2012 NFL Draft: Breaking Down Potential Top 5 Prospects

Gordie Gold@ggold3Correspondent IApril 26, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys catches a 67-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against Jarek Lancaster #35 of the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With the 2012 NFL Draft set for tonight, here is a breakdown of each of the potential top five draft picks.

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Luck is the best prospect in the draft and one of the best quarterback prospects in NFL history. He has all the tools to be a top quarterback in the league. Possessing great physical skills and a very high football IQ, the Colts are getting a gem prospect in Luck.

Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

RG3 is the most exciting player in the draft. A great quarterback that has track runner speed and plays with a lot of intensity. Though he has great speed, he is not a Michael Vick type of quarterback. He is a passing quarterback first and can use his legs when he gets in trouble. His big arm and quick speed will make him one of the top dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL.

Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

As the best running back in the draft, Richardson runs with power and has break away speed. He has reliable hands that will make him more dangerous out of the backfield. Assuming he goes to the Cleveland Browns at No. 4, Richardson will quickly become one of the better running backs in the league.

Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Whoever gets Kalil will have a top offensive lineman for at least the next 10 years. He is a great athlete for his size—standing at 6'6" 305 lbs—while running a 4.9 40-yard dash. He should be able to follow in the footsteps of his brother Ryan Kalil, who is a three-time Pro Bowl center. If Minnesota does not take him with the No. 3 pick, expect many teams to try to trade up to grab him.

Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

The next shutdown corner in the NFL. Claiborne is a great athlete and makes plays on the ball (shown by his 11 interceptions in college). He possesses great cover skills that will greatly improve any secondary he joins. He will not slide out of the Top Five.

Justin Blackmon, WR, OKS

A one of the top playmakers in the draft, every coach wants a player like Blackmon. He has great work ethic and is a great kid. He was extremely productive in college, scoring 38 total touchdowns in his sophomore and junior seasons. He won't be a top-tier wide receiver in the NFL like Calvin Johnson or Larry Fitzgerald, but he will still be very productive and should be a top-15 wide receiver.