2012 NFL Mock Draft: Quarterbacks Guaranteed to be Selected in First Round

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal gestures at the line against the Oklahoma State Cowboys during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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We all know that Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are locks to be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.

But let's take a look at a few other quarterbacks to determine if they are also first-round locks.


Nick Foles, Arizona

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 19:  Quarterback Nick Foles #8 of the Arizona Wildcats throws a pass during the college football game against the Arizona State Sun Devils at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Wildcats defeated the Sun Devi
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If there is another quarterback likely to be selected after round one, it is Foles.

The problem for Foles may be need. Once Luck and Griffin are selected—and Matt Flynn moves to a new team—how much demand will there be in the NFL to select a first-round quarterback?

Teams like the Browns, Redskins and Seahawks are the most likely to go after a quarterback in the first round. And with more talented players left on the board, I'd expect Foles to drop into the early second round.

First round pick: No.


Brock Osweiler, Arizona State

TEMPE, AZ - NOVEMBER 19:  Quarterback Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws a pass during the college football game against the Arizona Wildcats at Sun Devil Stadium on November 19, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen
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Yeah, we all know that Osweiler is really tall, which seems to be his claim to fame.

Well, guess what? So was Dan McGwire when the Seattle Seahawks drafted him with their first-round pick in 1991.

Who's Dan McGwire? you might be asking.


First round pick: No.


Kirk Cousins, Michigan State

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 02: Quarterback Kirk Cousins #8 of the Michigan State Spartans runs the ball against the Georgia Bulldogs in the Outback Bowl January 2, 2012 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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Kirk Cousins sort of answered this one for me. From Justin Rogers of MLive.com:

"I think my greatest strengths are the things that don't always show themselves at a combine, but tend to show themselves on a Sunday or Saturday afternoon in front of 75,000 people in a stadium or on national TV," Cousins said in an interview with WBBL-FM Grand Rapids.  "Those things are intelligence, decision-making, composure, leadership."

For a guy like Cousins to get sniffed in the first round, he'd have to have a killer combine. Seeing as not even he thinks that will happen, I don't see him going in the first round.

First round pick: No.


Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

COLLEGE STATION, TX - NOVEMBER 24:  Ryan Tannehill #17 of the Texas A&M Aggies throws a pass against the Texas Longhorns in the second half of a game at Kyle Field on November 24, 2011 in College Station, Texas. (Photo by Darren Carroll/Getty Images)
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B/R's scouting guru, Matt Miller, compared him to Ryan Fitzpatrick.

That's all I really needed to hear.

First round pick: No.


To summarize, only Luck and Griffin will go in this year's first round. Here is the rest of my current mock:

* The Indianapolis Colts will trade the top overall pick to the Cleveland Browns for the Browns' fourth and 26th picks in the first round, along with their second and fourth-round pick this year and first and second-round picks next year.

STILLWATER, OK - OCTOBER 29:  Quarterback Robert Griffin III #10 of the Baylor Bears looks to throw in the first half against the Oklahoma State Cowboys on October 29, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma State defeated Baylor
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** The Redskins, worried the Colts might take Robert Griffin III at No. 4, trade the sixth pick in the first round, along with their third-round pick this year and second next year for St. Louis' second overall pick.

*** From Oakland in the Carson Palmer trade.

****From New Orleans in last year's Mark Ingram trade.


No. Team Player Position College
1. Cleveland Browns*  Andrew Luck
2. Washington Redskins**
 Robert Griffin III
3. Minnesota Vikings  Matt Kalil  OT USC
4. Indianapolis Colts*  Morris Claiborne
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers  Justin Blackmon
Oklahoma State
6. St. Louis Rams**
 Alshon Jeffery
South Carolina
7. Jacksonville Jaguars  Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
8. Carolina Panthers  Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
9. Miami Dolphins  Riley Reiff RT
10. Buffalo Bills  Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama
11. Kansas City Chiefs  Trent Richardson
12. Seattle Seahawks  Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
13. Arizona Cardinals  Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
14. Dallas Cowboys  David DeCastro OG
15. Philadelphia Eagles  Luke Kuechly MLB Boston College
16. New York Jets  Nick Perry
17. Cincinnati Bengals***
 Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
18. San Diego Chargers  Michael Floyd
Notre Dame
19. Chicago Bears  Mike Adams
Ohio State
20. Tennessee Titans  Melvin Ingram
DE South Carolina
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Miller
22. Indianapolis Colts*
Vontaze Burfict
Arizona State
23. Detroit Lions  Peter Konz
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Dontari Poe
25. Denver Broncos
Devon Still
Penn State
26. Houston Texans
Kendall Wright
WR Baylor
27. New England Patriots****
Jamell Fleming
CB Oklahoma
28. Green Bay Packers
Michael Brockers
29. New York Giants
Alfonzo Dennard
CB Nebraska
30. Baltimore Ravens
Jared Crick
31. San Francisco 49ers
Mohamaed Sanu
WR Rutgers
32. New England Patriots
Chandler Jones
OLB Syracuse


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