With the 2012 NFL Draft in the rear view mirror, I’ve decided to take a look at some of what I consider to be the biggest steals from draft weekend.
From top talents who slid due to injury to players who simply got passed up on for lower-ranked players at their position, several teams managed to find terrific value later than it was expected to be available.
So here we go; my Top 10 steals of the 2012 NFL Draft and what makes them steals.
10. Arkansas WR Greg Childs: Minnesota Vikings, No. 134
Before the beginning of the 2011 season, Childs was considered a first-round receiver talent. Unfortunately for the former Razorback, a lingering knee injury hindered his ability to be effective throughout his senior season. Still, if Childs can stay healthy and prove that he’s at 100%, he could finally provide the Vikings with the deep threat that Keep Reading…
Thirty-two picks later and the second day of the 2012 NFL Draft is upon us. It was an exciting first day of the draft filled with trades and queues of picks that quickly piled up in the commissioner’s pocket.
Although there were several interesting selections, most of the picks made were the right ones as each team continued building towards a better 2012 season.
Now, the second day is finally ready to begin and there’s still plenty of talent still available. So let’s take a look at some of the top prospects still available on my big board and what they will bring to the lucky team that gets to call their name on draft day.
Cordy Glenn, Offensive Tackle, Georgia
After spending his first three seasons as a guard, Glenn moved over to the left tackle spot his senior year and proved that he’s capable of holding down the Keep Reading…
Enough with the high-fives! Enough with the butting of heads! Every single pick is not going to be a slam dunk. On the other end of the spectrum, even the slam dunks aren’t slam dunks. In fact, sometimes a slam dunk is a layup. Other times the layup is a 3 point shot, or a half court prayer with 1 second left was traveling. At some point in that metaphor it got out of control, but you get the point.
This was a really strange year though, in that every pick was terrible. Look away if you’re hoping for unicorns and lollipops in regards to how your team did in the 1st round. You all suck. Everyone fails. Here’s exactly why every pick so far in the NFL Draft will 100% without a doubt be a giant JaMarcus Russell belly-flop.
1. INDIANAPOLIS COLTS: QB Andrew Luck, Keep Reading…
Here are my final position rankings and a tiered top 50 overall.
I only did the top 5 for position rankings. Quarterbacks are ranked to 10, and I’ve linked to the scouting reports I’ve completed on them. I wish I could go beyond a Top 50/Top 5, but one man can only do so much.
Enjoy the 2012 draft, everyone.
A note: I did not evaluate the interior offensive line position in-depth this year. As such, I have not included them in my rankings (besides David DeCastro).
QUARTERBACK 1. Andrew Luck 2. Ryan Tannehill 3. Robert Griffin 4. Russell Wilson 5. Brandon Weeden 6. Ryan Lindley 7. BJ Coleman (Scouting Report by Jimmy O’Brien) 8. Kirk Cousins 9. Nick Foles (No Scouting Report) 10. Brock Osweiler RUNNINGBACK 1. Trent Richardson 2. Lamar Miller 3. Doug Martin 4. David Wilson 5. Keep Reading…
Mike D’s Big Board Plus Rank Player Confidence Upside 1 QB Andrew Luck, Stanford 9 9 2 RB Trent Richardson, Alabama 9 9 3 OG David DeCastro, Stanford 9 8 4 OT Matt Kalil, USC 8 8 5 DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama 9 7 6 QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor 7 9 7 CB Morris Claiborne, LSU 8 9 8 WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. 7 8 9 CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida 5 8 10 MLB Luke Kuechly, Boston College 9 7 11 DE Quinton Coples, UNC 6 9 12 DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St. 8 8 13 OT Riley Reiff, Iowa 8 7 14 CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama 7 8 15 WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame 7 8 16 WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina 6 9 17 CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina 8 7 18 DT Michael Brockers, LSU 6 9 19 OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia 7 7 20 Keep Reading…