2012 NFL Mock Draft: ESPN Draft Guru Mel Kiper Jr.'s Most Outlandish Picks

Andrew KulhaSenior Analyst IIIApril 26, 2012

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 02:  Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates after he caught a 67-yard tocudown reception in the second quarter against the Stanford Cardinal during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl on January 2, 2012 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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ESPN draft expert Mel Kipper Jr's latest and final mock draft is out, and while I fully respect his opinion and think he's got a ton of his picks spot on, there are a few that are just outlandish.

Here's the link to his final mock so go ahead and check it out for yourself, but make sure to come right back because we need to dissect a few of these ridiculous picks.

Here we go:



4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 8:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys celebrates after a play against the Arizona Wildcats during the first half on September 8, 2011 at Boone Pickens Stadium in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  Oklahoma Stat
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You can make the argument that Justin Blackmon is not even the best wide receiver in the draft. You cannot make that argument for Trent Richardson and Morris Claiborne and their respective positions though, and those are two prospects the Browns would pass on if they made this pick.

The logic behind taking Blackmon is that he would be a No. 1 receiver for Colt McCoy, but that's not taking into account the fact that the Browns can still get a No.1 quality receiver with their second pick at 22, but they cannot get a top five running back or corner there.

This pick makes zero sense, and I'm not sure what Kiper is thinking here.



9. Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 09:  Mike Ball #5 of the Nevada Wolf Pack is pushed out of bounds by Luke Kuechly #40 of Boston College during the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl at AT&T Park on January 9, 2011 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty
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To be clear, I agree with the premise that Kuechly is a very good player and linebacker. That being said, he's not worth the value of a top ten pick, especially when you consider the players the Panthers passed up here.

This is a defense that needs a lot of help, and they passed on defensive tackle Michael Brockers out of LSU, which is a horrible mistake in my opinion.

Kuechly is a good football player and he'll get the job done, but you can't teach the kind of athleticism and intangibles that Brockers possesses. Consider the fact that he's 6'5'', 322 pounds and incredibly lean.

Kuechly may be a future Pro Bowler, but Brockers has what it takes to be a future superstar.



14. Dallas Cowboys: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 27: Jacksonville Jaguars defensive line coach Joe Cullen talks with Quinton Coples of North Carolina during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 27, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Im
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I don't see why the Cowboys would pass up on Brockers, David Decastro and Dre Kirkpatrick in order to take Coples, and I firmly believe this would be a huge mistake.

Brockers has the skill set to be a great rusher, but he doesn't show the consistency and his work ethic has been questioned. Is this really what the Cowboys need out of a top 15 pick? When you consider their organizational chemistry the pressure each and every player wearing the star comes under, this pick doesn't make much sense.

The Boy's could have instead gotten Kirkpatrick, who could be a shutdown corner, Brockers, who can play DE in the 3-4 and be a stud, or David DeCastro, who is one of the best guard prospects we have seen in years.

All in all, this pick makes no sense.


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