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    You can go to NFL.com to view the entire list, but I only posted the top 25. Being that he's one of the most respected ex-personal men, it's interesting comparing his rankings to us fellow board members, and all the recent debating on here, as to who is a better prospect then who.

    With pro days all but wrapped up, it's time to take another look at the top prospects heading into the 2012 NFL Draft. Several players greatly improved their stock since we last checked in after the NFL Scouting Combine at the end of February. As a result, other players were passed and slid down the charts.

    So here are my updated rankings of the top 100 prospects (previous rank in parentheses):

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    1. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (1)
    Luck has better speed and athletic ability than expected. He has great concentration and the work habits that are needed to be a successful NFL quarterback. He completed 77.8 percent of his passes in the fourth quarter, which is 6 percent better than the next best QB in the draft, Brandon Weeden at 71.6. That's very telling of Luck's ability.

    2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (2)
    Griffin has great self-confidence and poise. He completed 67.2 percent of his passes on third down for 558 yards and five touchdowns. Against the blitz, he completed 62.5 percent of his passes for seven touchdowns and no interceptions. He had a quarterback rating of 187.6. He can be a special player.

    3. Matt Kalil, OT, USC (3)
    Kalil's father played in the NFL and his brother Ryan Kalil is presently an All-Pro with the Carolina Panthers. Matt's very light on his feet and has long 34.5-inch arms. He looks like a tight end playing the position and plays with a great deal of passion.

    4. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina (4)
    Coples has traits that led to success at his position. He ran a 4.8 and did 25 strength lifts. But he has played better on third down than on first or second. On third down, he had seven pressures; he had just five total on first and second down. He doesn't rate as high as Ryan Kerrigan or J.J. Watt did when they came out.

    5. Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (6)
    Richardson surprised everybody when he ran 4.48 and had 25 strength lifts. He caught the ball with ease and had a great one-handed catch. He's a compact player with quickness and explosiveness, and he can be a good pass protector.

    6. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M (7)
    Had a great workout on in front of 32 teams and moved well, especially to his left, which is not common for right-handed quarterbacks. He completed 65 of 68 passes, which included two drops. He had more drops last year during the regular season than any other quarterback.

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    7. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (5)
    His long arms might be his best asset and he ran better than expected (4.4) at the LSU pro day. He can turn and run with receivers and has good ball skills, to go along with outstanding quickness.

    8. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina (10)
    Can play three positions -- defensive end, tackle and linebacker. He was a high school running back with good running ability. He has a good motor with wide receiver speed.

    9. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (11)
    Can play inside or outside and has great worth ethic. He had 4.58 speed and did 27 strength lifts with a 38-inch vertical, which tells you he's fast, strong and athletic. He makes tackles in the hole and still covers in space. He is a rare player who will be very good for a long time.

    10. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa (8)
    Reiff has been well coached in fundamentals. He has very good quickness and footwork and was an outstanding wrestler in high school, going 131-1. He will play in the NFL for a long time.

    11. Dre Kirckpatrick, CB, Alabama (9)
    Kirkpatrick has good ball skills and can play press coverage. At 6-1 with 4.51 speed, he can turn and run with receivers and has good running and jumping ability.


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    12. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame (16)
    Floyd had a great workout when he brought back Jimmy Clausen to throw the ball to him. He caught 95 passes last year for 1,106 yards, but 557 of those came after the catch. He's very athletic, has long arms, good jumping ability and good long range potential.

    13. Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (12)
    He's more advanced than Floyd at this point and can catch quick slants and has good ability after the catch. He was targeted on third down 32 times and made 25 catches that resulted in 19 first-down conversions.

    14. Michael Brokers, DT, LSU (21)
    Brokers has a big body with very good upper body strength, although he has not played a lot of football. He's about a year away from reaching his full potential as a defensive lineman. This guy is a very big man.

    15. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford (14)
    DeCastro is the prototypical lineman at 6-5 and 316 pounds. He did 34 strength lifts. He can pull and lead and is also good in pass protection, similar to Steve Hutchinson, who has made more Pro Bowls than anyone else in his 2001 draft class.

    16. Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama (17)
    Upshaw ran a 4.74 at 279 pounds. I think his best position is defensive end, and I don't think he has enough ability to play linebacker in the NFL.


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    17. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis (13)
    Prior to the combine, he was 51st on this lsit. He's very small but did 44 strength lifts and ran under 5.0 in the 40. He played better at the end of the season. He doesn't seem to play hard on every down but that might be because he doesn't have that good of recognition. This is a take-a-chance player -- he could be great or end up like Albert Haynesworth.

    18. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama (15)
    Jenkins is an excellent football player. He's very smooth in coverage and has good speed, long arms and plays taller than his size at 5-10. But his off-field issues may prevent him from being drafted.

    19. Mark Barron, S, Alabama (26)
    Barron had a really good workout the other day. He's very smart and gets people lined up in place on defense. He ran a 4.54 but wasn't completely healthy. He has excellent ball skills and will tackle.

    20. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State (25)
    I probably should rate him higher and might still when I do my final Hot 100 during draft week. He's a good inside player and plays hard every down. He'll be a very steady NFL player.

    21. Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia (23)
    Glenn is a very versatile player who can play three positions if needed -- tackle, guard or center. Plus, Georgia players seem to turn out better in NFL than they what they showed in Athens.

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    22. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford (20)
    Martin is a very technically sound offensive lineman. He's regarded as somewhat of a finesse player and some scouts would like to see him be more aggressive at the next level.

    23. Nick Perry, DE, USC (24)
    If you want to see a dominant performance, watch Perry against Washington and you will see what he can do. He can rush the passer and play in space. He ran a 4.57 at 271 pounds and did 35 strength lifts.

    24. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois (29)
    Mercilus only started for a year and a half at Illinois but he had a great 2011 with 16 sacks. He is somewhat of a risk but offers plenty of upside.

    25-A. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State (30)
    Worthy can rush the passer and has excellent athletic ability. The biggest thing with him is he needs to work harder and be more competitive, but he has great athletic skill.

    25-B. Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (59)
    Gilmore stood on his outstanding times at the combine, but did work out at South Carolina's pro day and looked great. He solidified his status as a likely first-round pick. (Editor's Note: Gilmore was inadvertently left off an earlier version of this list.)

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    21. Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia (23)
    Glenn is a very versatile player who can play three positions if needed -- tackle, guard or center. Plus, Georgia players seem to turn out better in NFL than they what they showed in Athens.
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    Arent you the guy who said the Bills drafted EJ Manuel so they could "sell him in the americas, africa and the middle east?"
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    No I said if he becomes a star he has more international AD ability than Tom Brady. I was talking about how the black athlete is marketed internationally.
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    Brady isn't Manuel and as stated the media tends to take a man like Manuel because they can sell him in all of the America's and Africa and the Middle East and not just in the United States.

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    Seems like he has not heard about Riley Reiff's short arms.
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    Did not know Reiff was an excellent wrestler...that's an incredible record. I can see this translating very well with balance and technique needed for leverage and such.
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    1.Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
    2.Coby Fleener,TE/Shea Mcclellin,DE
    3.Trumaine Johnson,CB/Bobby Massie,OT
    4a.Jake Bequette,DE/Tank Carder,LB
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sherlock Holmes View Post
    Did not know Reiff was an excellent wrestler...that's an incredible record. I can see this translating very well with balance and technique needed for leverage and such.
    I could, it couldn't. I know Tim Anderson was a great wrestler as well.
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    No I said if he becomes a star he has more international AD ability than Tom Brady. I was talking about how the black athlete is marketed internationally.
    Quote Originally Posted by TAPITSB View Post
    Brady isn't Manuel and as stated the media tends to take a man like Manuel because they can sell him in all of the America's and Africa and the Middle East and not just in the United States.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ThatsWhatSheSaid View Post
    I could, it couldn't. I know Tim Anderson was a great wrestler as well.
    So was Aaron Maybin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBills4Life View Post
    So was Aaron Maybin.
    Ouch - that is scary.

    I have nothing against Reiff - just think that we can get nearly as good in the 2nd and can use 10 to get an impact player - Mercilus
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tates View Post
    Ouch - that is scary.

    I have nothing against Reiff - just think that we can get nearly as good in the 2nd and can use 10 to get an impact player - Mercilus
    Is Mercilus this year's DE version of Colin Kaepernick?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaBills4Life View Post
    So was Aaron Maybin.
    Yeah but as a lightweight

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tates View Post
    Ouch - that is scary.

    I have nothing against Reiff - just think that we can get nearly as good in the 2nd and can use 10 to get an impact player - Mercilus
    I love it. You're the only other person on here who wants Mercilus, that I know of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VandelayIndustriesWNY View Post
    Is Mercilus this year's DE version of Colin Kaepernick?
    More like this year's JPP! what up?

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    I would love to see Mercilus on the Bills... just not sure if they'd be willing to take him at 10 and wont be there at 41... so unless we're moving back, or doing a bunch of draft day trading, i sadly wont be able to buy a Bills Jersey that says "Mercilus" on the back... i would have loved that one... just the perfect name for a defender...

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireDickNow View Post
    You can go to NFL.com to view the entire list,

    Link, please.

    I knew Reiff was a wrestler, but I hadn't put it together that he wrestled for Dan Gable. (Yeah, I know Gable was an assistant coach, not the head coach while Reiff was there, but if he was involved, I'm sure he was very involved.) I've met Gable and heard him speak and Gable is freakily motivated, an unbelievably committed man, athlete and coach.

    That Reiff wrestled for him is a huge plus for me.
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    Makes me want to trade up for Kalil even more.

    Blackmon at 13 surprises me. First time I've seen him lower than 6th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bones1389 View Post
    Makes me want to trade up for Kalil even more.

    Blackmon at 13 surprises me. First time I've seen him lower than 6th.
    Its good. We may have a shot at him at #10. I would be stoked to the max if we got Blackmon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FireDickNow View Post

    21. Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia (23)
    Glenn is a very versatile player who can play three positions if needed -- tackle, guard or center. Plus, Georgia players seem to turn out better in NFL than they what they showed in Athens.
    This is an important statement. An IOWA olinemen has been coached up to his ceiling. There is a great weight room at Iowa. They have nutritionist. They have great coaches and trainers. Rieff is at his ceiling. He has to be coming out of that Oline factory.

    Another OT might have more upside than Rieff simply because they didn't get the coaching, the weight room training, the nutrition, etc.

    Just something to consider.

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    Floyd ahead of Blackmon, not surprised. Reiff isn't worth #10, we can get an OT just as good in the 2nd, hopefully Adams/Massie. If we go OT at #10 I hope it's Glenn assuming they feel he can play LT.
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    Quote Originally Posted by intimidatortj View Post
    This is an important statement. An IOWA olinemen has been coached up to his ceiling. There is a great weight room at Iowa. They have nutritionist. They have great coaches and trainers. Rieff is at his ceiling. He has to be coming out of that Oline factory.

    Another OT might have more upside than Rieff simply because they didn't get the coaching, the weight room training, the nutrition, etc.

    Just something to consider.
    I couldn't agree with you more. Iowa guys seem to underachieve in the NFL for this same reason I believe. You can't always say that, but it's definately a trend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by essentialjpm View Post
    Floyd ahead of Blackmon, not surprised. Reiff isn't worth #10, we can get an OT just as good in the 2nd, hopefully Adams/Massie. If we go OT at #10 I hope it's Glenn assuming they feel he can play LT.
    He has Floyd ahead of Blackmon but then says Blackmon is more advanced than Floyd....I'm confused. If I were to choose, it would be Blackmon all day. No character concerns and can catch anything.

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    I would take Floyd or Blackmon. Either way our offense would be better

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