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2012 NFL Mock Draft

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Even though you are probably mock drafted out by this point, here is another one to tide you over a few more hours until the start of the NFL Draft. In addition to the regular mock draft which is what I think the team will do in that draft position, I have included what I would do if I took over each team in the top 14’s war room this morning. I think this gives a little better look at mock drafting. Instead of just picking who I think the team will take, I add my own flavor onto the pick.

 

 

Round One:

1. Indianapolis Colts (2-14): Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: The pick two years in the making is finally here. Andrew Luck is the total package and a guy that doesn’t come along very often. He is about as easy of a slam dunk as possible and should be a superstar sooner than later. What makes this interesting is that he would’ve been the #1 pick last year, meaning that if the Broncos (because of Tebow) passed on Cam Newton, he may have landed with the Bills, Bengals, Cardinals, or Browns instead of the Panthers. Fun to think about how different those teams would look now if they had Cam Newton.

What I would do: Draft Luck. No Brainer.

2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis) (5-11): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor:  Based mainly on the success that Cam Newton had last year (statistically, not record-wise), Robert Griffin became America’s darling. He not only won the Heisman, but went from a 2nd-3rd round pick all the way up to instigating a bidding war for the #2 pick. The Redskins won out over the Browns and they get a player that they hope will be a franchise QB. He has the tools and says the right things. The only two red-flags are that he doesn’t have a long track record and Mike Shanahan has never had a QB of his style before. One this is for sure, RGIII will definitely pump some energy into the fanbase

What I would do: Draft Griffin III. While I don’t know if he will be a franchise QB, the Redskins are all-in at this point.

3. Minnesota Vikings (3-13): Matt Kalil, OT, USC: There is a lot of posturing going on that the Vikings may not take Kalil here. At least I’m hoping, for Viking fan’s sake that it’s only posturing. If they keep the pick and take anyone other than Kalil, they are flat-out stupid. He’s a sure thing tackle that fills one of their major needs. Then again, this is the team that actually forgot to submit their pick in 2003, so anything is possible.

What I would do: Talk the Bucs into trading up to #3, then draft Kalil at #5. If forced to stay I still draft Kalil.

4. Cleveland Browns (4-12): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Let me preface this by saying that I’m not as big of a Trent Richardson guy as seemingly everyone else that is calling him the next Adrian Peterson (which I think is absurd. Richardson is 5’9 ¼, Peterson is 6’1 ½… that’s only one of the major differences). He has all the tools, but something just seems off. I can’t get past the fact that Nick Saban routinely pulled him inside the 10. If you have the equivalent of Adrian Peterson, you aren’t pulling him in favor of Eddie Lacy. Granted towards the end of the season he was riding Lacy less and Richardson more, but even still, in the National Championship game the carries were split 20-11. Richardson has also only had 20+ carries eight times in his career and was somewhat limited against a very good, but not great LSU defense. I hope that I’m wrong and he turns into a beast, but the strange usage and his history of knee injuries scares me quite a bit.

What I would do: Trade Down. Browns fans aren’t going to like this, but as it sits right now, they are 3 years away from playoff contention and this year is going to be worse, not better. They had the worst offense in team history last year and that’s not something you can fix overnight. Speaking of fixing it, they have done absolutely nothing to try to do that. They still have no QB, and now they have no discernable running backs or wide receivers aside from the drop-happy Greg Little. Pretty much the only positions they are set on offense are Left Guard, Center, and maybe slot receiver. Depending how far they trade down, they would still be able to pop on a guy like Michael Floyd or even David DeCastro. The latter won’t inspire the fanbase, but he will be a pro-bowl caliber guard for years to come. My thought is to build the foundation, then add the nice-to-haves (Richardson). However, there is a hidden benefit of drafting Richardson; teams will thrown 8 in the box against him and force Colt McCoy to beat them… and unless he had arm transplant surgery, that’s not something he’s capable of doing.  

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12): Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: Claiborne is the top corner in the draft and said to be very instinctive. He had better be instinctive because, by many reports, he isn’t very bright. Do you have to be smart to be a corner? Not if you play man, but even despite his intelligence drawbacks, he still profiles to be an impact player who would immediately improve a sad Tampa Bay defense.

What I would do: See what it would take to get to #3 or hope that Richardson falls, but if not, take Claiborne.

6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) (2-14): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St. The Rams are taking offers to move down again, but if they stand pat, I see them taking the highest-rated receiver on the board in Justin Blackmon. I see Blackmon as an Anquan Boldin type and that would go a long way in helping out Sam Bradford and the Rams offense. Not to mention Steven Jackson would be happy with the selection.

What I would do: Draft Blackmon or trade down to acquire picks and get Malcolm Floyd.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse.: The draft gets interesting here. The Jags want to get out of this pick as none of their major needs (DE, WR, OT) can be value-filled here. At one time Melvin Ingram was the pick here, but he is falling fast on draft boards. I really don’t see them keeping this pick, but if they do, don’t be surprised if the go with one of the 3 Des (Ingram, Coples, or Jones), Fletcher Cox, or Michael Floyd.

What I would do: Trade Down. There isn’t much value in this pick for the Jags. Cox is probably the best available player and would help the pass-rush, but doesn’t really fill a need. Floyd would be reaching here. Trading down to #15 would give the Eagles the guy they want and get the Jags some more bullets in the gun.

8. Miami Dolphins (6-10): Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M: The Dolphins need a QB… The owner desperately wants a QB… Tannehill (at least for the past 15 months or so) is a quarterback. This pick makes sense from that perspective. It doesn’t make sense from the perspective that I see Tannehill as more of a JP Lossman than a franchise QB.

What I would do: Not take Tannehill. If they can’t move down, then maybe pop on Melvin Ingram despite his fall down the boards. If you are going to miss, you want to limit your miss and Ingram has a lot of talent and should be productive.

9. Carolina Panthers (6-10): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St: The Panthers run defense was pretty horrific a season ago. They need to get better all across the line and Cox will give them an immediate impact starter in the middle. 

What I would do: Take Cox or anyone that can help the D-Line.

10. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: The Bills need someone to compliment Stevie Johnson and Floyd would do that perfectly. I think Floyd and Blackmon are 1 and 1(a) in this draft. The other option here would be Mark Barron who teams view as a Sean Taylor-type. There could be plenty of value in this pick if Barron is there. The Cowboys are definitely in the market and want Barron.

What I would do: Convince the Cowboys that Barron will be gone and make a deal. If that’s not possible, flip a coin and take Floyd or Barron. Both fill needs and should be impact players.

11. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9): Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College: With Romeo at the helm, this has to be defense here and Kuechly at 11 is a steal. Some view him as a top 5 talent and it fills a need next to Derrick Johnson in the 3-4.

What I would do: Draft Kuechly if he’s there. If not, look to DE.

12. Seattle Seahawks (8-8): Quentin Coples, DE, North Carolina: Seattle has only one pass-rushing threat in Chris Clemons, and even he is entering the final year of his contract. Grabbing Coples here would give the Seahawks a JJ Watt-type player who can do just about everything and do it pretty well… if he feels like it.

What I would do: Take the best available front-seven player. Coples certainly is talented, but he has been called “lazy” by more than one scout. Still, Pete Carroll seems like the guy to motivate. He did it at USC and he would probably be able to get it done with Coples.

13. Arizona Cardinals (8-8): Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa: If Michael Floyd falls, I think this is his landing spot. Unfortunately, I think he will be gone by 13 one way or another. If The Bills take Barron at 10, I see someone trying to sneak ahead of Arizona to steal Floyd away from them. Reiff is a solid pick that fills a need however. It’s tough to get a full read on Kevin Kolb when he spends so much time on his back. Reiff will help with that.

What I’d do: Draft Reiff. The Cardinals need an offensive tackle and he’s the best available. Don’t overthink it.

14. Dallas Cowboys (8-8): Mark Barron, S, Alabama:  This would be a slam-dunk for the Cowboys if he’s available. Barron will be a great safety and Jerry Jones would love to see him donning the star on his helmet.

What I would do: Draft Barron. If he’s gone, Michael Brockers, David DeCastro, and Cordy Glenn would all be in play here.

15. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8): Dontario Poe, DT, Memphis: I think there’s a shot that they trade up to 7 to grab Fletcher Cox. If they don’t, they pop on the 2nd best DT in the draft and sure up a sore need.

16. New York Jets (8-8): Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: No secret that Rex Ryan loves defense and Ingram will provide another pass rushing option and would be a great value at 16.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland) (9-7): Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: The Bengals have a definite need at corner and Gilmore has a chance to be a starter for many years to come. Could come down to Gilmore or Dre Kirkpatrick… I would take Gilmore.

18. San Diego Chargers (8-8): David DeCastro, G, Stanford: Not a sexy pick, but would really help the Chargers. DeCastro can literally play any position on the line. That kind of flexibility and talent is hard to find.

19. Chicago Bears (8-8): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU: Brockers is the guy the Bears want. If he falls to them, they will be ecstatic. If not, they will take Cordy Glenn, but in this mock I have them getting their wish and suring up the middle of the defensive line.

20. Tennessee Titans (9-7): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama: The Titans could use help in the secondary and although Kirkpatrick is falling down draft boards, but I don’t think he will fall past the Titans despite the cloud of marijuana surrounding him.

21. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7): Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia: Glenn is a guy that can play guard or tackle, but in Cincinnati I think he stays inside and helps out the run game. He fills a big need and the Bengals would be very happy if Glenn landed here.

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta) (4-12): Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Teach.: The Browns need playmakers, Hill is tall, fast, and athletic. He would immediately become the #1 target for hopefully someone other than Colt McCoy.

23. Detroit Lions (10-6): Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: The Lions go with the best available and it’s debatable whether or not that’s Martin, but I think it also feels this

24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama: This is a great value pick. He could turn into a dominant inside linebacker and continue on the legacy of

25. Denver Broncos (8-8): Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.: The Broncos could use help on the inside of their D-Line, but Martin is a good pick here as he not only compliments Willis McGahee well, but he’s a great blocking RB.

26. Houston Texans (10-6): Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: I think this is a reach considering Wright is “fat” and “can’t run routes”. If he’s that productive with these problems, imagine if he gets after it in the weight room and hits his playbook.

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans) (13-3): Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise St.: McClellin is another guy that you will ask “who?” and will turn into a dominant defensive player. McClellin can start now and he will immediately help the pass-rush.

28. Green Bay Packers (15-1): Whitney Mercilus: DE, Illinois: The Packers would be over the moon excited if Mercilus lands here. Their pass-rush is pretty weak and Mercilus would be a great addition.

29. Baltimore Ravens (12-4): Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: Upshaw doesn’t have the tools that a top 10 pick would have, but he uses what he has very well and will only get better on the Ravens.

30. San Francisco 49ers (13-3): Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin: This pick fills a big need and will help the run game. It will also take some of the pressure off of Alex Smith and immensely help the run game.

31. Cleveland Browns ( from New England) (4-12): Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma St.: I don’t generally project trades in a mock because it’s nearly impossible to get right, but New England loves to trade and the Browns covet Weeden. It almost makes too much sense not to happen, which means it probably won’t.

32. New York Giants (9-7): Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: This is a great pick at a need for the Super Bowl Champs. Fleener is the best tight end in the draft and will give Eli another option.

Discussion

One Response to “2012 NFL Mock Draft”

  1. I don’t follow the NFL like I used to. That being said, The Browns need so much help and yet they traded three picks to move up one spot, and then took a running back in a now pass driven league. I’m a Steeler fan. Still I grew up in Ohio and always wish the Browns the best when they are not playing the Black and Gold. I think they blew it again, and gave less hope to the future

    Posted by Pops | April 26, 2012, 10:27 pm

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