2012 NFL Mock Draft: First Round Final Version with Trades

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: First Round Final Version with Trades
Former USC standout Matt Kalil is Minnesota's strongest option at number three. AP PHOTO

Following the Colts making public their intentions to make quarterback Andrew Luck the number one overall selection and the Redskins trading up into the number, the Minnesota Vikings are now un-officially on the clock.

It’s my belief that the Vikings will go with either Morris Claiborne or Matt Kalil. That decision is still very much in the air.

They have to ask themselves would they rather take Claiborne to help combat NFC North quarterbacks Stafford, Cutler and Rodgers? Or would they rather take Kalil to help combat defensive juggernauts Suh, Allen and Peppers?

Another option for the Vikings at third overall is trading out of the position.

Like I said, the decision is still very much in the air.

Teams all over the league are facing the same questions the Vikings are at their individual draft positions.

More and more in today’s NFL, teams are drafting elite young talent that will instantly be integrated into their starting rosters.

With that in mind, here is my final mock as I make my final preparations to head into Radio City Music Hall.

*There are trades projected in this version of my mock.


2012 NFL Mock Draft Final Version

1st Overall: Indianapolis Colts

QB Andrew Luck - Stanford

2nd Overall: Washington Redskins (From Rams)

QB Robert Griffin III - Baylor

3rd Overall: Minnesota Vikings

OT Matt Kalil - USC 

4th Overall: Cleveland Browns

RB Trent Richardson - Alabama

5th Overall: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

CB Morris Claiborne - LSU

6th Overall: St. Louis Rams (From Redskins)

WR Justin Blackmon - Oklahoma State

7th Overall: Dallas Cowboys (From Jaguars) !!TRADE!!

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Jerry Jones has his sights set on Mark Barron. Jerry usually gets what he wants.

S Mark Barron - Alabama

8th Overall: Miami Dolphins

QB Ryan Tannehill - Texas A & M

9th Overall: Carolina Panthers

DE Melvin Ingram - South Carolina

10th Overall: Buffalo Bills

LB Luke Kuechly - Boston College

11th Overall: Kansas City Chiefs

G David DeCastro - Stanford

12th Overall: Seattle Seahawks

DE/DT Quinton Coples - North Carolina

13th Overall: Arizona Cardinals

WR Michael Floyd - Notre Dame

14th Overall: Jacksonville Jaguars (From Cowboys) !!!TRADE!!!

DT Fletcher Cox - Mississippi State

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The departure of Asante Samuel paves the way for Gilmore if he's still available to the Eagles at 15.

15th Overall: Philadelphia Eagles

CB Stephon Gilmore - South Carolina

16th Overall: New York Jets

OLB Courtney Upshaw - Alabama

17th Overall: Cincinnati Bengals (From Raiders)

CB Dre Kirkpatrick - Alabama

18th Overall: San Diego Chargers

DE Whitney Mercilus - Illinois

19th Overall: Chicago Bears

DT Michael Brockers - LSU

20th Overall: Tennessee Titans

DT Dontari Poe - Memphis

21st Overall: Cincinnati Bengals

G Cordy Glenn - Georgia

22nd Overall: Cleveland Browns (From Falcons)

Detroit gets a gift at 23rd overall in the form of a 6'6, 320 pound road grading offensive tackle. AP PHOTO

WR Kendall Wright - Baylor

23rd Overall: Detroit Lions

OT Riley Reiff - Iowa

24th Overall: Pittsburgh Steelers

ILB Dont’a Hightower - Alabama

25th Overall: Denver Broncos

RB Doug Martin - Boise State

26th Overall: Houston Texans

DE/OLB Nick Perry - USC

27th Overall: New England Patriots (From Saints)

DE/OLB Vinny Curry

28th Overall: Green Bay Packers

S Harrison Smith - Notre Dame

29th Overall: Baltimore Ravens

C Peter Konz - Wisconsin

30th Overall: San Francisco 49ers

G Amini Silatolu - Midwestern State

31st Overall: Indianapolis Colts (From Patriots) !!!TRADE!!!

TE Coby Fleener - Stanford

32nd Overall: New York Giants

OT Jonathon Martin - Stanford

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