NFL draft prospects

Learn about the best players available that the Patriots are considering for this year's entry draft.

NFL draft QB choices have costly consequences

There have been some tough quarterback decisions with the No. 1 overall draft pick. Some teams made the right call, others missed on their supposed franchise anchor.

SCOUTING REPORT: QBs

Ranking the quarterbacks in the NFL draft

The Boston Globe examines the top quarterbacks available in the 2012 NFL draft.

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: Quarterbacks

Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III armed for NFL success

Stanford’s Luck was seen as a likely can’t-miss QB - but Baylor’s Griffin has steadily achieved to join him as one.

SCOUTING REPORT: Defensive backs

Ranking the defensive backs in the NFL draft

The Boston Globe examines the top defensive backs available in the 2012 NFL draft.

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: DEFENSIVE BACKS

Janoris Jenkins is a big-time gamble

The North Alabama cornerback’s list of off-the-field offenses and potential problems outweighs his NFL-caliber talent for some teams.

SCOUTING REPORT: Linebackers

Ranking the linebackers in the NFL draft

The Boston Globe examines the top linebackers available in the 2012 NFL draft.

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: Linebackers

BC’s Luke Kuechly could get picked early

After combine, pro day, and individual workouts, the Eagles linebacker only enhanced his standing among NFL teams and draft analysts.

Scouting report: Defensive linemen

Ranking the defensive linemen in the NFL draft

The Boston Globe examines the top defensive linemen available in the 2012 NFL draft.

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: Defensive linemen

Potential for Memphis’s Dontari Poe is big

The defensive tackle was the talk of the town after his Combine performance, but now he has to prove he’s not just a freakish athlete but a great football player in the making.

NFL Draft Preview: Specialists

Local product Dave Teggart ready to kick in NFL

Northborough native Dave Teggart made some big kicks in ugly weather at UConn, and wants to show he can do the same as a pro.

Scouting report: Specialists

Ranking the specialists in the NFL draft

The Boston Globe examines the top specialist available in the 2012 NFL draft.

NFL Draft Preview: RBs

Trent Richardson is great, but worth a high pick?

Richardson is certainly talented, but in the new pass-happy NFL, is it worth spending a high first-round pick on a running back?

Scouting report: RBs

Ranking the running backs in the NFL draft

The Boston Globe examines the top running backs available in the 2012 NFL draft.

Running backs’ importance has fallen in NFL draft

It’s possible only one running back will be drafted in the first round for the second straight year, something that’s happened just once since 1970.

NFL DRAFT PREVIEW: OLs

‘Mauler’ Kevin Zeitler fits Patriots’ archetype

The Wisconsin product, considered a potential first round pick, says little and has an aggressive attitude the Patriots like in offensive linemen.

SCOUTING REPORT: OLs

Ranking the offensive linemen in the NFL draft

The Boston Globe examines the top offensive linemen available in the 2012 NFL draft.

Patriots don’t favor receivers in draft

Under Bill Belichick, the Patriots have rarely targeted receivers, and the few they have chosen have often flopped.

Scouting report: WRs

Top receivers/tight ends in NFL draft

The Boston Globe examines the top receivers and tight ends available in the 2012 NFL draft

NFL draft preview: WRs

Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd has talent but baggage

The imposing wideout, one of the draft’s top receivers, can catch the football, but he also has caught heat for alcohol incidents.