2012 NFL Mock Draft: Teams That Could Trade Up for Robert Griffin III
While it is widely assumed that the Indianapolis Colts will take Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, the landing spot of Baylor's Robert Griffin III—the No. 2 quarterback in the 2012 NFL draft—is completely up in the air.
Some think he'll go No. 4 to the Cleveland Browns, others are convinced a team will make a deal with the St. Louis Rams (No. 2) or Minnesota Vikings (No. 3) to leapfrog the Browns and take Griffin behind Luck.
For the sake of this argument, let's assume a team will in fact make that move into the No. 2 or 3 slot to take Griffin.
Which teams might be among those who are frantically making calls to St. Louis and Minnesota this April?
This 2012 NFL mock draft takes a highlighted look at those teams that may be looking to trade up to draft Griffin.
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
Could it be that the Browns are the ones who make the move up to No. 2 or 3 to ensure they get him? I wouldn't count it out. Cleveland has draft capital from last April's trade with the Atlanta Falcons, and no one in the organization has committed to Colt McCoy as the starter in 2012.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. Washington Redskins—Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
If owner Daniel Snyder falls in love with Griffin, count the Redskins as the front-runners to trade up and get him. Few teams need a quarterback as badly as Washington, and we all know Daniel Snyder gets what Daniel Snyder wants, no matter what the price or compensation.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars—Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
8. Carolina Panthers—Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
9. Miami Dolphins—Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
The Dolphins could be a dark horse to trade up, but keep in mind the candidates that are currently interviewing to be their new head coach. Joe Philbin, Packers offensive coordinator, might want to bring Matt Flynn with him to Miami. The other two—Mike McCoy and Todd Bowles—would likely be more open to moving up to get Griffin.
10. Buffalo Bills—Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
11. Kansas City Chiefs—Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
12. Seattle Seahawks—Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The Seahawks might be the longest shot to move up. Going from No. 12 to 2 or 3 would be a huge jump, and Pete Carroll could get by another year with Tarvaris Jackson before Matt Barkley comes out in 2013. Still, the need is there, and you'd have to think the Seahawks could push the 49ers next season in the NFC West with a difference-maker at quarterback.
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
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. Houston Texans—Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
27. New England Patriots—Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
28. Green Bay Packers—Nick Perry, OLB, USC
29. New York Giants—Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
30. Baltimore Ravens—Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
31. San Francisco 49ers—Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
32. New England Patriots—Mark Barron, S, Alabama
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