2012 NFL Mock Draft 
Round 1

1. Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck - QB, Stanford University

    Andrew Luck will be the first overall pick as expected. 

2. Washington Redskins (via St. Louis)

 Robert Griffin III - QB, Baylor University
           The RG3 era begins in Washington.            

3. Minnesota Vikings

    Morris Claiborne - CB, LSU

    The Vikings are trying to create a potential trade partner by publicly listing Claiborne and Blackmon as possible targets.  If they dont trade this pick, the selection will be shutdown corner Claiborne.   

4. Cleveland Browns

    Trent Richardson - RB, Alabama
    The Browns are falling in love with Richardson like many of us.  An elite talent who can make an immediate impact in the running and passing game in Cleveland. 

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

     Luke Kuechly - LB, Boston College

     The Buccaneers may be one of those teams looking to jump ahead of Cleveland in hopes of landing running back Trent Richardson.  If both are gone this pick becomes extremely interesting.  I believe they take the best player available.

6. St. Louis Rams

           Justin Blackmon - WR, OSU           

The Rams value Blackmon over Kalil at this point.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

           Stephon Gilmore - CB, South Carolina

         The Jaguars are not afraid to reach for a player who is skyrocketing up draft boards.

8. Miami Dolphins

     Ryan Tannehill - QB, Texas A&M

  The Dolphins desperately need a QB.  Even though I disagree with this pick, Miami has no choice but to take Tannehill at this spot.

9. Carolina Panthers

         Fletcher Cox - DT, Mississippi State

        The Panthers biggest draft need is the interior defensive line and Cox has the versatility to play either position.

10. Buffalo Bills

         Matt Kalil - OT, USC

         Mark Barron is becoming a popular pick for the Bills, but if Kalil slips to ten there is no way they will pass on him

11. Kansas City Chiefs

         David DeCastro - G, Stanford University

         Guards rarely go in the top 20, but DeCastro is the best at his position and fills a huge need for the Chiefs. 

12. Seattle Seahawks

         Quinton Coples - DE, UNC

        Coples has the potential to be a great player.  Questions about his consistent effort have dropped him out of the top ten.

13. Arizona Cardinals


Michael Floyd - WR, Notre Dame

       Larry Fritzgerald went public with his admiration for Michael Floyd and insisted the Cardinals should select him with the 13th overall pick.

14. Dallas Cowboys

        Mark Barron - S, Alabama

        The Cowboys sure up their secondary with the top safety in this class.   

15. Philadelphia Eagles

         Michael Brockers - DT, LSU

         The Eagles need an upgrade along the defensive line.  Brockers has great size and athleticism, but is a bit raw still.

16. New York Jets


         Melvin Ingram - DE/OLB, South Carolina 

         For a team in need of a pass rush, Ingram doesn't make it pass the 16th overall selection.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders)

         Dre Kirkpatrick - CB, Alabama

         Kirkpatrick brings great size and an aggressive nature to the cornerback position.  Off the field concerns could cause him to slip, but the talent is there.

18. San Deigo Chargers


        Whitney Mercilus - DE, Illinois

        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 at the end spot.

19. Chicago Bears


         Riley Reiff - OT, Iowa

         The Bears added elite wide receiver talent in trading for Brandon Marshall.  Now they can address the inconsistent offensive line.

20. Tennessee Titans


         Chandler Jones - DE, Syracuse 

         The Titans were 31st in sacks last season and near the bottom against the rush.  Jones continues to rise up draft boards and would be an ideal fit in Tennessee.

21. Cincinnati Bengals


         Kendall Wright - WR, Baylor University

         The Bengals could still use a number two receiver to compliment rookie sensation A.J. Green.

22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons)


         Cordy Glenn - G/T, Georgia

         Cleveland needs help at the tackle position and Cordy Glenn can step in right away and fill that need. 

23. Detroit Lions


           Courtney Upshaw - DE, Alabama

        There is a need along the Lions defensive front.  Upshaw will fit perfectly at the end spot.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers


        Dont'a Hightower - LB, Alabama

         The Steelers have some big needs in key areas.  One of the biggest is on defense at the inside linebacker position.  With the drafting of Hightower, Pittsburgh might have one of the top linebacking corps in 2012.

25. Denver Broncos


           Dontari Poe - DT, Memphis

         The Broncos will select the best interior defensive lineman available.  Poe weighed in at 346 pounds, but had the best combine performance of any interior lineman.  His unique skillset is a steal at 25.

26. Houston Texans


        Stephen Hill - WR, Georgia Tech University

        Hill improved his stock significantly with his combine performance.  His numbers at Georgia Tech are skewed because of the triple option they like to run.

27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans Saints)


         Shea McClellin - DE, Boise State

        The Patriots are likely to trade one of their first two rounders, but I believe they continue to build their defense with this one.

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 Matthew.

29. Baltimore Ravens


         Peter Konz - C, Wisconsin 

         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


         Ruben Randle - WR, LSU

        Cobly Fleener is the popular pick here, but they have elite talent at TE.  The 49ers have added mediocre talent to an underachieving wide receiver position.  Randle can only help.

31. New England Patriots


         Harrison Smith - S, Notre Dame

         In a weak safety class, Harrison Smith is likely to be selected higher than projected.  The Patriots need to improve their secondary and Smith is a worthy selection.  They be surprised if they trade back and target Smith later in round 2.

32. New York Giants


         Coby Fleener - TE,Stanford

         The Giants expressed a great deal of interest in Fleener at his pro day and could be a potential starter by midseason.

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