2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players Making a Late Move Up the Draft Board

Steven MarinoContributor IIIApril 10, 2012

2012 NFL Draft: 5 Players Making a Late Move Up the Draft Board

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    Once the NFL season came to a close, football talk switched to the 2012 NFL draft.

    College football provided fans with much excitement this season, with many of the athletes leaving NFL scouts drooling over the possibility of landing them in their uniforms.

    With a quarterback-heavy draft, many of these athletes will provide an instant impact and become the superstars of the NFL in the upcoming years.

    Stars such as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III practically know where they will end up as the top two picks.  

    However, many players currently viewed as being second-round draft choices have a chance to move their stock value up the big board.

    Here is a list of five players who will move up from their projected draft slots.

Jerel Worthy: DT

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    Jerel Worthy is a 6'3" 310 pound defensive tackle from Michigan State and provided the Spartans with 28 tackles and 3.5 sacks during his junior season.

    After providing scouts with a mediocre combine performance, Worthy gained some ground with a solid pro day outing.

    With Worthy's quickness and athleticism, the defensive tackle could find his way moving up the draft board come draft night.

Coby Fleener: TE

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    Coby Fleener played his college football for the Stanford Cardinal.

    Fleener stands at 6'6" 244 pounds and provided the Cardinal with 34 receptions for 667 yards and 10 touchdowns during his senior season.

    Having the projected first overall draft choice Andrew Luck throwing him the ball certainly helped Fleener's performance. He leaves Stanford with over 1,500 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns during his four-year collegiate career.

    Fleener's big frame certainly bodes well for the tight end who has the potential to be a future NFL starter.

Alshon Jeffery: WR

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    Alshon Jeffery had a phenomenal career at the University of South Carolina.

    Over his three years in South Carolina, Jeffery accumulated over 3,000 receiving yards, 183 receptions and 23 touchdowns.

    During his junior campaign, Jeffery caught 49 passes for 762 yards and eight touchdowns.

    Jeffery stands at 6'4" 229 pounds, which provides him with the size and athleticism to be a solid receiver in the NFL. 

Zach Brown: OLB

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    Zach Brown provided the North Carolina Tar Heels with 105 tackles, 5.5 sacks, and three interceptions during his senior year.

    The 6'2" 230 pound linebacker might be a little undersized compared to many of the starting line backers in the NFL, but his speed and vision for the game certainly stand out.

    The athletic 22-year-old Brown could move his way up the big board due to his pure athleticism and pro potential.

Brandon Weeden: QB

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    Brandon Weeden might be older than your typical college student, but his senior-year performance proves he can hang with the best of them.

    The 28 year old stands at 6'4" 218 pounds and carried the Oklahoma State Cowboys to a Fiesta Bowl victory over Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal.

    Weeden had a monster senior season, throwing for 4,727 yards, 37 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.

    With the ability to make possibly any throw, Brandon Weeden could find himself lingering into the first round of the 2012 NFL draft.