6 Most Dynamic Players in the 2012 NFL Draft
You'll usually hear these type of players described the same way when their names are called on draft day:
High-powered. Explosive. Game-breaking. Electric. Potent. Dynamic.
Whatever you want to call it, it usually means the same thing: This guy is a playmaker. A guy who has proven week after week he has the ability to make those difference-making plays that change the course of the game.
The 2012 NFL draft is loaded with that type of player, but these guys are the cream of the crop.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd has continued this season right where he left off in 2010; he's simply dominating opposing cornerbacks.
After a 79-catch, 1,025-yard, 12-touchdown campaign last year, Floyd already has 57 catches for 667 yards and another four touchdowns in 2011.
He has three games with 12 or more catches and hasn't had fewer than four in any game this season.
Floyd has great body control and always goes up to snatch the ball at its highest point.
He has great size at 6'3" and 224 pounds and is able to use that to his advantage against smaller defensive backs in jump-ball situations.
Matt Barkley, USC
The rest of his USC Trojans aren't up to par with those of years past, but quarterback Matt Barkley would've fit right in among his Pete Carroll-era brethren.
Barkley has all the skills to be a good NFL quarterback. He's 6'2" and 220 pounds and he has one of the quickest releases in this class. He's shown very good accuracy at USC, as this year he's completing passes at 68.2 percent clip.
Barkley has also gotten much better at protecting the football; he's only been intercepted four times this season.
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
It's not very often you can find a wide receiver better and more explosive than former Oklahoma State Cowboy, and current Dallas Cowboy, Dez Bryant, but Justin Blackmon just might be that guy.
Oklahoma State has the best wide receiver in the country for the second time in three years, and it's not all that close right now.
Blackmon's got 61 receptions for 662 yards and eight touchdowns after last year's 111-catch, 1,782-yard, 20-touchdown explosion.
Blackmon sees double and triple teams, but he's still able to come down with the ball.
He's big, he's fast, he's strong, he's got great hands and body control, and he's one of the best route-runners in all of college football.
There's nothing on the football field that Justin Blackmon cannot do.
Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
Former University of Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins, who was dismissed from the team in April by new head coach Will Muschamp, has landed at North Alabama.
Jenkins was arrested on misdemeanor drug charges for marijuana, and Muschamp decided he was not the type of person or player he wanted on his team.
None of that changes the fact that Jenkins is a remarkable football player, which he undoubtedly is. He's an excellent cover corner with good size and speed. He has shown the ability to cover in both man and zone coverage due to his extremely high football IQ.
He's also explosive in the return game as he has shown at both Florida and North Alabama.
Jenkins is a special player who will make some team's secondary and special teams much more productive.
Trent Richardson, Alabama
Trent Richardson exploded onto the scene as a freshman when he came on in relief of Heisman Trophy-winning running back Mark Ingram, and the Alabama Crimson Tide never missed a beat.
Richardson runs with power and speed, has great vision and is able to gain copious amounts of yards after contact because he runs so low to the ground.
He's a prototypical workhorse NFL running back. Period.
Richardson has continued his ascent to stardom with another strong start to the season this year, as he's helped Alabama to an undefeated record by rushing for 989 yards and 17 touchdowns in just eight games.
He's right there in the mix for the Heisman Trophy, and it's well deserved.
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Even among such elite company, Andrew Luck stands out from the pack.
Name a quarterback skill or measurable, and Luck is elite at it.
At 6'4" and 235 pounds, Luck is the perfect size for an NFL quarterback. He's smart—he does play at Stanford—he makes great reads and is pinpoint accurate. He's completing an other-worldly 71.8 percent of his passes so far this season.
He has a strong arm, throws a great deep ball, and he can work the ball to all three levels of the field better than any other quarterback in the nation.
Luck stands tall in the pocket and delivers through hits, and when he doesn't have a lane to throw, he can tuck and run.
There quite simply has not been another quarterback prospect like him in quite some time, probably since Peyton Manning.