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2012 Top NFL Quarterback Prospects
Arizona QB Nick Foles
Arizona QB Nick Foles
Posted Oct 26, 2011

The early ranking of the top quarterback prospects for the 2012 NFL Draft

2012 NFL Draft Position Rankings

Top Quarterback Prospects

2011 NFL Draft Analysis
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2011 NFL Prospect Rankings & Breakdowns
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- TEs | OTs | OGs | Cs 
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2011 NFL Post-Combine Draft Rankings
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- 4th Rounders
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- 6th Rounders
- 7th Rounders & Top Free Agents  

2011 NFL Combine Position Analysis
- QB | RB | WR | TE
- C | OT | OG | DE
- DT | ILB | OLB | S | CB
- 2012's Top Returning NFL Prospects - Offense 
1. Andrew Luck, Stanford (Jr.)
The dream of a No. 1, franchise-making quarterback, he has it all with brains, size, arm, and mobility. The 6-4, 235-pound 2010 Heisman runner-up and 2011 front-runner is the near-perfect prospect and is the slam-dunk top pick if he chooses to come out. Not since John Elway entered the league has a quarterback had these type of tools, and right now, two-thirds of the teams in the league would dump their starter for him. The only question is the raw desire to be ready to become something special at the highest of levels. Choosing to come back to school for another year rather than turn pro when he had the chance isn’t necessarily a positive, but that’s nitpicking.

2. Landry Jones, Oklahoma (Jr.)
No, he’s not going to be a No. 1 overall pick like Sam Bradford, but he’s not far off. At 6-4, 230-pounds with a live arm and great poise, he’s a definite first round pick and a possible top five overall selection. He’s not an elite athlete and he won’t blow up the Combine like a Cam Newton or Blaine Gabbert, but he’s not a statue. With pure pro passing tools and the right résumé, there’s little bust potential and great upside to be a solid leader to build around.

3. Matt Barkley, USC (Jr.)
The character is unquestioned and he’s a smart, natural leader who has total control of his offense and team. What he doesn’t have a prototype size, barely hitting the 6-2 mark, and he doesn’t have the arm or the athleticism to make up for the lack of bulk. He gives away too many picks and he tries to do too much, but he’s a pure passer with a nice touch on his midrange throws.

4. Nick Foles, Arizona  
A true bomber, he has the ideal size, a terrific arm, and good accuracy. He needs to prove he can be consistent under center and he has to show he can be more creative when his second read isn’t there. A former transfer from Michigan State, he has blossomed with all the time to work and all the passes he’s had to throw for a bad team, but with a little polish he could grow into a nice value pick.

5. Aaron Murray, Georgia (Soph.)  
He’s not that big, but 2009’s star recruit out of Tampa has a cannon for a right arm and decent mobility and toughness. He broke his leg in high school, but he rebounded to lead his team to a Florida state title. Call him Matthew Stafford lite. He doesn’t have the same arm, but he can put it on a line and he has no problems pushing the ball down the field. While he’s a fringe starter, he should be a strong longtime No. 2 backup option who’ll hang around the league for a long time.

6. Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M 
7. Kirk Cousins, Michigan State
8. Tyler Bray, Tennessee (Soph. – Not Eligible Until 2012)
9. Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State
10. Ryan Lindley, San Diego State
11. Robert Griffin, Baylor (Jr.)
12. Russell Wilson, Wisconsin
13. Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (Jr.)
14. Tyler Wilson, Arkansas (Jr.)
15. Keith Price, Washington (Soph.)
16. Alex Carder, Western Michigan (Jr.)
17. Kellen Moore, Boise State
18. Tajh Boyd, Clemson (Soph.)
19. Geno Smith, West Virginia (Jr.)
20. E.J. Manuel, Florida State
21. Tommy Rees, Notre Dame (Soph. – Not Eligible Until 2012)
22. Dominique Davis, East Carolina (Jr.)
23. Case Keenum, Houston
24. Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
25. Bryn Renner, North Carolina (Jr.)