Here's our latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft. Now updated with all 32 picks. There will be one more version right before the big night. Till then, feel free to discuss, praise and mock this latest version!
Aussie NFL Mock Draft V21. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. The Colts have reportedly told Luck that he will be drafted 1st overall. Rightly so, Luck is as sure a pick as they come and will be the ideal starting block for rebuilding the franchise. 2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. RG3 is still a lock for the Redskins too, obviously. Multiple dinners with Big Shanahan and Snider and playbook meetings with Lil' Shanahan (Kyle) hopefully means the Baylor QB will hit the ground running. [caption id="attachment_14908" align="aligncenter" width="468" caption="Even though Kalil is the best offensive tackle in years the Vikings reportedly are still flirting with Blackmon or Claiborne."][/caption] 3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC. This last week has seen some ambiguity surface as to who the Vikings shall pick. A week ago I said he was a lock for Minnesota. However now there are rumors that they may go after Claiborne or Blackmon. While I'm not convinced and am sticking with Kalil, the Vikings could provide the first surprise of the draft. 4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. There was a rumour that the Eagles were interested in trading with the Browns, presumably to get Tannehill - Claiborne also a consideration. I'm not sold. The Browns will help McCoy the best way they know how: by taking the ball out of his hands. That means Richardson. 5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. The two best players on the board still are Claiborne and Blackmon. They probably think they are set at WR so again that really just leaves the very talented Claiborne. 6. St Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, OSU. The Rams would be relieved that Blackmon fell to them at 6th, although I also believe that they wouldn't have a problem getting Floyd here instead. 7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. I'm sticking with this pick for the Jags as well. I didn't like the moves they made in the offseason and think they will continue to try and repair that WR corp and grab the on-the-rise Floyd to do it. Last mock we got a lot of comments saying that the Jags are more likely to go after a pass-rusher. It's certainly a good possibility but I still think the Jags need to help Gabbert more than their DL. http://youtu.be/9BATjEpA6nA 8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. If Tannehill does fall to the 8th pick the Dolphins will be praised for their patience. However if any other team moves up and snatches him away they had better be ready for a rough season. While I'm not sold on Tannehill as an early 1st round pick it's clear when it comes to QBs the market has spoken. 9. Carolina Panthers: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina. The smart pick is to get the best player on the board. Melvin Ingram is that player. Happy coincidence the Panthers actually need a pass-rusher. 10. Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa. The Bills just officially lost Bell to the Eagles so they move to repair their OL with the solid Reiff. The three year Iowa starter is great in pass protection thanks to great technique and body control. 11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford. The Chiefs have a terrific runner, a probowl WR and a QB they are not quite ready to give up on yet (but soon, probably!). That means they'll continue to improve the OL and get the best guard available. DeCastro is a big, physical player who is willing to attack and ideal when blocking for the run. 12. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College. The Seahawks have had a productive offseason. While they'll need to look at their OL at some point in the draft their biggest need is at linebacker. Kuechly has been consistently ranked as the best LB in the draft and will become a franchise MLB. He is incredibly intelligent, has fantastic instincts and a great tackler. Everything you could ask for in a MLB. 13. Arizona Cardinals: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia. The Cardinals have almost zero talent at the OT position but with Kalil and Reiff off the board they would have to reach to get one. While technically a guard Cordy Glenn does have experience at the tackle position and many scouts believe he will be a better on the outside than in. Cody showed great athleticism at the combine and should be a solid RT in the NFL. [caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="468" caption="The Cowboys will continue to improve their secondary in the draft by grabbing Mark Barron."][/caption] 14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama. It's been said before, a millon times, but the Cowboys have to fix their secondary. While picking up Brandon Carr in the offseason was a step in the right direction Barron provides some smarts, can wrap a player up and can hit hard if he needs to. 15. Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU. The Eagles have a choice here between Dontari Poe, Fletcher Cox and Brockers. Brockers is the smart choice and the Eagles are a smart team (Cox is great but Brockers played better against better teams). He'll bring a physicality to the Eagle's run defence. 16. New York Jets: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. The Jets need a LB, but if a pass rushing monster like Coples falls to them with the 16th pick they won't hesitate to pick him up. 17. Cincinatti Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. Many pundits have now rated Stephon Gilmore as the better CB than Kirkpatrick but I'm not convinced. I think the Bengals will appreciate his physicality and won't be deterred by his off-field issues. http://youtu.be/N2NGJD_naF0 18. San Diego Chargers: Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama. With the Jets picking Coples the Chargers will go after the next best pass rusher. Upshaw is universally rated as the second best LB in the draft and one of the top 5 pass rushers. Chargers fans should be happy. 19. Chicago Bears: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor. Having seen the three best OL and pass-rushers go already the Bears will opt to help out Cutler some more with Kendall Wright. Wright is a skillful receiver who put the fears of his lacking elite speed to rest at the Baylor pro day. The Wright-Marshall-Forte combination could make the Bears just as dangerous on offense as the Packers. 20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina. Gilmore's stock is on the rise and the Titans need to replace Cortland Finnegan. Gilmore has great quickness for his size although recently a few pundits have questioned his big-play ability. 21. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State. Having drafted a CB already the Bengals will look to either a receiver or help on the OL. I like Adams with this pick because I'm not sure they are sold on the next best receiver, Stephon Hill. Adams is big enough to play at the NFL level but does come with a degree of risk. The Bengals will be more than willing to take a punt on him. http://youtu.be/D6BhdO59RM0 22. Cleveland Browns: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech. I maintain the Browns will continue to help their offense and Colt by providing him with a big-play receiver whose stock has been only on the rise since the Combine. 23. Detroit Lions: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford. Having seen all the 1st round talent CBs already taken the Lions play it smart and solidify their OL with Martin. 24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama. The major knock on the Steelers D is that they are getting old. Hightower provides youth, athleticism and will fit perfectly in that scheme. 25. Denver Broncos: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State. The Bronco's will be elated that Cox has fallen to them to 25. Getting a big body on the DL will only help their pass-rush and standout Von Miller. 26. Houston Texans: Coby Fleener, TE, Standford. Because the best receivers were already taken off the board the Texans will instead go for the best TE in the draft. Fleener has great hands, size and can block. [caption id="attachment_14891" align="aligncenter" width="468" caption="Janoris began his college career with the Gators but was dismissed from the team due to repeated drug offences."][/caption] 27. New England Patriots: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama. Bill Belichick swoops in and takes an undervalued CB, prompting the entire NFL to suddenly question their draft boards. I could also see the Pats draft a DE with this pick. 28. Green Bay Packers: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois. Plain and simple: the Packers need help rushing the passer. Mercilus has limited tape (lit it up in 2011, not so much before then) so he is a bit of a risk, but certainly has potential to be high reward too. Has potentially the greatest name for a DE ever. 29. Baltimore Ravens: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina. Last year the Ravens were knocked out of the playoffs because of a drop. I believe they'll get the message and pick up the talented-but-troubled Jeffery. Jeffery has great size, outstanding talent but needs a firm hand to help him develop. Ravens fit the bill. 30. San Francisco 49ers: Peter Konz, C/OG, Wisconsin. The 49ers have done a terrific job fixing positions of need during the offseason by re-signing their D and picking up some skilled receivers. Next they look to their OL and grab Konz to play RG but potentially move to C if needed. 31. New England Patriots: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis. I'll probably cop some flack for this pick. But I believe the Patriots will grab Poe and sit the athletic DT and develop him to eventually replace the 30 year old Wilfork. Patriots don't often draft by need and will see Poe as the best player available. Sure they need a DE, CB and OG but Belichick will see how Poe has fallen and grab him for a steal. http://youtu.be/ONBzZDKI7IY 32. New York Giants: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State. Again, I might feel some heat from this pick but hear me out. The Giants love to run tandem RBs and lack depth at the position. With the best TE and OLs already off the board they'll take the best player available and the Ray Rice-like Martin is exactly that. Don't forget Bradshaw is still injured.
Very little has changed for me in the Top 10 but thankfully the rest of the picks are a bit more interesting. Notice how Dontari Poe and Janoris Jenkins have fallen in my book? I too was surprised how far in my own mock Coples has fallen (I had him slated as a top 10 pick at the start of the year) but that is certainly the way his stock is trending at the moment. While a lot of guys are high on Gilmore I'm not convinced. Thanks for reading! Let us know what you think!