2012 NFL Mock Draft: Full Predictions for Rounds 1 & 2
A week ago, I released the latest version of my mock draft. This week, I am going to build upon that with not just an updated version, but we're going to take a look into the second round.
With just under a month to go before the 2012 NFL Draft, it's time to start gearing up for non-stop draft talk—and in that spirit, let's take a look at my projection for the first two rounds of the 2012 draft.
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck
Andrew Luck is the most hyped-about quarterback prospect in recent memory. There is no reason why he shouldn't be the first selection in the 2012 NFL draft.
Luck is projected to be a once-in-a-decade quarterback.
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III
The Washington Redskins traded up to No. 2 overall for a season. And that reason was to draft Baylor's Robert Griffin III.
This is certainly the best possible scenario for the Redskins.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil
Like Andrew Luck, I believe that Matt Kalil is a once-in-a-decade offensive tackle.
The Minnesota Vikings have a quarterback in Christian Ponder; now they need to equip him with proper protection. Drafting the USC product would be the best decision for the franchise.
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson
The Cleveland Browns missed out on Robert Griffin III and Matt Flynn while seeing Peyton Hillis leave town.
With that being said, the Browns will be looking to add some punch to their offense. There's no better way to do so than by drafting Alabama's Trent Richardson.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne
I believe that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be taking the best available player at this point—whether it's Trent Richardson or Morris Claiborne.
In this case, it's the draft's top cornerback in Claiborne out of LSU.
6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon
The St. Louis Rams lost Brandon Lloyd via free agency to the New England Patriots and they certainly need to find a replacement to help out quarterback Sam Bradford.
With that being said, Justin Blackmon is the best available wide receiver in the 2012 draft class.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Quinton Coples
The Jacksonville Jaguars are dying without a pass-rusher—they need to find some help immediately.
With that being said, North Carolina's Quinton Coples is the most appealing pick at this point for the Jags, as he has a ton of potential with major upside to be one of the top pass-rushers in a few seasons.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill
I really like Ryan Tannehill at this spot for the Miami Dolphins.
The Dolphins missed out on both Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, so they'll gladly welcome Tannehill to sit on the bench and develop for a few seasons behind the recently signed David Garrard and/or Matt Moore.
9. Carolina Panthers: Riley Reiff
The Carolina Panthers may need a defensive tackle, but I believe that they need to continue building around their best player, Cam Newton.
Riley Reiff is a dominant offensive tackle prospect that has a ton of potential and upside.
10. Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd
I had Michael Floyd going to the Buffalo Bills a week ago and I'm sticking with it.
I really think that the Bills are looking to make some major moves this offseason, as they signed Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. Adding a guy like Floyd would be just as major a splash as those signings.
11. Kansas City: David DeCastro
Drafting David DeCastro would be a very wise choice for the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Chiefs badly need an offensive guard and the Stanford product is one of the most appealing and talented offensive guard prospects in recent memory.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly
Luke Kuechly was a beastly tackling machine while with the Boston College Eagles and will be just as good with the Seattle Seahawks. He is the premier inside linebacker that the 2012 class has to offer.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin
The Arizona Cardinals may have re-signed left tackle Levi Brown, but I still believe that they need to find an upgrade at the position immediately.
With that being said, Stanford's Jonathan Martin is the best available and could certainly be a first-year impact player.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Nick Perry
Rob Ryan and the Dallas Cowboys could certainly use some help in their pass-rush department and USC's Nick Perry is the best available.
Perry is extremely athletic while still being very physically talented.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox
The Philadelphia Eagles will no longer be looking for an inside linebacker, since they traded for DeMeco Ryans.
With that being said, the Eagles will take a look at Mississippi State's defensive tackle Fletcher Cox with this pick.
16. New York Jets: Melvin Ingram
Rex Ryan and the New York Jets are known for putting pressure on the quarterback—but they failed to do so last season.
Melvin Ingram is the perfect solution for the Jets, as he's the best available pass-rusher on my board and he would certainly bring a ton of talent in the pass-rush department for New York.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Kendall Wright
The Cincinnati Bengals don't have too many holes heading into the 2012 draft, but drafting a guy like Kendall Wright would be a huge addition to their offense.
Wright would flourish playing opposite A.J. Green, especially with Andy Dalton at quarterback and BenJarvus Green-Ellis at running back.
18. San Diego Chargers: Courtney Upshaw
Alabama's Courtney Upshaw is the best pass-rusher available and should fit perfectly in San Diego's 3-4 defensive system.
Upshaw is extremely versatile as he could potential play as defensive end or outside linebacker in the 3-4.
19. Chicago Bears: Coby Fleener
The Chicago Bears haven't really used the tight end position over the past few seasons under Mike Martz, but with Mike Tice as the new offensive coordinator, adding Stanford's Coby Fleener would be a move that I could see the team making.
20. Tennessee Titans: Peter Konz
The Tennessee Titans need help at the center position, so I see them drafting this year's top center in Peter Konz.
The Wisconsin product is an immediate starter for the Titans and will be a nice asset in the running game.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick
As far as I'm concerned, Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick is the second-best cornerback available in the 2012 draft and would be a great addition to the Cincinnati Bengals.
The Bengals need some help at the cornerback position, so why not add a guy as talented as Kirkpatrick? Makes perfect sense if he's available.
22. Cleveland Browns: Mike Adams
The Cleveland Browns need to continue building their offense with talent at all of their positions.
With that being said, one hole that they really need to fill is offensive tackle and Ohio State's Mike Adams is the best available on my board.
23. Detroit Lions: Stephon Gilmore
The Detroit Lions will be selecting a cornerback at this pick no matter what—it will just be whichever one is the best available.
In this case, it's South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower
The Pittsburgh Steelers will look to add depth at the linebacker position in the 2012 draft and Dont'a Hightower is the perfect fit. He can play multiple positions for the Steelers.
25. Denver Broncos: Devon Still
The Denver Broncos need to find a defensive tackle.
Penn State's Devon Still is the best defensive tackle available at this point. John Fox and the Broncos should look his way come draft day.
26. Houston Texans: Stephen Hill
Stephen Hill is exactly what the Houston Texans need opposite of Andre Johnson.
The Texans have been lacking a true No. 2 wide receiver over the past few seasons and Hill could fill that void.
27. New England Patriots: Michael Brockers
Bill Belichick and the New England Patriots will have no choice but to draft Michael Brockers with this pick, as he offers a ton of value and is simply too talented to pass on.
Brockers was a dominant pass-rusher on the defensive line at LSU and offers a ton of potential at the NFL level.
28. Green Bay Packers: Whitney Mercilus
Whitney Mercilus could bring some stability to the Green Bay Packers defense. He could emerge as the team's starting outside linebacker opposite Clay Matthews.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Alshon Jeffery
With the players available on the board, the Baltimore Ravens may want to trade out of this spot right now.
However, Alshon Jeffery could certainly be a possible choice for the Ravens at No. 29, as they're lacking depth at the wide receiver position.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Cordy Glenn
The San Francisco 49ers need some help in the interior part of their offensive line and as of right now, Georgia's Cordy Glenn is the best available option for the team.
Glenn was a beastly blocker for Georgia and his talent should translate at the NFL level.
31. New England Patriots: Janoris Jenkins
If Janoris Jenkins is available at No. 31, then the New England Patriots have to grab him.
He may have a questionable character, but he is one of the most talented cornerbacks that the 2012 draft class has to offer and could be an immediate starter for the team.
32. New York Giants: Doug Martin
With the New York Giants parting ways with running back Brandon Jacobs, the team will ultimately have to look for a replacement this offseason and could very well look at Boise State's Doug Martin.
Martin could be a first-year impact player and split carries with Ahmad Bradshaw.
33. St. Louis Rams: Lamar Miller
The St. Louis Rams may have Steven Jackson, but they need to add some depth behind him at the running back position.
Miami's Lamar Miller is the best available option for the Rams at No. 33.
34. Indianapolis Colts: Chris Polk
Chris Polk would be an incredible option for Andrew Luck if the Indianapolis Colts were to bring him in.
He's a dangerous runner that can do some damage as a receiver.
35. Minnesota Vikings: Jamell Fleming
The Minnesota Vikings already addressed one need at offensive tackle with Matt Kalil and will address another need at cornerback with the selection of Jamell Fleming.
36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Mark Barron
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers just simply need help in the back end of their defense. Adding someone like Mark Barron would be a quality pickup.
Barron is the best available safety in the 2012 draft class and should have a solid NFL career.
37. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Weeden
The Cleveland Browns may have Colt McCoy, but I believe that they'll look for the future by drafting Brandon Weeden and grooming him behind McCoy.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mohamed Sanu
The Jacksonville Jaguars already added Laurent Robinson via free agency. Adding Mohamed Sanu could turn the Jags' wide receiver corps into a rather talented one.
39. St. Louis Rams: Jerel Worthy
One of the St. Louis Rams' biggest needs is defensive tackle.
Michigan State's Jerel Worthy is incredibly talented but does have some question marks regarding his work ethic.
40. Carolina Panthers: Jared Crick
Jared Crick may have had an injury-plagued career at Nebraska, but he is extremely talented and plays with a high motor.
Crick could certainly fill the defensive lineman hole for the Carolina Panthers.
41. Buffalo Bills: Kelechi Osomele
Iowa State's Kelechi Osemele is the best available offensive tackle at this point of the draft. The Buffalo Bills certainly need to add some depth at their offensive tackle position—especially the left side.
42. Miami Dolphins: Vinny Curry
As the Miami Dolphins shift towards the 4-3 defense, adding defensive end Vinny Curry would be a wise decision. He's a talented pass-rusher with a ton of upside.
43. Seattle Seahawks: Kevin Zeitler
Robert Gallery was not a good fit this past season with the Seattle Seahawks, so they'll have to look for his replacement via the 2012 draft.
Wisconsin's Kevin Zeitler is the best available right now and could be an immediate starter for the Seahawks.
44. Kansas City Chiefs: Zach Brown
The Kansas City Chiefs will be looking for a linebacker in this year's draft and Zach Brown would be a steal at this point.
Many believe that Brown is the best linebacker in the 2012 class, which would make him quite the selection for the Chiefs at No. 44.
45. Dallas Cowboys: Dontari Poe
I'm not buying all the hype with Dontari Poe, which leads me to believe that he'll fall to the middle of second round, where I'm sure that the Dallas Cowboys would welcome him aboard.
46. Philadelphia Eagles: David Wilson
LeSean McCoy is one of the most dominant running backs in the NFL today, but he doesn't have a true backup—someone that could spell him a few times.
With that being said, adding David Wilson could turn Philly's offense upside down—in a good way.
47. New York Jets: Rueben Randle
Plaxico Burress will not be back in 2012, which means that the New York Jets will be searching for a replacement. LSU's Rueben Randle is a talented option.
48. New England Patriots: Andre Branch
The New England Patriots could always use help in the pass-rush department. Adding the versatile Andre Branch would be a smart move, as the team has already lost defensive end Mark Anderson via free agency to the Buffalo Bills.
49. San Diego Chargers: Brandon Thompson
Believe it or not, the San Diego Chargers are an extremely talented team with little needs.
However, adding depth along their defensive line wouldn't be such a bad idea by drafting Clemson's Brandon Thompson.
50. Chicago Bears: Mitchell Schwartz
The Chicago Bears need help along their offensive line at just about every single position.
The best available on my board right now is California's offensive linemen Mitchell Schwartz. He'd certainly fill some holes for the Bears.
51. Philadelphia Eagles: Trumaine Johnson
Trumaine Johnson not only brings depth but versatility to the Philadelphia Eagles secondary. He can line up as a free safety or at cornerback.
52. Tennessee Titans: Jayron Holsey
With Cortland Finnegan leaving via free agency, the Tennessee Titans badly need a new cornerback.
With that being said, the Titans should look at Virginia Tech's Jayron Hosley.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Amini Silatolu
The Cincinnati Bengals could use some help along their offensive line. Drafting Midwestern State's Amini Silatolu wouldn't be all that bad of an idea, as he plays with a high motor and has a ton of potential.
54. Detroit Lions: Shea McClellin
The Detroit Lions may have re-signed Stephen Tulloch, but they could still add some more bodies at that position. Boise State's Shea McClellin offers a ton of value and should fit in just nicely with the Lions.
55. Atlanta Falcons: Dwayne Allen
Tight end Tony Gonzalez isn't going to be around forever, so the Atlanta Falcons need to start looking towards the future. Adding Clemson's Dwayne Allen is exactly what they should do.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bernard Pierce
With Rashard Mendenhall being out for a significant amount of time due to his torn ACL, the Pittsburgh Steelers should look to add another body in their backfield.
Temple's Bernard Pierce offers potential and could be a solid option for the Steelers in 2012.
57. Denver Broncos: Alfonzo Dennard
The Denver Broncos could use to add another body in their secondary. Champ Bailey isn't going to play forever.
Nebraska's Alfonzo Dennard is quite the talent and many would believe that he'd be quite the steal at 57th overall for the Broncos.
58. Houston Texans: Chandler Jones
The Houston Texans need to find someone to replace the giant loss of Mario Williams.
With that being said, Syracuse's Chandler Jones certainly wouldn't be Mario Williams, but he'd be a nice addition to help take on the production that Williams once had.
59. New Orleans Saints: NO PICK
This pick has been forfeited due to the team's "Bountygate" punishments.
60. Green Bay Packers: Casey Hayward
The Green Bay Packers had one of the most putrid secondaries in all of the NFL last season and should certainly look to add some more pieces to it.
Cornerback Casey Hayward may not be an immediate starter, but he'd be a quality addition to the team's cornerback corps.
61. Baltimore Ravens: Bobby Wagner
The Baltimore Ravens need to start looking to infuse some more youth into their aging defense—especially the linebacker position.
Ray Lewis doesn't have too many years left. Bobby Wagner out of Utah State could be a potential replacement down the road.
62. San Francisco 49ers: Josh Robinson
Josh Robinson may not be a well-known prospect, but he was a very productive cornerback for Central Florida and his level of play could certainly translate well into the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers.
63. New England Patriots: George Iloka
The New England Patriots will likely look to go all defense in the 2012 draft. They'll certainly look to improve their putrid secondary from a year ago.
George Iloka out of Boise State is a solid strong safety option and could do well as a rotational player for the Patriots.
64. New York Giants: T.Y. Hilton
Now that Mario Manningham has moved on and signed with the San Francisco 49ers, the New York Giants will simply have to look to add some depth at this position.
FIU's T.Y. Hilton is a very talented receiver that may not be an immediate impact player for the Giants, but could contribute in 2012 and down the road.