Jonathan Franklin/RB/UCLA: Franklin capped off a career year with a dominant performance during the Bruins heartbreaking loss in the PAC 12 title game. The versatile ball carrier posted 194 yards rushing on 19 carries against a tough Stanford defense, averaging 10.1 yards per carry. His totals for the year include 1769 yards rushing with 13 rushing touchdowns as well as 32 receptions. Franklin entered the season with mid-round grades yet his play this season will likely push him into the third round. He lacks the great mesurables (5-feet, 10-inches, 205-pounds) teams desire in a feature runner yet his multi-dimensional game makes Franklin an attractive skill player.
Anthony Barr*/LB/UCLA: Barr, like his teammate, has played lights out this season. The former fullback transitioned to linebacker in 2012 and developed into one of the most feared defenders in the PAC 12. Barr finished the season with 20.5 tackles for loss, 13.5 sacks as well as 74 tackles. He's an athletic linebacker with an NFL body and a large degree of upside to his game. Barr presently grades as a third round choice yet if the junior decides to return to Westwood for his senior season and completes his game, a first round grade in 2014 is a distinct possibility.
Jalen Saunders*/WR/Oklahoma: Saunders got a late start to the season as the Fresno State transfer sat out the initial four games of 2012 due to NCAA regulations. He looked ready for prime time once he stepped on the field in mid-October and shook off the rust. Saunders combined for 24 receptions, 393 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns during the season's final three games, leading the Sooners down the stretch. He's a terrific slot receiver prospect for the next level and offers potential as a return specialist. It would be a mild surprise if he exits for the 2013 NFL Draft but Saunders will be highly rated moving towards his senior campaign.
Quanterus Smith/DE-OLB/Western Kentucky: Scouts ranked Smith as a late round prospect entering the 2012 campaign yet the pass rushing specialist exceeded expectations as a senior. Smith finished the year with 18.5 tackles for loss as well as 12.5 sacks. He's a bit one-dimensional and best making plays up the field but teams are always looking for a disruptive pass rusher which could help push Smith into the middle rounds.
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