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1 Round NFL Mock Draft


Hey guys. Now that the Steelers are out of the playoffs, I will begin my annual draft coverage. Many of my posts will be published on here, but to see them all you have to go to draftdatabase.wordpress.com. Anyways, here is my first mock draft for 2012 and it will be of the one round variety. Why only one round? Because I need you guys to help me with something. As of know, I really only know the team needs for 5 to 10 teams. Wherever you see a ? down below the jump, that means I don't know those teams needs. If you guys could, I would greatly appreciate it if you could list the teams needs in order of greatest importance to least importance in the comments section. Once I have all the teams needs filled out, I will move on to 4 or 5 round mock drafts.

Round 1

  1. Indianapolis (2-14) - Team Needs: QB, OG, 2CB, WR, SS, TE, DE, LB, RB - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford - The Colts will take Andrew Luck. No explanation needed.
  2. St. Louis (2-14) - 2OT, 2WR, 2OLB, FS, CB, DT, RB, FB - Matt Kalil, OT, USC - The Rams decision will come down to Justin Blackmon and Matt Kalil and due to the depth at WR this year, I think they take the franchise LT in Matt Kalil.
  3. Minnesota (3-13) - LT, CB, WR, S, OG, LB, DT, FB, RB3 - Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State - The Vikings will take whichever one of the two players the Rams don't take. Blackmon will give Christian Ponder a legitimate #1 WR and a great pairing for Adrian Peterson.
  4. Cleveland (4-12) - QB, WR, RT, DE, CB, OLB, RB, OG, FS, DT, K - Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor - Colt McCoy is not the answer so the Browns need to take this opportunity to select a franchise signal caller. Griffin is everything you want in a QB and his phenomenal accuracy is perfect for the West Coast offense.
  5. Tampa Bay (4-12) - 2CB, 2LB, RT, WR, OC, RB, LG, FB, DT, QB, K - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU - The Bucs will be moving to a new regime and their #1 need is a new cornerback. Luckily for them, the top draft-eligible corner falls to them at #5 in Morris Claiborne. He strives in man coverage and and is as good, if not better, than Patrick Peterson was in coverage last year.
  6. Washington (5-11) - QB, ? - Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma - This is a huge reach for the Redskins but they can't go into next year with the same QBs as this year. If they are unable to land Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn in Free Agency, they will be forced to either trade up for Griffin or reach for Jones. Matt Barkley staying in school hurt the Redskins as much as any team in the NFL.
  7. Jacksonville (5-11) - 2WR, CB, ? - Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina - The Jaguars have to address the WR position multiple times and adding a big target like Jeffery is the perfect pick. He will give Blaine Gabbert a safety valve capable of going up and catching bad passes.
  8. Miami (6-10) - QB, TE, ? - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford - Martin would be a great RT to pair across Jake Long. This would give the Dolphins bookend tackles and a franchise center for a long time and would make their awful QB situation much more manageable. Unfortunately for the Dolphins, there are no QBs worth this pick and they will have to wait until the second round to address that need.
  9. Carolina (6-10) - WR, CB, ? - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama - Kirkpatrick is a phenomenal athlete but is still slightly raw. However, for the Panthers, who are desperate for a corner, he will be worth the pick and could end up being a lock down corner.
  10. Buffalo (6-10) - OT, ? - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa - If the Bills want Fitzpatrick to succeed, they must improve his protection. Reiff will be the first step to that as he is a future stud at either the LT spot or the RT spot.
  11. Kansas City (7-9) - NT, QB, ? - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina - Unfortunately for the Chiefs, their biggest needs will not be available to address at this spot. However, they can still get a very talented player like Coples who will help sure up the DL for the next decade.
  12. Seattle (7-9) - QB, CB, ? - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama - Here me out on this one. If the Seahawks don't want to dole out the big cash that will be required to resign Marshawn Lynch, they will have to address RB early in the draft. Richardson is a RB that reminds me of Lynch and he could be even better. Obviously if Lynch is resigned, this pick will be changed in future drafts.
  13. Arizona (8-8) - OT, OG, ? - Luke Keuchly, ILB, Boston College - Keuchly is the top ILB in the draft and will sure up the spot in Arizona's 3-4 Defense which suffered from poor ILB play all year. Keuchly is constantly around the ball and reminds me of Steelers ILB, Lawrence Timmons.
  14. Dallas (8-8) - CB, DE, OG, OC, ? - Devon Still, DE, Penn State - The Cowboys have a tough choice between Still, Dennard, and DeCastro. Dennard fits their biggest need but Still is the best value and will give them a fantastic player to put on the DL.
  15. Philadelphia (8-8) - LB, DT - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame - Here is another pick that depends on a resigning. At this point, I don't think the Eagles will resign DeSean Jackson and if they don't, they will need another WR to pair with Maclin. Floyd has tremendous talent and could be a stud in the NFL.
  16. New York Jets (8-8) - OLB, DE, WR - Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama - The Jets need to improve their pass rush if they want to be successful. Upshaw is a fantastic pass rusher that can play standing up at OLB or with a hand on the ground at DE. Rex Ryan will be able to use that versatility to reek havoc on opposing QBs.
  17. Cincinnati - from Oakland (8-8) - CB, RB, ? - Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska - Dennard is a lockdown man corner similar to Prince Amukamara from last year and he would give the Bengals a great corner to pair with Leon Hall.
  18. San Diego (8-8) - OLB, OG, ? - Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina - The Chargers never addressed their pass rush in last years draft and will have to this year. Fortunately for them, they can land a fantastic pass rusher like Melvin Ingram this late in the first round.
  19. Chicago (8-8) - OG, OC, CB, ? - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama - Like every year, the Bears need help at OG and OC, but in the past they have shown a reluctance to draft these positions early in the draft and I don't think that will change this year. Even though DeCastro is a fantastic player, I think they will bypass him and go for a guard in the 2nd round like Cordy Glenn or Kevin Zeitler. Jenkins will give them a fantastic zone corner to play in their cover two scheme.
  20. Tennessee (9-7) - DE, OLB, ? - Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC - The Titans lost their best pass rusher in Justin Babin and he has to be replaced. Perry is a fantastic pass rusher and has Babin like potential.
  21. Cincinnati* (9-7) - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami - Cedric Benson had a bad year and might need to be replaced. Miller gives them an explosive, powerful, future star that can give them another weapon in their young and explosive offense.
  22. Cleveland - from Atlanta* (10-6) - Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers - The Browns need to land a franchise WR to land with their franchise QB. Sanu is the best route runner in the draft and also has the best hands. He has high 4.4 speed and should be a fantastic #1 WR for the next decade. I compare him to Wes Welker with more size and speed and I think he could end up being the 2nd best WR from this draft.
  23. Detroit* (10-6) - CB, LT, DE, OC ? - Peter Konz, OC, Wisconsin - The Lions have four major needs and will need to address them all early in the draft. Out of their four needs, the only one that has good value here is Peter Konz. He will give them the best center in the draft and someone who is versatile and can play guard as well.
  24. Pittsburgh* (12-4) - OG, ILB, NT, S, K, CB, QB, RB - David DeCastro, OG, Stanford - For the Steelers in this scenario, their biggest need matches the BPA and this would be an obvious choice. DeCastro is the best Guard in the draft and fills the Steelers biggest need.
  25. Denver* (8-8) - WR, S, CB, ? - Kendall Wright, WR/KR, Baylor - If the Broncos are going to ride Tim Tebow, they need to give him more than just Thomas and Decker. Wright is an explosive, big play guy that can change the game with his speed. Him and Thomas alongside one another with Decker's underneath skills would be as good of trio of WRs as any other in the NFL.
  26. New York Giants* (9-7) - ILB, OG, ? - Donta Hightower, ILB, Alabama - The Giants have been reluctant to draft an ILB in the first round but finally, this year the BPA is also their biggest need. Hightower will be a good ILB in the NFL but his upside is more limited than Burfict's. However, Jerry Reese values character and therefore won't even think about touching Burfict.
  27. Houston* (10-6) - CB, WR, ? - Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin - The Texans need to get a real #2 WR this year. Toon has fantastic size and athleticism and would be a great, dynamic weapon for the Texans.
  28. San Francisco* (13-3) - WR, CB, ? - Mark Barron, S, Alabama - The only weakness on the 49ers fantastic defense is the FS spot and Barron is the top safety in the draft. He has great hitting power, great range, and he can make plays.
  29. Baltimore* (12-4) - ILB, FS, OC, ? - Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State - The Ravens need to replace Ray Lewis at ILB. He was not very good this year and the Ravens D actually played better when he was hurt. Burfict is the most athletically gifted LB in the draft but he has character concerns and attitude problems. However, if anyone can straighten this kid out, it is Ray Lewis.
  30. New England - from New Orleans* (13-3) - WR, CB, DT, OLB, ? - Jerel Worthy, DT/DE, Michigan State - The Pats biggest weakness is on the front 7. They need to spend two to three picks this year there and starting early in the draft. Worthy would give them a great 5-Tech DE to pair with Andre Carter.
  31. New England* (13-3) - Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina - Brown is a fantastic player that would give the Pats a playmaker at OLB. He is not the greatest pass rusher, but his abilities in pass coverage make up for that.
  32. Green Bay* (15-1) - ? - Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois - Mercilus is an awesome pass rusher and pairing him with Clay Matthews will be scary. The Packers D was awful this year and they need to spend 5 of their 7 picks on the Defensive side of the ball.


  • Atlanta -> Cleveland: Julio Jones
  • New Orleans -> New England: Mark Ingram
  • Oakland -> Cincinnati: Carson Palmer
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