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2012 NFL Draft Post-Combine Big Board

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterDecember 25, 2016

2012 NFL Draft Post-Combine Big Board

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    Benches have been pressed. Forties have been run. Wonderlics have been passed and failed. The NFL draft process is long and hard, and it's coming to an end.

    Once the NFL Scouting Combine has passed, NFL teams dig in to adjust their big boards and start preparing for two months of pro days and private workouts. We're doing the same at Bleacher Report, as our big boards are updated to reflect changes at the combine.

    Which players' stocks are rising and which are falling?

Quarterbacks

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    Quarterback rankings used to be "Andrew Luck...then everyone else." Now it's "Luck, RG3 and everyone else."

    While Mr. Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III hasn't surpassed Luck yet, he's closing the gap considerably. Perhaps, the most important race isn't for the top quarterback spot, but for the right to be drafted third.

    Many scouts have Ryan Tannehill as the No. 3 quarterback coming off the board, but at Bleacher Report, Kirk Cousins has earned the right to be No. 3.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt Hand 40 time
    1 1 Andrew Luck QB Stanford 6040 234 10 even 4.59
    2 2 Robert Griffin III QB Baylor 6023 223 9 1/2″ 4.38
    33 3 Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State 6025 214 9 7/8″ 4.84
    55 4 Brandon Weeden QB Oklahoma State 6034 221 9 5/8″ DNP
    57 5 Nick Foles QB Arizona 6050 243 10 5/8″ 5.15
    59 6 Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M 6037 221 9 even DNP
    67 7 Brock Osweiler QB Arizona State 6067 242 9 7/8″ DNP
    88 8 Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin 5105 204 10 1/4″ 4.5
    135 9 Ryan Lindley QB San Diego State 6036 229 10 even 4.91
    162 10 B.J. Coleman QB Chattanooga 6031 233 10 3/8″ DNP
    178 11 Chandler Harnish QB Northern Illinois 6015 219 9 1/4″ 4.75
    209 12 Case Keenum QB Houston 6005 208 9 1/8″ 4.75
    215 13 Aaron Corp QB Richmond 6035 215 9 3/8″ 4.65
    234 14 Austin Davis QB Southern Mississippi 6015 219 10 3/8″ 4.78
    261 15 Patrick Witt QB Yale 6034 225 9 even  
    290 16 Darron Thomas QB Oregon 6025 220 9 1/2″ 4.78
    298 17 Kellen Moore QB Boise State 5116 197 9 1/2″ 4.87

Running Backs

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    The 2012 draft class features three running backs who grade out high enough to warrant a first-round ranking. If three are actually drafted in the first 32 picks is a different story, but the talent is there.

    Among the most interesting second-tier players is Doug Martin from Boise State. A powerful, squat runner with inside vision, Martin could be a second-round pick who becomes a consistent 1,000-yard rusher.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt 40 time 3 Cone
    3 1 Trent Richardson RB Alabama 5094 228 DNP DNP
    14 2 Lamar Miller RB Miami (Fla.) 5103 212 4.38 DNP
    22 3 Chris Polk RB Washington 5106 215 4.46 7.13
    47 4 Doug Martin RB Boise State 5090 223 4.47 6.79
    54 5 David Wilson RB Virginia Tech 5096 206 4.4 7.09
    87 6 Isaiah Pead RB Cincinnati 5097 197 4.41 6.95
    92 7 LaMichael James RB Oregon 5081 194 4.37 6.88
    104 8 Bernard Pierce RB Temple 6002 218 4.5 7.07
    111 9 Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M 5102 206 4.41 7.17
    124 10 Ronnie Hillman RB San Diego State 5091 200 4.41 DNP
    126 11 Chris Rainey RB Florida 5083 180 4.37 6.5
    141 12 Tauren Poole RB Tennessee 5095 205 4.53 7.36
    144 13 Dan Herron RB Ohio State 5095 203 4.65 6.97
    152 14 Robert Turbin RB Utah State 5095 222 4.44 7.16
    170 15 Terrance Ganaway RB Baylor 5114 239 4.63 7.15
    183 16 Vick Ballard RB Mississippi State 5101 219 4.63 7.03
    203 17 Brandon Bolden RB Mississippi 5110 222 4.56 6.96
    208 18 Davin Meggett RB Maryland 5802 211 4.5 7.14
    228 19 Bobby Rainey RB Western Kentucky 5083 180 4.37 6.5
    231 20 Marc Tyler RB Southern California 5107 219 4.72 DNP
    233 21 Foswhitt Whittaker RB Texas 5092 193 DNP DNP
    249 22 Edwin Baker RB Michigan State 5081 204 4.46 7.27
    253 23 Lennon Creer RB Louisiana Tech 5111 219 4.59 7.26
    264 24 Adonis Thomas RB Toledo 5-10 185    
    297 25 Darrell Scott RB South Florida 6001 231 4.72 DNP

Fullbacks

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    The fullback position is a dying breed in the NFL—as evidenced by the low number of players invited to the combine at the position.

    Bradie Ewing is the lone draftable player at the position invited to the combine, but there are a number of guys who will go undrafted or become late-round picks who can become starters in the league.

     

    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt Arms 40 time 3 Cone
    167 1 Evan Rodriguez FB Temple 6-2 242 Not invited to Combine    
    196 2 Emil Igwenagu FB Massachusetts 6-1 245 Not invited to Combine    
    206 3 Chad Diehl FB Clemson 6-2 257 Not invited to Combine    
    210 4 Cody Johnson FB Texas 5-11 252 Not invited to Combine    
    211 5 Bradie Ewing FB Wisconsin 5116 239 31 3/8 4.75 7.14
    238 6 Brad Smelley FB Alabama 6-2 233 Not invited to Combine    
    282 7 Drake Dunsmore FB Northwestern 6-2 235 Not invited to Combine    

Wide Receivers

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    The wide receiver class from 2012 features as many as seven players who could see themselves drafted in the first round. 

    The highlights of the class are the well-known players—Alshon Jeffery, Justin Blackmon, Michael Floyd—but the second half of the future first-rounders are just as talented.

    A few names to point out as potential sleepers. Joe Adams from Arkansas, A.J. Jenkins from Illinois, Jarius Wright from Arkansas and Devon Wylie from Fresno State are all intriguing options outside the second round as players who could have very solid careers.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt Arms 40 time
    7 1 Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina 6027 216 33 even DNP
    10 2 Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame 6025 220 32 7/8 4.42
    13 3 Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State 6007 207 32 1/2 DNP
    23 4 Kendall Wright WR Baylor 5102 188 30 1/2 4.45
    32 5 Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech 6040 215 33 3/8 4.3
    38 6 Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers 6014 211 33 1/2 4.65
    40 7 Rueben Randle WR LSU 6027 210 33 even 4.5
    64 8 Marvin Jones WR California 6017 199 33 1/8 4.47
    69 9 Nick Toon WR Wisconsin 6017 215 32 1/2 4.53
    82 10 Joe Adams WR Arkansas 5106 179 31 7/8 4.44
    84 11 Jarius Wright WR Arkansas 5906 182 31 1/2 4.41
    89 12 Brian Quick WR Appalachian State 6036 220 34 1/4 4.48
    96 13 A.J. Jenkins WR Illinois 6002 190 32 3/4 4.37
    102 14 Dwight Jones WR North Carolina 6031 230 34 even 4.46
    108 15 Chris Givens WR Wake Forest 5111 198 31 1/4 4.37
    109 16 Tommy Streeter WR Miami (Fla.) 6044 219 34 3/4 4.34
    116 17 DeVier Posey WR Ohio State 6015 211 31 5/8 4.37
    125 18 Juron Criner WR Arizona 6024 224 32 even 4.63
    134 19 Chris Owusu WR Stanford 6001 196 31 3/4 4.31
    137 20 T.Y. Hilton WR Florida International 5096 183 32 even DNP
    147 21 Marvin McNutt WR Iowa 6026 216 32 even 4.42
    157 22 Eric Page WR Toledo 5807 186 29 even 4.53
    161 23 Jordan White WR Western Michigan 5116 208 31 1/2 4.68
    164 24 Gerell Robinson WR Arizona State 6031 227 33 even 4.53
    165 25 Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma 5102 192 30 1/4 DNP
    176 26 Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M 6034 223 33 5/8 DNP
    182 27 Devon Wylie WR Fresno State 5902 187 30 1/4 4.37
    202 28 Rishard Matthews WR Nevada 6001 217 32 1/2 4.47
    204 29 Marquis Maze WR Alabama 5077 186 29 3/4 4.47
    207 30 B.J. Cunningham WR Michigan State 6013 211 33 even 4.47
    222 31 Lance Lewis WR East Carolina 6-1 209 Not invited to Combine  
    224 32 T.J. Graham WR North Carolina State 5112 188 32 3/4 4.35
    235 33 Tim Benford WR Tennessee Tech 5112 205 33 1/8 4.53
    267 34 Devon Wylie WR Fresno State 5902 187 30 1/4 4.37
    274 35 LaVon Brazill WR Ohio 5104 192 32 even 4.45
    278 36 Jermaine Kearse WR Washington 6-1 208 Not invited to Combine  

Tight Ends

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    The tight end position is once again en vogue thanks to talented athletes like Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham furthering what Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates started.

    Who will be next?

    Orson Charles stands out as an elite athlete who doubles as a muscle-bound pass catcher. Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen fit the mold of a classic in-line blocker, both ready to start in the NFL right now.

    One name to keep an eye on is Ladarius Green. He's a special athlete with the size to be a factor in the red zone.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt 40 time Bench
    20 1 Orson Charles TE Georgia 6024 251 DNP 35
    51 2 Dwayne Allen TE Clemson 6031 255 4.89 27
    65 3 Coby Fleener TE Stanford 6060 247 DNP 27
    85 4 Ladarius Green TE La.-Lafayette 6056 238 4.53 16
    129 5 Cory Harkey TE UCLA 6040 260 5.11 13
    142 6 Michael Egnew TE Missouri 6051 252 4.64 21
    155 7 Deangelo Peterson TE LSU 6030 243 4.76 19
    171 8 Brian Linthicum TE Michigan State 6-4 249    
    205 9 Kevin Koger TE Michigan 6-3 262    
    212 10 George Bryan TE North Carolina State 6-5 265    
    226 11 Rhett Ellison TE Southern California 6-5 250    
    245 12 Beau Reliford TE Florida State 6050 256 DNP DNP
    251 13 Chase Ford TE Miami (Fla.) 6-6 258    
    252 14 Nick Provo TE Syracuse 6030 237 DNP DNP
    265 15 Tyler Urban TE West Virginia 6-4 245    
    296 16 Anthony Miller TE California 6-3 255    

Tackles

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    Joe Thomas and Jake Long have set the bar in years past for what an elite left tackle prospect should look like. Matt Kalil from USC is next in line.

    Kalil heads a strong class of tackles, but down in terms of overall talent from the last several classes. With the USC product standing ahead of the pack, which tackles make the grade?


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt Arms 40 time
    5 1 Matt Kalil OT Southern California 6065 306 34 1/2 4.99
    15 2 Riley Reiff OT Iowa 6056 313 33 1/4 5.23
    31 3 Jonathan Martin OT Stanford 6051 312 34 even DNP
    41 4 Mike Adams OT Ohio State 6072 323 34 even 5.4
    70 5 Mitchell Schwartz OT California 6053 318 33 1/2 5.45
    72 6 Zebrie Sanders OT Florida State 6054 320 35 even 5.41
    90 7 Bobby Massie OT Mississippi 6061 316 35 even 5.23
    98 8 Matt McCants OT UAB 6055 308 35 3/8 5.52
    106 9 Nate Potter OT Boise State 6055 303 34 5/8 5.36
    115 10 Brandon Mosley OT Auburn 6055 314 34 even 5.21
    120 11 James Brown OT Troy 6034 306 34 1/2 5.3
    127 12 Tony Bergstrom OT Utah 6053 313 32 even 5.27
    132 13 Jeff Allen OT Illinois 6040 307 33 1/2 5.28
    159 14 Andrew Datko OT Florida State 6061 315 33 7/8 5.32
    185 15 Tom Compton OT South Dakota 6052 314 34 even 5.11
    188 16 Matt Reynolds OT Brigham Young 6044 302 33 1/4 5.37
    216 17 Markus Zusevics OT Iowa 6047 303 33 even DNP
    225 18 Levy Adcock OT Oklahoma State 6-5 322 Not invited to Combine  
    248 19 Marcel Jones OT Nebraska 6061 320 33 5/8 5.67
    259 20 Lamar Holmes OT Southern Mississippi 6053 323 35 1/4 5.41
    276 21 Jeff Adams OT Columbia 6040 307 33 1/2 5.28
    283 22 Blake DeChristopher OT Virginia Tech 6-5 305 Not invited to Combine  

Guards

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    My first gig as a draft writer came in 2001, fresh out of high school and ambitious as hell. I wrote for nfldraftblitz.com and covered the San Francisco 49ers—working up a draft board and team needs for them. Since then, no offensive guard has been ranked as high as David DeCastro.

    Alan Faneca was a great prospect from what I hear, but in 1998, I wasn't covering the draft. Steve Hutchinson, another all-time great prospect from the 2001 draft, didn't receive as high of a grade.

    DeCastro is truly elite, trumping the other solid talent at the position.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt Arms 40 time
    6 1 David DeCastro OG Stanford 6047 316 32 3/4 5.43
    25 2 Cordy Glenn OG Georgia 6056 345 35 3/4 5.15
    29 3 Kelechi Osemele OG Iowa State 6064 333 33 1/4 5.36
    58 4 Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin 6037 314 32 3/4 5.39
    71 5 Brandon Washington OG Miami (Fla.) 6027 320 33 even 5.25
    79 6 Amini Silatolu OG Midwestern State 6034 311 32 even 5.43
    91 7 Senio Kelemete OG Washington 6035 307 33 1/2 5.52
    168 8 Brandon Brooks OG Miami (Ohio) 6-5 353 Not invited to Combine  
    169 9 Lucas Nix OG Pittsburgh 6052 317 33 1/2 5.43
    199 10 Ryan Miller OG Colorado 6072 321 33 1/8 5.27
    217 11 Desmond Wynn OG Rutgers 6054 303 34 even 5.05
    218 12 Jaymes Brooks OG Virginia Tech 6-2 310 Not invited to Combine  
    239 13 Joe Looney OG Wake Forest 6032 309 32 1/4 DNP
    257 14 Antoine McClain OG Clemson 6054 329 34 5/8 5.57
    260 15 Derek Dennis OG Temple 6-3 315 Not invited to Combine  
    280 16 Chris Jacobson OG Pittsburgh 6-2 295 Not invited to Combine  
    284 17 Rokevious Watkins OG South Carolina 6041 338 34 5/8 5.39
    294 18 Jeremiah Warren OG South Florida 6-3 336 Not invited to Combine  
    295 19 Kelvin Beachum OG Southern Methodist 6027 303 33 1/4 5.44
    300 20 Rishaw Johnson OG California (PA) 6033 313 35 1/4 5.24

Centers

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    Peter Konz rates as the only first or second-round prospect at the center position. Teams needing help on the inside will look to Konz or free agency for a quick fix.

    Konz is a rare talent, with the size and strength to play guard and then football IQ to be a captain in the middle of the line. Outside of the Wisconsin product, Philip Blake (Baylor) is a prospect worth keeping an eye on as a late-round steal.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt Arms 40 time
    27 1 Peter Konz C Wisconsin 6051 314 33 even DNP
    75 2 Ben Jones C Georgia 6025 303 32 1/2 5.44
    114 3 Michael Brewster C Ohio State 6041 312 31 1/2 5.35
    139 4 Philip Blake C Baylor 6023 311 33 even 5.25
    149 5 David Molk C Michigan 6011 298 32 even DNP
    154 6 Quentin Saulsberry C Mississippi State 6021 304 33 3/4 5.38
    247 7 William Vlachos C Alabama 6000 306 Not invited to Combine  
    258 8 Garth Gerhart C Arizona State 6011 305 33 3/8 5.42
    281 9 Mason Cloy C Clemson 6-3 310 Not invited to Combine  

4-3 Defensive End

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    The defensive end rankings have seen a major shift this season. Quinton Coples and Donte Paige-Moss opened the year as favorites, but poor play and major character questions from DPM had the top of the order in flux.

    Along came Nick Perry, whose athleticism and violent-style off the edge moved him to the top of the list. Coples, Melvin Ingram and others round out a solid position group that could see as many as six first-rounders.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt 40 time
    9 1 Nick Perry DE Southern California 6026 271 4.5
    21 2 Quinton Coples DE North Carolina 6053 284 4.72
    24 3 Vinny Curry DE Marshall 6031 266 4.85
    26 4 Andre Branch DE Clemson 6042 259 4.62
    35 5 Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois 6035 261 4.63
    42 6 Chandler Jones DE Syracuse 6053 266 4.82
    48 7 Jared Crick DE Nebraska 6042 279 4.97
    62 8 Billy Winn DE Boise State 6036 294 4.95
    68 9 Cam Johnson DE Virginia 6034 268 4.75
    119 10 Trevor Guyton DE California 6025 285 5.1
    130 11 Tyrone Crawford DE Boise State 6041 275 4.81
    138 12 Malik Jackson DE Tennessee 6046 284 4.93
    148 13 Jake Bequette DE Arkansas 6045 274 4.78
    151 14 Olivier Vernon DE Miami (Fla.) 6021 261 4.68
    163 15 Jacquies Smith DE Missouri 6025 253 4.75
    175 16 Jack Crawford DE Penn State 6050 274 4.76
    229 17 Donte Paige-Moss DE North Carolina 6030 268 DNP
    241 18 Scott Solomon DE Rice 6030 262 4.94
    243 19 Frank Alexander DE Oklahoma 6040 270 DNP
    262 20 Julian Miller DE West Virginia 6-3 256  
    272 21 Taylor Thompson DE Southern Methodist 6-6 266  
    273 22 Derrick Shelby DE Utah 6027 266 4.81

3-4 Defensive Ends

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    The 3-4 defense is now used, in some form or another, by over half the teams in the NFL. As the popularity spreads, new teams are finding needs for thick-bodied defenders to line up over the tackle in their three-man front.

    The 2012 class will not disappoint teams looking for an answer at the 5-technique position. As many as four defensive ends could be selected in the first round, with two more topping out the top of the second round.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt 40 time Bench
    8 1 Michael Brockers DT LSU 6050 322 5.33 19
    19 3 Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State 6040 298 4.79 30
    21 2 Quinton Coples DE North Carolina 6053 284 4.72 25
    30 4 Devon Still DT Penn State 6047 303 5 26
    48 7 Jared Crick DE Nebraska 6042 279 4.97 DNP
    62 8 Billy Winn DE Boise State 6036 294 4.95 24
    73 8 Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut 6041 299 4.79 36
    95 9 Marcus Forston DT Miami (Fla.) 6012 301 5.1 35
    119 10 Trevor Guyton DE California 6025 285 5.1 DNP
    121 12 Kheeston Randall DT Texas 6041 299 4.79 36
    130 11 Tyrone Crawford DE Boise State 6041 275 4.81 28
    138 12 Malik Jackson DE Tennessee 6046 284 4.93 25
    140 13 Brett Roy DT Nevada 6027 275 5.03 32
    186 17 Derek Wolfe DT Cincinnati 6051 295 4.94 33
    263 20 Jaye Howard DT Florida 6030 301 4.75 24

Defensive Tackles

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    If you followed coverage of the NFL Scouting Combine, you undoubtedly heard the names Michael Brockers, Dontari Poe and Fletcher Cox early and often. Fittingly so.

    The three defensive tackles will all compete to have their names called within the top 10 picks. There is a solid argument for six defensive tackles to be drafted in the first 40 selections.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt 40 time Bench
    8 1 Michael Brockers DT LSU 6050 322 5.33 19
    11 2 Dontari Poe DT Memphis 6036 346 4.87 44
    19 3 Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State 6040 298 4.79 30
    30 4 Devon Still DT Penn State 6047 303 5 26
    34 5 Mike Martin DT Michigan 6013 306 4.84 36
    39 6 Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State 6023 308 4.97 DNP
    66 7 Brandon Thompson DT Clemson 6020 314 DNP 35
    73 8 Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut 6041 299 4.79 36
    95 9 Marcus Forston DT Miami (Fla.) 6012 301 5.1 35
    97 10 DaJohn Harris DT Southern California 6030 306 DNP DNP
    105 11 Alameda Ta’amu DT Washington 6024 348 5.34 35
    121 12 Kheeston Randall DT Texas 6041 299 4.79 36
    140 13 Brett Roy DT Nevada 6027 275 5.03 32
    143 14 Hebron Fangupo DT Brigham Young 6006 323 5.16 36
    146 15 Akiem Hicks DT Regina 6045 318 5.21 26
    160 16 Josh Chapman DT Alabama 6010 316 DNP DNP
    186 17 Derek Wolfe DT Cincinnati 6051 295 4.94 33
    193 18 Nicolas Jean-Baptiste DT Baylor 6-2 335    
    223 19 Mike Daniels DT Iowa 6000 291 DNP DNP
    263 20 Jaye Howard DT Florida 6030 301 4.75 24
    275 21 Tydreke Powell DT North Carolina 6020 311 5.28 29
    277 22 Christian Tupou DT Southern California 6020 289 5.35 30

Nose Tackles

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    Teams running a 3-4 defense live and die by the ability of their nose tackles to draw double teams to free up the linebackers to make plays. A bad nose tackle will shut down even the most talented rosters.

    Dontari Poe made waves at the combine with svelte moves for a big man—good enough that he's now being considered a top-10 pick.

    Mike Martin may not have the name recognition of Poe, but if drafted in the second round, he has the talent to shock a fanbase with All-Pro level play.


    Rank Position Player Pos School Ht Wt 40 time Bench
    11 2 Dontari Poe DT Memphis 6036 346 4.87 44
    34 5 Mike Martin DT Michigan 6013 306 4.84 36
    97 10 DaJohn Harris DT Southern California 6030 306 DNP DNP
    105 11 Alameda Ta’amu DT Washington 6024 348 5.34 35
    143 14 Hebron Fangupo DT Brigham Young 6006 323 5.16 36
    160 16 Josh Chapman DT Alabama 6010 316 DNP DNP
    193 18 Nicolas Jean-Baptiste DT Baylor 6-2 335    
    223 19 Mike Daniels DT Iowa 6000 291 DNP DNP

4-3 Outside Linebackers

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    Few positions get scouts as excited as outside linebackers. The good ones can run like a safety, hit like a Mack truck and make plays when the offense least expects it.

    The good ones are few and far between, but the 2012 draft class features a list of prospects ready to try their hand at becoming the next big thing.


    RankPosPlayerPosSchoolHtWt40 timeBench3 Cone
    121Melvin IngramOLBSouth Carolina60142644.66286.83
    162Courtney UpshawOLBAlabama6020272DNP22DNP
    443Zach BrownOLBNorth Carolina60122444.44DNPDNP
    494Bruce IrvinOLBWest Virginia60302454.43236.7
    505Bobby WagnerOLBUtah StateJun-00241   
    536Jonathan MassaquoiOLBTroy60212644.78207.38
    567Lavonte DavidOLBNebraska60052334.56197.28
    808Ronnell LewisOLBOklahoma60162534.65367.09
    869Keenan RobinsonOLBTexas60312424.6927DNP
    9310Shea McClellinOLBBoise State60332604.62197.07
    10311Josh KadduOLBOregon6030239DNP20DNP
    12212Terrell ManningOLBNorth Carolina State60212374.63227.18
    12313Nigel BradhamOLBFlorida State60172414.53247.18
    12814Travis LewisOLBOklahoma60102464.8122DNP
    15015Sean SpenceOLBMiami (Fla.)51102314.56127.46
    15616Emmanuel AchoOLBTexas60102384.6824DNP
    17217Tyler NielsenOLBIowa60332384.67217.27
    17318Kyle WilberOLBWake Forest60362494.78257.11
    18019Brandon LindseyOLBPittsburgh60202544.78237.36
    18120Demario DavisOLBArkansas State60202354.53327.19
    19221Adrian RobinsonOLBTemple1-Jun237   
    19422Tank CarderOLBTCU60202364.56196.89
    21923Danny TrevathanOLBKentucky6000237DNP18DNP
    22024Darius FlemingOLBNotre Dame60152454.72277.03
    28525Miles BurrisOLBSan Diego State6020246 31DNP

3-4 Outside Linebacker

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    Part defensive end, part safety—an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense can be asked to rush the passer, stop the run or drop back into coverage. Versatility and athleticism are the keys.

    The 2012 class started out hot but has faded down the stretch, but that won't keep NFL teams from drafting as many as six outside linebackers in the first round.

    Players are listed below at their regularly projected position.


    RankPosPlayerPosSchoolHtWt40 timeBench3 Cone
    91Nick PerryDESouthern California60262714.5357.25
    121Melvin IngramOLBSouth Carolina60142644.66286.83
    162Courtney UpshawOLBAlabama6020272DNP22DNP
    243Vinny CurryDEMarshall60312664.85DNP6.9
    264Andre BranchDEClemson60422594.62DNP7.19
    355Whitney MercilusDEIllinois60352614.63277.17
    426Chandler JonesDESyracuse60532664.82227.07
    505Bruce IrvinOLBWest Virginia60302454.43236.7
    567Jonathan MassaquoiOLBTroy60212644.78207.38
    689Ronnell LewisOLBOklahoma60162534.65367.09
    808Cam JohnsonDEVirginia60342684.75DNP7.2
    869Keenan RobinsonOLBTexas60312424.6927DNP
    9310Shea McClellinOLBBoise State60332604.62197.07
    15114Olivier VernonDEMiami (Fla.)60212614.68317.39
    16315Jacquies SmithDEMissouri60252534.75217.25
    18019Brandon LindseyOLBPittsburgh60202544.78237.36
    22024Darius FlemingOLBNotre Dame60152454.72277.03
    22917Donte Paige-MossDENorth Carolina6030268DNP26DNP
    24118Scott SolomonDERice60302624.94347.17
    24319Frank AlexanderDEOklahoma6040270DNPDNPDNP
    26220Julian MillerDEWest Virginia3-Jun256   
    27221Taylor ThompsonDESouthern Methodist6-Jun266   
    27322Derrick ShelbyDEUtah60272664.81267.09
    28525Miles BurrisOLBSan Diego State6020246 31DNP

Inside Linebackers

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    The inside linebacker position will see more attention this season after solid, season-changing play from Patrick Willis and NaVarro Bowman in San Francisco. As teams try to replicate the 49ers defense, expect a run on inside linebackers.

    One player who has seen his stock tumble is Arizona State inside linebacker Vontaze Burfict. The violent hitter is too much of a wild card on the field and in the locker room for NFL teams to trust as the defensive captain.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt 40 time 3 Cone Shuttle
    18 1 Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama 6022 265 4.62 DNP DNP
    61 2 Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College 6032 242 4.5 6.92 4.12
    81 3 Audie Cole ILB North Carolina State 6041 246 4.72 6.96 4.29
    100 4 Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State 6013 248 4.93 DNP DNP
    107 5 James-Michael Johnson ILB Nevada 6011 241 4.6 7.32 4.37
    133 6 Mychal Kendricks ILB California 5111 239 4.41 DNP 4.19
    197 7 Chris Galippo ILB Southern California 6014 241 4.66 6.9 4.1
    201 8 Jerry Franklin ILB Arkansas 6-1 241      
    236 9 Max Gruder ILB Pittsburgh 6-1 235      
    266 10 Shawn Loiseau ILB Merrimack 6000 244 4.75 DNP DNP
    286 11 D.J. Holt ILB California 6-0 242      
    289 12 Adrien Cole ILB Louisiana Tech 5-11 250      
    291 13 Najee Goode ILB West Virginia 6000 244 4.66 DNP DNP

Cornerbacks

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    The 2012 NFL draft features a tough group of cornerbacks, ranging from lock-down stars to potential studs with character issues holding them down.

    Morris Claiborne highlights an impressive crop of cornerbacks ready to take on the Calvin Johnsons of the NFL.


    Rank Pos Player Pos School Ht Wt 40 time 3 Cone Shuttle
    4 1 Morris Claiborne CB LSU 5111 188 4 1/2 7.01 4.12
    17 2 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina 6004 190 4.4 6.61 3.94
    28 3 Jamell Fleming CB Oklahoma 5105 206 4.43 6.71 3.97
    37 4 Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama 6015 186 4.43 DNP DNP
    43 5 Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama 5100 193 4.44 6.95 4.13
    45 6 Brandon Boykin CB Georgia 5090 182 DNP DNP DNP
    46 7 Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt 5113 192 4.53 6.76 3.9
    52 8 Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska 5100 204 4.51 DNP DNP
    63 9 Leonard Johnson CB Iowa State 5097 196 4.65 6.96 4.15
    74 10 Chase Minnifield CB Virginia 5100 183 DNP DNP DNP
    77 11 Trumaine Johnson CB Montana 6017 204 4.5 7.2 4.15
    83 12 Dwight Bentley CB La.-Lafayette 5115 182 4.37 6.99 4.5
    94 13 Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech 5100 178 4.38 DNP DNP
    99 14 Josh Norman CB Coastal Carolina 6002 197 4.56 7.09 4.23
    110 15 Shaun Prater CB Iowa 5100 190 DNP DNP DNP
    112 16 Ryan Steed CB Furman 5104 195 4.69 6.94 4.22
    113 17 Josh Robinson CB UCF 5101 199 4.29 6.55 3.97
    118 18 DeQuan Menzie CB Alabama 5106 202 4.63 DNP DNP
    136 19 Coryell Judie CB Texas A&M 5115 194 4.44 7.33 4.25
    166 20 Mike Harris CB Florida State 5102 188 4.57 6.79 4.07
    174 21 Donnie Fletcher CB Boston College 6-0 201      
    179 22 Asa Jackson CB Cal Poly 5100 191 4.5 6.97 4.03
    184 23 Cliff Harris CB Oregon 5111 175 4.59 6.81 4.19
    187 24 Ron Brooks CB LSU 5100 190 4.35 DNP DNP
    189 25 Micah Pellerin CB Hampton 6003 194 4.47 DNP DNP
    198 26 Omar Bolden CB Arizona State 6010 202 DNP DNP DNP
    200 27 Keith Tandy CB West Virginia 5-10 202      
    213 28 Robert Blanton CB Notre Dame 6006 208 4.66 6.71 3.97
    227 29 Justin Bethel CB Presbyterian 6006 200 4.53 6.79 4.3
    230 30 D’Anton Lynn CB Penn State 5117 206 4.72 DNP DNP
    237 31 Charles Brown CB North Carolina 5090 202 4.5 6.94 4.06
    240 32 Quenton Washington CB South Florida 5-10 195      
    254 33 Trevin Wade CB Arizona 5103 192 4.53 6.87 4
    255 34 Emanuel Davis CB East Carolina 5-10 186      
    292 35 Terrence Frederick CB Texas A&M 5101 187 4.5 6.59 4.03
    299 36 Robert Golden CB Arizona 5-11 200    

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    Among the two safety positions ranked, neither has a player graded as a first-round prospect. Not a good sign for NFL teams hoping to bolster the back line of defense in their secondaries.

    Mark Barron is as close to a first-rounder as this draft sees, but surgery to repair a double hernia has complicated the pre-draft process for Barron and has his stock slipping slightly.

     

    Free Safety

     

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