2012 NFL Mock Draft: 4 Late First-Round Picks Who Will Play Right Away

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IFebruary 9, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10:  Jordan Wynn #3 of the Utah Utes passes as he is rushed by Nick Perry #8 of the USC Trojans while blocked by John Cullen #77 of the Utah Utes during the game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Instant impact players are going to come all throughout the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. They will come in all shapes and sizes and at all positions. 

That is what makes the NFL draft so spectacular. A good number of these guys will come in and contribute right away. This doesn't happen in basketball, and it almost never happens in baseball. 

Below is my first round mock draft that pays particular attention to the players drafted at the tail end of the first round that will waste no time making themselves known. 

Langford's 2012 NFL Mock Draft

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

He's Andrew Luck...enough said. 

2. St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Kalil is a physical specimen that will be a disappointment if he is not a Pro Bowler. 

3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

There is a good chance that the Vikings trade back a couple of spots, but whatever they do they will definitely target this standout corner. 

4. Cleveland Browns: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor 

A future with Colt McCoy at QB is going to look a lot less appealing when the Browns have the chance to draft RG III. 

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Richardson will help this sinking offense with his powerful running, sure-handed receiver and excellent blocking. 

6. Washington Redskins: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa 

Reiff is a polished tackle that will be an instant upgrade for the 'Skins. 

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

This passing game needs a spark, and Blackmon will be an instant injection of big play ability. 

8. Carolina Panthers: Devon Still, DT, Penn State 

Carolina has to go defense with this pick, and this disruptive DT is a great place to start. 

9. Miami Dolphins: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

Jonathan Martin will help complete the Dolphins line and give them bookend tackles for years to come. 

10. Buffalo Bills: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The Bills intense need for secondary help will find them looking past Kirkpatrick's character issues. 

11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford 

DeCastro is a fantastic run blocker, and will help the Chiefs get back to their dominant ways on the ground. 

12. Seattle Seahawks:  Vontaze Burfict, LB, ASU

Burfict is an intense (sometimes way to intense) player with a nose for the ball. He will really help complete this promising defense. 

13. Arizona Cardinals: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Wright's speed will require safety attention, and help open up things for Larry Fitzgerald

14. Dallas Cowboys: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

This instinctive linebacker will be an excellent fit in the Cowboys complex defensive schemes. 

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

Coples is a strong man. He has an elite bull rush and will help the Eagles seal of the edge against the run. 

16. New York Jets: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

The Jets need youth and athleticism along the defensive line. Ingram will be a perfect fit. 

17. Cincinnati Bengals via OAK: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

Lamar Miller finishes off runs, and has the speed to break off big plays. He will be a nice addition to the Bengals stable of young skill position players. 

18. San Diego Chargers: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

Denard is an athletic corner that will help complete a promising San Diego secondary. 

19. Chicago Bears: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

Konz is the best center in the draft, and would fill a huge need for the Bears. 

20. Tennessee Titans: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

This hard hitting safety will help the Titans on run defense and slow down opposing TEs. 

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Jenkins is fabulous man-to-man corner that will be nice addition to the Bengals defense. 

22. Cleveland Browns via ATL: Zach Brown, OLB, UNC

This versatile LB will be a nice addition to a promising defense. 

23. Detroit Lions: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia

The Lions need offensive line help, and they need to get a consistent ground game. Glenn will do both of those things. 

This 340-pound road-grading beast is a physical presence in the run game, and will be an instant upgrade for the Lions. Despite his massive size, he still reportedly runs in the 5.2s in the 40. 

He has started since his freshmen year in the SEC, and will be ready to contribute in Week 1 of the NFL season. 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

Adams has all the tools to be great. He just needs the desire. Pittsburgh will draft him with the intention of beating the desire into him. 

25. Denver Broncos: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

The Broncos need interior defensive line help. Cox will give them that and right away. 

While he enters the NFL after just three years of college, he had three years of starting experience in the SEC and will be ready to go. 

Cox will have to add some muscle before he becomes an elite run stuffer, but he will be able to get into the backfield right away. He is an explosive player, and will make an instant impact. 

26. Houston Texans: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Michael Floyd will be held back by character concerns, but he has the skill to be great. 

27. New England Patriots via NO: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

Upshaw is a prototypical OLB in a 3-4. He is strong, has good size at 265 pounds and decent speed. He will also be a perfect fit in New England.

New England has had a revolving door at the OLB position, and somehow Bill Belichick always manages to get good production out of these guys. 

He will get excellent production out of a player as talented as Upshaw. This will be an instant upgrade to New England's pass defense. 

28. Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC

The Packers need serious help on defense. A pass rusher of Perry's pedigree will be a nice start. 

29. Baltimore Ravens: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

Hightower is a heady and versatile LB. He will be groomed to take over for Ray Lewis

30. San Francisco 49ers: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

At 6'4" and 229 pounds, Jeffery has amazing size for a WR. However, this is going to find his draft stock slipping. He carries extra body fat and this will concern teams about his longterm prospects in the NFL. 

However, he won't be eating his way out of the league his first year, and he will be able to make a big impact right away in San Francisco. The 49ers offense desperately needs someone that can stretch the field. 

Jeffery won't do this with speed, but with his size. He also has a good vertical leap and excellent instincts. He will be able to come down with balls that defensive backs can't get to. 

31. New England Patriots: Jared Crick, DL, Nebraska

Crick will be a nice addition of youth and athleticism to the Patriots' defensive line. 

32. New York Giants: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

The Giants don't need another defensive linemen, but they can never seem to get enough of them, and it is working out just fine. 


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