2012 NFL Draft Order: Teams That Will Catch Falling Sleepers

Michael Mill@@MikeMill23Senior Analyst IIIJanuary 8, 2012

WACO, TX - NOVEMBER 19: Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears runs during a game against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NFL Draft may be months away, but fans of teams out of the playoff race are already looking ahead to possible candidates that could be drafted later this year.

The first 20 spots of the NFL draft, excluding two coin tosses, are determined and set in stone.

With the draft order now released, we are seeing mock drafts starting to pop up all over the place.

We can now start to determine where players will fall. Some teams will reach, others will find sleepers.

Here are three teams that will have players fall into their lap on draft day.

6. Washington Redskins—QB Robert Griffin III (Baylor)

You can't get much luckier than the Washington Redskins will with Robert Griffin III.

Any other year, the Baylor quarterback would likely be the top pick in the draft. This year, with Andrew Luck also in the race, Griffin will likely fall a few spots.

St. Louis, Minnesota and Tampa Bay already have their quarterbacks of the future. Cleveland appears to be comfortable with Colt McCoy at quarterback.

That means Griffin will still be available for Washington at the sixth pick.

The Redskins should be getting their quarterback over the next 12 years.

13. Arizona Cardinals—OG David DeCastro (Stanford)

Stanford's David DeCastro is the best interior lineman in this year's draft class.

Typically, interior linemen aren't really high draft picks. DeCastro is one of the exceptions to this rule.

There are many experts who believe he has the talent to go in the top 10 with some solid workouts leading up to the draft.

If he does fall outside of the top 10, there is no way Arizona can let him fall any further.

20. Tennessee Titans—DT Devin Still (Penn State)

Although Penn State had a disastrous season, Devin Still put together a fantastic season with the Nittany Lions.

It was such a great season,that he has lifted himself to the top defensive tackle on some draft boards.

Ever since the departure of Albert Haynesworth, the Titans have lacked that forceful presence in the middle of their defensive line.

The absolute most Still will fall is to the No. 20 slot. There is no way Penn State alumnus Mike Munchak will allow Still to fall any further.


Full 2012 NFL Draft Order

1. Indianapolis
2. St. Louis
3. Minnesota
4. Cleveland
5. Tampa Bay
6. Washington
7. Jacksonville
8/9. Miami
8/9. Carolina
10. Buffalo
11/12. Kansas City
11/12. Seattle
13. Arizona
14. Dallas
15. Philadelphia
16. New York Jets
17. Cincinnati (from Oakland)
18. San Diego
19. Chicago
20. Tennessee
21. Denver
22. Cincinnati
23. Cleveland (from Atlanta)
24. Detroit
25. New York Giants
26. Houston
27. Pittsburgh
28. San Francisco
29. Baltimore
30. New England (from New Orleans)
31. New England
32. Green Bay


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