2012 Mock Draft – 3 Rounds
This is my third mock and as such I figured I would expand it from the two rounds of my previous one.
1. Colts – QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
It’s no secret that the Colts have been locked in on Luck from day one. He’ll be asked to fill the huge shoes left by Peyton Manning.
2. Redskins (from Rams) – QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
The Redskins gave up
too much a lot to move up to this spot to get Griffin. But he’ll be the potential franchise QB that this franchise has been wanting for over a decade now.
3. Vikings – OT Matt Kalil, USC
Kalil is a virtual lock for this position, as the Vikings have been waiting many years to get the next bookend left tackle.
4. Browns – WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.
Since the Browns appear committed to Colt McCoy for at least another year, they’ll do their best to surround him with some weapons.
5. Buccaneers – CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
Despite their acquisition of Eric Wright, the Bucs still need a lot more help in their back seven.
6. Rams (from Redskins) – RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
Needing an heir apparent to Steven Jackson, the Rams don’t see this as settling with a player many think could be comparable to Adrian Peterson in the pros.
7. Jaguars – DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
Ingram has the athleticism without the question marks of Coples which will cause the Jags to view him as the top pass rusher in this year’s class.
8. Dolphins – QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
The fact that they had to settle on David Garrard means that they are locked in on Mike Sherman’s former protege at Texas A&M.
9. Panthers – DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina
They will roll the dice on the inconsistent athletic marvel from Chapel Hill just like they did a decade ago with Julius Peppers.
10. Bills – OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
If they lose Demetrius Bell in the coming days, they will be on the lookout for a replacement at left tackle.
11. Chiefs – DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
They will hope that Poe’s combo of size and athleticism will allow him to become a wrecker like Wilfork.
12. Seahawks – LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
The Seahawks will tap the tackling machine from BC to be the anchor of their defense.
13. Cardinals – OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
The Cardinals want someone that can scare teams off the edge, and Upshaw has that ability.
14. Cowboys – OG David DeCastro, Stanford
DeCastro won’t you, but he’s strong and steady as a big upgrade over what the ‘Boys already have on their interior line.
15. Eagles – DT Michael Brockers, LSU
While defensive tackle isn’t a need for the Eagles, they can’t pass up a guy with as much upside as Brockers has.
16. Jets – OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia
Glenn’s combo of size and athleticism could provide an instant upgrade at right tackle as well as guard.
17. Bengals (from Raiders) – WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
They will see Floyd as their possession wideout to line up across the field from the vertical threat of A.J. Green.
18. Chargers – CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Gilmore brings size and toughness making him a good heir apparent to Quentin Jammer.
19. Bears – DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
The Bears are looking for another edge pass rusher to line up across from Peppers.
20. Titans – CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
Jenkins is the playmaker at corner that they will ask to replace Finnegan as the leader of their secondary.
21. Bengals – CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
The Bengals hope that Kirkpatrick’s upside will help them add a replacement for losing Johnathan Joseph last summer.
22. Browns (from Falcons) – DE Nick Perry, USC
Despite picking up Frostee Rucker, the Browns are still looking for more pass rush help. Perry provides.
23. Lions – OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
The Lions will hope that Martin can give them a nice developmental successor for Jeff Backus on the left side.
24. Steelers – LB Don’ta Hightower, Alabama
The Steelers will love Hightower’s physicality and instincts as the replacement for James Farrior inside.
25. Broncos – DT Devon Still, Penn St.
The Broncos need help on the inside to add to an already potent pass rush on the outside with Dumervil and Miller.
26. Texans – WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
They saw what was missing from their offense, another playmaker on the outside when Andre Johnson missed all those games in 2011.
27. Patriots (from Saints) – S Mark Barron, Alabama
Despite his injuries that could sideline him until the summer, the Pats will see Barron as the leader of their secondary much like he was for the Tide.
28. Packers – DE Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St.
Cox gives them the disruptive presence up front that they lost when Cullen Jenkins departed last summer.
29. Ravens – OC Peter Konz, Wisconsin
Not only will Konz be penciled in as the future successor to Birk at center, but he’ll also be able to potentially contribute right away as a left guard.
30. 49ers – TE Coby Fleener, Stanford
Harbaugh takes his former player from Stanford to give them a potent 1-2 punch at TE along with Vernon Davis.
31. Patriots – DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan St.
Worthy is a bit raw, but he’s got the upside to be the interior pass rusher that the Patriots need in their 4-3 attack.
32. Giants – OT Mike Adams, Ohio St.
The Giants need to beef up their front, and Adams has the potential to play on either side of the line for them.
33. Rams – WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
Sanu offers the versatile and reliable playmaker on the outside they need to get for Bradford.
34. Colts – TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson
They hope Allen can be the reliable security blanket Luck needs over the middle.
35. Vikings – S Harrison Smith, Notre Dame
They are hopeful that Smith’s smarts and toughness can provide the necessary leadership they lack at safety.
36. Buccaneers – RB Doug Martin, Boise St.
They are looking for a good third down back to team with Blount.
37. Browns – RB Lamar Miller, Miami FL
Along with a No. 1 WR, Colt McCoy needs a back that can stabilize their ground attack.
38. Jaguars – WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Hill is a bit raw, but they are hopeful he can grow into the No. 1 threat down the road.
39. Rams (from Redskins) – LB Zach Brown, North Carolina
Brown gives the Rams a very good cover linebacker to team with Laurinaitis.
40. Panthers – DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson
Thompson adds much needed beef inside for the Panthers, where they need it due to their porous run defense.
41. Bills – CB Josh Robinson, Central Florida
They hope Robinson adds another versatile playmaker in the secondary that needs help.
42. Dolphins – WR Rueben Randle, LSU
They hope Randle can become the consistent No. 1 target that Brandon Marshall never really was.
43. Seahawks – DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse
Jones will line up alongside Chris Clemons and Jason Jones, giving the Seahawks a potent nickel pass rush.
44. Chiefs – RB Bernard Pierce, Temple
HIllis was a one-year fix, while Pierce has the upside to form a solid 1-2 punch with Charles for years to come.
45. Cowboys – OLB Andre Branch, Clemson
They hope that he can become the potent pass rusher on the outside that Anthony Spencer never has been.
46. Eagles- LB Lavonte David, Nebraska
David alongside Demeco Ryans should be a huge upgrade to their linebacking corps.
47. Jets – OLB Cam Johnson, Virginia
They hope that Johnson can help bring a much-needed upgrade to their edge pass rush.
48. Patriots (from Raiders) – DE Vinny Curry, Marshall
Curry can provide some needed pressure off the edge.
49. Chargers – OG Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
Zeitler can help solidify the left guard spot in the same way that Kris Dielman did.
50. Bears – OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida St.
He has the versatility to play either tackle spot, but likely will get his first look on the left side.
51. Eagles (from Cardinals) – RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech
The Eagles will fall in love with Wilson, who has similar traits to McCoy.
52. Titans – WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina
Jeffery is a huge target that could be a great vertical threat complement to Britt.
53. Bengals – OG Brandon Brooks, Miami OH
Brooks is a massive guard that can help clear running lanes.
54. Lions – CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska
Dennard could slide in quickly to replace Wright at cornerback.
55. Falcons – TE Orson Charles, Georgia
The Falcons find an immediate upgrade at the No. 2 TE position, as well as a future replacement for No. 1 Tony Gonzalez in Charles.
56. Steelers – CB Trumaine Johnson, Montana
Johnson is a big, physical corner that has the potential to succeed Ike Taylor as their top corner.
57. Broncos – QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St.
Weeden’s age doesn’t scare the Broncos given that they may need him to play sooner rather than later if Manning’s neck doesn’t hold up.
58. Texans – DE Jared Crick, Nebraska
Crick provides a nice developmental guy in their rotation up front.
59. Packers – OLB Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy
Massaquoi should continue the tradition of good pass rushers to come out of Troy.
60. Ravens – OLB Shea McClellin, Boise St.
They think McClellin offers many of the same tools and intangibles of Jarret Johnson.
61. 49ers – OG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern St.
Silatolu is a hard as nails run blocker that should be an upgrade over Chilo Rachal.
62. Patriots – DE Tyrone Crawford, Boise St.
Crawford can provide a bookend to Curry as the Patriots revamp their pass rush.
63. Giants – RB Robert Turbin, Utah St.
They hope Turbin’s combo of size, power, and quickness will be an immediate upgrade to the No. 2 spot behind Bradshaw.
64. Colts – CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
65. Rams – S Janzen Jackson, McNeese St.
66. Vikings – WR Brian Quick, Appalachian St.
67. Browns – QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona St.
68. Buccaneers – OT Bobby Massie, Mississippi
69. Redskins – LB Mychal Kendricks, California
70. Jaguars – CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia
71. Bills – WR Chris Givens, Wake Forest
72. Dolphins – DE Olivier Vernon, Miami FL
73. Dolphins (from Panthers via Bears) – TE Ladarius Green, UL-Lafayette
74. Chiefs – S George Iloka, Boise St.
75. Seahawks – RB LaMichael James, Oregon
76. Texans (from Eagles) – OT Mitchell Schwartz, California
77. Jets – LB Tank Carder, TCU
78. Chargers – OT Matt McCants, UAB
79. Bears – LB Terrell Manning, N.C. St.
80. Cardinals – CB Leonard Johnson, Iowa St.
81. Cowboys – DT Alameda Ta’amu, Washington
82. Titans – OG Brandon Washington, Miami FL
83. Bengals – LB Bruce Irvin, West Virginia
84. Falcons – DT Kendall Reyes, Connecticut
85. Lions – RB Chris Polk, Washington
86. Steelers – OG Rishaw Johnson, California PA
87. Broncos – CB Jamell Fleming, Oklahoma
88. Eagles (from Texans) – CB Chase Minnifield, Virginia
89. Saints – LB Nigel Bradham, Florida St.
90. Packers – S Markelle Martin, Oklahoma St.
91. Ravens – RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
92. 49ers – CB Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina
93. Patriots – CB Dwight Bentley, UL-Lafayette
94. Giants – WR Tommy Streeter, Miami FL