Mike Mayock’s Top Five by Position 2012 NFL Draft

April 2, 2012 at 10:34 pm Leave a comment

It’s that time of the year again, and I love it.  There’s a ton of prospects out there, more underclassmen than usual, who can help teams immediately.  Below are Mike Mayock’s updated player rankings as of April 11, 2012.  I’ve added some of my own analysis as well.

Mayock has earned credibility throughout the years with his analysis on NFL Network.  I find him to be the most accurate of the mainstream draft gurus.  In this latest version he has separated DEs from OLBs and ILBs.  Check out my commentary on some of the top players in the NFL Draft Part 1; Part 2.

Quarterbacks

1) Andrew Luck
2) Robert Griffin III
3) Ryan Tannehill
4) Brandon Weeden
5) Kirk Cousins

  • After the Senior Bowl, Mayock decided on Weeden and Cousins as 4+5. Like myself, he likes Wilson as well.

Cream of the offensive Crop

Running Backs

1) Trent Richardson
2) Doug Martin
3) David Wilson
4) Lamar Miller
5) LaMichael James

  • Richardson is the clear #1 RB and looked like the complete package last season.
  • Martin the pounder has gone from 4 to 2.  He burst onto the scene in the 2010 season opener and is faster than you think.
  • Wilson and Miller are both speed backs, and I prefer Miller at this point with his egg beater legs.

Wide Receivers

1) Justin Blackmon
2) Michael Floyd
3) Kendall Wright
4) Stephen Hill
5) Alshon Jeffery

  • The Draft again features quite a few instant impact WRs at the top. Blackmon, Floyd, Wright, and Jeffrey are all blue chips, in my opinion.
  • Hill continues to move up boards.
  • Juron Criner is also a prospect to keep an eye on with the depth of this class.
  • Givens is an underclassmen and surprise [which was removed by Mayock and Randall also].

Tight Ends

1) Coby Fleener
2) Dwayne Allen
3) Orson Charles
4) Ladarius Green
5) Josh Hanna

  • Fleener has emerged as the top prospect.
  • Charles has the skills, but needs time to be consistent.
  • Egnew, Peterson have been dropped.
  • Hanna added, ran fast at combine among weak class.

Offensive Tackles

  1. Matt Kalil
  2. Riley Reiff
  3. M. Adams
  4. Jonathan Martin
  5. Cordy Glenn
  • Massive Glenn and Adams are added, James Brown and Sanders dropped. Kalil takes the top spot based on upside.
  • Adams and Martin swap.

Guards

1) David DeCastro
2) Kevin Zeitler
3) Amini Silatolu
4) Kelechi Osemele
5) Brooks

  • Brooks added, Konz moved to Center.

Defensive Tackles

1) Fletcher Cox
2) Jerel Worthy
3) Michael Brockers
4) Dontari Poe
5) – (tie) Devon Still & Kendall Reyes

  • Still has been dropped from 1 to 5 and Cox from 5 to 1.
  • Reyes, who I like, makes his first appearance.
  • Brandon Thompson was dropped.

Defensive Ends

1) Quinton Coples
2) Courtney Upshaw
3) Nick Perry
4) Chandler Jones
5) Vinny Curry

  • Mayock has separated the DEs from the OLBs and ILBs in this version.
  • Nick Perry has had a strong off-season and measures well.

Outside Linebackers

1) Melvin Ingram
2) Shea McClellin
3) Whitney Mercilus
4) Branch
5) Ronnell Lewis

Inside Linebackers

1) Luke Kuechly
2) Dont’a Hightower
3) Mychal Kendricks
4) Keenan Robinson
5) Sean Spence

  • Spence, Spence added while Brown and Burfict dropped.

Cornerbacks

1) Morris Claiborne
2) Stephon Gilmore
3) Dre Kirkpatrick
4) Janoris Jenkins
5) Josh Robinson

  • Former QB Gilmore has been a hot prospect and Mayock gets him in the top 5.
  • A. Dennard dropped after injury.
  • Both Johnsons dropped after combine, and the fastest man was added.

Safeties

1) Mark Barron
2) Harrison Smith
3) George Iloka
4) Markelle Martin
5) Phillip Thomas

  • Thomas added and A. Allen dropped.
  • Iloka could be a TE matchup safety.
  • Smith very solid.

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