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2012 Mock Draft

This is really my first attempt at a mock draft for 2012. The picks I made below are who I think the team should take, not who I think they will potentially take.


Team Pick Comments
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil
4 Cleveland Browns Trent Richardson The Browns have quietly had one of the better offensive lines in the game for the last couple of years, but its a shame that they haven't consistently had a quality back to take advantage of that. With Richardson, they get the draft's best back, and they can address their need for a wide receiver at pick 22 when both Malcolm Floyd and Kendall Wright could be available.
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Quentin Coples This will probably shock more than a few people, but I feel it makes sense. The Buc's have addressed their other needs via free agency, but they still have a clear need at defensive end. While Adrian Clayborne had a solid rookie campaign with 7.5 sacks, the rest of the Bucs DE corps managed just 5.5 sacks altogether. With the new rookie wage cap in place, reaching here for the best DE in the draft isn't out of the question.
6 St. Louis Rams Justin Blackmon This is pretty much a must for the Rams. Bradford needs better targets, though Clairborne could go here too.
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Moris Clairborne It's a bit lower than where most people have Clairborne going, but not too low, and he fits in perfectly with that Jags need righ now.
8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tanehill He's not RG3 or Luck, but the Dolphins should be desperate for a franchise signal caller, and Tannehill at least gives them a project at that. He won't start right away like the other two Qbs taken in the first round, but he may end up being a pretty decent starter in the NFL.
9 Carolina Panthers Fletcher Cox Carolina needs a defensive tackle or two. Carolna gets the highest rated one on the board.
10 Buffalo Bills Riley Reiff The Bills have a pretty big need for a LT right now after losing Demetress Bell, so Reiff makes a ton of sense.
11 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Kuechly The Chiefs don't have a ton of short term needs, so they could go many ways with this pick. Scott Pioli has shown in the past that he goes with the safest and surest picks, which is a billing that a guy like Kuechly should fit.
12 Seattle Seahawks David DeCastro This is another pick that could go many ways, but I feel that DeCastro makes a lot of sense to a team that should try run the ball as much as possible with Marshawn Lynch. The best friend of a young, developing quarterback is always a great running game.
13 Arizona Cardinals Melvin Ingram The Cardinals have quietly stockpiled a ton of talent on the defensive side of the ball and are really a pass rushing outside linebacker away from having a complete defense, which is where Ingram fits in perfectly.
14 Dallas Cowboys Dre Kirkpatrick They signed Brandon Carr to a long term deal, but still have enough of a need to warrant drafting another cornerback, especially since a talented player like Kirkpatrick is still on the board.
15 Philadelphia Eagles Michael Brockers The Eagles have next to no short term needs. They sort of need another linebacker, but there really isn't anyone worth the pick here, so they should look towards building for the future here. Brockers can rotate Mike Patterson and Cullen Jenkins and take over for the 31 year old Jenkins when the time comes. Jonathan Martin makes sense here too.
16 New York Jets Courtney Upshaw He probably won't be the sexy pick that the Jets like to make, but he is exactly what the Jets need: a polished, experienced, and mature outside linebacker that can come and in start right away.
17 Cincinnati Bengals Janoris Jenkins I know its a bit of a cliché to mock troubled players to the Bengals, but they do keep drafting them. Jenkins could very well end up being the best corner taken in this draft if he stays in a straight path, and the Bengals could be getting quite a steal here.
18 San Diego Chargers Whitney Mercilus The Chargers have been searching for Shaun Merriman's replacement for some years now, and Mercilus definitely has the talent to potentially fill that void opposite of Shaun Philips.
19 Chicago Bears Cordy Glenn Jonathan Martin is the higher rated tackle on my board, but I think Glenn makes more sense to the Bears since they need help at pretty much every position on the offensive line aside from left tackle.
20 Tennessee Titans Nick Perry Derrick Morgan hasn't done much in his two years at Tennessee and the Titans need help at DE anyways. Perry is a raw product at this point, but could end up being very productive for the Titans.
21 Cincinnati Bengals Mark Barron This pick gives them a potential star caliber secondary with the addition of Jenkins some picks earlier. When you combine those two with Leon Hall and emerging Reggie Nelson, you have quite a secondary in Cincy.
22 Cleveland Browns Malcolm Floyd Players drop and rise in the draft all the time, and 22 is definitely low for Floyd, but I feel teams picking in the first 21 picks don't have too much of a need at WR, which is great for the Browns as they can land the best RB and second best WR in the draft to help out Colt McCoy.
23 Detroit Lions Jonathan Martin The Lions get the man that they really need. Jeff Backus has quietly been great for the Lions for a couple of years now, but he is 34 and will need to replaced sooner rather than later. Gosder Cherilus has struggled at times too, so Martin could see starting time in his rookie season.
24 Pittsburgh Steelers Dontari Poe The Steelers have some needs on the offensive line, but with all the good prospects off the board, they will look to fill other spots. One position that has been a huge need is NT where 34 year old Casey Hampton will need to be replaced in the coming years. A raw prospect like Poe could sit on the bench and learn from one of the best in the game for a couple of years and take over when needed.
25 Denver Broncos Peter Konz Surprisngly, the Broncos decided not to sign Jeff Saturday, which leaves a gap in the offensive line as Pro Football Focus has rated JD Walton as one of the worst centers in football. This pick may not be flashly, but it is necessary, and should go well with an offensive line that has a lot of good pieces to work with.
26 Houston Texans Kendall Wright They could try to draft Mike Adams to play right tackle, but I feel Kendall Wright at 27 is too good to pass up. Combine him with Andre Johnson and you make one of the league best passing offenses even better.
27 New England Patriots Stephen Gilmore Gilmore fits both a need for the Patriots and has the talent to be going at this pick.
28 Green Bay Packers Devon Still Packers don't have too many needs after drafting offensive tackles the last couple of years, but would probably like to replace Cullen Jenkins, who they lost last season. Still brings that kind of potential.
29 Baltimore Ravens Mike Adams The Ravens need a long term solution at left tackle as Bryant McKennie is neither that good nor young. Adams won't come and start right away (at least he shouldn't), but he has enough talent and measurable to potentially develop into a reliable starting LT.
30 San Francisco 49ers Stephen Hill They could go many ways with this pick, but I think they will take Hill simply because of his freak abilities.
31 New England Patriots Andre Branch Patriots generally don't keep both of their first round picks, but if they do, then Andre Branch makes sense to replace Mark Anderson, who lost to the Bills.
32 New York Giants Coby Fleener While the Giants need some help at middle linebacker and offensive line, I think it would be a mistake to pass up the draft's top tight end at this pick.
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