2012 NFL Mock Draft – 2 Rounds
2012 NFL Mock Draft
1. Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford
Luck will be the pick. Reggie Wayne signed a new deal to stay in Indy, so he’ll have at least one reliable target to throw to. The Colts will have to build the offense first to avoid a Bradford type situation.
2. Washington Redskins
Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor
The ‘Skins just ransomed years of first round draft picks to select Griffin. They are signing Wide Receivers in free agency, it’s just to bad he won’t have a true #1 to throw to.
3. Minnesota Vikings
Matt Kalil – OT – USC
Ponder and Peterson (when back from injury) have to love this pick. Minnesota needs a WR to go with Harvin, but without an effective running game or time to throw, what’s the point?
4. Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama
Last year Cleveland lost a lot of games because they couldn’t score points. Their defense is good. The Browns need to focus strictly on OFFENSE in the first two rounds of the draft. As much as they’ll want to pull the trigger on Tannehill, he isn’t the answer. Build now for whoever is next. With Hillis now in Kansas City, it sets them up nicely to take the best running back in the draft.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU
Tampa Bay is a mess. In a division with the Saints and Falcons, defense has to be their number one priority. Claiborne has shutdown potential which is needed against Brees and Ryan.
6. St. Louis Rams
Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State
Sam Bradford just got his first hard-on as an NFL Quarterback. This was long over-due. The Rams just have to hope the draft falls in their favor. Cleveland might snatch up Blackmon at 4. If they do, I would trade down a few picks AGAIN and take the best available receiver.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame
Chad Henne? Really? Wether it’s Gabbert or Henne, Laurent Robinson just won’t do. Another (better) receiver is still needed. Drafting Floyd moves Robinson over to the #2 spot making this offense better .. depending on if The Interception Machine or Marsha Brady can get them the ball.
8. Miami Dolphins
Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa
If Manning is going to be a Dolphin, Miami has to draft Offensive Line help. If Manning isn’t going to be a Dolphin, Miami has to draft Offensive Line help.
9. Carolina Panthers
Dontari Poe – DT – Memphis
Poe had a monster combine. Some said he reminded them of Suh coming out. Regardless, the Panthers were really good at losing games 40-33 last year. They need a receiver and some O-Line help, but defense has to be their goal in this draft. Poe is a beast.
10. Buffalo Bills
Jonathan Martin – OT – Stanford
Stevie Jackson re-signed. He’s a punk bitch, but still a decent receiver when he’s not dropping balls wide open down the middle to win games. Mario Williams just signed. INSTANT upgrade over anything they have on the D-Line. Games are won/lost in the trenches. Drafting Martin and signing Williams gives them upgrades on both sides of the ball.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi State
Now that the Chiefs have two defective running backs, they can turn their attention to defense. They lost Brandon Carr to the Cowboys. That’s huge. Stanford Routt sucks. They will need more of a pass rush or that dude is gonna get BURNED. Cox is good value here.
12. Seattle Seahawks
Luke Kuechly – ILB – Boston College
Until we see if Seattle gets Manning, Flynn, or Kolb, Tannehill stays on the board. Kuechly is a tackling machine and should help improve Seattle’s 3rd Down percentage. They are in a week division, where San Francisco proved last year, a good defense can go a long way.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina
The Cards need offensive line help, but in this mock they select Coples out of NC. Earlier mocks all had Coples in the top 8. He has slid due to team needs. His fall stops here with Arizona scooping him up at 13. Establishing more of a pass rush will make Patrick Peterson a happy man at CB.
14. Dallas Cowboys
David DeCastro – OG – Stanford
I wanted to draft a corner or safety here so bad. With Carr signing, their secondary gets a great boost. Jenkins or Kirkpatrick along with Carr would have been chaos. Barron was considered, but I feel it’s a little to high for him. DeCastro will help keep Romo healthy and help open holes in the running game.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
Dont’a Hightower – ILB – Alabama
DeSean Jackson just got way over-payed. Outside of being a deep threat, Jackson hasn’t been $50 million dollars worth of productive. They should have traded him. They won’t draft wide receiver here, now. Linebacker is their biggest need. Will Andy Reid finally draft one in the first round?
16. New York Jets
Courtney Upshaw – DE/OLB – Alabama
Mark Sanchez just got an extension. If the Jets don’t trade up for Richardson, I think they’ll add to their pass rush here. Upshaw is great value here and will step in and help New York’s defense right away.
17. Cincinnati Bengals
Janoris Jenkins – CB – North Alabama
The Chargers need corner back and interior offensive line depth. With the Chargers, Bears and Titans (Who just lost Finnegan) picking before their second, first round selection .. The Bengals take Jenkins at 17.
18. San Diego Chargers
Melvin Ingram – DE – South Carolina
Ingram could go in the top 10, so with him falling to the Chargers, who need help at Defensive End, they hand in their card within 30 seconds. San Diego can put up points, they just have trouble preventing them. Losing Vincent Jackson might hurt, we’ll see how he does in Tampa. Was he just a product of having Rivers as a quarter back?
19. Chicago Bears
Dre Kirkpatrick – CB – Alabama
Brandon Marshall has been reunited with Jay Cutler. Wide Receiver isn’t the concern it was a few days ago. Kirkpatrick has fallen due to legal troubles, but with the veterans on the Bears defense along with their need for a quality corner back, Lovie Smith will take the chance.
20. Tennessee Titans
Peter Konz – C – Wisconsin
Is Manning landing in Tennessee? Even if he doesn’t, Jake Locker (who should be starting) and Chris Johnson will benefit from landing the potential pro-bowl center.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Cordy Glenn – OG – Georgia
Cordy Glenn is a HOG. If the Bengals can pull Jenkins and Glenn from the first round, there will be a buzz in Cincinnati. Playing the Ravens and Steelers, you need a good offensive line. Glenn will shore up the running game and give Dalton more time to throw.
22. Cleveland Browns
Kendall Wright – WR – Baylor
After taking Richardson at 4, the Browns stick to improving their anemic offense. Colt McCoy isn’t any good. I thought about Tannehill here, but it’s imperative they improve their offensive for whoever does eventually take over at Quarterback. Wright is much faster in game than out. He is a deep threat who runs great routes and can separate.
23. Detroit Lions
Mark Barron – SS – Alabama
Will Detroit ever draft Offensive Line in early rounds? They need too, but playing Green Bay and Chicago twice each per year .. they need a good secondary. They got scorched by the Packers and need to improve in coverage.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Mike Adams – OT – Ohio State
With his combine performance, this may be a bit of a reach for Adams, but the Steelers can’t afford to take the best available at the end of round 2. They also have an aging defense to worry about, which can be addressed in the next few rounds.
25. Denver Broncos
Devon Still – DT – Penn State
Tebow could use some more help at Wide Receiver, but he has to learn how to get the ball to open receivers first. The Bronco defense was inconsistent last year and could really use a stout defensive tackle like Still to plug the holes.
26. Houston Texans
Stephen Hill – WR – Georgia Tech
Tight end, Owen Daniels, can’t stay healthy. Outside of Andre Johnson, the Texans don’t have much at wide receiver. When everyone returns healthy, adding Hill will make the Texans more dangerous than they already are.
27. New England Patriots
Nick Perry – DE/OLB – USC
New England’s defense seems to show up come Play-off time, but they need an overhaul at every level. Andre Carter going down with injury really hurt the Pats last season. Even if he returns healthy, they need to bolster their defensive front line. Getting to the quarterback won’t expose their horrid secondary as much, either.
28. Green Bay Packers
Whitney Mercilus – DE/OLB – Illinois
The Packers need secondary help, but with Mercilus still on the board the Packers have to take him. Pass rush was a concern, anyways. They can address a corner back in round two, as it is a talented deep class for the position. Mercilus lead the NCAA in sacks this last year.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Ronnell Lewis – OLB – Oklahoma
A bit of a reach for Lewis, but the Ravens have an aging linebackers core lead by the great Ray Lewis. Ronnell Lewis won’t have to contribute much right away, and could be an excellent successor at the position.
30. San Francisco 49ers
Alshon Jeffrey – WR – South Carolina
You will see Jeffrey anywhere from pick 7 to the Jags to the end of round 2 in mock drafts, so this seems like a decent spot for him to land. The 49ers just signed Randy Moss, but he is done. Alshon makes great catches and is a red zone threat, which San Fran needs.
31. New England Patriots
Michael Brockers – DT – LSU
More front line help for the Patriots. Brockers could go to Carolina or Denver, too, so taking him at 31 after already drafting Perry out of USC will give the Pats a defensive front line they haven’t had the luxury of having in quite some time.
32. New York Giants
David Wilson – RB – Virginia Tech
With the release of Brandon Jacobs and Bradshaw’s health issues, the Giants have made it clear they’re drafting a new starting running back this year. Wilson is explosive and will upgrade the already dangerous Super Bowl champion’s offense.
33. St. Louis Rams
Zebrie Sanders – OT – Florida State
34. Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener – TE – Stanford
35. Minnesota Vikings
Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina
36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Zach Brown – OLB – North Carolina
37. Cleveland Browns
Bobby Massie – OT – Ole Miss
38. Jacksonville Jaguars
Alfonzo Dennard – CB – Nebraska
39. St. Louis Rams
Harrison Smith – S – Notre Dame
40. Carolina Panthers
Jayron Hosley – CB/PR – Virginia Tech
41. Buffalo Bills
Andre Branch – DE/OLB – Clemson
42. Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M
43. Seattle Seahawks
Vinny Curry – DE/OLB – Marshall
44. Kansas City Chiefs
Philip Blake – C/OG – Baylor
45. Dallas Cowboys
Markelle Martin – SS – Oklahoma State
46. Philadelphia Eagles
Kendall Reyes – DE/DT – Conneticut
47. New York Jets
Rueben Randle – WR – LSU
48. New England Patriots
Trumaine Johnson – FS/CB – Montana
49. San Diego Chargers
Kelechi Osemele – OG – Iowa State
50. Chicago Bears
Dwayne Allen – TE – Clemson
51. Philadelphia Eagles
Chase Minnifield – CB – Virginia
52. Tennessee Titans
Cam Johnson – DE – Virginia
53. Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Miller – RB – Miami
54. Detroit Lions
Doug Martin – RB – Boise State
55. Atlanta Falcons
Jeff Allen – OT – Illinois
56. Pittsburgh Steelers
Jake Bequette – DE/OLB – Arkansas
57. Denver Broncos
Juron Criner – WR – Arizona
58. Houston Texans
Ben Jones – C – Georgia
59. New Orleans Saints
Shea McClellin – OLB – Boise State
60. Green Bay Packers
Casey Hayward – CB – Vanderbilt
61. Baltimore Ravens
Tommy Streeter – WR – Miami
62. San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Zeitler – OG – Wisconsin
63. New England Patriots
LaMichael James – RB – Oregon
64. New York Giants
Bobby Wagner – ILB/OLB – Utah State