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NOT Your Typical Mock Draft

The NFL draft is right around the corner.  By now I’m sure you have had your fill of countless mock drafts.  I wanted to do something a little bit different.  As most NFL fans know, they can certainly do a better job running their favorite team.  The picks below were chosen by fans from the teams that had selections in the first round.  Below you will see the selection for each team, the reason for the pick, and the fan responsible for adding the pieces to his teams 2012 roster.  So without further delay, the Indianapolis Colts are on the clock…

1st round mock draft:

1.)  Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford

Mel Kiper rated Andrew Luck as the highest quarterback prospect since John Elway, Peyton Mannimg, and Matt Ryan.  That alone is the reason you cannot pass up on Luck.

-James Carvill

2.)  Washington Redskins : Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor

It’s an honor to take the best quarterback in the draft with the number 2 pick.  I hope the Colts enjoy Ryan Leaf.

-Chad Billingsly

3.)  Minnesota Vikings:  Matt Kalil – OT – USC

It’s hard to pass up an automatic pro bowl selection.  He should anchor the line for years to come.

-Dave Jordan

4.)  Cleveland Browns:  Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama

The Browns ranked 30th in total offense last year.  When it comes to offense, they might be the least talented team in the NFL.  Drafting an offensive play-maker that will touch the ball 20 to 25 times a game is just what the doctor ordered.

-Larry Oliver

5.)  Tampa Bay Buccaneers:  Morris – CB – LSU

With plenty of upgrades made to the offense, the Buccaneers pick up the best corner in the draft.

-Keith Urbana

6.)  St. Louis Rams: Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi State

The Rams interior defense needs an impact player.  This will also help Chris Long and company get at the quarterback.  Justin Blackmon does not look to be as advertised.

-Mickey Cartwright

7.)  Jacksonville Jaguars:  Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State

I’m very surprised that Blackmon fell to us at number 7.  We are a team that is a giant mess, this gives Blaine Gabbert a legitimate go to guy.  I’m hoping for the same chemistry that Andy Dalton and A.J. Green had last year.

-Jeff Kocmit

8.)  Miami Dolphins:  Brandon Weeden – QB – Oklahoma State

A lot of people thought we would take Ryan Tannehill.  Weeden’s age is not a concern because we need somebody to start right now.  Weeden looked better at his pro day and to me throws the ball with accuracy and tenacity that Tannehill lacks.

-Steve Chambers

9.)  Carolina Panthers:  David DeCastro – OG - Stanford

Upgrading the O-line with a beast like DeCastro, is exactly what Cam Newton  is looking for.  Best guard in the draft by a mile.

-Matt Chen

10.)  Buffalo Bills:  Stephon Gilmore – CB - South Carolina

In my opinon Gilmore is the best corner in the draft.  He has speed and coverage skills that will last a decade in Buffalo.

-Roger Penske

11.)  Kansas City Chiefs:  Luke Kuechly – ILB – Boston College

I was heart broken to see DeCastro selected, but Kuechly will fit in nicely with Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson, and Justin Houston.  From day one he will be a starter and the Chiefs could definitely use the help against the run.  A head smart player with an equal skill set is what Romeo Crennel loves to see.

-Michael Parr

12.)  Seattle Seahawks:  Melvin Ingram – OLB – South Carolina

Ingram exhibits the instincts and skill of a line backer that can attack the run or drop back in coverage.

-Marty Stevens

13.)  Arizona Cardinals:  Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa

Cardinals are in desperate need of a LT to protect Kevin Kolb.  With his strength and quickness, he can play both tackle positions.  The Cardinals just resigned Levi Brown and are planning on moving him from LT to RT.

-Mark Oliver

14.) Dallas Cowboys:  Mark Barron – S – Alabama

This fills the biggest hole on the cowboys defense.  Barron will be starter from day one.

-Justin Finn

15.)  Philadelphia Eagles:  Michael Brockers – DT – Louisiana

Brockers is a better player than Dontari Poe.  The Eagles need a force in the middle to disrupt the run and Brockers is their man.

-Edward Simmons

16.)  New York Jets:  Courtney Upshaw – DE – Alabama

The Jets defense struggled against the past last year.  Upshaw is a high motor guy with a ton of upside potential.

-Rob Loury

17.)  Cincinnati Bengals:  Kendall Wright – WR – Baylor

This selection gives the Bengals some much needed relief at wide receiver.  Having a player of Wright’s stature opposite of A.J. Green instantly makes the Bengals a long ball threat.

-Kevin James

18.)  San Diego Chargers:  Whitney Mercilus – OLB/DE – Illinois

The chargers are in desperate need of help when it comes to rushing the passer.  Mercilus makes the most sense and should help with their pass rushing issues.

-Raymond Knight

19.)  Chicago Bears:  Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina

Having a player opposite Julius Peppers will make it difficult for opposing offensive lines.

-Jim Tate

20.)  Tennessee Titans:  Nick Perry – DE – Southern California

The Titans are thin at DE.  Perry had a decent 2011 season and should fill the need.

-Martin Kerry

21.)  Cincinnati Bengals:  Doug Martin – RB – Boise State

The Bengals need to replace Cedric Benson that is currently unsigned.  I don’t think there is much difference between Martin and Trent Richardson.  The Bengals offense keeps getting better and better.

-Kevin James

22.)  Cleveland Browns:  Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame

The injection of talent on the offensive side of the ball continues with this pick. Some experts have Michael Floyd rated even higher then Justin Blackmon. This now gives QB Colt McCoy two very talented players on offense at skill positions. The good news? McCoy has the help he desperately needs. Bad News? No more excuses.

-Larry Oliver

23.)  Detroit Lions:  Jonathan Martin – OT – Stanford

Lions tackle Jeff Backus is looming closer to retirement.  Martin makes sense and can pick up where Backus left off.

-Breven Jones

24.) Pittsburgh Steelers:  Dont’a Hightower – ILB/OLB – Alabama

Lawrence Timmons will welcome Hightower.  He can play right away and add to the Steelers lore.

-Sam McDougal

25.)  Denver Broncos:  Jerel Worthy – DT – Michigan State

The Broncos lost Brodrick Bunkley in free agency, that left a huge void to be filled.  Worthy is the best fit and biggest need for Denver.

-Jack Stanton

26.)  Houston Texans:  Rueben Randle – WR – Louisiana State

A compliment to Andre Johnson and another weapon in Matt Schaub’s belt.

-Ron Hordatch

27.)  New England Patriots:  Shea McClellin – OLB/DE – Boise State

McClellin fits the proto-typical player that Bill Belichick loves because of his versatility.

-Mark Adams

28.)  Green Bay Packers:  Peter Konz – C – Wisconsin

The Packers signed 37 year old Jeff Saturday,  Konz is in an ideal situation to learn and eventually take over for Saturday.

-George Takis

29.)  Baltimore Ravens:  Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M

Joe Flacco has taken on an undeserved ego as of late.  Tannehill could be groomed for the future but may also cause competition.  Put up or shut up time for Flacco.

-Jim Peters

30.)  San Francisco 49ers:  Coby Fleener – TE – Stanford

Adding a deep threat tight end to line up on the opposite side of Vernon Davis will cause havoc for opposing defenses. Fleener will also be that big target in the red zone where the 49ers struggled all season long.

-Matt Cassidy

31.)  New England Patriots:  Devon Still – DT – Penn State

The Patriots plan on playing both the 3-4 and 4-3 defense next year.  Still is a player that is capable of playing both.

-Mark Adams

32.)  New York Giants:  Mike Adams – OT – Ohio State

The Giants do not have any glaring needs.  You can never have too many quality offensive lineman.

-David Detmer

Well there you have it.  I’d like to thank all of our fan GM’s for participating in our mock draft.  We will see how close our fans are in their selections this coming Thursday.  One thing is for sure, the draft is the start to our new season!

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