2012 NFL Mock Draft: Identifying the Biggest Risks in the First Round
In our 2012 NFL mock draft, we highlight the three riskiest prospects that are scheduled to go in the first round:
1. Indianapolis Colts—Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. St. Louis Rams—Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
3. Minnesota Vikings—Matt Kalil, OT, USC
4. Cleveland Browns—Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. Washington Redskins—Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
7. Jacksonville Jaguars—Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
8. Carolina Panthers—Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
There are a couple of red flags currently on Floyd that could hurt his stock in April. The first is obviously the drunk driving ticket he received last summer. Teams are really going to dig into that violation at the combine.
However, Floyd also has to worry about past injury issues (injuries in each of his first three seasons) and a lack of top-end speed. While he is supremely talented, Floyd doesn't come without risks.
9. Miami Dolphins—Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
10. Buffalo Bills—Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
11. Kansas City Chiefs—Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
12. Seattle Seahawks—Devon Still, DT, Penn State
13. Arizona Cardinals—Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
14. Dallas Cowboys—Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
15. Philadelphia Eagles—Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
16. New York Jets—Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
17. Cincinnati Bengals—Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
18. San Diego Chargers—David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
19. Chicago Bears—Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Jenkins had his share of legal troubles at the University of Florida. A year away from the top level of college football has to be concerning, too. NFL teams will be grilling him come the combine about the former. Any more red flags could see Jenkins fall out of the first round.
20. Tennessee Titans—Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
21. Cincinnati Bengals—Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
22. Cleveland Browns—Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
23. Detroit Lions—Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
24. Pittsburgh Steelers—Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
25. Denver Broncos—Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
26. New York Giants—Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
27. Houston Texans—Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
28. Baltimore Ravens—Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
The size and talent that Burfict possesses is what every NFL GM wants in a middle linebacker, regardless of scheme. However, it's the lack of awareness upstairs that will get Burfict in trouble at the next level.
The film from him this season isn't exactly overwhelming enough to ignore some of the mental worries. He needs to land in a good situation to thrive.
29. New England Patriots—Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
30. San Francisco 49ers—Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
31. New England Patriots—Mark Barron, S, Alabama
32. Green Bay Packers—Nick Perry, OLB, USC
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