2012 NFL Draft Projections: 5 Players Who Will Move Up on Draft Day
It's draft day! The much anticipated event is finally upon us. Franchises are made and broken during these three days of excruciating drama and unpredictability. Fans cheer, boo and are often confused. Judging the results of the draft takes years. Certain players are rising dramatically on many teams' big boards.
Continue on to find out which players' stocks are on the rise.
QB Ryan Tannehill
Ryan Tannehill is one player whose stock has risen considerably since the end of the college football season.
During the 2011 college football regular season, Tannehill did not put up exceptional numbers, especially in a conference where defense is optional. Tannehill completed just 40 percent of his passes in the rivalry game against Texas and threw three interceptions.
Despite his struggles in the regular season, Tannehill will likely be a Top 10 pick just due to the fact that NFL teams need quarterbacks in order to be successful. The team who drafts Tannehill has to realize he is a project player. His athleticism is superb because he used to be a wide receiver. Giving Tannehill time to develop allows him time to learn how to win as an NFL quarterback.
DE Melvin Ingram
Melvin Ingram is an explosive defensive end whose draft stock soared significantly his final season. Ingram's breakout game came against Georgia in 2011 when he scored two touchdowns, one off a fake punt and another off a fumble return.
Ingram provides ideal speed from a 4-3 defensive end and should be taken fairly early in the draft, perhaps a borderline Top 10 pick.
QB Brock Osweiler
At 6'7", Brock Osweiler has ideal size and strength. He Only started 15 games in his career and never took snaps from under center, so he is a developmental quarterback. But when he first declared for the NFL draft, many thought he would be a late-round pick.
More recently, Osweiler impressed scouts in workouts and should be selected in the middle rounds because of his potential.
DT Dontari Poe
Memphis defensive tackle Dontari Poe's stock soared after his incredible combine performance. At the combine, Poe bench pressed 225 pounds 44 times and ran a 4.98 40-yard dash.
Poe's best fit is a 3-4 nose tackle that clogs lanes due to his massive 6'4", 346-pound frame. After his combine performance, Poe is widely thought to be a late first-round pick.
WR Stephen Hill
With the emergence of Demaryius Thomas last year, look for NFL teams to look twice at Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill.
Like Thomas, Hill played in Paul Johnson's triple-option offense at Georgia Tech. Thomas hauled in the memorable game-winning touchdown for the Denver Broncos in the overtime playoff win against Pittsburgh. That play indicates that option wide receivers can succeed in the NFL, and Hill is one of those players.
Hill has experience blocking as a wide receiver, a key component to the option attack, and has elite size. He also cut down the drops last season. Look for an NFL team to take him early in the second round.
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