Final NFL draft Big Board
Here is a final ranking of the top 25 prospects for the 2012 NFL draft
Looking back at the first Big Board for the 2012 class, released just a week after last year's draft, there's no change at the top. Andrew Luck has gone wire to wire as the top prospect on the board. That's no major surprise, but other players held up well, too. Trent Richardson held up as the top running back prospect. Morris Claiborne I considered the likely top corner, and he held up well over the year. There were a number of others.
And it's saying something, because for those guys the microscope has always been turned on. But now they'll be rewarded for another year of great play. Keep the board around during the draft, because this is a reflection of where I have the guys lined up, and it does factor into how I grade the teams based on how well they accrued value. Thanks so much for another year of reading and feedback and, as always, read on and let me know who should be higher or who has been passed over. Juniors and draft-eligible sophomores are noted with an asterisk.
More Kiper NFL draft content:Final Mock Draft | 'Grade A' AFC Draft | 'Grade A' NFC Draft | Final Big Board
Top 5 players by position | Regrading the 2011 NFL draft1Andrew Luck *AGE: 22DOB: 9/12/89HT: 6-4WT: 234POS: QBComp 288Att 404Pct 71.3Yds 3,517TD 37Int 10
A confirmed lock to go No. 1, Luck has worked hard during the draft process, backing up a lot of what evaluators felt about his mentality. No change in profile. Arm strength, size, smarts, demeanor all there. Ready to play.LAST WEEK: 1 | PLAYER CARD2Robert Griffin III *AGE: 22DOB: 2/12/90HT: 6-2WT: 223POS: QBComp 291Att 402Pct 72.4Yds 4,293TD 37Int 6
Another guy we've had penciled in for a while. Washington will expect him to start in Week 1. He's accurate, throws a fantastic deep ball, is a proven leader and has shown evaluators he's a QB first, athlete second. Great kid, great pick.LAST WEEK: 2 | PLAYER CARD3Trent Richardson *AGE: 20DOB: 7/10/91HT: 5-9WT: 228POS: RBCar 283Yds 1,679Avg. 5.9TD 21
As good of a running back as we've seen in the past few years. He's powerful and fast, has vision and pass-catching skills; he's a beast and explodes from and through contact. Total-package RB, a great fit at No. 4 if Cleveland wants him.LAST WEEK: 3 | PLAYER CARD4Morris Claiborne *AGE: 22DOB: 2/7/90HT: 5-11WT: 188POS: CBTkl 51Sack 0Int 6
Claiborne's aptitude for the game, his instincts for the position and his approach to preparation are sound. A true technician, he's an exceptional pure corner with impeccable instincts. Ready to start.LAST WEEK: 4 | PLAYER CARD5Justin Blackmon *AGE: 22DOB: 1/9/90HT: 6-1WT: 207POS: WRRec 121Yds 1,522Avg 12.6TD 18
Steady stock, and has been for months. Blackmon isn't as big as some had him listed (he's actually under 6-foot-1), but he's still a lock for the top 10. Great route-runner, versatile, explosive; really works to get open. Has a high floor.LAST WEEK: 5 | PLAYER CARD
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