Mike Mayock 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Picks That Guru Will Be Proven Wrong on

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 26, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 26: Wide receiver Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State catches a pass during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 26, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Mike Mayock is an extremely respected draft expert who is employed by the NFL Network and writes for NFL.com.

However, the guy is human and—just like every other draft guru—is bound to get a few picks wrong in his 2012 NFL mock draft.

Most of his picks are great and extremely reasonable, but here are a few that stood out to me as a bit too farfetched.

 

No. 4: Cleveland Browns, Justin Blackmon

According to ESPN’s Bob Holtzman (via Evan Silva of Pro Football Talk), the Browns aren’t interested in Blackmon. Instead, they will choose between Morris Claiborne and Trent Richardson.

If this is true, then it screws up the order of Mayock’s next few picks.

Having said that, we’ll give him a break for trying to break the mold with this pick before it was widely known that it isn’t going to happen.

 

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Linebacker Luke Kuechly of Boston College 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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No. 10: Buffalo Bills, Luke Kuechly

The guru believes that Kuechly will go to the Bills, largely because of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez’s presence in New England.

He feels that Buffalo needs a top tier linebacker to contain these guys.

While he’s right, linebacker still isn’t the team's biggest need this offseason. They need to get a franchise tackle—such as Riley Reiff—or make a trade up to No. 3 with the Minnesota Vikings to get Matt Kalil.

 

No. 15: Philadelphia Eagles, Stephon Gilmore

Gilmore is simply too good to still be on the board when the Eagles pick at No. 15. Not to mention, this is a team that just unloaded a cornerback in Asante Samuel.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Nnamdi Asomugha will be a fine starting duo at the position. The Eagles will be looking for defensive line help here.