2012 Recruiting Top 50 Prospects: How Did They Do?

2012 Recruiting Top 50 Prospects: How Did They Do?

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2012 Recruiting Top 50 Prospects: How Did They Do?


20. DT Ellis McCarthy, UCLA

A massive disappointment, he was supposed to be the crown jewel in the reemergence of UCLA football, but he only made 58 tackles with six sacks – and lost his starting job – before leaving early for the NFL.

19. OT Arik Armstead, Oregon

Among the land of the very good, he’s always been more of a prospect than a producer. He only came up with four sacks in his three years, but he was solid enough against the run – making 87 tackles – and had just the right combination of skills and size to be the 17th overall pick by San Francisco.

18. RB Duke Johnson, Miami

Underappreciated as a star on mediocre teams, he ran for over 3,500 yards, caught 69 passes, averaged close to seven yards per carry and ripped off a 1,652-yard, ten touchdown junior season before being taken by Cleveland in the third round.

17. LB Josh Harvey-Clemons, Georgia

After starting out his career at Georgia – and coming up with 63 tackles and an interception in a big sophomore season – he had several issues before being dismissed. He landed at Louisville a year later, coming up with 148 tackles and three picks in two seasons as a key to a strong defensive backfield.

16. CB Tracy Howard, Miami

Just a defensive back, Howard played all four years and came up with 104 tackles with five picks and ten broken up passes. He only intercepted one pass in his final two years.

15. RB Keith Marshall, Georgia

Expected to be the next great Georgia running back, he started out fine with 759 yards and eight scores as a freshman, but he got hurt and was lapped by other fantastic Dawg runners. He finished with just 1,379 yards and 12 scores and three receiving touchdowns.

14. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State

There were crabs, there was a major scandal, and there were a whole slew of other issues. There was also a Heisman, a national title, a College Football Playoff appearance, and a No. 1 overall selection in the 2015 NFL Draft by Tampa Bay. He completed 66% of his passes for 7,964 yards and 65 scores with 28 picks and seven rushing scores – yeah, he lived up to the No. 14 ranking.

13. OT Kyle Murphy, Stanford

Extremely athletic, he grew into a good starter by his junior season earning All-Pac-12 honors. By his senior year, he was the star of a fantastic line. However, he never quite become the elite of the elite blocker expected, drafted in the sixth round of the 2016 NFL Draft by Green Bay.

12. OT John Theus, Georgia

A starter right out of the gate, he moved around the tackle spots and did a nice job, but wasn’t the superstar franchise blocker expected after being the 12th-best prospect. He was drafted by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

11. DE Jonathan Bullard, Florida

Good enough, he was an All-SEC selection in a solid, but unspectacular career making 175 tackles and 12 sacks in his four years. The Chicago Bears took him in the third round in the 2016 NFL Draft.

10. DT Malcom Brown, Texas

It worked. The 2014 Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, he made 70 tackles and 6.5 sacks for the Longhorns in his final year before leaving early and being taken late in the first round by New England.

9. DT Eddie Goldman, Florida State

An All-ACC cog in the Florida State national championship machine, he was excellent at times, making 62 tackles with six sacks and 12 tackles for loss in his three years – stepping up in his final two. He became a second round pick by the Chicago Bears.

8. S Landon Collins, Alabama

Yup – it all worked out well. A key part of a national championship Alabama team, he was a 2014 All-American before being taken early in the second round by the New York Giants in 2015. He made 184 tackles with five picks for the Crimson Tide.

7. WR Stefon Diggs, Maryland

One of the most dynamic players in the ACC and, eventually, the Big Ten, he caught 150 passes for 2,227 yards and 14 scores. Also an elite kick returner, he averaged close to 26 yards per try with two scores. A fifth-round pick by Minnesota in the 2015 NFL Draft, he came up one very, very, very big catch.

6. S Shaquille Thompson, Washington

Originally he seemed like he was going to Cal, but he became a dominant force for Washington as a hybrid linebacker/safety. He finished making 232 tackles with 15 tackles for loss and five sacks earning All-America and All-Pac-12 honors before being taken with the 25th overall pick by Carolina in the 2015 NFL Draft.

5. RB Johnathan Gray, Texas

Good, but pushed aside by better backs, and the problems with the team and the program across the board, Gray had an okay four-year career – derailed by a torn Achilles tendon – running for 2,610 yards and 16 scores, and catching 52 passes for 418 yards and a score.

4. OT D.J. Humphries, Florida

After bulking up in a hurry, he became a factor right away for the Gators but was banged up over his final two years. While he didn’t quite play up to the No. 4 overall hype, he was good enough to become the 24th pick to Kansas City in the 2015 NFL Draft.

3. DE Noah Spence, Ohio State

Before getting booted off the team and starring for Eastern Kentucky – and before going off to the NFL – he was just starting to scratch the surface for the Buckeyes, making 62 tackles with 8.5 sacks and 14 tackles for loss in two years.

2. DE Mario Edwards, Florida State

Very good, but not good enough to be the No. 2 overall guy, he made 95 tackles with eight sacks and 23 tackles for loss in his three years on the FSU interior before going off to the NFL. The Raiders took him in the second round in 2015.

1. WR Dorial Green-Beckham, Missouri

The Tiger coaches loved him as a prospect and as a talent, but a slew of off-the-field problems led to his transfer to Oklahoma, where he didn’t do anything. He left Mizzou after catching 87 passes for 1,278 yards and 17 touchdowns in his two seasons.


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