2012 NFL Mock Draft Round 1

Indianapolis Colts

1. Andrew Luck - QB, Stanford University
    Andrew Luck is the most talented QB prospect since Peyton Manning entered the NFL Draft. The Colts will look to solidify the QB position for another decade by selecting Luck and eventually trading Peyton.

St. Louis Rams

2. Matt Kalil - OT, USC

     The Rams will have many offers from teams looking to trade up for RG3.  However, if nothing pans out the pick should be Matt Kalil.  The Rams gave up the most sacks in the NFL last season and Kalil can be Bradford's foundation for years to come.

Minnesota Vikings

3. Morris Claiborne - CB, LSU

    The Vikings pass defense ranked near the bottom last season.  
Come April, the Jim Thorpe Award winner will be the first CB prospect off the board.  Claiborne is a natural ballhawk with great size at 6'1, 185 lbs.  His big play ability will be highly coveted by the Vikings.

Cleveland Browns

4. Robert Griffin III - QB, Baylor

     Colt McCoy hasn't proven to be anything special at the QB position and with two 1st round draft picks, expect the Browns to be in the running to move up for RG3.  Griffin will exceed combine expectations becoming the hottest commodity in April.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5. Trent Richardson - RB, Alabama

     Even with Blackmon still on the board, I believe the Buccaneers address a bigger need and select running back Trent Richardson.  Josh Freeman struggled significantly last season without a legitimate rushing attack.

Washington Redskins

6. Justin Blackmon - WR, OSU

     Shanahan recently acknowledged the Redskins are more likely to trade down rather than up, but none of that will matter if Blackmon falls to them.  The OSU product has all the tools to become an elite receiver at the next level.  Easily the best wideout in this draft class.  

Jacksonville Jaguars

7. Michael Floyd - WR, Notre Dame

     Jacksonville's passing offense ranked dead last in the NFL in 2011.  The franchise has too much invested in Gabbert and with a defense that ranked top 10 against the rush and pass, look for the Jaguars to select the next best offensive playmaker.  Jacksonville needs any sort of threat at WR and Floyd can be a step in the right direction.

Miami Dolphins

8. Riley Reiff - OT, Iowa

  The Dolphins once again miss out on the opportunity to land the franchise QB they so desperately need.  However, this pick won't be a total failure as they get a very good prospect in Riley Reiff.  Riley should be an immediate starter and stabilize the tackle position for years to come.

Carolina Panthers

9.   Quinton Coples - DE, North Carolina

     The Panthers are set offensively with the surprise play of Cam Newton last season.  On the other side of the ball they need a legitimate pass rush.  Coples had a disappointing season, however, come the combine his stock should improve significantly.  With the addition of the 4-3 the Panthers will need Coples to add a consistent pass rush.

Buffalo Bills

10. Courtney Upshaw - OLB, Alabama

     The Bills are hungry for another Crimson Tide product after the selection of Marcell Dareus.  Courtney Upshaw has the ability to become a legitimate outside linebacker at the next level.  His constant pressure will make Bills fans forget about Aaron Maybin.

Kansas City Chiefs

11. Jonathan Martin - OT, Stanford

     The Chiefs had a rather disappointing 2011 campaign.  They will look to add talent along a very mediocre offensive line.  Jonathan Martin is a fundamentally sound OT and should start immediately for the chiefs.

Seattle Seahawks

12.  Ryan Tannehill - QB, Texas A&M

     The Seahawks can't possibly continue at QB with Tavaris Jackson.  Ryan Tannehill has an extreme upside and will skyrocket with the droppings of Matt Barkley and Landry Jones.

Arizona Cardinals

13. David DeCastro - G, Stanford

     The Cardinals desperately need to bolster their offensive line.  Realistically, they probably want one of the top offensive tackles to drop to them, however, Decastro will fill an important need in the middle.

Dallas Cowboys

14. Dre Kirkpatrick - CB, Alabama

     I think the Cowboys will be overly happy if Kirkpatrick falls to them and now that he has been cited for marijuana use there's a good chance.  The Cowboys are loaded with talent, but have been plagued by a weak defensive backfield for the last few years.  Kirkpatrick needs to fine tune his cover skills to be an elite NFL cornerback.

Philadelphia Eagles

15. Vontaze Burfict - MLB, Arizona State

     The Eagles defensively were solid statistically, however, it is clear they lack the quality play from their linebacker corps.  Vontaze will be an immediate upgrade and has the potential to be one of the best MLB's for years to come in the NFL.

New York Jets

16. Whitney Mercilus - OLB, Illinois 

     The Jets defensively need to add quality depth at the outside linebacker position.  They lack the outside pressure that made them so great the last few years.  Whitney led the nation in sacks so he knows how to get to the QB.

Cincinnati Bengals

17.  Lamar Miller - RB, Miami

     Lamar Miller carried the load at Miami.  He should be able to step in and replace Cedric Benson.  This young running back paired with Andy Dalton and A.J. Green will give the Bengals a dynamic offense for years to come.

San Deigo Chargers

18.  Andre Brown - DE/OLB, Clemson

     The Chargers ranked 23rd in the NFL in getting to the QB.  Larry English was a bust from the beginning and the Chargers excelled when they had two outside rushers.  Andre Brown can play the OLB position at the next level and should be a decent compliment to Shaun Phillips.

Chicago Bears

19. Alshon Jeffrey - WR, South Carolina

     Jeffrey has the ability to play with anyone in the NFL.  However, his work ethic has been in question this offseason as he continues to put on weight.  The combine will be extremely important for Jeffrey as he has a chance to showcase his rare talents.  The Bears desperately need a target for Jay Cutler and Alshon possesses great size and natural hands.

Tennessee Titans

20. Devon Still - DT, PSU 

     The Titans were 31st in sacks last season and near the bottom against the rush.  I don't expect Devon Still to drop this far, but if he does the Titans will quickly snatch him up.  His dominating stature will be a significant upgrade along the Titans defensive front.

Cincinnati Bengals

21. Mike Adams - OT, OSU

     The Bengals could add to their already young offense with the selection of Mike Adams.  Adams is a highly talented prospect, but has seen his stock drop due to his off the field issues.  Selecting Adams with the 21st overall pick is great value and the Bengals have never been shy about character issues.

Cleveland Browns

22.  Melvin Ingram - DE/OLB, South Carolina

     I expect the Browns to sacrifice this pick along with their earlier first round pick for Robert Griffin III.  If they don't, Melvin Ingram should be the pick.  Ingram is the playmaking outside linebacker the Browns hope for.

Detroit Lions

23. Alfonzo Dennard - CB, Nebraska

     The Lions pass defense hindered their chances of making a serious playoff run last season.  They will look to Alfonzo Dennard to secure up one of the corner positions.  Dennard didn't have a standout season, but his coverage skills are duly noted and he will be a respectable upgrade over their current situation. 

Pittsburgh Steelers

24. Dontari Poe - DT, Memphis

     Dontari Poe is quickly climbing up draft boards.  Come April he may be the first DT off the board, but for now he fits a need for the Pittsburgh Steelers as Casey Hampton's replacement.  The Steelers always need along the offensive line, but the best player available right now is Poe.

Denver Broncos

25. WR - Kendall Wright - WR, Baylor

     If the Broncos are going to move forward with Tim Tebow they need to add as many weapons around him as they possibly can.  Not to mention the Broncos may lose Eddie Royal to free agency this season and they lack a true WR threat.  Kendall Wright is a quick, shifty receiver with big play ability. 

Houston Texans

26.  Mohammed Sanu - WR, Rutgers

     Maybe a bit of a reach, but the Texans are stacked on both sides of the ball.  They would have been a serious contender if Matt Schaub wasn't injured.  With that said, they can only continue to get better and adding Mohammed Sanu will give them a solid #2 receiver.  Sanu has decent size and excellent hands.

New England Patriots

27.  Luke Kuechly - LB, Boston College

     Kuechly is solid at the linebacker position.  He is a sure tackler and is projected much higher than this.  However, some teams may pass on him for more important needs and scheme preferences, but this is exactly the type of player the Patriots convey.  Luke Kuechly plays with a high motor and his effort is relentless.

Green Bay Packers

28. Nick Perry - DE/OLB, USC

     The Packers defense struggled all of last season.  It's important that they find another pass rusher opposite of Clay Matthews.  They tied for 27th in sacks.  Nick Perry has excellent pass rushing skills, but needs to focus on the other areas of his game especially if he is going to play in the 3-4.

New York Giants

29. Peter Konz - C/G, Wisconsin

     The Giants always seem to upgrade along the trenches.  They should continue to do so this year as their offensive line has aged significantly.  Peter Konz can play either center or guard at the next level and will add immediate depth to the New York football Giants.

Baltimore Ravens

30. Kelechi Osemele - OT, Iowa State

     The Ravens will look to add quality depth along the offensive line.  Osemele has the tools physically, but needs to work on his fundamentals.  His off the field concerns will cause many teams to pass on him early on.

San Francisco 49ers

31. Dwight Jones - WR, North Carolina

     The 49ers could use a legit wideout.  Crabtree hasn't really lived up to expectations and there is no quality wide receiver depth on this team.  Adding Dwight Jones will give Alex Smith a large and extremely quick target at 6'4".  Jones lacks the pure hands for a 1st round caliber player, but the potential to improve is there.

New England Patriots

32. Brandon Thompson - DT, Clemson

     The Patriots will continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball.  Adding defensive line depth is essential and the Patriots have the opportunity to land a talented and physical prospect in Clemson's Thompson.

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