2012 NFL Mock Draft: First and Final

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: First and Final
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Trying to squeeze in a mock draft before the real thing kicks off!  Here's what the teams should be doing, according to the genius of me!

 

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck

This was a done deal since the start of the year.

 

2.  Washingon Redskins: RGIII

This was a done deal since the 'Skins trade up to No. 2 overall.

 

3.  Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson

This was a done deal as of 45 seconds ago.

 

4  Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil

There is talk they are seriously considering Claiborne here, but that would be ridiculous.  As bad as their secondary is, the Vikes have a huge void at left tackle, and Kalil is the top prospect at the position since Jake Long.  Don't over-think this, Minnesota.

 

5.  Tampa Bay Bucs: Morris Claiborne

This is a no-brainer if the previous four picks play out as seen above.  The Bucs have a serious need at corner, and the LSU stud is...a stud.  Some say he's better than Patrick Peterson in coverage.  Easy decision.

 

6.  St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon

The Rams couldn't have gotten a better deal.  They traded out of the No. 2 pick, get a boatload of first-round picks from the 'Skins as a result and still get their biggest need filled with the top receiver prospect in the draft.  And they just got Jeff Fisher as coach!  Good for you, Rams.

 

7.  Jacksonville Jaguars - Michael Floyd

The Jags can't write off Blaine Gabbert yet until they give him some weapons to throw to.  I know the Jags are awful at drafting receivers (see Jags' draft history in first round) but they have to keep trying because having one really helps a quarterback out.

 

8.  Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill

This is a no-brainer to me.  The Dolphins lost out on Matt Flynn—or they didn't want him to begin with—and they have a decent but not elite starter right now in Matt Moore who can hold down the position until the A&M product is ready to start.  It also helps to have Tannehill's college coach at A&M (Mike Sherman) as the O-coordinator. 

 

9.  Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox

The Panthers are good on offense and not so good on defense.  They have a huge need inside on the line, and getting the best D-lineman in the draft is a good way to help fix that problem.  All the other defensive ends and defensive tackles have questions.  Cox would be a good pick up here, if available.

 

10.  Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly

Getting Mario Williams in free agency will help the defense tremendously.  Getting this linebacker from BC would help maximize that Williams pickup by strengthening the middle of the D.

 

11.  Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro

The Chiefs want to pound the football, and getting a gritty inside offensive lineman—the best in the draft, mind you—would help them pound that football!  Why can't a guard go top-11?

 

12.  Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram

The Seahawks needs to conform to the 49er-philosophy of defense.  Boosting the pass rush is a good way to start.

 

13.  Arizona Cardinals: Stephon Gilmore

The Cards got Peterson last year but still have a void and could use the top cover skills of this guy to help solidify a defense on the rise.

 

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron

Dallas has needed a safety since Darren Woodson left and Roy Williams learned he couldn't cover.  It's time to finally get a good one, the only real good one in the draft.

 

15.  Philadelphia Eagles: Riley Reiff

Michael Vick needs protection.  Reiff is a good value here.  Andy Reid loves lineman.  Their Pro Bowl left tackle will miss the season.  This makes good sense.

 

16. NY Jets: Dontari Poe

The Jets need a little more juice on offense, but they could also use an enforcer in the middle of the D-line for the future.  If anyone can maximize this guy's talent (and he has a lot of it), it's Rex Ryan.

 

17.  Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick

Letting Johnathan Joseph go last year left a void, and that void was especially obvious when Leon Hall went out with injury.

 

18.  San Diego Chargers: Michael Brockers

A good value here.  Brockers could fit well in their 3-4.

 

19.  Chicago Bears: Quinton Coples

Is this guy Julius Peppers or a bum?  Guess we'll know for sure seeing him line up opposite Peppers.  Please don't be Peppers (Packer fan here).

 

20.  Tennesse Titans: Cordy Glenn

Getting Chris Johnson back to his 2K form is paramount for the Titans.  Getting this big guy in front of C.J. should help open up some more lanes.

 

21.  Cincinnati Bengals: Courtney Upshaw

This guy would be more comfortable in a 3-point stance, so how about a 4-3 team draft him?  He's a strong, tough player who would help give the Bengals' defense some much needed...ummpf.

 

22.  Cleveland Browns: Stephen Hill

Offense is the need for Cleveland, and this guy could be great—or he could not be—but he's 6'4" and runs a 4.3.  That's pretty and worth a shot.  Georgia Tech has a good track record lately with big, underused receiver talent (see Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas).

 

23.  Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins

The Lions need secondary help so bad that they're fine with passing on the character issues here.  Maybe they can stick Ndamukong Suh on him if he gets out of line?  I'm thinking they'll like the talent and not sweat the character.

 

24.  Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Zeitler

The Steelers want to get nasty again in the run game.  This will do it.  Wisconsin lineman know about the run game.

 

25.  Denver Broncos: Chandler Jones

A good prospect who dropped too far and Denver is waiting with open arms to pick him up and improve that D.  They don't have to worry about the offense anymore; they got Peyton Manning.

 

26.  Houston Texans: Kendall Wright

The Texans defense was awesome last year, but with Andre Johnson and Arian Foster being handled, there wasn't anyone else to go to.  They need to build that offense.

 

27.  New England Patriots: Jerel Worthy

Teaming this guy with Vince Wilfork in the middle would create a formidable duo to have to defend.  This guy was made for the 4-3.

 

28.  Green Bay Packers: Shea McClellin

A front-7 utility man.  McClellin would give Dom Capers tremendous flexibility, but more importantly, someone opposite Clay Matthews to take advantage of all the one-on-one he'll get.

 

29.  San Francisco 49ers: Dont'a Hightower

Move him outside and create a linebacker corps better than any in the NFL.

 

30.  Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz

The Ravens are aging at center, and they love to fill those voids before they becomes a huge problem. 

 

31.  New England Patriots: Whitney Mercilus

More pass rush, like the Packers, is key for this defense.  They didn't have any last year, so getting some in the draft would be wise.

 

32.  New York Giants: Lavonte David

The G-Men have ignored their linebacking unit for so long.  Time to address it with a potential stud here.

 

Phew!  And with 2 minutes to spare!  That's my mock.  Hope I'm right!

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