NFL Draft: Xavier Rhodes, Denard Robinson & Geno Smith’s Stock Rising


Dec 1, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA Florida State Seminoles defensive back Xavier Rhodes (27) lines up during the second half against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 2012 ACC Championship game at Bank of America Stadium. FSU defeated Georgia Tech 21-15. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Herald has been told that the Dolphins really like Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes, even calling him a “seriously consider” to be the 12th overall pick. They’re in dire need of a corner after the lost Sean Smith to free agency. 

Despite this report, Scouts Inc. ranked Rhodes as the 40th-overall prospect for April’s draft.

The National Football Post believes Michigan’s Denard Robinson is seeing his stock rise significantly after a great Pro Day performance, and he may have even secured a spot for himself in the NFL draft’s second day:

"After showing dramatic improvement at the Combine, Denard showed NFL teams that he has continued working very hard at making the transition from quarterback to receiver. He not only went through receiver drills, but also was put through running back drills as many teams believe that while his long term future is as a slot receiver, the fastest way for him to get on the field as a rookie will be as a third down back. During the workout, Denard displayed the explosive, game breaking athleticism that has NFL teams excited. After looking like a quarterback trying to play receiver at the Senior Bowl and Combine, Denard looked like a receiver at the workout and showed the confidence catching the ball that he had not before. He not only caught every pass thrown his way during the workout, but did so with hands and did not allow the ball to get into his body where he had to battle the ball."

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock believes QB Geno Smith is definitely a top-10 talent. With teams like the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars, Buffalo Bills, and New York Jets all having very shaky QB situations, it won’t be a shocker to see Smith hear his name called early in April’s draft.

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