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Todd McShay 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Breaking Down the Good, Bad and Ugly

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Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2012

Todd McShay makes up one half of ESPN's NFL draft experts, and like always, he has hits and misses in his mock draft. 

That's quite alright, simply because he doesn't have the outrageous attitude or hair that Mel Kiper Jr. does, and we're rather thankful for that. 

McShay does get a little crazy with his thoughts, but he also does a great job of analyzing the different scenarios of the draft.

That being said, you can check out McShay's 2012 NFL mock draft 5.0 here, and continue reading as I break down the good, the bad and the ugly. 


The Good 

Aside from the easy picks of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, McShay hits the nail on the head with a few certain picks.

At No. 13, he has the Arizona Cardinals selecting WR Michael Floyd of Notre Dame. Now, the Cardinals could go with a defender or an offensive lineman, but nobody can deny that their offense would be tough to stop with Floyd pairing up with Larry Fitzgerald

In addition to that pick, McShay also makes a solid selection for the New England Patriots at No. 27, as well as the Houston Texans at No. 26. 

He has the Patriots fixing their defensive front by adding DE Nick Perry of USC, and the Texans upgrading their offense in a major why by adding the speedy WR Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech. 


The Bad 

At No. 14, McShay has the Dallas Cowboys drafting Dontari Poe. A couple things are wrong here, as the Cowboys' biggest need is to fix the secondary, and Poe is also too big of a gamble that high. 

The defensive tackle from Memphis is the second best defensive tackle in the draft class, but selecting him in the top 15 would not be a wise decision. 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Defensive lineman Dontari Poe of Memphis takes part in a drill during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Besides, with cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Stephon Gilmore and safety Mark Barron still on the board, the Cowboys would go with one of them to upgrade their secondary. 

Another poor pick is the Chicago Bears selecting Gilmore at No. 19. Don't get me wrong, the Bears could use a skilled corner, but they have bigger needs on the line. With offensive tackles Jonathan Martin and Mike Adams still on the board, the Bears would be wise to get one of them to help protect Jay Cutler

Also, before the Bears should draft a corner, adding youth to the defensive front by drafting a pass-rusher like Courtney Upshaw, Nick Perry or Whitney Mercilus would be the smart call. 


The Ugly 

McShay falls victim to the hype, which isn't the first time and won't be the last. One of the worst picks he makes in his Mock 5.0 is QB Ryan Tannehill to the Miami Dolphins.

Yes, the Dolphins really need a franchise QB, but Tannehill is not the answer, especially at No. 8 overall. He's a definite project QB, which is something Miami doesn't need right now.

Tannehill has bust written all over him, which is exactly what will happen if the Dolphins draft him at No. 8. He'll easily flop and fail to live up to the expectations of being a high draft pick.   

Another ugly pick McShay makes is having Fletcher Cox as the first defensive tackle off the board. Not only is that wrong, McShay has Cox going in the top 10 to the Carolina Panthers.

He is right that they need help on the defensive front, but Cox is a late first-round to early second-round prospect. Michael Brockers would be the better fit at No. 9.  

And finally, the worst of the worst for McShay is a pick he didn't even make. The ESPN draft "guru" left WR Alshon Jeffery out of the first round, which is mind boggling. He's an elite wideout and excluding him from the first round is just ludicrous.




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