Final 2012 NFL Mock Draft 3.0.
The 2012 NFL Draft is tonight and it is time for my final mock draft of the year. Over the last week lots of rumors have sprung up on selections and possible trades. The two most talked about first round trades include the third overall pick, currently owned by the Minnesota Vikings and the seventh overall pick, currently owned by the Jacksonville Jaguars. No teams have been publicly disclosed as talking to the Vikings for the number three pick, as the Philadelphia Eagles are one team talking to the Jaguars concerning the number seven pick. The top two picks are locked in as Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are going to the Colts and Redskins, respectively. After those two picks, the waters very murky. Other sure-fire top 10 picks look like USC OT Matt Kalil, LSU CB Morris Claiborne, Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon, and Alabama RB Trent Richardson. What teams those four guys go to are unclear right now. If Minnesota doesn’t trade the third pick, it looks like they’ll take Kalil or Claiborne with the pick, and Cleveland will take Richardson fourth overall.
Anyway, it is time for my final mock draft of the 2012 draft class. I thought about including possible trades but no one knows what picks will be traded and all that, so I think it’s better to just mock with the current draft order. So without further ado, here is my final 2012 NFL Mock Draft Version 3.0. Here is my last mock draft, Mock Draft 2.0 https://scoreboardsteve.com/2012/04/14/nfl-mock-draft-2-0/
1.Indianapolis Colts: Stanford QB Andrew Luck – Colts GM Ryan Grigson has already said on video that they are taking Luck first overall.
2.Washington Redskins: Baylor QB Robert Griffin III – The Redskins didn’t trade up for anyone other than RG3.
3.Minnesota Vikings: LSU CB Morris Claiborne – Matt Kalil is an enticing pick here to give Christian Ponder some protection, but with Aaron Rodgers, Matthew Stafford, and Jay Cutler as the other QB’s in the division and WR’s like Calvin Johnson, Brandon Marshall, and Greg Jennings in the division, the Vikings need a shut down corner to tighten up the pass defense.
4.Cleveland Browns: Alabama RB Trent Richardson – The Browns have no one on offense and selecting Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill here is a reach and Richardson is a game changer.
5.Tampa Bay Buccaneers: South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore – The Bucs need secondary help badly and need fresh young blood at corner back and Gilmore has sky rocketed up draft boards and is the second best CB and has the tools to become a top number one corner in the NFL.
6.St.Louis Rams: USC OT Matt Kalil – The Rams need protection for Sam Bradford badly and somehow Kalil falls to six and the Rams get a steal at this point.
7.Jacksonville Jaguars: Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon – The Jaguars really like Blackmon and need to give Blaine Gabbert a number one target, even after signing Laurent Robinson. Blackmon falls to seven and Jacksonville gets their man.
8.Miami Dolphins: Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill – The Dolphins need a franchise QB and current offensive coordinator Mike Sherman coached Tannehill at Texas A&M. The fit is there. Miami needs to get some people in that stadium.
9.Carolina Panthers: North Carolina DE Quinton Coples – The Panthers need defensive help and Coples is a local kid and can become the new Julius Peppers for the Panthers. This kid has all the tools to become the next big thing in the NFL, but his commitment has to be there.
10.Buffalo Bills: Alabama SS Mark Barron – The Bills would love Gilmore here, but get the next best secondary target in Barron, who can help stop Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez of the Patriots. Barron should go around here and he plays at a high level and is going to be one of the best safeties in the NFL quickly.
11.Kansas City Chiefs: Stanford G David DeCastro – The Chiefs don’t have many needs outside of giving protection to Matt Cassell. The defense is solid with getting Eric Berry back from injury and the offense is fine at RB, WR, and TE, as they get back Jamaal Charles and Tony Moeaki. They also picked up Peyton Hillis. DeCastro is the second best offensive lineman in this draft and gives added protection after the addition of Eric Winston. The Chiefs may give the Broncos a real run for their money in the AFC West in 2012.
12.Seattle Seahawks: Boston College ILB Luke Kuechly – The Seahawks do have a need for an ILB and Kuechly is the best one in the draft and is an immediate huge help on this defense. Things are looking up in Seattle.
13.Arizona Cardinals: Iowa OT Riley Reiff – The Cardinals need to add protection for their long-term big money investment, Kevin Kolb. Reiff is the second best OT in the draft and will help right away for this OL. Michael Floyd could be taken as well to take some attention off of Larry Fitzgerald.
14.Dallas Cowboys: LSU DT/DE Michael Brockers – The Cowboys really like this kid and could use him on the defensive line. I haven’t seen one mock draft where Brockers doesn’t go to Dallas in the event that Mark Barron and Stephon Gilmore aren’t available.
15.Philadelphia Eagles: Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox – The Eagles are all over this kid and want to trade up to number seven with the Jaguars to get him but if Jacksonville doesn’t select Cox themselves, then I think he falls to Philadelphia at their original spot at 15.
16.New York Jets: South Carolina DE/OLB Melvin Ingram – Rex Ryan LOVES this kid and he brings an immediate impact to the pass rush and boy do the Jets need a pass rusher. The Jets will contemplate to trade up to get Ingram, but I have him falling to 16 so the Jets can keep their picks.
17.Cincinnati Bengals: Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick – The Bengals have a need for a corner and Kirkpatrick would have been a top 15 pick had he not had off the field problems and we are familiar with past Bengals having off field issues.
18.San Diego Chargers: Alabama DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw – The Chargers do need defensive help and get a solid pick right here with Upshaw, who could have gone to the Jets at 16.
19.Chicago Bears: Georgia OT/G Cordy Glenn – The Bears need someone on this offensive line to protect Jay Cutler or he’ll never be able to throw to Brandon Marshall. Glenn has risen on draft boards in the last few weeks and the flexibility to play tackle and guard is good and the Bears need someone like him.
20.Tennessee Titans: Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus – This guy is raw but also a beast. He can help a Titans defense that needs another defensive end or a corner. With no secondary options here, Mercilus and his raw athleticism are the pick for Tennessee.
21.Cincinnati Bengals: Syracuse DE Chandler Jones – Adding Jones and Kirkpatrick help solidify this defense that played pretty well in 2011. Jones has sky rocketed up draft boards lately and can go as high as 15.
22.Cleveland Browns: Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd – The Browns get the the best RB in the draft and somehow land the second best WR prospect at 22. Floyd is very physical and the best run blocking wide receiver and has great size at 6’3, 224 pounds. If the Browns land Trent Richardson AND Michael Floyd, then when Matt Barkley, Landry Jones, Tyler Wilson, or Tyler Bray take over as the new QB in the first round of next year’s draft, they’ll be very happy with the weapons already in place.
23.Detroit Lions: Stanford OT Jonathan Martin – The Lions did a good job last year keeping Matthew Stafford healthy, but they could use more help and depth, and this is where Jonathan Martin comes in. They could use secondary help, but no one is worth taking here, unless they wanna take a risk on Janoris Jenkins. If Jahvid Best doesn’t look good after two concussions in 2011, maybe this is where Boise State RB Doug Martin goes.
24.Pittsburgh Steelers: Alabama ILB Dont’a Hightower – I’ve always had Hightower mocked here to the Steelers and nothing has changed. The Steelers love defense and adding a hard hitting linebacker from arguably the best defensive school, Alabama, and having him come to a top five defense in the NFL, the Steelers, can do wonders for this kid.
25.Denver Broncos: Memphis DT Dontari Poe – Poe was a top 10 pick in my last mock, but he has fallen lately and fallen behind Fletcher Cox and Michael Brockers. Denver has nobody at defensive tackle and will take the best available one.
26.Houston Texans: Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill – The Texans need a number two receiver to attract some attention off of Andre Johnson. Hill is 6’4, 215 pounds. He also ran the fastest 40 time at the combine, in 4.36 seconds. That speed with that size is great. The Texans could use an OT or pass rusher to repalce Eric Winston and Mario Williams, respectively, but there’s no offensive tackle worth taking here and I think they’d prefer Hill’s potential over a pass rusher.
27. New England Patriots: Notre Dame SS Harrison Smith – The Patriots need major help on the defense and adding someone to their secondary is a big need. Smith has been rising on draft boards and this is the area where he’d likely go. They can wait a few spots to get a pass rusher if they’d like.
28.Green Bay Packers: Boise State OLB Shea McClellin – The Packers love this kid and are hoping he falls and I think he will. He adds needed pass rush help to a team that has lost a step on pass rush towards the tail end of last year. McClellin can come right in and help from the start.
29.Baltimore Ravens: USC DE Nick Perry – This is one of my harder picks, but the Ravens are a defensive team and can use an extra rusher. Maybe an offensive lineman goes here, but that’s the only other position I can see the Ravens taking someone.
30.San Francisco 49ers: Wisconsin OG Kevin Zeitler – The 49ers have a hole at guard and need someone young to help on this offensive line. How can Alex Smith use all his weapons if he can’t get protection? Zeitler offers immediate help.
31.New England Patriots: Boise State RB Doug Martin – Martin is a great pass blocking back and can run the ball very well. The Patriots have a need here with the loss of BenJarvus Green Ellis and no one to run the ball. Doug Martin improves the run game and takes a bit of attention off of Tom Brady.
32.New York Giants: Stanford TE Coby Fleener – The Giants need a tight end to pair with Martellus Bennett. Kevin Boss has a torn ACL and will miss the start of the season. Fleener is arguably the best player available and fills a need for the Giants. He’s 6’6, so he has great size and can help the pass and run game immediately.