The quarterback is the most important position in the NFL and the 2013 NFL draft quarterback class will be special. This draft class may not have as good of a prospect as Andrew Luck, but it could have as many as 6 first round picks.
Saint Louis Rams – The Rams had five picks in the first 3 rounds and picked quality players at each pick. They started in round 1 with Michael Brockers, who will be a great run stuffer for the Rams. Next, they drafted Brain Quick, a big wide receiver out of Appalachain State who will help out Sam Bradford. They drafted two cornerbacks in Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, both have the skills to be a shut down corner in the NFL. Also, they drafted running back Isaih Pead, who should be a good rotational back for the Rams.
Philidelphia Eagles – The Eagels have had an all around good draft. They have addressed their pass rush situation by drafting Fletcher Cox and Vinny Curry. Also, they drafted Mychal Kendricks who is the most athletic linebacker in the draft. He should be an immediate starter this year. Lastly, they drafted quarterback Nick Foles who they will develop at quarterback behind Michael Vick. Also, this pick insures they will have a good back up in case MIchael Vick can’t make it through the entire season.
Indianpoils Colts - The Colts drafted Andrew Luck, the best prospect in this draft, but what they did on day 2 really impresses me. They drafted 2 tight ends in Coby Fleener and Dwayne Allen, which should really help Andrew Luck. Next, they drafted T.Y. Hilton who is a slot wide receiver. When the ball is in his hands, he has the potential to score a touchdown.
Seattle Seahawks - The Seahawks have reached on every single pick so far. They drafted Bruce Irvin who is there first round pick, but should have been picked in the 2nd round. They then drafted Bobby Wagner, who I felt should have been picked in the 3rd or 4th round. Finally they drafted Russel Wilson, the 5’10” quarterback and he probably won’t succeed because of his height.
Oakland Raiders - The Raiders had one pick at the end of the 3rd round and picked a 25 year old offensive guard who probably should have gone in the 5th round. I’m not bashing the pick of Tony Bergstom, but I am bashing them for only having one pick in the first 3 rounds.
New Orleans Saints – The Saints only had one pick in the first 3 rounds and drafted Akiem Hicks. Hicks is a high upside defensive tackle who could become a great defensive tackle in the NFL. The Saints are a loser, because they too only had 1 pick in the first 3 rounds.
Jacksonville Jaguars - The Jaguars drafted a great wide receiver in Justin Blackmon. In the second round, they drafted Andre Branch at defensive end, but I am a huge fan of him. However, there 3rd round pick was a real head scratcher; They drafted Bryan Anger a punter who is the highest punter drafted since 1995. Bryan Anger could have been drafted in the 7th round.
Best player: Of course Andrew Luck and RG3 are rare talents that only come along every decade or so, but outside of those two players, I believe Trent Richardson has the chance to be a truly special player in the NFL. He’s arguably the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson. He runs with power, speed, and agility. He’s also a receiving threat out of the backfield. The team that ends up with Richardson will reap the benefits.
Biggest bust: Obviously depending on where they are selected, I believe Ryan Tannehill and Dontar’i Powe have the highest probabilities of being deemed “busts.” While Tannehill does have the potential to become a productive quarterback at the next level, he needs a few years to ride the pine and develop more as a quarterback. Powe is what we call a “combine warrior.” He performed unbelievably well at the combine, but his production in college was lacking. He could be the next Vince Wilfork, or the next Vernon Gholston.
Sleeper: As an avid Notre Dame fan, I watched most of the Irish’s game this past season, and while Michael Floyd is obviously a first round pick, a player I think could be a very solid contributor at the next level outside the first round is safety Harrison Smith. Smith has ideal size for the safety position and has good instincts. He’s a high character guy and was the captain of the Irish defense for 3 years.
Chiefs pick: If Kansas City doesn’t trade down, I think the pick at 11 will be David DeCastro. DeCastro is possibly the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson, and with the addition of DeCastro, the Chiefs could have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL. With a healthy Jamaal Charles and a determined Peyton Hillis, the Chiefs would be well on their way to leading the league in rushing as they did in their playoff season of 2010.
Bust player: Ryan Tannehill from Texas A&M has by far the most bust potential. First, Tannehill has only started QB for only 19 games. Tannehill ran a pro-style, West Coast offense under Mike Sherman, a former NFL head coach. Tannehill has mobility, he was athletic enough to play wide receiver during his first two seasons at Texas A&M. However, Tannehill’s lack of experience as a starting quarterback could make it difficult for him to have instant impact. Teams are going to jump on the bandwagon of Tannehill because of the need for a franchise quarterback. He is not the answer!
Sleeper: Janoris Jenkins is the best at man coverage of all cornerbacks in this draft class. While he may not be the best corner, he will surprise people if he can stay on the field. After being labeled as a pothead at the University of Florida, Jenkins has had to battle to gain a good reputation. While he has yet to gain a good reputation, he is an elite corner. If drafted by the right team, Jenkins can have the same effect Joe Haden had with the Cleveland Browns.
Chiefs Pick: Luke Kuechly, Line backer from Boston College. Kuechly is the best linebacker in this draft class. He has extremely great instincts that help stuffing the run. At Boston College, he managed to record over 200 tackles his senior season. With one of the Chief’s needs being inside linebacker, Kuechly can step in and contribute immediately. He would an outstanding fit in the Chiefs system because of his great flow to the ball.
Bust Player: Dontari Poe has the biggest but potential of and player in the 2012 NFL draft. Dontari has bust potential because he didn’t dominate in a weak C-USA conference. Also, Dontari before the combine was considered a fringe first round pick and after the combine he was considered a top ten pick. Dontari dominated the combine measuring at 350 and running his 40 yard dash in the 4.9’s and showed amazing athleticism for a man his size. Another concerning part of Dontari’s game is his hot and cold motor he shows on the field. Dontari will often flash brilliance one play and then for the next ten plays he will disappear. However, Dontari has the highest upside of any player in the draft, but with high reward also comes high risk.
Sleeper Pick: My sleeper of this draft is Beau Reliford a tight end from Florida State. Beau is a former basketball player who actually came to Florida State on a duel sport scholarship. Beau is a big measuring in 6’5’’ 256 pounds and is incredibly athletic. Beau shows a good burst off the line of scrimmage and is a good pass catcher. The only problem with Beau is he isn’t a very good blocker. However, Beau shows great potential as a blocker with a big frame and is strong, but sometimes he plays soft and gets dominated at the point of attack. If Beau is able to become a good in-line blocker he could become one of the better tight ends in the NFL which isn’t bad for a 5th or 6th round draft pick.
Chiefs Pick: In my eyes the Chiefs should play it safe and draft David DeCastro. David is the best guard prospect in the last 10 years. David projects as a starting NFL guard who will be a pro bowler for many years to come. If the Chiefs draft DeCastro, the interior of their line will be set for the next 10 years. Also, David fills a position of need and should immediately start in front of Ryan Lilja. He will help to Chiefs to regain their potent running attack from 2010.
NFL Big Board 2012
- Andrew Luck. QB Stanford.
- Robert Griffen III QB.Baylor.
- Matt Kalil OT USC
- Trent Richardson RB Alabama
- Morris Claiborne CB LSU
- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
- Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State
- Luke Kuechly LB Boston College
- Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina
- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
- Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
- Mark Barron S Alabama
- Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
- David DeCastro OG Stanford
- Riley Reiff OT Iowa
- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
- Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama
- Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
- Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
- Kendall Wright WR Baylor
- Cordy Glenn OT/G Georgia
- Michael Brockers DT LSU
- Dontari Poe DT Memphis
- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
- Jenoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
- Shea Mcclellin DE/OLB Boise State
- Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama
- Harrison Smith S Notre Dame
- Doug Martin RB Boise State
- Jonathon Martin OT Stanford
- Coby Fleener TE Stanford
- Mike Adams OT Ohio State
1. Mychal Kendricks – Inside Linebacker – University of California. Mychal Kendricks is an interesting prospect at ILB. Many people write him off as an ILB because of his height, he is listed at 5-11, which is small for an inside linebacker. However, he has a big base and weighs an astounding 240 pounds and shows great balance. Furthermore, his greatest asset is his quickness. On tape, Mychal shows impressive range against the run. If the Chief’s were to draft Mychal the front seven would immediately be more athletic and he shows the potential to be a three down linebacker. Kendricks is a very physical linebacker that adds tenacity to a defense that needs to get more “nasty”. Furthermore, Kendricks can lay the lumber on opposing ball carriers as he did in his career at Cal.
2. Kevin Zeitler – Offensive Guard – University of Wisconsin. Kevin Zeitler is the third best offensive guard in the 2012 NFL draft. What puts Kevin in the second round is that he could start at guard during his rookie year. Kevin has to be considered by the Chiefs since they have recommitted themselves to running the ball in 2012. Kevin projects as an above average offensive guard who could step up and contribute immediately.
3. Alameda Ta’amu – Nose Tackle – University of Washington. Alameda Ta’amu fits the mold of a perfect 3-4 nose tackle. He is 6’2″ and 348 pound and shows the ability to dominate one on one blocking situations. Alameda constantly demanded double teams at Washington and significantly improved his dominance at the point of attack between his junior and senior season. If the Chiefs draft Alameda Ta’amu, they are saying that the progression of last years six round pick Jerrel Powe is not where they want.
4. Brock Osweiler – Quarterback – Arizona State. Brock is a wild card pick for the Chiefs. The Chiefs are in desperate need for a quarterback with the upside to be a franchise quarterback. Brock provides the upside to be a franchise quarterback do to his arm strength. Brock, standing around 6-7 surprisingly shows great mobility for a player that big. Also, Brock shows the ability to make all the NFL throws, but must improve his throwing mechanics. A major question that scouts have had on Osweiler is his accuracy, much of his problem comes from him mechanics. Brock is your classic boom or bust quarterback prospect, but if handled right and given time to learn from the bench, he has a chance to be a great NFL quarterback.
5. Trumaine Johnson – Cornerback – University of Montanta. Trumaine has been linked to chiefs recently and is supposedly visiting the Chief’s this week. Trumaine Johnson has all the tools to be a potential shut down corner in the NFL. He has the size at 6-2 and shows fluidity that is rare among cornerbacks with his size. However, right now Johnson is nothing more then athlete playing football. If the Chief’s were to draft him he would probably not contribute for a couple of years. Trumaine is another classic example of a boom or bust prospect. The cornerback position has good depth which would give Johnson the time on the bench that he needs to develop.
Also, do not be surprised if the Scott Pioli and the Chiefs trade down or up to get a player that fits the teams system.
Many times after I have heard about any Chiefs front office moves, the end result is always me quoting the great Vince Lombardi, “WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON OUT THERE!” To actually hear legitimate reports that the Chiefs may draft (waste) their first round pick on former receiver turned quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, makes me won’t to disregard myself as a Chiefs fan. With some of the many issues under the watch of Pioli in Kansas City, I often wonder how int the world were the Patriots so successful. The talk of the Chiefs drafting Tannehill have heated up as the NFL Draft nears closer and closer, which could means two things:
2012 NFL Mock Draft
2. Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III. The next best quarterback in the draft and Heisman winner.
3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil. They get the best left tackle to come out in the last couple of years.
4. Cleveland Browns – Ryan Tannehill. They reach for a potential franchise quarterback.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne. Tampa bay gets the best cover corner in the draft.
6. Saint Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon. The Rams add another young wide receiver for their quarterback of the future, Sam Bradford.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Quinton Coples. The Jaguars add another young defensive end to their young defense.
8. Miami Dolphins – Michael Floyd. Miami replaces Brandon Marshall with a potential all-pro wide receiver.
9. Carolina Panthers – Dontari Poe. The Panthers draft an ultra athletic defensive tackle in hope he becomes the next Haloti Ngata.
10. Buffalo Bills – Riley Reiff. The Bills finally fill their need at left tackle.
11. Kansas City Chiefs – David DeCastro. The Chiefs draft the best guard since Steve Hutchinson.
12. Seattle Seahawks - Luke Kuechly. The Seahawks draft the best linebacker in this year’s draft.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Mike Adams. Arizona picks up a boom or bust prospect at offensive tackle hoping he turns into a franchise left tackle.
14. Dallas Cowboys – Mark Barron. The cowboys add another young player to there secondary and hope he can start at safety as a rookie.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Michael Brockers. The eagles add the best run-stuffing defensive tackle in the draft.
16. New York Jets - Melvin Ingram. The jets added a much needed pass rusher for their defense.
17. Cincinnati Bengals - Trent Richardson. This is the best pick of the day the Bengals pick up the 4th most talented player at 17 and fills a need a running back.
18. San Diego Chargers – Courtney Upshaw. The Chargers add a great outside lineman who will be a good starter for the next 10 years.
19. Chicago Bears – Jonathon Martin. The bears add another offensive lineman who could be a potential left tackle.
20. Tennessee Titans – Cordy Glenn. The Titans want to run the ball better so they pick a lineman who can play guard or tackle and his attribute is run blocking.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Dre Kirkpatrick. The Bengals add another corner back who could move to safety in the future.
22. Cleveland Browns – Fletcher Cox. The Browns a great 3 gap defensive tackle to play next to Phil Taylor.
23. Detroit Lions – Jenoris Jenkins. The lions add possibly the best cover corner in entire draft, but he comes with a lot of off the field issues.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Donta Hightower. The Steelers add an inside linebacker to replace James Farrior.
25. Denver Broncos - Kendall Wright. The Broncos add a slot receiver who will be dangerous when catching passes form Peyton Manning.
26. Houston Texans – Stephen Hill. The Texans draft a boom or bust type prospect at wide receiver who could be a great complement to Andre Johnson in a couple of years.
27. New England Patriots - Chandler Jones. The Patriots add a lesser known defensive end, but he could be a star for the Patriots.
28. Green Bay Packers – Whitney Mercilus. The Packers add an outside linebacker to try to help take pressure off Clay Mathews.
29. Baltimore Ravens - Peter Konz. The Ravens add the best center in the entire draft and with Matt Birk close to ending his career the pick couldn’t make more since.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Andre branch. The 49ers add another outside linebacker to their already great defense.
31. New England Patriots - Stephon Gilmore. The Patriots add a cornerback to their struggling secondary.
32. New York Giants - Lamar Miller. The Giants replace bruising Brandon Jacobs with the ultra-quick Lamar Miller.
The words pro-style and dual-threat have been used to describe quarterbacks at all levels of football for decades. Ever since Brad Robinson threw the first legal pass in 1906, quarterbacks have only been catergorized within those two terms. Same as any other years, NFL teams are searching for that 6’4″ gunslinger to take their team to the next level. This year, the Colts are that team and are hoping to get their third Hall of Fame quarterback in the draft in franchise histoy. Andrew Luck fits the bill of the prototypical pro-style QB in any draft regardless of year, maybe even better. Standing in at 6’4″ and tipping in at 240lbs on the scale, Luck has been this years number one draft pick since he decided against leaving early last year. Coming from a Stanford program that runs a NFL style West Coast offense, scouts almost guarantee Lucks game is NFL ready. His career totals includes, completing 67% of his passes for 9430 yards and 82 touchdown passes. Luck also tacked on 957 rushing yards and 7 tds. To add onto his statistics, he won the Davey O’Brien award for the nations best QB, as well as the runner up in the Heisman race twice in his three year college career. Scouts have labeled him the next great NFL quarterback, but RGIII has put up equal or in some categories BETTER numbers than Luck.
Why has Griffin not been talked about when it comes to who should be the first pick? Though sports was the first institution to integrate in America, the perception of black QB’s has not changed since Doug Williams won a super bowl with the Redskins in the 80′s. Not many black quarerbacks are labeled as pro-style, but rather called dual-threat. In football scout vernacular, this means the player is a great athlete and fast but lacks adequate accuracy and ability to run a pro style offense. That is in inaccurate when comparing RGIII’s numbers to Lucks. Griffin had a better completion percentage (67.1%), more passing yards (10,366), and a higher passer rating (162.8).
Is RGIII not being discussed as a “face of the franchise” quarterback because of his skin color? Does his hair style not appeal to corporate America? If numbers alone decided who is a better quarterback, then Griffin wins in almost every catergory. Yes he can run, but numbers dont lie… HE CAN PASS, HE CAN READ A BLITZ, he does not need an assistant coach holding up a board of funny pictures and faces of tv personalities to play quarterback. Instead of making his ability to run a negative, its just another thing Griffin does better then Luck.