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Default Ed Bouchette's 2012 NFL Draft Board

Ed Bouchette's 2012 NFL Draft Board
April 22, 2012 12:00 am
http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/...-board-632551/
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

QUARTERBACKS

Andrew Luck

6-4 234 Stanford

The next Peyton Manning? Colts betting everything on it, including Manning.

Robert Griffin III

6-2 224 Baylor

RG3 will try to make Washington relevant again, at least in the NFL.

Ryan Tannehill

6-4 220 Texas A&M

If this were baseball, he'd be 5-tool, lacking only polish.

Brandon Weeden

6-4 220 Oklahoma State

Could very well be the latest Browns "franchise" quarterback.

Brock Osweiler

6-7 240 Arizona State

At 6-7, has lot of upside. Needs time to develop, though.

RUNNING BACKS

Trent Richardson

5-9 228 Alabama

Only true first-rounder this year. Powerful runner.

Doug Martin

5-9 224 Boise State

All-around good back who can make all the runs, block, catch.

David Wilson

5-10 205 Virginia Tech

Dynamic runner with the personality to match. Track star, return ability.

Lamar Miller

5-11 210 Miami

Runs upright so not a good inside runner nor blocker. Can get big chunks, though, once in open field.

Isaiah Pead

5-10 200 Cincinnati

Polished runner with balance and speed. Not powerful but a breakaway threat.

FULLBACKS

Bradie Ewing

6-0 240 Wisconsin

Old-fashioned lead blocker, the best of another thin group. If you need one, he's your man.

Evan Rodriguez

6-2 240 Temple

H-back, pass receiver, not a great blocker. Different type than Ewing.

Emil Igwenagu

6-1 248 Massachusetts

Versatile fullback/H-back who can block, catch and not big enough to play tight end.

WIDE RECEIVERS

Justin Blackmon

6-1 208 Oklahoma State

Productive, physical, strong, great hands, not top-line speed. Started just one season.

Michael Floyd

6-3 220 Notre Dame

His size, production and experience stamp him ready-to-go in NFL. Some off-field problems.

Kendall Wright

5-10 197 Baylor

Four-year starter, quick, slot receiver. Fast but a smurf in size.

Stephen Hill

6-4 215 Georgia Tech

Tall and extremely fast (4.28 in one clocking). Big-play catcher with 25.5-yard average per catch for his career.

Rueben Randle

6-3 210 LSU

Good size, decent speed and strong, including his hands. Junior.

CENTERS

Peter Konz

6-5 315 Wisconsin

Typical of the modern centers who can pull. Untypically for the position, he's been hurt a lot so durability an issue.

Ben Jones

6-3 302 Georgia

Huge dropoff here. Did not have to pull in college but has the ability. Lot of experience with 48 starts.

David Molk

6-1 298 Michigan

His stock has dropped lately. He plays above his talent level, which is good and bad because while he works hard, there is little upside seen.

Mike Brewster

6-4 312 Ohio State

Buckeyes' starting center since 2008. Another over-achiever, not a great athlete but tough and durable.

Gino Gradkowski

6-3 300 Delaware

Seton-LaSalle H.S. grad, transferred from WVU. Two-year starter. Some list as guard but moving up charts at center.

GUARDS

David DeCastro

6-5 315 Stanford

Mike Webster-like in his devotion to the game and his attention to it. A vocal and persistent leader who can make all the blocks and get out on the edge to do so.

Cordy Glenn

6-5 345 Georgia

Some consider him a tackle for the pros. He started at guard (32) and left tackle (18) so take him and take your pick.

Kevin Zeitler

6-4 315 Wisconsin

Another Badger widebody, another hard-working perfectionist on the field and in the weight room. Could go late first round.

Amini Silatolu

6-4 311 Midwestern State

Division II player who did not excel at combine. Nevertheless, an intriguing player who needs some development.

Brandon Brooks

6-5 348 Miami (Ohio)

Four-year starter at guard and tackle, gained more than 60 pounds in college. Not polished, though.

OFFENSIVE TACKLES

Matt Kalil

6-7 305 USC

Vikings may take him at No. 3. Dad played in USFL, brother Ryan one of NFL's best centers, mom was Miss California. How do you miss? Like the Pouncey twins.

Riley Reiff

6-6 313 Iowa

Good, athletic left tackle who can also play on the right. Started college as DE and was to move to TE but put at OT instead in 2009.

Jonathan Martin

6-5 312 Stanford

Andrew Luck's blindside protector for three seasons at LT. Disappointing workouts haven't helped his draft position.

Mike Adams

6-7 323 Ohio State

Has all the tools but needs some refinement and some alleged character issues, including Buckeyes tattoogate.

Bobby Massie

6-6 315 Mississippi

He could go a few slots higher, especially if team needs a right tackle and not left because he'll play on the right.

KICKERS

Blair Walsh

5-9 187 Georgia

Has kicked one from 56, although made only 21 of 35 attempts last season.

Carson Wiggs

6-1 221 Purdue

Big thumper and accurate as well. Made a 67-yarder in a spring game two years ago.

DEFENSIVE TACKLES

Fletcher Cox

6-4 298 Mississippi State

Versatile defensive lineman who can play tackle (4-3 defense) or end (3-4). Expected to easily add weight in pros.

Michael Brockers

6-6 322 LSU

Two years eligibility left so not a lot to go by in his college playing career. Has everything scouts look for in a DT or 3-4 DE.

Dontari Poe

6-4 345 Memphis

Powerful lineman who did not always show that on field but bowled everyone over with his post-season workouts.

Jerel Worthy

6-2 309 Michigan State

Opposite of Poe, he had outstanding season but so-so workouts. Good NT fit for team like the Steelers.

Devon Still

6-5 304 Penn State

Cousin of former Steelers LB Levon Kirkland and Chiefs' Art Still. Could go end of first round.

DEFENSIVE ENDS

Quinton Coples

6-6 284 North Carolina

True DE in a 4-3 and not a 3-4 OLB candidate. Has the wingspan of an LC Greenwood but some believe he's immature.

Chandler Jones

6-5 265 Syracuse

Not a good year for 4-3 ends. Missed 5 games in 2011 with knee injury. Intercepted pass vs. Pitt.

Whitney Mercilus

6-4 261 Illinois

Led the country with 13.5 sacks and Ted Hendricks Award as best DE in college. Would be OLB in 3-4.

Courtney Upshaw

6-2 275 Alabama

Teams undecided whether he best suits OLB in 3-4 or DE in 4-3. Not perfectly suited for either. Maybe ILB?

Andre Branch

6-4 260 Clemson

Another tweener, Steelers see him at OLB and his size may fit better there.

INSIDE LINEBACKERS

Luke Kuechly

6-3 242 Boston College

All-around ability to do everything, but his forte is making the tackle. Excellent post-season workouts to go with excellent season.

Dont'a Hightower

6-2 265 Alabama

Could be leader of a defense for years. Does it all inside and Steelers highly interested.

Mychal Kendricks

5-11 240 California

Played two years at OLB before moving inside. Short but has good speed, strength.

James-Michael Johnson

6-1 240 Nevada

Four-year starter. Excellent against the run but might not be every-down player.

Tank Carter

6-2 236 LSU

Real name Ricky but a real Tank, although he needs to tank up his upper body to take on NFL linemen.

OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Melvin Ingram

6-2 265 South Carolina

He can play anywhere and did for South Carolina. Had 10 sacks, 15 tackles for losses and even two interceptions last season.

Nick Perry

6-3 272 USC

Steelers interested in him as 3-4 OLB with 4.5 speed. Would play DE in 4-3. Could go middle first round.

David Lavonte

6-1 232 Nebraska

Big dropoff here. Second-rounder. Undersized but a college playmaker.

Zach Brown

6-1 245 North Carolina

Great speed with raw talent. A playmaker with 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles in '11.

Shea McClellin

6-3 260 Boise State

Can also play inside linebacker and was listed as an end at the combine.

CORNERBACKS

Morris Claiborne

5-11 188 LSU

Could be a top-5 pick despite March wrist surgery. He's a shut-em-up corner, six of his 11 career interceptions coming last season.

Dre Kirkpatrick

6-2 186 Alabama

Not nearly as good as No. 1 but also can lock down on receivers and not afraid to tackle.

Stephon Gilmore

6-1 190 South Carolina

Started 40 games the past three years. Studies opponents and knows tendencies. Excellent combine.

Janoris Jenkins

5-10 192 North Alabama

Multiple arrests got him bounced from Florida. Excellent player downgraded by character issues.

Josh Robinson

5-10 200 Central Florida

Draft stock improved by post-season work, including sensational combine. Fast but not ideal size for the position.

SAFETIES

Mark Barron

6-1 214 Alabama

Outstanding physical player with good instincts, leader of a complicated defense. Anywhere from middle to late first-round pick.

Harrison Smith

6-2 214 Notre Dame

Second-rounder, classic strong safety with linebacker's mentality.

Brandon Taylor

5-11 208 LSU

Three-year starter, strong safety. Team captain. Brother Curtis drafted by 49ers in '08.

George Iloka

6-4 224 Boise State

Free safety or strong. Good coverage, three-year starter.

Antonio Allen

6-2 210 South Carolina

Three-year starter. Can play free or strong. Good on blitzes, but not real strong.

PUNTERS

Bryan Anger

6-4 207 California

Best leg of all with good athletic ability, hang time, distance.

Drew Butler

6-1 204 Georgia

Of 51 punts last season, 16 covered 50 yards and 19 inside the 20.

Ed Bouchette can be reached at ebouchette@post-gazette.com.
First Published 2012-04-22 04:15:29
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