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2012 mock draft, take two
Posted by Evan Silva on April 9, 2012, 1:24 PM EDT
1. Colts: Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford.
Just as they did in ’98, the Colts play it safe at No. 1.
2. Redskins: Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor.
RG3 will restore Washington as an NFC East contender.
3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, tackle, USC.
Minnesota can’t pass on the best left tackle in the draft.
4. Browns: Trent Richardson, running back, Alabama.
Cleveland must find a way to begin moving the chains.
5. Buccaneers: Michael Brockers, defensive lineman, LSU.
Greg Schiano wants to get more physical in the trenches.
6. Rams: Morris Claiborne, cornerback, LSU.
St. Louis spurns receivers in favor of the draft’s top defender.
7. Jaguars: Justin Blackmon, receiver, Oklahoma State.
The Jags pull the trigger to solidify Blaine Gabbert’s supporting cast.
8. Dolphins: Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina.
The Fins will wait for their next second-round quarterback flop.
9. Panthers: Melvin Ingram, defensive end, South Carolina.
Ingram gives Carolina an impact bookend for Charles Johnson.
10. Bills: Riley Reiff, tackle, Iowa.
Buffalo uses its first-rounder on the draft’s second best tackle.
11. Chiefs: Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Texas A&M.
Kansas City can’t pass on Tannehill if he slips past Miami.
12. Seahawks: Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll loves big, press-man corners.
13. Cardinals: David DeCastro, guard, Stanford.
Arizona will use this pick on the best offensive lineman left.
14. Cowboys: Dontari Poe, defensive tackle, Memphis.
It’s no secret that Dallas is high on Poe’s immense upside.
15. Eagles: Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State.
Cox fits line coach Jim Washburn’s scheme as a gap shooter.
16. Jets: Michael Floyd, receiver, Notre Dame.
Floyd’s blocking ability will come in handy for the run-first Jets.
17. Bengals: Mark Barron, safety, Alabama.
He’s a natural replacement for Chris Crocker at strong safety.
18. Chargers: Courtney Upshaw, linebacker, Alabama.
San Diego can finally wash its hands of Larry English.
19. Bears: Whitney Mercilus, defensive end, Illinois.
The Bears believe pass rusher is their biggest draft need.
20. Titans: Cordy Glenn, guard, Georgia.
A college tackle, Glenn would kick inside for the Titans.
21. Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama.
This pick may come down to Kirkpatrick vs. Janoris Jenkins.
22. Browns: Brandon Weeden, quarterback, Oklahoma State.
Weeden won’t struggle to defeat Colt McCoy in a camp battle.
23. Lions: Jonathan Martin, tackle, Stanford.
He could start at right tackle and eventually replace Jeff Backus.
24. Steelers: Coby Fleener, tight end, Stanford.
Pittsburgh passes on line help to draft the best player left.
25. Broncos: Doug Martin, running back, Boise State.
Peyton Manning will love Martin’s ability to pick up blitzers.
26. Texans: Kendall Wright, receiver, Baylor.
Wright adds a new dimension to Houston’s vertical pass game.
27. Patriots: Nick Perry, defensive end, USC.
A one-trick pony, Perry slips to the pass rush-needy Pats.
28. Packers: Shea McClellin, linebacker, Boise State.
He gives Green Bay a high-motor bookend for Clay Matthews.
29. Ravens: Rueben Randle, receiver, LSU.
Randle has a realistic chance to be this draft’s best receiver.
30. 49ers: Peter Konz, guard, Wisconsin.
Konz can play guard and center, both need areas in San Fran.
31. Patriots: Devon Still, defensive tackle, Penn State.
The best player left upgrades New England’s interior pass rush.
32. Giants: Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Boston College.
Kuechly drops because inside ‘backers are devalued in the NFL.