With the 2012 NFL draft under a month away, the time to start figuring out who your team will take in the first round is upon us.
Which Defensive Stud Will Steal the 2012 Season?
All of the following players will be selected in the middle-to-late first round, but will deliver stellar rookie campaigns for their team. Each of these men will be successful.
While he will end up falling to the New York Jets at No. 16 in the first round of the draft, South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Melvin Ingram will be the star of this year’s selection process.
What makes Ingram so special is his versatility. With the strength and speed to play any position on the defensive line and at outside linebacker, the pass-rushing specialist will be a sack machine on a Rex-Ryan style defense.
The biggest concern scouts had with the star defensive prospect was his height (6’2”) and his short arm length. As much as those factors may hurt him against bigger offensive tackles, his speed and quick moves will have him under their big paws and on top of QBs.
With elite abilities in zone or man coverages, Jenkins has the ability to be an absolute shut-down cornerback in the NFL. Serious speed only adds to the polarizing star’s mystique.
The combination of superior on-field abilities and off-field issues has made Jenkins hard to read in terms of team’s interested, but let’s be honest, he’d never make it past the Bengals in the first round.
Many scouts that have analyzed the star senior have him as the most NFL-ready tackle in the draft, yet feel his ceiling is much lower than a stud like Michael Brockers who is expected to be a top-10 pick now.
With Still falling down the board in the first round, there may be chance that the teams picking later in the first round may get an opportunity at the big run-stopper.
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