2012 NFL Mock Draft: Where Ryan Tannehill and Other Stars Will Land
Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III know where they're heading for their foreseeable NFL future. Everyone else in the 2012 NFL draft—not so much.
Rumors are flying left and right and there is no way to truly decipher what is true and what is false. Teams are positioning themselves for what we expect to be a wild first round, and that comes with plenty of surprises.
Here's a look at where the draft's No. 3 quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, and other stars will land when Commissioner Roger Goodell takes to the podium on Thursday night.
1. Indianapolis Colts (2-14): Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
The Colts took all the surprise out of this pick last week, but we knew where he was going the minute the season ended.
2. *Washington Redskins (5-11): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
The Redskins ended all speculation on their selection when they traded up to No. 2 overall.
3. Minnesota Vikings (3-13): Matt Kalil, OT, USC
All the latest buzz has centered on the Vikings and their options here at No. 3. Matt Kalil has been penciled in for quite a while, but Minnesota reportedly has heavy interest in cornerback Morris Claiborne and possibly even wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Ultimately, the best move for the Vikes is adding Kalil, as he boosts their entire left side of the line and immediately helps their two most important players, Adrian Peterson and Christian Ponder.
4. Cleveland Browns (4-12): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Crimson Tide running back is a hot commodity, and there is talk of the Browns possibly trading out of this spot because everyone knows that new Bucs coach Greg Schiano won't pass on a chance to add Richardson.
Cleveland certainly gets better with the star running back, but they have a lot of holes to fill. If a good deal comes through, it will be hard for them to pass on it.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12): Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
The Bucs also have reason to trade down and could do just that, but there aren't many players on the board other than Claiborne, who would be targeted right now.
Tampa has needs all over the place, but cornerback is one of the biggest.
Mo is the best defensive player in the draft and potential superstar.
6. *St. Louis Rams (2-14): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
The trendy pick to the Rams is defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, but the Rams' need for a star receiver is far too big. Blackmon may not be No. 6 overall material, but the Rams don't have the luxury of passing on him.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars (5-11): Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
One of the biggest risers in the class, Gilmore has dominated the draft process, and it smells strongly like a pick the Jags would make.
8. Miami Dolphins (6-10): Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Dolphins claim they "won't be pressured" into selecting Tannehill at No. 8, but they have no idea when they'll get another shot at a potential franchise signal-caller.
The Texas A&M star won't be ready to take over immediately, but he has great upside and looks the part of a potential superstar.
Miami made a mess of the offseason by trading away their star receiver and whiffing on quarterbacks like baseballs, so there is pressure for them to do something—regardless of what they say.
9. Carolina Panthers (6-10): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
The Panthers would have liked to see Gilmore available, but Cox is a potential star with great versatility and can help them immediately.
10. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
For a long time, the Bills were slated to take an offensive tackle, but pairing up a proven touchdown scorer in Floyd with the Stevie Johnson instantly makes this offense better.
11. Kansas City Chiefs (7-9): David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Kansas City has Floyd on the radar as well, but DeCastro helps them get their returning star running back, Jamaal Charles, on track in his return from injury. He makes the entire offensive front better.
12. Seattle Seahawks (7-9): Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
Coach Pete Carroll has helped a lot of rumors float around about Seattle, but Coples is a proven 4-3 pass-rusher who has elite potential.
13. Arizona Cardinals (8-8): Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
Things are interesting in Arizona and they have a lot of options, but Kuechly is the best available player and fills a need.
14. Dallas Cowboys (8-7): Mark Barron, S, Alabama
The Cowboys' need for a starting safety is well documented, and Barron is the only one worthy of a top-20 selection. His draft stock is this high, but his potential is limited.
15. Philadelphia Eagles (8-8): Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
The opposite can be said for Brockers, a young defensive tackle with incredible upside. The redshirt sophomore still has his best football ahead of him, but he may not be ready to contribute immediately.
16. New York Jets (8-8): Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
The Jets are always a threat to trade up, and there is already talk of them making a move for Trent Richardson, but it remains to be seen if they'll pay the hefty price of acquiring a top-five pick.
Upshaw, meanwhile, is a bit of a falling star, but he has an incredibly high floor. Rex Ryan needs immediate pass rush help and Upshaw can do just that.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via OAK; 8-8): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Kirkpatrick's upside and the Bengals' need for talent fit perfectly together.
18. San Diego Chargers (8-8): Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
The South Carolina pass-rusher saw his stock rise after the combine, but it has since cooled. He's a 'tweener, but this isn't a terrible fit.
19. Chicago Bears (8-8): Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
The massive O-lineman's versatility is something the Bears cannot do without.
20. Tennessee Titans (9-7): Nick Perry, DE, USC
There is plenty to like about Nick Perry, but he's a boom-or-bust prospect with no guarantee for success. The Titans can afford to take a shot on him.
21. Cincinnati Bengals (9-7): Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Adding a weapon opposite A.J. Green is a priority for Cincy, and landing Wright here gives them good value in addition to filling the need.
22. Cleveland Browns (via ATL; 10-6): Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
The Browns could choose to go after a quarterback here, likely Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden, but they could also trade back in later rounds.
Hill, meanwhile, has tremendous upside and could be one the most talented receiver in this class. He has a ton of developing to do, though, and they cannot expect too much from him immediately.
23. Detroit Lions (10-6): Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
Once a potential top-10 pick, Reiff tumbles down the board to where the Lions smile as wide as any other team in this draft.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers (12-4): Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
Another falling prospect, Poe saw his stock soar after the combine, but he's since come back down to earth. The Steelers, at No. 24 overall, couldn't be happier.
25. Denver Broncos (8-8): Devon Still, DT, Penn State
John Elway and head coach John Fox already made their huge splash with Peyton Manning, so they'll turn their eyes to stopping opposing offenses' running games.
26. Houston Texans (10-6): Reuben Randle, WR, LSU
This may be a bit of a reach, but the Texans have a need at wide receiver, and Randle is ready to help them immediately. He'll learn opposite Andre Johnson and should see plenty of balls this year.
27. New England Patriots (via NO; 13-3): Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State
The Pats have huge needs in their front seven and McClellin has quietly worked his way into first-round range.
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28. Green Bay Packers (15-1): Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
The jury is out on whether Mercilus is a true star in the making or a one-year-wonder, but the Packers have a need for pass rush help and he's arguably the most gifted pass-rusher left on the board.
29. Baltimore Ravens (12-4): Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
Since the Steelers got a chance to land Poe, Hightower falls down to their division rivals and potentially becomes the replacement for Ray Lewis.
30. San Francisco 49ers (13-3): Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
San Fran would like to get another playmaker here, but addressing their need at guard won't hurt one bit.
31. New England Patriots (13-3): Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
Another front seven player for Belichick, Reyes is one of many players with a fringe chance of going Day 1.
32. New York Giants (9-7): Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Once a potential top-10 pick, Martin falls down the board to the defending champs as they look to add another piece to an offensive line that hasn't settled down since last offseason.
*Rams trade No. 2 overall pick to Redskins for 2012, 2013, 2014 first-round picks and 2012 second-round pick.
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