Final NFL Mock Draft
The 2012 NFL Draft begins Thursday evening, with the first round scheduled to take place.
This is my final mock draft, at least for the first round, and I’m going to see if if I can get ten of these correct.
That’s hard to do, because if you guess wrong on just team, or if there’s just one unexpected pick by a team, that could throw off everything.
For instance, the Cleveland Browns selecting at number four. If I get that pick right, then I might have a shot. If I don’t, then the chances are slim.
One final thing; this is who I think the teams will pick, not who I think they should pick.
Now, onto the mock draft.
1)—Indianapolis Colts—Andrew Luck—QB—Stanford. No surprise here. Some have called Luck the best quarterback prospect, ever. Well, at least there’s no pressure on him coming in, right?
2)—Washington Redskins—Robert Griffin III—QB—Baylor. Yes, the Redskins gave the Rams a lot to get this pick, but RG3 should be worth it.
3)—Minnesota Vikings—Morris Claiborne—CB—LSU. I’d take Matt Kalil if I were the Vikings. I think he’s the third-best player in the draft, and he would fill a need, but they’ve just never seemed to be in love with the USC tackle. Claiborne has the tools to be a special corner though.
4)—Cleveland Browns—Trent Richardson—RB—Alabama. There has been a lot of talk about the Browns taking Ryan Tannehill, but after the two qb’s, the two players the teams are most in love with are Claiborne and Richardson. The Browns desperately need to make their offense better, and Richardson would be a big step in that direction. Cleveland has 13 picks in this draft, so they can get better, real quick.
5)—Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Matt Kalil—OT—USC. This is the pick that I’m struggling with the most. The Buccaneers love Claiborne, but I don’t think he’ll be there. They hosted Kalil, so I suppose they like him, but I can also see them taking Luke Kuechly, the Boston College linebacker. I’ll say Kalil, as he plays a much tougher position to fill.
6)—St. Louis Rams—Justin Blackmon—WR—Oklahoma St. I understand the Rams like Mississippi St. DT Fletcher Cox a lot, but they just have to get Sam Bradford some help, and despite some criticisms, Blackmon has the tools to be a go-to receiver for many years to come.
7)—Jacksonville Jaguars—Fletcher Cox—DT—Mississippi St. Yeah, I a lot of people are predicting South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore to be taken here, but I’m going with Cox, who would be a nice fit in Jacksonville. I’m sure a trade is possible, as the the Jaguars would like to move down, but that would mean somebody would be looking to move up. That’s something I don’t see likely to happen. As for Gilmore, I think he’ll slip.
8)—Miami Dolphins—Ryan Tannehill—QB—Texas A&M. The Dolphins struck out on both Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn, but they’ll get a quarterback after all. Miami’s new offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, was Tannehill’s coach at Texas A&M.
9)—Carolina Panthers—Luke Kuechly—LB—Boston College. Kuechly is a tackling machine, who will step in right away and be a fixture in Carolina for many years to come.
10)—Buffalo Bills—Michael Floyd—WR—Notre Dame. Buffalo can certainly go defensive back with this pick, but I think they like the idea of giving Ryan Fitzpatrick Floyd, along with Stevie Johnson, to throw it to.
11)—Kansas City Chiefs–David DeCastro—G—Stanford
12)—Seattle Seahawks—Melvin Ingram—DE—South Carolina
13)—Arizona Cardinals—Riley Reiff—OT—Iowa
14)—Dallas Cowboys—Mark Barron—S—Alabama
15)—Philadelphia Eagles—Stephon Gilmore—CB—South Carolina
16)—New York Jets—Quinton Coples—DE—North Carolina
17)—Cincinnati Bengals—Dre Kirkpatrick—CB—Alabama
18)—San Diego Chargers—Cordy Glenn—OT/OG—Georgia
19)—Chicago Bears—Michael Brockers—DT—LSU
20)—Tennessee Titans—Dantari Poe—DT—Memphis
21)—Cincinnati Bengals—Courtney Upshaw—DE/LB—Alabama
22)—Cleveland Browns—Jonathan Martin—OT—Stanford
23)—Detroit Lions—Janoris Jenkins—CB—Northern Alabama
24)—Pittsburgh Steelers—Dont’a Hightower—LB—Alabama
25)—Denver Broncos—Kendall Reyes—DT—Connecticut
26)—Houston Texans—Kendall Wright—WR—Baylor
27)—New England Patriots—Chandler Jones—DE/OLB—Syracuse
28)—Green Bay Packers—Shea McClellin—DE/OLB—Boise St.
29)—Baltimore Ravens—Peter Konz—C—Wisconsin
30)—San Francisco 49ers—Stephen Hill—WR—Georgia Tech
31)—New England Patriots—Amini Silatolu—OL—Midwestern St.
32)—New York Giants—Nick Perry—DE—USC
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell
The first-round will be held on Thursday night, at 7 pm (cdt), with rounds two and three on Friday night, at 6 pm (cdt), and rounds 4-7 on Sunday, beginning at 11 am (cdt).