Pretty much all the Quarterbacks Rankings I have seen so far this year have had the Top 5 QB’s the same but in slightly different order. Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Cam Newton, and Matt Stafford. A few even have Michael Vick in there.
I like Tom Brady as my #1 QB and not just because he is my Keeper League QB. Brady will play against the weakest schedule in the NFL this season. With Brandon Lloyd now in New England I expect some MVP like numbers.
One of the biggest keys to a draft can be a sleeper player. Last season in my one league I had Peyton Manning as my starting QB. As we all know he was injured. I was stuck with ben Roethlisberger as my starter. Not a bad option but he looked like complete crap in Week 1 against the Ravens. I scrambled to find a QB before my season ended before it started. That QB was Cam Newton. He threw for 4,051 Yards with 21 TD and 17 INT. He also ran for 706 Yards with 14 TD. Not bad for a rookie waiver wire pickup.
So who could be this year’s big sleeper? I like Kevin Kolb for the Arizona Cradinals. He struggled last year. In 9 games he threw for 1,955 yards and 9 TD with 8 INT. Not good at all. The Cardinals added Michael Floyd in the draft. That takes alot of pressure off Larry Fitzgerald. Another guy I like is 49ers Alex Smith. The Niners added Mario Manningham and Randy Moss in the offseason. Along with Vernon Davis, Michael Crabtree, and Frank Gore you have to like Smith’s weapons.
So lets take a look at my Top 25 2012 Quarterback Rankings.
1. Tom Brady
2. Aaron Rodgers
3. Cam Newton
4. Drew Brees
5. Matthew Stafford
6. Michael Vick
7. Eli Manning
8. Phillip Rivers
9. Peyton Manning
10. Tony Romo
11. Ben Roethlisberger
12. Matt Ryan
13. Matt Schaub
14. Jay Cutler
15. Andy Dalton
16. Josh Freeman
17. Robert Griffin III
18. Joe Flacco
19. Alex Smith
20. Ryan Fitzpatrick
21. Matt Flynn
22. Sam Bradford
23. Matt Cassell
24. Kevin Kolb
25. Andrew Luck
Baltimore Ravens All-Pro Linebacker Terrell Suggs tore his achilles tendon in Arizona during a conditioning drill. Suggs will have surgery to repair the tendon next week.
The injury takes 4-6 months to heal. Players usually don’t make it back to the field for 11 months from this type of injury. At 30 years old and being a pass rusher you have to wonder how this affects Suggs in the future.
Suggs was shocked about reports that he would miss the season and vows to return this season.
“That’s just going to make it so much sweeter when I run out of that tunnel and prove everyone wrong,”
With rookie Linebacker Courtney Upshaw replacing Jarrett Johnson opposite Suggs the Ravens now must replace a second Linebacker. Paul Kruger, Sergio Kindle, and Michael McAdoo are likely replacements. This looks like it could be a chance for Sergio Kindle to prove he wasn’t a bust.
In the past two season only four players have more sacks than Suggs 25. DeMarcus Ware, Jared Allen, Jason Babin, and Tamba Hali.
ROUND 2 PICK 36 ~ DEREK WOLFE DT CINCINNATI
Wolfe is an immediate upgrade at DT for the Broncos. Marcus Thomas & Broderick Bunkley didnt record a sack last season. Wolfe had 9.5 in 2011 and was the Big East defensive Player of the Year.
ROUND 2 PICK 57 ~ BROCK OSWEILER QB ARIZONA STATE
The Broncos found their QB of the Future in Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler. The 6’7″ 240 pounder has the strongest arm in the draft and shows very good accuracy. He needs to improve his decision making in the redzone. Learning from a future hall of famer in Peyton Manning and having John Elway with the team will help the learning process for Osweiler.
ROUND 3 PICK 67 ~ RONNIE HILLMAN RB SAN DIEGO STATE
The Broncos needed a back to take some of the load off of 1,000 yard rusher Willis Mcgahee. Something former first round pick Knowshon Moreno has yet to show. With 4.4 speed and great pass catching ability San Diego State RB Ronnie Hillman should do that.
ROUND 4 PICK 101 ~ OMAR BOLDEN CB ARIZONA STATE
Durability may be an issue but he has tons of upside. Very good tackler. Like his size as well.
ROUND 4 PICK 108 ~ PHILLIP BLAKE C BAYLOR
Interior line depth is something we could use. I just dont like this pick. Blake is 27 years old and I think we could have found a younger better talent in the draft than Blake.
ROUND 5 PICK 137 ~ MALIK JACKSON
Project defensive lineman who needs to get stronger. I dont care for this pick at all.
ROUND 6 PICK 188 ~ Danny Trevathan LB Kentucky
Good late pickup. Is rather small but has coverage skills.
Today at 4:00 PM on ESPN Florida State’s football team will take part in the annual Garnet & Gold Spring Football Game. This is a chance to get an early look at the Seminoles after they have been practicing for about a month now. Jimbo Fisher spoke about what he is looking for in this game.
“How we handle the competition,” Jimbo Fisher said, when asked what he wants to see Saturday. “How we handle the environment. How we handle the atmosphere and then how detail-oriented we can be playing … You have certain leaders on the team. They’ll get split up. Some of those leaders will be away from other guys. [Can] other guys step up in that situation and come out of their shell a little bit?”
The Seminoles have a Heisman Canidate in E.J. Manuel returning at Quarterback. Last season we saw just how valueble Manuel is when he was injured against Oklahoma. The Noles lost that game and followed it two more losses to Clemson & Wake Forest. The Seminoles finished the year 9-4 and beat the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in the Citrus Bowl.
Alot of fans will be paying close attention to the Offensive Line today. Andrew Datko & Zebrie Sanders are gone after graduated and possibly moving on to the NFL. The Seminoles will start Bryan Stork at Right Tackle. Stork played Center and Guard before making the move to Tackle. Josue Matias, Austin Barron, and Tre’ Jackson will start on the interior line. All three played for the Seminoles during the Bowl Game. The position to watch however will be Left Tackle. Former Defensive Tackle Cameron Erving and Daniel Glauser who is a Junior College Transfer are battling for the right to protect Manuel’s blind side. Erving is the likely starter and I’m interested to see how well he handles the position change.
The 6’5″ 304 pound Erving has worked with Offensive Line coach Rick Trickett a lot during the off season and has hit the ground running according to his teammates.
“I’m very anxious and I’m very ready to go out there and show [the fans] what I can do,” Erving said.
The Seminoles will be without running backs Chris Thompson and DeVonte Freeman who are injured. So all eyes are going to be on sophmore James Wilder jr who was a 5 star recruit last season but only carried the ball 35 times for 165 yards while Freeman was the breakout freshman.At
At Wideout Bert Reed is gone but there is a ton of depth at the position. Christian Green really broke out last season for the Noles. Willie Haulstead will be healthy this year too. The guy that everyone is talking about however is “KB” Kelvin Benjamin. He redshirted last season but the 6’6″ 242 pounder is a mammoth wideout. He looks like a Defensive end.
Defensively the Noles are very good. They have a dynamite tandom at DE with Bjoern Werner and Brandon Jenkins. Werner is out injured right now so Tank Carradine will fill in for him. Inside for the Noles they will be without Timmy Jernigan who has a tear in his MCL. I wanna see how much depth they have since this appears to be a shallow position unlike in the past.
The Seminoles when healthy may have the best secondary in the Nation. Xavier Rhodes shut down Michael Floyd until he was injured last season. Greg Reid is the other Corner. With Rhodes out Tyler Hunter and Keelin Smith have stepped in. The leader on defense is safety LaMarcus Joyner who can knock you right out of your cleats with his big hits. The other safety will be either Terrence Brooks or Karlos Williams.
At Linebacker Vince Williams is injured so Telvin Smith will fill in for him. Christian Jones moves from weak side Linebacker to strong side replacing Nigel Bradham while Nick Moody moves from Safety to Weak Side LB.
4 Chris Thompson RB 5-8 187 SR Greenville, Fla./Madison County
5 Greg Reid DB 5-8 185 SR Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes County
6 Dan Hicks TE 6-4 275 JR Oxford, Miss./Oxford
7 Mario Pender RB 6-0 190 FR Cape Coral, Fla./Island Coast
9 Clint Trickett QB 6-2 180 r-SO Tallahassee, Fla./North Florida Christian
12 Jarred Haggins WR 6-1 187 JR Lakeland, Fla./Lakeland
13 Rashad Gholston WR 5-10 167 JR Miami Gardens, Fla./Miramar
14 Jacob Coker QB 6-5 232 r-FR Mobile, Ala./St. Paul Episcopal
15 Greg Dent WR 5-11 185 JR Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central
16 James Moore QB 6-4 205 FR Martins Ferry, Ohio/Martins Ferry HS
18 Dustin Hopkins K 6-2 190 SR Houston, Texas/Clear Lake
20 Lamarcus Joyner DB 5-8 193 JR Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
21 Debrale Smiley RB 5-11 228 r-SR Thomasville, Ga./Thomas Co. Central/Itawamba CC
23 Gerald Demps DB 5-10 200 r-JR Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes County
24 Terrance Smith LB 6-3 214 r-FR Decatur, Ga./Southwest DeKalb
26 Owen Harris DB 6-0 168 JR Miramar, Fla./Miramar HS/Tallahassee CC
26 Jared Hayes DB 6-0 170 FR St. Johns, Fla./Creekside
28 Nigel Terrell LB 6-1 229 r-SO Helena, Ala./Pelham
29 Dillon Kidd P 6-1 217 r-FR Deerfield Beach, Fla./Milford Academy (NY)/North Broward Prep
31 Terrence Brooks DB 5-11 195 JR Dunnellon, Fla./Dunnellon
32 Sean Tidmus LB 6-0 227 SO Winter Garden, Fla./Ocoee
33 Xavier Pryce DB 5-10 189 r-JR Miami, Fla./Parkway Academy
36 Kory Burnett DB 5-11 198 r-JR Jacksonville, Fla./Bartram Trail
36 Jermaine Washington WR 5-8 192 r-FR Jacksonville, Fla./Wolfson
40 Kendall Fullington DB 5-9 160 SO Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay
41 Chad Abram FB 6-0 235 JR Lakeland, Fla./Kathleen
43 Anthony Porterfield TE 6-3 238 SR Pensacola, Fla./Escambia
44 Will Tye TE 6-3 254 r-SO Middletown, Conn./Salisbury
44 Derek Williams P 6-1 192 SO Peachtree City, Ga./Stars Mill
45 William Burnham RB 6-0 185 FR Lithia, Fla./Newsom
46 Joe Harmon LB 6-2 200 SO Pensacola, Fla./Tate
48 Jeff Luc LB 6-0 252 JR Port St. Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast
51 Giorgio Newberry DE 6-6 278 r-FR Fort Pierce, Fla./Fort Pierce Central
52 Bryan Stork OL 6-4 307 r-JR Vero Beach, Fla./Vero Beach
53 Peter Ciappetta LB 6-2 205 FR Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS
54 Dorian Earley LB 6-2 215 JR Saint Petersburg, Fla./Saint Petersburg
56 Trey Pettis OL 6-5 330 r-FR DeLand, Fla./DeLand
62 Austin Barron OL 6-3 295 SO Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
64 Dax Dellenbach DS 6-1 237 SR Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./No. Broward Prep/Auburn
65 Ruben Carter OL 6-5 285 r-FR Miami, Fla./Jackson
68 Cody Jay OL 6-2 270 SO Ft. Walton Beach, Fla./Choctawhatchee HS/USF
69 Chris Revell DS 6-0 206 JR Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles
74 Jonathan Wallace OL 6-7 280 JR Jacksonville, Fla./Lee
75 Cameron Erving OL 6-5 304 r-SO Moultrie, Ga./Colquitt County
77 Alexey Goloubev DE 6-4 235 r-FR Moscow, Russia/Dr. Phillips (Fla.)/UCF
78 Shayne Broxsie DE 6-2 275 SR Monticello, Fla./Jefferson County
84 Rodney Smith WR 6-6 219 SR Miami, Fla./Archbishop Carroll
86 Zac Rittberg WR 6-2 209 r-SO Naples, Fla/Gulf Coast
90 Moses McCray DT 6-2 317 r-SR Tampa, Fla./Hillsborough
91 Cornellius Carradine DE 6-5 264 SR Cincinnati, Ohio/Taft HS/Butler CC
92 Anthony McCloud DT 6-2 312 SR Thomasville, Ga./Thomas Co. Central/Itawamba CC
97 Demonte McAllister DT 6-2 290 r-JR Tampa, Fla./Alonso
1 Kelvin Benjamin WR 6-6 242 r-FR Belle Glade, Fla./Glades Central
1 Tyler Hunter DB 6-0 194 SO Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes County
3 Justin Bright DB 6-1 193 r-JR Duncan, S.C./Byrnes
3 EJ Manuel QB 6-5 238 SR Virginia Beach, Va./Bayside
4 Brandon Jenkins DE 6-3 260 SR Tallahassee, Fla./Florida High
6 Nick Waisome DB 5-10 176 SO Groveland, Fla./South Lake HS
7 Christian Jones LB 6-4 237 JR Winter Park, Fla./Lake Howell
9 Karlos Williams DB 6-2 229 SO Davenport, Fla./Ridge Community
10 Nick Moody LB 6-2 242 r-SR Wyncote, Pa./Roman Catholic
10 Ridge Read QB 5-10 190 r-JR Panama City, Fla./Liberty County
11 Ethan Gilbert QB 5-11 188 JR Palmetto, Fla./Palmetto HS/University of Miami
11 Vince Williams LB 6-1 247 r-SR Davenport, Fla./Ridge Community
14 Drew Zloch K 5-8 175 r-SO Ft. Lauderdale, Fla./Cardinal Gibbons HS/Case Western Reserve Univ.
19 Josh Gehres WR 6-3 201 JR Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
22 Telvin Smith LB 6-3 210 JR Valdosta, Ga./Lowndes County
24 Lonnie Pryor RB 6-0 229 SR Okeechobee, Fla./Okeechobee
27 Chris Brown RB 6-0 210 r-FR Tampa, Fla./Cambridge Christian
29 Eric Beverly RB 5-9 243 r-FR Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
30 Ryan DiMarco FB 5-10 214 JR Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll
32 James Wilder Jr. RB 6-2 220 SO Tampa, Fla./Plant
35 Parker Conley P 6-5 210 SO Norcross, Ga./Norcross
35 Nick O’Leary TE 6-4 240 SO Palm Beach, Fla./Dwyer
37 Keelin Smith DB 6-3 185 r-FR Fort Pierce, Fla./Treasure Coast
37 Austin Stowers WR 5-8 170 JR Tallahassee, Fla./Lincoln
38 Jonathan Akanbi DB 6-1 202 r-SO Orlando, Fla./Edgewater
38 Cason Beatty P 6-3 235 FR Charlotte, N.C./Olympic
39 Chris Wiggins TE 6-2 195 JR Orange Park, Fla./Orange Park HS/UCF
39 Donovan Todd DB 5-11 195 JR Sanford, Fla./Seminole High
42 Lamarcus Brutus DB 6-0 197 r-FR Port St. Lucie, Fla./Treasure Coast
45 Nathan Slater DE 6-2 223 FR Austin, Texas/St. Andrews Episcopal
46 Jonathan Johnson TE 6-7 268 SR Sanford, Fla./Seminole
47 Cory Cox LB 6-1 203 SR Blountstown, Fla./Blountstown/North Alabama
48 Maxx Moore K 5-10 166 r-FR Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot
49 Donald Chenault LB 6-2 197 SO Coral Springs, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
51 Bobby Hart OL 6-5 314 SO Lauderhill, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas
53 Sterling Lovelady OL 6-2 290 SO Navarre, Fla./Navarre HS
54 Tre’ Jackson OL 6-4 325 SO Jesup, Ga./Wayne County
57 Terrance Carey OL 6-1 289 r-FR Miami, Fla./Northwestern
58 Ryan Alicea LB 6-1 205 FR Wellington, Fla./Wellington
67 Daniel Glauser OL 6-6 322 SR Rheinfelden, Switzerland/N.M. Military Institute
69 Adam Holup DT 5-11 280 SO Cape Coral, Fla./Ida S. Baker
70 Sean Hector DE 6-3 219 SO Jacksonville, Fla./Bishop Kenny HS/Tallahassee CC
70 Josue Matias OL 6-5 320 SO Union City, N.J./Union City
75 Philip Doumar DS 6-1 214 JR Jupiter, Fla./Jupiter
81 Kenny Shaw WR 5-11 170 JR Orlando, Fla./Dr. Phillips
82 Willie Haulstead WR 6-3 233 r-JR Titusville, Fla./Titusville
87 David Tyrrell WR 6-3 194 SO Cape Coral, Fla./Mariner
89 Christian Green WR 6-2 206 r-SO Tampa, Fla./Catholic
93 Everett Dawkins DT 6-2 301 r-SR Spartanburg, S.C./Byrnes
96 Toshmon Stevens DE 6-5 250 r-SR Pomona Park, Fla./Crescent City
99 Nile Lawrence-Stample DT 6-2 304 r-FR Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Nova