2012 NFL Mock Draft: Top Ten – 1/3/12
Today is the first mock for the 2012 NFL Draft. Now to the day of the draft, I will be projecting where college’s best football players will wind up April 26-28. I will be updating the mock on a regualar basis and adding to it as more evaluations are made.
I believe there will be plenty of trades this year as compared to years past due to the new salary structure thanks to the new CBA, so obviously many things can change. I will not be predicting trades, but this will provide you a gauge of where players should be selected come draft day.
If you want to chime in, please do and let us know who/where what player will go to your team or how you think the draft will go. Enjoy.
- Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, OB, Stanford. Remember when the Packers drafted Aaron Rodgers to sit and marinate for a year or two behind their legendary QB, Brett Favre? This is a similar situation where IF the Colts bring back Manning, Luck is there waiting and if Manning doesn’t, then the Colts have someone else other than Curtis Painter waiting to toss the pigskin. Like the Packers situation, the franchise can make an easy transition to Luck, other than tear the team apart and completely start over.
- St. Louis Rams: Matt Kalil, OT, USC. Justin Blackmon, for my money, is the SAFEST pick in this draft (last year I designated Von Miller with that tag) and what a tag team Bradford to Blackmon would make. However, the Rams have invested so much money in Sam Bradford, brought in Brandon Lloyd and they have a stud running back in Steven Jackson, they will look to select Matt Kalil.
- Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. Let’s be real. The Vike’s are stuck with Christian Ponder for next season, so RGIII is out. Chris Cook has legal issues and Antoine Winfield is ancient. Claiborne was overshadowed by his teammate, ‘The Honey Badger” last year, but this kid is the real deal.
- Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon, WR, OSU. Good news Jags fans .. you get the most talented WR to come out the draft since Calvin Johnson in 2007. Bad news Jags fans .. You’re stuck with Blaine Gabbert. Blackmon reminds me of a cross between T.O. and the aforementioned Johnson.
- Cleveland Browns: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. If this happens, Griffin instantly becomes the starter and should set this league on fire. There should be some debate as to who the best between Griffin and luck, but like most speculation, time will tell. I would actually be shocked a team doesn’t trade with the Rams for the Heisman winner with the #2 pick.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Reilly Reiff, OT, Iowa. The Bucs needs to find protection for Josh Freeman because Donald Penn just ain’t it. Reiff can come in right away and protect the QB’s blind side.
- Washington Redskins: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. Ok. Unless the Skins trade up to get RGIII, my hunch is they are going to overpay for a free agent (Matt Flynn, anyone?). Floyd is certainly not a safe pick, but has tremendous upside and Washington needs a dependable wideout which is something they don’t have.
- Miami Dolphins: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. Reality check Dolphin fan. Matt Moore will be back next year (played surprisingly well). Reggie Bush will be back (Went largely unnoticed, but played more than surprisingly well). Brandon Marshall will be back. The Dolphins need to rebuild this defense and at this point in the draft, Kirkpatrick is the best available player.
- Carolina Panthers: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama. The Panthers are in a tough spot here. Their offense is in pretty good shape after the addition of Cam Newton and they have pieces on defense, but need to get them healthy. I believe they should trade down because there is depth later on in the draft, but if they stay, Jenkins, even with character issues, is probably the most talented and they can use help in the secondary.
- Kansas City Chiefs: Quinton Couples, DE, North Carolina. The Chiefs need offensive line help, but I don’t think they can pass on Couples if available. Tyson Jackson is an absolute bust and it’s time to cut ties. They can address the line in round 2 or 3.
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