2012 NFL Draft: Rookie Rankings and Intro

Over the six months before our next meaningful snap of NFL football we’ll be treated to the annual influx of talent from the college ranks. Some names—Andrew Luck, for example—you’re already familiar with; others, not so much. But at this time last year how much did you really know about DeMarco Murray, Roy Helu, or Doug Baldwin?

Consider this your quick and dirty orientation to the 2012 rookies.

Here you’ll find snapshots of the soon-to-be- rookie class, as well as a glimpse of what they bring to the NFL table. This isn’t an exhaustive scouting report; there are plenty who devote themselves to the college game, and if you check my Twitter list of NFL Draft follows you’ll find many of the ones whose opinion I’ve come to trust. But that doesn’t mean I haven’t formed my own opinions about this year’s rookie crop, and I’ll share those here as well. I’ll also include any NFL comparisons these scouts are making; I’ve found that having an NFL frame of reference for a college player’s potential makes it easier to get a handle on their fantasy value.

Of course, much of the fantasy value and potential of these players won’t be determined until we know what NFL team they land with. But there’s no reason you can’t already have a base of knowledge to work with, giving you a leg up on your fantasy league be it dynasty or redraft.

Below are preliminary rankings of the Class of 2012, based primarily on where in the NFL draft these players are expected to go off the board. The bolded names indicate players whose expected draft position falls on the first two days of the draft, though from Tom Brady to Victor Cruz it’s been established that where you’re drafted isn’t the sole predictor of success. These rankings will be tweaked throughout the predraft season, then revised extensively once we learn where each will ply their professional trade. If there are players not included here who you feel might deserve a closer look, shoot me an email at tuvey@thehuddle.com and we’ll see if we can add them to the mix.


  1. Andrew Luck, Stanford
  2. Robert Griffin III, Baylor
  3. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
  4. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
  5. Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
  6. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
  7. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
  8. Nick Foles, Arizona
  9. B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga
  10. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State


  1. Trent Richardson, Alabama
  2. Doug Martin, Boise State
  3. Lamar Miller, Miami (FL)
  4. Chris Polk, Washington
  5. David Wilson, Virginia Tech
  6. Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
  7. Bernard Pierce, Temple
  8. LaMichael James, Oregon
  9. Cyrus Gray, Texas A&M
  10. Robert Turbin, Utah State
  11. Chris Rainey, Florida
  12. Dan Herron, Ohio State
  13. Ronnie Hillman, San Diego State
  14. Vick Ballard, Mississippi State
  15. Terrance Ganaway, Baylor
  16. Edwin Baker, Michigan State
  17. Tauren Poole, Tennessee
  18. Brandon Bolden, Mississippi
  19. Davin Meggett, Maryland
  20. Evan Rodriguez, Temple


  1. Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
  2. Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
  3. Kendall Wright, Baylor
  4. Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
  5. Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
  6. Rueben Randle, LSU
  7. Nick Toon, Wisconsin
  8. Dwight Jones, North Carolina
  9. Joe Adams, Arkansas
  10. Juron Criner, Arizona
  11. Marvin Jones, California
  12. Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
  13. TY Hilton, Florida International
  14. Jarius Wright, Arkansas
  15. Marvin McNutt, Iowa
  16. Tommy Streeter, Miami
  17. Chris Givens, Wake Forest
  18. Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
  19. Brian Quick, Appalachian State
  20. Eric Page, Toledo


  1. Orson Charles, Georgia
  2. Dwayne Allen, Clemson
  3. Coby Fleener, Stanford
  4. Michael Egnew, Missouri
  5. Ladarius Green, Louisiana Lafayette
  6. Brian Linthicum, Michigan State
  7. David Paulson, Oregon
  8. Kevin Koger, Michigan
  9. George Bryan, North Carolina State
  10. DeAngelo Peterson, LSU