This is my first mock for the 2012 draft. I did one last year, and I did alright so I figured I might as well do another one.
The draft is order is based on the current standings (win %), and point differential is the tiebreaker.
1: ST LOUIS trades #1 Overall TO INDY for #2 and #34 Overall
2: CAROLINA trades #6 Overall and 5th round pick TO SEATTLE for #11 overall and #43 Overall
3: TENNESSEE trades #18 Overall TO CINCINNATI for #22 and 3rd round pick
1. Indianapolis- FROM ST LOUIS- Andrew Luck QB Stanford
The Rams have invested far too much into Sam Bradford, who has been decent but just hasn't had any receivers. They listen to offers, and decide that the one they get from Indy is the best, because they only move down one spot so they get the WR they want. Indy still has Manning, but he's old and coming off 3 neck surgeries. They hope Manning can play 1 or 2 more seasons, and then Luck can step in and they will be good for atleast 10 more years.
2. St. Louis- FROM INDY- Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
This pick is between Jeffery and Blackmon, but they go with Jeffery, who looks a bit like Calvin Johnson. Jeffery is hurt by not having a solid QB to throw to him, yet he continues to be unguardable and produce numbers.
3. Miami- Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
The Dolphins get a new GM and Head Coach, and they immediately go for a franchise Quarterback because Matt Moore clearly isn't the guy. Jones leads one of the FBS' best offenses.
4. Jacksonville- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
Jacksonville has their Quarterback in Gabbert, but they seriously need to get him somebody to throw to. Blackmon is arguably the best receiver in college football and should be the Jags' #1 receiver from day one in Jacksonville.
5. Seattle- FROM CAROLINA- Matt Barkley QB USC
Pete Carroll makes sure he gets his guy, and Carolina trades down to get some extra selections so they can address alot of holes. Barkley played for Carroll at USC, and he's really come on as a Junior and should be considered one of the top QB prospects.
6. Minnesota- Matt Kalil OT USC
With both of the Top receivers off the board, nabbing the top tackle in the draft is a good move for the Vikings.
7. Denver- Brandon Thompson DT Clemson
Defensive Line was considered a big need for the Broncos last year, who were considering drafting Marcell Dareus. This year they get a slightly lesser Dareus (as far as draft hype/ratings go) to help out their ailing rush defense.
8. Arizona- Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
Kolb has been criticized for getting 'happy feet' in the pocket and looking to escape too early, but there has been alot of pressure on him, and partly because the tackles aren't doing their jobs. Martin can help.
9. Philadelphia- Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona State
The Eagles have been really bad against the run, and it's partly because of their small, unathletic group on linebackers. Enter Vontaze (a pretty awesome name), who has the size, athleticism, and instincts to be a playmaking linebacker at the next level.
10. Kansas City- Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
Kansas City's pass rushing has been so awful, it's unbearable. They have 5 sacks through 5 games (do the math, it's 1 sack per game), and one guy, Tamba Hali, has 4 of those. Coples seems like he could fit as a 5-tech, with his size (6'6" 285) and the fact that he's more of a power rusher than speed rusher.
11. Carolina- FROM SEATTLE- Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
Due to them starting two rookies at DT (neither of whom were picked until Day 3 of the draft), the Panthers run defense has been pretty bad, ranking 31st in the league. Worthy anchors MSU's stellar defense.
12. Cleveland- Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
Brown is one of the best athletes in the draft. He needs to add some bulk to his 230-235 lbs frame, but that shouldn't be an issue.
Brown's athleticism is comparable to Aaron Curry coming out of Wake. Hopefully, that's the only way they are comparable.
13. Dallas- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
Jerry Jones passes on Amukamara last year. Kirkpatrick is just as good a prospect, and he's a good value pick here.
14. Cleveland- FROM ATL- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
Floyd has had achohol issues in the past that are a yellow flag, but a team who is forced to use Josh Cribbs as a big part of the offense needs to overlook the flag and take the guy. Floyd will be McCoy's best target from day one.
15. Chicago- Riley Reiff OT Iowa
A good Big Ten tackle is an obvious pick for a team who has been awful at protecting Cutler (19 sacks, 6 games).
16. New York Jets- Courtney Upshaw DE/LB Alabama
The Jets are doing good pressuring the QB this season, but some of their linebackers are old. Upshaw can play any of the linebacker spots in the 3-4.
17. Houston- Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma
Broyles is one of the most dominant receivers in college football, and is the top target for Landry Jones. Broyles would finally give the Texans a WR threat besides Andre' Johnson. Despite having a lacking defense, they can afford to do this because they spent all but one selection last year on defense.
18. Cincinnati- FROM TENNESSEE- Trent Richardson RB Alabama
The Bengals see the best back in the draft fall a long ways, and instead of waiting any longer they go up and get him. Benson has hit a plateau and just got suspended again, plus will be a FA.
19. Washington- Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
Rex Grossman + John Beck = Shaky QB situation. Simple math. Griffin has problem solving skills, and will solve Shanahan's QB problems. Griffin's elite mobility is useful in the West Coast offense, and he has better-than-advertised passing abilities.
20. Tampa Bay- Morris Clairborne CB LSU
You can't go wrong picking a player off a defense like LSU's. Clairborne is a lockdown corner with good size, but needs to add a bit of weight (177).
21. New York Giants- Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame
This is a popular pick, but it's easy to see why. The Giants don't have alot of playmakers at LB, and rookie Greg Jones is currently manning the middle. They are 25th in rush yards allowed, and Te'o will help fix that.
22. Tennessee- FROM CINCINNATI (FROM OAK)- Cordy Glenn G/T Georgia
Glenn projects more as a guard than tackle. The Titans do an awful job of run blocking for Chris Johnson, so I would imagine CJ would be happy with the Titans picking a great run blocker.
23. Pittsburgh- Almeda Ta'amu DT/NT Washington
The Steelers know that the effectiveness of their defense starts up front, and having a run-stuffing NT is very important. Ta'amu is the perfect size to play the nose, and he possesses strength and explosiveness to demand double teams against the run, and push the pocket against the pass.
24. Cincinnati- Chase Minniefield CB Virginia
Minniefield is one of the best cover corners in the nation, and the Bengals like the value of him at this pick. Their pass D is doing ver well, but they need to look towards the future with Clements old.
25. New England- FROM NEW ORLEANS- Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers
I think the Pats should go for a pass rushing 3-4 OLB/4-3 DE, but they didn't use 1 of their 15 or so picks on one last year, and let TBC leave in free agency. Furthermore, Sanu is a dominant receiver in the Big East, and the Pat know they shouldn't be counting on Ochocinco and Branch much longer.
26. Buffalo- Vinny Curry DE/OLB Marshall
The Bills and their dead last ranked pass rush shouldn't hesitate to grab a player like Curry. He has good PR skills and is a good fit for their 3-4 scheme as a OLB.
27. San Diego- Dont'a Hightower LB Alabama
Hightower marks the 5th Crimson Tide to be selected in the 1st round, and this one is just as good as the previous ones. The Chargers have one of the oldest LB groups in the league, with 3 of their 4 starters 30+ years old, and their backups are old too.
28. Baltimore- Ray Ray Armstrong S Miami (FL)
Armstrong is a pure athlete, with elite size and alot of potential. He isn't polished as a safety, but with Reed old and Pollard simply not very good, they will be glad to work with Armstrong so he can replace Reed.
29. New England- Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
The Patriots, statisctically, have the worst pass defense in the NFL. They will certainly do something about it, and even with the risk, Jenkins is a prospect they could take a chance on.
30. Detroit- Peter Konz C Wisconsin
Konz is considered the best Center prospect in the league by many. The Lions need a center, and they have struggled run blocking, which is Konz' specialty.
31. San Francisco- Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
Dennard is a very good cover corner, who has played pretty well this season but not great. Should be a good fit with the 49ers.
32. Green Bay- Brandon Jenkins DE/LB FSU
The Packers will be looking for a rush OLB to go across Clay Matthews. Walden hasn't gotten it done, and Zombo is constantly injured and not that great anyways. Jenkins is a great rusher who has the athleticism to play OLB.
33. St. Louis Rams- Luke Keuchly LB Boston College
Keuchley is the BPA and helps their last-ranked rush defense.
34. St. Louis Rams- FROM INDY- Lamar Miller RB Miami (FL)
Jackson getting old and often injured, Miller is a good value here and has dynamic skills.
35. Miami- David DeCastro G Stanford
Miami gets someone to protect the franchise and run block for Daniel Thomas.
36. Jacksonville- Donte Paige-Moss DE North Carolina
A bit of a risky pick, but I expect him to get back on track this season, and Jags could look for a stout pass rusher.
37. Carolina- Nick Toon WR Wisconsin
Toon has a good mix of size and speed, and makes a good tandem with Smith until Smith retires.
38. Minnesota- Dwight Jones WR North Carolina
The Vikings seriously need some receivers, especially with a new QB at the helm (Ponder).
39. Denver- Cliff Harris CB Oregon
Denver needs to strengthen pass D, and need a replacement for aging Champ Bailey.
40. Philadelphia- FROM ARIZONA- Jared Crick DT Nebraska
Better fit as a 5-tech, but has the size and strength to play 3-tech. Too great of a value to pass up on.
41. Philadelphia- Brandon Washington T/G
Best fit for guard or RT, and Philly needs both so they can play him where he's strongest.
42. Kansas City- Travis Lewis LB Oklahoma
Helps the linebacker group, will probably play inside in the 3-4, but could go outside.
43. Carolina- FROM SEATTLE- Ricky Wagner OT Wisconsin
Solid tackle prospect from Wisconsin, protect Cam Newton.
44. Cleveland- Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
Their pass defense has been surprisingly good, but they still need another corner.
45. Dallas- David Wilson RB Virginia Tech
46. Atlanta- Andre Branch DE Clemson
Branch's stock is rising, and he would be a great replacement for John Abraham.
47. Chicago- Michael Brewster C Ohio State
Replaces Garza who is old and not performing very well.
48. New York Jets- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
A dissapointing season, especially on the offensive end led by Sanchez, lead to calls for a new QB.
49. Houston- T.J. McDonald S USC
A great value to help in the secondary.
50. Tennessee- Dwyane Allen TE Clemson
A seam-buster that should start right away and be a dynamic target for Hassellbeck/Locker.
51. Washington- Nick Toon WR Wisconsin
The Redskins don't have enough receiving targets, and Moss is old. Toon is big and fast, and his stock is rising.
52. Tampa Bay- LaMichael James RB Oregon
James is quick and electifying, and would serve as a 3rd down/ change of pace back, as well as return specialist.
53. New York Giants- Brandon Boykin CB Georgia
Boykin is a really dynamic player, who has all the tools to be a good corner.
54. Cincinnati- Kelechi Osmele OG Iowa
Monster-sized guard with good feet, helps a weak area.
55. Pittsburgh- Robert Lester S Alabama
Clark is 31 and Polomalu is 30 and a FA, they need a safety and Lester is a great value.
56. New England- FROM OAKLAND- Kevin Zeitler OG Wisconsin
Zeitler is a solid guard prospect who should add depth early on and eventually be a starter.
57. New Orleans- Keenan Robinson LB Texas
A young, stout linebacker is what NO needs on their defense.
58. Buffalo- Coby Fleener TE Stanford
The Bills don't have any type of dynamic TE receiving threat. Fleener is just that.
59. San Diego- Mark Barron S Alabama
Well, Bob Sanders didn't last very long.
60. Baltimore- Andrew Datko OT FSU
Datko falls a bit because of his season-ending shoulder injury, but he should come back strong and perhaps be a steal here for the Ravens.
61. New England- Devin Taylor DE/OLB South Carolina
The Pats finally get their rush-OLB. Taylor is a bit raw with his technique, but has great size and athleticism.
62. Detroit- Coryell Judie CB Texas A&M
The Lions need another corner, Judie is a corner.
63. San Francisco- Jeff Fuller WR Texas A&M
Another pass catcher is a must for the 49ers.
64. Green Bay- Jayron Hosely CB Virginia Tech
The Pass D is struggling this season, and Woodson is getting up there in years.
65. St. Louis Rams- Donnie Fletcher CB Boston College
Alot of problems in the secondary.
66. Indianapolis- Matt Reynolds OT BYU
Need a RT, Ijilana is a guard.
67. Miami- Kenny Tate S/LB Maryland
S/LB hyrbid plays like Yeremiah Bell, who is old.
68. Jacksonville- Greg Reid CB FSU
A good corner, they need one.
69. Chicago- FROM CAROLINA- Juron Criner WR Arizona
Criner having a good season, Bears receivers are not.
70. Minnesota- Andre' Ellington RB Clemson
Peterson is overworked, Ellington would be great on 3rd downs, or if AP gets injured.
71. Denver- Tyler Wilson QB Arkansas
Tebow played OK, but they might look for their future in Wilson.
72. Arizona- Markelle Martin S Oklahoma State
Wilson and Rhodes both aging, Martin is FS so would replace Rhodes.
73. Philadelphia- Chris Owusu WR Stanford
They spent Jackson's contract on Babin, Asomugha, Jenkins, etc. Good receiver who could be a solid 2nd option.
74. Kansas City- Nick Foles QB Arizona
Could develop into the starter, alot better than Stanzi.
75. Seattle- Chandler Jones DE Syracuse
Seahawks struggling pressuring the QB, Jones does that well and fits the scheme.
76. Cleveland- Geno Smith QB West Virgina
McCoy will have a chance in his 3rd season, but if he doesn't work, they have Smith.
77. Dallas- Brock Osweiler QB Az State
They need to start developing a QB. Lindley is a project but he has potential.
78. Atlanta- David Paulsen TE Oregon
Gonzalez going to retire, Paulsen is his successor.
79. Chicago- Lavonte David LB Nebraksa
Urlacher and Briggs getting old. David is small but he can still play.
80. New York Jets- Zebrie Sanders OT FSU
Sanders should devlop into the RT that the Jets need.
81. Houston- Lucas Nix OG Pittsburgh
Interior line depth, that is all.
82. Tennessee- Tank Carder LB TCU
Looking for depth at LB.
83. Washington- Shayne Skov MLB Stanford
Fletchers' replacement in the middle.
84. Tampa Bay- Marcus Forston DT Miami(FL)
Awesome value here, for a 3-tech player.
85. New York Giants- George Bryan TE N.C State
Ballard looks OK, but Bryan can add depth and is an excellent blocker as opposed to Beckum.
86. Oakland- FORFEIT
This pick was used to get Terrelle Pryor.
87. Pittsburgh- Kevin Reddick ILB North Carolina
Some of their LBs are old, Reddick is a great athlete.
88. Tennessee- FROM CINCINNATI- Kheeston Randall DT Texas
A big, powerful 3-tech to add depth or even start.
89. New Orleans- Xavier Nixon OT Florida
Should develop into a nice starting tackle.
90. Buffalo- Bruce Irvin DE/OLB West Virginia
They already got Curry, but they like the value Irvin presents here and take him.
91. San Diego- Ronnell Lewis DE/OLB Oklahoma
Lewis is fit for OLB in the 3-4, a very good pass rusher.
92. Baltimore- Montee Ball RB Wisconsin
Ricky Williams is on his last leg, Ball can compliment Rice.
93. New England- Billy Winn DE/DT Boise State
Winn, at 290, is the right size for a 5-tech, and has the power to hold his own. Old d-line for the Pats.
94. Detroit- Kendall Wright WR Baylor
A great value, and Wright allows them to spread the field with 4 talented receivers.
95. San Francisco- James-Michael Johnson ILB
Adds depth to the Front 7.
96. Green Bay- Isiah Pead RB Cincinnati
They'll let Grant go, Pead will be 3rd string or 3rd down back, best running back on the board.
97. St. Louis Rams- Josh Chapman NT Alabama
Big, beefy man to put in the middle to stop that run.
98. Indianapolis- Nigel Bradham LB FSU
Linebacker depth, they are getting run over.
99. New Orleans- FROM MIAMI- Tony Dye S UCLA
Dye is a good sized, athletic safety.
100. Jacksonville- Ben Jones C/G Georgia
Will probably start at center in a few years, until then depth.
101. Carolina- Nate Potter OT Boise State
More bodies on the line, and maybe a future starting tackle.
102. Minnesota- Audie Cole LB North Carolina State
Old guys who won't be in Minny much longer are the current starters.
103. Denver- Cyrus Gray RB Texas A&M
McGahee old, Moreno an injury-prone bust, Gray should contribute early and often.
104. Arizona- Eric Page WR Toledo
Good 3rd/4th option receiver for Kolb.
105. Philadelphia- Russell Wilson QB Wisconsin
Young will be gone, Philly likes to develop QBs to trade later on.
106. Kansas City- Michael Egnew TE Missouri
Solid TE prospect who needs some work.
107. Seattle- Chris Polk RB Washington
How did he fall this far? Not sure.
108. Cleveland- Barrett Jones OT Alabama
Thomas mans the left side, but they need someone for the right.
109. Dallas- Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
Can play 5-tech on the defensive line.
110. Cleveland- FROM ATLANTA- Kenjon Barner RB Oregon
If they let Hillis walk, Hardesty would be all they have. Now, they have Barner.
111. Chicago- Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt
Solid cover corner playing at the highest college level.
112. New York Jets- Greg Childs WR Arkansas
Not producing as much this season, but still, in the 4th round he's a good selection.
113. Houston- Devin Still NT Penn State
Run defense starts with the nose.
114. Tennessee- T.Y. Hilton WR FIU
Nice receiver, small but really quick with good hands.
115. Washington- Larry Warford G Kentucky
Interior line depth.
116. Philadephia- FROM TAMPA- Sean Spence OLB Miami
Spence is undersized, but is great on passing downs.
117. New York Giants- DeVier Posey WR Ohio State
Manningham a FA, Smith gone, Hixon's ACL in flux, Posey is a good pick.
118. Washington- FROM OAKLAND- Jacquies Smith DE/OLB Missouri
One of the best players on the board, and fits the scheme.
119. Pittsburgh- Stephen Good OG Oklahoma
They need guards, last tieme I checked Good is a guard.
120. San Francisco- FROM CINCINNATI- Kawann Short DT Purdue
More depth on the D-line is always necessary.
121. New Orleans- Marquis Maze WR Alabama
Henderson up there in years, Colston seemingly banged up alot, Maze a good player.
122. Buffalo- Kellen Moore QB Boise State
Thigpen isn't good backup, and no 3rd stringer. Moore should be a solid backup.
123. San Diego- LaDarius Green TE Lou-LaFayette
Good situation for Green taking over for Gates/McMichael.
124. Buffalo FROM BALTIMORE- Ryan Miller OG Colorado
Interior line depth.
125. New England- Omar Bolden CB AZ State
Good value late, could help in the secondary as a rookie if injuries happen.
126. Detroit- Case Keenum QB Houston
They should develop a QB in case Stafford's shoulder problems come back.
127. San Francisco- Jake Stoneburner TE Ohio State
One of the better TEs in this class, fell a long way.
128. Green Bay- Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State
Flynn leaving in free agency, more upside than Harrell.
Thanks for reading, I'll read your comments but don't be dumb, I don't know your team like you do because I'm not a fan of your team.