Mock Draft 2012: NFL Guy
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – The Colts took the best QB in the draft in 1998 and it worked for them pretty well.
2. Washington Redskins (From Rams): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor – A Perfect QB for the Washington Redskins system, which is why they gave up everything to get here.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, T, USC – Drafted their future QB last year in Christian Ponder, now they’ll get the best lineman in the draft to keep the kid standing.
4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State – Tom Brady would have suffered on this team last year with NO weapons to get the ball to. Blackmon will be a top receiver in the league for years to come.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU – Despite reports that Claibourne got a 4 on his wonderlic test, the Bucs can’t pass him up here. They were one of the worst teams in yards allowed through the air last season, and Aqib Talib can’t keep himself out of trouble. Plus, Ronde Barber isn’t getting any younger.
6. St Louis Rams (From Redskins): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame – Some might say this is a stretch here, but the Rams need a Wideout with Brandon Lloyd shafting them, taking the second best WR here makes sense.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina – You can never have enough pass rush, a young hungry defense and a team that wants to win, Coples will be a nice addition to Mel Tucker’s squad and he’s very versatile as far as playing other positions.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M – The Fins QB search was awful in Free Agency, when you draft a guy, he can’t tell you no. He’s a nice fit for them here and with the Dolphins Offensive Coordinator having been Tannehill’s old Head Coach, he’ll have a head start on getting to know the guy.
9. Carolina Panthers: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina – Panthers defense was horrible last year. Ron Rivera needs guys that he can plug-and-play, Ingram has what he needs to get the job done.
10. Buffalo Bills: Reilly Reiff, T, Iowa – The Bills offensive line was sub-par last year, taking Reiff here gives them another building block for the future while helping them now.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, G, Stanford – Two years ago the Chiefs had the best rushing attack in the game, an upgrade at the position, and a star RB coming back into the picture only helps them from this point on.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis – I thought Seattle would make a run at trading for Osi Umenyioria in Free Agency to shore up the defensive line, but they took care of their own making sure they stayed in Seattle. Poe has been very impressive throughout the whole scouting process and he’ll fit in very nice with the young underrated Seahawks defense.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina – Arizona traded away a Pro Bowl piece to their defense in exchange for a sup-par QB. They need to address the secondary, even with the signing of James Sanders.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama – Dallas has a pretty good talent pool on defense, but the man calling the shots in Rob Ryan seems to have no idea what he’s doing. Jerry and Steven Jones have told him to settle it down, and taking Barron here shores up a relatively weak safety position.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Keuchly, LB, Boston College – Eagles went crazy last year in Free Agency, but forgot the most important part of the defense. Keuchly is the best LB in the draft, he brings everything that the Eagles missed out on last year, has the brains to get the job done, and he can learn alot working next to DeMeco Ryans.
16. New York Jets: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – The Jets got away from their ground and pound approach, with LT being gone, and Shonn Green being just a decent back, the Jets can’t pass up on Trent Richardson falling this low to them.
17. Cincinatti Bengals (From Raiders): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama – Bengals had a top 15 defense last year, but did struggle at the CB position, taking Kirkpatrick here helps the Bengals tremendously on that side of the ball.
18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn, T, Georgia – Phillip Rivers needs someone to protect him. He took way too many sacks last year and the Chargers went spiraling. Working on the offensive line has seemed to be a priority for San Diego this offseason, so taking Glenn here adds talent to that awful line.
19. Chicago Bears: Jonathan Martin, T, Stanford – Lovie Smith says his current offensive line can get the job done. Jay Cutler laughs, and the Bears draft a guy that can actually get the job done.
20. Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois – Titans missed out on Manning, but since then they’ve gone out and focused on the defense. They’ve added some pass rush, and you can never have enough pass rush.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama – Another piece to the up-and-coming defense that isn’t far off from being dominant. Upshaw brings versatility and awareness that will help turn this thing around in Cincinnati.
22. Cleveland Browns (From Falcons): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU – The tenth best defense in the league last year is getting a little better. Brockers can play with his hands in the dirt and standing upright. He’ll be a nice fit to the Browns scheme.
23. Detroit Lions: Mike Adams, T, Ohio State – The Lions need to focus on the secondary, but the offensive line isn’t getting any younger. Taking Adams here gives Stafford the piece of mind regarding his line to keep him upright and healthy.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama – Age is a factor for the Steelers, and they spent the first part of the offseason releasing older veterans which tells me they are concerned. Taking Hightower here will give them a solid staple on defense for the next decade or more.
25. Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State – Denver won a lot of games on defense last year, and Worthy is an upgrade so some of the guys they have there currently. Foxy is a Defensive head coach that will love everything Worthy brings to the table.
26. Houston Texans: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor – It was clear to Texans fans last season that they needed another WR. Once Andre Johnson missed some time due to his hamstring, the Texans passing production went down. Wright is a solid receiver that will help this team solidify their pass game.
27. New England Patriots (From Saints): Nick Perry, DE, USC – Patriots defense was ranked 31st in the league last year. Mark Anderson was a big part in a soft pass rush, as well as Andre Carter. Anderson has left to the Bills, and Carter is currently unsigned coming off a season ending injury. Nick Perry is a nice fit, not only for best available player, but a huge need for the Pats.
28. Green Bay Packers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St – Packers had a struggling defense throughout the year in terms of yardage, but Clay Matthews didn’t see the production he did two years ago because people emphasized and game planned against him. Cox is a guy that can come in and produce, as well as help out the rest of the Packers defenders.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin – Gotta grab the replacement of Matt Birk now. The Ravens would have been in a tough situation if Birk had retired this year. Konz is a guy that can step in right away, barring any injury to Matt Birk, and will be a nice piece for them moving forward.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech – One reception for 3 yards in the NFC Championship game showed how much the 49ers needed a big receiver. They’ve made a little noise in free agency on the position, but they can’t pass up a guy who has the same potential as Calvin Johnson and Demaryuis Thomas.
31. New England Patriots: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Alabama – this 31st ranked defense keeps improving with Jenkins. His personal issues dropped him to the bottom of the round, but this organization is too smart to pass up the talent, and they’ll whip him into shape.
32. New York Giants: Kobe Fleener, TE, Stanford – They let Kevin Boss go two seasons ago, and their young corps of TE’s went down in the Super Bowl. They need to fill a void, and Fleener is the best TE in the draft. Giants scoop the talent and fill the need as well.
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