Thursday, April 26, 2012

2012 NFL Mock Draft

In the past I have done mock drafts just for fun and never really put too much thought into them, well the same holds true this year.  The only difference is that I will post it here at 365FF for all to see.  I think that tonights NFL Draft will have quite a few trades with teams moving up and down, and predict around 4-5 such deals.  Anyways here we go, here is my official 2012 NFL Mock Draft.

1 . Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
This has been Indy's pick every since they started out last year 0-8, 0-9, 0-10, and so on.  Out with Peyton and in with Luck.

2 . Washington Redkskins - Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor
The Redskins traded away an arm and a leg for a chance to get RG3.  They will finally have their QB and start becoming competitive once again.

3 . Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil, OT, USCAll the reports are that Minny wants out of this spot and doesn't want to take Kalil, would rather have Claiborne or Blackmon.  Hard to pass up on an elite Tackle like Kalil, they either take him or someone trades up to take him at #3.

4 . Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Richardson would actually give the Browns something to build on, and that is something that they have not had for a long, long time. Perfect fit for a run first division, and a good starting point for Cleveland to start being taken seriously once again.

5 . Tampa Bay Bucs - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSUIf Claiborne gets passed by the first 4 picks Tampa will jump on him so fast, they need some major help in the secondary, and with an offseason fixing their needs on the Offense, Claiborne is just what the doctor ordered.

6 . St. Louis Rams - Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
The Rams seem to be in need of a WR ever since Holt/Bruce went to the grave.  Why would they even consider passing up on a talent such as Blackmon's?  They grabbed no WR in FA and lost Lloyd, so now it is only fitting to grab their WR of now and the future.

7 . Jacksonville Jaguars - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre DameThe Jags invested a whole lot into Gabbert in last years draft.  The problem with that was their was no weapons for him to even come close to succeeding.  Time for the Jags to step up and start putting some talent on the offensive side of the ball, surely Gabbert needs someone to throw to.

8 . Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&MTannehill is the guy the Dolphins need to consider, if they ever want to climb out of the darkness.  With a little bit of patience Tannehill could be a top 10 QB in the NFL.

9 . Carolina Panthers - Stephen Gilmore, CB, South CarolinaGilmore has been a high riser on a lot of Draft boards, and in a division playing against Pass happy offenses such as Atlanta, New Orleans, secondary help is becoming more and more important. 

10 . Buffalo Bills - Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
The Buffalo Bills have had a very nice off-season so far and adding a defensive leader such as Kuechly, will only continue to add to their fine off-season.  The guy can be a leader for years to come on any defense.

11 . Kansas City Chiefs - David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Bringing in Hillis and having a healthy Charles back, you have to think the Chiefs are going to want to pound the rock in 2012.  DeCastro would be a huge bonus to that O-Line, and get the Chiefs back to their 2010 ways.

12 . Seattle Seahawks - Quinton Coples, DE, North CarolinaCoples has slipped a little in a lot of rankings, and maybe rightfully so.  The Seahawks are in a nice place here where they can add another peice to their already tough defense.  He may have a little boom or bust in him but taking the chance of landing a JPP talent is well worth it.

13 . Arizona Cardinals - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Reiff is a tough kid and that is exactly what the Cardinals need, some toughness to that offense.  Kolb can't seem to stay healthy and was a huge investment a year ago for the Cards, why not give the guy some help in a division where they have to play San Fran twice a year.

14 . Dallas Cowboys - Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Barron is a guy that teams seem to want to trade ahead of Dallas to grab.  If he is on the board at #14 he seems like a lock for the Cowboys.

15 . Philadelphia Eagles - Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

It would be hard to believe if Cox slips all the way down to the Eagles at #15, as they seem to want to even trade up to #7 or #9 to secure him.  Cox is by far one of the top Defensive rated players in this years draft class.  He would give that aweful 2011 Eagles defense a much needed boost.

16 . New York Jets - Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
The Jets are a team that probably needs help at WR more then anything. But at the same time they play a style of game that relies heavily on their defense and running game. Glenn is a talent and one that continues to solidify the Jets O-Line. WR will have to wait until Round 2.
17 . Cincinnati Bengals  - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The Bengals showed that in 2011 they were for real, and adding a talent like Kirkpatrick only continues to show their division rivals that they are serious and here to stay.  Last year they fixed their Offensive woes in the draft, and this year it is going to be all about defense.

18 . San Diego Chargers - Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South CarolinaIngram would be an instant upgrade to the Chargers defense.  Could be that missing peice they haven't been able to find since Lights Out left.

19 . Chicago Bears - Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
The time has come to start thinking about the aging Peppers, and with the addition of Jones, they can put those worries to bed and sit back and continue to play Bears defense like they know how to do.

20 . Tennessee Titans - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Yeah the Titans have Britt and Washington but can you imagine if they got a speedster like Wright.  Their offense would be for real, and maybe just maybe some pressure would be taken off Chris Johnson.

21 . Cincinnati Bengals - Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
The Bengals are a playoff team now, they need to just keep building and building on their talent.  Sure they brought in BJGE but he is not the same type of runner as Martin, those two could make a very nice 1-2 punch in Cincy.

22 . Cleveland Browns -  Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia TechI still think Hill is a bit of a reach for a first round selection, but the Browns need offensive weapons.  Having Little and Hill might see a nice battle for WR1 status and one of the two could emerge as an elite NFL WR.
23 . Detroit Lions - Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

The Lions are on the verge of being great, as they already have their explosive offense and they have a few keys as well on the defensive side of the ball.  Upshaw is a nice option for them and gives them more options at getting to the opposing QB's.

24 . Pittsburgh Steelers - Don’t'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
A great battle in the trenches and gritty player that would fit perfectly into what the Steelers like to do on defense.  The Steelers defense is aging and Hightower couldn't come at a better time.

25 . Denver Broncos - Dontari Poe, DT, MemphisPoe is one of the most intriguing picks in this years draft.  He is so raw but yet has so much potential.  He will either turn out to be a total bust or a monster in the NFL.  Broncos are looking for a monster to fill in at the DT position, and they go all in on Poe. 

26 . Houston Texans - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
In my opinion the Texans have a defense that is top 5 in the NFL and ready for a long playoff run.  But on offense their is some holes with this team.  They need weapons, and Fleener could be a huge asset, to their passing attack.  Fleener is the new breed WR/TE and the Texans may need a WR more in this draft but the fact of the matter is Fleener will be better then what is left at WR.

27 . New England Patriots - Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USCWe all know the Patriots have a Super Bowl ready Offense, we also know they have a terrible defense.  Perry is the type of player the Belichick likes to snag, and one that can be a starter for the Patriots right away.

28 . Green Bay Packers - Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State
Just like the Patriots the Packers need some additional play makers on defense.  McClellin is an interesting pick and has been rising on a lot of draft boards.  He has also been in every conversation when it comes to who the Packers will draft with their first pick.

29 . Baltimore Ravens -  Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Konz is the best Center in the draft class and that happens to be a need for the Ravens.  They play in a battle in the trenches type of division and they need to try to stay ahead of the game, and with Konz they would have a nice addition to the O-Line for now and in the future.

30 . San Francisco 49ers - Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State
Shoring up the O-Line for a team that is heavy at running the ball, and relies on their defense.  A solid pick for the Niners and one that builds on their momentum.  They do need a WR and would hopefully look to fill that need in the upcoming rounds.
31 . New England Patriots - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Just like the Perry selection at 27, now the Patriots grabbing Brokers at 31 would give the defense a nice young makeover, and something to start building on.

32 . New York Giants - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
What exactly do the Giants need?  Nothing really so why not take one of the best ranked Tackles in the draft.  They could use help in their running game but I think Round 2 or 3 could fill that need, I think Best Player Available is their approach in round one.


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