PFF: 2012 First-Rounders in Focus
Here is your top 10.
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1.Andrew Luck, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Status: Starter (272 snaps)
Analysis: Our fourth-ranked quarterback on the year, Luck is stepping up while others falter. Playing in a more friendly/less aggressive scheme, he’s showing improved ball security, with turnovers down, and quietly pushing the Colts to the next level. His genuine, underrated athleticism is not hurting the team either, with his ability when plays break down something that needs more accounting for.
2. Robert Griffin III, QB, Washington Redskins
Status: Starter (285 snaps)
Analysis: Let’s be honest, we weren’t expecting fireworks this early in the year from RG3. However, as he works himself back to 100% it’s been clear how overly reliant the team was on the threat he posed, and that without that they haven’t really been able to bridge the talent gap between the rest of the roster and the opposition. A compliment for Griffin, and a sign of how desperately this team needs him at full speed.
3. Trent Richardson, RB, Cleveland Browns
Status: 92 snaps with Browns before traded to Colts
Analysis: In a remarkable move was traded away. Not the back for the Browns obviously, who can’t have been impressed with his every-down work.
4. Matt Kalil, LT, Minnesota Vikings
Status: Starter (253 snaps)
Analysis: Undergoing something of a sophomore slump, is on course to get beat for 44 quarterback disruptions after yielding just 27 last year. Has got better (including being perfect against Pittsburgh), so here’s hoping he can keep it up.
5. Justin Blackmon, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
Status: Starter (0 snaps)
Analysis: Back from a suspension, Blackmon is ready to go back into the starting lineup and make a contribution.
6. Morris Claiborne, CB, Dallas Cowboys
Status: Nickel Defender (210 snaps)
Analysis: Whether it be injury or a lack of talent, Claiborne hasn’t got the job done this year. The outcome is he’s been demoted to sub-package defense, with new starter Orlando Scandrick kicking inside. Our fourth-lowest ranked cornerback on the year, he’s allowed 15 of 23 balls thrown into his coverage to be complete. It’s not been great, has it.
7. Mark Barron, S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Status: Starter (235 snaps)
Analysis: He does make his share of plays, but the team are asking a lot of him and in coverage especially he doesn’t look completely up to it. No safety has given up more than the 209 yards he’s been responsible for.
8. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami Dolphins
Status: Starter (252 snaps)
Analysis: It didn’t go well versus the Saints did it? In a big test he fluffed his lines, but that can happen when you’re trying to go toe-to-toe with Drew Brees. Encouraging signs with his game-winning drive versus the Falcons being a real signature moment for him. More of the same needed.
9. Luke Kuechly, LB, Carolina Panthers
Status: Starter (190 snaps)
Analysis: Building on his strong finish to 2012, Kuechly is still getting the job done against the run. His run stop percentage is the fourth-highest of all inside linebackers, as he looks at home as the Panthers’ middle linebacker.
10. Stephon Gilmore, CB, Buffalo Bills
Status: Starter (0 snaps)
Analysis: The Bills await their star cornerback returning from injury.