The experts have spoken on the top draft prospects

Posted by ttwentyman on January 26, 2012 – 12:45 pm

There are still three months to go until April’s NFL Draft, but the experts are in full swing with their analysis.

Wes Bunting of the National Football Post released his top five prospects from the Senior Bowl via Twitter on Wednesday:

1). North Carolina DE Quinton Coples: “Makes it look easy, combo size, power, length and quicks are “plus.”

2.). Ohio State OT Mike Adams: “Has an NFL LT build, good feet, gets hands on you its over.”

3). North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins: “Toughest guy to separate from all week, fluid, “plus” closing speed.”

4). Alabama DE Courtney Upshaw: “Impressive strength on contact, can turn speed into power off edge.”

5). South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram: “Thick, compact, can reach QB in a number of ways, sudden, versatile.”

NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock put out his list of the top five prospects from each position heading into the draft.

The one surprise from Mayock’s list is that he has Iowa’s Riley Rieff rated ahead of USC’s Matt Kalil as the best offensive tackle available. Most have Kalil as the best tackle prospect.

Here are the best, according to Mayock:


1. Andrew Luck, Stanford

2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor

3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

4 and 5 not specified.

Running Back

1. Trent Richardson, Alabama

2. David Wilson, Virginia Tech

3. Lamar Miller, Miami (FL)

4. Doug Martin, Boise State

5. LaMichael James, Oregon

Wide Receiver

1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

3. Kendall Wright, Baylor

4. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina

5. Chris Givens, Wake Forest

Tight End

1. Dwayne Allen, Clemson

2. Coby Fleener, Stanford

3. Orson Charles, Georgia

4. Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette

5. Michael Egnew, Missouri


1. Riley Reiff, Iowa

2. Matt Kalil, USC

3. Jonathan Martin, Stanford

4. Mike Adams, Ohio State

T-5. James Brown, Troy

T-5. Zebrie Sanders, Florida State

Interior Offensive Lineman

1. David DeCastro, Stanford

2. Peter Konz, Wisconsin

3. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

4. Cordy Glenn, Georgia

5. Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State

Defensive End

1. Quinton Coples, North Carolina

2. Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

3. Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

4. Nick Perry, USC

T-5. Chandler Jones, Syracuse

T-5. Andre Branch, Clemson

Defensive Tackle

1. Devon Still, Penn State

2. Jerel Worthy, Michigan State

3. Michael Brockers, LSU

4. Brandon Thompson, Clemson

T-5. Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State

T-5. Dontari Poe, Memphis


1. Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

2. Luke Kuechly, Boston College

3. Dont’a Hightower, Alabama

4. Zach Brown, North Carolina

5. Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State


1. Morris Claiborne, LSU

2. Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama

3. Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

4. Leonard Johnson, Iowa State

5. Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama


1. Mark Barron, Alabama

2. Harrison Smith, Notre Dame

3. George Iloka, Boise State

4. Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State

T-5. Janzen Jackson, McNeese State

T-5. Antonio Allen, South Carolina

There’s still a lot that can happen at the combine in Indianapolis next month and during individual workouts around college campuses, but the experts have their lists and we’ll start to see if the team’s agree.

Posted in Lions Insider Tim Twentyman | 7 Comments »

7 Responses to “The experts have spoken on the top draft prospects”

  1. By Thomas on Jan 26, 2012 | Reply

    I believe that after reviewing the mocks available that Janoris Ienkins will be gone. I see the Lions pick being, get this, Trent Richardson. He’s going to fall some and willl be the best player available when it gets to our pick. Alterate picks will be Konz or Barron. There is going to be a run on CB’s and OT’s. Also players like Burfict are going to blow up the combine which will cause a team or three to reach. Happens every year. Also, running backs have been reduced in importance. Look at Mark Ingram last year. Richardson could go to the Bengals but I think they’ll go a different direction. I believe that Jahvid Best is done after one more serious hit to his head if not already.

  2. By Brandon on Jan 27, 2012 | Reply

    Ok if not for the richardson comment id say you know what youre talking about. I dont doubt the lions would take richardson at 23 if he were availible because hed clearly be the best available. However when players are talked about going top 5 in at least half the mock drafts, they dont fall to 23. Richardson to the Lions will never happen in a million years although I wouldnt mind being wrong.

  3. By gibbyfan23 on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    Trent Richardson is a fine RB, but we have Mikel, Javid unfortunately is done, so we need that change of pace back coming out of the back field,Lamichael James or Isiah Pead are them back, Pead can be had in the 3rd or 4th rd. meaning we don’t have to pay a ton and still get the exciting back we need, it would behove Detroit to trade that 1st pick & stock pile alot of 2-3-4th rdrs, for the next couple years,yes having that markie name is good, they’ve proven there worth in ( COLLEGE) but not the nfl, need i say more ( TOM BRADY) excellent players can be had in the later rds.,Trade that 1st rd. pick, use the money and sign our Avril,Tullock,Hill & the others with the money you save, with the influx of our 2-3rd round picks, we will have a rock solid team for years, and have 2013 extra draft picks to play with. JUST an opinion, but a solid 1

  4. By D_Killeth on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t see us taking a running back. Though Jahvid’s season was cut short by concussions, he is on the road to recovery and there’s been no reports that the Lions are giving up on him. With Smith and LeShoure on the team and healthy, with Williams as a backup, even if Best does get hurt again I don’t think it will be something the team is terribly worried about. Obviously they don’t want Best to get hurt; he’s a playmaker and a fine player. But I don’t think they’re going to go out and draft another RB. I think if anything, they’re going to draft Marquis Maze to be a KR/PR/Slot guy, cut Logan, move Best primarily into a scat-back type player (2 WR 1 TE 2 RB sets or 3-1-1 sets with him in the slot and Smith in the backfield) and go from there.

  5. By JAsccencio on Jan 28, 2012 | Reply

    people people. I know the season ended and there are alot of short memories out there. 600 yards to matt Flynn and 6 td’s to Brees. The best pick is Janson Jackson. He was a beast at UT and then went to M state because of the coaching issues there. He will help Delmas on the back end and plays every play.

  6. By StaticDean on Jan 29, 2012 | Reply

    I can see the potential for a great pick here no matter what the teams in front of us do but if we do what teams in the past have done and just go after a player that another team wants and then trade down maybe we can get two for the price of one and not take such a hit on our cap next year! I hope Calvin works something out with the team on that big @$$ contract of his so we can pay our other big name players and keep everyone, I know he’s earned to be the top dog, but for the sake of his team mates. And I hope he’s done doing foreign car commercials! He’s in Detroit! Live in America-Buy American!

  7. By Detroit Lions on Apr 29, 2012 | Reply

    I must admit, I was SHOCKED that the Lions passed over Konz in the second round, I thought he was a steal at that draft slot.

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