With the 2011 NFL Draft less than three weeks away and everyone under the sun rolling out mock drafts or updating current draft boards. The draft landscape seems to be ever changing with a little tweaking and fine tuning here and there. Well in order to take a break in the monotony I’ve decided to put out a 2012 NFL Draft big board quite simply because we here at NFLmocks.com are all football all the time and it’s never to early to get a jump on next years draft. So with this unveiling of the list of top 35 I hope you enjoy and please feel free to let me know how utterly insane and illogical I am in my thinking.
1. Andrew Luck-Stanford Duh! An absolute no brainer of the draft & to think he could return for yet another year but won’t.
2. Quinton Coples DE NC
3. Nate Potter- OT, Boise St.
4. Justin Blackmon- WR, Oklahoma St. Some say even better than Dez Bryant was at O.K. St.
5. Michele Floyd- WR, Notre Dame Floyd may have been the top wideout taken in the 2011 draft
6. Jonathan Martin- OT, Stanford
7. Trent Richardson RB Alabama Even better than Alabama RB Ingram who many expect the Miami Dolphins to select with pick 15 in this years NFL draft.
8. Alshon Jeffery South carolina WR At 6’4″ & 233 lbs. This guy is a beast averaging just over 100 yards a game last year.
9. Kenny Tate- FS, Maryland Oddly enough Tate played so much at or near the line of scrimmage he’s being given a go at LB during the spring practices. It’ll be interesting to see how this college science project works out…an NFL FS that played Some LB in college? Brrrr! It could produce a monster!
10. Chase Minnifield- CB, Virginia after submitting paperwork to the NFL draft advisory board his Junior year he decided to come back for his Senior year. It probably pays off moving him into round one in 2012
11. Matt Kalil- OT, USC Brother of Ryan Kalil who was selected in the 2nd round of the 2007 NFL Draft by Carolina
12. Cyrus Gray- RB, Texas A&M Solid runner. Ran for over 100 yards against a good LSU defense in the cotton bowl.
13. Kelechi Osemele- OG, Iowa St.
14. Kirk Cousins- QB, Michigan St. Cousins has the arm strength, tough, guts, and athletic ability to make it in the NFL as a full time starter.
15. Mike Adams- OT Ohio state
16. Travis Lewis- OLB, Oklahoma
17. Mike Brewster- C, Ohio St. Anchor for a very solid O-line.
18. Ray Ray Armstrong- SS, Miami
19. DeVonte Holloman- SS, South Carolina
20. Jerel Worthy- DT, Michigan St.
21. Jared Crick- DT Nebraska
22. Tank Carder ILB TCU Field general for the Horned Frogs who led the nation in total defense for a third straight year.
23. Delano Howell- SS, Stanford Big hitter returning for his senior season.
24. Alfonzo Dennard- CB, Nebraska
25. Matt Barkley- QB, USC Like Luck Barkley will only be a Junior this year. October 29th USC hosts Stanford which should make for must see TV.
26. Ryan Tannehill- QB, Texas A&M Ryan started the season off at WR but played the last 6 games at QB going 5-1 over that span with wins over Texas, Oklahoma & Nebraska. Prototypical size, a very good arm, good footwork & mobility.
27. LaMicheal James- RB Oregon Led the nation in rushing in 2010. If he does it again look for him to make the jump to the pros.
28. Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M. Fuller burned Patrick Peterson a few times in the Cotton Bowl game
29. Luke Kuechly- ILB, Boston college
30. Bruce Irvin- OLB, West Virginia
31. Coryell Judie- CB, Texas A&M
32. Don’ta Hightower- LB, Alabama Underclassman so could elect to stay for another year but playing against
Elite competition could propel a jump to the next level
33. Te’o Manti- LB Notre Dame See Don’ta Hightower comment & apply here as well.
34. Stephon Gilmore- CB, South Carolina The guy practices everyday against Alshon Jeffery.
35. Adewale Ojomo- DE, Miami
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