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NFL 2012 Draft - Bengals Draft Class Tops AFC
Photo – WR Mohamed Sanu - Rutgers
Cincinnati Bengals - Grade A
The Bengals addressed major need areas especially in the early rounds. They selected players with high grades at key need areas. From top to bottom, they landed the best overall draft class with as many as eight selections carrying eventual NFL starting grades. This class will supplement last year’s rookie class that supplied starting QB Andy Dalton and wideout AJ Green who were instrumental in the Bengals return to the playoffs.
On the 1st round, they chose CB Dre Kirkpatrick of Alabama, a very well developed defender who they hope becomes an immediate starter. He has been a big time defender in national title games and has the athleticism to start day one. With their second #1 pick, they traded back and chose OG Kevin Zeitler. He is a highly developed guard who can compete for an immediate starting spot. He is well rounded with strong drive blocking skills and has proven to be an anchor in pass protection on the inside. On the 2nd round, they were selected DT Devin Still, a tough interior defender who addresses a major need area. He displays nice athleticism and overall development to challenge for early starting time. He should be a fixture on the inside and see immediate time as a pass rusher. On the 3rd round, they chose WR Mohamed Sanu and DT Brandon Thompson. Sanu is a big receiver with fine hands and good run after the catch ability. He will help in three wideout sets early and has starting potential. Thompson is fine value here and is an explosive interior tackle who slipped in the process on some inconsistencies. He has starting potential and could form a fine inside tandem with Still. On the 4th round, they added TE Orson Charles, a mobile versatile athlete who projects to both the tight end and H back roles. He was excellent value here with the development to possibly start as an H back with a big camp.
On the 5th round, they added CB Shaun Prater, WR Marvin Jones and safety George Iloka. Prater is a savvy zone corner with strong tackling skills to help immediately and compete for starting time. Jones is an athletic receiver who will help their three and four wideout sets. Iloka is a big mobile defender who runs well to the ball and finishes with strong tackling. He can become a staple on coverage units to play in the nickel and dime packages. He has the talent to excel there and eventually start. In the 6th round, they added RB Dan Herron, a tough inside runner with sure hands as an outlet receiver. He is a productive back at a high level with some natural running skills to make this squad. He could surprise here with a big preseason.
Cincinnati 2012 NFL Draft Choices
1 - 17 Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
1 - 27 Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
2 - 21 Devon Still, DT, Penn St.
3 - 20 Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
3 - 30 Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
4 - 21 Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
5 - 21 Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
5 - 31 Marvin Jones, WR, California
5 - 32 George Iloka, FS, Boise St.
6 - 21 Dan Herron, RB, Ohio St.
Final Top 50 Pro Prospects - NFL 2012 Draft
Photo – QB Andrew Luck - Stanford
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Top 50 Pro Prospects - Final Value Board -
April 26th * underclassmen
1 * Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford
2 * Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama
3 * Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU
4 * Matt Kalil - OT - USC
5 * Robert Griffin III - QB - Baylor
6 * Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St
7 * Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St
8 * Michael Brockers - DT - LSU
9 * David DeCastro - OG - Stanford
10 * Luke Kuechly - LB - Boston College
11 * Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa
12 * Nick Perry - DE - USC
13 * Dontari Poe - DT - Memphis
14 * Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama
15 Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame
16 Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M
17 Quinton Coples - DE - North Carolina
18 Mark Barron - S - Alabama
19 * Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina
20 Andre Branch - DE/LB - Clemson
21 * Dont'a Hightower - LB - Alabama
22 * Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan St
23 Shea McClellin - LB - Boise St
24 * Bobby Massie - OT - Mississippi
25 Courtney Upshaw - LB - Alabama
26 Melvin Ingram - LB - South Carolina
27 Devon Still - DT - Penn St
28 Doug Martin - RB - Boise St
29 Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford
30 * Stephen Hill - WR - Georgia Tech
31 Harrison Smith - S - Notre Dame
32 * Chandler Jones - DE - Syracuse
33 * Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford
34 * Lamar Miller - RB - Miami
35 Cordy Glenn - OL - Georgia
36 * Whitney Mercilus - DE - Illinois
37 * Peter Konz - OL - Wisconsin
38 Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor
39 Brandon Boykin - CB - Georgia
40 * Rueben Randle - WR - LSU
41 Bruce Irvin - LB - West Virginia
42 Brandon Thompson - DT - Clemson
43 * Alshon Jeffery - WR - South Carolina
44 Janoris Jenkins - CB - North Alabama
45 Mychal Kendricks - LB - California
46 Kendall Reyes - DT - UConn
47 Brandon Weeden - QB - Oklahoma St
48 * Josh Robinson - CB - Central Florida
49 Zach Brown - LB - North Carolina
50 Jared Crick - DL - Nebraska
Cornerback Morris Claiborne Ranks as Top Defensive Player in NFL Draft 2012
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1. Morris Claiborne #17 - 5’11” 185 lbs. - LSU - Sp. 4.50 Rating 94
Hindu Theory: Champ Bailey
Talented junior athlete declared for the NFL Draft after an outstanding 2011 season to complete an excellent career for the Tigers. Morris is an elite cornerback and the next premier defender from the Tigers’ elite program. He is one of the best prospects in this entire class and combines very good size and reach along with the top athleticism for the cornerback spot with rare matchup skills. He has the speed to run with burners and the size and strength to battle the big receivers, though his timed speed is at 4.50 or slightly lower. He is a big time playmaker with the ability to blanket receivers and make plays on the ball. He has made an impact starting on the corner since his sophomore season opposite Patrick Peterson. He completed a terrific career with a huge final performance that ranks him as the premier cover man over the past decade and a unique playmaker with shutdown corner skills. He earned 1st team SEC honors the past two seasons, grading out high weekly vs NFL caliber receivers. He displays very quick footwork and reactions with keen instincts and fine recovery speed that warrants a top five 1st round selection in April. He has the AA and development to compete for a rookie starting corner role after showing both a high level of development and a well-rounded skill set for the pro game. He has shown very good ball and coverage skills where he anticipates quickly and has the athleticism to beat receivers in routes to make plays. He has a muscular frame and will support the run and make stops, though he lacks pop as a tackler. He displays sudden speed and quickness to close on the ball and make plays. He has well developed natural coverage ability with the smooth hip flexibility, very quick footwork and the closing speed to plant and drive on the ball. He shows excellent awareness in coverage with the instincts and ability to read and react to routes with the AA to make plays on the ball. Over his career, he earned the shutdown label in a program that provided Patrick Peterson last spring to the draft and has sophomore Tyrann Mathieu ready to follow. He has experience in both man and zone coverage with top instincts and very good understanding of his responsibilities. He is a long agile cover man with the top field speed to recover in the deep game and quickness to break on the ball in the shorter patterns. In run support, he is a reliable tackler who will come up at the LOS and make tackles. He shows the ability to stay on his feet, get off blockers and finish plays. His good height and great arm length (33 ¼”) allows him to matchup well with big receivers in coverage and make plays on the ball. Despite his lean frame, he is rarely out muscled and has strong hands to maintain position with a high level of development for the bump and run technique. He is highly instinctive cover man who reads the QB and routes very well with the ability to quickly break on the ball and make the key breakup or turnover. He is very fast to read and diagnose in man situations that has allowed him to make big plays despite teams throwing away from him over his late career. As a junior, he started all 14 games and posted 51 tackles, 6 picks and 6 PBU, earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he started 12 games and posted 37 tackles, 5 picks and 6 PBU, earning 2nd team SEC honors. Over his career, he started 26 of 33 games with 11 interceptions and 12 PBU. At the NFL Combine, he checked in at over 5’11” and 188 lbs. He ran 4.50 and 4.58 times and did not lift. He did a 34.5” VL and a 9’10” BJ with a 7.01 three cone and 4.12 short shuffle times that completed outstanding agility and positional drills. He also ran quick position drills, displaying fine footwork and smooth hip flexibility. He is similar to Champ Bailey in size, athleticism, playmaking abilities and overall level of development at similar stages of their careers. He graded out high facing SEC blue chip receivers annually. He has very quick feet and flexible hips, very good body control and quick COD skills at a high LOD. Blue chip corner with the very developed skill set for the position that could enable him to win a rookie starting job and eventually the Pro Bowl. Top 5 talent and highly developed cover man with early starting potential with shutdown ability to be among the best in the league. Clubs like the Bucs, Vikings and Rams interested.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 5 Selection
David DeCastro Heads Interior Line Class
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Photo – OL David DeCastro - Stanford
1. David DeCastro #52 - 6’5” 315 lbs. - Stanford - Sp. 5.30 - Rating 91 Hindu Theory: Steve Hutchinson
Physical aggressive junior guard has started all 39 games, earning Pac 12 first team honors later in his career. David is a hard-nosed physical blocker who started inside, grading out very high in all aspects of play that should earn him a mid first round selection in April. He is an aggressive blocker who combines fine athleticism, sound technique, very good functional strength and the toughness the position demands. He is a powerfully built guard with well-developed agility and footwork to carry out all the assignments. He plays with very sound leverage and shows a strong leg drive and a forceful hand punch to grade out high consistently. He has adequate arm length that allows him to get into a defender quickly and steer him out of the hole. He displays the tenacity and aggressiveness to win vs pro caliber defenders and uses his fine technique to play with leverage. He is a relentless player who goes hard from snap to whistle the entire game. His strong leg drive creates consistent movement blocking at the POA where he can direct, wall off and sustain well inline with the ability to be effective on short pulls. He is cut in the mold of a tough aggressive NFL guard very much like Steve Hutchinson who has gone on to have a Pro Bowl career. He has the nasty demeanor that scouts seek in a starting lineman and the footwork and functional strength to carry out all the assignments. He comes out of his stance quickly with sound positioning and a fast strong hand punch that gains early control by jarring a defender. He is a physical blocker who locks on with strong hands and moves his feet to control a defender with the ability to finish well. He is very quick and efficient when pulling with the ability to adjust and get good fits when blocking on the 2nd level. As a pass blocker, he slides easily with the ability to mirror and adjust to secondary rush moves. He anchors well vs the bull rush with top functional strength and agility to sustain his blocks well. He works hard to finish and shows the nasty demeanor of an early starting NFL guard. At times, he can play high with a narrow base that negates his power and slips off blocks. He needs to play technically sound and within himself to be highly effective. As a drive blocker, he is a tough physical competitor that gets into his blocks quickly, relying on his strong hands to control a defender and good leg drive to get movement. He has good functional strength to handle the big 300 lb.+ tackles he will face weekly with the ability to flip his hips and seal with good power to finish each block. He shows the ability to pick up stunts and blitzes quickly. At the NFL Combine, he came in at just under 6’5” and 316 lbs. with 32 3/4” arm length. He ran a 5.32 time with 34 reps and did a 29.5” VL and an 8’2” BJ. He had very impressive agility and positional drills. Over his career, he graded out very well vs top competition with the ability to learn quickly and adjust to game type situations. He has the look of a very likely rookie starting guard in the right setting. Physical durable blue-collar lineman with fine AA and very good technique and fine intangibles. Blue chip guard with the skill set and intangibles to start as a rookie. Talented highly developed prospect with definite top 12-15 value and future Pro Bowl guard who will get strong consideration by Chiefs and Cowboys.
Draft Projection: 1st Round
DT Fletcher Cox – Draft Insiders’ Scouting Report - NFL Draft 2012 Yearbook
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Photo - DT Fletcher Cox - Mississippi St.
Our top rated defensive linemen this year is Fletcher Cox of Mississippi St. in an outstanding tackle group. Cox has been our #1 tackle for the three technique position and the #1 end for the five technique spot since the day he declared in January 2012. There has been no movement at the top of the defensive line here with Cox remaining our #1 blue chip prospect at two critical positions for both NFL front lines. He fits all 32 NFL defensive fronts and is a top 10 value here who probably is selected in the top 15 overall choices.
DT Fletcher Cox – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report - NFL Draft 2012
1. Fletcher Cox #94 - 6’4” 300 lbs. - Mississippi St. - Sp. 4.8 - Rating 93
Hindu Theory: Darnell Dockett
Explosive junior tackle completed an outstanding career that earned him SEC honors his final two seasons. Fletcher was instrumental in the Bulldogs tough defense that ranked high in the SEC, a conference that features many of the nation’s best defensive prospects. He was a dominant performer who elevated every other defender’s play up a level and did this despite facing regular double team blocking. He had a short three year stay in the SEC with improvement annually especially his final performance. He is a big athlete with fine overall size and great arm length that gives him a nice advantage on the interior. He displayed dominant talent last fall with rare explosiveness on the snap and the power to finish. He is a tough quick tackle who has been a force in the middle, displaying an explosive burst to gain a huge advantage which required double team blocking regularly over his late career. He is an athletic defender who has played both tackle and end as a collegian and projects to both the tackle spot in the 4-3 set and the five technique end spot in a three man front. He can move around to present favorable mismatches along the line with an equally high level of play. Though he lined up inside mainly at tackle in a four man front, the experience at different positions helped develop him into the most versatile lineman in this class. Though, he is not a good fit for the nose tackle spot, he has developed all the other techniques especially best suited for the inside three technique position. He has a big athletic angular body with rare quickness, functional strength and footwork that enables him to be a force as a pass rusher and a run support defender. Late in his career, he displayed consistent big play ability that changed games and finished with 25 TFL and 9 sacks despite double-teaming regularly. He made fast improvement in his technique in general and his hand usage by facing special attention weekly on the inside. He is a natural three-technique tackle who has a thick and powerful frame with top playing strength and great explosive quickness to be very disruptive in the tackle box and push the pocket. He has a very good motor and has shown advanced technique especially strong hands that allowed him to use his talent the fullest. He has a developed strong hand punch that strikes blockers and allows him to counter with a combination of quickness and power to maintain an advantage. He shows consistency with his punch and counters quickly with power to win late on the down. He has outstanding quickness to shoot gaps with the closing burst of speed to make impact plays in the backfield. He has good range and can flatten down the line and make plays at the sidelines. He stacks, sheds and quickly locates the ball with incredible short area speed to finish and make big plays. He shows top functional strength, flexibility and stoutness at the POA with sound leverage. As a junior, he made 12 starts and posted 56 tackles with 14.5 TFL, 5 sacks, 1 FR and 1 FF while earning 1st team SEC honors. As a sophomore, he made 29 tackles with 6.5 TFL and 2.5 sacks while starting 11 of 12 games. At the NFL Combine, he came in at 6’4” 298 lbs. and 34.5” arms. He ran a super 4.79 time with 30 reps, 26” VL and 8’7” BJ and good agility drills of 4.53 short shuttle and 7.07 three cone. He is similar to Darnell Dockett in size, AA and versatility, in addition to their rare combination of quickness and power. He is at a similar LOD to that Pro Bowl defender at the same stage, though he has more upside potential. He responded with a big final season that established him as a blue chip NFL prospect. This is a unique defender who is capable of being a difference maker with early impact ability on either front line. Athletic tackle with the skill set to become a rookie starter after being battle tested in the tough SEC where he showed dominant talent vs NFL caliber linemen. Top 10 value with mid round prospect overall. The most NFL ready defensive linemen in this class and capable of being an immediate impact starter. Clubs like the Dolphins, Bengals and Seahawks are highly interested in the top half of 1st round. Athletic defender with impact ability and future Pro Bowl regular.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top 15 Pick
Robert Griffin III – Draft Insiders’ Yearbook Scouting Report
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Robert Griffin III #10 - 6’2” 220 lbs. - Baylor - Sp. 4.45 Rating 91
Hindu Theory - Donovan McNabb
Athletic slick throwing junior passer completed an incredible season for the Bears, leading them to national recognition during a Heisman Trophy winning year. Robert is an elite athlete who shined at the NFL Combine displaying top athleticism for the position. Over his short career, he improved significantly each season, combining smarts, intangibles with the athleticism to be a top flight NFL starter. He had an amazing 2011 performance where he won virtually every major award that influenced his decision to turn pro. As a prospect, he made fast progress and overall developmental while starting every game the past two years since an ACL injury ended his 2009 season early. He has the elite package scouts seek in a top flight pro prospect – strong arm, fast, smart and tough. He really looks the part as an NFL starting QB, instinctive, strong arm, incredible scrambling ability and the great fire to succeed. He is capable of making all the throws and standing tall in the pocket. He has improved his accuracy, decision-making and command of the offense with playing experience that raised his level of play annually. He can drive the ball down the field when given the proper time in the pocket. His QB efficiency ranked among the nation’s best the past two years. He has improved on his passing accuracy that gets the ball into tight windows where playing experience. His mobility is amazing and allowed him to make big plays both in and outside the pocket. He is a rare scrambler with excellent foot speed and lateral quickness that combined with keen instincts and vision allows him to make big plays. As a runner, he has the cutting skills of a scatback and shows great vision and decision making. He knows where the chains are and when to get out of bounds. He throws well on the move where his accuracy remains high. He has the physical package to become an early potential pro starter, though he still needs to refine his overall game in all areas of play. He has a lean frame and needs to add muscle to hold up vs the NFL type pass rushers he will face weekly. He shows the strength to fight off defensive linemen regularly and make a big play out of a broken play and he did it often over the course of a game. He will warrant an early 1st round selection off rare athleticism and intangibles, though his lack of experience on the finer points leaves concerns about his overall readiness for the NFL. He is coming off an excellent junior season when he matured in all areas especially showing the intangibles to lead an offense and handle pressure in championship caliber games. He must learn to hang in the pocket and go through his progressions quicker to continue to make the big throw when under heavy pressure. He sits in the pocket often while under a pass rush and retains his poise well to give his receivers time to make their moves in coverage. At times, he relies on his incredible scrambling ability too early on the play which limits his development to pick up secondary receivers that is a must to be a successful NFL starter. As a passer, he has a three quarters delivery and good footwork for a quick setup that allows him to deliver the ball with accuracy and timing. He is very adept throwing the deep ball where he combines touch, accuracy and velocity very well. He is still a young passer who needs work on overall defense recognition and decision-making. He needs to learn to look off the free safety more consistently and eliminate turnovers. He must learn to look for secondary receivers with more patience in the pocket. At times, he forces too many passes into heavy coverage, attempting to do too much or misreading coverage. He has a good arm to make all the throws, though he needs work on his intermediate throws where his accuracy and timing needs development. He has a compact delivery and is able to release the ball quickly. His overall accuracy is excellent which allows receivers to make plays after the reception.
The Numbers: As a junior, he threw for 4293 yards with 291 completions of 402 attempts for 37 TD passes and just 6 picks. He completed 72% of his passes, significant improvement over his earlier career. He rarely made mistakes when throwing on the move. As a sophomore, he threw for 3501 yards with 304 completions of 454 attempts for 22 TD passes and 8 picks. He completed 67% of his passes. At the NFL Combine, he came in at over 6’2” and 223 lbs. He ran 4.41 and 4.44 times with a blazing 1.52 ten year split time. He added a fine 39” VL and 10’ BJ. At his Baylor pro day, he threw the ball very well and ran through his drills nicely displaying a fine arm and great mobility. He is similar to former top prospect Donovan McNabb in size, AA and upside potential.
The Skinny: Fast developing young QB with all the physical and mental talent to become a premier NFL passer in time. Scouts rave about his athletic ability, leadership and character. He will command a top two selection with the Redskins paying a huge ransom for the 2nd overall pick. He is the type that needs to be in a setting where he can compete for the starting job early and get comfortable in a system. He still needs development both physically and mentally to hold up to the rigors of the NFL. Top flight NFL starter with the skills to really benefit from the tutelage of HC Mike Shanahan. Excellent talent with the complete skill set to become the face of a franchise.
Draft Projection: 1st Round - Top Two selection
College 'Pro Days' Schedule - Stanford, Baylor and LSU Head Late Workouts
The final pro days for the NFL Draft 2012 will take part over the next two weeks with several critical workouts that will have huge impact on the early rounds. The top two prospects, QBs Andrew Luck of Stanford and Robert Griffin III of Baylor will throw this week at their schools pro day. Both will primarily throw for scouts that will complete their postseason. They will almost assuredly be the top two overall selections by the Colts and Redskins.
We will have scouts at several local Pro Days, Rutgers and Monmouth U with reports in Draft Insiders' 2012 Yearbook - out in late March
Photo - QB Andrew Luck - Stanford
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March 19: LSU, Iowa, Rice, Arizona, Florida Atlantic, Southern, Wake Forest
Appalachian St., Montana St.
March 20: Monmouth U, Brown, Fresno State, Idaho, Iowa State, Louisiana-Lafayette, North Carolina, North Carolina A&T, South Florida, Texas, Tulane
March 21: Baylor, Boston College, Nevada, North Carolina State, Houston, North Dakota State, Rutgers, San Diego State, San Jose State
March 22: Stanford, Boise State, East Carolina, Maine, Memphis, Middle Tennessee State, South Dakota, South Dakota State, Tennessee-Chattanooga
March 23: Jackson State, Missouri Western, N.C. Central, Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt
March 27: Arkansas State, Coastal Carolina, Merrimack, Stephen F. Austin, Washburn
March 28: South Carolina, Central Florida, UConn, Northern Iowa, Pennsylvania, South Carolina St.
March 29: Brigham Young, Georgia Southern
April 3 : Notre Dame, Abilene Christian, Stonybrook
April 4: SMU
April 6: McNeese St
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 is also a player consultant for Player Agents for the NFL Draft and veteran Free Agency. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College and NFL Football especially during the postseason team and All-tar Bowl time.