2012 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III and then what?

The 2012 NFL Draft has been a particularly difficult one to predict.

Uncertainty reigns supreme in the top ten picks once Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are off the board. The Cleveland Browns seem to be the pivotal team at the top of the draft. If they choose to reach for Ryan Tannehill, things are going to get interesting. But if Tannehill falls, all of a sudden there could be some teams trying to trade up and grab him.

I haven't predicted any trades in this mock draft, though I'm sure there will be plenty of movement in round one. This mock is far from a finished product. Bold picks and sliding prospects are rampant, so hopefully that opens the door to some good discussion. I'll try to update this at least twice more before the draft and plan to include a few more round next time.

For now, here's the mock. Give me hell in the comments.


1. Indianapolis Colts - Stampede Blue
Andrew Luck | Quarterback | Stanford: Andrew Luck is a slam dunk to be the first overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. Robert Griffin III has been nearly flawless in the pre-draft process, but Luck is a rare prospect. The Colts aren't going to let this opportunity pass them by.
2. Washington Redskins - Hogs Haven
Robert Griffin III | Quarterback | Baylor: Washington gave up quite a bit to trade up for the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, but it's tough to put a price tag on a franchise quarterback. If Robert Griffin III becomes the player many scouts believe he can, Redskins fans will forget all about the draft picks the team gave up to get him. RG3 certainly has the upside to be the long term answer the Redskins have been searching for at the quarterback position.
3. Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman
Matt Kalil | Offensive tackle | Southern California: Defensive backs are rarely taken in the top three, and Morris Claiborne is not nearly the type of prospect that could be the exception to that rule. Matt Kalil is the safe pick at No. 3. He plays a premiere position that happens to be a huge need for the Minnesota Vikings. In addition, a case can be made for him as the best player available at this juncture.
4. Cleveland Browns - Dawgs By Nature
Ryan Tannehill | Quarterback | Texas A&M: I have to credit Brad Wells for mocking Ryan Tannehill to the Browns pre-combine. It seemed crazy at the time, but as the draft approaches it is becoming more and more of a possibility. Cleveland has scheduled a private workout with Tannehill, and it's no secret that the Browns need an answer at quarterback. I have my doubts about whether or not Tannehill is the answer they're looking for. He's incredibly raw and a distant third among the quarterbacks in this year's draft. Positional value alone gives Tannehill a chance to be selected this high.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bucs Nation
Morris Claiborne | Cornerback | LSU: Morris Claiborne is the best defensive player available. He had a standout career at LSU. Claiborne is a tremendous athlete with terrific size for a corner. While he struggles a bit in press coverage, he fills a need for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
6. St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times
Trent Richardson | Running back | Alabama: After a blockbuster move to trade back with the Redskins, the Rams now have tons of picks to work with over the next few years to continue their rebuilding effort. A team with so many holes shouldn't really be drafting a running back this high, but Richardson is a star in the making. He has a rare combination of power and speed that will add another dimension to a St. Louis offense that needs some punch.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Big Cat Country
Stephon Gilmore | Cornerback | South Carolina: The Jacksonville Jaguars are the toughest team for me to predict. The team has huge needs at wide receiver, defensive end and cornerback. Unfortunately, the best players at those positions would be considered a reach at No. 7 overall. That certainly applies to Stephon Gilmore, but the more I watch him, the more I think he is going to continue to shoot up draft boards. I doubt many people are going to get this pick right, so it seems like a good spot to go out on a limb. It's only the beginning of April after all.
8. Miami Dolphins - The Phinsider
NFL TEAM
Riley Reiff | Offensive tackle | Iowa: It's been another rough offseason for the Miami Dolphins. So far this spring Miami has missed out on coach Jeff Fisher as well as quarterbacks Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III and Matt Flynn. In this mock, they miss out on Ryan Tannehill as well. Sorry, Dolphins fans. But look on the bright side, Riley Reiff would be an excellent fit for the new zone blocking scheme Joe Philbin and company plan to install.
9. Carolina Panthers - Cat Scratch Reader
Quinton Coples | Defensive End | North Carolina: Back in 2002, the Carolina Panthers drafted a dominant, every-down defensive end from North Carolina by the name of Julius Peppers. After losing their franchise pass rusher to free agency a few years ago, the Panthers select another big-time, Tar Heel pass rusher. Quinton Coples would form a mean tandem with Charles Johnson.
10. Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Justin Blackmon | Wide Receiver | Oklahoma State: Mario Williams fills a huge need for a pass rusher in Buffalo's 4-3 defense, leaving the Bills free to address other needs in the draft. The team re-signed Stevie Johnson but failed to add a threat across from him. The effort they made to sign another wide receiver shows that they are trying to bolster Ryan Fitzpatrick's supporting cast. If Justin Blackmon falls, he could do just that.
11. Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
Dontari Poe | Defensive tackle | Memphis: The Kansas City Chiefs aren't going anywhere until they get a quarterback. Matt Cassel is not going to win a Super Bowl for the Arrowhead faithful. No quarterback fits this draft slot, however, and Kansas City also has a glaring need at nose tackle. Dontari Poe moves extremely well for his size, and his combine performance has boosted his stock.
12. Seattle Seahawks - Field Gulls
Luke Kuechly | Middle linebacker | Boston College: Seattle addressed two big needs in free agency. They signed quarterback Matt Flynn and defensive tackle Jason Jones. Luke Kuechly doesn't present a ton of positional value, but the Seahawks could use help at linebacker, and the team needs a face on defense. The instinctive Boston College standout will provide just that.
13. Arizona Cardinals - Revenge Of The Birds
NFL TEAM
Mike Adams | Offensive Tackle | Ohio State: Even though the Cardinals brought back Levi Brown, the team still needs to add another tackle. Ken Whisenhunt understands the importance of getting the big guys early, and Mike Adams is as big as they come. Adams has all the talent in the word but was inconsistent as times during his career as a Buckeye. I tend to think his talent will get him drafted higher than most are expecting, especially after a mediocre combine.
14. Dallas Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
NFL TEAM
Michael Brockers | Defensive tackle | LSU: A player with the versatility of Michael Brockers would do wonders for Dallas on the defensive line. They could use an upgrade at defensive end in their 3-4 defense, and Brockers fits wonderfully into that position at the next level.
15. Philadelphia Eagles - Bleeding Green Nation
Fletcher Cox | Defensive tackle | Mississippi State: Fletcher Cox has seen his stock steadily increase over the past few weeks. Cox could easily be off the board in the first 15 picks. Philadelphia is a sensible landing spot due to Andy Reid's infatuation with drafting linemen early in the draft. Cox is incredibly versatile and could play literally any positon on the Eagles' defensive line.
16. New York Jets - Gang Green Nation
Melvin Ingram | Defensive end | South Carolina: Rex Ryan would love to improve his pass rush this offseason after the Jets got disappointing seasons from their rush linebackers. Melvin Ingram could end up going higher than this on draft day and fits best into a 3-4 scheme.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders) - Cincy Jungle
Dre Kirkpatrick | Cornerback | Alabama: The drug charges may have been dropped against Dre Kirkpatrick, but he still made a boneheaded decision that will affect his draft stock. Luckily a certain team that disregards off the field issues is in need of a cornerback.
18. San Diego Chargers - Bolts From The Blue
David DeCastro | Guard | Stanford: Kris Dielman unfortunately had to retire far too soon because of injuries. Lucky for the Chargers, David DeCastro falls in this mock. DeCastro is considered the best guard prospect in years by most scouts, and it would be somewhat surprising if he was still available at this spot.
19. Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron
Jonathan Martin | Offensive Tackle | Stanford: With an offensive line as bad as Chicago's, it doesn't matter that Jonathan Martin might be considered a slight reach at this spot. Somebody has to at least attempt to protect Jay Cutler.
20. Tennessee Titans - Music City Miracles
Nick Perry | Defensive End | USC: Nick Perry is arguably the top 4-3 defensive end in this draft class. He appears to have some scheme versatility, but he played with his hand in the dirt at USC and truly thrived. Despite the acquisition of Kamerion Wimbley, the Titans still need to upgrade their pass rush.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Cincy Jungle
Cordy Glenn | Offensive tackle/guard | Georgia: Cordy Glenn is a talented offensive line prospect and has the versatility to play multiple positions on the line in the NFL, though I think his best fit is at guard. The Bengals need to upgrade the interior of their offensive line.
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons) - Dawgs By Nature
Michael Floyd | Wide Receiver | Notre Dame: Michael Floyd might be the most underrated player in the 2012 NFL Draft. For my money, he is the best wide receiver available, and his off the field issues are being blown a bit out of proportion. Cleveland needs a playmaker on offense, regardless of who they put under center.
23. Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit
Mark Barron | Safety | Alabama: Safety is arguably the weakest position in the 2012 NFL Draft class. Mark Barron is the only one that will be considered by teams in the first round. Given how thin the position was in free agency this year as well, the Lions didn't get a chance to find an upgrade for Amari Spievey. Here's their chance.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Behind the Steel Curtain
Kelechi Osemele | Offensive tackle/guard | Iowa State: Pittsburgh has been struggling with offensive line issues for a few years now. There aren't a ton of quality options left on the board, but Kelechi Osemele is a decent fit given his versatility and the multiple holes the Steelers need to plug.
25. Denver Broncos - Mile High Report
Kendall Wright | Wide Receiver | Baylor: Peyton Manning will likely turn Demaryius Thomas into a superstar. But outside of Thomas, Manning isn't going to have a ton to work with. Kendall Wright is the type of playmaker that could contribute immediately like Torrey Smith did last season in Baltimore. The Broncos need to surround Manning with as many weapons as possible.
26. Houston Texans - Battle Red Blog
Stephen Hill | Wide Receiver | Georgia Tech: Andre Johnson is one of the best wide receivers in the game, but the Texans lack a legitimate threat across from him. Stephen Hill has been phenomenal in the pre-draft process and deserves to sneak into the first round.
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans Saints) - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Devon Still | Defensive tackle | Penn State: The 2012 NFL Draft is full of impact players at defensive tackle. Devon Still could also be an ideal fit in the 3-4 defense in New England. Players with scheme versatility always creep up Bill Bellichick's board in April.
28. Green Bay Packers - Acme Packing Company
Vinny Curry | Outside Linebacker | Marshall: Green Bay's pass rush fell off a cliff last season. The Packers need to inject some young blood into the lineup. Vinny Curry is probably the best pure pass rusher in the 2012 NFL Draft, and he's a brilliant fit in the 3-4 defense.
29. Baltimore Ravens - Baltimore Beatdown
Courtney Upshaw | Outside Linebacker | Alabama: The Baltimore Ravens always seem to find incredible value at the backend of the first round. This is no different, as the Ravens snap up Coutrney Upshaw, who could easily fly off the board 10 picks earlier.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Niners Nation
Amini Silatolu | Guard | Midwestern State: The 49ers have a big hole at right guard. San Francisco has a history of getting the big guys early, so a guard makes sense at the end of the first round. Amini Silatolu has started to gain some steam heading into the draft, and he could be a surprise first-rounder.
31. New England Patriots - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Chase Minnifield | Cornerback | Virginia: The Patriots desperately need upgrades at cornerback. Janoris Jenkins is on the board, but given his history off the field I can't see a team risking a first round pick on him. Chase Minnifield is a better fit in New England.
32. New York Giants - Big Blue View
Whitney Mercilus | Defensive End | Illinois: The rich get richer as one of the top defensive ends in this class falls into the laps of the Super Bowl champions at pick 32. The Giants are always looking to bolster their pass rush, and with Osi Umenyiora declining and seemingly unhappy, this could be a nice luxury pick for New York.
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