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2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0


The NFL Draft is most likely what Titans fans are thinking about this time of year. The team finished  just short of the playoffs in a season that 4-12 was the “expert opinion.” This off-season will be filled with optimism. A strong rookie core and a true leader at quarterback is something we aren’t quite used to. It feels good to be a Titan fan right now. This will be my first of many mock drafts. The picks are very fluid, so instead consider it an informative piece, but don’t hold me to it. The NFL Combine is a make or break event for the players, so mocks before that are just guessing on value.

The way I think the Titans will look at the first round is BPA on defense. We have two Hall Of Fame Offensive Linemen; I doubt they will waste a 1st on a guy when they can coach up a 2nd or 3rd to be just as good. I do, however, believe the line will be altered a bit through free agency and the draft. Maybe a 2nd round C/OG to pair with a veteran OG/C. Our most glaring hole on defense is safety and defensive end. We have three safeties hitting free agency and our defensive ends only produced 7.5 sacks combined in this past season. I want a guy getting more than that on his own, consistently.

*These pick are ties that will be decided by a coin flip on the day of the NFL Combine.

-I won’t do trades for the sake of this early mock draft, but I strongly believe there will be a trade very early for RGIII.

2012 NFL Mock Draft

1.            Colts-Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

This is a no-brainer. Andrew Luck is the best to come out in a while. He is deadly accurate, has a big frame and is a hard working leader. I do want to emphasize he was in a run first offense in college. I hope the Colts understand that and build a team around him fit for that style.

 

2.            Rams-Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

The Rams need a wide-receiver bad. They need help on the offensive line too, but have two young tackles they may give another season before replacing them. Justin Blackmon is not the tallest, strongest or even fastest wide-out, but he is the smartest and hardest working guy there is. His hands are like pillows and he has incredible focus. Sounds like another guy that played this position…Jerry Rice.

 

3.            Vikings-Matt Kalil, OT, USC

He is a phenomenal prospect that offensive line coaches dream about. At 6’7” 295lbs, Matt Kalil has the size and athleticism to blanket anyone. He is among the Joe Thomas’s of the league.

 

4.            Browns-Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

The Browns may covet Blackmon, but with him off the board Richardson is absolutely the next best weapon to give a lonely Colt McCoy.

 

5.            Buccaneers-Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

The Bucs need help all over the defense               . Barber is getting old and Talib is a problem-child, but it’s not like they are forcing a need. Claiborne is a stud.

 

6.            Redskins-Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

This might happen at the Rams #2 pick, either way its happening. Cam Newton definitely helped RGIII’s stock, but by no means is the guy not deserving of the franchise. He won a Heisman trophy because of his athleticism; he will be a stud in the league because of his intelligence.

 

7.            Jaguars- Alshon Jefferey, WR, South Carolina

The Jags are known to force a need and reach. They need help for Gabbert. Jefferey has a huge frame and is good at the jump ball. The Jags new head Coach Mike Mularkey was the Offensive-Coordinator in Atlanta last year. The year they made the blockbuster trade for WR Julio Jones, it was pick #7 too.

 

*8/9.     Panthers-Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The panther pass defense was horrible. Newton could put up points against any team in the league this year…except for the Titans. Their defense didn’t make enough stops and they will think Kirkpatrick is the answer.

 

*8/9.     Dolphins-Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

The Dolphins need a quarterback, but the options a slim here. A trade back to #20 (our pick) to not reach so much on their guy, similar to what Denver did with Tebow, is possible if the Titans covet a guy like Quinton Coples. With the boring but serviceable pick, however, this mock will have the Dolphins upgrading their RT position.

 

10.          Bills-Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

The top 3-4 OLB in the class dominated the National Championship game. The Bills need to get more pressure on the Quarterback.

 

*11/12. Chiefs-Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

The Chiefs need help on the offensive line. Kyle Orton and Matt Cassel with be a tight training camp battle. Martin is a solid pick that fits a big need.

 

*11/12. Seahawks-Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

This is my favorite Defensive End in the draft; he is strong, fast and has long arms. He produced better his 2010 season, but he still looked the part in 2011.

 

13.          Cardinals- Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

Absolute machine, he plays sideline-sideline and has the skill set to play inside in a 3-4 and any backer in a 4-3.

 

14.          Cowboys-Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Now hold on a second, before his off-the-field issues got him a bus pass out of the Florida Defense , Jenkins was a true playmaker. He has outstanding coverage and fits right in with the Dallas culture.

 

15.          Eagles-Dont’a Hightower, MLB, Alabama

This guy is a strong middle linebacker that has a nose for the football. He lacks fluidity and speed in coverage, but overall is an impressive talent.

 

16.          Jets-Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

The Jets need help at both OLB and WR. With Upshaw off the board Floyd is a quick pick here. He has a big frame and is very well rounded.

 

17.          Raiders (traded to Bengals for Carson Palmer) Bengals- David Decastro, OG, Stanford

Decastro is massive and smart. He is the best OG to come out in a while. He has no weaknesses and can be a leader for 10-15 years. He and Dalton should get along great…

 

18.          Chargers-Nick Perry, OLB, USC

This guy was a force at USC and I know the Chargers wish they had their own Clay Mathews.

 

19.          Bears-Mark Barron, S, Alabama

The Bears safeties were horrible this year. They were called out by veterans and coaches publicly. Expect to see the Bears switch it up a bit and take Barron early. He is a rangy, hard-hitting safety that would do nice behind that front seven.

 

20.          Titans-Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

At 6’2” 276lbs Ingram fits the script of a Jerry gray Defensive End. He is a true playmaker and a solid talent among a weak defensive end class. He doesn’t necessarily excel at one particular thing, but he is a well-round football player. Sounds like Morgan…I know. With Floyd, Barron, and Decastro all off the board Ingram might be our best option.

 

21.          Bengals-Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

The Bengals need a replacement for Cedric Benson. Miller is a strong runner with great vision.

 

22.          Falcons (traded pick to Browns) Browns- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Wright is a burner with solid route running. He has excellent playmaking ability and was Robert Griffin III’s number one target.         Think Mike Wallace or Torrey Smith.

 

23.          Lions- Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

Here is another Nebraska guy to sure up this defense. Lions’ secondary is horrible.

 

24.          Steelers- Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State

The Steelers’ defense is getting old and Burfict is a stud. He has the Steel Curtain attitude and would look just right in black and yellow. He hits hard and he runs fast, they will love him.

 

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  • David Matthew Melville

    I really hope if this is how it breaks that the Titans consider trading up a few spots

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    To get DeCastro? He’d definitely be nice. I’m not sure with Munchak’s history of picking up lineman later that we’ll use a 1st rounder like that. If we don’t, I do expect us to grab one in the 2nd.

  • David Matthew Melville

    Either DeCastro who I really like or Floyd. I don’t know when you start comparing our draft pick to Morgan it kind of makes me nervous! I would even consider trading down to gather more picks if that is our best choice.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    Yeah. I expect Morgan to pick it up this year. Those type of injuries can take some time but he show a lot of promise his rookie year before he went down. Either way I trust the front office to make the right choice. They killed this last draft.

  • Walker Thomas

    I think the secondary is a much more glaring need than o-line

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    The Safety position will be a big one to watch during the offseason

  • seagle1

    I think it would serve the Titans well to get Barron, the best safety on the board. Can’t see them going WR in the 1st unless someone falls and they are in love, likewise with a OG. We definitely need an upgrade at C and G but we could get that later

  • David Matthew Melville

    I really hope if this is how it breaks that the Titans consider trading up a few spots

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    To get DeCastro? He’d definitely be nice. I’m not sure with Munchak’s history of picking up lineman later that we’ll use a 1st rounder like that. If we don’t, I do expect us to grab one in the 2nd.

  • David Matthew Melville

    Either DeCastro who I really like or Floyd. I don’t know when you start comparing our draft pick to Morgan it kind of makes me nervous! I would even consider trading down to gather more picks if that is our best choice.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    Yeah. I expect Morgan to pick it up this year. Those type of injuries can take some time but he show a lot of promise his rookie year before he went down. Either way I trust the front office to make the right choice. They killed this last draft.

  • Walker Thomas

    I think the secondary is a much more glaring need than o-line

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    The Safety position will be a big one to watch during the offseason

  • seagle1

    I think it would serve the Titans well to get Barron, the best safety on the board. Can’t see them going WR in the 1st unless someone falls and they are in love, likewise with a OG. We definitely need an upgrade at C and G but we could get that later

  • Walker Thomas

    The team doesn’t have anyone I would call a number one corner either

  • jstitansized

    @seagle1 They may be able to get Barron in the second if they can get an earlier 2nd rounder. It’s hard to say now without the combine and pro days but as of this point, that’s a possibility. I’d also like us to get our hands on him. His stock is currently sitting at about late 1st rounder to early 2nd rounder.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    I think corner may very well be the strongest position on this team, hands down.

  • David Matthew Melville

    The thing about safety is that is mostly a 2nd or 3rd round pick unless the safety is just something out of this world special and those usually go pretty high. I want to believe your right about Morgan but I am still bitter about just missing on Pierre Paul but I really hope he brings it next year. I can’t see corner being a problem really we are 3 deep there.

  • Walker Thomas

    That doesn’t speak well for the rest of the team then.

  • Walker Thomas

    The corners they have are Vastly overrated

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    I think you vastly underrate them and would have a hard time finding someone who agrees with your rating. Do you ever look at ProFootballFocus.com? They do amazing analyzing and I trust those guys fully. They are really high on all the tape they’ve analyzed of our guys, and they analyze every game in the NFL every week. You should check them out.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    David Matthew Melville : We all know how I feel about Morgan and JPP… http://titansized.com/2011/11/28/1st-round-frustrations-derrick-mogan-vs-jason-pierre-paul/

  • Walker Thomas

    The team doesn’t have anyone I would call a number one corner either

  • http://www.justinlstewart.com/ jstitansized

    @seagle1 They may be able to get Barron in the second if they can get an earlier 2nd rounder. It’s hard to say now without the combine and pro days but as of this point, that’s a possibility. I’d also like us to get our hands on him. His stock is currently sitting at about late 1st rounder to early 2nd rounder.

  • David Matthew Melville

    Yea I know we both share that sentiment!!

  • David Matthew Melville

    Also Walker I am not sure what games you are watching but seriously there is no way corner is in the top need areas on this team. Even if you want to dispute the good job they did is corner really weaker then interior o-line? Defensive end? Wide Receiver? Safety? Come on now.

  • Shawn Eagle

    I don’t really think our corners are overrated at all. I think its obvious we have had less than great play from our safeties though. Griff stills has it he just needs to focus and play within the game plan. He gets caught out of position too often by biting on fakes or double moves. I think more importantly we need to solidify our O line. We have got to get this run game on track

  • Walker Thomas

    You misunderstand my intent. I’m not trying to say they can’t play the position. Mccourty and verner can cover a lot of guys, but when it comes time to hang with elite guys like Wallace, Colston or Andre Johnson the end result is the same. Somebody gives up a bomb td. In a league trending ever more towards the passing game a teams elite talent needs to be on the outside or competing will become increasingly difficult in the offensive arms race that is the NFL.

  • Walker Thomas

    And I don’t think the team will re-sign Finnegan

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    I think corner may very well be the strongest position on this team, hands down.

  • David Matthew Melville

    The thing about safety is that is mostly a 2nd or 3rd round pick unless the safety is just something out of this world special and those usually go pretty high. I want to believe your right about Morgan but I am still bitter about just missing on Pierre Paul but I really hope he brings it next year. I can’t see corner being a problem really we are 3 deep there.

  • Walker Thomas

    That doesn’t speak well for the rest of the team then.

  • Walker Thomas

    The corners they have are Vastly overrated

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    I think you vastly underrate them and would have a hard time finding someone who agrees with your rating. Do you ever look at ProFootballFocus.com? They do amazing analyzing and I trust those guys fully. They are really high on all the tape they’ve analyzed of our guys, and they analyze every game in the NFL every week. You should check them out.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    David Matthew Melville : We all know how I feel about Morgan and JPP… http://titansized.com/2011/11/28/1st-round-frustrations-derrick-mogan-vs-jason-pierre-paul/

  • David Matthew Melville

    Yea I know we both share that sentiment!!

  • David Matthew Melville

    Also Walker I am not sure what games you are watching but seriously there is no way corner is in the top need areas on this team. Even if you want to dispute the good job they did is corner really weaker then interior o-line? Defensive end? Wide Receiver? Safety? Come on now.

  • Shawn Eagle

    I don’t really think our corners are overrated at all. I think its obvious we have had less than great play from our safeties though. Griff stills has it he just needs to focus and play within the game plan. He gets caught out of position too often by biting on fakes or double moves. I think more importantly we need to solidify our O line. We have got to get this run game on track

  • Walker Thomas

    You misunderstand my intent. I’m not trying to say they can’t play the position. Mccourty and verner can cover a lot of guys, but when it comes time to hang with elite guys like Wallace, Colston or Andre Johnson the end result is the same. Somebody gives up a bomb td. In a league trending ever more towards the passing game a teams elite talent needs to be on the outside or competing will become increasingly difficult in the offensive arms race that is the NFL.

  • Walker Thomas

    And I don’t think the team will re-sign Finnegan

  • Chase Maher

    How many NFL teams have a corner that can stop Johnson, Colston, Wallace? We have very underrated corners… What we lack is a pass rush. Name me one shut down corner EVER that didn’t have a good pass rush in front of him. If the Giants had our corners they would be deadly.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    McCourty was thrown at 117 times this season and gave up 1 touchdown. Fact. Being thrown at 117 times is 3rd most for any CB in the NFL. Fact.

  • Chase Maher

    How many NFL teams have a corner that can stop Johnson, Colston, Wallace? We have very underrated corners… What we lack is a pass rush. Name me one shut down corner EVER that didn’t have a good pass rush in front of him. If the Giants had our corners they would be deadly.

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    McCourty was thrown at 117 times this season and gave up 1 touchdown. Fact. Being thrown at 117 times is 3rd most for any CB in the NFL. Fact.

  • David Matthew Melville

    What I said before even if we said corner was a need it can’t be as a high priority as other things. We can’t fill every hole in one draft/free agent class. Also will Finnegan be the Franchise Tag or is someone else going to get it that I am missing?

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    I’m not sure. There’s a lot of smoke and screens right now with the Titans and their free agents.

  • Walker Thomas

    Honestly I think Griffin should be a priority over Finnegan

  • Titan Sized on Fansided

    You’re crazy

  • Walker Thomas

    Harder to replace two safetys than a guy that’s the nickel most of the time.