Archive for January, 2012

As is the case almost every April, the quarterback position will be driven by underclassmen at the top of the position board.  Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin aside, there’s a group of prospects that could develop into starters at the next level.

Quarterback Rankings

Round Full Name School Year
1stAndrew LuckStanford4Jr
1stRobert GriffinBaylor4Jr
1-2Ryan TannehillTexas A&M5Sr
2ndBrandon Weeden (m)Oklahoma State5Sr
3rdBrock OsweilerArizona State3Jr
3rdKirk CousinsMichigan State5Sr
4thNick FolesArizona5Sr
4-5Russell WilsonWisconsin5Sr
5thRyan LindleySan Diego State5Sr
5thChandler HarnishNorthern Illinois5Sr
5-6Bryon ColemanTenn-Chattanooga5Sr
6thKellen MooreBoise State5Sr
6thCase KeenumHouston6Sr
7thJ.J. McDermottSMU5Sr
FAJordan JeffersonLSU4Sr
FAAustin DavisSouthern Mississippi5Sr
FACody EndresSlippery Rock5Sr
FAChester StewartTemple5Sr
FADane SimoneauWashburn5Sr
FAAaron CorpRichmond5Sr
FAJacory HarrisMiami-Fl4Sr
FADavid LeGreeHampton5Sr
FADarron ThomasOregon4Jr
FAChris RelfMississippi State5Sr
FADominique DavisEast Carolina5Sr
FAGJ KinneTulsa5Sr
FAJohn BrantleyFlorida5Sr
FABo Levi MitchellEastern Washington4Sr
FAPatrick WittYale5Sr
FATyler HansenColorado5Sr
FAMike BrownLiberty5Sr
FAZach CollarosCincinnati5Sr
FANathan DickCentral Arkansas5Sr
FADan PersaNorthwestern4Sr
FAMike PaulusWilliam & Mary5Sr
FABrian ReaderIdaho5Sr
FAStephen Garciax-South Carolina5Sr

The 2012 draft will include one tremendous running back talent at the top of round one but the talent thins out after that.  We see few true feature backs available and the position is highlighted by situational runners or third down specialists.

Running Back  Rankings

Rnd Full Name School Yr
1stTrent RichardsonAlabama3Jr
2ndLamar MillerMiami-Fl3So
2ndDoug MartinBoise State5Sr
2ndDavid WilsonVirginia Tech3Jr
2-3Isaiah PeadCincinnati4Sr
2-3Vick BallardMississippi State4Sr
3rdCyrus GrayTexas A&M4Sr
3rdLaMichael JamesOregon4Jr
3rdBernard PierceTemple3Jr
3-4Chris RaineyFlorida5Sr
3-4Robert TurbinUtah State5Jr
3-4Chris PolkWashington4Jr
4thRonnie HillmanSan Diego State3So
5thDaniel HerronOhio State5Sr
5thDavin MeggettMaryland4Sr
5thTauren PooleTennessee4Sr
5thAlfred MorrisFlorida Atlantic5Sr
5-6Marc TylerUSC5Sr
5-6Edwin BakerMichigan State3Jr
6thRyan HoustonNorth Carolina5Sr
6-7Terrance GanawayBaylor5Sr
7thBrandon BoldenMississippi4Sr
7thBobby RaineyWestern Kentucky5Sr
7-FALennon CreerLouisiana Tech5Sr
FAAdonis ThomasToledo5Sr
FAJonas GrayNotre Dame4Sr
FAJewel HamptonSouthern Illinois4Jr
FAJason FordIllinois4Sr
FAAlvester AlexanderWyoming3Jr
FATavoy MooreIdaho State4Sr
FAKeola AntolinArizona4Sr
FAAntwon BaileySyracuse5Sr
FAJermaine ThomasFlorida State4Sr
FAFoswhitt WhittakerTexas5Sr
FARonnie WeaverUCF5Sr
FAMichael HarrisMurray State4Sr
FADaryl RichardsonAbilene Christian4Sr
FAJonathan GrimesWilliam & Mary4Sr
FAKenny TurnerNew Mexico State4Jr
FATy JonesFlorida State4Sr
FADarryl WhitingFordham5Sr
FARodney StewartColorado5Sr
FADarrell ScottSouth Florida4Jr
FAJeff DempsFlorida4Sr
FAMike BallNevada4Jr
FARoddy JonesGeorgia Tech5Sr
FALance DunbarNorth Texas4Sr
FAAshton LeggettIllinois State5Sr
FADJ McNorton JrNorth Dakota State5Sr
FAEdwin GowinsCal-Pa4Sr
FATravaris CadetAppalachian State5Sr
FAJonathan HernandezMassachusetts5Sr
FAPatrick ShedUAB4Sr
FAChris DouglasMissouri State5Sr
FAJoe BanyardUTEP5Sr
FAEnrique DavisMississippi4Sr
FAZach BrownPittsburgh5Sr
FABrian FowlerCentral Connecticut State5Sr
FADuane BennettMinnesota5Sr
FAVictor AndersonLouisville4Sr

Fullback Rankings

Rnd Full Name SchoolYr
5-6Broderick GreenArkansas5Sr
7thChad DiehlClemson5Sr
FAJoe MartinekRutgers5Sr
FABrady EwingWisconsin4Sr
FACody JohnsonTexas5Sr
FADerrick ColemanUCLA4Sr
FADan PaulBoise State4Sr
FAJermaine RobertsonArkansas State5Sr
FAAdam HarrisSyracuse4Sr

The general managers, scouts and coaches have left and the campers have moved in to the parking lot of Ladd Peebles Stadium.  Tomorrow they kick off the game and decide the winner.  But who were the winners and losers from practice?  And what else was being talked about  around Mobile?  Here’s a final word from Senior Bowl practices.

Vinny Curry left a positive impression on scouts and coaches during Senior Bowl week and improved his draft stock.  His athleticism, quickness and natural pass rush skills are all very appealing.  Curry has been criticized by some after a low pre-season Wondelic test score yet in talking with him you’d never know it.

I spoke with Curry at length after Wednesday’s practice and found him to be very bright, articulate and really a nice person.  He easily recalled articles and comments which were written about him six months ago in detail.  I asked Curry if he was ready to play linebacker at the next level.   He told me he has been training for the position and was slightly disappointed he did not get to work at linebacker during the Senior Bowl to show scouts what he’s capable of.  In speaking with Curry I got the idea he’s an easy guy to root for.  There’s no doubt in my mind he will quickly make the transition to 3-4 outside linebacker if necessary.

One player that’s not impressed scouts this week is defensive lineman Billy Winn.  At one time considered a potential first round pick, Winn looked awful in weigh-ins on Monday then could not get off a block all week.  You can see the underlying athleticism and quickness in his game but its just a matter of applying them on a consistent basis.  Someone we spoke with close to the situation affirmed Winn is not much of a worker and all too often relied on his natural skills to make plays in college. I was told he’s training back at Boise State for the combine.

Nebraska cornerback Alfonzo Dennard is another who leaves Senior Bowl practices with falling stock.  Though a personal favorite of mine, Dennard struggled to stop anyone in practice and was constantly beat.  He seemed stiff and slow to react.  Its been thrown around that a move inside to safety must now be considered for Dennard.

Zebrie Sanders also is watching his draft stock take a tumble after a poor week.  Sanders just had trouble staying on his feet and opponents had him twisting in the wind all week.

Before the practices even started the conversation turned to Arizona State junior linebacker Vontaz Burfict.  Separate sources, including one close to the program, told me Burfict’s decision to turn pro was likely centered around the fact he was looking at potential eligibility problems in 2012.  Everyone I spoke with said Burfict’s struggles in 2011 are directly related to the fact teammate Brandon Magee never took the field during the season after tearing his Achilles in August.  I was told Magee, a leader on the ASU defense, was the one who made sure Burfict was properly positioned on the field and made him aware of assignments.   This further confirms my report from the Shrine Game last week where different sources told me, “It’s a matter of Burfict not diagnosing plays correctly if put to the test, amongst other things.”

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