2012 NFL Mock Draft: Underrated Prospects You Can Count on to Dominate in NFL

Jeff Chase@@Real_Jeff_ChaseSenior Analyst IIMarch 13, 2012

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 11:  Offensive lineman Donald Stephenson #59 of the Oklahoma Sooners grabs the facemask of Brandon Jenkins #49 of the Florida State Seminoles at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The beauty of the NFL Draft is that there are always diamonds in the rough. Teams just never know what they will find, and how much of an impact that player will have on their future.

Past underrated prospects like Tom Brady and Marques Colston have proved the naysayers wrong over the years, showing that even though they were taken incredibly late, they still can become dominate NFL players.

The following prospects should follow in the same suit, as they have a chance to rise from nothing to become something special.


Russell Wilson, QB (Wisconsin)

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 02:  Quarterback Russell Wilson #16 of the Wisconsin Badgers throws the ball against the Oregon Ducks at the 98th Rose Bowl Game on January 2, 2012 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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While it remains to be seen if the elusive Wisconsin Badgers quarterback will get taken in this year's NFL Draft, he definitely possesses all the skills to make a great pro QB.

This past season, the 5'11" passer threw for 3,175 yard while completing 33 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He wasn't bad on the ground either, as he ran for 338 yards and six touchdowns on 79 carries.

Wilson has a chance to shock many, and likely won't even get a real chance until someone goes down during the season. If Wilson is given that opportunity, he should run away with it to impress people.

His height is definitely his biggest weakness, but he has the ability to electrify those who watch him at work.


Donald Stephenson, OT (Oklahoma)

NORMAN, OK - SEPTEMBER 11:  Offensive lineman Donald Stephenson #59 of the Oklahoma Sooners grabs the facemask of Brandon Jenkins #49 of the Florida State Seminoles at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 11, 2010 in Norman, Oklahoma.  (P
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Stephenson isn't getting a whole lot of love as he is currently ranked No. 17 amongst all offensive lineman, but he lit things up at this year's combine as he led the pact in many of the different categories.

Teams are always looking for a strong lineman, and there is no doubt that is what the Sooners' OT provides. We have seen time and time again that the dominant players at this position can come from anywhere in the draft, and Stephenson won't be any different.

Stephenson is currently looking like a late-round pick, but he will likely satisfy any team that finds him sitting around late in the draft.


Gerell Robinson, WR (Arizona State)

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 19:  Wide receiver Gerell Robinson #8 of the Arizona State Sun Devils scores on a 11 yard touchdown reception against the Arizona Wildcats during the second quarter of the college football game at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 201
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At 6'3" and 227 lbs., Robinson is one of the bigger receivers available in this draft. This past season with the Sun Devils, he had 77 receptions for 1,397 yards and seven TDs. Not to discredit quarterback Brock Osweiler, but just imagine what this kid could do with a consistent passer throwing the ball to him.

Robinson will have to battle his way into the talk of teams, but there is no doubt that this kid could be a real threat on any team's offense for years to come.

His size is there, and he has the ability to make big time plays. It is just a matter of him getting a shot. Height is a huge plus in this league, and any team would likely be happy to give a guy like Robinson a shot to shine.


George Iloka, FS (Boise State)

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Source: Jason Haberman/Flickr

Despite being one of the higher ranked safeties in the draft, Iloka is still projected to fall to the late second, early third round.

For a player at his caliber, that is quite a drop which would make him a steal for any team looking for some additional help in their secondary.

Iloka stands at 6'4" and 222 lbs, which makes him one big man for opposing teams to get by. With the Broncos, Iloka proved to be a solid contributor week-in and week-out, so one should expect the same from him at the next level.


Jeff Chase's Full First-Round Mock Draft:

1. Indianapolis Colts (2-14): Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. *Washington Redskins (5-11): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings (3-13): Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns (4-12): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12): Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. *St. Louis Rams (2-14): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

8. Miami Dolphins (6-10): Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers (6-10): Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

10. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

11. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9): Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

12. Seattle Seahawks (7-9): Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

13. Arizona Cardinals (8-8): Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

14. Dallas Cowboys (8-7): David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

15. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8): Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

16. New York Jets (8-8): Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia

17. Cincinnati Bengals (via OAK 8-8): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

18. San Diego Chargers (8-8) Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

19. Chicago Bears (8-8): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

20. Tennessee Titans (9-7): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

21. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7): Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

22. Cleveland Browns (via ATL 10-6): Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

23. Detroit Lions (10-6): Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

25. Denver Broncos (8-8): Devon Still, DT, Penn State

26. Houston Texans (10-6): Mark Barron, S, Alabama

27. New England Patriots (via NO 13-3): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

28. Green Bay Packers (15-1): Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

29. Baltimore Ravens (12-4): Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

30. San Francisco 49ers (13-3): Rueben Randle, WR (LSU)

31. New England Patriots (13-3): Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut

32. New York Giants (9-7): Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson


*Rams trade No. 2 overall pick to Redskins for 2012, 2013, 2014 first round picks and 2012 second round pick.


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