It is players like these who boast height, speed and physical play, all of which will help them become rapidly popular during the NFL Combine and gain recognition heading into the NFL Draft.

Polk and Osweiler were standouts in the PAC-12 this past season and it gained them recognition as excellent picks heading into the NFL Draft.

Wright gained recognition as Robert Griffin III's go-to receiver and it has earned him a possible spot as a top-15 pick in the NFL Draft.


Chris Polk, RB, University of Washington

Polk is 5'11" and 222 lbs. and made a living at the University of Washington running north and south. His big body will be perfect for the NFL and whatever team that takes a chance on him.

Polk is flying extremely under the radar right now, but given time to prove himself, his potential speed and willingness to break the first tackle, he should be rising up the NFL Draft rankings soon enough.


Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State

The tragic 6-7 record in 2011 and lousy defeat to Boise State in the MAACO Bowl is not helping anyone, but Osweiler's physical attributes are going to just be enough for him to make a surge up a team's draft board at the end of April.

Osweiler stands 6'8" and many have been criticizing his decision to enter the NFL Draft and forgo his senior season at Arizona State—especially after such an up-and-down season with the Sun Devils.

What Osweiler does have is a strong arm and an ability to take a hit and execute the play. He will be drawing several comparisons to Ryan Mallet, who now plays for the New England Patriots, but height may be the only thing these two have in common.

By April, Osweiler's height and strong arm will make him the No. 3 quarterback chosen in the NFL Draft.


Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor University

Just last week, several mock drafts had Wright near the bottom end of the first round. Now, Wright's speed and big-play ability have become recognized and have him shooting up NFL mock drafts.

The 5'10", 190-lbs. wide receiver was a part of Baylor football's dream season with Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III. Highlight reels of Griffin were sure to be dominated by big passes to Wright, which only have Wright's draft stock rising these days.

Two things stand out about Wright: An ability to stretch the field and an ability to catch balls across the middle—a nice combination for a receiver in the NFL to have.

Currently, Wright is projected as being taken anywhere from the mid-to-late first round. But by April, we should hear his name being called in the first 15 picks of the NFL Draft.