2012 NFL Mock Draft 
Round 1


1. Indianapolis Colts

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    Andrew Luck - QB, Stanford University

    Luck is the most complete quarterback prospect to enter the NFL draft in the last decade.  He has been and continues to be the consensus number one overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft. 

                                        Previous Pick: Andrew Luck


2. Washington Redskins (via St. Louis)

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            Robert Griffin III - QB, Baylor University
    
            This trade is most likely to happen for a few reasons.  None of the notable QB free agents are likely
        to end up in the burgundy and gold.  Not to mention, the Browns seem unwilling to trade both first round 
        picks this year.  This gives Washington the leverage and for a team willing to mortgage the future for 
        the Heisman sensation this wouldn't surprise me.

                                        Washington Surrenders: 1st, 3rd, and 5th round picks in 2012, 1st & 7th in 2013.                                       

                                        Previous Pick: Matt Kalil


3. Minnesota Vikings

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    Matt Kalil - OT, USC


    Kalil solidified himself as the top lineman in the draft this year with his combine performance
.  Blackmon is an option here, but I believe the Vikings are most likely to sure up a depleted line.  The USC Trojan will be a foundation at the left tackle position for the next decade or so.

                                        Previous Pick: Morris Claiborne   


4. Cleveland Browns

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    Justin Blackmon - WR, OSU


     I'm a believer the Browns might make a run at free agent QB Matt Flynn.  Flynn will demand a pay raise, but Cleveland won't be losing a ton of draft picks by acquiring him.  If so, look for the Browns to give Flynn an immediate target at the wideout position with the selection of Blackmon.  JB refused to run the 40 at the 
                                        combine and was shorter than expected, but everyone knows he's the top WR target in this draft.
                                      
                                        Previous Pick: Robert Griffin III


5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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     Morris Claiborne - CB, LSU


     Trent Richardson would fill a need here, but missing his pro day and the combine due to a knee injury will make teams skeptical.  The truth is the Buccaneers need help on both sides of the ball.  Claiborne is an elite talent and will replace Ronde Barber or the consistently troubled Aqib Talib.

                                        Previous Pick: Trent Richardson


6. St. Louis Rams

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          Jonathan Martin - OT, Stanford University

       This is the reason why the Rams may be hesitant to make a trade with Washington.  By trading to sixth, St. Louis is missing out on the opportunity to land Justin Blackmon.  However, they pick up several picks in the 2012 and 2013 drafts and a stud who can solidify the left tackle position for injury prone Sam Bradford.
                                        
                                        Previous Pick: Justin Blackmon  


7. Jacksonville Jaguars

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 Quinton Coples - DE, UNC

     Jacksonville needs help in several key places.  With the addition of Blaine Gabbert last year the Jags could look to upgrade the personnel around him.  However, the best player on the board is Quinton Coples and I think it's too early for the next best wide receiver.  Coples will improve a rather mediocre defensive line in 2011.
                                        
                                        Previous Pick: Michael Floyd


8. Miami Dolphins

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     Riley Reiff - OT, Iowa

   
  The Dolphins are the leading candidate to land Peyton Manning if healthy.  Manning has a house in Miami and would have the opportunity to play against Tom Brady and the Colts occasionally.  Not to mention, they have some elite talent on the offensive side and will use the draft to bolster their offensive line with the addition of Riley Reiff.

                                            Previous Pick: Riley Reiff


9. Carolina Panthers

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     Melvin Ingram - DE/OLB, South Carolina


     The Panthers are set offensively with the surprise play of Cam Newton last season.  Defensively, they need some help mainly along the defensive front.  Ingram is extremely athletic and will provide the Panthers with the consistent pass rush they desperately need.
        
                                        Previous Pick: Quinton Coples  
  


10. Buffalo Bills

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     Courtney Upshaw - DE, Alabama


     The Bills will continue to add line depth with another Alabama stud in Courtney Upshaw.  Upshaw solidified himself as a top 15 pick before the combine, but missing his pro day has raised some concerns.  However, I still think he is the best fit for the 4-3 scheme Buffalo is implementing next season.

                                        Previous Pick: Courtney Upshaw


11. Kansas City Chiefs

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     Michael Brockers - DT, LSU


     Kansas City regressed last season and with the hire of Romeo Crennel expect there to be a stronger emphasis on the defensive side of the ball.  Brockers has great size at 6'5, 322 and the versatility to play end or tackle at the next level.  The Chiefs are hungry for a star along the defensive line as Glenn Dorsey and Tyson 
                                        Jackson have failed to live up to expectations.

                                        Previous Pick: Jonathan Martin 


12. Seattle Seahawks

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     Luke Kuechly - ILB, Boston College


     Tannehill would be a reach here and the Seahawks need help at several positions.  Kuechly is probably the safest pick in the draft outside of Andrew Luck.  He was a tackling machine at Boston College and solidified himself as a top 15 pick with his combine performance. 

                                        Previous Pick: Ryan Tannehill


13. Arizona Cardinals

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    David DeCastro - G, Stanford


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

                                        Previous Pick: David DeCastro


14. Dallas Cowboys

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     Janoris Jenkins - CB, North Alabama


     Obviously the Cowboys need to upgrade their secondary.  Kirkpatrick would be a solid pick here, but I believe Jenkins is the better corner.  Jenkins has plenty of character concerns, but Jerry Jones values on the field performance greater than that off the field.

                                        Previous Pick: Dre Kirkpatrick


15. Philadelphia Eagles

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     Dont'a Hightower - ILB, Alabama


     The Eagles statistically were solid on defense, however it is clear they lack the quality play from their linebacker corps.  Hightower was a consistent player at Alabama who got better with every season.  He has the size and speed to step right in and make an immediate impact for a Philadelphia team that suffered because 
                                        of their linebacker play last season.

                                        Previous Pick: Vontaze Burfict


16. New York Jets

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     Trent Richardson - RB, Alabama 


     Richardson has seen his stock drop because of his inability to workout at the combine.  However, he is still the top running back in the draft and the Jets get great value with this selection.  The Jets currently don't have a running back on their roster that can carry the load.  The roll tide product can step in and contribute right away.

                                        Previous Pick: Whitney Mercilus



17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders)

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     Lamar Miller - RB, Miami

     Lamar Miller carried the load at Miami.  He has great size and impressed scouts at the combine.  The Hurricane product will give this young and upcoming offense another stellar weapon to pair with A.J. Green and Andy Dalton.

                                        Previous Pick: Lamar Miller 


18. San Deigo Chargers

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     Michael Floyd - WR, Notre Dame


     Floyd would fill a huge need for the Chargers who have let their top wideout Vincent Jackson test free agency.  Floyd has great size and excellent hands.  His 40-time was better than expected and Phillip Rivers will be happy to have another huge target at his disposal. 

                                        Previous Pick: Andre Brown


19. Chicago Bears

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     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 rumors about his weight continued to surface.  The combine extinguished some of those rumors as Alshon measured better than expected.  This pick is likely to change depending on what the Bears are able 
                                        to do in free agency, but meanwhile look for them to add some much needed receiver help.

                                        Previous Pick: Alshon Jeffrey


20. Tennessee Titans

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     Whitney Mercilus - DE/OLB, Illinois 


     The Titans were 31st in sacks last season and near the bottom against the rush.  Mercilus led the nation in sacks last season and his pass rushing ability would fill a need for a team that could use a disruptive force up front.

                                        Previous Pick: Devon Still


21. Cincinnati Bengals

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     Dre Kirkpatrick - CB, Alabama


     The Bengals get great value with this selection as Kirkpatrick was a projected top 10 pick to start the offseason.  Some character concerns were raised when Kirkpatrick was recently arrested on marijuana charges.  Although the charges were eventually dropped teams will remain skeptical.  Dre is a big time corner 
                                        at 6'2, but needs to fine tune his coverage skills.  This is a great pick for the Bengals who fill a need with a top 
                                        player.

                                        Previous Pick: Mike Adams


22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons)

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     Ryan Tannehill - QB, Texas A&M


     The Browns have several QB options between now and the draft.  Cleveland won't compete for Peyton Manning and may not target Matt Flynn.  As stated earlier, I believe Cleveland is reluctant to give up both first round picks this year.  This could be a good reason why.  With both first round picks, the Browns get the top
                                        wideout in the draft and the third best quarterback.  Tannehill lacks all the experience, but the potential to be
                                        great is there.

                                        Previous Pick: Melvin Ingram


23. Detroit Lions

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       Mark Barron - S, Alabama

     The Lions pass defense hindered their chances of making a serious playoff run last season.  Barron can help sure up a depleted secondary with his physical play and above average athletic ability.  He is by far the best safety in the draft and would fill a huge need for the Lions.

                                        Previous Pick: Alfonzo Dennard 


24. Pittsburgh Steelers

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    Dontari Poe - DT, Memphis


     Dontari Poe is quickly climbing up draft boards.  His combine performance was nothing short of spectacular.  Still questions remain about his work ethic and his motivation.  If Poe can improve his consistency he may be one of the best players from this draft.

                                        Previous Pick: Dontari Poe


25. Denver Broncos

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       Fletcher Cox - DT, Mississippi State

     The Broncos surprised everyone last season with the Tim Tebow phenomenon.  However, it was the defense that carried that team to the post season and kept them in games.  Adding the versatile Cox will only make this young defense even better.  Cox may not slip this far, but if he does the Broncos won't pass him 
                                        up.

                                        Previous Pick: Kendall Wright 


26. Houston Texans

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     Kendall Wright - WR, Baylor University


     The Texans are stacked on both sides of the ball.  Any move at this point can only make them better.  Kendall Wright is the best player available and would give a potent Texans offense another weapon.  With Foster, Johnson, and Wright the Texans may be unstoppable with the ball.

                                        Previous Pick: Mohammed Sanu


27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans Saints)

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     Zach Brown - OLB, UNC


     The Patriots made it to the Super Bowl last season with a mediocre defense at best.  Brown will add quality depth at the outside linebacker position.  His consistent pass rush combined with his versatility will serve the Patriots well.  

                                        Previous Pick: Luke Kuechly


28. Green Bay Packers

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     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.

                                        Previous Pick: Nick Perry


29. Baltimore Ravens

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     Mike Adams - OT, Ohio State

     The Ravens will look to add quality depth along the offensive line.  Adams played well at the Senior Bowl and impressed scouts with his combine performance.  He should help an offensive line battered by free agency.

                                        Previous Pick: Kelechi Osemele


30. San Francisco 49ers

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     Stephen Hill - WR, Georgia Tech

   
  The 49ers need a legitimate target at wideout and this pick is gaining popularity.  Hill shocked everyone with his combine workout and with the top receivers off the board, the GT product is the next best thing.  His size and speed could make him a threat at the next level.  A bit of a risky pick as there isn't much tape on Hill 
                                        because of Tech's triple option.

                                        Previous Pick: Dwight Jones


31. New England Patriots

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     Cordy Glenn - G/T, Georgia


     The speculation is that the Patriots will trade this pick.  I'm not so sure if that's the best thing for a team that surprisingly has many holes.  Brady's excellent quarterback play bails this team out majority of the time.  The truth is need they need help on defense, at receiver, and along the offensive front.  Glen can play guard or 
                                        tackle and will help the Patriots next season.

                                        Previous Pick: Brandon Thompson


32. New York Giants

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     Peter Konz - C/G, Wisconsin


     Not a flashy pick, but the Giants love 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 Super Bowl winning Giants.

                                        Previous Pick: Peter Konz

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