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NFL Mock Draft 2012 - Colts Select QB Andrew Luck With Top Overall Pick

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NFL Mock Draft - The Colts are ‘On the Clock’!

The Colts hold the first overall choice of the NFL Draft 2012 this April after a terrible season that saw them win only two games all year. Their poor performance may cost longtime GM Bill Polian his job after successful tenure that earned the Colts a Super Bowl title in 2007. Head coach Jim Caldwell currently holds his job as NFL teams begin to make big changes with the regular season now completed. The top overall selection should be QB Andrew Luck regardless if the Colts retain the pick or trades the selection, most likely within the top ten overall choices. Underclassmen have until January 16th to declare for the NFL Draft 2012 with another three days to rescind their decision and return for another year at the collagiate level. DraftInsiders.com/s January Newsletter will have an extensive section of the underclassmen class which has become a major impact group of prospects for the NFL Draft.

Photo - QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

* Playoff team / y - coin flip to determine order / Playoffs - Super Bowl determines final positions.

Team - W-L - Opp W-L %.

1 Indianapolis - 2-14 .539 - * Andrew Luck - QB – Stanford
2 St. Louis - 2-14 .590 - Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
3 Minnesota - 3-13 .559 - * Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
4 Cleveland - 4-12 .531 - * Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
5 Tampa Bay - 4-12 .551 - Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
6 Washington - 5-11 .477 - * Robert Griffin - QB - Baylor
7 Jacksonville - 5-11 .500 - * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St
y 8/9 Miami - 6-10 .504 - Mark Barron - S - Alabama
y 8/9 Carolina - 6-10 .504 - * Matt Kalil - OT - Southern Cal
10 Buffalo - 6-10 .520 - Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
y 11/12 Kansas City - 7-9 .512 - * Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford
y 11/12 Seattle - 7-9 .512 - Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
13 Arizona - 8-8 .469 - * Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
14 Dallas - 8-8 .473 - Markelle Martin - S - Oklahoma St
15 Philadelphia - 8-8 .488 - Zach Brown - LB - North Carolina
16 NY Jets - 8-8 .500 - * Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - 8-8 .504 - Brandon Thompson - DT - Clemson
18 San Diego - 8-8 .516 - Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
19 Chicago - 8-8 .527 - Devon Still - DT - Penn St
20 Tennessee - 9-7 .461 - * Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan St
21 * Denver - 8-8 .520 - Jared Crick - DT - Nebraska
22 * Cincinnati - 9-7 .492 - * David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
23 * NY Giants - 9-7 .520 - * Luke Kuechly - LB- Boston College
24 * Houston - 10-6 .453 - Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
25 * Cleveland (Atlanta) - 10-6 .480 - * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
26 * Detroit -10-6 .535 - * Nick Perry - DE - Southern Cal
27 * Baltimore - 12-4 .477 - Cordy Glenn - OL - Georgia
28 * Pittsburgh - 12-4 .492 - * Vontaze Burfict - LB - Arizona St
29 * New England (New Orleans) - 13-3 .441 - * Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis
30 * San Francisco - 13-3 .449 - * Lamar Miller - RB - Miami (Fl)
31 * New England - 13-3 .449 - * Devin Taylor - DE/LB - South Carolina
32 * Green Bay - 15-1 .457 - * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina

NFL Draft 2012 Selection Order - The Colts are ‘On the Clock’!

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NFL Draft 2012 Selection Order -
The Colts are ‘On the Clock’!

The Colts hold the first overall choice of the NFL Draft 2012 this April after a terrible season that saw them win only two games all year. Their poor performance may cost head coach Jim Caldwell his job as NFL teams begin to make big changes with the regular season now completed. The final selection order is complete except for the playoff and Super Bowl teams, in addition to two coin flips for tied positions.

Photo - QB Andrew Luck - Stanford

* Playoff team / y - coin flip to determine order / Playoffs - Super Bowl determines final positions

Team - W-L - Opp W-L %
1 Indianapolis - 2-14 .539
2 St. Louis - 2-14 .590
3 Minnesota - 3-13 .559
4 Cleveland - 4-12 .531
5 Tampa Bay - 4-12 .551
6 Washington - 5-11 .477
7 Jacksonville - 5-11 .500
y 8/9 Carolina - 6-10 .504
y 8/9 Miami - 6-10 .504
10 Buffalo - 6-10 .520
y 11/12 Kansas City - 7-9 .512
y 11/12 Seattle - 7-9 .512
13 Arizona - 8-8 .469
14 Dallas - 8-8 .473
15 Philadelphia - 8-8 .488
16 NY Jets - 8-8 .500
17 Cincinnati (Oakland) - 8-8 .504
18 San Diego - 8-8 .516
19 Chicago - 8-8 .527
20 Tennessee - 9-7 .461
21 * Denver - 8-8 .520
22 * Cincinnati - 9-7 .492
23 * NY Giants - 9-7 .520
24 * Houston - 10-6 .453
25 * Cleveland (Atlanta) - 10-6 .480
26 * Detroit -10-6 .535
27 * Baltimore - 12-4 .477
28 * Pittsburgh - 12-4 .492
29 * New England (New Orleans) - 13-3 .441
30 * San Francisco - 13-3 .449
31 * New England - 13-3 .449
32 * Green Bay - 15-1 .457

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

Top 50 Senior Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2012

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Top 50 Senior Pro Prospects for the NFL Draft 2012

Photo - Safety Mark Barron - Alabama

December 31, 2011

S - Senior Bowl All-Star Game Recommended list from Dec. 2011 by Frank Coyle
Official invitations to the Senior Bowl will go out after players complete their final season and postseason team bowl game. Injured players attend Senior Bowl for weigh in and personal interviews.

Pro Prospect / Position / School
S 1. Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
S 2. Alfonzo Dennard - CB - Nebraska
S 3. Mark Barron - S - Alabama
S 4. Zach Brown - LB - North Carolina
S 5. Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
S 6. Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
S 7. Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
S 8. Cordy Glenn - OL - Georgia
S 9. Markelle Martin - S - Oklahoma St
S 10. Devon Still - DT - Penn St
S 11. Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
S 12. Brandon Thompson - DT - Clemson
S 13. Marvin McNutt - WR - Iowa
S 14. Jared Crick - DT - Nebraska
S 15. Chase Minnifield - CB - Virginia
S 16. Melvin Ingram - DE - South Carolina
S 17. Dwight Jones - WR - North Carolina
S 18. Alameda Ta'Amu - DT - Washington
19. Andrew Datko - OT - Florida St
S 20. Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
S 21. Kelechi Osemele - OL - Iowa St
S 22. Shaun Prater - CB - Iowa
S 23. Lavonte David - LB - Nebraska
S 24. Nick Toon - WR - Wisconsin
S 25. Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
S 26. Vinny Curry - DE - Marshall
S 27. Billy Winn - DT - Boise St
S 28. Sean Spence - LB - Miami (Fl.)
S 29. Andre Branch - DE - Clemson
S 30. Brandon Boykin - CB - Georgia
S 31. Zebrie Sanders - OT - Florida St
S 32. Brandon Lindsey - LB - Pittsburgh
S 33. Donnie Fletcher - CB - Boston College
S 34. Kirk Cousins - QB - Michigan St
S 35. Nigel Bradham - LB - Florida St
S 36. Jeff Fuller - WR - Texas A&M
S 37. Joe Adams - WR - Arkansas
S 38. Travis Lewis - LB - Oklahoma
S 39. Michael Egnew - TE - Missouri
S 40. Keenan Robinson - LB - Texas
S 41. Ladarius Green - TE - Louisiana-Laf
S 42. Jarius Wright - WR - Arkansas
S 43. Mike Adams - OT - Ohio St
S 44. Doug Martin - RB - Boise St
S 45. Coryell Judie - CB - Texas A&M
S 46. Nate Potter - OT - Boise St
S 47. Josh Chapman - DT - Alabama
S 48. Harrison Smith - S - Notre Dame
S 49. Kevin Zeitler - OG - Wisconsin
50. Devier Posey - WR - Ohio St

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl All-star classic, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game for NFL prospects.

NFL 2012 Season and Postseason Dates Thru NFL Draft and Combines

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NFL 2012 Season and Postseason Dates Thru NFL Draft 2012

The NFL office has announced it will hold eight regional player combines for pro prospects who are not invited to the regular Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this February. The new regional combines will begin January 28 and go through March 17. The first regional event will be held in Los Angeles with combines also scheduled for Tampa, Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, New York, Chicago and Cleveland. Selected players can be invited to a final combine in Detroit on March 30-31. This new development should reduce the number of school pro days attended by NFL personnel staffs.

Photo – QB Aaron Rodgers - Packers

NFL Dates

Jan. 1 - Regular season ends
Jan. 7-8 - Wild Card Weekend
Jan. 14-15 - Divisional Playoffs
Jan. 22 - Conference Championships
Jan. 29 - Pro Bowl, Honolulu, Hawaii

Feb. 5 - Super Bowl XLVI, Indianapolis, In.

Feb. 22-28 - NFL Scouting Combine, Indianapolis, In.
Eight regional Player Combines in different nationwide locations from late January through late March.

April 26-28 - NFL Draft 2012, New York City, N.Y.

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

Senior Bowl Highlights Postseason All-Star Game Schedule

All-Star Games 2011-2012 Postseason

The postseason 2011-2012 All-star game schedule begins on Sunday in Atlanta, Georgia as the HBCU Senior Bowl game for small college prospects gets a chance to showcase their pro potential first in front of NFL scouts. Draft Insiders.com will have complete reports from every All-star game in our monthly Newsletters and exclusive emails to subscribers. Our December Newsletter 2011 will be out next week with new Top 150 Senior Pro Prospects, Mock Draft, Underclassmen Report and NFL Draft 2012 Buzz.

Photo - WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame

All-Star Games 2011-2012 Postseason

* Dec. 18 - HBCU Senior Bowl - Atlanta, Ga

January Schedule - 2012
* Jan. 7 - Cactus Bowl - Division II - Kingsville, Tx
* Jan 16 - Casino del Sol All-star game – Tucson, Arizona
* Jan. 21 - East-West Shrine Classic – St. Petersburg, Florida
* Jan 21 - AstroTurf NFLPA Collegiate Bowl - Los Angeles, Ca.
* Jan. 23 - Eastham Energy All-Star - Tempe, Arizona
* Jan. 28 - Senior Bowl - Mobile, Alabama
* Feb. 5 - Dixie Gridiron Classic - St. George, Utah

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

Oklahoma St's Mike Gundy Named 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has been named the winner of the 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award

Photo - Coach Eddie Robinson - Grambling

Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy has been named the winner of the 2011 Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award. The award, presented by the Fiesta Bowl, is selected by the members of the 1,200-member strong Football Writers Association of America. Gundy, a finalist for the award a year ago, is the first Oklahoma State coach to win the FWAA's coach of the year award and was selected in an association-wide vote from five finalists, including Michigan's Brady Hoke, LSU's Les Miles, Kansas St's Bill Snyder and Clemson's Dabo Swinney. Gundy is the third coach from the Big 12 Conference to win the award in the last 12 years. The official presentation of the Eddie Robinson bust to Gundy will be at a reception on Jan. 8, 2012, at 5:30 p.m. at Cochon in the New Orleans Warehouse District. ESPN's Mark May will host the event. Eddie Robinson Jr., officials from the Fiesta Bowl, the FWAA and the Eddie Robinson Museum will be in attendance.

"What an honor to be recognized with the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award," Gundy said. "We've had a tremendous year at Oklahoma State, winning the Big 12 and earning our first-ever trip to a BCS bowl. It's a testament to our players and our coaching staff that we are in the position that we are in. I want to thank the Football Writers Association of America for recognizing our team in this way."

Gundy led the Cowboys to their first outright conference title since 1948, when the school was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The Cowboys (11-1) won their first 10 games before they suffered an upset loss in overtime at Iowa State. But they rebounded with a decisive 44-10 season-ending victory over arch-rival Oklahoma to win the undisputed Big 12 title and earn the school's first berth in a BCS bowl game.

"Mike Gundy has earned this honor by inspiring excellence in his players. He led Oklahoma State to an 11-1 record in one of the nation's toughest conferences, and he did it with an entertaining style of play that captured the nation's attention," said Robert Shelton, the Fiesta Bowl Executive Director. "The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is thrilled to match the Cowboys against the Stanford Cardinal in the highest-rated non-championship BCS bowl this year."

The Cowboys are one of the most explosive teams in college football this year, ranking second in the country in points per game (49.3), second in the country in passing offense (386.2 yards) and third in the country in total offense (557.0 yards).

"Coach Gundy is a very worthy winner of the Eddie Robinson Award this season," said Tommy Hicks, 2011 FWAA president. "The Cowboys were one of college football's most exciting offensive teams and came within an overtime loss of making the national title game. Oklahoma State has risen to national prominence under Coach Gundy."

Gundy, 44, become Oklahoma State's head football coach in 2005, when he succeeded Les Miles. He has compiled a 58-30 overall record in seven seasons. The third-ranked Cowboys are in their sixth straight bowl game under Gundy - the longest postseason streak in school history. Gundy played quarterback at Oklahoma State from 1986-89 under coach Pat Jones and starred on teams that included Heisman Trophy winner Barry Sanders and standout running back Thurman Thomas. Gundy has been a part of four of Oklahoma State's five 10-victory seasons in its history as either a player or coach.

"The Robinson Family is very pleased to honor another outstanding coach," said Eddie Robinson Jr., the late coach's son. "Over the years, the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award has gone to the 'Who's Who' of the coaching profession. My father would be very proud to welcome coach Mike Gundy into that fraternity of coaches."

The FWAA has honored a major-college coach with its Coach of the Year Award since 1957. In 1997, the FWAA coaching award was named after Eddie Robinson, the coaching legend at Grambling State University for 55 years. The late "Coach Rob" is the second winningest coach in Division I history (408 games).

Robinson, who passed away on April 3, 2007, won 70.7 percent of his games during his illustrious career. Robinson's teams won or tied for 17 Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championships after joining the league in 1959. His Tigers claimed nine Black College Football Championships during his career spent all at the same school.

Robinson was named by the FWAA in 1966 as "The Coach Who Made the Biggest Contribution to College Football in the Past 25 Years." He often took his show on the road to places such as the Louisiana Superdome, the Cotton Bowl, the Astrodome, Tiger Stadium and Yankee Stadium. And, with his star-studded array of players, Robinson helped integrate professional football. In 1975, with one of his greatest teams quarterbacked by eventual All-Pro Doug Williams, Robinson's Grambling team and Alcorn State became the first college teams to play a game in the Louisiana Superdome. The next season, Robinson's Tigers, along with Morgan State, became the first American college football teams to play in Japan.

In 1949, Grambling standout Tank Younger was the first player from a Historically Black College to sign with an NFL team (Los Angeles Rams). By 1963, Buck Buchanan became the first player from a Historically Black College to be selected first overall in the professional draft (American Football League by the Kansas City Chiefs). Over the years, Robinson produced more than 200 players who wound up on professional rosters.

A member of the College Football Hall of Fame, Robinson has the keys to cities all over the planet, has been awarded in every form and fashion and has honorary degrees from many schools. In 2010, the Eddie Robinson Museum was opened in his honor in Grambling, La., where numerous memorabilia now reside, including a bust of the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year Award.

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

QB Robert Griffin III Wins 2011 Heisman Trophy

Robert Griffin Becomes First Baylor Player to Win Heisman Award

Photo - QB Robert Griffin - Baylor

Robert Griffin III took home the 2011 Heisman Trophy, completing an impressive year at Baylor. Griffin came on strong to end the season with several impressive performances. He beat out Andrew Luck and Trent Richardson in a close voting race. Andrew Luck finished second for the second straight year.

Griffin III picked up 1,678 points to take college football's top individual honor. Griffin carried five of the six regions, with Luck taking the Far West. Luck finished second in the voting with 1,407 points. Trent Richardson finished a distant third, and Montee Ball and Tyrann Mathieu finished fourth and fifth, respectively. Griffin had a surprisingly strong showing in the southeast that elevated him in the voting significantly.

Heisman Voting Breakdown
Robert Griffin III - 1,678 points, 405 first-place votes
Andrew Luck - 1,407 points, 247 first-place votes
Trent Richardson - 978 points, 138 first-place votes
Montee Ball - 348 points, 22 first-place votes
Tyrann Mathieu - 327 points, 34 first-place votes

Matt Barkley finished sixth, Case Keenum was seventh, Kellen Moore was eighth, Russell Wilson was ninth and Lamichael James was 10th.

Heisman Trophy All-time Winners
2011—Robert Griffin III, Baylor
2010—Cam Newton, Auburn, QB
2009—Mark Ingram, Alabama, RB
2008—Sam Bradford, Oklahoma, QB
2007—Tim Tebow, Florida, QB
2006—Troy Smith, Ohio State, QB
2005—Vacated (Reggie Bush, Southern Cal, RB )
2004—Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB
2003—Jason White, Oklahoma, QB
2002—Carson Palmer, Southern Cal, QB
2001—Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB
2000—Chris Weinke, Florida St., QB
1999—Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB
1998—Ricky Williams, Texas, RB
1997—Charles Woodson, Michigan, CB
1996—Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB
1995—Eddie George, Ohio State, TB
1994—Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB
1993—Charlie Ward, Florida State, QB
1992—Gino Torretta, Miami, QB
1991—Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR
1990—Ty Detmer, Brigham Young, QB
1989—Andre Ware, Houston, QB
1988—Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State, RB
1987—Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR
1986—Vinny Testaverde, Miami, QB
1985—Bo Jackson, Auburn, TB
1984—Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB
1983—Mike Rozier, Nebraska, TB
1982—Herschel Walker, Georgia, HB
1981—Marcus Allen, Southern Cal, TB
1980—George Rogers, South Carolina, HB
1979—Charles White, Southern Cal, TB
1978—Billy Sims, Oklahoma, HB
1977—Earl Campbell, Texas, FB
1976—Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, HB
1975—Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1974—Archie Griffin, Ohio State, HB
1973—John Cappelletti, Penn State, HB
1972—Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska, FL
1971—Pat Sullivan, Auburn, QB
1970—Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB
1969—Steve Owens, Oklahoma, HB
1968—O.J. Simpson, Southern Cal, TB
1967—Gary Beban, UCLA, QB
1966—Steve Spurrier, Florida, QB
1965—Mike Garrett, Southern Cal, TB
1964—John Huarte, Notre Dame, QB
1963—Roger Staubach, Navy, QB
1962—Terry Baker, Oregon State, QB
1961—Ernie Davis, Syracuse, HB
1960—Joe Bellino, Navy, HB
1959—Billy Cannon, LSU, HB
1958—Pete Dawkins, Army, HB
1957—John David Crow, Texas A&M, HB
1956—Paul Hornung, Notre Dame, QB
1955—Howard Cassady, Ohio State, HB
1954—Alan Ameche, Wisconsin, FB
1953—John Lattner, Notre Dame, HB
1952—Billy Vessels, Oklahoma, HB
1951—Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, HB
1950—Vic Janowicz, Ohio State, HB
1949—Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E
1948—Doak Walker, SMU, HB
1947—John Lujack, Notre Dame, QB
1946—Glenn Davis, Army, HB
1945—Doc Blanchard, Army, HB
1944—Les Horvath, Ohio State, QB
1943—Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB
1942—Frank Sinkwich, Georgia, HB
1941—Bruce Smith, Minnesota, HB
1940—Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB
1939—Nile Kinnick, Iowa, HB
1938—Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian, QB
1937—Clint Frank, Yale, HB
1936—Larry Kelley, Yale, E
1935—Jay Berwanger, Chicago, HB

Frank Coyle writes ‘College Football Monday’ weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He is also a member of the FWAA and voter in College team and player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe, etc. He is a voter for weekly Team and Player Awards

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