2012 Mock: Trying To Seamlessly Mix Creativity & Realism

So yeah, I tried to be a bit creative with trades and stuff and surprise you with some picks. But because it's really easy to just put a 3rd round prospect in the Top 15, I tried to "keep it real", you know? I'm really not sure how well I did, but don't try to beef or anything. Internet beefing has to be the stupidest thing on the face of the Earth.

Trades, once again keeping it real. And don't harp too much on trade values and stuff, I tried to use the chart but I didn't use it every time.

TB trades #5 pick to JAX for #7 pick, 4th rd and 5th rd picks, and 2013 5th rd.

MIA trades #8 and 6th rd pick to DAL for #14 pick and 2nd rd pick (46).

SD trades #18 pick to CIN for #21 pick and 3rd rd and 7th rd picks.

HOU trades #26 to GB for #28 and 4th rd pick.

NE trades #27 and 5th rd pick to STL for #33 and a 3rd rd pick (65).

Oh, and the " /DDT" means "Draft Day Trade".



Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck QB Stanford

I'm not bold enough to put Griffin III in this spot.



Washington Redskins (FROM STL)- Robert Griffin III

The Redskins traded all that to draft tackle Matt Kalil. Sure.


Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil OT USC

Claiborne is a possibility, but in the end it's still Kalil.


Cleveland Browns- Morris Claiborne CB LSU

They had the 2nd best Pass D last why is this the pick? I doubt the secondary repeats that effort in 2012 without two legit corners, and Claiborne is the best player on the board.



Jacksonville Jags (FROM TB /DDT)- Justin Blackmon WR Ok State

When you invest in a 1st round QB, your going to have to invest in a WR at some point. The Jags don't have to pay too much (a swap, plus a 4th and 5th rd picks) to secure the best WR in the draft. A lot of garbage being thrown around about Blackmon, but he's still the best WR in this draft.


St. Louis Rams (from Washington)- Jonathon Martin OT Stanford

The Rams miss out on Blackmon but still get a great Left Tackle prospect. If your not worried about Reiff's short arms, just look at what happened to Bryan Bulaga's draft stock (fell from Top 10 to #22, although he is a good pro).


Tampa Bay Bucs (FROM JAX /DDT)- Riley Reiff OT Iowa

I just said that his short arms are a concern, but not major enough for the Tackle-needy Bucs to pass up on him. Even if they couldn't trade back, the Bucs were going to take Reiff or Martin at #5 anyways.


Dallas Cowboys (FROM MIA /DDT)- Quinton Coples DE UNC

The Dolphins are smart enough to not take Tannehill, and instead trade back with the Cowboys, who get an elite End prospect for their 3-4 after passing on J.J. Watt last year.



Carolina Panthers- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

The Panthers are arguably one piece away from having an elite offense. Floyd, a big-bodied receiver with good speed as well, could be that piece.


Buffalo Bills- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama

Not the best situation for the Bills, but they see a potentially elite corner on the board and opt to draft him to bolster the secondary.


Kansas City Chiefs- Michael Brockers DT LSU

A tough pick for the Chiefs, but Tannehill isn't the guy here. Brockers is the NT they're looking for, and gets the nod over Poe by producing more against far greater competition. A 40 time doesn't matter for a NT.


Seattle Seahawks- Nick Perry DE USC

The Seahawks are looking for an edge rusher in their 4-3, and like what they see in Perry. Perry is a much better fit here than in a 3-4; he doesn't have to worry about coverage.


Arizona- Melvin Ingram DE/OLB So. Carolina

They actually have a decent young tandem in Schofield and Acho, but neither have proven themselves and Ingram could be a game breaker that allows the other two to work in a rotation.


Miami Dolphins (FROM DAL /DDT)- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

The Dolphins get a much better value here for Tannehill at 14 than at 8. He's a project and has little experience, but he does have some solid attributes (height, arm strength, mobility, on the run accuracy).


Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Keuchley LB Boston College

Although it may be a better positional fit for Hightower or Brown here to play OLB, Keuchley is undoubtedly the better player and great players find a way to fit. Ryans will probably play OLB after playing in a 34 last season.



New York Jets- Mark Barron SS Alabama

I've heard about this, and certainly believe it will happen. A think safety class, a need at safety, and one hell of a player.


Cincinnati Bengals- David DeCastro OG Stanford

The Bengals take the Guard over the RB. DeCastro is one of the best Guard prospects in recent memory, and will open the holes for the RB they likely will take later on.


Cincinnati Bengals (FROM SD /DDT)- Trent Richardson RB Alabama

The Bengals won't allow other RB-needy teams (Browns, Broncos, Giants) to flirt with trading up and take matters into their own hands. Adding a potential Pro-Bowl OG and RB makes could make the running game elite.


Chicago Bears- Zach Brown LB UNC

33, 31. Those are the ages of Urlacher and Briggs. Brown is versatile enough to play any linebacker spot in the 4-3 if he's coached well. Before you say he's a workout warrior, consider his 105 tackles, 13.5 TsFL, 5.5 sacks, and 3 INTs last season.


Tennessee Titans- Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama

With Cortland Finnegan gone, CB is undoubtedly the top need for the Titans. Jenkins is small, but no smaller than Finnegan is.



San Diego Chargers (FROM CIN /DDT)- Dont'a Hightower

The Chargers see a BPA pick that also fills a need at ILB. Hightower is a big, powerful 6'2" 265, and yet surprised many with a 4.68 40-yd dash. Also captain and field general on one of the best NCAA defenses ever.


Cleveland Browns (FROM ATL)- Alshon Jeffery WR So. Carolina

Jeffery is the big, legit target at WR that the Browns need. He and Greg Little could grow together and complement each other well. You can get a poor-man's Kendall Wright in the 3rd or 4th round.


Detroit Lions-Stephen Gilmore CB So. Carolina

The Lions need help against the pass, and Gilmore could bring it. He has great size and athleticism, and produced pretty well in college.


Pittsburgh Steelers- Dontari Poe NT Memphis

I can't see the Steelers passing up on Poe, who could be the cornerstone Nose Tackle they are looking for.



Denver Broncos- Fletcher Cox DT Miss St

The Broncos passed on Dareus last year, and that hole at DT still looms. Cox is the BPA and fills a need, making him the obvious pick.


Green Bay Packers (FROM HOU /DDT)- Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama

The Packers helped out the DL in free agency a bit, but still seriously need a OLB besides Clay Matthews. Upshaw is a Top 20 talent and is ready to play the position.


St. Louis (FROM NE /DDT)- Kendall Wright WR Baylor

The Rams decide that it's worth it to move up a handful of spots to grab Wright. Wright could be a 1,000+ yard receiver if paired with another, bigger target.



Houston Texans (FROM GB /DDT)- Cordy Glenn G/T Georgia

The Texans were rumored to be targeting a OG in the first few rounds, and then lost RT Eric Winston. Glenn could play RT, or else Guard if someone else mans the right side.


Baltimore- Peter Konz C/G Wisconsin

A really good pick for the Ravens, who will look for a replacement for Matt Birk. Until Birk is gone Konz can compete for the starting job at OG.


San Francisco 49ers- Devon Still DT Penn State

I wasn't really sure where the 49ers would go here, but Smith is 32 and Sopoaga is 30 and a Free Agent next season. Still adds compeititon and depth and should be starting in a few seasons.


New England Patriots- Jerel Worthy DT Michigan ST

Worthy is a powerful dude with good athleticism as well, and can play at DT or NT and take on double teams.


New York Giants- Shea McClellin DE/LB Boise St

I think the Giants will be intrigued by this fast riser. He plays mostly from DE but lines up other places on occasion. He could be moved to OLB like Kiwanuka was.




New England Patriots (FROM STL /DDT)- Whitney Mercilus DE/OLB Illnois

A strong pass rusher with a non-stop motor.


Indianapolis Colts- Stephen Hill WR Ga Tech

The Colts need a receiver, and although Hill needs some work he's got sooo much potential.


Minnesota Vikings- Reuben Randle WR LSU

The Vikings really need a receiving threat other than Harvin.


Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska

The Bucs still need a CB and Dennard presents good value here.


Cleveland Browns- Brandon Weeden QB OK St

I doubt they trade up for him, but if Weeden is here then I think he's the pick.


Jacksonville Jaguars- Andre Branch DE Clemson

The Jags have to be excited that Branch is available here. He'll fit in right away.


St. Louis Rams (FROM WAS)- Brandon Thompson DT Clemson

Thompson's specialty is stopping the run, and the Rams had a hard time with that last season.


Carolina Panthers- Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut

Reyes has been sneaking into the 1st round of many mocks. Plugs a big hole in the interior.


Buffalo Bills- Coby Fleener TE Stanford

Gives them a vertical receiving threat at TE, let's Scott Chandler play a smaller role (which he should be).


Miami Dolphins- Mike Adams OT Miami

The Dolphins have noone to play RT, and see a potentially great one in Adams.


Seattle Seahawks- Harrison Smith S Notre Dame

The Seahawks were rumored to take Barron in the 1st, and instead settle with Smith in the 2nd.


Kansas City Chiefs- Kevin Zeitler G/C Wisconsin

The Chiefs passed on DeCastro and thus could look for a guard here.


Miami Dolphins (FROM DAL /DDT)- Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers

Good size and sure hands, won't replace Marshall but now they have something.


Philadelphia Eagles- Jayron Hosely CB Va Tech

Hosely is an extremely underrated corner, Samuel could be traded (either way he's 31) and D R-C will be a FA next off season.


New York Jets- Vinny Curry DE/OLB Marshall

He'll need to transition to standing up more often, but Curry has good rushing ability and good athleticism that could allow him to be OK in space.


New England Patriots (from Oakland)- Markelle Martin S Ok St

This is a bit of a reach, but S is their biggest need and it's a thin class.


San Diego Chargers- Dwyane Allen TE Clemson

He's the do-it-all TE that should be the heir to Antonio Gates.


Chicago Bears- Zebrie Sanders OT Florida St

The Bears should grab the best available O-lineman here.


Philadelphia Eagles (from Arizona)- Tommy Streeter WR MIami (FL)

A big receiver to stretch the hell out of the field...Jackson and Maclin will be even more effective.


Tennessee Titans- Chandler Jones DE Syracuse

Mel Kiper will argue this guy has 1st round talent, and the Titans could use another rusher.


Cincinnati Bengals- Josh Robinson CB UCF

Robinson's speed and production lift him up despite common bias against Small School prospects.


Detroit Lions- Bobby Massie OT Ole Miss

A recent riser, gives much needed help on the line.


Atlanta Falcons- Almeda Ta'amu DT/NT Washington

The Falcons could use another big on the interior, and with M. Nolan now DC, they could play some 3-4 sets and need a NT.


Pittsburgh Steelers- Aminu Silatolu OG Midwestern St

I'm sure fans will be excited about a guy from Midwestern State. Fills need, good value.


Denver Broncos- Lamar Miller RB Miami (FL)

Miller is crazy fast, and yet weighs a healthy 212 lbs. Should be heavily featured as a rookie.


Houston Texans- Nick Toon WR Wisconsin

Toon is a great fit, being big and a great blocker, and could thrive as a #2 to Johnson.


Green Bay Packers- Trumaine Johnson CB/S Montana

Collins' future still unsure, Johnson a huge corner who could also be moved to safety.


Baltimore Ravens- Doug Martin RB Boise St

Williams retired, no depth behind Rice (whom will be a FA again next season), Martin makes sense.


San Francisco 49ers- Casey Heyward CB Vandy

The 49ers could use another young corner, Heyward has ball skills and decent speed, just needs work on technique.


New England Patriots- Jared Crick DE/DT Nebraska

BPA pick, even though they got Worthy, this is a solid pick, Crick is very versatile for their hybrid defense.


New York Giants- David Wilson RB Va Tech

Jacobs gone, Bradshaw injured a lot, expect to see Wilson get a lot of carries as a roookie.

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