2012 NFL Draft Picks By Team: Colts
There are three truths in this life: Death, taxes and Luck being the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.
In fact, he has been locked-in as the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft for well over a year. His ability to deliver the football quickly and with good velocity is as exceptional as they come. The accuracy on his throws has been impeccable. Does it sound like people are gushing when they talk about his talent? That's because they are. Over his last two seasons, he's completed 70.3 percent of his passes. He can make all the throws in the playbook and his compact delivery will need no tweaking.
His footwork is already on par with a seasoned NFL veteran. At the line of scrimmage, he can read defenses quickly, check out of plays and attack the defense's vulnerable spots. He's a solid athlete with decent mobility, but his accuracy could be better when his feet are set.
A natural leader and very intelligent. One of the best quarterback prospects ever. His father, Oliver Luck, was a former NFL quarterback. His understanding of where his receivers will be in relation to the defense is really something special. He has adequate height and weight for the position. Athletically gifted... [Read More
Stanford tight end Coby Fleener is one of the better receiving prospects at his position in this draft class. With a good mix of toughness and short area quickness, he's poised to be one of the first tight ends selected in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Fleener has a long frame and makes the most of it as a huge target on short and intermediate routes. Although he doesn't possess great speed, his long strides get upfield in a hurry (especially if he catches a pass in stride). Very competitive, Fleener fights for yards after the catch and shows good discipline in his route running. An above average pass-catcher with good hands, he can pluck the ball with his hands away from his body.
Not a natural bender as a run-blocker, Fleener will need to add more upper body strength to drive his man off the line or to simply seal the edge. He does a much better job blocking away from the trenches and can definitely dominate smaller corners and safeties on the outside.
Fleener has the potential to have a long career as a serious red zone threat in the NFL. His excellent footwork when route running will really carry him. He needs to improve his in-line blocking in order to add a necessary dimension... [Read More
Allen was a force for Clemson at tight end ever since joining the Tigers in 2009. He was just a junior in 2011, but he has the tools to excel at the next level and as a result he is leaving early. Allen played in all 14 games as a freshman, making 10 receptions for 108 yards and three touchdowns. In 2010 he hauled in 33 passes for 373 yards and one score, garnering All-ACC Second Team honors. Allen was once again an outstanding red-zone target as a junior. In 14 games the Fayetteville, NC native had 50 receptions for 598 yards and an impressive eight touchdowns.
As one might guess just from looking at his starts, Allen is a big target for quarterbacks standing at 6'4'' and 255 pounds. He has decent speed, having been clocked at 4.67 in the 40-yard dash (but that is not how is going to make his money on Sundays). Allen simply runs solid routes and has great hands. He is a sound blocker and has a significant impact in the running game. He will have to improve his speed if he is going to be a reliable pass-catcher at the next level and become a stat machine. Regardless, he can be a major contributor in the red zone and a big help to any offensive line. Allen should be a second-roun... [Read More
T.Y. Hilton, out of Florida International, is an undersized burner that could climb into the middle rounds. Hilton is a home-run hitter with shifty quickness and enough burst to carry him into the end zone. He's able to take bubble screens and other short passes and make the most of them.
Given his size, it is tough to connect with him downfield on big throws. Think of Hilton as a player like Ted Ginn, Jr. His impact as a receiver is limited, but he can be a difference maker on kick and punt returns. Injuries are going to be a concern given Hilton's slight frame.
Hilton in open space can be dangerous, but NFL offenses will need to create plays specifically for him in mind. He does well to catch the ball away from his body. His route running isn't crisp, but that can come in time.
He isn't strong enough against press coverage, but given his multiple gears of speed, he can use his agility to get around defenders rather than taking them on straight on. Given that he can also contribute as a returner, Hilton has tremendous draft value and should come off the board late in the third round.... [Read More
The linebackers and defensive backs get most of the publicity on Alabama's dominant defense, but Chapman has been the anchor of a stellar line this year. He started 11 games at nose tackle during the regular season, compiling 22 tackles (3.5 for loss) and one sack. Chapman has a ton of experience, having been redshirted in 2007 before playing a total of 26 games as a freshman and sophomore. He has been a full-time starter ever since, with 31 tackles and 3.5 tackles for loss in 2010.
Chapman has decent size at 6'1'' and 310 pounds. He has been clocked as fast as 4.92 in the 40-yard dash, something to write home about for his position. The Hoover, AL native has a strong first step and can overpower opposing centers, but he does not have any real rushing moves and he is not tall enough to bat down many passes. Chapman has to play nose tackle in a 3-4 scheme and is not overly versatile, but he could flourish in the right system. Look for him to be selected in round two of the 2012 NFL Draft.... [Read More
Ballard tore up junior college for two years then took his talents to Starkville for a pair of successful seasons. The bruising running back rushed 186 yards for 968 yards and an amazing 19 touchdowns as a junior in 2010. As a senior he had 193 carries for 1189 yards and 10 scores. Ballard is also a decent pass-catcher out of the backfield. In his two seasons with the Mississippi State Bulldogs, he made a total of 30 receptions for 193 yards and two touchdowns.
The Pascagoula, MS native stands at 5'11'' and 220 pounds. He generally runs in the 4.5s of the 40-yard dash and he has been clocked as fast as 4.47 from that distance. Ballard can break tackles simply by running through defenders, but he struggles to change direction and elude tacklers. He isn't overly explosive off the ball, so it takes him a decent amount of time to reach top speed. Ballard probably won't ever be a featured running back at the next level, but he will provide valuable depth and could be a serious factor in red-zone situations. Look for him to go off the board in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft.... [Read More
An injury has set LaVon Brazill back a ways during his senior season. After playing in just three games, the 5-11 receiver eventually opted to undergo season ending surgery. That means it is likely that Brazill will receive a medical hardship and return to Ohio for another season. However, he is a talented slot receiver and a dynamic punt returner.
After seeing limited playing time in 2007, Brazill made a big splash in 2008. He ranked second on the Bobcats with 34 receptions for 384 yards and started showing his brilliance as a punt returner. He only found the end zone twice -- once on a pass and once on a punt return -- but he proved to be a threat to score any time he touched the ball. In 2009 Brazill did a lot more scoring. He caught 53 passes for 702 yards and six touchdowns. He also reached the end zone three times on his 26 punt returns. Brazill even threw for a touchdown.
Brazill failed to make an impact while struggling through injuries early in his senior season. He has a couple of good seasons under his belt, but Brazill will pretty much be a punt returner if he gets his shot at the NFL. He should return to Ohio if he can and attempt to prove to the NFL that he can... [Read More
So much of the quarterback position is played above the shoulders that scouting is less about the physical tools and more about what that quarterback does with his physical tools. Northern Illinois quarterback prospect Chandler Harnish is the type of player who shows you what he does with those physical tools.
With adequate height and a solid arm to go with it, Harnish is an intriguing middle round prospect who at times does things his own way; whether it be changing his release point or throwing the ball off his back foot, he just gets the job done. His teammates rally around him and he's got all the right leadership qualities. One thing that can be measured is his consistent accuracy. Harnish can definitely hit the target in the numbers with regularity.
Harnish does well to read through his progressions, look off his primary receiver and has a natural feel for the pocket. He's got a sharp, concise delivery and can make most every throw in the playbook. His technique will need polish, but more importantly he'll have to learn when to use more sound fundamentals and when it is okay to improvise. A nice added bonus is that he has pretty good mobility.... [Read More