NFLDraftUpdate’s 2012 NFL Draft top 5 player rankings (1)

Quarterbacks

1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (6’4″ 235 lbs.)

2. Robert Griffin, Baylor (6’2″ 220 lbs.)

3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (6’4″ 222 lbs.)

4. Nick Foles, Arizona (6’5″ 244 lbs.)

5. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (6’3″ 219 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (6’8″ 240 lbs.) – Natural skills, but raw. Some are too enamored with the 6’8″.

Sleeper: Dominique Davis, East Carolina (6’3″ 210 lbs.)

 

 

Running Backs

1. Trent Richardson, Alabama (5’11” 224 lbs.)

2. Lamar Miller, Miami [FL] (5’11” 212 lbs.)

3. David Wilson, Virginia Tech (5’11” 205 lbs.)

4. Doug Martin, Boise State (5’9″ 219 lbs.)

5. Chris Polk, Washington (5’10” 224 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Chris Rainey, Florida (5’8″ 178 lbs.) – Pure speed & has upside, but suspect hands & perhaps a tweener.

Sleeper: Tauren Poole, Tennessee (5’9″ 209 lbs.)

 

 

Wide Receivers

1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (6’1″ 215 lbs.)

2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame (6’3″ 224 lbs.)

3. Kendall Wright, Baylor (5’10” 190 lbs.)

4. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (6’4″ 229 lbs.)

5. Juron Criner, Arizona (6’2″ 220 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Dwight Jones, North Carolina (6’3″ 226 lbs.) – Poor Sr. Bowl hurt him. Struggled in press vs. smaller CBs.

Sleeper: LaVon Brazill, Ohio (5’11” 191 lbs.)

 

 

Tight Ends

1. Dwayne Allen, Clemson (6’4″ 255 lbs.)

2. Coby Fleener, Stanford (6’6″ 244 lbs.)

3. Orson Charles, Georgia (6’3″ 241 lbs.)

4. Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette (6’5″ 237 lbs.)

5. Deangelo Peterson, LSU (6’2″ 230 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Michael Egnew, Missouri (6’5″ 251 lbs.) – Good hands but lacked any big-play explosion at Sr. Bowl.

Sleeper: James Hanna, Oklahoma (6’4″ 243 lbs.)

 

 

Offensive Tackles

1. Matt Kalil, USC (6’7″ 295 lbs.)

2. Jonathan Martin, Stanford (6’6″ 304 lbs.)

3. Riley Reiff, Iowa (6’6″ 300 lbs.)

4. Mike Adams, Ohio State (6’7″ 325 lbs.)

5. Bobby Massie, Ole Miss (6’6″ 315 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Zebrie Sanders, Florida State (6’5″ 308 lbs.) – struggles with power rushers, lacks ideal balance + base.

Sleeper: Trinton Sturdivant, Georgia (6’5″ 312 lbs.)

 

 

Interior Offensive Linemen

1. David DeCastro, Stanford (6’5″ 310 lbs.)

2. Cordy Glenn, Georgia (6’5″ 346 lbs.)

3. Peter Konz, Wisconsin (6’5″ 315 lbs.) [C]

4. Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State (6’5″ 333 lbs.)

5. Brandon Washington, Miami [FL] (6’4″ 320 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: N/A

Sleeper: Philip Blake, Baylor (6’2″ 312 lbs.)

 

 

Defensive Ends

1. Quinton Coples, North Carolina (6’6″ 281 lbs.)

2. Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (6’1″ 276 lbs.)

3. Vinny Curry, Marshall (6’3″ 265 lbs.)

4. Nick Perry, USC (6’3″ 250 lbs.)

5. Whitney Mercilus, (6’4″ 265 lbs.)

6. Andre Branch, Clemson (6’5″ 260 lbs.) – *Honorable Mention

 

A little overrated: Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina (6’4″ 260 lbs.) – Some too in love with his HS talent. Regressed as a Jr.

Sleeper: Frank Alexander, Oklahoma (6’4″ 255 lbs.)

 

 

Defensive Tackles

1. Devon Still, Penn State (6’5″ 305 lbs.)

2. Michael Brockers, LSU (6’6″ 306 lbs.)

3. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State (6’3″ 310 lbs.)

4. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State (6’4″ 295 lbs.)

5. Brandon Thompson, Clemson (6’2″ 311 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Alameda Ta’amu, Washington (6’2″ 341 lbs.) – Upside is there and flashes, but still lacks proper balance.

Sleeper: Travian Robertson, South Carolina (6’4″ 303 lbs.)

 

 

Outside Linebackers

1. Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (6’1″ 273 lbs.)

2. Zach Brown, North Carolina (6’1″ 236 lbs.)

3. Lavonte David, Nebraska (6’0″ 225 lbs.)

4. Keenan Robinson, Texas ( 6’3″ 240 lbs.)

5. Bruce Irvin, West Virginia (6’3″ 245 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Nigel Bradham, Florida State (6’1″ 237 lbs.) – Improved as a Sr. but has skills to do even better.

Sleeper: Demario Davis, Arkansas State (6’3″ 230 lbs.)

 

 

Inside Linebackers

1. Luke Kuechly, Boston College (6’3″ 237 lbs.)

2. Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State (6’3″ 250 lbs.)

3. Dont’a Hightower, Alabama (6’4″ 260 lbs.)

4. Audie Cole, North Carolina State (6’4″ 248 lbs.)

5. James-Michael Johnson, Nevada (6’1″ 249 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Chris Galippo, USC (6’2″ 250 lbs.) – Has flashed his talent but still known more for his HS potential.

Sleeper: Chris Marve, Vanderbilt (6’0″ 242 lbs.)

 

 

Cornerbacks

1. Morris Claiborne, LSU (6’0″ 185 lbs.)

2. Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama (6’3″ 192 lbs.)

3. Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama (5’9″ 191 lbs.)

4. Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska (5’10” 203 lbs.)

5. Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt (5’11” 188 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech (5’9″ 171 lbs.) – Question the size+bulk. Could change when we see his weight.

Sleeper: Josh Robinson, UCF (5’10” 192 lbs.)

 

 

Safeties

1. Mark Barron, Alabama (6’2″ 218 lbs.)

2. George Iloka, Boise State (6’3″ 222 lbs.)

3. Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State (6’0″ 203 lbs.)

4. Antonio Allen, South Carolina (6’2″ 202 lbs.)

5. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame (6’1″ 212 lbs.)

6. Janzen Jackson, McNeese St/Tennessee (6’1″ 190 lbs.) – *Honorable Mention

 

A little overrated: N/A

Sleeper: Winston Guy, Kentucky (6’1″ 216 lbs.)

 

 

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-Dion Caputi

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