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Posted May 30, 2013

Which ’12 draft picks are poised to break out?

Atlanta Falcons, Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions, Green Bay Packers, Indianapolis Colts, Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints, New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, St. Louis Rams

By Chris Burke

Coby Fleener was outperformed by Dwayne Allen last year, but Fleener should narrow the gap this season. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

Coby Fleener was outperformed by Dwayne Allen last year, but Fleener should narrow the gap this season. (Nam Y. Huh/AP)

As is always the case with the NFL draft, there were some hits and misses in 2012. The hits were pretty substantial — Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson, Luke Kuechly, Chandler Jones, Doug Martin and so on.

But what do we make of the other members of last year’s rookie class, those guys who needed more than one season to really make their presences felt? Here are 10 members of the 2012 draft class who should be set for bigger things in 2013:

Coby Fleener, TE, Colts

Fleener did not have a bad rookie season, per se. It’s just that injuries limited him to 12 games, and fellow rookie tight end Dwayne Allen (taken 30 spots lower than Fleener in last year’s draft) lapped him with 45 receptions to Fleener’s 26. Indianapolis expects more out of its 2012 second-rounder, especially given his time with Andrew Luck at Stanford — Fleener caught 10 touchdown passes in his senior year.
Akiem Hicks, DT/DE, Saints

New Orleans’ switch to a 3-4 defense should play to Hicks’ benefit, following a rookie season in which he made zero starts and was inactive for the team’s final game. At 6-foot-5 and 318 pounds, Hicks gives the Saints another option at nose tackle (where rookie John Jenkins could start) and he fits nicely as a DE. The Saints are counting on youth up front in Hicks, Jenkins and Cam Jordan.
Lamar Holmes, OT, Falcons

We put Holmes in the spotlight a few weeks ago when examining each team’s most pressing question heading into minicamp. The query posed there: Can Holmes adequately replace Tyson Clabo at right tackle? It’s a gamble for an otherwise-loaded Atlanta offense, what with Holmes seeing all of seven snaps in 2012. Holmes’ opportunity certainly is there, though.

Alshon Jeffery, WR, Bears

Another player hindered by injuries during his first season, Jeffery suited up for just 10 games and finished at 24 receptions. That’s well off the pace the Bears envisioned for him when they nabbed him No. 45 overall as a complement to Brandon Marshall. With Marc Trestman’s aggressive aerial attack in place in Chicago, Jeffery should be in line for a breakthrough.
A.J. Jenkins, WR, 49ers

Arguably the most disappointing of all the 2012 rookies, Jenkins (No. 30 overall) claimed a spot on the active roster for three measly games and dropped the only pass thrown his direction. But with Mario Manningham coming back from injury and Michael Crabtree suffering a potentially season-ending Achilles tear, San Francisco will open the door for Jenkins to win a starting spot alongside Anquan Boldin.
Lamar Miller, RB, Dolphins

GM Jeff Ireland continues to hype Miller, and he opened minicamp taking reps with the Dolphins’ first-team offense. He’s at least got the leg up on Daniel Thomas and rookie Mike Gillislee, for now, in the race to replace Reggie Bush. Miller delivered some solid numbers, too, when given a shot in 2012 — he finished with a 4.9 yards-per-carry average on 51 attempts.
Nick Perry, OLB, Packers

Perry started five games and recorded 2.0 sacks for Green Bay in 2012 before being shelved on IR due to a wrist injury. Considering how badly the Packers struggled to generate a pass rush opposite Clay Matthews at linebacker, Perry’s return to health could be one of the team’s keys to success in 2013. Green Bay spent the No. 28 pick on him for a reason.
Brian Quick, WR, Rams

Quick currently holds a starting job in St. Louis, despite catching a mere 11 balls last season and the franchise nabbing both Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey in the draft. If nothing else, the Rams’ commitment to improving their passing attack should play to Quick’s benefit — as could the arrivals of Austin and tight end Jared Cook, both players capable of drawing a defense’s attention, thereby freeing up more space outside for Quick.
Riley Reiff, T, Lions

Reiff quietly turned in a solid rookie season — Pro Football Focus graded him out as the Lions’ best run blocker, despite the fact that Reiff played about 900 fewer snaps than Detroit’s 16-game starters and he saw the bulk of his action as an extra lineman in run-heavy alignments. His responsibilities will be much more significant in 2013, as he takes over the left tackle spot replacing Jeff Backus, who started 186 consecutive games for the Lions at that position.
David Wilson, RB, Giants

As with Miller in Miami, Wilson will be asked to replace a proven veteran as his team’s No. 1 back. For Wilson, it’s Ahmad Bradshaw (who’s still a free agent, by the way) that has hit the road, vacating the starting job. Of course, Wilson filled in for an injured Bradshaw twice last season, racking up 358 yards rushing and four touchdowns in limited action. The Giants need better production than that in Wilson’s second go-round. Doug Martin, selected one spot before Wilson in the 2012 draft, rushed for 1,096 more yards last year.
Tags: A.J. Jenkins, Akiem Hicks, Alshon Jeffery, Brian Quick, Coby Fleener, david wilson, Lamar Holmes, Lamar Miller, Nick Perry, Riley Reiff

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 Post subject: Re: Lamar Holmes poised for breakout year
PostPosted: Sat Jun 15, 2013 8:42 pm 
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Lots of fans seem to want Mike Johnson at right guard and Lamar Holmes at right tackle. I think the O-Line next year will be Baker-Bialock-Konz-Reynolds-Johnson, I don't get the hate on Reynolds at Right Guard though. My favoured O-line would be the one above but with Holmes at right tackle.


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I don't think it's "hate" for Reynolds. I just think most people know what he is. A decent stopgap starter in a pinch, but not someone that you want to build your unit around.

I think because of Johnson's success at Alabama, higher draft status, the belief is that he is a better player that is more like the player that you want to build around for multiple years. Reynolds has beaten out Johnson in camp battles, but a big part of that has been injuries, not necessarily because Reynolds outright won the job.

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