PFW consensus Top 100

Posted April 24, 2012 @ 1:57 p.m.
Posted By Nolan Nawrocki

PFW's final Top 100 list is reflective of the general consensus of grades on draft boards around the league. An "H" was used to designate players who will likely be drafted higher than they grade on tape because of any number of factors, including a lack of positional depth in this draft class, teams reaching for needs or general overhype. An "L" was used to signify players who are ranked lower than they grade and will likely produce in the pros and could prove to be value picks. We've added a comment for each player with an "H" or "L" designation.

1. QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
2. QB Robert Griffin, Baylor
3. RB Trent Richardson, Alabama (L)
A hammering inside running force destined for NFL stardom.

4. CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
5. OT Matt Kalil, USC
6. WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
7. DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
8. DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina 
9. OLB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
10. DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina (H)
Demanding DL coaches confident they can extract more from elite talent.

11. QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (H)
Need for QBs drives up draft status of raw, 19-game starter brimming with upside.

12. SS Mark Barron, Alabama
13. DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
14. ILB Don’ta Hightower, Alabama
15. DE Michael Brockers, LSU (H)
Has star potential if he figures out how to harness his raw skill set.
16. OG David DeCastro, Stanford
17. WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
18. CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
19. OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
20. DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State

21. OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
22. OG Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
23. DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse
24. CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina (H)
Big, sound corner lacking instincts, hands of top-flight cover man.

25. WR Rueben Randle, LSU
26. RB Doug Martin, Boise State
27. DE Nick Perry, USC (H)
Performance does not yet match workout numbers.

28. OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia
29. OG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
30. DT Devon Still, Penn State (H)
Classic underachiever shows enough flashes to warrant top-round consideration.


31. DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois (H)
Late digester who looks like a top-10 pick on paper only.

32. RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech
33. TE Coby Fleener, Stanford
34. CB Trumaine Johnson, Montana
35. FS Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
36. OLB Lavonte David, Nebraska (L)
Instincts, urgency should overcome lack of size.

37. QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
38. WR A.J. Jenkins, Illinois (L)
Underrated pass catcher with big-play ability.

39. DT Kendall Reyes, Connecticut
40. DE Bruce Irvin, West Virginia (L)
Unique pass-rush ability trumps character concerns.


41. OT Jeff Allen, Illinois (L)
Looks like Jane, plays like Tarzan.

42. CB Josh Robinson, UCF
43. WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
44. OLB Shea McClellin, Boise State (H)
Short-armed, overhyped "program" player with limited ceiling.

45. DE Andre Branch, Clemson
46. QB Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
47. WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech (H)
Eye-popping measurables may never translate to field.

48. DE Vinny Curry, Marshall
49. C Peter Konz, Wisconsin (H)
Top center is almost always overdrafted to fill need.

50. OT Bobby Massie, Mississippi

51. WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
52. DT Mike Martin, Michigan
53. QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State
54. DE Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
55. OT Mitchell Schwartz, California
56. DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson
57. RB Lamar Miller, Miami (Fla.)
58. TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson
59. NT Alameda Ta’amu, Washington (L)
Pocket-collapsing force showed ability to dominate.

60. WR Brian Quick, Appalachian State

61. ILB Mychal Kendricks, California (L)
Mighty-mouse 'backer with NFL explosion.
62. RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
63. OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina
64. CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
65. WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest
66. DT Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati
67. OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford (H)
Hype has not come close to matching on-field performance.

68. RB LaMichael James, Oregon
69. CB Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt (L)
Quick, instinctive ballhawk will make a long living preying on NFL passers.

70. OT Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State (H)
Physical specimen yet to realize immense potential and may never.


71. WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers (L)
Productive inside receiver with professional makeup.

72. OG Brandon Brooks, Miami (Ohio)
73. DE Tyrone Crawford, Boise State (L)
Strong, physical, underrated producer.

74. DE Olivier Vernon, Miami (Fla.)
75. NT Josh Chapman, Alabama (L)
Mentally tough competitor will do dirty work for long time.

76. CB Dwight Bentley, Louisiana-Lafayette
77. OG Tony Bergstrom, Utah
78. C Ben Jones, Georgia
79. WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma (L)
Quick, savvy, instinctive producer will be an injury value pick.
80. OT Mike Adams, Ohio State

81. WR T.Y. Hilton, FIU (L)
Not all playmakers need to be NFL-tough.
82. CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia
83. CB Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma
84. RB Robert Turbin, Utah State (H)
Stiff and straight-linish equals injury-prone.
85. CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
86. DE Billy Winn, Boise State
87. C David Molk, Michigan
88. DE Trevor Guyton, California (L)
Tough, consistent, dependable performer.
89. WR Joe Adams, Arkansas
90. LB Bobby Wagner, Utah State

91. TE Taylor Thompson, SMU (L)
Has freakish, first-round athletic talent with big upside.
92. WR Marv Jones, California
93. RB Bernard Pierce, Temple
94. C Josh LeRibeus, SMU
95. CB Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina (H)
Will be great if he becomes half the player he thinks he is.
96. OT Donald Stephenson, Oklahoma
97. OG Joe Looney, Wake Forest (L)
Senior Bowl foot injury could be a blessing for savvy decision makers.
98. DE Jared Crick, Nebraska (H)
Stands to be overdrafted for his grit and toughness.
99. TE LaDarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette
100. NT Hebron Fangupo, BYU


To see how Nolan Nawrocki grades the top prospects and to read scouting reports on all the draft-eligible players, visit PFW's draft database.