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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 32 First-Round Picks

Bob BajekAnalyst IIINovember 18, 2011

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Predicting All 32 First-Round Picks

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    Everyone knows that Stanford senior quarterback Andrew Luck will be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

    We are pretty sure the Indianapolis Colts will have the No. 1 spot and it would be a shocker if Luck were not selected first overall.

    Besides Luck, who would be No. 2? No. 7? No. 24?

    The following slides will have a NFL mock draft breakdown of the first round with the order by Week 10 standings.

1: Indianapolis Colts Select Stanford QB Andrew Luck

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    With Peyton Manning injured, the Indianapolis Colts now realize that Manning is getting older and that Curtis Painter is horrible. 

    The Colts will want to nab Stanford senior quarterback Andrew Luck to be Manning's eventual successor.

    Luck, who is 6'4" and 235 pounds, will probably be on the bench for a year or two learning from Manning, much like Brett Favre tutored Aaron Rodgers.

    Many would be surprised if the Colts choose someone else.

2: St. Louis Rams Select Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon

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    The St. Louis Rams make the Chicago Bears wide receivers look excellent, which is not something to be proud of.

    Franchise quarterback Sam Bradford has no one to throw to, which was magnified when the Rams got an average receiver in Brandon Lloyd at the trade deadline.

    If the Rams land on the No. 2 pick, they would go after Oklahoma State junior wide receiver Justin Blackmon.

    Blackmon is a 6'1", 215-pound receiver who is fast, physical and hard to bring down.

    He is having an outstanding year with 93 catches for 1,142 yards and 14 touchdowns.

3: Minnesota Vikings Select Stanford OT Jonathan Martin

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    The Minnesota Vikings are weak at both wide receiver and offensive line, but the Vikings will pick O-line as Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon will be nabbed by the St. Louis Rams.

    Even though USC junior right tackle Matt Kalil is considered the top offensive lineman in the draft, the Vikings could probably go with Stanford junior left tackle Johnathan Martin.

    Martin has protected Andrew Luck's blind side well. He also has more career starts (34 to 23) than Kalil.

    Martin never has had a major injury, while Kalil has a sprained knee that sidelined him in 2008.

    The Stanford standout is 6'6" and 304 pounds. He is extremely quick and a strong run-blocker.

    He should be able to provide good protection for Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder and make good running lanes for running back Adrian Peterson.

4: Miami Dolphins Select Oklahoma QB Landry Jones

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    The Miami Dolphins really need a quarterback, and Oklahoma senior quarterback Landry Jones fits the bill.

    A three-year starter for the Sooners, Jones has 11,265 yards for 92 touchdowns and 33 interceptions.

    He is a spot-on accurate passer who has good pocket awareness and already excels in a spread offense.

    Jones has not had a serious injury in college and is a solid 6'4", 230 pounds.

5: Carolina Panthers Select LSU CB Morris Claiborne

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    The Carolina Panthers are really talented on the offensive side of the ball.

    They need to shore up their defense, and picking LSU junior cornerback Morris Claiborne would do the trick.

    The 6'0", 185-pound Claiborne is the top-rated defender in the draft and has experience playing in a pro-style defense. He has nine career interceptions and has the potential to be a lockdown corner in the NFL.

6: Washington Redskins Select USC QB Matt Barkley

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    The Washington Redskins could use a quarterback as Rex Grossman and John Beck are just ridiculously bad.

    USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley has shown steady improvement throughout his college career.

    The three-year starter has 8,309 passing yards for 70 touchdowns and 32 picks.

    Barkley has a high football IQ and is accurate from short to intermediate throws. He is a natural-born leader who was the first sophomore named a captain in Trojan history.

    Barkley does has some injury issues, as the 6'2", 220-pound quarterback had surgery on his wrist in 2010, an ankle sprain where he missed 1.5 games and a bruised throwing shoulder in 2009 where he missed a game.

7: Seattle Seahawks Select Alabama RB Trent Richardson

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    The Seattle Seahawks do not have a good running game, as Marshawn Lynch is not an every-down back.

    Alabama junior running back Trent Richardson could still be on the board by the seventh pick, so the Seahawks would be foolish to not take him.

    Richardson is a strong Heisman Trophy candidate who has 1,205 yards and 18 touchdowns this year.

    The 5'11", 224-pound Richardson has good field vision and is patient for blocks to develop. He is evasive in the open field and has a solid second gear.

8: Philadelphia Eagles Select USC RT Matt Kalil

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    The Philadelphia Eagles could use some more help on the offensive line, especially if they want star quarterback Michael Vick to stay on the field.

    USC junior right tackle is considered by some the best offensive lineman in the draft, and he could fall into the Eagles' lap.

    At 6'7", 295 pounds, Kalil has been a two-year starter for the Trojans. He is excellent at both pass and run protection and has shown good instincts on the field.

    Kalil's brother Ryan is a center for the Carolina Panthers.

9: Jacksonville Jaguars Select North Carolina DE Quinton Coples

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    North Carolina is not known for their football program, but senior defensive end Quinton Coples is sure to change that.

    The 6'6", 285-pound Coples can shed blocks consistently and is good at establishing good positioning and leverage. He is a great pass-rusher who can get to the quarterback, even though he is double-teamed, by using various moves to keep offensive linemen guessing.

    Coples has 26.5 sacks and two forced fumbles in his career.

    The Jacksonville Jaguars could use someone of Coples' abilities to shore up a defensive line that needs playmakers.

10: Cleveland Browns Select ASU LB Vontaze Burfict

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    The Cleveland Browns want a running back to replace Peyton Hillis, but will probably not draft Lamar Miller.

    Instead, look for the Browns to improve their linebacking corps with Arizona State junior linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

    The 6'3", 250-pound Burfict is a sure tackler who has 206 in his career. He can slip through blocks and cover tight ends well on pass plays.

    He would have to work on controlling his emotions and develop his instincts more.

11: Arizona Cardinals Select Iowa LT Riley Reiff

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    The Arizona Cardinals offensive line has given up 31 sacks and 45 quarterback hits, ranking 30th in the NFL.

    To protect quarterback Kevin Kolb better, the Cardinals could draft Iowa junior left tackle Riley Reiff.

    Reiff is 6'6" and 300 pounds of force. The Hawkeye has above-average balance for his size and can drive defenders off the ball. Reiff would need to work on recognizing stunts on zone runs.

12: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Stanford OG David DeCastro

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    The Tampa Bay Buccaneers could improve their offensive line.

    Stanford has a 6'4", 313-pound senior in David DeCastro who is a good pass- and run-blocker.

    He can block upfield on run plays or screen passes and uses angles well. 

    He needs to work on not lunging too much, or he could be penalized a lot in the NFL.

13: San Diego Chargers Select Boston College LB Luke Kuechly

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    With Larry English injured for the rest of 2011 and his status for next year is questionable, the San Diego Chargers sure could use another linebacker.

    Boston College has a dandy in junior linebacker Luke Kuechly.

    Kuechly has an astounding 493 tackles in three years. The 6'2", 235-pound athlete is a solid wrap-up tackler who also does a good job keeping blockers off his body.

    He could be a solid addition to a 3-4 scheme.

14: Kansas City Chiefs Select Notre Dame LB Manti Te'o

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    The Kansas City Chiefs give up more than 24 points a game.

    They need to strengthen their linebacking corps, and Notre Dame junior linebacker Manti Te'o fits the bill. 

    Te'o—a 6'2", 255-pound athlete—reads keys quickly and shows very good playmaking instincts. He takes on blocks with proper shoulder to maintain a proper gap.

    He is also a sound tackler.

15: New York Jets Select Clemson DT Brandon Thompson

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    The New York Jets could use a strong force on it defensive line, and Clemson senior defensive tackle Brandon Thompson would provide that force.

    Thompson is a 6'2", 310-pound tackle who is quick off the ball and shows strong attacking power.

    He is very solid against the run, but needs to improve his pass-rush abilities, where he just has five sacks in his career.

16: Denver Broncos Select South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram

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    One position that the Denver Broncos need to upgrade is at defensive end.

    South Carolina senior Melvin Ingram can fit in nicely within the Broncos defense.

    The 6'2", 276-pound Ingram has 95 career tackles (22 for loss) and 18 sacks.

    He began his college career as a linebacker, so he could either be a defensive end or a linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

    Ingram is a good pass-defender, but he needs an average run-defender.

17: Tennessee Titans Select Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd

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    Notre Dame junior wide receiver Michael Floyd is a stud and would be an impact player right away.

    The Tennessee Titans could use another top receiver to complement second-year receiver Damian Williams.

    Floyd is a 6'3", 229-pound player who will create mismatches because of his size and he is a reliable receiver. He needs to develop better route-running habits for the professional level.

18: Cincinnati Bengals (OAK) Select Miami RB Lamar Miller

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    Sophomore running back Lamar Miller has been great his first two seasons in college.

    A 5'11", 212-pound player, Miller has over 1,700 yards rushing and 14 touchdowns.

    He is a quick back who could solve the Cincinnati Bengals' running back woes with troublemaker Cedric Benson.

19: Buffalo Bills Select Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw

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    Courtney Upshaw is one of the top defenders in a stingy Alabama Crimson Tide defense, someone the Buffalo Bills could use to provide more quarterback pressure. 

    Upshaw—a 6'2", 265-pound linebacker—has 36 tackles, 6.5 sacks and a pick so far on the season.

    He is good in pursuing receivers, takes on blocks and uses leverage. He is projected to be a top 3-4 linebacker in the NFL.

20: Dallas Cowboys Select Alabama S Mark Barron

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    The Dallas Cowboys need an imposing safety.

    Alabama senior safety Mark Barron could be their guy.

    Barron, who is 6'2" and 223 pounds, is a physical hitter who is good at reading quarterbacks' eyes and reading wide receiver routes.

    Improving his coverage on slot receivers is a must.

21: Cleveland Browns (ATL) Select South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery

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    Alshon Jeffery—a 6'4", 224-pound junior wider receiver—is a solid prospect from South Carolina.

    Jeffery has 38 catches for 504 yards and five touchdowns in 2011. He has 20 career scores.

    He has a large catch radius that Cleveland Browns quarterback Colt McCoy could exploit.

    He also makes up for his lack of speed by making catches on the outside and in tough traffic.

22: New York Giants Select Georgia RT/LG Cordy Glenn

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    Cordy Glenn can play both left guard and right tackle well.

    That is something the New York Giants need him to do. 

    Current New York right tackle Kareem McKenzie, who turned 32, seems to have lost some leg power. Glenn is 6'5" and 348 pounds of mean; he can protect Giants quarterback Eli Manning from harm.

    Glenn is an excellent run-blocker who is a good finisher of his blocks. He needs to work on not over-leaning over his helmet before he starts blocking.

23: New England Patriots Select Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick

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    Junior cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has been a shutdown corner this year for the Alabama Crimson Tide.

    Standing at 6'2" and weighing 190 pounds, Kirkpatrick has above-average cover and run-stopping skills, thus being a valuable asset to the New England Patriots.

    Kirkpatrick will need to fix some coverage fundamentals like how to properly turn his head without decreasing his speed and recognizing receivers' routes more quickly.

24: Detroit Lions Select North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins

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    Cornerback Janoris Jenkins got kicked off the Florida Gators football team after being arrested twice in a three-month span in 2010.

    Since then, he has excelled at North Alabama and is considered the third-best corner in next year's NFL draft.

    Jenkins, who is 5'9" and 177 pounds, is great at man and press coverage and has a knack for having good awareness in zone coverage.

    He has above average speed and is a good tackler. The Detroit Lions could sure use him to help with their secondary.

25: Cincinnati Bengals Select Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard

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    No. 15 Alfonzo Dennard is a big difference-maker for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

    Dennard, a senior cornerback, has been a lockdown defender all year.

    He almost declared for the NFL draft last year to help his mother out, but he decided to finish school first.

    Dennard, who is 5'10" and 204 pounds, can challenge receivers at the line of scrimmage, but he needs to avoid fighting with them. He also has to work on his tackling.

26: Chicago Bears Select UConn DT/DE Kendall Reyes

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    By the time the Chicago Bears draft at this position, the top offensive linemen and wide receivers would be off the board.

    So, the Bears would probably take a defensive tackle like Connecticut senior defensive tackle Kendall Reyes.

    Bears defensive tackles Anthony Adams and Henry Melton have not been effective, leaving defensive ends Israel Idonije and Julius Peppers to do most of the work.

    Getting a 6'4", 290-pound Reyes who is a strong one on one and quick would help. He is a power pass-rusher who should work on closing plays better.

27: Baltimore Ravens Select Alabama LT/RG Barrett Jones

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    The Baltimore Ravens build their offense around a powerful running game.

    To continue giving running back Ray Rice solid protection, the Ravens might draft offensive tackle/guard Barrett Jones.

    An Alabama junior who is currently playing left tackle, the 6'5", 311-pound Jones played a little right guard in college too.

    Jones is a solid run- and pass-blocker who would fit nicely with the Ravens.

28: Pittsburgh Steelers Select Ohio State LT Mike Adams

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    Senior left tackle Mike Adams has instantly improved the Ohio State Buckeyes run game when he came back from his five-game NCAA suspension.

    Since he started playing again, the Buckeyes average over 200 yards rushing a game.

    Adams is 6'8" and 320 pounds. He is a good pass- and run-blocker.

    With the Pittsburgh Steelers' ground-and-pound game, Adams would be another vital cog in an offensive line seeking improvement.

29: New England Patriots (NO) Select Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu

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    The New England Patriots have an aging defensive line, so they might want to draw in some young blood this upcoming draft.

    Washington senior defensive tackle Alameda Ta'amu is a big frame at 6'3" and 337 pounds.

    Ta'amu is having a solid senior year, having 22 tackles (four for loss) and 1.5 sacks.

    As the Patriots run a 3-4 defensive scheme, Ta'amu could possibly be a nose tackle.

30: Houston Texans Select Texas A&M WR Jeff Fuller

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    Texas A&M's Jeff Fuller might not have to travel far when he is drafted.

    The Houston Texans could use a young, talented receiver in Fuller to open up opportunities for tight end Owen Daniels and wide receiver Andre Johnson.

    Fuller, who is 6'4" and 220 pounds, has a long stride, is tough up the middle and doesn't drop that many balls.

    He does need to work on not cutting his routes short.

31: San Francisco 49ers Select Virginia CB Chase Minnifield

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    Chase Minnifield is a tough cornerback the San Francisco 49ers really need for their secondary.

    A senior at Virginia, Minnifield has played significantly for four years while collecting 13 career interceptions.

    The 6'0", 185-pound athlete is focused and knows his defensive scheme in and out. He also takes really good angles to cut off receivers without contact.

32: Green Bay Packers Select Miami S Ray-Ray Armstrong

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    The Green Bay Packers will probably want to replace Nick Collins at safety through the draft.

    The Miami Hurricanes have a solid safety in senior Ray-Ray Armstrong.

    Armstrong, who is 6'3" and 212 pounds, has the speed to cover middle-deep zones and a deep Cover 2.

    He has a knack for jumping receivers' routes, but he has to improve his ball awareness and not drop easy interceptions.

    Bob Bajek is a writing intern at Bleacher Report. He is also a freelance reporter and can be followed at Patch.com and Twitter.

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