2012 NFL Draft: Michael Floyd and 9 Players Rising Up Draft Boards

Nick Hoffman@@nickhoffman5Contributor IIIApril 2, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Michael Floyd and 9 Players Rising Up Draft Boards

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    It's getting close to the NFL draft, and there are a bunch of players moving up and down draft boards. I'm going to give you 10 players that are improving their draft stock.

    We are just about finished with pro days so teams are going to start to settle in on their guys. Now is the time when players want to improve their stock the most.

Dontari Poe

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    Dontari Poe out of the University of Memphis is a guy that is rapidly moving up draft boards.

    He went into the combine and ran under a five-second 40-yard dash and showed his strength by bench pressing 225 more than 40 times.

    He is moving up because teams need people in the middle of their defensive lines clogging up running lanes, and Poe is showing that he could be that guy.

Janoris Jenkins

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    Janoris Jenkins has had his fair share of off-the-field problems, but he is a guy who is super talented at the cornerback position.

    Some NFL GMs are not afraid of guys who comes with some baggage, and with his impressive combine workout, Jenkins is starting to move up the draft board.

Stephon Gilmore

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    Stephon Gilmore is an SEC guy that is a little bigger than the average corner. He showed at the combine that his unusual footwork can be effective.

    Gilmore isn't afraid to get up inside a receiver at the line or during his route. He is going to bring a type of toughness from the SEC that only certain corners have.

Stephen Hill

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    Stephen Hill is that raw-talent wide receiver that every draft seems to have. Hill didn't put up monster numbers while at Georgia Tech because he was in an option offense.

    Since the combine, when people saw him put up crazy measurables, his draft stock has risen quite a bit.

Luke Kuechly

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    Luke Kuechly was a solid linebacker in college, and he projects to be just as solid in the pros.

    He has been atop his position rank for most of the year, but now teams are starting to really take notice. He might go earlier in the draft than expected.

Harrison Smith

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    Harrison Smith from Notre Dame is a safety that could be an interesting steal. He is rising up draft boards because of his combine workout, how fluid his hips were and how sound his footwork seemed.

    Smith is a guy that could now find himself in the first round and could play right away.

Michael Floyd

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    Michael Floyd is another wide receiver whose stock is going up. He is one of the bigger wide receivers in the draft, and he has the footwork to complement the size.

    Floyd saw double coverage all year. Now that the combine is over, scouts have seen that the size should make him a legit No. 1 wide receiver.

David Molk

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    David Molk is a center from Michigan who started low on a lot of draft boards, but after the combine his stock has risen nicely.

    Scouts knew how smart he was at the line of scrimmage, but now he has showed how versatile he can be.

Bobby Massie

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    Bobby Massie is an SEC offensive tackle, so you know he has been tested. His on-field success was backed up by his NFL combine workout.

    He was kind of under the radar going into the combine and now has established himself as a real tackle on the next level.

Kirk Cousins

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    Kirk Cousins is a guy that could be a surprise pick when the NFL draft rolls around. He is getting a lot of love from NFL teams and had a pretty good combine.

    He had a solid year at Michigan State and could push his way into the second round if the right team likes him.