This in one of the most compelling quarterback draft classes in a long time because of the star power at the top of the draft with Luck and Griffin in conjunction with the complete uncertainty after those two players. Some scouts love Tannehill and his upside, while others debate whether or not he she even be taken in the second round. Others praise Weeden because of his maturity and production. While another pocket of people like Cousins because of his leadership and experience. All in all this is a fascinating group of quarterbacks and unlike anything we have seen in recent years.
Read about the QBs after the jump
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Combine 40: 4.61
Pro Day 40: 4.41-4.46
Combine Vertical: 38.5
First Word: His stock soared with Robert Griffin III’s as the two terrorized the Big 12 through the air this past season. However, Wrights stock took a hit when he ran a slow 40 yard dash at the combine.
Editors Note: This is a great, great post by a new author of mine. If you have any questions for him, let him know in the comments.
The Guards position is becoming more and more important in today’s NFL.Some of the best rushing teams and best O-lines in league history have had elite guard. A guy like Carl Nicks, or Ben Grubbs can instantly improve the play and toughness of the offensive line. Below is a ranking and analysis of the top guard prospects of the 2012 draft class. This post will also include projected draft position and links to their play. Many of these players have potential to be impact players in the NFL. Without further delay here are the top ten offensive guard prospects of the 2012 NFL Draft.
The strength of this year’s draft class is in the middle rounds. This year’s class features numerous starters and potentially very, very good players in the second and third round range. This post will look at some second round prospects that I like for the Steelers but also just in general in terms of prospects I like.
Dontari Poe, Memphis, DT
Combine 40: 4.98
Combine Bench: 44
Combine Vertical: 29.5
First Word: Every year the NFL combine has winners and losers, this year one of its biggest winners was Poe. Poe went from being a second or third round pick to being considered for top ten selection.
Read more after the jump.
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Combine Height: 5’11″
Combine Weight: 188
Combine 40: 4.50
Bench Press: DNP
First Word: Claiborne is fresh off an excellent combine where he did everything right except get a 40 time under 4.5. His name is consistently referenced among the elite of this draft and he was one of the most electrifying players in college football this last season.
Read the rest of this profile after the jump.
Riley Reiff, RT/LT, Iowa
First Word: Reiff is generally regarded as one of the elite prospects in the 2012 NFL draft. Many believe he will transition from LT to RT in the NFL where he can better unleash his mean streak in the running game.
After the jump see the rest of this profile
Editors Note: Hey guys. I want to introduce you to the newest member of the Draft Database staff, Ryan Craig. Ryan runs his own football related blog, beyondfootballmadness.com, and has agreed to join me here at Draft Database to continue to give you all good draft coverage. He will be writing on a wide variety of prospects and I would strongly recommend you all go out and check out his blog.
Matt Kalil, LT, USC
First Word: Kalil is the consensus top offensive tackle in this Draft and there is not a mock draft out there that does not have Kalil going in the top 5. Kalil has been a significant contributor to a very talented USC Trojan team in each of his past two seasons.
Read the rest of the profile after the jump
Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
First Word: Did you really think I would start my player profiles with anyone but Sanu? Really? Well, Sanu is one of the top WR targets in the draft and has the size, speed, route running, and hands to become an elite WR in the NFL. He has broken numerous records in just three years at Rutgers, while never having a good QB.
- Barkley is one of the best underclassmen in the 2012 draft class. He has the potential to be a top 5 pick and should lead USC to a very strong season.
- Matt Barkley, QB, USC
- Height: 6’2″
- Weight: 220
- Class: Junior (as of 2011-2012 season)
NFL Player Comparison
- Colt McCoy but better: He compares to Colt in a couple of ways. Those are: accuracy, decision making, mobility, and touch. However, he is better than McCoy because he has higher arm strength.
Follow the jump to see the complete profile