Updated 2012 NFL Mock Draft

Now that free agency is settling down, the 2012 NFL Draft picture is starting to come into focus. The top three picks of the first round are pretty much set, but it's a guessing game after. At pick No. 4, Cleveland has to choose between wide receiver Justin Blackmon, cornerback Morris Claiborne and running back Trent Richardson.

Free agency has opened up options for teams like the Buffalo Bills and Kansas City Chiefs while the Miami Dolphins and Tennessee Titans are scrambling after being eschewed by big-name players.

Let me know in the comments what looks good and where I completely missed the mark. We're still several weeks away from the draft, so this is far from a finished product.

1. Indianapolis Colts - Stampede Blue
Andrew Luck | Quarterback | Stanford: The Colts are officially in rebuilding mode, and there is no better player to reset a franchise with than Luck. He may not turn the Colts into a playoff contender as a rookie, but the team will be drafting in the 20s again in a couple years.
2. Washington Redskins - Hogs Haven
Robert Griffin III | Quarterback | Baylor: Make no mistake, Washington is taking a gamble trading multiple picks in an effort to draft Griffin. If he doesn't work out, the franchise will be set back for several years. If it does work, which most expect, the team will have its franchise quarterback for a decade.
3. Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman
Matt Kalil | Offensive tackle | Southern California: The Vikings were the quiet winner of the Redskins/Rams deal for the No. 2 pick. Kalil is a premier offensive tackle talent and will speed up the development of quarterback Christian Ponder.
4. Cleveland Browns - Dawgs By Nature
Trent Richardson | Running back | Alabama: Any number of players here would help the Browns, but none more so than Richardson. It's true, Cleveland's front office leaders Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert have never drafted a running back this high. But when your running backs are Montario Hardesty, Chris Ogbonnaya and Armond Smith, an elite prospect like Richardson may be difficult to pass up.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bucs Nation
Morris Claiborne | Cornerback | LSU: The pass rush for the Buccaneers was monumentally bad in 2011, but this is early for Quinton Coples or Melvin Ingram. This year's draft has six top-tier players and Claiborne is firmly among them. Ronde Barber hasn't decided whether or not he's retiring but will be 36 at the start of next season and signee Eric Wright is only average. Claiborne has the traits of a superstar cornerback and could be the next great coverage back in the NFL.
6. St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times
Justin Blackmon | Wide receiver | Oklahoma State: It will be quite the coup if the Rams can add numerous draft picks and still manage to select the player they probably wanted all along. St. Louis undoubtedly needs to improve its offensive line, but they don't have a receiver the caliber of Blackmon on the roster.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Big Cat Country
Quinton Coples | Defensive end | North Carolina: The Jaguars have done well addressing needs in free agency adding cornerback Aaron Ross, wide receiver Laurent Robinson and bringing back defensive end Jeremy Mincey. Adding a player of Coples' caliber opposite Mincey could finally give the team a consistent and dangerous pass rushing threat. Coples had a very good Senior Bowl week and his stock has been on the upswing this offseason. A pass rusher like Coples won't be around in later rounds, but further depth at cornerback and wide receiver will be. The key here is whether or not Jaguars General Manager Gene Smith will be turned off by Coples' effort issues and target Melvin Ingram of South Carolina.
8. Miami Dolphins - The Phinsider
NFL TEAM
Ryan Tannehill | Quarterback | Texas A&M: Seemingly nothing has gone right for the Dolphins this offseason. The team missed out on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, and settled on signing David Garrard to a one-year contract. It's hard to envision Garrard being a vast upgrade over Matt Moore, especially long term. Neither inspires much hope for the future. It's time for the Dolphins to not settle for second-round picks (Pat White, Chad Henne) and third-rate free agents. It's time to draft their first first-round signal caller since Dan Marino.
9. Carolina Panthers - Cat Scratch Reader
Dre Kirkpatrick | CB | Alabama: The popular move in mock drafts has been giving the Panthers a defensive tackle. Given their poor run defense, it makes sense. But the Panthers have desperately needed a cornerback opposite Chris Gamble for a while. Kirkpatrick is a big corner who can tackle. There is also depth at defensive tackle, though Carolina could be after someone like LSU's Michael Brockers or Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox.
10. Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Jon Martin | Offensive tackle | Stanford: Now with Mario Williams in the mix, the Bills no longer need a top-end pass rusher with the 10th pick. That opens the Bills up to look in a few different directions. Drafting an offensive tackle goes against the norm for General Manager Buddy Nix, but the team may lose free agent Demetrius Bell. If Tannehill or Kirkpatrick drop, the Bills could be interested.
11. Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
Dontari Poe | Defensive tackle | Memphis: If there is one thing head coach Romeo Crennel loves, it's size on the defensive line. With Kelly Gregg near retirement and coming off injury, Crennel could view Poe as the nose tackle of the future. Poe may remind the hulking Poe of Ted Washington, a player who followed him from New England to Cleveland.
12. Seattle Seahawks - Field Gulls
David DeCastro | Guard | Stanford: In adding Matt Flynn and Jason Jones, arguably no team has done better in free agency than the Seahawks. After releasing Robert Gallery, the Seahawks have a hole at left guard. DeCastro represents both the best player available and a need fill. This could also be a landing spot for Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd or Baylor's Kendall Wright.
13. Arizona Cardinals - Revenge Of The Birds
NFL TEAM
Riley Reiff | Offensive tackle | Iowa: The Cardinals re-signed Levi Brown, which fills at least one of the tackle spots. Reiff could play the right or left side and he should be especially helpful in the team's run game. The Cardinals may also consider a rush linebacker like Courtney Upshaw or Ingram.
14. Dallas Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
NFL TEAM
Michael Brockers | Defensive tackle | LSU: After signing cornerback Brandon Carr, the Cowboys no longer need to add a No. 1 cornerback through the draft. Instead, the team can start to get younger along its defensive line with Brockers, arguably the best 3-4 end in the draft. There will be plenty of corners for the Cowboys to target in later rounds.
15. Philadelphia Eagles - Bleeding Green Nation
Luke Kuechly | Middle linebacker | Boston College: If free agent linebackers Curtis Lofton and Stephen Tulloch cost too much for the Eagles, Kuechly would be a wise choice. Long-mocked to Philadelphia, Kuechly would contribute immediately on an Eagles defense that needs leadership and a consistent player.
16. New York Jets - Gang Green Nation
Courtney Upshaw | Outside linebacker | Alabama: Rex Ryan loves pass rushers and his best one, Calvin Pace, is 31 and only had 4.5 sacks last season. Aaron Maybin is a nice story, but his consistency is a complete unknown. Upshaw is the most natural 3-4 pass rusher in this year's draft, much more so than Ingram. Ryan will love Upshaw's mean streak and physical playing style.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders) - Cincy Jungle
Stephon Gilmore | Cornerback | South Carolina: The Bengals have quickly gone from arguably the NFL's best cornerback group to one of the most puzzling. A replacement for Jonathan Joseph last season couldn't be found and Leon Hall is coming off an Achilles injury. The team may have signed Jason Allen, but a player like Gilmore would boost the unit. He's a big cornerback with good quickness and tackling ability. He's been gaining momentum this offseason and if he's still there at No. 17, the Bengals have to pounce.
18. San Diego Chargers - Bolts From The Blue
Dont'a Hightower | Middle linebacker | Alabama: At 36, the future is unknown for Takeo Spikes. General Manager A.J. Smith doesn't draft offensive linemen in the first round and the team signed linebacker Jarrett Johnson to help the pas rush. Hightower is a stout run defender in the middle but also has the versatility to rush the passer from the outside.
19. Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron
Whitney Mercilus | Defensive end | Illinois: After trading for Brandon Marshall, the Bears have their No. 1 wide receiver for Jay Cutler. That will leave the team to decide between an offensive tackle like Ohio State's Mike Adams or a pass rusher. Mercilus is a good fit opposite Julius Peppers because of his size and his ability to stay at home in run defense.
20. Tennessee Titans - Music City Miracles
Melvin Ingram | Defensive end | South Carolina: After missing out on Peyton Manning, the Titans are scrambling to use their cap space. They reportedly adding Kamerion Wimbley, but with Derrick Morgan being an unknown, another pass rusher could be looked at in round one. Don't forget, only one team had fewer sacks last season than the Titans. Despite the Titans stating they want a pure pass rusher, having another versatile lineman like Ingram gives them more options up front.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Cincy Jungle
Doug Martin | Running back | Boise State: Cedric Benson's production has dropped and he's averaged less than four yards per carry the last two seasons. He's also 28. His backup Bernard Scott has never shown the ability to take over the top spot. The Bengals have shown this offseason they're after a strong back, so players like David Wilson and Lamar Miller may not be optimal choices. Martin is a better fit than Washington's Chris Polk.
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons) - Dawgs By Nature
Michael Floyd | Wide receiver | Notre Dame: Most believe the Browns want a speed receiver who can stretch the field. But with Colt McCoy in the West Coast offense, there aren't a lot of deep vertical routes being run. The offense is largely predicated on receivers getting yards after the catch, which is Floyd's specialty.
23. Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit
Janoris Jenkins | Cornerback | North Alabama: Losing Eric Wright via free agency is a blessing in disguise for the Lions. That, along with re-signing offensive tackle Jeff Backus to a two-year deal, forces Detroit to address cornerback early in the draft. The Lions have numerous volatile pieces on defense, so a player like Jenkins may not appeal to them. But he's arguably the best cornerback available.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Behind the Steel Curtain
Cordy Glenn | Offensive tackle/guard | Georgia: The Steelers have had offensive line needs for a few years and should be ecstatic if they can get a player like Glenn. He's a big, powerful lineman who can play the style the team uses up front.
25. Denver Broncos - Mile High Report
Devon Still | Defensive tackle | Penn State: The Broncos made the biggest move of the offseason by adding Peyton Manning. Now the team has to determine if they need to add weapons around him. A true vertical receiver like Kendall Wright will be attractive for the team, as will trading the pick for the Steelers' Mike Wallace. But the Broncos can't fall too in love with its offense and forget the needs on defense. Namely, Denver needs a pair of defensive tackles who can occupy blockers to free up Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller. Still battled back from injuries early in his career to become arguably the best tackle in the nation in 2011.
26. Houston Texans - Battle Red Blog
Kendall Wright | Wide receiver | Baylor: When star receiver Andre Johnson got hurt, the Texans struggled without a great second option. Their offense doesn't need much, but a secondary vertical option could give the team the league's most potent offense. Don't expect Houston to hurry in replacing tackle Eric Winston. They're likely to do that in later rounds.
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans Saints) - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Fletcher Cox | Defensive tackle | Mississippi State: There are rumblings Cox could go in the top 10, so this would be a steal for New England. He can play end in a 3-4 and inside and out in a 4-3. HIs versatility will remind Bill Belichick of Richard Seymour.
28. Green Bay Packers - Acme Packing Company
Peter Konz | Center | Wisconsin: If there is a certainty this late into the first round, it is that the Packers will draft the best player available. Going by my player rankings, that is Konz. Conveniently, he also fills one of the team's bigger needs after losing Scott Wells to St. Louis. Adding front seven help will also be a priority for the Packers, and Clemson's Andre Branch may get some consideration.
29. Baltimore Ravens - Baltimore Beatdown
Kelechi Osemele | Offensive tackle/guard | Iowa State: The Ravens lost Ben Grubbs to the Saints in free agency, which may force them to address the position early. At worst, Osemele can become the team's next left guard for a decade. Best case scenario, the team can figure out if he or Jah Reid can eventually take over for Bryant McKinnie at left tackle.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Niners Nation
Kevin Zeitler | Guard | Wisconsin: Regardless of the team's messy quarterback situation, the 49ers are on the precipice of being a Super Bowl team. On offense, though, the glaring weakness is right guard. When a quality team has few holes, they can afford to reach slightly. That's what Zeitler represents, though he stood out on a loaded Wisconsin offensive line.
31. New England Patriots - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Jamell Fleming | Cornerback | Oklahoma: Pick the best cornerback available and he'll help the Patriots' moribund secondary. Fleming is the best available and just so happens to fit the quick and physical model the Patriots look for in a cornerback. New England has taken several cornerbacks the past five years, but none have panned out. If this pick doesn't get traded, New England will have to continue searching for their shutdown player.
32. New York Giants - Big Blue View
Mike Adams | Offensive tackle | Ohio State: Adams has had a rocky offseason. After being a Senior Bowl star, he's shown poorly in the Combine and work out process. That may lead to him slipping some in the draft. The Giants are currently depending on second-year man James Brewer to take over at right tackle, which is a risky proposition. Adams could challenge him for the position or provide insurance behind oft-injured left tackle William Beatty.
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