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 position. Using his overwhelming strength and surprising athleticism, Glenn dominates opponents with his power at the point of attack. The biggest problem is Glenn’s inconsistency and ability to motivate himself. Still, Glenn has the physical tools to be a starter in the NFL if he can get the proper coaching.
Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State
A big, powerful defensive tackle with the ability to collapse the middle of an offensive line, Still has the potential to be a dominant defensive line anchor. Combining terrific size with plenty of athleticism, Still has a knack for being a huge disruption in the run game. He struggles with consistency and takes some plays off, but still has plenty of room for improvement. There’s plenty of upside with Still, but there’s also a strong chance for him to become a bust.
Stephen Hill, Wide Receiver, Georgia Tech
Considered one of the best vertical threats in the year’s draft class, Hill has the homerun ability that several NFL teams so desperately need. Although raw and unpolished as a receiver, Hill has the physical tools and traits to make it as an NFL wide receiver. Despite spending his college career in a triple-option offense, Hill displayed potential as a deep threat who can stretch the field and open the middle for slots receivers to work. It might be a risky pick, but Hill should be worth the price of admission.
This year’s top tight end prospect, Fleener has phenomenal potential as a field-stretching target who can immediately upgrade an NFL passing attack. He can make defenders miss after the catch and is great at tracking the ball in the air. Fleener is extremely unpolished as a blocker and will need to work on his technique, but has the size and strength to develop into a consistent blocker. With the tight end becoming a huge x-factor in NFL passing games, Fleener won’t be on the board for long.
Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama
A relentless, high-motor player with the emotional leadership to accompany it, Upshaw has the physical talents to be an effective NFL outside linebacker. Although several questions have emerged regarding his short arms, stiff hips and lack of book smarts, Upshaw’s instincts and production on the football field give plenty of reason to believe he can make it at the next level. There’s a good chance that whoever gets him in the next day will be getting a huge steal.
Others worth watching:
Jonathan Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford
Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama
Rueben Randle, Wide Receiver, LSU
Andre Branch, Defensive End, Clemson
Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State