2012 NFL Draft

2012 NFL Draft Tracker

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Pick Team Player Pos Ht Wt School
Round 3 1 (64) Indianapolis Colts Dwayne Allen(video) TE 6'4 255 Clemson

National Football Post: Much like the Panthers gave rookie QB Cam Newton a pair of talented tight ends to throw to, as are the Colts with Luck. Allen is a dual receiving/blocking combo who will do most of his damage off the line, but has the sneaky athleticism needed to get down the field. NFL ceiling: Above-average, all-around tight end. NFL floor: "Plus" No. 2.

Round 3 2 (65) St. Louis Rams Trumaine Johnson CB 6'2 204 Montana
Trumaine Johnson

National Football Post: Johnson has skills similar to former Ravens first-round pick from a year ago Jimmy Smith. He has some off-field concerns but can develop into a capable press corner for the Rams. NFL ceiling: solid press corner. NFL floor: CB/FS tweener.

Round 3 3 (66) Minnesota Vikings Josh Robinson(video) CB 5'10 192 UCF
Josh Robinson

National Football Post: Robinson is an elite straight-line athlete who can really turn and go get the football. However, he has a tendency to stop his feet when trying to feel routes develop around him and will let receivers get behind him. However, there is a lot to work with and he will tackle well in run support. NFL ceiling: Above-average corner. NFL floor: Reserve.

Round 3 4 (67) Denver Broncos Ronnie Hillman(video) RB 5'10 190 San Diego State

National Football Post: Hillman can make defenders miss but leaves far too many yards on the field and needs to do a better job getting north and south quickly in the NFL. NFL ceiling: Average starter. NFL floor: Reserve.

Note: from Browns
Round 3 5 (68) Houston Texans DeVier Posey(video) WR 6'2 210 Ohio State
DeVier Posey

National Football Post: The Texans needed to find a vertical threat for the offense and Posey possesses the kind of deceptive speed to make plays down the field and adjust to the play. He's not an elite speed guy. However, the further down the field he gets the tougher he is to cover and should see a lot of vertical opportunities in Houston. NFL ceiling: Starter. NFL floor: Sub-package option.

Note: from Buccaneers
Round 3 6 (69) Buffalo Bills T.J. Graham(video) WR 6'0 180 North Carolina State

National Football Post: Graham might be the draft's top pure vertical threat. He's got elite speed, can take the top off a defense and despite his struggles as a route runner, he's got the speed to open opportunities for his teammates underneath. NFL ceiling: Big-play threat on the outside. NFL floor: Sub-package threat.

Note: from Redskins
Round 3 7 (70) Jacksonville Jaguars Bryan Anger(video) P 6'4 208 California

National Football Post: The Jaguars landed the draft's top punter. Anger has the ability to start from Day 1 and should mature into one of the league's best. NFL ceiling: Top-five punter. NFL floor: Solid starter.

Round 3 8 (71) Washington Redskins Josh LeRibeus(video) G 6'2 311 Southern Methodist

National Football Post: LeRibeus has gained a lot of steam over the past couple months and has the kind of power to hold up inside vs. the bull rush. However, I don't see a natural athlete in pass protection and I think there were better linemen on the board. NFL ceiling: Average starter. NFL floor: Reserve.

Note: from Bills
Round 3 9 (72) Miami Dolphins Olivier Vernon DE 6'4 265 Miami (FL)

National Football Post: There was a lot to like about Vernon on tape in 2010. However, because of injury and some motor concerns he wasn't impressive in 2011. The talent is there for him to mature into a serviceable starter. However, I think this was a little high for him in Round 3. NFL ceiling: Solid three-down starter. NFL floor: Rotational reserve.

Round 3 10 (73) San Diego Chargers Brandon Taylor(video) FS 6'0 195 LSU
Brandon Taylor

National Football Post: Taylor has been an NFP favorite ever since his junior season as he's made a smooth transition from corner to safety. He needs to do a better job taking proper angles in run support. However, he can re-direct and get out of his breaks in coverage and showcases solid closing range in the deep half. NFL ceiling: Above-average starter. NFL floor: "Plus" nickel DB.

Note: from Dolphins through Panthers and Bears
Round 3 11 (74) Kansas City Chiefs Donald Stephenson G 6'6 307 Oklahoma

National Football Post: Stephenson showcases the size and athleticism to play left tackle in the NFL. However, I see a guy who is going to struggle with power vs. the bull rush and might be better suited to kick inside to guard. He's an intriguing athlete, but needs to learn to play lower and with more consistent leverage. NFL Ceiling: Athletic starter. NFL floor: Swing lineman.

Round 3 12 (75) Seattle Seahawks Russell Wilson(video) QB 5'11 210 Wisconsin
Russell Wilson

National Football Post: Wilson lacks ideal NFL size and I see him more as a reserve than potential franchise QB. However, he's got a better arm than given credit for, is natural on the move and is a good fit for the Seahawks' West Coast offense. NFL Ceiling: Low-end starter. NFL floor: Reserve.

Round 3 13 (76) Houston Texans Brandon Brooks(video) G 6'5 343 Miami (OH)
Brandon Brooks

National Football Post: Brooks is a massive kid with a strong lower half, good girth and natural strength. He stood out at this year's East-West Shrine game and has the talent to mature into another very good starting guard in this year's class. NFL ceiling: Pro Bowler. NFl floor: Solid starter.

Note: from Eagles
Round 3 14 (77) New York Jets Demario Davis OLB 6'3 230 Arkansas State
Demario Davis

National Football Post: Davis is a thumper who can play the ILB spot for the Jets and be that downhill guy. He can also defend the pass. Another talented piece to improve the Jets' defense. NFL ceiling: Above-average starter. NFL floor: Solid starter.

Round 3 15 (78) Miami Dolphins Michael Egnew(video) TE 6'6 245 Missouri

National Football Post: Egnew doesn't play nearly as fast at times and has a tough time getting in and out of breaks. Is more of a straight-line guy who can threaten only the seam. A guy like Orson Charles from Georgia would have been a better selection. NFL ceiling: Mismatch guy. NFL floor: Sub-package reserve.

Note: from Chargers
Round 3 16 (79) Chicago Bears Brandon Hardin FS 6'2 216 Oregon State

National Football Post: A Chris Conte type player who has great instincts, solid range and ball skills. Is a little tight in the hips, but can tackle, plays hard and is always around the football. Should make his mark on special teams from Day 1 and possibly mature into a starter. NFL ceiling: Average starter. NFL floor: Above-average reserve.

Round 3 17 (80) Arizona Cardinals Jamell Fleming(video) CB 5'11 191 Oklahoma
Jamell Fleming

National Football Post: Fleming is a tough kid who can get in and out of his breaks, make plays on the football and tackle. Isn't the most explosive of athletes and will struggle with faster receivers. He can play inside and out and offers some depth for the Cardinals. NFL ceiling: Solid starter. NFL floor: Sub-package corner.

Round 3 18 (81) Dallas Cowboys Tyrone Crawford(video) DE 6'4 276 Boise State
Tyrone Crawford

National Football Post: Crawford played as a 4-3 DE at Boise State, but will be moved to the five-technique in Dallas. He's a strong kid who carries 285 pounds very well and has the frame to get bigger. Plus, he turns speed into power very well as a pass rusher and should contribute early in Dallas. NFL ceiling: Above-average five-technique. NFL floor: Needs to move back to 4-3.

Round 3 19 (82) Tennessee Titans Mike Martin(video) DT 6'2 304 Michigan
Mike Martin

National Football Post: Martin is the kind of DT the Titans love. He's a high motor guy with a good burst, can stop plays before they start and is always around the action. Lacks ideal size, but as a rotational lineman he will have plenty of opportunities to make plays up front. NFL ceiling: Starter. NFL floor: Solid rotational guy.

Round 3 20 (83) Cincinnati Bengals Mohamed Sanu(video) WR 6'2 215 Rutgers
Mohamed Sanu

National Football Post: Sanu isn't the most explosive of vertical threats but he can make plays inside and threaten the seam. Plus, because of his short-area quickness, he should mature into a good route runner. NFL ceiling: Marques Colston. NFL floor: Above-average sub-package guy.

Round 3 21 (84) Baltimore Ravens Bernard Pierce(video) RB 6'0 218 Temple
Bernard Pierce

National Football Post: There is a lot to like about Pierce and the way he runs the football. He's got a similar running style to Texans RB Arian Foster and should be a perfect complement to Ray Rice in Baltimore as he will help lighten his load. NFL ceiling: Average starter. NFL floor: Solid No. 2.

Note: from Falcons
Round 3 22 (85) Detroit Lions Dwight Bentley(video) CB 5'11 179 Louisiana-Lafayette

National Football Post: If Bentley plays as tough and physical as he did at the Senior Bowl the guy is going to be a solid player. However, he wasn't overly physical on tape, especially as a tackler and he might be more of a nickel guy than a true starting corner. NFL ceiling: Potential starter. NFL floor: "Plus" nickel guy.

Round 3 23 (86) Pittsburgh Steelers Sean Spence OLB 6'0 224 Miami (FL)
Sean Spence

National Football Post: It's questionable if he's an ideal fit as a potential starter. If the Steelers are looking for an athletic nickel backer who can play on third down, Spence can fit that need. However, he's too small to anchor inside as a 3-4 ILB. NFL ceiling: Starter in a 4-3. NFL floor: Nickel backer.

Round 3 24 (87) Cleveland Browns John Hughes DT 6'3 309 Cincinnati

National Football Post: Hughes gives the Browns a thick body that can push the pocket inside and play the run game. I thought this was a little high for him but he should be able to continue as a rotational guy early. NFL ceiling: Low-end starter. NFL floor: Solid reserve.

Note: from Broncos
Round 3 25 (88) Philadelphia Eagles Nick Foles(video) QB 6'5 240 Arizona
Nick Foles

National Football Post: If there was one mid-round QB that has the best chance of maturing into a solid starter it's Foles. He's a big strong kid, who can spin the football and make plays in the face of pressure. A great value for the Eagles with long-term starting potential. NFL ceiling: Solid starter. NFL flood: "Plus" reserve.

Note: from Texans
Round 3 26 (89) New Orleans Saints Akiem Hicks(video) DT 6'5 324 University of Regina
Akiem Hicks

National Football Post: Hicks is a former five-star recruit who was signed to go with LSU until some recruiting violations. However, he's an impressive physical specimen with a good first step, natural bend and power, and a ton of upside. NFL Ceiling: Impact starter. NFL floor: Reserve.

Round 3 27 (90) New England Patriots Jake Bequette(video) DE 6'5 271 Arkansas
Jake Bequette

National Football Post: The Pats love high motor guys and Bequette plays with a consistent passion. He isn't the most explosive of linemen. However, he knows how to gain leverage, use his hands to shed and play with power. NFL ceiling: Above-average three-down lineman. NFL floor: Average reserve.

Note: from Packers
Round 3 28 (91) Atlanta Falcons Lamar Holmes T 6'6 333 Southern Miss

National Football Post: Holmes is a massive tackle who certainly looks the part of an NFL lineman. Now, there are some inconsistencies to his game. However, he possesses all the tools you look for in a developmental type prospect. NFL ceiling: Potential starter. NFL floor: Swing tackle.

Note: from Ravens
Round 3 29 (92) Indianapolis Colts T.Y. Hilton WR 5'10 183 FIU

National Football Post: The Colts put another weapon around QB Andrew Luck with this explosive slot guy. He's faster than he is quick, but he can run vertically, create big plays down the field and help out from Day 1 as a return man. NFL ceiling: Dynamic vertical slot man. NFL Floor: Sub-package receiver.

Note: from 49ers
Round 3 30 (93) Cincinnati Bengals Brandon Thompson(video) DT 6'2 310 Clemson
Brandon Thompson

National Football Post: Thompson is a great value for the Bengals here. He's a bit linear as a pass rusher. However, he's got a good first step, can anchor vs. the run game and is one of the draft's top nose tackles. Should mature into a solid starter. NFL ceiling: Above-average nose tackle. NFL floor: Solid reserve NT.

Note: from Patriots
Round 3 31 (94) New York Giants Jayron Hosley(video) CB 5'10 171 Virginia Tech
Jayron Hosley

National Football Post: Hosley isn't the biggest or fastest of corners. However, he knows how to find the football and create turnovers in the secondary. He looks more like a zone/slot guy to me, but you can't teach his ball skills and he is clean when asked to re-direct. NFL ceiling: Solid zone corner. NFL floor: Nickel DB.

Round 3 32 (95) Oakland Raiders Tony Bergstrom(video) G 6'6 315 Utah
Tony Bergstrom

National Football Post: Bergstrom is a tough, physical lineman who will likely kick inside to guard. However, he can bend, anchor on contact and shows quickness. NFL ceiling: Above-average starter. NFL Floor: Low-end starter.

Note: compensatory selection

Top-Ranked Prospects from National Football Post

Top nfl Draft Prospects
Rank Player Pos. Ht. Wt. School Round Pick Tm
Current Status: Round 7
Last 3 Picks
Pk Tm Player Pos School
15 (222) Dallas Cowboys Caleb McSurdy LB Montana
16 (223) Detroit Lions Travis Lewis OLB Oklahoma
17 (224) New England Patriots Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
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18 (225) Green Bay Packers not yet drafted - -
19 (226) San Diego Chargers David Molk C Michigan