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2012 Draft Player Rankings: Top 10 UPDATE 3.0 (with bonus Rd. 2 Rankings)

Pro Days finished up over a week ago (April 6 was the last scheduled Pro Day), and the draft is just over a week away. So, I have completed our third and final update of the off-season. You can see my first edition here (from Jan. 18), the first update here (from Jan. 30), and the second update here (from March 9). But for convenience I’ve included the previous rankings from the March 9 update below. Again, after scouring the internet for various player rankings, I decided to average all of these rankings into a cumulative draft ranking to see what kind of consensus (if any) there was about the top 10 players in the draft. Check them out after the jump.

The ranking in parenthesis is that site’s previous ranking of the player from the last update (where applicable). It’s worth mentioning that Mike Mayock has only released positional rankings as of this final update, and since I don’t have the ESPN Insider, I don’t have Mel Kiper’s latest rankings, but both of them are highly regarded opinions that aren’t included here. 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. Think of this as a cumulative Big Board.

Average

CBS
Sports

ESPN

NFL.com
(Brandt)

Walter
football.com

Draftcount
down.com

Drafttek.com

Profootball
weekly.com

Draft
nasty
.com

Andrew Luck, QB

1.1 (1.1)

#1 (1)

#1 (1)

#1 (1)

#1 (1)

#1 (1)

#1 (1)

#1 (1)

#2 (2)

Robert Griffin III, QB

3.4 (3.1)

#2 (2)

#2 (2)

#2 (3)

#2 (2)

#5 (5)

#3 (3)

#5 (5)

#3 (3)

Matt Kalil, T

3.6 (2.9)

#3 (3)

#3 (3)

#3 (2)

#3 (3)

#3 (2)

#2 (2)

#4 (4)

#4 (4)

Trent Richardson, RB

3.8 (4.3)

#4 (6)

#5 (4)

#5 (6)

#6 (6)

#2 (4)

#4 (4)

#3 (3)

#1 (1)

Morris Clairborne, CB

5.4 (5)

#5 (4)

#4 (5)

#7 (5)

#5 (5)

#4 (3)

#6 (5)

#2 (2)

#10 (11)

Justin Blackmon, WR

6.6 (6.5)

#6 (6)

#7 (7)

#13 (13)

#4 (4)

#6 (6)

#5 (6)

#6 (6)

#6 (5)

Quinton Coples, DE

9.5 (9.8)

#11 (8)

#9 (11)

#4 (4)

#11 (9)

#11 (8)

#10 (10)

#13 (22)

#7 (6)

Luke Kuechly, ILB

9.8 (11.1)

#12 (14)

#10 (9)

#9 (12)

#7 (7)

#7 (15)

#8 (8)

#8 (8)

#17 (16)

Fletcher Cox, DT/DE

11 (17.4)

#7 (20)

#6 (18)

#20 (30)

#14 (23)

#9 (17)

#12 (11)

#7 (7)

#13 (13)

Melvin Ingram DE

11.2 (11.3)

#9 (9)

#12 (6)

#8 (11)

#8 (10)

#16 (13)

#17 (21)

#14 (13)

#5 (7)

Riley Reiff, T

11.3 (8.9)

#13 (7)

#16 (10)

#10 (8)

#10 (8)

#14 (10)

#7 (7)

#12 (12)

#8 (9)

Michael Floyd, WR

13.1

#10

#18

#12

#12

#12

#11

#11

#19

Dontari Poe, DT

15.6 (19.4)

#17 (22)

#15 (14)

#17 (51)

#16 (13)

#10 (14)

#26 (24)

#9 (9)

#15 (8)

David DeCastro, G

16.5 (23.1 )

#15 (#12)

#14 (16)

#15 (14)

#9 (11)

#8 (9)

#9 (9)

#10 (10)

#52 (104)

Dre Kirkpatrick, CB

18.1 (18.3)

#16 (18)

#25 (21)

#11 (17)

#15 (16)

#21 (22)

#25 (15)

#23 (27)

#9 (10)

Ryan Tannehill, QB

22.6 (26.8 )

#8 (11)

#8 (13)

#6 (7)

#53 (46)

#17 (25)

#24 (27)

#33 (54)

#32 (31)

Summary
The cream continues to rise to the top, as this is the shortest list of players yet. Not much has changed at the top, but quite a bit has shifted around in the bottom half. RGIII finally has ascended to the #2 spot hopping over Matt Kalil, but the top 6 players are still the same guys: Luck, RGIII, Kalil, Richardson, Claiborne and Blackmon. It’s also worth mentioning that those 6 are the only consensus top 10 picks. WR Michael Floyd has found his way back onto the list (just barely), but DT Michael Brockers and DE Courtney Upshaw have fallen out of the top 10 completely. Fletcher Cox and Luke Kuechley have continued their ascent all off-season and both leap-frogged Riley Reiff and Melvin Ingram. Ryan Tannehill has the most mixed rankings of any player going as high as #6 on one list and as low as #53 on another.

Bonus Round 2 Rankings

Because the Vikings are likely only going to draft one of the players on this list above (fingers crossed it’s the cumulatively ranked #3 guy Matt Kalil!), I decided to do a little digging on some other players that could be available to us in the 2nd round. Several mocks that have us picking Matt Kalil #3, then have us going WR, CB or even S with our 2nd round pick. So, as a bonus (ooo, a bonus!) here is a list of a few of players at each of those positions that could be there for us at pick #35. Players were chosen based on who I’ve seen in numerous mock drafts, or who I hope is still there in the 2nd round. Their cumulative rankings come from the same sites I used above (minus ESPN since I’m not an insider, and they don’t have anything beyond the top 32 players).

Average

CBSSports

NFL.com
(Brandt)

Walter
football.com

Draftcount
down.com

Drafttek.com

Profootball
weekly.com

Draft
nasty.com

Janoris Jenkins, CB

29.6

#39

#18

#13

#18

#44

#42

#33

Stephen Hill, WR

42.6

#30

#29

#36

#40

#29

#45

#89

Alshon Jeffrey, WR

44.2

#52

#30

#44

#47

#52

#50

#35

Harrison Smith, S

49.9

#47

#44

#57

#43

#47

#58

#53

Reuben Randle, WR

52

#33

#40

#50

#34

#102

#24

#81

Josh Robinson, CB

53.1

#50

#62

#49

#59

#61

#52

#39

Mohamed Sanu, WR

55.7

#60

#73

#46

#50

#73

#54

#34

Alfonzo Dennard, CB

64.9

#56

#67

#59

#62

#37

#56

#117

Summary

Of all the guys I’ve seen mocked to the Vikings in the 2nd round, only Janoris Jenkins averages out as a 1st round pick. He certainly has the talent, but those well-documented off-the-field issues will surely cause him to slide. It will be interesting to see if we end up drafting Jenkins at #35 or not. I found it interesting that Stephen Hill averaged out in the 2nd round, as most of the mainstream media outlets have him ranked as a late 1st round pick. If we ended up with Kalil at #3 and then either Janoris Jenkins or Stephen Hill in the 2nd round, I’d call that a win for our team. Either Harrison Smith or Alshon Jeffrey would be a nice consolation prize though and either one would not be much of a reach for us at pick #35. If this cumulative Big Board is anywhere close to accurate, then most of the other names on the list would probably be labeled a reach at pick #35.

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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