2012 NFL Draft Predictions: The Most Dynamic Player at Every Position

Jon SiddowayCorrespondent IApril 3, 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 09:  Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs with the ball against the Louisiana State University Tigers during the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)
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To echo a previous statement of mine: "NFL draft 'experts' are about as reliable as the local weatherman."

That must make me a Magic 8 Ball with hands for typing.

Ask me a question, shake me and I'll spew my forecast. 

Today's question: Who are the most dynamic players at every position of this year's draft?

Dynamic, dynamic, dynamic.

They may not rack up the most yards, but each one will be electrifying to watch. Like Barry Sanders running 50 yards (and dodging countless defenders) just to gain two. These rookies-to-be may never land in Canton, but they will put butts in seats and sell jerseys. 

Without further ado, allow me to reveal my answers: 


QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor

A quarterback with the speed of a sprinter, hops of a slam dunk champ and a cannon for an arm; Griffin is the easily digestible choice here. If you thought Cam Newton's rookie season was riveting, just wait. Actually, grab popcorn first, then wait. 

RB Trent Richardson, Alabama

Hard to look elsewhere for the running back position. This guy is a beast; a physical specimen with the explosion to bounce it outside and demolish wannabe tacklers. His future team remains unknown, but one thing is for sure: He'll always have a home on SportsCenter

TE Coby Fleener, Stanford

Game tape and an outstanding pro day show what kind of athlete Fleener is. The 6'6", 240-pound tight end blows by linebackers and out-jumps defensive backs like it's nothing. Fans will love what he does best: catch alley-oops and score touchdowns. 

WR Kendall Wright, Baylor

Let me be very clear about this: Wright was, in no way, a sidekick to his quarterback at Baylor. The two were Batman and Batman; superheroes flying through the Big 12, re-writing record books and carrying old ladies across the street. 

Wright is projected in the slot but will contribute as a rusher and return man also. And he does it all very well.

OL Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State

Matt Kalil is reliable. Cordy Glenn is versatile. And Osemele is dynamic.

Imagine a tank with the acceleration of a Ferrari. Okay, now replace the Ferrari with a Dodge Neon. That's Osemele. He is massive (6'6", 335 pounds) with sound mechanics and brute strength. Look for him to dominate inside as a guard.

DL Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State

Cox gets the edge over Dontari Poe because of on-field performances. As a junior, Cox totaled 56 tackles with 14.5 for a loss, five sacks and one forced fumble. It doesn't hurt, either, that he clocked a 4.79 40-yard dash at the scouting combine and lifted 30 repetitions of 225-pounds. 



LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College


With a nose for the ball and high football IQ, Kuechly amassed 532 total tackles during his collegiate career. A standout in Indianapolis, he registered a 4.50 40-yard dash, a 38" vertical leap and 10'3" broad jump. Kuechly can step up in the box to stop the run and possesses the athleticism to cover the NFL's new breed of freakish tight ends. 


CB Morris Claiborne, LSU

The top corner in the draft, hands down. He's physical, fluid in his movements and steps up against elite competition. Claiborne will be a starter Week 1 and impact the game on both defense and special teams. 

Look at him go! 



S Neiko Thorpe, Auburn

Time to go off the radar on this one. Thorpe, a former cornerback, experienced growing pains in his new position, but has flashed at times. Free safety better suits his height (6'3") and skill set. He covers plenty of ground and is an ideal center fielder for an NFL defense. Best of all, he rarely misses a tackle.

K Danny Hrapmann, Southern Miss

A standout at Southern Miss, Hrapmann handled placekicking duties and often dabbled in the art of punting (averaged 46.5 yards per punt in 2011). He has a powerful yet accurate leg that produces a large quantity of touchbacks.

Can also run; he's no Chris Rainey but he'll surprise people with his speed.

P Bryan Anger, California

Anger is the prized punter in this year's draft. He can really boot the ball, but his biggest value is the ability to pin it inside the 20-yard line, something he accomplished 90 times during his four-year stay at Cal.

ATH LaMichael James, Oregon

James can and will do it all at the next level: run the ball, play wideout and return kicks. He may even take direct snaps on occasion. Anything to get the ball in the hands of this dynamic player who wreaks havoc in the open field. Harder to tackle than a bad habit, James will be a real treat to watch.