2012 NFL Draft: 4 Players Not Named Andrew Luck Who Can Be Game Changers
Andrew Luck may be the consensus No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but there are plenty of other prospects ready to prove their talents in the NFL.
Teams who miss out on Luck will have multiple players to choose from if they want to add game-changing talent to their rosters.
These players have the size, speed and athleticism to compete with the NFL's best.
Here's a look at some of those "can't miss" players.
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If his performance in the Fiesta Bowl this past season doesn't prove to teams that Justin Blackmon is a rare talent at wide receiver, I don't know what will.
Blackmon torched Stanford, catching eight passes for 186 yards and three scores.
This wasn't an aberration for Blackmon, however.
That is game-changing talent at its finest.
Blackmon has the size (6'1", 215 lbs) to compete with the best in the NFL and is sure to go in the top five in the upcoming April draft.
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Trent Richardson was the main cog on offense for National Champion Alabama in the 2011 season.
Richardson rushed for nearly 1,700 yards and scored 21 times for the Tide in the regular season. He carried the ball over 300 times, if you include the National Championship game.
Richardson is big enough to be a workhorse in the NFL for the lucky team who drafts him in April.
Bucky Brooks of NFL.com said this about Richardson:
Richardson is the most complete runner to enter the league since Adrian Peterson. He excels at grinding out tough yards between the tackles, but is also nifty enough to produce big runs on the perimeter. His dominant play in the SEC, college football's toughest conference, suggests that he is poised to make an immediate impact as a pro. At the NFL Scouting Combine, Richardson can make a strong case for inclusion within the top five picks with an impressive workout in front of evaluators.
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Melvin Ingram is quickly moving up many experts' draft boards, and for good reason.
Ingram was a true impact player for South Carolina in the 2011 season, recording 15 tackles for a loss and 10 sacks.
Ingram will most likely be a 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker, as he is both quick and powerful enough to play both positions. He also played a little bit of defensive tackle in college.
Mike Mayock of NFL.com has ranked Ingram as the top defensive lineman so far heading into the draft.
Ingram has the ability to be a playmaker at the next level by breaking up plays in the backfield and getting to the quarterback.
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As NFL receivers get bigger and faster, the need for big time cornerbacks is at an all-time high.
As receivers such as Calvin Johnson and Larry Fitzgerald shred the league year in and year out, cover corners are in demand.
Morris Claiborne has the ability to be a shutdown corner in the NFL.
Chad Reuter of NFL.com gives some insight on Claiborne:
LSU CB Morris Claiborne is the most can't-miss prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft besides Andrew Luck. He has a versatile game built upon a solid set of fundamentals that will lead to immediate success in the pros. Claiborne is more refined than former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson was at this point, and he should make an immediate impact as a lockdown corner. There are other players with flashier games, but no one is better prepared for the NFL than Claiborne.