Mel Kiper 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Breaking Down Kiper's Mock 2.0

Use your ← → (arrow) keys to browse more stories
Mel Kiper 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Breaking Down Kiper's Mock 2.0
Chris McGrath/Getty Images

With free agency and the NFL combine right around the corner, ESPN's long-standing draft expert Mel Kiper put out his second NFL mock draft on Wednesday.

Let's take a quick look at the picks Kiper made and how they stack up:

 

1. Indianapolis Colts: QB Andrew Luck

No brainer. Luck is the consensus pick here.

2. St. Louis Rams: WR Justin Blackmon

Kiper mentions the possibility of a trade down here, which most assume will happen come draft day.

3. Minnesota Vikings: OT Matt Kalil

The Vikings need to protect Christian Ponder, and Kalil is the best available offensive tackle.

4. Cleveland Browns: QB Robert Griffin III

As of mid-February, the chances Griffin makes it to the fourth pick remain remote.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: RB Trent Richardson

The Buccaneers weren't a good running team in 2011, and LeGarrette Blount might not be an every-down back.

6. Washington Redskins: CB Morris Claiborne

The value for Claiborne at No. 6 certainly fits.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Quinton Coples

The Jaguars are in great need of pass rush, and Coples might be the top 4-3 defensive end in the draft.

8. Carolina Panthers: DT Michael Brockers

As the Panthers continue to build a young, talented roster, defensive line remains a huge need.

9, Miami Dolphins: OT Riley Reiff

A combination of Jake Long and Riley Reiff at offensive tackle might eventually rank as the top in the NFL.

10. Buffalo Bills: LB Courtney Upshaw

The only way the Bills are going to take the next step is if they add pressure on defense. Upshaw is a versatile pass rusher who can contribute right away.

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Kuechly

Kuechly could team with Derrick Johnson in the middle of Kansas City's 3-4 defense.

12. Seattle Seahawks: DE Melvin Ingram

The Seahawks aren't missing many pieces on defense, but pass rusher opposite Chris Clemons is one.

13. Arizona Cardinals: OT Jonathan Martin

The Cardinals may have to replace overpaid left tackle Levi Brown this offseason.

14. Dallas Cowboys: S Mark Barron

Is a rehabbing Barron too risky to pick at No. 14?

15. Philadelphia Eagles: DT Fletcher Cox

Linebacker is the biggest need in Philadelphia, but the Giants proved you can never have enough good pass rushers.

16. New York Jets: G Cordy Glenn

The Jets have to get back to the identity that got them to back-to-back AFC Championship games, and helping the running game with a mauler at guard is a start.

17. Cincinnati Bengals: CB Dre Kirkpatrick

The Bengals didn't have a replacement for Johnathan Joseph in 2011, and Leon Hall is recovering from a knee injury.

18. San Diego Chargers: WR Michael Floyd

Losing VIncent Jackson in free agency makes receiver a need for the Chargers.

19. Chicago Bears: OT Mike Adams

Receiver is a big need for Chicago, but Adams would give the Bears a young tackle combination with 2011 first rounder Gabe Carimi. 

20. Tennessee Titans: DE Whitney Mercilus

The Titans defense struggled at times to generate pass rush in 2011, which is something Mercilus showed he can provide by bringing down a nation-high 16 quarterbacks during his senior year.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: G David DeCastro

The Bengals would do backflips if the top guard in the class fell to them at No. 21. 

22. Cleveland Browns: WR Kendall Wright

Wright to the Browns at No. 22 gives Cleveland a taste of Waco, Texas, as Kiper had Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III to the Browns at No. 4. 

23. Detroit Lions: CB Janoris Jenkins

The Lions lack of depth in the secondary hurt them down the stretch in 2011.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: DT Dontari Poe

An aging defensive front would get a big lift from an infusion of youth. 

25. Denver Broncos: DT Devon Still

The Broncos have the horses to rush the passer from the edge, now it's time to add a threat inside.

26. Houston Texans: DT Jerel Worthy

The Texans continue to stock Wade Phillips' defense with horses up front. 

27. New England Patriots: OLB Vinny Curry

It would be interesting to see how Bill Belichick could use an electric athlete like Curry in the Patriots' defense. 

28. Green Bay Packers: S Harrison Smith

We won't know until March if safety is a first-round need for the Packers. Nick Collins' neck injury holds the cards at that position. 

29. Baltimore Ravens: C Peter Konz

Konz would be a natural replacement for veteran center Matt Birk in Baltimore. 

30. San Francisco 49ers: WR Rueben Randle

Randle would cross off the 49ers need for another pass-catching option in Jim Harbaugh's offense.

31. New England Patriots: DT Kendall Reyes

I think Patriots fans could have a problem if the team doesn't add secondary help in the first round. 

32. New York Giants: TE Dwayne Allen

A vertical tight end threat would put the Giants offense in the Packers-Saints-Patriots range in 2012. 

Follow Tennessee Titans from B/R on Facebook

Follow Tennessee Titans from B/R on Facebook and get the latest updates straight to your newsfeed!

Out of Bounds

Tennessee Titans

Subscribe Now

By signing up for our newsletter, you agree to our Terms and Privacy Policy.

Thanks for signing up.