2012 NFL Mock Draft
1. Indianapolis Colts
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.
2. Washington Redskins (via St. Louis)
Robert Griffin III - QB, Baylor University
It's official. The Redskins have mortgaged the future for what looks to be Robert Griffin III. RG3 is a perfect
fit for Shanahan's west coast system. He is everything you want on and off the field and continues to
impress. No matter what, Washington lands one of the top two quarterback prospects we've seen in
3. Minnesota Vikings
Matt Kalil - OT, University of Southern California
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.
4. Cleveland Browns
Justin Blackmon - WR, Oklahoma State University
The Browns have several options with the fourth overall selection. Quarterback is an option and running back would fill a huge need, but I believe the best decision is OSU's Justin Blackmon. Ryan Tannehill is not worthy of the fourth pick and running backs can be found in later rounds. The Browns lack an elite weapon at
wideout and Blackmon gives them immediately that.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Trent Richardson - RB, Alabama
The Buccaneers were busy this free agency adding elite talent in wide receiver Vincet Jackson and offensive guard Carl Nicks. Tampa Bay can now improve their ground attack with rare talent Trent Richardson. Adding a piece like Richardson could make this offense one of the best in the league next season.
6. St. Louis Rams
Morris Claiborne - CB, Louisiana State University
The Rams were offered a deal for the second overall selection that they simply could not refuse. In doing so, they dropped to sixth in the draft order where they will have the opportunity to take LSU's Morris Claiborne. Claiborne is not the top prospect on the Rams draft board, but at this point he is the best player available and
has a chance to be an elite shutdown corner at the next level.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Melvin Ingram - DE/OLB, South Carolina
The seventh overall selection is an intriguing one as Jacksonville could go in several directions. Previously, I've had Coples and Floyd mocked at this spot, but Ingram's athleticism has caused his stock to rise. Don't rule out the possibility of trading back here.
8. Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill - QB, Texas A&M
The Dolphins are in desperate need of a franchise quarterback. Even though I don't believe Tannehill is worthy of the eighth overall selection, quarterbacks always go higher than expected. Don't be surprised if the Dolphins even move up to land the inexperienced A&M product. Tannehill lacks the experience and quality game play, but scouts believe he has the potential to be a productive quarterback at the next level.
9. Carolina Panthers
Dontari Poe - DT, Memphis
Ron Rivera found his franchise quarterback last season and now he will look to improve the defense. This pick may be a bit of a reach for Poe, but the Panthers are in desperate need of an impact defensive tackle. Dontari showcased his unique size and skillset at the the combine and can become an elite talent if he puts in
10. Buffalo Bills
Riley Reiff - OT, Iowa
Buffalo added All-Pro defensive end Mario Williams this offseason to sure up their defensive front. Now, they can address other areas of need and with the departure of Demetress Bell, I fully expect the Bills to select an offensive tackle with the tenth pick.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
David DeCastro - G, Stanford University
Kansas City struggled last season after a surprising playoff berth in 2010. Romeo Crennel will look to rebuild this team in the trenches starting with David DeCastro. DeCastro is the top ranked guard in the draft will fill an immediate need. I also wouldn't be surprised to see Jonathan Martin land here.
12. Seattle Seahawks
Luke Kuechly - ILB, Boston College
Tannehill is gone and no other remaining quarterback is worthy of this pick. The Seahawks need help at several positions. Kuechly is probably the safest pick in the draft. He was a tackling machine at Boston College and solidified himself as a top 15 pick with his combine performance.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Jonathan Martin - OT, Stanford University
The Cardinals have several needs, but none more important than offensive tackle. With the selection of Jonathan Martin, Arizona gets an immediate starter with enormous potential. Martin has the raw talent to compete at the next level, but needs to work on his fundamentals. Regardless, Arizona will be much improved
with this pick.
14. Dallas Cowboys
Quinton Coples - DE, University of North Carolina
The Cowboys solidified the cornerback position with free agent acquisition Brandon Carr. This leaves the door open to address other areas of need. Defensive end may not be a huge need, but a talent like Coples will be highly coveted by Jerry Jones and the Cowboys get great value with this selection.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
Mark Barron - S, Alabama
The Eagles have quietly addressed some very important needs this offseason with the trade for linebacker Demeco Ryans and the free agent signing of offensive tackle Demetress Bell. The Eagles can now focus on improving an already stellar secondary with the selection of Mark Barron. Barron is the highest rated safety on
our board and has the range and physical stature to be a consistent presence for the Eagles next season.
16. New York Jets
Courtney Upshaw - DE/OLB, Alabama
Back to back national champions are selected with the addition of Courtney Upshaw. Aarron Maybin is currently the Jets best pass rusher and that's not a good thing. Upshaw has seen his stock take a hit of late, but I don't think he gets pass the J-E-T-S, Jets, Jets, Jets!
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders)
Dre Kirkpatrick - CB, Alabama
Make that back to back to back. Kirkpatrick is arguably the second best corner prospect in the draft and brings a rare physical presence with his unique size and aggressive play. Teams may be cautious about Kirkpatrick's off the field lifestyle, but on the field there is no debate.
18. San Deigo Chargers
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.
19. Chicago Bears
Mike Adams - OT, The Ohio State University
The Bears added much needed wide receiver help with the trade for Brandon Marshall. Now, the emphasis is on keeping Jay Cutler upright. Adams performed well at the Senior Bowl and his stock has slowly been creeping up the charts. The Bears get a talent prospect for a good price at 19.
20. Tennessee Titans
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.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Kendall Wright - WR, Baylor University
I previously had Lamar Miller mocked here, but his stock continues to drop as running back just isn't as important as other positions. This pick may be a bit of a stretch, but the truth is the Bengals could still use a number two receiver to compliment rookie sensation A.J. Green. Green will demand double teams leaving
Kendall Wright one on one. This will make Andy Dalton extremely happy.
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons)
Dont'a Hightower - ILB, Alabama
The Browns continue to add talent to a depleted roster with the selection of Dont'a Hightower. Hightower is one of the best linebackers in the draft and can be the foundation for a Browns defense for years to come. He has great size and has proven himself in the tough SEC.
23. Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins - CB, North Alabama
The Lions pass defense hindered their chances of making a serious playoff run last season and Jenkins has the natural ability of any corner in this draft. As everyone knows, Jenkins comes with character issues, but for a team desperate to make a deep playoff run this may be to tempting to pass up.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Cordy Glenn - G/T, Georgia
Not a fancy pick by any means, but it fills a huge need for Pittsburgh. Roethlisberger spent majority of last season running for his life and trying to make plays outside of the pocket. It's crucial that the Steelers organization sures up a weak offensive line before anything else
25. Denver Broncos
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
26. Houston Texans
Stephen Hill - WR, Georgia Tech University
The Texans are stacked on both sides of the ball. However, they are strongly considering the possibility of landing one of the top wideouts in the draft according to the Houston Chronicle. Hill improved his stock significantly at the combine with his excellent 40 time and unique size. His numbers at Georgia Tech are
skewed because of the triple option they like to run.
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans Saints)
Stephon Gilmore - CB, South Carolina
The Patriots made it to the Super Bowl last season with a mediocre defense at best. Expect, them to address the secondary or the pass rushing portion of their defense with this pick. Gilmore is the best player available and will only improve a weak defensive backfield for the Patriots.
28. Green Bay Packers
Nick Perry - DE/OLB, USC
The Packers defense struggled all of last season and tied for 27th in sacks so it's important that they find another pass rusher opposite of Clay Matthews. Nick Perry has good 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.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Peter Konz - C, Wisconsin
It's becoming increasing prevalent that the Ravens will look to add quality depth along the offensive line. Peter Konz is the best center in this years class and is worthy of a first round selection. He can learn behind Matt Birk for another year or so and step right in once he retires.
30. San Francisco 49ers
Coby Fleener - TE, Stanford
Cobly Fleener is the popular pick here and it makes sense. The 49ers have spent the offseason adding wide receiver help in Randy Moss and Mario Manningham to compliment Michael Crabtree. Fleener has the opportunity to learn from one of the best in Vernon Davis and will be a great assest in two tight end sets.
31. New England Patriots
Michael Brockers - Louisiana State University
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 on the defensive side of the ball. After addressing the secondary with their earlier pick, expect the Patriots to add depth and talent along the line. The Patriots don't play a traditional 3-4
defense and Brockers has the versatility to play in a three or five technique.
32. New York Giants
Chris Polk - RB, Washington
The Giants have some holes to fill if they want to successfully defend their title next season. Inside linebacker is by far their biggest need, but with the top prospects off the board and no one else worthy of this selection, I believe they go in the direction of running back. Polk is a physical runner who should fill in where
Brandon Jacobs left off. Polk should compliment Bradshaws running style perfectly.