2012 NFL Mock Draft: Pac-12 QBs Highlight Top 10
In the 2011 NFL draft, four quarterbacks were selected in the first round. While this number is a bit higher than average, none of the quarterbacks taken are as hyped or talented as those in previous or future years. The 2012 NFL draft class could prove to be one of the best in a long time. The draft order is based on my 2011 season predictions.
1. Arizona Cardinals (3-13): Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Had Andrew Luck decided to enter the draft in 2011, he would have almost definitely ended up a Carolina Panther. Next year, assuming he decides to enter the draft, he should be the No. 1 overall pick. The Cardinals held out on drafting a QB in 2011 and will probably be in need come 2012.
2. Cincinnati Bengals (3-13): Matt Kalil, OT, USC
As of right now, Matt Kalil is the best lineman in the 2012 Draft Class. Look for him to be a very early pick.
3.Tennessee Titans (4-12): Justin Blackmon, WR, OSU
Blackmon is big, strong and fast. Last season, he made a mockery of Big-12 defenses. Any quarterback would love to have this receiver catching his passes.
4. Washington Redskins (4-12): Matt Barkley, QB, USC
While we still don't know whether or not Donovan McNabb will be a Redskin in 2011, it is almost certain he won't be in 2012. The Skins will need a QB and Barkley should suffice.
5. Carolina Panthers (4-12): Courtney Upshaw, DT, Alabama
I wouldn't be surprised to see the Panthers trade down to get a Running Back, but for now, I have them getting the best defensive lineman available in Courtney Upshaw
6. Seattle Seahawks (5-11): Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
Landry Jones is a solid quarterback who already runs a pro-style offense in Oklahoma. He should be one of the first QBs selected in 2012.
7. Minnesota Vikings (5-11): Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Vikes took a risk on a franchise QB in 2011 with Christian Ponder. If he's going to succeed in the NFL, he's going to need some protection.
8. Denver Broncos (5-11): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Champ Bailey is getting old and Denver is going to need someone who can cover a No. 1 receiver.
9. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
While Ryan Fitzpatrick is a solid NFL QB, he isn't the future of the Bills offense. They will most likely be looking for a good QB early in 2012 and Nick Foles is really good.
10. Miami Dolphins (6-10): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
The Dolphins held out on picking a RB in 2011 so they will be short in that category this year. Look for them to draft the best back available in 2012.
11. Cleveland Browns (6-10): Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St.
12. San Francisco 49ers (7-9): Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
13. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-9): Ashlon Jeffery, WR, S. Carolina
14. New York Giants (7-9): Kirk Cousins, QB, MSU
15. Dallas Cowboys (7-9): Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
16. Kansas City Chiefs (8-8): Vontaze Burfict, LB, ASU
17. Oakland Raiders (8-8): Terrelle Pryor, QB, OSU
18. Houston Texans (8-8): Donte Paige-Moss, DE, UNC
19. Chicago Bears (9-7): Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7) Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
21. Detroit Lions (9-7): Stephon Gilmore, CB, S. Carolina
22. San Diego Chargers (9-7): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
23. New York Jets (10-6): Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
24. St. Louis Rams (10-6): Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
25. Indianapolis Colts (10-6): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
26. New England Patriots (From New Orleans (10-6)): Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
27. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida
28. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
29. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas
30. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
31. Cleveland Browns (From Atlanta (11-5)): LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
32. New England Patriots (12-4): Cliff Harris,CB, Oregon