NFLDraftUpdate’s 2012 NFL Draft top 5 player rankings (2)

*’s are listed for reference that a “sleeper” player was listed in the pre-combine rankings and has remained in the position in the following rankings.

 

Quarterbacks

1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (6’4″ 234 lbs.)

2. Robert Griffin, Baylor (6’2″ 222 lbs.)

3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (6’4″ 221 lbs.)

4. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State (6’3″ 221 lbs.)

5. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State (6’2″ 214 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (6’7″ 242 lbs.) – Natural skills, but raw. Some are too enamored with the size.

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

 

 

Running Backs

1. Trent Richardson, Alabama (5’9″ 228 lbs.)

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

3. David Wilson, Virginia Tech (5’9″ 206 lbs.)

4. Doug Martin, Boise State (5’9″ 223 lbs.)

5. Chris Polk, Washington (5’10″ 215 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Chris Rainey, Florida (5’8″ 180 lbs.) – Pure speed & has upside, but suspect hands & perhaps a tweener.

Sleeper: Tauren Poole, Tennessee (5’10″ 205 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. Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech (6’4″ 215 lbs.)

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

 

A little overrated: Dwight Jones, North Carolina (6’3″ 230 lbs.) – Struggles to get separation despite an obvious physical advantage over most DBs.

Sleeper(s): LaVon Brazill, Ohio (5’11″ 191 lbs.) / Gerell Robinson, Arizona State (6’3″ 227 lbs.)

 

 

Tight Ends

1. Coby Fleener, Stanford (6’6″ 247 lbs.) 

2. Orson Charles, Georgia (6’2″ 251 lbs.)

3. Dwayne Allen, Clemson (6’3″ 255 lbs.)

4. Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette (6’5″ 238 lbs.)

5. Deangelo Peterson, LSU (6’3″ 243 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: Michael Egnew, Missouri (6’5″ 252 lbs.) – Good hands but lacks ideal big-play explosion. Change of direction is a question mark.

Sleeper: James Hanna, Oklahoma (6’3″ 252 lbs.) – *Listed prior to Combine performance.

 

 

Offensive Tackles

1. Matt Kalil, USC (6’6″ 306 lbs.)

2. Jonathan Martin, Stanford (6’5″ 312 lbs.)

3. Riley Reiff, Iowa (6’5″ 313 lbs.)

4. Mike Adams, Ohio State (6’7″ 323 lbs.)

5. Bobby Massie, Ole Miss (6’6″ 316 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″ 316 lbs.)

2. Cordy Glenn, Georgia (6’5″ 345 lbs.)

3. KevinZeitler, Wisconsin (6’3″ 314 lbs.)

4. Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State (6’3″ 311 lbs.)

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

6. Brandon Brooks, Miami [OH] (6’5 346 lbs.) – *Honorable Mention

 

A little overrated: N/A

Sleeper: Philip Blake, Baylor (6’2″ 311 lbs.)

 

 

Defensive Ends

1. Quinton Coples, North Carolina (6’5″ 284 lbs.)

2. Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (6’1″ 264 lbs.)

3. Vinny Curry, Marshall (6’3″ 266 lbs.)

4. Whitney Mercilus, (6’3″ 261 lbs.)

5. Nick Perry, USC (6’2″ 271 lbs.)

6. Andre Branch, Clemson (6’4″ 259 lbs.) – *Honorable Mention

 

A little overrated: Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina (6’3″ 268 lbs.) – Some too in love with his HS talent. Regressed as a Jr.

Sleeper: Frank Alexander, Oklahoma (6’3″ 270 lbs.)

 

 

Defensive Tackles

1. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State (6’4″ 298 lbs.)

2. Devon Still, Penn State (6’4″ 303 lbs.) 

3. Michael Brockers, LSU (6’5″ 322 lbs.) 

4. Dontari Poe, Memphis (6’3″ 346 lbs.) 

5. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State (6’2″ 308 lbs.)

 

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

Sleeper: Tony Jerod-Eddie, Texas A&M (6’5″ 301 lbs.) / Brett Roy, Nevada (6’2″ 275 lbs.)

 

 

Outside Linebackers

1. Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (6’1″ 272 lbs.)

2. Zach Brown, North Carolina (6’1″ 244 lbs.)

3. Lavonte David, Nebraska (6’0″ 233 lbs.)

4. Bobby Wagner, Utah State (6’1″ 232 lbs.)

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

 

A little overratedN/A

Sleeper: Demario Davis, Arkansas State (6’2″ 235 lbs.)

 

 

Inside Linebackers

1. Luke Kuechly, Boston College (6’3″ 242 lbs.)

2. Dont’a Hightower, Alabama (6’2″ 265 lbs.) 

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

4. James-Michael Johnson, Nevada (6’1″ 241 lbs.)

5. Mychal Kendricks, California (5’11” 239 lbs.)

 

A little overratedVontaze Burfict, Arizona State (6’1″ 248 lbs.) – May not be overrated anymore either. Has decimated his once-high draft stock

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

 

 

Cornerbacks

1. Morris Claiborne, LSU (5’11″ 188 lbs.)

2. Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama (6’1″ 186 lbs.)

3. Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama (5’10″ 193 lbs.)

4. Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina (6’0″ 190 lbs.)

5. Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska (5’10″ 204 lbs.)

 

A little overratedLeonard Johnson, Iowa State (5’9″ 196 lbs.) – not as overly physical as I’d prefer. Slight nit-picking, but doesn’t have ideal ball skills.

Sleeper: Josh Robinson, UCF (5’10″ 192 lbs.) – *Listed prior to Combine performance. / Justin Bethel, Presbyterian

 

 

Safeties

1. Mark Barron, Alabama (6’1″ 213 lbs.)

2. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame (6’1″ 213 lbs.)

3. Antonio Allen, South Carolina (6’1″ 210 lbs.)

4. George Iloka, Boise State (6’3″ 225 lbs.)

5. Phillip Thomas, Syracuse (5’10” 198 lbs.)

 

A little overrated: N/A

Sleeper: Winston Guy, Kentucky (6’0″ 218 lbs.) / Jerrell Young, South Florida (6’1″ 209 lbs.)

 

 

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-Dion Caputi

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