2012 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting Picks for Remaining Playoff Teams

Zach Kruse@@zachkruse2Senior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2012

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 09:  Linebacker Vontaze Burfict #7 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game against the Missouri Tigers at Sun Devil Stadium on September 9, 2011 in Tempe, Arizona. The Sun Devils defeated the Tigers 37-30 in overtime.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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In our 2012 NFL Mock Draft, we take a highlighted look at who the four remaining playoff teams—New York Giants, San Francisco 49ers, Baltimore Ravens and New England Patriots—might take in the first round this April.

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

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—Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

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

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 12:  Linebacker Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide lines up against the Mississippi State Bulldogs on November 12, 2011 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. Alabama won 24-7. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty
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29.  New York Giants—Dont'a Hightower, LB Alabama

The Giants defense has obviously risen to the challenge of their last four games, but where their defensive 11 has the most holes is at linebacker, a position in New York that lacks any true playmakers. Hightower has concerns about his sideline-to-sideline speed, but few linebackers can match his overall football instincts.    

TEMPE, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24:   Vontaze Burfict #7 of the Arizona State Sun Devils points and yells at quarterback Matt Barkley #7 of the University of Southern California Trojans just prior to a play at Sun Devil Stadium on September 24, 2011 in Tempe, Arizo
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30.  Baltimore Ravens—Vontaze Burfict, LB Arizona State

There are obvious red flags about Burfict's attitude and aggressiveness, but what better team could he land on than the Baltimore Ravens? They need a long-term replacement plan for Ray Lewis, and Lewis could help mentor and straighten out the erratic Burfict. It's a win-win situation for a talented but erratic football player. 

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NOVEMBER 19:  Mohamed Sanu #6 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights fails to catch a pass from Chas Dodd #19 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during a game against the Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick
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31.  San Francisco 49ers—Mohamed Sanu, WR Rutgers

The 49ers have a roster that lacks an obvious weakness, but after releasing Braylon Edwards and watching Michael Crabtree lock up in the playoff spotlight, adding a receiver is likely high on San Francisco's draft list. Sanu was highly productive at Rutgers and should put forth solid pre-draft workout numbers.  

OXFORD, MS - OCTOBER 15:  Defensive back Mark Barron #4 of the Alabama Crimson Tide lines up against Mississippi on October 15, 2011 at Vaught- Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)
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32.  New England Patriots—Mark Barron, S, Alabama

It goes without saying that the Patriots struggled for most of 2011 stopping the pass. A part of that problem was the rotation at safety, and the Patriots haven't really had a dependable guy at that position since the days of Lawyer Milloy and Rodney Harrison. Barron could be an instant starter in 2012.


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