2012 NFL mock draft

After teasing it for quite some time, find my first 2012 NFL mock draft of the year following the jump. Some of the picks were easy and some were incredibly difficult. Just about all will be incorrect in April. Criticism of all kinds is encouraged. Just remember if you find something so bad, I challenge you to make your case in a FanPost.

The order is an inverse of this week's SB Nation NFL power rankings. Also, I hate the layout. Maybe I'll change it around when some time is found. If you have suggestions on what you think looks good, let me know.

1. Miami Dolphins - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
The most obvious choice ever put in a mock draft.
2. Indianapolis Colts - Matt Kalil, OT, Southern California
It's hard to justify the Colts taking any other quarterback other than Luck. While the team just drafted a finesse offensive tackle in Anthony Castonzo, Kalil is a much better player. He could play the left and Castonzo can move to the right, giving the Colts good bookends.
3. St. Louis Rams - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Rodger Saffold hasn't been the same player he was as a rookie and Martin has outstanding potential. Much like in the Colts' situation, Saffold would shift to the right and Martin would be on the left. Wide receiver is less of a need following the acquisition of Brandon Lloyd and this is too early for a cornerback.
4. Minnesota Vikings - Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
With both Kalil and Martin out of play, the most logical area for Minnesota to address would be wide receiver. The question will be about which one to choose. Adding a No. 1 wide receiver would allow Percy Harvin to play more naturally as a No. 2 in the slot.
5. Jacksonville Jaguars - Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
While there are questions about Jeffery's speed and ability to separate at the next level, he's the kind of playmaker who could make quarterback Blaine Gabbert a star. Secondary is a big concern for the Jaguars, but this is still too early in the round to address the need.
6. Denver Broncos - Matt Barkley, QB, Southern California
If the Broncos are picking this high, it's an indication that Tim Tebow didn't play quite well enough. This also give the front office and new head coach John Fox a chance to start with their guy.
7. Seattle Seahawks - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The easy pick here would be quarterback, but after Luck and Barkley, I'm not certain Pete Carroll would fall in love with Landry Jones, Robert Griffin or Brock Osweiler. Richardson would fill a need and probably be the best player available considering a dominating pass rusher has yet to emerge this season.
8. Arizona Cardinals - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Offensive tackle is far and away Arizona's biggest area of weakness. Although Reiff is still raw as a player, Arizona needs to take a chance and hope they hit on a tackle.
9. Carolina Panthers - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
The Panthers are quietly putting together a nice roster, but don't have that legit No. 1 wide receiver with Steve Smith getting up there in age. The Panthers would also take a long look at the linebackers available here.
10. Kansas City Chiefs - Manti Te'o, MLB, Notre Dame
The Chiefs have a lot of great pieces on defense, but need a powerful strong-side inside linebacker to help against the run. I may have other linebackers rated more highly than Te'o, but he's a perfect fit for what the Chiefs do on defense.
11. Cleveland Browns - David DeCastro, G, Stanford
As I've said before, if the Browns aren't picking high it's because quarterback Colt McCoy played well enough to push the team outside of the top 10. While Landry Jones or Robert Griffin are intriguing choices here, I'm sticking with that logic on McCoy. This may be early for a guard, but it should show just how bad Shaun Lauvao has been for Cleveland and how good DeCastro can be.
12. Philadelphia Eagles - Vontaze Burfict, MLB, Arizona State
This is a pick that would be out of the ordinary for the Eagles considering they haven't taken a linebacker in the first round since 1979. At this point, though, adding a linebacker is almost a necessity for the Eagles. There are plenty of issues with Burfict, but when he's on, he's dangerous in all areas of the game.
13. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta) - Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
While it's true Tom Heckert drafts rarely see linebackers taken early, the Browns need to make an exception. Starter Scott Fujita will be 33 at the start of next season and showing his age.
14. Dallas Cowboys - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
Only a redshirt sophomore, Miller is ready for the NFL. Starter Felix Jones seems to have perpetual injury problems, DeMarco Murray is only decent and Tashard Choice probably won't be with the team next season.
15. New York Jets - Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall
The Jets were so desperate for pass rush help they signed colossal draft bust Aaron Maybin this season. The more you watch Curry, the better and more athletic he looks.
16. Chicago Bears - Kelechi Osemele, OT/G, Iowa State
There may be no bigger need in the NFL than the Bears needing an offensive lineman. Osemele would either start immediately at right tackle or inside at guard. Really, it doesn't matter. He'll upgrade the offensive line and that's what their offense needs more than anything.
17. Tennessee Titans - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
This is a combination of taking the best player available and adding a player who is a scheme fit. The Titans like to move their defensive linemen around and Coples would afford them even more flexibility.
18. Houston Texans - Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
There may be no better wide receiver in the NFL than Andre Johnson, but the Texans need a viable second option outside. Jones is a dynamic playmaker who would take a lot of pressure off Johnson.
19. Washington Redskins - Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
The Redskins would be lucky to have a shot at Jones this far down the draft. In this scenario, many of the teams in front of Washington just don't need a quarterback, allowing them to get Jones.
20. Cincinnati Bengals - David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
Cedric Benson is rapidly approaching the age of 30, the plateau for NFL running backs. Behind him there is very little in Brian Leonard and Cedric Peerman.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland) - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Leon Hall is one of the league's top cornerbacks, but Cincinnati didn't do much to replace Jonathan Joseph. Kirkpatrick is arguably the best corner in the draft and could start as a rookie for the Bengals.
22. New York Giants - Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College
Even with a healthy Jonathan Goff this would be a need for the Giants. Kuechly is as instinctual of a linebacker as there can be in the college game and that should translate nicely to the New York defense.
23. Buffalo Bills - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Considering this draft is expected to be light on offensive linemen, the Bills could add another piece to an improving defense. Claiborne could help improve one of the league's worst pass defenses with his playmaking ability.
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
By the time next season starts, Ronde Barber will be 37, so it goes without saying his career is winding down. The Buccaneers haven't added much young talent at cornerback and could be in need of a starter next season.
25. Pittsburgh Steelers - Cordy Glenn, OT/G, Georgia
The Steelers are another team greatly in need of offensive line help and Glenn is arguably the best blocker left on the board at this point.
26. New England Patriots (from New Orleans) - Robert Lester, S, Alabama
New England has a proven commodity in Patrick Chung but need someone to line up next to him. Lester could play either spot in the Patriots' scheme, though a cornerback could also be considered.
27. Detroit Lions - Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Konz could either replace aging current starter Dominic Raiola or shift over and play guard. A corner could be a consideration as well, especially considering how many there will be in this draft.
28. San Francisco 49ers - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
The 49ers have some upcoming free agents at wide receiver in Josh Morgan and Braylon Edwards and Sanu would be an upgrade over both.
29. San Diego Chargers - Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
The Chargers defense is at its best when it has a big body filling gaps up front. The defense up front hasn't been quite the same since the release of Jamal Williams.
30. New England Patriots - Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, Florida State
Whether the Patriots use a 4-3 or a 3-4 going forward, they need a pass rusher. Jenkins is still raw as a player, but he knows how to get after the pass rusher.
31. Baltimore Ravens - Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama
Whether it's Dannell Ellerbe or Jameel McClain, the Ravens haven't been able to find a suitable partner for Ray Lewis. Hightower can not only be that player, but the leader of the Ravens' defense going into the future.
32. Green Bay Packers - Jared Crick, DE/DT, Nebraska
One of the few needs for the Packers is a five-technique on the defensive line. There are a few options for that role, but Crick is probably the most natural. His draft position could be negatively affected, though, by a torn pectoral he suffered.
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