2012 NFL Draft: 6 Playmakers Who Will Still Be Available After the First Round

Jacqueline KirbyContributor IIIDecember 1, 2011

2012 NFL Draft: 6 Playmakers Who Will Still Be Available After the First Round

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    We all know that players like Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson will be among the first to go during the NFL draft in April, but there are other playmakers who will be quite valuable in the second round.

    Being a playmaker goes beyond the glitz and glamour of being a star quarterback or having the No. 1 wide receiver spot on a team. 

    Each team has a few players who have come through in clutches and have made names for themselves this season. 

Stephon Gilmore, CB, University of South Carolina

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    While he is still an underclassman, there is a chance Gilmore will enter the draft.  He has a great size for a CB, although his speed is only average. 

Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

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    The TE has been quite productive for the Fighting Irish and has improved greatly, even being named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week in September. 

    He still needs a little more work if he wants to succeed in the NFL, but since the TE draft class is so small, Eifert has a shot.

LaMichael James, RB, Oregon

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    His recent injuries may hinder his first-round chances in April, but LaMichael James has been a key factor for Oregon's offense. Before getting injured in October, James had almost 900 yards this season for the Ducks.

Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

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    He is another underclassman who may wait another year before entering the draft, but Jayron Hosley will be a force to be reckoned with.  He has been named to the Second-Team All-ACC this season and leads the Hokies in punt returns.

Dwight Jones, WR, UNC

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    The Senior beat the school's single-season record for catches, with 79 this year.  The previous record was set at 74 by New York Giants player Hakeem Nicks. 

Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

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    Kendall Wright has had over 100 receiving yards in eight of the 11 games that he has played this year, along with 12 touchdowns.  He would be a great asset to any team in need of a WR.