2012 NFL Draft Extravaganza
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina – A wide receiver in a tight end’s body. Great great hands. I’ve honestly never seen the guy drop a pass. Hopefully the whole weight issue is blown out of proportion and this picture was taken from his bad side and he’s not the WR version of Jamarcus Russell. (He’s numero uno)
Justin Blackmon, Ok. St. – Physical WR in the Anquan Boldin mold. Benefits from a high octane offense but he runs nice routes and you know he’s getting the ball: you just can’t stop him.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame – Big target with #1 potential. Worst case scenario he’s a nice redzone threat. He made Jimmy Clausen look good, so put that into perspective.
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma – Slot machine who should translate well into the NFL with his shiftiness. Look out, Wes Welker.
Greg Childs, Arkansas – I liked him a lot before he got injured. Another 6’3+ WR with speed. He’s a little skinny but has nice run after the catch ability.
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M – I feel like a broken record: another tall WR with speed. Fuller, though, is a real physical guy who will go up and get the ball like there’s no tomorrow.
DeVier Posey, Ohio State – Has more concentration lapses than one would like from a receiver, but he was highly recruited coming into college and has plenty of potential.
Juron Criner, Arizona – 6’4, probably needs to add some more bulk but he’s Foles’s go-to guy. Had some of the best highlight reel catches and isn’t afraid to sacrifice his body at all to get to the pigskin.
WR Class Grade: 2 enthusiastic thumbs up. One of the better WR classes in a long time. Each WR listed could and should be picked in the top 2 rounds, with Jeffery/Blackmon being potential top 10 picks.
(not my specialty but I hear good things about Michael Egnew, Missouri, Dwayne Allen, Clemson, Coby Fleener, Stanford, and Orsen Charles, Georgia. Also a small school guy to keep an eye on is the 6’6 Ladarius Green out of Lafayette. Egnew, Charles, and Green are receiving threats while Fleener/Allen are more of the balanced type.
TE Class Grade: I don’t know too much about the TE’s in this class and their stock can change so much from year to year I’d rather just stay out of it. Grade: No comment.
T Riley Rieff, Iowa (Iowa tackle as an NFL prospect, I’ve heard this one before); T Matt Kalil, USC (ever wonder why Tyron Smith played RT at USC? Look no further); T Jonathan Martin, Stanford (with this guy on his blind side, can you blame Luck for coming back?); T Nate Potter, Boise State; T Matt Reynolds, BYU; T Mike Adams, OSU; T Andrew Datko, FSU; T Bobby Massie, Ole Miss; G Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State; G David DeCastro, Stanford; C Michael Brewster, OSU; C Peter Konz, Wisconsin; C Ben Jones, Georgia; C William Vlachos, Alabama
OL Class Grade: A yellow smiley face sticker.