2012 NFL Draft Projections: Predicting the Biggest Stud at Every Position

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2012 NFL Draft Projections: Predicting the Biggest Stud at Every Position
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There are many exceptional talents entering April's NFL Draft. Each NFL team does everything they can to ensure they draft the best player they can. But who is the best?

At each position, I believe there is one player above the rest. When thinking of a "stud" player, here's what comes to mind:

  • Winning pedigree
  • Immediate impact
  • Proven, consistent performance in critical situations
  • Commitment to the craft
  • Worth the big bucks

In this article, we'll take a look at 14 positions (seven offensive, seven defensive) and name who is the biggest stud at that position and why.

Criteria will include:

  • NFL Combine rating
  • 2011 stats
  • Projected 2012 stats
  • How many years it will take them to make it to the Pro Bowl
  • Analysis/why that player is the biggest stud at his position

To give you fair warning, some selections are obvious and some selections may surprise you. For example, only one of the following players made the cut: Morris Claiborne, Quinton Coples, Dont'a Hightower.

So without further delay, here are the biggest studs of the 2012 NFL Draft at every position.

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