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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
14.) Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron – S – Alabama
This fills the biggest hole on the cowboys defense. Barron will be starter from day one.
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.
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.
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.
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.
19.) Chicago Bears: Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina
Having a player opposite Julius Peppers will make it difficult for opposing offensive lines.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
26.) Houston Texans: Rueben Randle – WR – Louisiana State
A compliment to Andre Johnson and another weapon in Matt Schaub’s belt.
27.) New England Patriots: Shea McClellin – OLB/DE – Boise State
McClellin fits the proto-typical player that Bill Belichick loves because of his versatility.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!