2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0
1. Indianapolis Colts : Andrew Luck- It is now known that the Colts will take Luck which is no surprise. Luck is one of the most NFL ready prospects ever. The Peyton Manning era in Indianapolis is over and it couldn’t end at a better time for the Colts. Luck has the arm, accuracy and leadership qualities you look for when drafting a QB and will do great things in Indianapolis.
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin- The Redskins haven’t had a real franchise QB since Joe Theisman. They made the trade with the Rams to finally get one. And that QB is RG3. Griffin will make the Skins a more competitive team that their opponents won’t take lightly. Also, in a division where the other QB’s are Eli Manning, Tony Romo and Mike Vick a franchise quarterback is a necessity.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil- Last year the Vikings selected QB Christian Ponder in the first round. Ponder who has had a history of injuries needs to be protected. That’s why Kalil makes perfect sense for them. Kalil can be a great run blocker for Adrian Peterson and can protect Ponder’s blind side.
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson- The Browns don’t have a real offensive threat on their team. Richardson would give them a dynamic, explosive player who can create an instant impact on their team. He can beat you with his speed and is also hard to take down. The Browns would get their most electrifying player since Jamal Lewis.
5. Tampa Bay Bucs: Morris Claiborne- Claiborne would be a perfect fit with Tampa Bay. The Bucs secondary consists of, the ancient, Ronde Barber and Aqib Talib who will probably be in jail to start the season. They did address the secondary need by bringing in Eric Wright, but that is not nearly enough help. Claiborne can become a shut down corner and the Bucs can’t pass that up.
6. St.Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon- Blackmon would be the ideal fit for the Rams who have a big need for a receiver. He is a 6’1″ playmaker but plays a lot bigger than that. This can finally be the legit weapon Sam Bradford needs to succeed as they become a great combo.
7. New York Jets: Melvin Ingram- The Jets trade up to get the fast and strong pass rusher out of South Carolina. Rex is in love with Ingram so he will be willing to give up a lot to move up to this spot. And they get the explosive pass rusher they need to compliment their former top defense. Even though some may consider this a reach and that Ingram has bust potential, the Jets will pull the trigger on the trade and draft him.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill- After missing out on Peyton Manning, the Dolphins went after their plan b, Matt Flynn. After missing out on Matt Flynn, the Dolphins went after Alex Smith. Now after missing out on Alex Smith, the Dolphins still need a QB and Tannehill will be theirs for the taking. He will not be able to start day 1, but his former head coach and now Dolphins’ OC Mike Sherman will continue to groom him as well as head coach Joe Philbin. Tannehill has the athletic tools to be a good NFL QB, but will need to develop.
9. Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox- Cox would be a great pick for the Panthers to help their dreadful defense from last year. He could supply run support up the middle and get to the passer with his athleticism. Cox can be one of the centerpieces of Carolina’s rebuilt defense.
10. Buffalo Bills: Stephon Gilmore- The Bills corners right now are Drayton Florence and Leodis McKelvin, and while they have some of the best names in the NFL they’re not close to the best corners. Both head coach Chan Gailey and GM Buddy Nix have expressed the need to bolster their secondary and Gilmore would be a good fit. He is great in man-to-man coverage and a good leader.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Kuechly- Kuechly would be the best available player on the board and can be a dominant player in the league. He has great athleticism and knows how to defend well against both the run and pass. Many NFL scouts compare him to Brian Urlacher, but with more athleticism. Romeo Crennel can turn Kuechly into the best linebacker since Tedy Bruschi.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Quinton Coples- The Seahawks are in dire need of a pass rusher and Coples can be their guy. Once considered a top five pick, Coples has fallen down draft boards due to character issues. But Coples can work well in Jim Washburn’s wide nine defensive scheme. He could play outside during running situations and could play inside against passing situations.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Michael Floyd- The Cardinals invested a lot into Kevin Kolb and so far it hasn’t turned out so well. This is not all his fault, though, because they need to give him help. In this spot they could either select an offensive lineman or a wide receiver. So Michael Floyd could be a good fit. Larry Fitzgerald is usually double-teamed and has asked management to get another receiver for help the same way he asked to get Kevin Kolb. Floyd can play the same role as Anquan Boldin once did as a number two for the Cardinals.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron- In the offseason, the Cowboys signed Brodney Pool to help their secondary. Pool is not going to completely fix their secondary problems. Barron, on the otherhand, is a great tackler who also has great instincts and flies to the ball. He could be the last piece to that defense after their signing of DB Brandon Carr.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Riley Reiff- This would a scenario where the Eagles just take the best player available and not addressing their needs. Reiff would be the best player available by a lot and this would be a huge steal for the Eagles. With a weak offensive line last year partly due to injuries, Mike Vick got injured a lot. Even though Vick is bound to be injured at least once during the season due to his style of play, the offensive line had a lot to do with it as well. Reiff could be a strong anchor to their line for years to come.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chandler Jones- Jones has been rising up draft boards recently because of the necessity of pass rushers. In the past, the Jaguars have not been lucky with drafting defensive linemen with Tyson Aluala and Derrick Harvey, but Jones can be dual threat who will play defensive end and line backer. He can add some speed to a Jaguars’ defensive line that needs help.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick: Kirkpatrick has dropped down draft boards due to character issues. But he is still a play making ball hawk who can become a quality player in the NFL. The Bengals have a need for a good corner. Nate Clements had inconsistencies all last year, and Leon Hall is inured. The Bengals need someone fast who can match up against the speedy receivers of the teams in their division.
18. San Diego Chargers: Courtney Upshaw- A.J Smith is usually very unpredictable when drafting, but the need at outside linebacker is to glaring for the Chargers not to fill. They need a legit outside linebacker who can solidify that spot for years to come. That’s why Upshaw would be perfect for them. He can play the run as well as the pass and sheds blocks like a pro bowler. Upshaw can be a great player for the Chargers and fills a huge need.
19. Chicago Bears: Michael Brockers- The Bears are known for being a smash mouth football team. Their defense is usually strong but last year was not nearly as good as it usually is. All indications are that they will take the best defensive linemen available. Brockers should be there and can be a good fit at defensive tackle for the Bears.
20. Tennessee Titans: Dontari Poe- Poe is athletic and physical and can give the Titans a threat on the defensive Line. There have been rumors of him going top 10 but that is due to an amazing combine performance and won’t actually happen. Poe is likely to drop because of his sub-par performance in college, but, regardless, he does have great value and a huge upside. Poe has too much upside for the Titans to pass on.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: Stephen Hill- Last year the Bengals hit a home run when they drafted A.J Green. Putting Hill on the opposite would make this Bengals’ passing attack scary. The combination of Green, Gresham and Shipley is solid but they need another piece. Hill could fill that spot and make the Bengals a lot better.
22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright- Wright is a speedy playmaker who can burn people after the catch. The Browns need A LOT of talent at the skill positions. Drafting Trent Richardson is a step in the right direction and Wright could be the next step. The Browns cannot give up hope on Colt McCoy without giving him weapons and Wright would be one of them.
23. Detroit Lions: Jonathan Martin- Martin is an overall safe pick. He can pass and run block and has a great football IQ. Matt Stafford was banged around last year and has a history of injuries. That’s why Martin would be such a great pick. He can protect Stafford and be a future pro bowler.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’a Hightower- The Steelers defense is getting up there in age and they need some new young talent. During the offseason they cut James Farrior so now they need another inside linebacker to go along side Lawrence Timmons. Hightower is tough and has great instincts which means he should be a great fit for the Steelers.
25. Denver Broncos: Kendall Reyes- The Broncos might be the most in need of a defensive tackle in the NFL. Reyes is strong and had a solid combine. This is more need based than a best player available situation, but it’s worth it for the Broncos. They get a strong athletic player who gets to the quarterback quickly.
26. Houston Texans: Coby Fleener- The Texans are in dire need of a tight end and Fleener is the best in this draft. Fleener is a vertical threat and is willing to block as well. He is great when playing underneath and can do really well against inside linebackers. The Texans would be thrilled to have Fleener there for them in the draft.
27. New England Patriots: Shea Mclellin- No one can ever guess what the Patriots are going to do on draft day; no one in the world knows if they are going to move up or down. But they should keep this pick and get the linebacker from Boise State. Belichick loves versatile players and that’s why Mclellin could be perfect for the Patriots. It could give them their best linebacker since Vrabel and Bruschi.
28. Green Bay Packers: Whitney Mercilus- Mercilus does one thing extremely well and that is rush the passer. A pass rusher is just what the Packers need, so this could be a very good value pick. Matthews is great, but the Packers need someone else when Matthews draws double teams. Mercilus is the man for Green Bay.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Bobby Massie- Last year in the playoffs Joe Flacco was pressured non-stop by the average Patriots pass rush. And if Flacco wants to show he is the best QB in the NFL, like he says he is, he is going to need to be protected. Massie is a strong tackle who has great foot work. Massie can develop into an all pro if developed right and the Ravens can do that.
30. San Francisco 49ners: Kevin Zeitler- The Niners have a huge hole at the offensive guard position because of the loss of Adam Snyder. Zeitler can be a good fit for them, as the Niners address a huge need in the first round.
31. Miami Dolphins: Nick Perry- Of course the Patriots trade back once again this time to their division rival. The Dolphins are in need of a pass rusher across from Cameron Wake. Perry is fast and a great tackler who the Dolphins love. He can play in the 3-4 or the 4-3 which fits well with Joe Philbin’s hybrid defense.
32. New York Giants: Mike Adams- The Giants won the Super Bowl last year despite having a weakness at tackle. Adams would be the best tackle available which fits the way Jerry Reese drafts. As well as being the best tackle available, the Giants get a tough run blocker in Adams.