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2012 Draft Day 3: Best Available
Here are some lists of the top remaining prospects left on Day Three of the draft.
Nick's Top 15 Remaining
1. Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
2. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
3. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
4. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
5. Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
6. Ben Jones, C, Georgia
7. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
8. Ronnell Lewis, DE/LB, Oklahoma
9. Orsen Charles, TE, Georgia
10. Jared Crick, DL, Nebraska
11. George Iloka, S, Boise State
12. James Michael-Johnson, LB, Nevada
13. Taylor Thompson, TE, Southern Methodist
14. Philip Blake, C, Baylor
15. Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas
1. Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
2. Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
3. Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
4. Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan St.
5. Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (FL)
6. Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
7. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
8. Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska
9. Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
10. George Iloka, S, Boise St.
11. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
12. Chris Polk, RB, Washington
13. Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
14. Robert Turbin, RB, Utah St.
15. Marvin Jones, WR, California
16. Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama
17. Ben Jones, C, Georgia
18. Ladarius Green, TE, LA-Lafayette
19. David Molk, C, Michigan
20. Billy Winn, DT, Boise St.
21. Taylor Thompson, TE, S.M.U.
22. Joe Looney, OG, Wake Forest
23. James Brown, OT, Troy
24. Trevor Guyton, DE, California
25. Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
26. Philip Blake, C, Baylor
27. Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia
28. Keenan Robinson, OLB, Texas
29. Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
30. James-Michael Johnson, ILB, Nevada
31. Kyle Wilber, OLB, Wake Forest
32. Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida St.
1. T Bobby Massie, Mississippi
You'll probably notice that he was on my list of best available players for Day 2. Massie projects as a left tackle in the NFL and would have been an elite tackle if he had stayed in school another year. At this point, we almost expect to hear about a medical or off-field issue by the time we hit the air Saturday morning.
2. RB Lamar Miller, Miami
Miller has elite speed and is a home run threat at running back. If he can improve his receiving skills out of the backfield, he has a bright future.
3. LB Terrell Manning, NC State
He missed a couple of weeks this past season with a knee injury. He's athletically gifted as a 4-3 outside linebacker.
4. G James Brown, Troy
Played well at left tackle at Troy, but projects as a guard in the NFL. He lacks ideal height for the position but is consistent.
5. LB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
Lewis is a pure pass-rusher who fits best as a 3-4 outside linebacker. He has a ton of talent.
6. S Antonio Allen, South Carolina
A three-year starter for the Gamecocks, Allen can play in the box or hold up in coverage. He is a bargain here.
7. G Brandon Washington, Miami
Athletic for the position, Washington can be a little passive as a pass-blocker.
8. DT Jared Crick, Nebraska
A torn pectoral muscle last season is why he's still available. He has a strong motor and finds a way to make his presence felt on the field.
9. T Zebrie Sanders, Florida State
Struggled some at the Senior Bowl against good competition. He is athletic but needs some technique work.
10. DT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington
Ta'amu can be a major run stopper in the NFL. He isn't much of a pass-rusher but is a definite space eater.
Dane Brugler (NFL Draft Scout)
1. OT Bobby Massie, Mississippi - Not yet sum of parts, but three-year starting right tackle has excellent size, strength and athleticism to play early
2. CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia - Tenacious cover corner flashes physicality to move inside to nickel; return skills increase value
3. WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest - One of few highly-rated wideouts with excellent straight-line speed, big-play ability highly valued
4. RB Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla.) - Smooth, one-cut runner with exceptional speed and burst, some durability concerns, poor man's Jamaal Charles
5. QB Kirk Cousins, Michigan State - Heady veteran with poise but only average skill-set and lacks the top-shelf arm to carry an offense
6. OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma - Physical & explosive off edge as a pass rusher & strong special teams player; but where to play him?
7. DE Jared Crick, Nebraska - Coming off pectoral injury; spark plug rusher with football smarts & strength, short arms & average quickness
8. RB Chris Polk, Washington - Most impressive running back on film outside of Trent Richardson; heavy workload, injury history concerns
9. WR Marvin Jones, California - Suffered from inconsistent QB play; arguably top WR at Senior Bowl and proved speed at Combine
10. DE Billy Winn, Boise State - DE/DT tweener with fluid footwork & loose hips, but struggles to stack/shed and fight through blocks
Alfonzo Dennard CB, Nebraska
He's strong/feisty, can press off the line and turn and run. Needs to clean up some technical flaws both in press and off the line, which hinders his balance. But can be a guy who could start both on the outside and in the slot at the next level.
Ronnell Lewis OLB, Oklahoma
Possesses an impressive physical/athletic skill set, a "plus" motor and a real passion for the game. I don't think he's ever going to be a top end pass rusher in the NFL. However, as a 6-8 sack guy long term who can help out on special teams and give you all he has play in and play out, I think he warrants a second round type grade.
Josh Chapman DT, Alabama
Has the making of a starting caliber nose at the next level in either a 3-4 and 4-3 front. Can consistently anchor on contact, is long armed and tough to move off the football. Also, is a better pass rusher than given credit for. Will likely fall because of medical concerns, but could be a real bargain because of it.
Orson Charles TE, Georgia
A gifted athlete who can create a lot of mismatches in the pass game. Should be able to improve as a route runner as well. Not quite as polished as Aaron Hernandez as an H-back coming out, but could end up playing a similar type role.
Jared Crick DE, Nebraska
Isn't a guy who can hold up vs. the run inside in the NFL and isn't a dynamic pass rusher either. However, as a five-technique DE I can see him finding a home with some versatility on 3rd down.
Cam Johnson DE, Virginia
A solid college defensive end who has never been much of a sack artist but there are some tools there. Showcases some fluidity in his drop and in coverage and has the ability to mature into a more sudden pass rusher. Will get looks in both a 34 and 43 front.
Josh Norman CB, Coastal Carolina
Talent says he's a top-60 pick, but there are some character concerns that could cause him to fall. Either way he has the talent to quickly match-up with NFL receiver at the next level.
Lamar Miller RB, Miami
Possesses a good first step, a natural feel between the tackles and exhibits the cut back ability to slice his way up the field. However, looks more like an ideal fit for a zone-blocking scheme because he isn't a guy who is going to make a ton of NFL defenders miss or break many tackles inside.
Alameda Ta'amu DT, Washington
This is the kind of guy who has the ability to anchor the middle of an NFL defense in either a 3-4 or 4-3 front. Needs to do a better job finding the football, but overall he looks like a starter who you eventually will be able to win with in the NFL.
Chris Polk RB, Washington
Is a big kid with a good feel inside, runs hard and will break some tackles. However, pad level, initial burst and lack of great change of direction skills make me think he's potential NFL starter only.
1. OT Bobby Massie (Ole Miss)
2. DE Cam Johnson (UVA)
3. CB Josh Norman (CCU)
4. CB Boykin (UGA)
5. DT Alameda Ta'amu (WASH)
6. QB Kirk Cousins (MSU)
7. LB Ronnell Lewis (OU)
8. DB Alfonzo Dennard (NEB)
9. C Philip Blake (BAY)
10. CB DeQuan Menzie (ALA)
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