EARLY SEASON TOP 32 COLLEGE PLAYERS

It’s week No. 2 of the college football season coming up and before we let too much more time passed, we needed to post our early list of top players who should be available in the 2012 NFL Draft.

This is a compilation of thoughts and ratings from several NFL personnel sources that were surveyed over the last month. There is little doubt that Stanford QB Oliver Luck will be the top player in the ’12 draft class. Right now, Luck is considered a “can’t miss” prospect. One NFL team we talked with has given him a preliminary grade that’s the highest in team history.

There are another three quarterbacks that could go in the first round. Otherwise, the top 32 is pretty well spread between offense and defense.

Here’s our list. RS stands for redshirt. Players eligible to be drafted next spring are redshirt-sophomores and any juniors and seniors; any player three years removed from high school.

# Player Pos College

HT

WT

Class

1. Andrew Luck QB Stanford

6-4

235

RS-JR

2. Justin Blackmon WR Ok. State

6-1

212

RS-JR

3. Quinton Coples DE North Carolina

6-6

278

SR

4. Landry Jones QB Oklahoma

6-4

230

RS-JR

5. Dre Kirkpatrick CB Auburn

6-3

192

JR

6. Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina

6-4

233

JR

7. Matt Kalil OT Southern Cal

6-6

295

RS-JR

8. Trent Richardson RB Alabama

5-11

224

JR

9. Jonathan Martin OT Stanford

6-6

304

RS-JR

10. Matt Barkley QB Southern Cal

6-2

220

JR

# Player Pos College

HT

WT

Class

11. Donte Paige-Moss DE North Carolina

6-4

258

JR

12. Jared Crick DE Nebraska

6-4

285

RS-SR

13. Zach Brown OLB North Carolina

6-2

230

SR

14. Morris Claiborne CB LSU

6-0

178

JR

15. Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

5-10

205

SR

16. Riley Reiff OT Iowa

6-6

300

RS-JR

17. Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

6-3

227

SR

18. Don’t'a Hightower ILB Alabama

6-4

258

RS-JR

19. Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

6-4

220

RS-SR.

20. Brandon Jenkins OLB Florida State

6-3

254

JR

# Player Pos College

HT

WT

Class

21. Ray Ray Armstrong SS Miami

6-4

216

JR

22. Brandon Thompson DT Clemson

6-2

310

SR

23. Cordy Glenn G Georgia

6-5

338

SR

24. Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M

6-3

215

SR

25. Courtney Upshaw ILB Alabama

6-2

268

SR

26. David DeCastro G Stanford

6-5

312

RS-JR

27. Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina

6-1

194

JR

28 Manti Te’o ILB Notre Dame

6-2

255

JR

29. Vontaze Burfrict ILB Arizona State

6-3

252

JR

30. Billy Winn DE Boise State

6-3

295

SR

31. Chase Minnifield CB Virginia

6-0

188

    RS-SR
32 Levy Adcock OT Oklahoma St.

6-5

322

SR


4 Responses to “EARLY SEASON TOP 32 COLLEGE PLAYERS”

  • September 9, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    If that was the 2012 bigboard I’d expect the Chiefs to go OT or QB – not a fan of grabbing an ILB in the first.


  • September 9, 2011  - Marc says:

    Bob don’t forget about any one of the receivers at Arkansas. Last year they were the only team to have 4 receivers with 500+ yards. Joe Adams just had a good receiving game and returned two punts for touchdowns.


  • September 9, 2011  - Blake says:

    So are there any good NT’s?


  • September 9, 2011  - brent says:

    Dre Kirkpatrick attends Alabama, not Auburn. The Tide fans would be irate saying he was from Auburn (or Barners as they call them).




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