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Matthew Jones
01-05-2012, 11:03 AM
Just finished up a new set of positional rankings and a big board to match. Only prospects who have officially declared for the draft are included; prospects who declare will be added as they declare. Snippets on the prospects will be posted in the future as well! Please ask if you have any questions regarding the rankings or a particular prospect.

2012 NFL Draft Positional Rankings

OFFENSE

Quarterback

1. Andrew Luck, Stanford*

2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor*

3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

4. Nick Foles, Arizona

5. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St.

6. Kirk Cousins, Michigan St.

7. Ryan Lindley, San Diego St.

8. Kellen Moore, Boise St.

9. Case Keenum, Houston

10. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin

Halfback

1. Lamar Miller, Miami (FL)**

2. Chris Polk, Washington*

3. Doug Martin, Boise St.

4. LaMichael James, Oregon*

5. Jeff Demps, Florida

6. Vick Ballard, Mississippi St.

7. Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M

8. Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati

9. Dan Herron, Ohio St.

10. Brandon Bolden, Mississippi

Wide Receiver

1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.*

2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

3. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina*

4. Kendall Wright, Baylor

5. Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M

6. Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers*

7. Nick Toon, Wisconsin

8. Brian Quick, Appalachian St.

9. T.Y. Hilton, Florida International

10. Dwight Jones, North Carolina

Tight End

1. Coby Fleener, Stanford

2. Michael Egnew, Missouri

3. Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette

4. Rhett Ellison, Southern California

5. George Bryan, North Carolina St.

Offensive Tackle

1. Matt Kalil, Southern California*

2. Riley Reiff, Iowa*

3. Jonathan Martin, Stanford*

4. Mike Adams, Ohio St.

5. Zebrie Sanders, Florida St.

6. Andrew Datko, Florida St.

7. Matt Reynolds, Brigham Young

8. Kelechi Osemele, Iowa St.

9. Levy Adcock, Oklahoma St.

10. Matt McCants, Alabama-Birmingham

Offensive Guard

1. David DeCastro, Stanford*

2. Cordy Glenn, Georgia

3. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

4. Brandon Washington, Miami (FL)*

5. Ryan Miller, Colorado

Center

1. Ben Jones, Georgia

2. Michael Brewster, Ohio St.

3. David Molk, Michigan

4. Philip Blake, Baylor

5. Moe Petrus, Connecticut

DEFENSE

Defensive Tackle

1. Brandon Thompson, Clemson

2. Jerel Worthy, Michigan St.*

3. Alameda Ta'amu, Washington

4. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St.*

5. Devon Still, Penn St.

6. Kendall Reyes, Connecticut

7. Josh Chapman, Alabama

8. Billy Winn, Boise St.

9. Dontari Poe, Memphis*

10. Mike Martin, Michigan

Defensive End

1. Quinton Coples, North Carolina

2. Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

3. Nick Perry, Southern California*

4. Vinny Curry, Marshall

5. Jared Crick, Nebraska

6. Whitney Mercilus, Illinois*

7. Shea McClellin, Boise St.

8. Andre Branch, Clemson

9. Cam Johnson, Virginia

10. Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma*

Outside Linebacker

1. Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

2. Zach Brown, North Carolina

3. Keenan Robinson, Texas

4. Bruce Irvin, West Virginia

5. Lavonte David, Nebraska

6. Brandon Lindsey, Pittsburgh

7. Terrell Manning, North Carolina St.

8. Travis Lewis, Oklahoma

9. Sean Spence, Miami (FL)

10. Tank Carder, Texas Christian

Inside Linebacker

1. Vontaze Burfict, Arizona St.*

2. Audie Cole, North Carolina St.

3. James Michael-Johnson, Nevada

4. Mychal Kendricks, California

5. Jerry Franklin, Arkansas

Cornerback

1. Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama

2. Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina*

3. Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

4. Leonard Johnson, Iowa St.

5. Trumaine Johnson, Montana

6. Chase Minnifield, Virginia

7. Brandon Boykin, Georgia

8. Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt

9. Coryell Judie, Texas A&M

10. Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech*

Safety

1. Mark Barron, Alabama

2. George Iloka, Boise St.

3. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame

4. Markelle Martin, Oklahoma St.

5. Aaron Henry, Wisconsin

2012 NFL Draft Big Board

1. QB Andrew Luck, Stanford*

2. OT Matt Kalil, Southern California*

3. WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.*

4. QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor*

5. OG David DeCastro, Stanford*

6. RB Lamar Miller, Miami (FL)**

7. WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

8. DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina

9. DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

10. DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson

11. OT Riley Reiff, Iowa*

12. WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina*

13. DE Nick Perry, Southern California*

14. OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford*

15. WR Kendall Wright, Baylor

16. DE Vinny Curry, Marshall

17. FS Mark Barron, Alabama

18. LB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

19. DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan St.*

20. DT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington

21. WR Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M

22. DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St.*

23. OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia

24. LB Zach Brown, North Carolina

25. CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama

26. CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina*

27. DE Jared Crick, Nebraska

28. OG Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

29. OT Mike Adams, Ohio St.

30. RB Chris Polk, Washington*

31. CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

32. DT Devon Still, Penn St.

JBCX
01-05-2012, 02:19 PM
Jerel Worthy and Alameda Taamu over Devon Still, huh?

No need to read the rest if I see ignorance like that on display.

SuperPacker
01-05-2012, 05:07 PM
Im really not a big fan of Nick Foles or Kirk Cousins!

Iamcanadian
01-05-2012, 06:45 PM
This draft is really weak and elite talent is short, short and more short. If what you have is all that declares, most teams will be drafting round 2 talent in round 1. In a draft year like this one, you cannot be guessing at this stage of the process which ones are the top end talents.

The only elite talent I see on your board is Luck, RG111 and Kalil in tier 1, with Blackmon, Miller and Floyd in group 2. Hopefully a few more decent juniors declare before it is all said and done and there are a few surprises at the Senior Bowl and the Combine.

This type of draft suggests these 6 guys will go off the board ahead of everybody else even with character issues and some injury concerns. DeCastro doesn't belong in this group and prospects like CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama and DE Jared Crick, Nebraska could go a lot higher than in a normal draft year out of sheer lack of overall talent.

Hopefully, a lot of Alabama and LSU juniors declare to increase the tier 1 and tier 2 #'s.

Wrathman
01-07-2012, 03:21 PM
Jerel Worthy and Alameda Taamu over Devon Still, huh?

No need to read the rest if I see ignorance like that on display.

I love reading ivory tower posts pointing out where a difference of opinion in a completely subjective exercise is so egregious that it is an example of ignorance. Hopefully you can correct the list so the NFL can draft correctly this year.

SuperPacker
01-07-2012, 03:40 PM
I only have Rankings at QB, RB and WR atm but they are:

Quarterback

1. Andrew Luck
2. Robert Griffin
3. Ryan Tannehill
4. Brandon Weedan
5. Russell Wilson
6. Nick Foles
7. Kirk Cousins
8. Case Keenum
9. Brent Osweiler
10. Kellen Moore

Runningback

1. Trent Richardson
2. Chris Polk
3. Doug Martin
4. Lamar Miller
5. Jeff Demps
6. Cyrus Gray
7. Isaiah Pead
8. LaMichael James
9. David Wilson
10. Bernard Pierce


Wide Receiver

1. Justin Blackmon
2. Michael Floyd
3. Kendall Wright
4. Alshon Jeffery
5. Brian Quick

Caddy
01-08-2012, 01:38 AM
You forgot a certain cornerback.

onejayhawk
01-08-2012, 02:57 AM
This draft is really weak and elite talent is short, short and more short. If what you have is all that declares, most teams will be drafting round 2 talent in round 1. In a draft year like this one, you cannot be guessing at this stage of the process which ones are the top end talents.

The only elite talent I see on your board is Luck, RG111 and Kalil in tier 1, with Blackmon, Miller and Floyd in group 2. Hopefully a few more decent juniors declare before it is all said and done and there are a few surprises at the Senior Bowl and the Combine.

This type of draft suggests these 6 guys will go off the board ahead of everybody else even with character issues and some injury concerns. DeCastro doesn't belong in this group and prospects like CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama and DE Jared Crick, Nebraska could go a lot higher than in a normal draft year out of sheer lack of overall talent.

Hopefully, a lot of Alabama and LSU juniors declare to increase the tier 1 and tier 2 #'s.

Disagree. This 1st round us weak, and some Juniors can change that to a degree, The draft is very good from 50-150.

I dont care much for the rankings. Dntari Poe for example.

J

Matthew Jones
01-08-2012, 08:01 AM
You forgot a certain cornerback.

The next update will include any players who have declared for the draft since this list was made. Claiborne and Kirkpatrick have yet to officially enter.

Spartan4224
01-08-2012, 12:55 PM
Jerel Worthy and Alameda Taamu over Devon Still, huh?

No need to read the rest if I see ignorance like that on display.

Still is good just not as good as Worthy.

Spartan4224
01-08-2012, 12:57 PM
Im really not a big fan of Nick Foles or Kirk Cousins!

Being a Spartan fan I should agree with you but I think Foles has more upside than Cousins. Cousins will be the ultimate professional and ultimate back up but not much else. Foles could be a starter someday.

holt_bruce81
01-08-2012, 01:27 PM
I would have Russel Wilson a lot higher. Imo he's the 5th or 6th best QB in this draft class.

Oh and did I just miss him or is Kuechly not listed?

GatorsBullsFan
01-09-2012, 11:01 AM
I myself actually see Jefferys as the best WR in this class...but thats just my own opinion

Iamcanadian
01-09-2012, 11:10 AM
Disagree. This 1st round us weak, and some Juniors can change that to a degree, The draft is very good from 50-150.

I dont care much for the rankings. Dntari Poe for example.

J

Normally the 50-150 range can be solid in a weak draft year for elite talent. however, the rush to beat the rookie salary cap caused a record # of juniors to declare last year leaving an extremely weak senior class and that is going to effect the 50-150 group tremendously. Hence this draft is not only weak in elite talent, it isn't a very deep draft either.

Matthew Jones
01-09-2012, 11:47 AM
Normally the 50-150 range can be solid in a weak draft year for elite talent. however, the rush to beat the rookie salary cap caused a record # of juniors to declare last year leaving an extremely weak senior class and that is going to effect the 50-150 group tremendously. Hence this draft is not only weak in elite talent, it isn't a very deep draft either.

Nice insight, "you must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Iamcanadian again."

Shane P. Hallam
01-09-2012, 12:32 PM
Normally the 50-150 range can be solid in a weak draft year for elite talent. however, the rush to beat the rookie salary cap caused a record # of juniors to declare last year leaving an extremely weak senior class and that is going to effect the 50-150 group tremendously. Hence this draft is not only weak in elite talent, it isn't a very deep draft either.

I disagree there, at least for certain positions. Looking at the underclassmen this year with strong positions such as WR, RB, etc, the Top 100 at least, and I'd even go as far as top 150, looks pretty good.

Mitchell
01-10-2012, 10:28 PM
Terrific list, my only problem is Brandon Thompson. This guy is so underwhelming and always leaves you wanting more, his hype is completely unwarranted.

49erNation85
01-10-2012, 11:36 PM
Watch out for Kellen Moore in the senior bowl he should raise some attention for 3/4th round picks.

Matthew Jones
01-10-2012, 11:44 PM
A complete overhaul of the positional rankings will be posted once all of the underclassmen have declared their intentions. Quarterback and running back are the two positions with the most changes coming; inside linebacker could also see a great deal of revisions after more film review is conducted.