2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (pre-combine)


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1. Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Luck is the best quarterback prospect in the nation, it just so happens Peyton Manning is all but finished in Indy.

2. St. Louis Rams/6. Washington Redskins
Trade: Washington Redskins select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
He won a Heisman trophy because of his athleticism; he will be a stud in the league because of his intelligence. The Redskins are desperate for a quarterback, and Griffin is right behind Andrew Luck in my book. The guy is a world-class track athlete with a great arm. Shanahan should like that.

3. Minnesota Vikings
Matt Kalil, OT, USC
At 6’7” 295lbs, Matt Kalil has the size and athleticism to blanket anyone. He is a phenomenal prospect that offensive line coaches dream about. The Vikings need to keep Christian Ponder upright.

4. Cleveland Browns
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
The Browns take the best offensive weapon available. They need some help for Colt McCoy. 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.

5. Tampa Bay 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. He might have been the best player on arguably the best defense in the nation.

6. Washington Redskins/2. St. Louis Rams
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Jeff Fisher has always ran a run first offense. Trent Richardson is an absolute terror in the backfield. The St. Louis Rams will receive a plethora of picks from the Redskins for this trade. It will serve well for new head coach Jeff Fisher, who will want to re-create this team with his guys. He can get the best running back in the draft and use extra picks from the trade on wide receivers and defense.

7. Jacksonville 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, when they made the blockbuster trade for WR Julio Jones, it was pick #7 too. We will see what he does at the combine; his performance could literally drop him to the second round.

8. Carolina Panthers
Reilly Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Panthers need help on defense, but they need to invest some line support for their main man Cam Newton.

9. Miami Dolphins
Melvin Ingram, OLD/DE, South Carolina
Ingram is a play maker that is shooting up draft boards. Cameron Wake needs some help and Melvin Ingram is a stud…perfect match.

10. Buffalo 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. Kansas City Chiefs
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
With all the offensive tackles taken the Chiefs may need to reach a bit to fill a hole left by free agent Brandon Carr. Jenkins is a play maker. He sticks to receivers like glue, but lacks the size to cover big guys. I fully expect him to dominate the combine.

12. Seattle Seahawks
Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
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. He has some issues with motivation, but Pete Carrol is an energetic head coach that can get the most out of Quinton Coples. Coples dominated the senior bowl putting offensive tackles on their backs.

13. Arizona Cardinals
Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
Absolute machine, he plays sideline to sideline and has the skill set to play inside in a 3-4 and any backer in a 4-3. He is an instinctive linebacker that will sure up the Cardinals defense.

14. Dallas Cowboys
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Dallas Cowboys’ secondary is horrible. They need a lot of help. It starts here. Kirkpatrick played on Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide, he can ball.

15. Philadelphia Eagles
Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

He is young and raw, but Jim Washburn, the Eagles’ defensive line coach, is one of the best in the biz.

16. New York Jets
.Mark Barron, S, Alabama
.The top safety in a weak class allows Barron to move up, Rex Ryan will turn him into a hard hitting beast.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland)
.David DeCastro, OG, Stanfdord
.The Bengals have an old interior o-line. DeCastro is a day 1 starter.

18. San Diego Chargers
.Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
.At 6’3″ 230lbs Floyd has the skill set to replace the man they once threw at endlessly in Vincent Jackson. Phillip Rivers won’t miss a beat.

19. Chicago Bears
.Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
.Mike Tice was just promoted from O-line coach to offensive coordinator. They will likely invest in new talent for whoever takes over.

20. Tennessee Titans
.Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
.This guy scares me a bit. I would rather have Coples, Ingram, or even Upshaw. Unfortunately for the Titans we pick way to late for any of those guys. Mercilus is a one year wonder with good size and good athleticism. He doesn’t have the rushing repertoire of what you would like in a first round defensive end, but he can certainly develop into a great talent. Other picks could be Kendall Wright or even Devon Still.

21. Cincinnati Bengals
.Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
.Wright’s blazing speed and good hands are what coaches and quarterbacks love. He is a perfect complementary wide out to Aj Green. He can also return kicks.

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta)
.Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
.This guys has a strong arm and decent athleticism. He can sit behind Colt McCoy or start right away. I think a lot of people are underrating him.

23. Detroit Lions
.Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
.The Lions secondary is horrible. Boykin plays much bigger than his 5’10” frame.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers
.Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
.This guy is huge and versatile. The Steelers’ o line is always injured and Glenn fits the tough minded mentality.

25. Denver Broncos
Devon Still, DT, Penn State

At 6’4″ Devon Still is a consistent tackle for loss machine. His stock may get a little hurt for poor tackling, but he will be a great DT.

26. Houston Texans
.Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
.Poe is a raw defensive tackle that will convert well to a NT in Wade Phillips 34 scheme. He is a freak of nature with his size and athleticism.

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans)
.Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
.The Patriots have always fancied players from Rutgers. They might have the worst wide receivers in the league outside of Wes Welker. Sanu has amazing hands and is very strong. He is built a lot like Tennessee’s Kenny Britt, who also came from Rutgers.

28. Green Bay Packers
.Nick Perry, DE, USC
.Perry will convert to a 34 OLB in the NFL. He has a wide range of rush skills and will flourish in the blitz happy schemes of Dom Capers.

29. Baltimore Ravens
.Vontaze Burfict, LB, ASU
.This guy has the skill set to be a dominant force for years. He will bode well to sit behind Ray Lewis and learn how to be a true pro.

30. San Francisco 49ers
.Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
.Randle is a big bodied receiver that Alex Smith desperately needs. He suffered from horrible quarterback play at LSU, but he will be a solid wide out in the NFL.

31. New England Patriots
.Cam Johnson, DE, UVA
.Johnson is a solid defensive end that will help the Patriots get more pressure on the quarterback.

32. New York Giants
.Zach Brown, OLB, UNC
.With the loss of Osi Umenyiora the Giants will likely convert Mathias Kiwanuka  back to defensive end. This leaves an even larger hole at LB. Zach Brown is one of the most athletic linebackers in the draft and he can start right away. He will likely play the will backer in the 43 scheme. He needs to work on his tackling, but his extremely high ceiling keeps him in the first round.