Here is my Mock Draft before the upcoming 2012 NFL Draft. This post includes all of the first round and each of the Chiefs first 5 picks.
Bring it on…
#1 Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
No brainer here. Personally, I think Robert Griffin III is a better QB, but Luck fits the system in IND. The Colts front office did him a huge favor by releasing a lot of their skill players. This move took away loads of pressure from Luck’s shoulders and he will have a franchise built around him.
#2 Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
Another no brainer with this pick, RGIII is PERFECT for the Redskins. Not only is he an incredible athlete with a fantastic arm, but he will be in a system that will highlight his strengths. The Skins brought in a WR that will be able to utilize RGIII’s deep ball ability (Garcon) and Griffin will flourish in a Mike Shanahan system where he will run a lot of bootlegs and throw on the run just like Elway did in Denver.
#3 Minnesota Vikings– Matt Kalil, OT USC
Pretty obvious here considering how Vikings General Manager Rick Spielman gushed over Kalil recently. These first three picks are essentially set-in-stone.
#4 Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB Bama
This is a controversial pick here. The Browns missed out on a opportunity to trade up and get RG3 for themselves, and QB is a potential option here. Taking Ryan Tannehill would be a stretch, and I don’t think they are ready to give up on Colt McCoy yet. While taking a RB is risky this early, Richardson is the best RB prospect to come out of the draft since Adrian Peterson, and on a team that no longer has Peyton Hillis, Richardson would immediately be the feature back.
#5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers– Morris Claiborne, CB LSU
Could see a variety of people going here, but Claiborne makes sense. Aquib Talib might be going to jail and Eric Wright sucks badly.
Other Possibility: Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina
#6 St. Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State
If the Rams pass on Blackmon, they have no hope of returning to being contenders. Bradford is still a good QB, and Blackmon is a fantastic playmaker.
#7 Jacksonville Jaguars – Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi State
Fletcher Cox has been flying up draft boards as teams become less impressed with Dontari Poe’s combine blow-up. I have never understood the stock teams put in the combine, in my opinion film always trumps and Cox will be the pick here. I will not predict draft trades, but I would not be surprised at all to see the Jags trade down.
#8 Miami Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M
Miami Dolphins will not let Tannehill fall past them at #8. After being passed up by Flynn and Manning, they need to address the QB position.
#9 Carolina Panthers – Riley Reiff, OT Iowa
Charlie Campbell reported that the Panthers would be looking for an OT at this spot in the draft. Look for Reiff to step in immediately and start at RT from day 1.
#10 Buffalo Bills – Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina
This move makes sense because of the Bills recent draft strategy of “best player available”. Ingram will be a perfect fit across from newly acquired Mario Williams and will pair up to be a tenacious pass rushing duo.
#11 Kansas City Chiefs – Luke Kuechly
The Chiefs will be a very interesting pick in this years draft because no one really knows what direction they are going to head. They did themselves a HUGE favor by signing Winston and Hillis in the free agency, and this has opened them up to be able to go for need with this first pick. I see Luke Kuechly being the Chiefs selection here, just purely based on him being the best player available and the Chiefs new “strategy” of competition at each position. Poe is unproven and DeCastro doesn’t fit a position that would provide immediate playing time.
#12 Seattle Seahawks – Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
Coples fits a need for a pass rusher that the Seahawks have lacked for the recent past.
#13 Arizona Cardinals – Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame
Floyd will be a great complement to Larry Fitzgerald and can provide help to the struggling Kevin Kolb. Fitzgerald and the Cardinals offense was at their best when Anquan Boldin was opposite of Fitzgerald, and Floyd can really help to free up blanketing coverage on Larry Fitz.
#14 Dallas Cowboys – Mark Barron, SS Bama
Cowboys continue to bolster their atrocious secondary by drafting the best safety available. After the addition of Brandon Carr, the ‘Boys secondary can be a strong point of their defense.
#15 Philadelphia Eagles – David DeCastro, G Stanford
Best player available at this point in the draft. Philly can use some CB help, but all of the available players would be a bit of a reach.
#16 New York Jets – Chandler Jones, DE/OLB Syracuse
The Jets can really use some help in the pass rush and Jones is easily the best player available in that field.
#17 Cincinnati Bengals– Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Bama
Although he was charged with marijuana possession, the charges have now been dropped and Kirkpatrick is ready for the draft. Although the charges don’t say a lot about his character, the Bengals have never had a problem with poor character players before.
#18 San Diego Chargers –Courtney Upshaw, DE Bama
Upshaw is loved by many coaches that have met with him and he is an outstanding talent. The Chargers need help at this position and need to take Upshaw with Barron being off the board
#19 Chicago Bears – Dontari Poe, DT Memphis
Great pick for Chicago here, Poe can pan out to be an unstoppable combo with All-Pro DE Julius Peppers.
#20 Tennessee Titans – Michael Brockers, DT LSU
Brockers is a solid, stable DT that will provide great assistance next to Kamerion Wimbley.
#21 Cincinnati Benglas – Cordy Glenn, G/OT Georgia
The Bengals need to replace G Bobbie Williams and Glenn is the best OL on the board.
#22 Cleveland Browns – Kendall Wright, WR/KR Baylor
Desperately need help for Colt McCoy, and by selecting Trent Richardson and now Kendall Wright, they suddenly have more playmakers than Joshua Cribbs. If McCoy can’t succeed with these talents then the Browns will be primed to take Matt Barkley next spring.
#23 Detroit Lions – Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama
Jenkins is a player who many expect to slip into the second round, but the Lions have reported that marijuana won’t affect their draft-day decisions. Jenkins is a player who will step in immediately to a weak secondary.
#24 Pittsburg Steelers – Dont’a Hightower, ILB Bama
Seems to be an absolutely perfect fit for the Steelers, will fill in immediately for recently released James Farrior
#25 Denver Broncos – Peter Konz, C/G Wisconsin
After failing to sign Jeff Saturday, Konz is the best interior lineman on the board and will be great for an already subpar unit.
#26 Houston Texans – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB Illinois
Texans will be looking pass-rusher in this pick. Mercilus will be a great compliment to Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed.
#27 New England Patriots – Kendall Reyes, DT Connecticut
Patriots always seem to own the draft, and I expect no less this year. Look for them to trade down if a big name falls to a position down around here. However, Reyes would fill a need for the Patriots, who are always looking for d-line help
#28 Green Bay Packers – Harrison Smith, SS Notre Dame
One of the most intelligent prospects in the draft, the Packers need help in the secondary, mostly at the safety position. With Nick Collins potentially hanging up the cleats for good, Smith fits a great need in Green Bay.
#29 Baltimore Ravens – Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford
A once projected top-10 selection at one time has seen his stock fall greatly in the last few weeks. The Ravens will likely take a chance on him and use him as a compliment to Michael Oher
#30 San Fransisco– Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech
The 49ers really like Stephen Hill, and there is plenty of reason why. With recent GT Alumni success (Demaryius Thomas and Calvin Johnson) and the tremendous upside Hill possesses, I see no reason for the 49ers to pass on him. They still need help at WR with an underperforming Michael Crabtree and a big question mark with Randy Moss.
#31 New England Patriots – Amini Silatolu, G/OT Midwestern State
Patriots take a chance on a guy here with a pick that they really don’t have immediate needs to fill. Brian Waters won’t be there forever, and Silatolu is a great talent who can develop over a year or two before he has to start.
#32 New York Giants – Doug Martin, RB Boise State
Giants get some insurance help for Ahmad Bradshaw who can’t seem to stay healthy for a full 16-game season. Martin has been compared to Ray Rice with his blocking and receiving abilities.
#44 Kansas City Chiefs – Kevin Zeitler, G Wisconsin
Wisconsin consistently kicks out the best OL in the draft year in and year out. G is still a position of need on the KC line and this unit is shaping up to be one of the better o-lines in the NFL.
#74 Kansas City Chiefs – Josh Chapman, NT Bama
Big pick here, Chapman was a dominant NT at Bama and will be an immediate starter at the thinnest position on the Chiefs roster. Chapman fits the 3rd of the 3 biggest needs the Chiefs have in this draft.
#107 Kansas City Chiefs – Keith Tandy, CB West Virginia
Tandy is an unknown talent in this draft. The Chiefs still need depth at the CB position, even with the signing of Sanford Routt. Arenas is not and every down corner and Tandy would be a very solid option at the position
#138 Kansas City Chiefs – Russell Wilson, QB Wisconsin
But the Chiefs already have 3 QB’s!!!! Why would they draft another?!?! I am a firm believer that the Chiefs don’t see a future starter out of Ricky Stanzi, and I believe that Brady Quinn was only brought in to piss off the Broncos even more. Russell Wilson is a developmental guy that has a lot of upside. With no major needs besides depth, the Chiefs can afford to take a flyer on a guy like Wilson. Let him have some time to work with Jim Zorn and who knows, maybe we’ll have the next Tom Brady (maybe a little optimistic).