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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mocking the First Three Rounds

James ChristensenContributor IOctober 26, 2016

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Mocking the First Three Rounds

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    Dis-information. Subterfuge. Espionage. No, I am not giving you the plot synopsis for Matt Damon's next spy flick. We're talking about April and the NFL Draft.

    After trying to sift out which sources are telling the truth and which are merely blowing smoke, here is my prediction for the first three rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft.

Picks 1-8

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    1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

    Forget all the Robert Griffin talk. Andrew Luck is already getting sized for his horseshoe.


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

    Griffin is already learning the Redskins offense - there is no doubt that he will be a Redskin by the end of April.


    3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OL, USC

    Unless there is a surprise trade up for Ryan Tannehill here, the Vikings will pick the best left tackle in the draft—Matt Kalil.


    4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

    Richardson is by far the safest pick for the Browns here. They could take a gamble on Ryan Tannehill here, but taking a stud running back might just be too easy.


    5. Tampa Bay BuccaneersMorris Claiborne, CB, LSU

    After losing out on Richardson, taking the best cover corner in the draft is a pretty nice consolation prize.


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

    I imagine that the Rams will probably try and trade this pick as well, but if they don't, it makes sense for them to pick the best offensive weapon the board.


    7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

    Blackmon and Floyd are pretty close on many people's draft boards. The Jaguars really need to land one of the two.


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

    Tannehill is not a project. He could use some development, but I'm confident he could start by the middle of this season.

Picks 9-16

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    9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

    If the Panthers want help for their front seven, they need not look further than Chapel Hill. Coples is going to be a force in the NFL.


    10. Buffalo Bills: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

    A lot of Bills fans won't like this pick, but Buddy Nix will. Glenn will give the Bills the versatility they need at all four non-center positions.


    11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DL, Mississippi State

    Cox, who will turn 21 this September, may ultimately be the best defensive prospect from the 2012 NFL Draft. Scott Pioli will not be able to pass him up.


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

    Kuechly just likes to tackle people. He is athletic enough to get the job done in the NFL and his instincts and football IQ are second to none.


    13. Arizona Cardinals: Riley Reiff, OL, Iowa

    If the Cardinals don't pick Reiff here, there should be a congressional inquiry. They need offensive line help in the worst way.


    14. Dallas Cowboys: Dontari Poe, DL, Memphis

    I'm not sure Jerry Jones can pass up the athletic Poe here, even though adding Peter Konz or Mark Barron might make more sense initially.


    15. Philadelphia Eagles.Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

    If there is a team that can help Ingram be successful in the NFL—I have my doubts—it is the Eagles. They can play him in space and see if he can win consistently.


    16. New York Jets: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

    The safety play from the Jets last year was pretty abysmal. Adding Barron—who is much more than just an in-the-box strong safety—is a no-brainer.

Picks 17-24

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    17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland): Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

    Gilmore has the size, speed and skill combination to really make a huge impact as a rookie. It wouldn't surprise me to see him go even higher.


    18. San Diego Chargers: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

    Upshaw is the hard-nosed football player that the Chargers need in their front seven. He's not a workout warrior, he is a warrior on Sundays.


    19. Chicago Bears: David DeCastro, OL, Stanford

    DeCastro is probably the safest pick in the entire draft. Even though the Bears probably want an OT or WR, they might not be able to pass on him.


    20. Tennessee Titans: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

    Tapping Kirkpatrick to replace Cortland Finnegan makes a lot of sense. He can play the run, in zone and is improving in man coverage.


    21. Cincinnati Bengals: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

    Konz is easily the best center in the draft, but his injury problems are a concern. If the Bengals are comfortable with Konz medically, he will be the pick.


    22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

    Whether Wright plays the slot, outside, or both, I would be shocked if he wasn't a very productive receiver as a rookie.


    23. Detroit Lions: Jonathan Martin, OL, Stanford

    I'm not as high on Martin as others, but he certainly has made things easier for Andrew Luck these last few years.


    24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

    The Steelers seem to gravitate toward these physical, versatile defenders. Hightower has a chance to be just as good as current Steelers Lawrence Timmons, James Harrison and LaMarr Woodley.

Picks 25-32

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    25. Denver Broncos: Michael Brockers, DL, LSU

    They just don't make enough people as big as Brockers to go around. Whether he plays 3-4 DE or 4-3 DT, Brockers could make a "big" difference.


    26. Houston Texans: Mike Adams, OL, Ohio State

    The Texans will be tempted to reach for a receiver here, but addressing the right tackle position makes sense. The draft is loader with talented receivers.


    27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans)Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

    Hosley is a ball-hawking corner that isn't afraid to throw himself in the run game. He would instantly upgrade the Patriots secondary.


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

    I love Nick Perry's skill-set. Playing the 3-4 OLB position opposite Clay Matthews, Perry is going to make life difficult for opposing quarterbacks.


    29. Baltimore Ravens: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

    The Ravens have a lot of needs other places, but adding Stephen Hill to what they have in Torrey Smith and company could open things up even more for Ray Rice.


    30. San Francisco 49ers: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

    It rarely works out that way, but a reunion of Coach Harbaugh and Fleener makes sense both on and off the field.


    31. New England Patriots: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

    This is a classic Patriots "reach" pick. McClellin fits what they want to do so well, they may very well just overpay and get the guy they want.


    32. New York Giants: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina

    Brown is a sideline-to-sideline guy that is just beginning to tap his unreal potential.

Second Round

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    33. St. Louis Rams: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

    34. Indianapolis Colts: Devon Still, DL, Penn State

    35. Minnesota Vikings: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

    36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

    37. Cleveland Browns: Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State

    38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

    39. St. Louis Rams (via WAS): Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State

    40. Carolina Panthers: Reuben Randle, WR, LSU

    41. Buffalo Bills: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

    42. Miami Dolphins: Kevin Zeitler, OL, Wisconsin

    43. Seattle Seahawks: Trumaine Johnson, CB/FS, Montana

    44. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida

    45. Dallas Cowboys: Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame

    46. Philadelphia Eagles: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

    47. New York Jets: Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall

    48. New England Patriots (via OAK): Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State

    49. San Diego Chargers: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

    50. Chicago Bears: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois

    51. Philadelphia Eagles (via ARZ): Jerel Worthy, DL, Michigan State

    52. Tennessee Titans: Brandon Thompson, DL, Clemson

    53. Cincinnati Bengals: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

    54. Detroit Lions: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

    55. Atlanta Falcons: Ladarius Green, TE, Lousiana-Lafayette

    56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss

    57. Denver Broncos: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State

    58. Houston Texans: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

    59. Green Bay Packers: Kendall Reyes, DL, UConn

    60. Baltimore Ravens: Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, Syracuse

    61. San Francisco 49ers: George Iloka, FS, Boise State

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

    63. New York Giants: Mitchell Schwartz, OL, Cal

Third Round

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    64. Indianapolis Colts: Amini Silatolu, OL, Midwestern State

    65. St. Louis Rams: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

    66. Minnesota Vikings: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

    67. Cleveland Browns: Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma

    68. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Philip Blake, C, Baylor

    69. Washington Redskins: Matt McCants, OL, Baylor

    70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson

    71. Buffalo Bills: Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State

    72. Miami Dolphins: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

    73. Miami Dolphins (CAR-CHI): Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma

    74. Kansas City Chiefs: Brandon Taylor, SS, LSU

    75. Seattle Seahawks: Chris Polk, RB, Washington

    76. Houston Texans (PHI): Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

    77. New York Jets: Josh Champan, DL, Alabama

    78. San Diego Chargers: Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas

    79. Chicago Bears: Mychal Kendricks, LB, Cal

    80. Arizona Cardinals: Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple

    81. Dallas Cowboys: Jarius Wright, WR, Arkanasas

    82. Tennessee Titans: Marvin Jones, WR, California

    83. Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Brooks, OL, Miami (OH)

    84. Atlanta Falcons: Jeff Allen, OL, Illinois

    85. Detroit Lions: Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State

    86. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alamaeda Ta'amu, DL, Washington

    87. Denver Broncos: T.Y. Hilton, WR, Florida International

    88. Philadelphia Eagles (HOU): Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska

    89. New Orleans Saints: James-Michael Johnson, LB, Nevada

    90. Green Bay Packers: Ronnell Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma

    91. Baltimore Ravens: Cam Johnson, DE/OLB, Virginia

    92. San Francisco 49ers: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon

    93. New England Patriots: Ron Brooks, CB/S, LSU

    94. New York Giants: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

    95. Oakland Raiders (Compensatory): Malik Jackson, DE, Tennessee

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