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2012 Draft Player Rankings: Top 10 UPDATE 1.0

With the Super Bowl less than a week away, scouts have now had a chance to evaluate more players through the East/West Shrine Bowl as well as the Senior Bowl. So, we will get our first update of the off-season. I’ll do another update after the scouting combine, and then again a few days before the draft. You can see my earlier edition here, but for convenience I’ve included the previous rankings below. Again, after scouring the internet for various draft rankings, I decided to average all of these rankings into a cumulative player ranking to see what kind of consensus (if any) there was about the top 10 player rankings. Check them out after the jump.

The ranking in parenthesis is the previous ranking of the player from last update (where applicable). In the case of NFL.com, they no longer have one ranking listed, so I specified which analyst ranking I’m using. It’s worth mentioning that Mike Mayock has only released his positional rankings as of this latest update, and since I don’t have the ESPN Insider, I don’t have Mel Kiper’s latest rankings. Once Mayock has his full rankings, his will make the 10th spot. Also, every player on the chart, makes the top 10 in at least one of the websites I consulted. Lastly, I used “player rankings” only, rather than “mock drafts”, because I’m interested in how each website ranks the players (by whatever metric they use), not in who they think each team will draft.

Average

CBS

ESPN

NFL.com
(Brandt)

NFL.com
(Brooks)

Walter
football

Draftcount
down

Drafttek

Profootball
weekly

Draft
nasty

Andrew Luck, QB

1.2 (1)

#1

#1

#1

#1

#1

#1

#1

#1

#3

Matt Kalil, T

2.4 (2)

#2

#2

#2

#2

#2

#2

#2

#3

#5

Robert Griffin III, QB

4.2 (4.9)

#3

#3 (#6)

#4

#3

#3

#5 (#6)

#6 (#5)

#4

#7

Trent Richardson, RB

4.4 (4.6)

#5 (#7)

#4

#5

#5

#6 (#5)

#4 (#3

#4

#6

#1

Justin Blackmon, WR

5 (5.3)

#6

#8 (#9)

#3

#4

#4

#6 (#5)

#3 (#6)

#5

#6

Morris Clairborne, CB

5.2 (4.4)

#4

#6 (#3)

#6

#6

#5 (#6)

#3 (#4)

#5 (#3)

#2

#10

Riley Reiff, T

8 (7.7)

#8 (#5)

#7

#7

#8

#11 (#13)

#8 (#7)

#7 (#8)

#14

#2

Quinton Coples, DE

8.7 (8.9)

#12

#5

#5

#7

#7 (#10)

#9 (#8)

#12 (#9)

#17

#4

Jonathan Martin, T

11.6 (11)

#9 (#11)

#11 (#10)

#12

#9

#8 (#7)

#12 (#9)

#20 (#12)

n/a

#12

David DeCastro, G

11.9 (12)

#11 (#9)

#15

#15

#11

#14 (#15)

#7 (#13)

#13 (#7)

#9

n/a

Luke Kuechly, ILB

13.1 (12.6)

#16 (#18)

#10 (#13)

#14

#13

#10 (#9)

#15 (#10)

#9 (#15)

#12

#19

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB

14.4 (12.3)

#10

#9 (#8)

#21

#10

#20 (#8)

#14 (#24)

#14

#23

#9

Melvin Ingram DE

16

#19

#17

#17

#12

#19 (#20)

#26

#22

#21

#8

Devon Still, DT

16 (14)

#7 (#8)

#21

#19

#16

#18 (#19)

#16 (#11)

#8 (#16)

#18

#21

Courney Upshaw, OLB

16.1

#20

#16

#11

#14

#12 (#14)

#18

#10

#10

#34

Mark Barron, S

18.3 (22.7)

#18 (#36)

#14

#32

#26

#33

#10 (#18)

#10

#8

#14

Michael Brockers, DT

20.1

#13

#12

#23

#43

#9 (#26)

#20

#25

n/a

#16

Zach Brown, OLB

22.9

#34

n/a

#10

#25

#23

#21

#17

#31

#22

Fletcher Cox, DT/DE

23.4

#25

n/a

#36

#18

#38

#30

#16

#7

#17

Ryan Tannehill, QB

29

#29

#20

#8

#31

#44

#32

#38

#29

#30

Alshon Jeffrey, WR

29.2

#45

#23

#9

#32

#15 (#11)

#19

#63

#24

#33

Conclusion
A lot has changed in slightly less than 2 weeks. Of course, I also changed up the rankings I used a bit by adding 4 new websites (the 2 NFL.com analysts, PFW and Draft Nasty) and dropping 2 others (Mel Kiper and generic NFL.com). In this new setup, Robert Griffith III jumps up to 3rd place overall after finishing 5th previously, while Morris Claiborne slips from 3rd overall to 6th. The bottom half of the overall top 10 remains unchanged, and the top 6 are all consensus top 10 picks. Also, a whole slew of new names enter the rankings, as many of the new websites have some interesting picks in each of their top 10s. Conversely, only one name slips out of everyone’s top 10 and is therefore no longer on the chart: WR Michael Floyd. At this still early stage, I would be ecstatic if we could draft one of these consensus top 10 picks: Kalil, Blackmon or Claiborne. The poll on the initial ranking had us taking Claiborne (50% of the votes) and then Blackmon (25% of the votes). I'm curious to see if anyone's opinion has changed.

note: I'm having issues with the formatting of the table. It looks fine in the editor, but gets cut off in the preview, sorry, there's just not enough width!

This FanPost was created by a registered user of The Daily Norseman, and does not necessarily reflect the views of the staff of the site. However, since this is a community, that view is no less important.

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