2012 NFL Mock Draft: Ryan Tannehill is up for grabs

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The 2012 NFL Draft is shaping up to be another exciting weekend for football fans.

Uncertainty among the top ten picks has left the door open for plenty of trades and head scratching picks. Last week, in the second version of my mock draft, Ryan Tannehill flew off the board as the No. 4 overall pick. To demonstrate how drastically the Cleveland Browns can affect the rest of the draft, I changed their pick this time around, and chaos ensued.

This mock draft is coming into form a bit but is still not a finished product. I appreciate all of the feedback you guys have on the picks. Hopefully this mock provides a bit of a twist on the norm.

Oh, and I've decided to throw some trades into the mix in this version as well, because the first night of the draft will have plenty of movement.

Let's get to it.



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
Trent Richardson | Running Back | Alabama: The Browns need a franchise quarterback. Colt McCoy is not that guy, but that does not justify reaching for Ryan Tannehill in the top five of the 2012 NFL Draft. The positional value for a running back makes it tough for me to put Trent Richardson this high, but he is a special prospect that this team could lean on for years.
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
Justin Blackmon | Wide Receiver | Oklahoma State: 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. It seems Justin Blackmon is the player that St. Louis covets. Some, including myself, consider Blackmon a slight reach at this spot, but the Rams have to surround Sam Bradford with some weapons.
7. Kansas City Chiefs (via Jacksonville Jaguars) - Arrowhead Pride
Ryan Tannehill | Quarterback | Texas A&M: The Jacksonville Jaguars are the toughest team for me to predict. The team has huge needs at wide receiver and defensive end. Unfortunately, the best players at those positions would be considered a reach at No. 7 overall. Trading back makes the most sense for Jacksonville. With Ryan Tannehill still on the board, a handful of teams could be interested in jumping the Miami Dolphins to draft him. Kansas City could be one such team. They recently brought Tannehill in for a visit and need some direction at the quarterback position. Matt Cassel will never win this team a Super Bowl.
8. Miami Dolphins - The Phinsider
NFL TEAM
Quinton Coples | Defensive End | North Carolina: 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, Quinton Coples will be an immediate starter in Miami's new 4-3 defense.
9. Carolina Panthers - Cat Scratch Reader
Luke Kuechly | Middle linebacker | Boston College: The lack of positional value for an inside linebacker is just about the only thing holding Luke Kuechly back. He has been flawless in the pre-draft process. Kuechly is deceptively athletic and has elite instincts for the position. The Panthers would have a face for their defense for the next decade.
10. Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Riley Reiff | Offensive Tackle | Iowa: 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. One such need is for an offensive tackle. Riley Reiff is the second best offensive tackle in this draft, and while there is some concern about his ability to play left tackle, but he is a versatile and well-rounded offensive lineman.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars (via Kansas City Chiefs) - Big Cat Country
Whitney Mercilus | Defensive End | Illinois: The lack of top end talent at wide receiver and defensive end makes this a tough draft to predict for the Jacksonville Jaguars. While Michael Floyd presents appropriate value at this spot, the draft is deep enough at wide receiver for Jacksonville to wait and address that position later. Whitney Mercilus is not a blue-chip prospect, but he has a relentless motor. And while numbers don't tell the whole story, Mercilus was a productive player for the Illini this year.
12. Seattle Seahawks - Field Gulls
Mark Barron | Safety | Alabama: Mel Kiper Jr. continues to insist that Mark Barron will be drafted in the first half of round one, and who am I to go against the Godfather? Seattle addressed two big needs in free agency. They signed quarterback Matt Flynn and defensive tackle Jason Jones. The secondary could still use some work. Mark Barron isn't Seattle's dream date, but unless they can trade down, Barron is the best option.
13. Arizona Cardinals - Revenge Of The Birds
NFL TEAM
David DeCastro | Guard | Stanford: David Decastro is the best guard prospect to come along in years. The Cardinals definitely have a need at the position, so this pick makes sense.
14. Houston Texans (via Dallas Cowboys) - Battle Red Blog
Michael Floyd | Wide Receiver | Notre Dame: Interest in Michael Floyd is heating up. Arguably the best wide receiver available, Floyd is visiting with a handful of teams over the next few weeks. The Texans need to add a threat across from Andre Johnson, and they'll have to trade up to do so.
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
Michael Brockers | Defensive End | LSU: Luis Castillo was released this offseason, opening up a hole at defensive end in San Diego's lineup. Michael Brockers is also the best available player. Isn't it beautiful when need matches up with value?
19. Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron
Stephon Gilmore | Cornerback | South Carolina: Playing in the same division as Matt Stafford and Aaron Rodgers, the Chicago Bears can't afford to rest on their laurels with their current cornerback group. Stephon Gilmore will be a top-20 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and is arguably the second best corner in the class.
20. Tennessee Titans - Music City Miracles
Peter Konz | Center | Wisconsin: The Tennessee Titans signed Steve Hutchinson, which well help upgrade one of the worst interior offensive lines in football. More help is needed, though, and center is possibly the Titans' biggest need. Peter Konz is the best center prospect in the draft and deserving of first round consideration.
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
Brandon Weeden | Quarterback | Oklahoma State: Brandon Weeden is an impressive quarterback prospect. If it wasn't for his age, he would be battling Robert Griffin III to be the second quarterback off the board. The Browns need to address the quarterback position, and with two first round picks, they can afford to wait until late in the first round to take a signal caller.
23. Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit
Jonathan Martin | Offensive Tackle | Stanford: The Detroit Lions are enamored with Janoris Jenkins as a prospect, but given the recent legal trouble members of their 2011 draft class have had, the team can't afford to take a shot on another questionable character. Plus, the team always drafts the best player available, and they are lucky enough to have Jonathan Martin, who also fills a position of need, fall into their lap.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Behind the Steel Curtain
Mike Adams | Offensive Tackle | Ohio State: Pittsburgh has been struggling with offensive line issues for a few years now. Left tackle is a huge question mark after the injury to Max Starks in the playoffs. Mike Adams is a very talented prospect, but many have wrote him off due to an inconsistent senior year. The Steelers will have a draft day steal.
25. Denver Broncos - Mile High Report
David Wilson | Running back | Virginia Tech: David Wilson really impresses me every time I watch him play. He has incredible wheels and is a dual threat out of the backfield. Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno aren't quality ball carriers.
26. Dallas Cowboys (via Houston Texans) - Blogging The Boys
NFL TEAM
Dontari Poe | Defensive Tackle | Memphis: Many have mocked Dontari Poe to the Cowboys at pick No. 14, but that's a bit of a reach. This is a dream scenario for the Boys. They get to trade back, acquire more picks and draft a guy they have shown interest in. He also fills a need along their defensive front.
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
Shea McClellin | Outside Linebacker | Boise State: Green Bay's pass rush fell off a cliff last season. The Packers need to inject some young blood into the lineup. Shea McClellin is a high-motor player with a lot of skill as a pass rusher.
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
Rueben Randle | Wide Receiver | LSU: Despite signing Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, the San Francisco 49ers could still use some talent at wide receiver. Rueben Randle is a player that I expect to sneak into the first round, and this seems like a potential landing spot.
31. New England Patriots - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Nick Perry | Outside Linebacker | USC: Nick Perry is a tough player to peg in the 2012 NFL Draft. He is definitely a first round talent, but it's tough to say which position he will play in the NFL. Perry added weight to his frame, which could make him a fit for a 4-3 team. But on tape, his skill set matches up at 3-4 backer. Either way, Bellichick will find a home for this versatile pass rusher.
32. New York Giants - Big Blue View
Dont'a Hightower | Inside Linebacker | Alabama: The New York Giants are known for taking the best available player in the NFL Draft. That's Dont'a Hightower in this situation. The Giants could also use some insurance in case Chase Blackburn's strong play down the stretch was an anomaly.
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