NFL Draft Big Board – Top 25


The NFL combine is long gone, so it’s time for me to finally unveil my NFL Draft Big-Board. For those of you unfamiliar with the idea of a big-board, it is an ordered ranking of every player in the draft from the best, down to the players who’s playing days are now done.

You’ll notice that this is not the order that players will be drafted. Robert Griffin will go #2 in the draft, but he isn’t close to being the 2nd best player in the draft. He just barely made my top 10, and that was a very generous placement. Likewise, David Decastro of Stanford is #3 on my big board, but guards, even one as talented as DeCastro, never get picked in the top 10.

There might be a few surprises on here for those of you that look at other sites that cover the draft. The Lack of Dre Kirkpatrick in the top perhaps, or that I have Dont’a Hightower in the top 25. One thing that shouldn’t surprise anyone is the man in the #1 spot.

It will take me a few days to get all of this posted on here, once that is done, I’ll update all the position pages with the proper rankings.

The 12th Man Rising 2012 Big Board

1) Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2) Matt Kalil, OT, USC

3) David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

4) Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

5) Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma

6) Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

7) Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

8) Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

9) Johnathan Martin, OT, Stanford

10) Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

11) Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

12) Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

13 )Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama

14) Luke Leuchly, ILB, Boston College

15) Flether Cox, DT, Mississippi State

16) Dentari Poe, DT, Memphis

17) Cordy Glen, OG, Georgia

18) Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

19) Devon Still, DT, Penn State

20) Nick Perry, DE, Southern Cal

21) Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

22) Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

23) Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinios

24) Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

25) Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

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