2012 NFL Mock Draft: Identifying 4 Biggest Team Needs, Post-Super Bowl
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck QB Stanford
2. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon WR Okla. St.
The St. Louis Rams have been searching for a wide receiver to pair with Sam Bradford and are lucky that one may fall into their lap in the 2012 draft. This could be a position where some trading happens, but that likely will not preclude the Rams from getting their man in Blackmon. Blackmon has an after the catch ability that has been missing from St. Louis since the days of Torrey Holt.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil OG USC
4. Cleveland Browns: RGIII QB Baylor
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne CB LSU
6. Washington Redskins: Trent Richardson RB Ala.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
8. Carolina Panthers: Devon Still DT Penn St.
9. Miami Dolphins: David DeCastro OG Stanford
10. Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff OT Iowa
The Buffalo Bills made a huge investment in Ryan Fitzpatrick and now they need to invest in protecting him as well. The Bills need to start building a solid offensive line to not only help protect their QB, but also to help keep their ground game on schedule. Reiff is the perfect player to fit their scheme and accomplish that goal.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Jonathan Martin OL Stanford
12. Seattle Seahawks: Dre' Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
13. Arizona Cardinals: Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
14. Dallas Cowboys: Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
The Dallas Cowboys need for a cornerback has been evident for some time, but never more than when Terence Newman was leapfrogged on multiple occasions against the Giants. If Rob Ryan is going to have success, he needs a sure tackling cover-man to help keep his defense on schedule and keep Ryan in Dallas.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Kuechly ILB Boston College
16. New York Jets: Nick Perry DE USC
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Courtney Upshaw DE Alabama (from Oakland Raiders)
18. San Diego Chargers: Fletcher Cox DT Miss. State
19. Chicago Bears: Alshon Jeffrey WR South Carolina
20. Tennessee Titans: Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Cordy Glenn OG Georgia
22. Cleveland Browns: Lamar Miller RB Miami (from Atlanta Falcons)
23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
25. Denver Broncos: Donta' Hightower ILB Alabama
The Denver Broncos' need for a middle linebacker was apparent for much of the season and came to a head when Isaac Redman almost rumbled them out of the playoffs on 3rd-and-short situations. The Broncos have their work cut out for them on offense, but they can't miss the chance to solidify the middle of their defense for a decade with former Alabama captain Donta' Hightower.
26. Houston Texans: Kendall Wright WR Baylor
27. New England Patriots: Dontari Poe DT Memphis (from New Orleans Saints)
28. Green Bay Packers: Zerbie Sanders OT Florida State
29. Baltimore Ravens: Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
30. San Francisco 49ers: Jared Crick DT Nebraska
31. New Enland Patriots: Mark Barron SS Alabama
32. New York Giants: Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
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