NFL Mock Draft 2012: How Players Are Rising and Falling During Combine
The 2012 NFL scouting combine has yet to be completed, but we now have a much better understanding as to where certain prospects stand in the grand scheme of things. Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III solidified their status as the top two prospects in the draft, while individuals like Doug Martin stepped up their game a great deal.
This mock draft is going to give you a better understanding of which prospects are rising and falling in the ever-fluid NFL draft process.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Andrew Luck solidified his spot as the consensus top pick in the draft with excellent performances in the athletic generic drills, showing everyone that he is more mobile than most people give him credit for.
2. Cleveland Browns from St. Louis Rams: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
I am a little upset that Griffin III decided not to throw at the combine. This is only because I really wanted to see him do so, but I do understand the logistics of the decision. His amazing 40 time and excellent performances in the generic drills shows why he has jumped up to No. 2 on my big board (projected trade with the St. Louis Rams).
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, Southern California
Running a sub-five 40 was amazing, but what surprised me more was his excellent performance in the position-specific drills.
4. St. Louis Rams from Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Blackmon looked extremely fluid in the gauntlet drill, showing excellent reaction time and tight route-running ability. The Rams will definitely use this pick on the former Oklahoma State star if they do decide to trade down (projected trade with the Cleveland Browns).
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, Louisiana State
6. Washington Redskins: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
As I predicted last night, Floyd performed the best of any receiver during the combine today. He showed explosion in the 40, was great in the 10-yard split and proved to be an excellent runner in the gauntlet. The difference between Blackmon and Floyd is quickly narrowing.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Brockers, DL, Louisiana State
Just look at this kid, absolutely a monster of a man. While the Jaguars' biggest needs are on the offensive side of the ball, it is hard to imagine them passing up on his upside.
8. Miami Dolphins: Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
9. Carolina Panthers: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
10. Buffalo Bills: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
DeCastro didn't show anything in the 40-yard dash, but that really doesn't matter. He looked more than capable in the position-specific drill and showed tremendous technique. There is no way Kansas City passes up on him should he fall here.
Is Michael Floyd a top 10 pick?
12. Seattle Seahawks: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The gap quickly closed between Richardson and the rest of the running back class. His injury could have a dramatic impact on his draft stock moving forward. Still a top five talent in my book.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Didn't excel in any one category but was solid all around. Reiff showed great technique in the position-specific drills.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Dre' Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
16. New York Jets: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (F)
The best 40 time of any running back, coming in officially at a 4.40 flat. Was extremely solid in the running back drills, showing great cutback ability. Mark Sanchez needs help in the running game, Miller will provide that.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
Some might have thought I was insane by indicating that Martin would be a first-round pick following a solid Senior Bowl performance. His success at the combine only solidified that notion. The former Boise State star ran a solid 40, dominated in the weight room and was solid in the running back drills.
18. San Diego Chargers: Nick Perry, LB, Southern California
19. Chicago Bears: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
I was extremely disappointed by Wright's 40 time; I thought he was much faster than that. At least, it looked that way watching Baylor game tape. However, I absolutely loved the way he looked in the gauntlet drill.
20. Tennessee Titans: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Mark Barron, S, Alabama
22. St. Louis Rams from Cleveland Browns: Johnathan Martin, OT, Stanford (Projected trade with the Cleveland Browns)
23. Detroit Lions: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
25. Denver Broncos: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
26. Houston Texans: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
27. New England Patriots: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
28. Green Bay Packers: Whitney Mercilus, DE/LB, Illinois
29. Baltimore Ravens: Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
30. San Francisco 49ers: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
This dude was flat-out astonishing in the generic skills, showing a tremendous amount of athleticism for someone his size. What impressed me the most—besides those generic drills—was how good Glenn's technique was on the offensive line drills. He will be a dominating guard at the next level.
31. New England Patriots: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
It has been really hard to gauge how good of a player Stephen Hill is because of a lack of collegiate game tape. Hill proved to us today that he can absolutely fly and actually runs nice, tight routes. The Patriots need a deep threat, and the former Georgia Tech receiver will provide that.
32. New York Giants: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
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