Top Prospects For 2012 Draft

Posted by | Feb 22, 2012 | -

By Tony Pauline,
3. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama* — Richardson is the most complete running back in this draft, and likely the only first-round pick from the position. He’s a versatile ball-carrier who also positively effects the game as a pass-catcher. The junior has the skills to immediately produce as a rookie in the NFL. 13. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama* — Kirkpatrick is a feisty corner who physically beats down opponents to defend passes. He possesses outstanding size, continues to display improved ball skills and projects as a No. 1 cornerback in the NFL. 15. Courtney Upshaw, DE-OLB, Alabama — Upshaw was the feared pass-rusher in Alabama’s suffocating defense, and scouts expect much the same from him at the next level. The lingering question is which position will Upshaw play at the next level, outside linebacker or defensive end? Or both? 24. Don’ta Hightower, ILB, Alabama* — A force in the middle of the Tide’s defense, Hightower is a dominant run defender who controls the action in the box. He quickly makes waste of blockers and stop ball-carriers dead in their tracks. More of a two-down defender, Hightower can be a liability in coverage. 25. Mark Barron, S, Alabama — Barron performed brilliantly as a senior at Alabama after a tough campaign in 2010. He’s a dominant run defender who does not get enough credit for his coverage skills. Recent hernia surgery will set Barron back, but he’ll quickly produce in the NFL once at full health. [More]

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