2012 NFL Mock Draft: Big Names Could Drop on Draft Day

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Big Names Could Drop on Draft Day
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I did a mock draft for USA Today, which is on stands now in their 2012 Draft Preview magazine, but my first “real” mock draft is published in the New York Times today.  Click the link to check it out, and feel free to leave comments regarding my somewhat surprising selection for Dallas.

A couple of notes:

  • Click on a player’s name to read my scouting report and watch his film.
  • The second name under each team refers to a different potential draft pick for that squad, based on who is left in this particular mock draft.

 

2012 NFL Mock Draft

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

  • Is RGIII a possibility here?  I actually think he’s superior to Luck.

Other: None

 

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

  • Could you imagine being a Redskins fan and becoming upset if Luck falls to this spot?

Other: None

 

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

  • Kalil is the top tackle prospect I have watched in years.  He’s going to be an All-Pro in the NFL

Other: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

 

4. Cleveland Browns: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

  • There is a good chance the Browns try to move out of this spot, but Claiborne, Trent Richardson, Justin Blackmon and perhaps even Riley Reiff are all options if they stick around.

Other: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

 

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

  • This is a crucial pick for Richardson, because if he falls past No. 5, he could drop a bit. Actually, I think there’s an outside chance Richardson doesn’t get selected in the first 12 picks.

Other: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

 

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

  • I really debated putting offensive tackle Riley Reiff here, in which case Jacksonville might select Blackmon at No. 7.

Other: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

 

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

  • Could Jacksonville surprise everyone and select quarterback Ryan Tannehill?

Other: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

 

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

  • If Miami doesn’t select Tannehill, he will still probably be picked in this range by a team that moves up.

Other: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

 

9. Carolina Panthers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

  • I don’t think Poe should go anywhere near this high, but some team will fall in love with his athleticism.

Other: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

 

10. Buffalo Bills: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

  • The Bills could pair Coples with Mario Williams for one of the league’s top pass-rush duos for the next decade.

Other: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

 

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

  • After thinking about team needs and Ingram’s skills, I think this is the lowest he could possibly fall.

Other: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

 

12. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

  • Kuechly’s surprising combine performance proved he’s the real deal. Athleticism and incredible production.

Other: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

 

13. Arizona Cardinals: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

  • The Cardinals need help in a lot of places, the offensive line being perhaps the most pressing.

Other: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

 

Click here to see the rest of my mock draft, including the Cowboys’ No. 14 overall selection.

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