It’s not too early to think about the NFL 2012 rookie class. In fact the success of the 2011 class has probably propelled many teams in playoff contention. Those with AJ Green are probably happier drafting him in the 9th round versus the owner who took Miles Austin in the 3rd. DeMarco Murray owners have seen a recent winning streak, while the LeGarrette Blount owners are wondering when Raheem Morris figures out that committing to the run is not a football sin. And of course discussing the 2011 draft success would not be complete without mentioning Cam Newton and his great, dual threat fantasy skills.
Take a glance at our list of possible NFL 2012 rookies who could put up fantasy starter numbers.
Andrew Luck, Stanford — Right now Luck has all the tools to be a top NFL quarterback and is looking like a lock to be the 1st pick in the draft.
Landry Jones, Oklahoma — Jones has been putting up big numbers this year and will be battling Barkley for the 2nd quarterback off the board, if they both declare for the draft.
Matt Barkley, USC — Barkley has improved his accuracy this year and is making a case to why he should be the 2nd quarterback taken in the draft, if he decides to come out after his junior year.
Robert Griffin III, Baylor — One of the top dual-threat quarterback’s in the draft besides Russell Wilson. Only question is, will he come out early?
Russell Wilson, Wisconsin — The other dual-threat quarterback in the draft.
Kellen Moore, Boise State — Proven winner. He reminds me of an Andy Dalton type quarterback – underrated, but a winner in college.
Trent Richardson, Alabama — A true power running back. Richardson is the type of player that can handle 20-30 carries a game. Better than Mark Ingram.
LaMichael James, Oregon — James is Oregon’s work horse and should come out after this year.
Lamar Miller, Miami — Underrated running back that doesn’t have the power, but is very shifty.
Montee Ball, Wisconsin — Putting up big numbers behind Wisconsin’s offensive line.
Ray Graham, Pittsburgh
David Wilson, Virginia Tech
Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State — Blackmon is a better wide receiver than Oklahoma State alum Dez Bryant. Blackmon plays bigger than his size and is a cross between Boldin and Fitzgerald.
Michael Floyd, Notre Dame — A tough possession wide receiver.
Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina — One of the more gifted wide receiver’s, but he seems to take plays off which could hurt his stock.
Nick Toon, Wisconsin — See Jeffery above and is a little soft.
Marvin McNutt, Iowa — McNutt is a sleeper pick. He doesn’t have top end speed, but has very good hands.
Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
Jeff Fuller, Texas A&M
Dwayne Allen, Clemson
Coby Fleener, Stanford