**FINAL UPDATE**

When I first created my 2012 big board I thought that it would be too tough to do because there would be too much talent worthy of the top-32, but it just didn't pan out how I thought it would. The draft is very strong in some places, but a lot of the top-10 talent just isn't there. In fact, there are really only five or six pure studs in the draft that I see, and a lot of top-20 talent in the first round and a half. Because of this I have only ranked the top-15 while then differentiating only which guys are potential first round picks.
 
**Top Tier**
 
1) Matt Kalil, OT, USC

The best prospect in the draft to me is hands down Matt Kalil. Tyron Smith went 9th overall in the 2011 to the Cowboys as the first offensive lineman taken. He played RT at USC because  Kalil was the better tackle on the blind side. Oh, and after a very good season last season for the Cowboys they are planning to put Smith at LT in 2012. Kalil is a stud.

2) Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Robert Griffin can do it all, and he has the potential to be every single bit as good as Michael Vick could have been. He will have some plays where he runs, but he would much rather be a pocket passer behind a top notch offensive line.

3) Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

I have always been a little skeptical of Andrew Luck, and it has gotten me a lot of slack the last few years, but I just don't see him as a perfect prospect. He has an awkward release that often times puts the ball high, and he does make some mistakes that really make you wonder. I am also very skeptical because he faced very little talent while at Stanford. You may think that it doesn't matter, but there have been too many Pac-10(12) quarterbacks that have come out and fallen flat. With that said he is still an elite prospect with the potential to succeed in the future.

4) Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

It's kind of hard to explain, but I don't quite understand Richardson. He passes the eye test, his tape looks great, he has speed, power and catching abilities. But for some reason I just don't have the gut feeling that I got when I saw Adrian Peterson. 

5) David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

DeCastro is a guy that won't go in the top-5, but he won't fall to much farther which is rare for guards. But when you have a guy that does just about everything as good as he does then he is a huge stud.

6) Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College

Kuechly is a guy that I think could end up as a top-10 pick which is rare for linebackers these days, but he is that good. He is a natural leader that doesn't have a whole lot of weaknesses. What's even scarier is that he was so dominate on a bad team. Give his some guys around him and you have a stud.

***2nd Tier***

7) Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

There is something about a guy that was as dominate as Justin Blackmon was, and you really have to love his power demeanor. What keeps him out of the top tier in my book though is that there have been two straight years where a dominate Big-12 stat machine has been drafted early and had some issues early in their careers. He also isn't the tallest receiver in the world, which is a slight ding.

8) Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Yet another Iowa offensive tackle in the first round. Reiff is the best of the group since Robert Gallery (as a prospect), and he has the potential to be a very solid linemen in the league.

9) Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford

If Jonathon Martin plays in the NFL like he did at Stanford, then he will be a steal. It is VERY hard to grade him though because he had the best guard in the draft next to him, as well as the best tight end to help him out. Oh, and the first overall pick at QB getting the ball out quickly. 

10) Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Kirkpatrick over Claiborne??? The two are apples and oranges in terms of style, but I think that Kirkpatrick could end up having the better career in the long run. I tend to wonder if he looked good two years ago because he had Patrick Peterson with him, and I tend to wonder if the honey badger didn't make him look as good as he did at times.

11) Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama

Hightower is a guy that I am high on. He will need some help taking the next step to become an elite guy in the pros, but his potential is special.

12) Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

I really do like Morris Claiborne as a prospect. I think he is going to be a great player for whichever team takes him, but I just have a few speculations that hold me back just a little bit.

13) Cordy Glenn, OG/T, Georgia

I really don't think that Glenn is as good of a tackle prospect as some believe, but as a guard he is fantastic. In any other draft he would potentially be a top-20 pick, and he may even go that early in this draft.

14) Mark Barron, S, Alabama


Some people think that Barron is one of the best safeties to come out in a while. I tend to agree a little bit, but only because safeties have been very weak as a whole over the last few years. He's good, but like Claiborne you have to wonder if he was a reflection of the talent around him.

15) Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

I like the potential that Wright brings as a studly playmaker, but I just hope that he stays motivated as a receiver. I almost hope that he falls a bit in the draft and ends up playing for a guy like Peyton or Flacco.