As the 2012 NFL draft gets underway, sleepers and studs hit the stage and shake up the action. Here are three top college football picks scouts should be quietly vying for when this season’s selections are made today.
All eyes are on Andrew Luck, and Robert Griffin III, the No. 1 and 2 overall NFL draft picks for the 2012 season. Luck, who is considered a surgeon on offense, hails from Stanford University. He is taking his cerebral talent as a quarterback to the Indianapolis Colts.
Luck is a perfect match for the Indianapolis Colts. With future Hall of Fame quarterback Peyton Manning being shipped off to John Elway’s Denver Broncos, the former Standford star has his work cut out for him.
While he brings the personality of Eli Manning to the table, he has the arm and cerebral style to rival Peyton Manning. Furthermore, he is agile, not afraid of the blitz, and stays in control of the offense. Like Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck is among the studs, not sleepers, in the 2012 NFL draft.
Griffin, a former track star, who hails from Baylor, is rumored to be going to the Washington Redskins. His on-the-fly offense and excellent play-making ability should be a tremendous asset at the FedEx Field.
While he is short for a quarterback by NFL standards, he is quick on his feet like Michael Vick, is a bulldog on offense, can re-fashion a broken play in real-time, and has an arm like Donavan McNabb.
Both top draft picks are products of coaches, who developed the quarterbacks by working on their mental skills. Undoubtedly, Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III will bring a Hunger Games style of play to the football field this season.
However, the 2012 NFL draft has sleepers that may shock you when the action gets underway tonight. Here is one that could make the difference in a team getting to the playoffs…or not.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have their eye on Morris Claiborne, a CB from LSU. Outside of Darrelle Revis and Deion Sanders, he may be the best at the cornerback’s position to set foot in the NFL draft. Many pundits believe football games are won with defense.
As such, Morris Claiborne brings a tenacious style of play to the field. Tampa Bay has struggled to make its mark to keep teams out of the red-zone. Nevertheless, as long as Josh Freeman continues to grow at the quarterback’s position, Claiborne can make an impact on defense. Look for the Bucs to jump at the opportunity tonight.
Other NFL 2012 draft sleepers worthy of note are Justin Blackmon, WR (Oklahoma State). The Arizona Cardinals have their eyes on his play-making ability. The Dallas Cowboys are eyeing Mark Barron, a safety from Alabama. Finally, the Chicago Bears have Kendall Wright (Baylor) in their sights for the wide-receiver’s position. Good luck to Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and all the prospects.
Don’t miss the NFL draft for 2012. Picks for the first round begin at 8 p.m. EST.
Sources: ESPN, Los Angeles Times
Follow me on Pinterest.
If you wish to ensure you receive email updates to all of Bruce’s articles, please subscribe by clicking the link above and join his Facebook Fan Page.
All rights reserved. No part of this article may be reproduced without prior permissions from the author or Clarity Digital Group LLC d/b/a nextooze.com
Do you have a passion for something that you would like to share? Why not write about it with nextooze.com and get paid? Click here to link to nextooze.com and start sharing your knowledge today.