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2012 NFL Mock Draft

By: Robert Davis | Updated: 4/26

  1. Indianapolis - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
    Even though it has just now gone public, this decision was made months ago.

  2. Washington (StL) - Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
    By moving up so early, the Skins made it clear who they wanted. No suspense here either.

  3. Minnesota - Matt Kalil, OT, USC
    The draft truly starts here. While there is a lot of talk about where the Vikes may go with this pick, the pick has to be Kalil. He is a franchise caliber left tackle, which fills an immediate need.

  4. Cleveland - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
    Adding weapons to the offense is the Browns main objective this weekend. Richardson is a true workhorse back, but also brings big play capability. He fills an obvious need, but is also the best player available here.

  5. Tampa Bay - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
    Claiborne seems to be the guy the Bucs have targeted all along, so landing him at 5 will make them very happy.

  6. St. Louis(Was) - Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
    You have to get Sam Bradford weapons. Blackmon is the best wideout in the draft. Many knock him for not being a physical freak like a Calvin Johnson, but the kid is a playmaker and consistent.

  7. Jacksonville - Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
    This may be the first wild card in the draft. Many have the Jags pegged for a defensive end, but they may not feel they get value with that position here. Gilmore has all the skills to be a big play corner in the NFL.

  8. Miami - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas AM
    Unless someone moves ahead of the Dolphins, this pick looks to be the way the Phins go. They must land a long term option at the QB position, and although raw, Tannehill has a lot of upside and ability.

  9. Carolina - Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.
    Upgrading their ability to stop the run is the main goal on the defensive side of the ball for the Panthers. Not only is Cox stout against the run, but he can also get up the field and disrupt the action in the backfield.

  10. Buffalo - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
    A big play threat opposite Steve Johnson is needed. Floyd is arguably the most talented wide out in the draft, but there is some doubt about his maturity off the field. The Bills roll the dice, and his size will be a welcomed addition in the red zone.

  11. Kansas City - Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
    Many feel Kuechly is the safest player in the draft because of his intelligence and toughness. He is the type of guy to build a defense around because of his leadership skills and all around talent.

  12. Seattle - Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
    Jones has had a rather large rise up the boards in recent months. He has a tremendous frame, natural athleticism, and bloodlines and Pete Carroll and the Seahawks would love to add a player off the edge with his length.

  13. Arizona - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
    The Cards are in dire need of offensive line help, and Reiff is ready to go from day one. He has the ability to play on either side of the line, and will help keep Kevin Kolb upright and healthy.

  14. Dallas - Mark Barron, S, Alabama
    The Cowboys have been putting all their effort into upgrading the secondary. Barron may not be a true ballhawk, but he is a solid all around threat who has the intelligence and leadership skills to lead a secondary for the next decade.

  15. Philadelphia - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
    The Eagles love adding linemen in the opening frame, and take the chance here on Brockers. HeÕs not a finished product, but he can play now, and is only going to get better. His size would be a great addition to their front four.

  16. NY Jets - Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
    At one point, it looked like the Jets would have to move up to get Ingram. TheyÕre looking to improve their talent on the edge, and Ingram is arguably the best end in the draft.

  17. Cincinnati(Oak) - DreÕ Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
    The secondary has to be addressed this weekend. After Kirkpatrick, there is a pretty big drop off at the CB position, so the Bengals make sure they get the last of the sure fire first rounders.

  18. San Diego - Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
    The once feared pass rush of the Chargers is no longer there. While the offensive line could use some help, the Chargers prefer to address other spots early, so they opt for front seven help with this pick.

  19. Chicago - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
    Coples was once believed to be the top defender on the board, but a hot and cold motor has caused some concern with him. Playing opposite another former Tarheel in Julius Peppers could help him reach his potential, and give the Bears a pair of big play ends.

  20. Tennessee - David DeCastro, OL, Stanford
    The Titans were hoping a corner would slide, but the Bengals nabbed Kirkpatrick a couple picks earlier. If any coach knows the value of a stud guard, itÕs Mike Munchak.

  21. Cincinnati - Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama
    The Bengals opt for another Bama product here, grabbing the pass rusher Upshaw, to get more of a boost off the edge.

  22. Cleveland(Atl) - Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
    The Browns continue to add talent to the offensive side of the ball. After landing Richardson earlier, they now grab a big play threat at the WR position. Hill is raw, but his size, athleticism, and speed could make him the go to receiver they have been searching for.

  23. Detroit - Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
    Glenn is one of the more versatile lineman available in this draft. He could be a pro bowl guard, but has impressed with his length and footwork enough to make many believe heÕs a legitimate tackle option.

  24. Pittsburgh - Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
    Poe is the type of talent everyone would love to have on the nose of a 3-4. He is a work in progress though. There is no better situation than to learn the job from Casey Hampton. His athleticism will allow him to play some 5 technique as well.

  25. Denver - Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St.
    As good as the defense was last year, the Broncos still need help on the interior line. Worthy has the skills to go much higher, but he needs to bring more consistency. If John Fox can bring that out of him, he is a steal at this point.

  26. Houston - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
    The Texans have been looking for some help opposite Andre Johnson for years. While Fleener is not a wide receiver, he is a huge tight end that has some ability to get down the field vertically to open things up for Johnson over the middle. And his height and ability to go get the football will be a big addition in the red zone when teams double team Andre.

  27. New England(NO) - Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
    The Patriots have been in search for playmakers off the edge for years, and every year, they pass on players in the first round. This year, they find the type of player that matches their scheme. Perry has the size and strength to play with his hand down, but the athleticism to stand up and play in space.

  28. Green Bay - Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise St.
    McClellin has been another late riser in the draft, but it is justified. He is one of the more versatile defenders in the draft and would be the ideal fit opposite Clay Matthews in Green Bay.

  29. Baltimore - DontÕa Hightower, LB, Alabama
    Ray Lewis canÕt play forever. Hightower has the skills and leadership to take over for Lewis and make it his defense once Ray hangs them up.

  30. San Francisco - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
    Despite some additions to the passing game, the 9ers could still use another big play threat. WrightÕs speed and big play ability will help open up the passing game for the 9ers.

  31. New England - Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
    New England will probably shop this pick quite a bit, as they do not have many late round picks they tend to covet. So do not be surprised to see this pick, or even #27 moved. If they stay put, they may opt for Smith to upgrade the safety position. Belichick loves to select players that played for former colleagues, and Smith lined up under Charlie Weis his first three years in the program.

  32. NY Giants - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
    Winning the Super Bowl gives you the luxury of selecting the best player available many times. In this case, Martin has slid a bit, but has all the athleticism to be a standout tackle at the next level. For a team searching for some youth at the OT position, you couldnÕt find a better fit.

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