2012 NFL Mock Draft #1
As the 2012 Draft Season nears closer and closer I thought I’d go ahead and get my first initial mock draft out before the FA season has hit. I usually don’t predict trades but I do expect the Washington Redskins to move up the #2 pick. Without any further ado here’s my first attempt
1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck QB Stanford
This is pretty much a no brainer, Luck is by far the best player in this draft and by far the best player I’ve scouted in the past 8 years or so. He’ll help turn around the Colts who need a new face of the franchise
2. TRADE: Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III QB Baylor
Again another pick I just see happening easily. Washington is going to love having a dynamic QB like Griffin who will do wonders for Kyle Shanahan and that offense. He’ll have his growing pains moving to a traditional pro style system, but expect him to be a heck of a player
3. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil LT USC
Minnesota got their franchise QB last year in Ponder and now they need to protect him with a franchise LT. Kalil is by far the #1 OT in this class and has the ability to be an all-pro player for a long time
4. Cleveland Browns- Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
First off to explain why I have Washington over Cleveland in the #2 pick, I personally see Cleveland trying to acquire Matt Flynn to become their guy. He fits exactly what Holmgren likes and this is a total Holmgren type move. Adding Blackmon then just solidifies what they need on that O which is explosive players
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborn CB LSU
This quite possibly might be the most no brainer pick of the whole 1st round. Tampa has a lot of problems at CB and Claiborne is hands down the best D player in this draft. This will help a lot with an aging Ronde Barber and a secondary that got torched last year
6. St. Louis Rams(From Washington) Michael Brockers DT LSU
St Louis is able to trade down here to #6 and get a guy who will help make a DL that was getting stronger that much better. Brockers, while a RS Soph, will be able to have an immediate impact on that team especially in the run stopping category.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Kendall Wright WR Baylor
Look I know I’ll catch heat for this, but at the same time this is also a Gene Smith type pick. Kendall Wright is going to be a Steve Smith(CAR) type WR in this league and that’s exactly what they need with a young QB in Blaine Gabbert. Gabbert now has a legit weapon outside of MJD that’ll help his development
8. Miami Dolphins- Riley Reiff OT Iowa
Again another no-brainer type pick for me. Reiff is exactly what the Dolphins need. He’ll be able to come in right away and play at RT, but also can move to LT if anything happens with Jake Long.
9. Carolina Panthers- Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
A very good value here for Carolina as they get the #2 CB in the class who is going to be a very good cover corner in the NFL. Has off the field problems, but seem to be a non issue moving forward
10. Buffalo Bills- Mike Adams LT Ohio State
A bit of a reach in some respects, but Adams is my #3 LT behind Kalil and Reiff, he should be able to come in right away and play at LT, but will have his problems with his first year. In 3 years look out though, could be one heck of a LT
11. Kansas City Chiefs- Jonathan Martin LT Stanford
A guy who I feel is best suited for the RT position in the NFL, Martin can come in right away and provide a good anchor on that OL. Has issues with speed rushers but should be able to man the RT position for 10 years
12. Seattle Seahawks- Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
Could be considered a reach, but also if Christian Ponder who missed a ton of time goes to Minnesota at 12, then Tannehill can very well go in the same spot as well. Will need time to develop, but when finished will be a very good QB.
13. Arizona Cardinals- Quinton Coples DE UNC
Honestly not a guy I’m a huge fan of, but with Arizona staying in the 3-4 he’s a good DE fit across from Campbell. When giving 100% is one of the most dominant players in college football, but a lot of concerns about motor.
14. Dallas Cowboys- Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
Another pick that makes sense, The Cowboys have needs at CB and Jenkins is the BPA available. Has off the field concerns, but does seem sincere in his problems. Dallas will enjoy having a guy who can shut down his man.
15. Philadelphia Eagles- Luke Kuechly LB Boston College
Feels like a recurring theme, but a guy who makes perfect sense for the Eagles. A long rangy LB who can cover the whole field and is a tackling machine. Will provide stability to the Eagles D was run through constantly.
16- New York Jets- Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama
This just fits in perfectly with what Rex Ryan wants. A big OLB who can get after the passer but also is versatile and can move to ILB for a play or two. Need help on O as well, but Upshaw’s value too good to pass up.
17- Cincinnati Bengals- Trent Richardson RB Alabama
I know its late for him, but I couldn’t really find a team that would take him as a primary need. Cincy will be lucky to have a guy like him who can provide a top end workload for a long time. Knee injury is a little concern, but should recover well
18- San Diego Chargers- Devon Still DT Penn State
A guy who should go earlier, but like Richardson will fall because of needs. Can definitely see a team moving up for him and would be a great move. Think he can be a very good 3-4 DE for the Chargers who have had issues along the front the past couple of years.
19- Chicago Bears- David DeCastro OG Stanford
A pick that people will go “what?” but will be able to come in right away at G and provide stability to an OL that has problems protecting their QB. He’s going to be a guy who will be in pro bowls constantly and an all pro type, but because of position will be devalued on draft day.
20- Tennessee Titans- Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
I wanted to put a DE here for the Titans, but with issues with Kenny Britt as well as questions at the WR position, Floyd is too good of a value to pass up. Will help out Locker in his development as a franchise QB.
21- Cincinnati Bengals- Cordy Glenn OG/OT Georgia
Another non sexy pick here, but Glenn will be a good fit to the Bengals who have some needs at the OL positions. Definitely can come in day one and be ready to play for them.
22- Cleveland Browns- Lamar Miller RB Miami
A total no brainer add probably one of the most dynamic RB’s in the draft to a dynamic WR and now you have an offense that should be a lot better next year. Will help Flynn a lot transitioning into a full time starter as well.
23- Detroit Lions- Whitney Merculius DE Illinois
A guy who I’m not too fond off but a good value here in the late 1st round. Kelechi Osmele is also an option or Cordy Glenn if he slips to this pick. Merculius will be able to come in and help the Lions out right away especially if they lose Avril to FA
24- Pittsburgh Steelers- Kelechi Osmele OG Iowa State
Pittsburgh is going to love this guy at the OG position. Osmele struggled at LT at times, but moving inside he could have a Carl Nicks type impact for the Steelers and that OL.
25- Denver Broncos – Fletcher Cox DT/DE Mississippi State
A very good value pick for Denver here late in the 1st round. Cox will be able to come in right away and help our that DL for the Broncos that struggled at times up the middle. Will help take pressure off of Miller and Dumervil to produce all of the pressure.
26- Houston Texans- Dontari Poe NT Memphis
One pick I’ve been back and forth on for a while now. Poe is a guy who while his weight says 350+ he doesn’t play that way at all. Very mobile for his weight and a guy who can help man down the 3-4 NT position for Wade Phillips. Could also go WR here if they want to upgrade the O
27- New England Patriots- Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
Bill Belichick takes a gamble on a big time WR who has noted problems off the field. Jeffery has the talent to be the top WR in this class, but weight problems as well as some questions about maturity will contribute to his fall on draft day.
28- Green Bay Packers- Nick Perry DE/OLB USC
Green Bay will be doing backflips and dancing when they see Perry fall to them at 28. Will be the perfect compliment to Matthews at the 3-4 OLB position.
29- Baltimore Ravens- Dont’a Hightower LB Alabama
A pick that I was torn on here as I wanted to mock Vontaze Burfict to Baltimore. In the end I see them taking Hightower who will be able to come in and handle his emotions easily and be a very good player for the Ravens and the eventual successor to Ray Lewis
30- San Francisco 49ers- Reuben Randle WR LSU
The 49ers had a great year with 1st year coach Jim Harbaugh. In order to take that next step and be a championship team, they need to upgrade the WR position and Randle is my next best WR on the board. He’ll provide the ability to stretch the field and has shown to be a willing blocker as well.
31- New England Patriots- Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
Another good value pick here for the Patriots getting Worthy who will help shore up the 4-3 D that the patriots seem to be moving back to now. Good news as well is that they still can run the 3-4 looks as well as he seems to be a guy who can play some of the 3-4 DE position as well as 3-4 NT on passing downs.
32- New York Giants- Orson Charles TE Georgia
The rich get richer simple as that. The Giants are going to love what Charles can bring to the table. I would project Dwayne Allen here, but I really like how Charles can be used as a slot receiver but also as a TE as well. Will help bolster the O for New York as they look to repeat as Super Bowl Champs
So with that said thoughts? Questions? Let me know!
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