2012 NFL Draft: Plenty of Diamonds in the Rough available on Day Three

By Rob Rang | The Sports Xchange/CBSSports.com
LSU QB Jordan Jefferson and Arizona State corner Omar Bolden bring speed. (Getty Images)
So much of the pre-draft attention focuses on the top 50 players. In reality, the middle and late rounds are the backbone of the 2021 NFL Draft.

Here are a host of players likely to be drafted today or even fall into free agency who I feel will ultimately prove to be steals. I list five players to keep in mind, along with their heights, weights and time in the 40-yard dash. Also, listed among each position is at least one player not invited to the combine. (Denoted with an asterisk*)

Players are listed alphabetically.

Quarterbacks:

1. B.J. Coleman, Tennessee-Chattanooga, 6-3, 233, 4.93
2. Austin Davis, Southern Mississippi, 6-2, 219, 4.78
3. Jordan Jefferson, LSU, 6-4, 223, 4.65
4. G.J. Kinne, Tulsa, 6-1, 234, 4.68*
5. Patrick Witt, Yale, 6-4, 225, 4.87*

Running Backs:

1. Alvester Alexander, Wyoming, 5-11, 208, 4.64*
2. Lennon Creer, Louisiana Tech, 5-11, 219, 4.71
3. Jewel Hampton, Southern Illinois, 5-09, 218, 4.55
4. Bobby Rainey, Western Kentucky:
5. Robert Turbin, Utah State, 5-10, 222, 4.50

Tight Ends:

1. Josh Chichester, Louisville, 6-7, 240, 4.79
2. Ladarius Green, Louisiana-Lafayette, 6-6, 237, 4.53
3. James Hanna, Oklahoma, 6-4, 252, 4.49
4. Beau Reliford, Florida State, 6-5, 256, 4.84
5. Adrien Robinson, Cincinnati, 6-4, 264, 4.55*

Wide Receivers:

1. Elvis Akpla, Montana State, 6-0, 184, 4.47
2. Rishard Matthews, Nevada, 6-0, 217, 4.62
3. Dale Moss, South Dakota State, 6-3, 214, 4.52*
4. Lavasier Tuinei, Oregon, 6-5, 209, 4.59*
5. Devon Wylie, Fresno State, 5-09, 187, 4.39

Offensive Line:

1. Jeff Adams, Columbia, 6-6, 306, 5.02*
2. Tom Compton, South Dakota, 6-5, 314, 5.11
3. David Gonzalez, Washington State, 6-6, 286, 5.20
4. Gino Gradkowski, Delaware, 6-3, 300, 5.28*
5. Dustin Waldron, Portland State, 6-5, 305, 5.34

Defensive Line:

1. Hebron Fangupo, BYU, 6-1, 323, 5.18
2. Delano Johnson, Bowie State, 6-4, 270, 5.04*
3. Vaughn Meatoga, Hawaii, 6-1, 294, 5.0
4. Louis Nzegwu, Wisconsin, 6-4, 255, 4.64*
5. Earnest Owusu, California, 6-4, 270, 4.87*

Linebacker:

1. Miles Burris, San Diego State, 6-2, 246, 4.73
2. Alex Hoffman-Ellis, Washington State, 6-1, 233, 4.58
3. James-Michael Johnson, Nevada, 6-1, 241, 4.68
4. Brett Roy, Nevada, 6-3, 263, 4.97
5. Korey Toomer, Idaho, 6-2, 238, 4.78*

Cornerback:

1. Omar Bolden, Arizona State, 5-10, 202, 4.49
2. Ron Brooks, LSU, 5-10, 190, 4.37
3. Chris Greenwood, Albion, 6-1, 193, 4.42*
4. Asa Jackson, Cal Poly, 5-10, 191, 4.49
5. Buddy Jackson, Pittsburgh, 6-0, 180, 4.42*

Safety:

1. Johnson Bademosi, Stanford, 6-1, 197, 4.55
2. Aaron Henry, Wisconsin, 6-0, 208, 4.54
3. Christian Thompson, South Carolina State, 6-0, 211, 4.50
4. Neiko Thorpe, Auburn, 6-2, 188, 4.54
5. Duke Ihenacho, San Jose State, 6-0, 213, 4.68


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