2012 NFL Mock Draft: Identifying 4 Biggest Team Needs, Post-Super Bowl

Adam OdekirkContributor IIFebruary 6, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys catches a 67-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against Chase Thomas #44 of the Stanford Cardina during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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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

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05:  (L-R) Trey Stross #86 and Riley Reiff #77 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrate after Iowa won 24-14  against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens,
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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

LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 25: Cornerback Alfonzo Dennard #15 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers trips up wide receiver Keenan Davis #6 of the Iowa Hawkeyes during their game at Memorial Stadium November 25, 2011 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Iowa 20-7. (P
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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

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Dont'a Hightower #30 of the Alabama Crimson Tide calls the defense against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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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