Gil Brandt's Hot 100 2012 Draft prospects
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
With a 71.3 completion percentage, 10,043 total yards and 80 touchdown passes, this kid is the complete package.
2. Matt Kalil, OT, USC
A first-team All-Pac 12 selection, Matt is the younger brother of Panthers Pro Bowl lineman Ryan Kalil. He plays like him, too.
3. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
His timed speed could drop him some, but it's hard to ignore 121 catches and 18 touchdowns last season.
4. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
He's the dual threat as a passer (72.4 completion percentage, 32 touchdowns in 2011) and runner (699 yards, 10 TDs) every coach dreams of.
5. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
A first-team All-ACC selection in 2010 and 2011, he's an all-out every-down player.
6. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
He wasn't as good in 2011 as he was in 2010, and he's gained some weight since then. Still, he's a playmaker.
7. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
He's a good weak-side linebacker who was named first-team All-ACC last season. Nobody is likely to draft him in the top 10, though.
8. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
He's very smart, an excellent athlete and has the ability to take off if necessary.
9. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
A first team All-SEC selection last season, he had six interceptions. He's not very big at 5-foot-11 and 177 pounds, but he can return kicks.
10. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Reiff is a very good athlete who was a three-time South Dakota state wrestling champion.
11. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
Just how good is Upshaw? He's better than former Crimson Tide linebacker Rolando McClain, who was a first-round pick in 2010.
12. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
A two-year first team All-Pac 12 selection who made 36 career starts, Martin is a very good run blocker.
13. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Floyd's had some off-field problems, but he is a very good athlete who made 100 catches with nine touchdowns in 2011.
14. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
He finished with 191 tackles, 12 of them for loss, and had three interceptions last season. The only thing that could hurt him is a lack of speed.
15. David DeCastro, G, Stanford
He made 38 straight starts at right guard. This kid reminds me of Vikings All-Pro guard Chad Hutchinson.
16. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Richardson averaged an eye-popping 5.9 yards per carry last year and scored 21 touchdowns. He will be drafted higher than this.
17. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Ingram will be rewarded handsomely for staying in school for his senior year. He's good, athletic and plays hard every down.
18. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Off-field trouble forced him to transfer from Florida, but this kid can cover very well.
19. Devon Still, DT, Penn State
A high-motor guy who was first-team All-Big Ten after finishing with 4.5 sacks and an impressive 17 tackles for loss.
20. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
A first-team All-Big Ten selection who definitely has talent but needs to play hard all the time.
21. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
He's tall for a corner, and people like that. He most likely will fall some after the combine and his pro day, which could result in a move to safety.
22. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
This is a very talented player, but he has problems taking coaching, so teams need to make sure he's right for them.
23. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
A three-year player who has a lot of upside and a strong front.
24. Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State
He's a strong and powerful player who is more suited to play guard in the NFL.
25. Nick Perry, DE, USC
A first-team All-Pac 12 selection, Perry had 9.5 sacks last year. He's best to fit in as a linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
26. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
27. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
28. Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
29. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
30. Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
31. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
32. Mark Barron, S, Alabama
33. Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
34. Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
35 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.)
36. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
37. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
38. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
39. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
40. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
41. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
42. Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
43. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
44. Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
45. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
46. Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
47. Chris Polk, RB, Washington
48. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
49. Billy Winn, DT, Boise State
50. Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
51. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
52. Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
53. Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
54. Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
55. Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
56. Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas
57. Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia
58. Robert Lester, S, Alabama
59. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
60. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
61. Ben Jones, C, Georgia
62. Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State
63. Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
64. Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
65. Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
66. Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama
67. A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
68. Joe Adams, WR/KR, Arkansas
69. Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
70. Jayron Hosely, CB, Virginia Tech
71. Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma
72. Luke Nix, G, Pittsburgh
73. Brandon Washington, G, Miami (Fla.)
74. Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
75. Rokevious Watkins, G, South Carlina
76. Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State
77. Coryelle Judie, CB, Texas A&M
78. Senio Kelemete, OT, Washington
79. Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
80. Sean Spence, LB, Miami (Fla.)
81. Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
82. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
83. Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
84. Kheeston Randall, DT, Texas
85. T.Y. Hilton, WR/KR, Florida International
86. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
87. Terrance Ganaway, RB, Baylor
88. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
89. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
90. Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
91. Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
92. DeQuan Menzie, CB, Alabama
93. Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
94. Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
95. James-Michael Johnson, LB, Nevada
96. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
97. Ryan Steed, CB, Furman
98. Eric Page, WR/KR, Toledo
99. Donnie Fletcher, CB, Boston College
100. Josh LeRibeus, G, Southern Methodist
Updated -- Gil Brandt's Hot 100 2012 Draft prospects
With the 2012 NFL Scouting Combine in the books, I can unveil my latest edition of the Hot 100. While a number of players saw their draft stock rise or fall due to their performance in Indianapolis, there wasn't drastic change near the top of the list from my pre-combine installment. Of course, there will be more movement in the coming weeks as colleges have their pro days.
So here are my updated rankings of the top 100 prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft (previous rank in parentheses):
1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (1)
Believe it or not, Luck actually surprised scouts at the combine by running faster and jumping higher than most expected. He went a long way toward fully cementing his status as the top pick in the draft.
2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (3)
No one was surprised when Griffin posted a blazing 4.41 40 in Indianapolis, but scouts were struck by his self confidence and poise. He has the ability to be a very special player in this league.
3. Matt Kalil, OT, USC (2)
It's hard to imagine a player who weighs 306 pounds looking thin, but Kalil is built like a 260-pound tight end. He has an impressive frame and could still add weight.
4. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina (4)
Coples is an extremely athletic player, but it's his strength that opened some eyes after his performance on the bench press (25 reps).
5. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (5)
Claiborne has long arms and has a very smooth all-around game. He didn't run as fast as scouts expected, but he still has the ability to turn and run with NFL receivers.
6. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (6)
Recent surgery prevented Richardson from working out, but his skill set still makes him highly coveted. He's a compact back with good hands and solid pass-protection ability.
7. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M (7)
After spending his high school career averaging just 10 pass attempts per game and only starting one full season at Texas A&M, Tannehill's learning curve might be steeper than most other QBs in the draft. Don't be fooled, though -- he has plenty of ability.
8. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa (8)
At 313 pounds, Reiff is a mobile lineman with good speed and athleticism. He's also a pretty tough guy, which could stem in part from an outstanding career as a high school wrestler.
9. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama (17)
Kirkpatrick's arms might not be as long as some other CBs in the draft at 30 5/8 inches, but he has very good coverage skills and his height (6-foot-2) makes him hard to throw over.
10. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina (11)
Ingram significantly improved his stock by staying in school another year. He also helped himself with his quickness and athleticism. In linebacker drills, his break on the ball was almost like that of a wide receiver.
11. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (12)
Kuechly's outstanding recognition -- something that can't be taught -- helped him make a ton of tackles in college. He has good upper-body strength, posting 27 reps in the bench press.
12. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (13)
A tweaked hamstring stopped Blackmon from running at the combine, but he still displayed great hands and the strength to get inside on slant routes. If he runs well at his pro day, his stock should go up.
13. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis (51)
Everyone marveled at the 346-pounder's time in the 40 (4.98), and he has the ability to be an All-Pro for years in the NFL. But first he needs to silence the critics who say he doesn't go hard on every play.
14. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford (14)
DeCastro looks like a prototypical interior lineman. With good strength and an ability to pull from the guard spot, he has reminded some of stalwart Vikings and Seahwaks guard Steve Hutchinson.
15. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama (15)
Off-field issues aside, Jenkins might be the smoothest of the top DB prospects. He has good speed and long arms for a player of his size (5-10).
16. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame (19)
Floyd exceeded expectations with a 4.47 in the 40. He also showed better-than-expected hands in the WR drills.
17. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama (9)
Upshaw left Indianapolis as an enigma. Will he fit better as an outside linebacker or defensive end? Either way, he'll need to run well at his pro day if he wants to move up draft boards.
18. Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina (23)
Brown is a tremendous athlete who posted an amazing 40 time (4.50) for a 244-pound specimen. His ability to make plays in space should make him a hot commodity in the draft.
19. Devon Still, DT, Penn State (20)
While Still didn't run as fast as some might have liked (5.08 40), his strength and his long arms could make him a good interior lineman.
20. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford (18)
Martin is a technically sound offensive lineman. But he's also looked at as a finesse player and some scouts would like to see him be more aggressive at the next level.
21. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU (10)
Brockers has very good upper-body strength and although he ran a relatively slow 40 (5.36), he fits the mold of a prototypical DL and could be a solid pass rusher.
22. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU (20)
Randle has sleeper potential in the draft. He was a big-play guy in college, reads the ball well and displayed tremendous hands in Indy.
23. Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia (29)
Glenn is in better shape than he appeared at the combine. He's light on feet, has good movement and could earn a chance to play left tackle in the NFL.
24. Nick Perry, DE, USC (25)
Perry projects as a solid NFL pass rusher who is more suited to play with his hand on the ground. He is quick with a good first step and above-average strength.
25. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State (30)
Cox is a very good athlete who brings a good effort on every play. He doesn't project as an every down player, but can be a steady pass rusher.
26. Mark Barron, S, Alabama (28)
27. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor (24)
28. Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State (26)
29. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois (42)
30. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State (21)
31. Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State (22)
32. Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech (44)
33. Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut (68)
34. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech (41)
35. Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson (32)
36. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.) (36)
37. Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama (38)
38. Andre Branch, DE, Clemson (31)
39. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia (33)
40. Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson (27)
41. Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall (41)
42. Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech (88)
43. Orson Charles, TE, Georgia (37)
44. Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma (52)
45. Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest (45)
46. Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford (46)
47. Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin (48)
48. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State (50)
49. Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia (49)
50. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska (35)
51. Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia (61)
52. Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin (55)
53. Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State (57)
54. Billy Winn, DL, Boise State (54)
55. Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers (40)
56. Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State (56)
57. Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska (47)
58. Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska (71)
59. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (67)
60. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State (39)
61. Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama (58)
62. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon (62)
63. Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State (NR)
64. George Iloka, S, Boise State (65)
65. A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois (87)
66. Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt (64)
67. Ronnell Lewis, DE, Oklahoma (59)
68. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State (63)
69. Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State (93)
70. Brandon Washington, OG, Miami (Fla.) (92)
71. Juron Criner, WR, Arizona (96)
72. Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State (69)
73. Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse (66)
74. Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M (NR)
75. Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina (16)
76. Mike Martin, DT, Michigan (76)
77. Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana (60)
78. Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame (34)
79. Sean Spence, LB, Miami (Fla.) (81)
80. Joe Adams, WR/KR, Arkansas (75)
81. Ben Jones, C, Georgia (78)
82. Chris Polk, RB, Washington (70)
83. Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State (83)
84. Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida (NR)
85. James Brown, OG, Troy (85)
86. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State (NR)
87. Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State (73)
88. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington (74)
89. Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple (NR)
90. Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi (NR)
91. Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State (91)
92. Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State (82)
93. Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas (84)
94. Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona (NR)
95. Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette (NR)
96. Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma (NR)
97. Josh LeRibeus, OG, Southern Methodist (100)
98. Brandon Mosley, OT, Auburn (NR)
99. Trent Robinson, S, Michigan State (NR)
100. Bryan Anger, P, California (NR)
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