Doug’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft
NEPD Staff Writer: Doug Kyed
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NFL Mock Draft Updated: April 24, 2012 (FINAL)
1. Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (Scouting Report)
Sometime in the next few days, we should hear about contract negotiations. This is as sure as a sure thing can get. If Luck were a baseball player, he’d be a five tool player.
2. Washington Redskins (via St. Louis)
Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor (Scouting Report)
Did y’all hear Griffin is selfish??? I wonder if that will make the Redskins rethink this pick! No. Don’t lump Griffin in with your typical scrambling QBs, this one is special.
3. Minnesota Vikings
Matt Kalil, OT, USC (Scouting Report)
The Vikings are nuts if they pass up Kalil. He “lacks a mean streak,” but he’s an athletic player, has great technique and still has room to grow.
4. Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (Scouting Report)
Built like a brick, Richardson could run through walls if, you know, that was part of football. The Browns need an elite RB like Richardson if they’re still going to be running their Breyer’s Vanilla offense.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (Scouting Report)
Talib is on the market, and without that troubled former Jayhawk, this secondary is empty. Claiborne is the perfect pick for need and value.
6. St. Louis (via Washington)
Fletcher Cox, DT/DE, Mississippi State (Scouting Report)
I refuse to mock Justin Blackmon here. I think Cox is a slight risk, but the Rams won’t to get bigger up front and Cox was dominant in the SEC and still has plenty of upside.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (Scouting Report)
I would never have thought to mock Gilmore here, but word is out that the Jags love the Gamecock corner. It wouldn’t be the first Jacksonville reach.
8. Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M (Scouting Report)
I think when all is said and done Ryan Tannehill will be the most tweeted about player in this draft. I’m honestly surprised he hasn’t been trending for four months straight. He’s a big talent and not as raw as you think.
9. Carolina Panthers
Michael Brockers, DE/DT, LSU (Scouting Report)
I think his best position is at 5-tech in a 3-4, but the more he grows into his body and the more he fixes his technique and rush moves, the more dangerous he’ll get.
10. Buffalo Bills
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa (Scouting Report)
If I were the Rams, Reiff would have been my pick, but here he goes to the Bills. Reiff is a legit LT prospect despite “short arms” and “lack of athleticism.” The latter I think is bogus.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
David DeCastro, OG, Stanford (Scouting Report)
Like his former cohort Bill Belichick, Scott Pioli loves offensive linemen. DeCastro is a sure bet at guard. This is one of those picks the casual fans will hate and the diehards will adore.
12. Seattle Seahawks
Quinton Coples, DE, UNC (Scouting Report)
The slip ends here to the Seahawks. The Hawks need to step up their pass rush and Coples can help out in a number of ways. He can play 3-tech and strong side DE.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (Scouting Report)
Another fall ends with Blackmon picked by the Cardinals to play across from Fitz. I’m just not convinced a team will like Blackmon enough to take him earlier than this or trade up for him. Remember its a deep WR class and it isn’t close to a guarantee that Blackmon will be the best WR in this class.
14. Dallas Cowboys
Mark Barron, S, Alabama (Scouting Report)
The Cowboys spent a ton on Brandon Carr and now they reach for Mark Barron to further solidify the secondary. Barron could be a great in box SS in the NFL.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
Dontari Poe, DT/DE, Memphis (Scouting Report)
The Eagles love penetrating defensive linemen and that’s how I project Poe. If Poe lives up to his potential, he could be the rare 1-tech that can shed and get into the backfield.
16. New York Jets
Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina (Scouting Report)
Word out there is that Rex Ryan loves this tweener. The Jets need pass rush help, so I see them going after Ingram and playing him all over their defense.