1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford, 6’4 235 (#1 QB)
Luck would’ve likely been the top pick in the 2011 draft had he chose to declare. He has all the physical and mental tools you look for at the position; capable of making the players around him better. He should be the top pick in 2012.
2. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State, 6’1 215 (#1 WR)
Blackmon posted 232 catches and 38 touchdowns the past two seasons. He can beat press coverage, will go across the middle, and is a physical run blocker; the complete package.
3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama, 5’11 225 (#1 RB)
A more talented runner than former teammate and first round pick Mark Ingram. Richardson can be a factor between the tackles and outside the numbers; shows power, quickness, and long speed.
4. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor, 6’2 220 (#2 QB)
2011 Heisman Trophy winner shows very good mobility, accuracy, and decision making skills as a passer. Griffin can make plays with his legs but is comfortable working from the pocket. He showed he has the arm strength to make all the NFL throws.
5. Morris Claiborne, CB, Louisiana State, 6’0 185 (#1 CB)
He shows the prototypical height and length for the position. Claiborne improved more from game to game than any other prospect in 2011; A physical man-cover corner with reliability against the run.
6. Matt Kalil, OT, Southern California, 6’6 295 (#1 OT)
Kalil is a fundamentally sound pass protector with good functional strength in run support. He shows no glaring weakness, with ample room to grow physically; a two-year starter at left tackle.
7. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama, 6’2 190 (#2 CB)
Kirkpatrick has good hips and flexibility for a tall corner. He’s extremely physical in man-coverage and shows strong instincts and burst to play zone. A move to safety in sub packages in possible. Recent legal troubles may hurt his stock.
8. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa, 6’6 300 (#2 OT)
He shows the functional strength to control the line of scrimmage at the point of attack. Reiff has made continual strides in his development at Iowa. He has the lateral agility to be a long time left tackle in the NFL.
9. Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College, 6’3 237 (#1 ILB)
A tackling machine, Kuechly posted 516 tackles in three seasons at Boston College. He shows rare instincts for the position with sharp football acumen; a great feel for the game and disciplined in his read & keys.
10. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford, 6’6 305 (#3 OT)
The most athletic of the top tackles, Martin has good footwork and agility to stay at the left tackle spot in the NFL. A three-year starter for Stanford, Martin rarely gave up a sack in pass protection during his time blocking for Andrew Luck.
11. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina, 6’6 275 (#1 DE)
Coples may be the most physically gifted defensive end to come out since Julius Peppers, also a former Tar Heel. He shows very good athleticism, length, and strength from the defensive end position; posting 17.5 sacks the past two years.
12. David Decastro, OG, Stanford, 6’5 305 (#1 OG/OC)
Strong and physically imposing interior lineman who consistently gets a good fit inside to control defensive lineman. Decastro is a clinic on technique, plays very sound with an aggressive temperament.
13. Devon Still, DT, Penn State, 6’5 310 (#1 DT)
He looks the part with great size and length; flashes elite quickness at times to collapse the interior. Still’s steady progression throughout the year set him apart in the defensive tackle group.
14. Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama, 6’2 270 (#1 OLB)
Upshaw is a versatile player who is tough, physical, and competitive; plays with a non-stop motor. He’s an ideal outside linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, but also capable of playing defensive end.
15. Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia, 6’5 315 (#2 OG/OC)
Glenn is a powerful interior lineman who consistently opens running lanes. He rarely loses one-on-one matchups once he extends arms; controlling the point with his excellent strength. He also has experience outside at left tackle.
16. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina, 6’2 272 (#2 DE)
A power end with good athletic ability, Ingram can stack the edge in the running game and drive the pocket inside with his outside rush. At times he’ll move inside and release from a standup position. He could make for a very good 4-3 left end or 3-4 outside linebacker.
17. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama, 5’10 180 (#3 CB)
Jenkins can do it all outside. He has exceptional speed, quick feet, good burst, fluid hips, and also offers value on special teams as a returner. His dismissal from the University of Florida for marijuana possession may affect his stock however.
18. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis, 6’3 350, (#2 DT)
Poe shows exceptional athleticism and movement skills for a man his size. He can control two gaps at the nose tackle, but also has the quickness and bend to be an interior tackle in a 4-3 alignment.
19. Mark Barron, S, Alabama, 6’2 220 (#1 Safety)
A team captain for the Crimson Tide, Barron has a variety of responsibilities in the diverse Alabama defense. He lines up at times in two-deep coverage, as the single-high safety, and inside the box. He’s an aggressive tackler with good instincts and versatility.
20. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State, 6’3 305 (#3 DT)
Worthy shows a good blend of size and power from the 4-3 alignment. He plays aggressively and with good intensity; a vocal leader for the Spartans defense.
21. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina, 6’4 229 (#2 WR)
Jeffery is a big and physical receiver that consistently wins the jump ball and out muscles cornerbacks for positioning. He shows deceptive run after the catch ability and is a reliable blocker.
22. Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin, 6’4 312 (#3 OG/OC)
Wisconsin is known for producing NFL ready offensive lineman, and you can add Kevin Zeitler to that list. He’s smart and quick to react to delayed blitzes and stunts along the front seven; a complete player with very good competitiveness.
23. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame, 6’3 225 (#3 WR)
Floyd’s size and strength make him a difficult match-up downfield. He was highly productive at Notre Dame, posting 95 catches and 1,106 yards this season despite a shaky quarterback situation. He has the tools to develop into a #1 wide receiver.
24. Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska, 6’4 285 (#3 DE)
Crick missed the final eight games of the 2011 season, which may hurt his draft stock. But there’s plenty of film on him the past two years for teams to evaluate. He’s a versatile, technique savvy competitor that shows a professional makeup; can fit any system.
25. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois, 6’3 265 (#4 DE)
Pass rushers are always in high demand in the NFL, and Mercilus showed this past season he can get to the quarterback while posting 16 sacks. He shows good balance and burst off the edge from a two point stance, but also has the athleticism to convert to a standup rusher in the NFL.
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