Welcome to my first version of the 2012 first 10 picks of the NFL draft. Obviously the draft is about 24 days away so much could change in the next month, and I will be updating my mock between now and then to represent those changes.
Although I think there will be plenty of trading going on during draft day, I'm just going to leave teams in their draft positions as they are now.
Feel free to comment on anything you disagree with, but lets keep this civil!
Here we go...
The Colts get "the most NFL ready prospect since John Elway" to hopefully bring them another decade of excellence at the QB position.
Washington Redskins (via St. Louis) —Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
The Redskins select the QB from Baylor who brings track speed, a great arm/accuracy and incredible intelligence/intangibles. RG3 could be the franchise QB that Washington has been desperate to have for over a decade.
Minnesota Vikings—Matt Kalil, LT, USC
Kalil is a solid prospect at the LT position. He has size, mobility, strength and great footwork. He excels in passing as well as run blocking. Hopefully for the Vikings, Kalil can come in and solidify the left side of their line for years to come.
Cleveland Browns—Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
It is no question that the Browns need offensive talent. A RB like Richardson, who would bring power and speed, as well as reliable hands out of the backfield, would do wonders for Cleveland's offense. The Browns could go for a WR here, but Richardson might be the safer choice.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
St. Louis Rams—Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
The Rams desperately need to give QB Sam Bradford some reliable targets to throw the ball to. Blackmon has been the best WR in the NCAA the past two seasons and would give the Rams an actual threat outside.
Jacksonville Jaguars—Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Jacksonville needs a WR to give slot man Mike Thomas some help and to help young QB Blaine Gabbert. Floyd could immediately step in and be a valuable asset on offense to grow with Gabbert and take defenders away from the aforementioned Thomas and TE Mercedes Lewis.
Miami Dolphins—Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
Matt Moore played well down the stretch for Miami last season, but this is a new regime. Mike Sherman, the new OC who coached Tannehill at A&M, may want to grab the Dolphins' QB of the future here.
Carolina Panthers—Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The Panthers' run defense last season was abysmal, and although this was in part due to their injuries at LB they need a big body to solidify the inside of the DLine. Brockers would also help the outside pass rush with his ability get in the backfield from the inside of the line.
Buffalo Bills—Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Bills need help at the OT position, and Reiff would bring them a solid prospect to complete either side of the line. He is big and has good footwork; he will be able to boost the Bills' pass and run blocking.
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