Ed Bouchette's 2012 NFL Draft Board
April 22, 2012 12:00 am
By Ed Bouchette / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
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.
6-4 • 220 • Texas A&M
If this were baseball, he'd be 5-tool, lacking only polish.
6-4 • 220 • Oklahoma State
Could very well be the latest Browns "franchise" quarterback.
6-7 • 240 • Arizona State
At 6-7, has lot of upside. Needs time to develop, though.
5-9 • 228 • Alabama
Only true first-rounder this year. Powerful runner.
5-9 • 224 • Boise State
All-around good back who can make all the runs, block, catch.
5-10 • 205 • Virginia Tech
Dynamic runner with the personality to match. Track star, return ability.
5-11 • 210 • Miami
Runs upright so not a good inside runner nor blocker. Can get big chunks, though, once in open field.
5-10 • 200 • Cincinnati
Polished runner with balance and speed. Not powerful but a breakaway threat.
6-0 • 240 • Wisconsin
Old-fashioned lead blocker, the best of another thin group. If you need one, he's your man.
6-2 • 240 • Temple
H-back, pass receiver, not a great blocker. Different type than Ewing.
6-1 • 248 • Massachusetts
Versatile fullback/H-back who can block, catch and not big enough to play tight end.
6-1 • 208 • Oklahoma State
Productive, physical, strong, great hands, not top-line speed. Started just one season.
6-3 • 220 • Notre Dame
His size, production and experience stamp him ready-to-go in NFL. Some off-field problems.
5-10 • 197 • Baylor
Four-year starter, quick, slot receiver. Fast but a smurf in size.
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.
6-3 • 210 • LSU
Good size, decent speed and strong, including his hands. Junior.
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.
6-3 • 302 • Georgia
Huge dropoff here. Did not have to pull in college but has the ability. Lot of experience with 48 starts.
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.
6-4 • 312 • Ohio State
Buckeyes' starting center since 2008. Another over-achiever, not a great athlete but tough and durable.
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.
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.
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.
6-4 • 315 • Wisconsin
Another Badger widebody, another hard-working perfectionist on the field and in the weight room. Could go late first round.
6-4 • 311 • Midwestern State
Division II player who did not excel at combine. Nevertheless, an intriguing player who needs some development.
6-5 • 348 • Miami (Ohio)
Four-year starter at guard and tackle, gained more than 60 pounds in college. Not polished, though.
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.
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.
6-5 • 312 • Stanford
Andrew Luck's blindside protector for three seasons at LT. Disappointing workouts haven't helped his draft position.
6-7 • 323 • Ohio State
Has all the tools but needs some refinement and some alleged character issues, including Buckeyes tattoogate.
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.
5-9 • 187 • Georgia
Has kicked one from 56, although made only 21 of 35 attempts last season.
6-1 • 221 • Purdue
Big thumper and accurate as well. Made a 67-yarder in a spring game two years ago.
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.
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.
6-4 • 345 • Memphis
Powerful lineman who did not always show that on field but bowled everyone over with his post-season workouts.
6-2 • 309 • Michigan State
Opposite of Poe, he had outstanding season but so-so workouts. Good NT fit for team like the Steelers.
6-5 • 304 • Penn State
Cousin of former Steelers LB Levon Kirkland and Chiefs' Art Still. Could go end of first round.
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.
6-5 • 265 • Syracuse
Not a good year for 4-3 ends. Missed 5 games in 2011 with knee injury. Intercepted pass vs. Pitt.
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.
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?
6-4 • 260 • Clemson
Another tweener, Steelers see him at OLB and his size may fit better there.
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.
6-2 • 265 • Alabama
Could be leader of a defense for years. Does it all inside and Steelers highly interested.
5-11 • 240 • California
Played two years at OLB before moving inside. Short but has good speed, strength.
6-1 • 240 • Nevada
Four-year starter. Excellent against the run but might not be every-down player.
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.
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.
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.
6-1 • 232 • Nebraska
Big dropoff here. Second-rounder. Undersized but a college playmaker.
6-1 • 245 • North Carolina
Great speed with raw talent. A playmaker with 5.5 sacks, three interceptions, three forced fumbles in '11.
6-3 • 260 • Boise State
Can also play inside linebacker and was listed as an end at the combine.
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.
6-2 • 186 • Alabama
Not nearly as good as No. 1 but also can lock down on receivers and not afraid to tackle.
6-1 • 190 • South Carolina
Started 40 games the past three years. Studies opponents and knows tendencies. Excellent combine.
5-10 • 192 • North Alabama
Multiple arrests got him bounced from Florida. Excellent player downgraded by character issues.
5-10 • 200 • Central Florida
Draft stock improved by post-season work, including sensational combine. Fast but not ideal size for the position.
6-1 • 214 • Alabama
Outstanding physical player with good instincts, leader of a complicated defense. Anywhere from middle to late first-round pick.
6-2 • 214 • Notre Dame
Second-rounder, classic strong safety with linebacker's mentality.
5-11 • 208 • LSU
Three-year starter, strong safety. Team captain. Brother Curtis drafted by 49ers in '08.
6-4 • 224 • Boise State
Free safety or strong. Good coverage, three-year starter.
6-2 • 210 • South Carolina
Three-year starter. Can play free or strong. Good on blitzes, but not real strong.
6-4 • 207 • California
Best leg of all with good athletic ability, hang time, distance.
6-1 • 204 • Georgia
Of 51 punts last season, 16 covered 50 yards and 19 inside the 20.
Ed Bouchette can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
First Published 2012-04-22 04:15:29