You might be wondering why in the heck there’s another ‘This Week In Mock Drafts’ this week even though the 2011 NFL Draft already took place.
It’s a valid question to ask if you’re not a die hard fan of the NFL Draft and mock drafts. However, if you spend all your time leading up to the draft reading mocks, coming up with your own mock, devouring information from the NFL Combine then you know that the NFL mock season never truly ends.
Sure, it might be too early to come up with a mock draft for the 2012 but it’s never too early to start talking about the top college prospects who might be going in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
One of the go to places on the web if you are in need of information is Scott Wright’s Draft Countdown site. Currently up on his site he has a Top 12 list of senior college prospects for the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. Hey, it’s less than a year away, right? Unless, of course, the NFL lockout drama somehow does something to get rid of the NFL Draft as we know it.
Let’s not think that way, though, okay? And let’s just focus on some names that might be called out during the 2012 NFL Draft. Who knows, one of these names might be a future New England Patriot.
Here we go, Scott Wright’s 2012 Top 12 NCAA Football College Senior Prospects are:
1.Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia.
2.Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
3.Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
4.Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
5.Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
6.Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
7.Mark Barron, Safety, Alabama
8.Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
9. Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
10. Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU
11. Michael Egnew, TE. Missouri
12. Kenny Tate, Safety, Maryland
One thing we know as of now about the Patriots’ 2012 Draft is that they once again have two first round picks, which gives them a lot of flexibility.
Their 2011 Draft resulted in them filling a couple of needs in the offensive line and running back depth while also adding more young talent to their defensive secondary.
The one name sticking out from Wright’s list is Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd. After being caught driving drunk it almost seemed like Floyd’s Fighting Irish career would end early and he would enter the supplemental draft. But he was given a reprieve from the university’s Residence Life and he wasn’t suspended. His head coach, Brian Kelly, hasn’t said whether or not he’ll let Floyd play but as of now Floyd is still a member of Notre Dame’s football team.
Other than 5th rounder tight end Lee Smith the Patriots didn’t add much to their receiving corps that already boasts a pretty deep and talented group that includes Wes Welker, Julian Edelman, Brandon Tate, Deion Branch, Rob Gronkowski, and Aaron Hernandez.
If Floyd can keep up his 2010 play where he caught 79 balls for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns then the Patriots might consider him in 2012. But maybe not with one of their first round picks as Floyd was considered by some as a 3rd round talent if he were to come out this past draft.
We have a whole year to debate about things like that. It’s going to be fun!