NFL Draft: Big Board

As we enter the 2012 season, it’s never too early to look at the top prospects that will be hearing their names called next April.

The first Big Board of the season offers a glimpse at who to keep an eye out for as the season goes on. Ultimately, this list will change dramatically by season’s end and this is not a reflection of where they will get picked. Remember, at this time last season, Robert Griffin III wasn’t that high on too many people’s boards and Vontaze Burfict was a consensus Top 10 selection.

For now, this list is comprised of Seniors only, and as the season progresses, Juniors will be added. The underclassmen will make up the majority of the Big Board in the weeks to come.

Rankings: Big Board ¦ QB ¦ RB ¦ WR ¦ TE ¦ OT ¦ OG ¦ C ¦ DE ¦ DT ¦ OLB ¦ ILB ¦ CB ¦ S

1. Matt Barkley, QB, USC

2011 Stats: 308-446, 3,528 yards, 39 TDs, 7 INTs

2. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas

2011 Stats: 277-438, 3,628, 24 TDs 6 INTs

3. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah

2011 Stats: 44 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks

4. Barrett Jones, OG/C, Alabama

2011 Stats: 14 starts at LT

5. Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M

2011 Stats: 79 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks

6. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas

2011 Stats: 58 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 7 sacks

7. Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois

2011 Stats: 64 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks

8. Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

2011 Stats: 128 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 5 sacks

9. Chance Warmack, OG, Alabama

2011 Stats: 13 starts at LG

10. Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin

2011 Stats: 14 starts at LT

11. TJ McDonald, FS, USC

2011 Stats: 67 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions

12. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State

2011 Stats: 71 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 5 interceptions

13. Jonathan Cooper, OG, North Carolina

2011 Stats: 13 starts at LG

14. Robert Lester, FS, Alabama

2011 Stats: 39 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions

15. Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State

2011 Stats: 41 tackles, 4 tackles for loss, 8 sacks

16. Geno Smith, QB, West Virginia

2011 Stats: 346-526, 4,385 yards, 31 TDs, 7 INTs

17. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon

2011 Stats: 42 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks

18. Kenny Vaccaro, SS, Texas

2011 Stats: 82 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 interceptions, 2 sacks

19. Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford

2011 Stats: 19 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks

20. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor

2011 Stats: 59 receptions, 957 yards, 11 TDs

21. Gerald Hodges, OLB, Penn State

2011 Stats: 106 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, 1 interception

22. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue

2011 Stats: 54 tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks

23. Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee

2011 Stats: 12 starts at LT

24. Johnny Adams, CB, Michigan State

2011 Stats: 51 tackles, 3 interceptions

25. Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon

2011 Stats: 113 receptions, 1,639 yards, 12 TDs

26. Brennan Williams, OT, North Carolina

2011 Stats:  13 starts at RT

27. John Jenkins, DT, Georgia

2011 Stats: 28 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 sacks

28. Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois

2011 Stats: 60 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 interceptions

29. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

2011 Stats: 223 carries, 1,178 yards, 11 TDS

30. Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin

2011 Stats: 307 carries, 1,923 yards, 33 TDs

31. Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas

2011 Stats: 34 receptions, 542 yards, 4 TDs

32. EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

2011 Stats: 203-311, 2,666 yards, 18 TDs, 8 INTs

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Jeremy Cabler covers the NFL Draft and College Football for Rant Sports. Check out his Scouting Reports

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