Mike’s Mock Draft
Mock Draft Updated: April 26, 2012 (FINAL)
NEPD Editor: Mike Loyko
1. Indianapolis Colts
Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford (Scouting Report)
The Colts announced yesterday that Andrew Luck would be the number one pick, making what everyone knew for a year official.
2. Washington Redskins (via StL)
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (Scouting Report)
The Redskins paid a huge price to move up and get their QB of the future. With Luck already being announced as the number one overall pick Griffin is locked in at number two.
3. Minnesota Vikings
Matt Kalil, OT, USC (Scouting Report)
Even though there are some reports of the Viking perfering Morris Claiborne, I still can’t see them passing on Matt Kalil. The LT is the biggest need on the team and Kalil is the best player availble this pick should be easy.
4. Cleveland Browns
Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama (Scouting Report)
I have had Trent Richardson here for the last four months and I’m sure not going to change my mind the day before the draft. Richardson is the only player left who can come in and change the way the Browns play offense. After losing out of RG3, getting Richardson is a nice consolation prize.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU (Scouting Report)
I’m sure the Bucs would love to get Richardson, but just miss out on him. Claiborne fills a big need on the back end of the defense. Playing in the NFC the CB position is becoming even more important, everyone is transitioning to a passing attack and the Bucs were helpless on defense last season. Claiborne is a future #1 CB who can do it all. He’s got the size, strength, and fluidity to match up with any opposing team’s #1 WR, and become a building block for the future of the Buccaneers defense.
6. St. Louis Rams (via Washington)
Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (Scouting Report)
This is where things could get interesting. However, I still believe the Rams will take the best wide receiver on their board, Justin Blackmon. They have their franchise QB and they need to get him some bonafide receivers. Blackmon isn’t AJ Green, but he is much better than anything they currently have on the roster.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina (Scouting Report)
The Jaguars are one of the most interesting teams to watch draft and they almost always surprise. Last year it was with Blaine Gabbert and this year it could be with the South Carolina QB. Word came out this week that the Jaguars have Gilmore rated as the #1 CB in the draft, over Morris Claiborne. They have needs throughout their seconday, so you would have to think if they value Gilmore as highly as they say they do then he’s the pick.
8. Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M (Scouting Report)
The Dolphins have tried to play it coy with Tannehill, but everyone knows what they plan to do. Tannehill has been the pick for a long time and it will become official tomorrow night.
9. Carolina Panthers
Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State (Scouting Report)
The Panthers have to find a way to improve their run defense and they get a gift when the best defensive tackle in the draft falls into their laps. Cox is a great fit as 4-3 DT who can play the run as well as provide some pass rush.
10. Buffalo Bills
Mark Barron, S, Alabama (Scouting Report)
There is so much buzz around Mark Barron right now. There is too much smoke for their not to be a fire. Barron is going to go high and the Bills have been mentioned as a landing spot. After upgrading their DL big time in free agency, they get the best safety in the draft to pair with pro bowler Jarius Byrd.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
David DeCastro, OG, Standford (Scouting Report)
The Chiefs had major question marks along the offensive line entering the offseason. The were able to land Eric Winston in free agency, who is viewed as one of the best right tackles in football. By adding DeCastro the Chiefs will have added another pro bowl caliber player and solidify the right guard spot for the next decade.
12. Seattle Seahawks
Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College (Scouting Report)
The Seahawks lost David Hawthorne to the New Orleans Saints, but get very lucky with the Boston College linebacker slipping right into Pete Carroll’s lap. Kuechly is a great fit in the middle of any 403 defense and with the Seahawks having two very solid defensive tackles, Kuechly should be able to run free and make a lot of tackles.
13. Arizona Cardinals
Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame (Scouting Report)
Larry Fitgerald might get his wish after all. I am sure the Cardinals would love to get their hands on David Decastro, but with him off the board they take the 2nd best WR in the draft. Pairing Floyd with Fitzgerald gives Arizona a dangerous one, two combo but, they still need to figure out how to upgrade the offensive line.
14. Dallas Cowboys
Michael Brockers, DT/DE, LSU (Scouting Report)
The two names mentioned most often with the Dallas Cowboys are Mark Barron and Michael Brockers. Barron is gone so, the Cowboys take the big, long DT from LSU. Brockers profiles to a 3-4 end in the Cowboys scheme, which is an area of need for the Cowboys. I wouldn’t rule out a trade down either.
Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse (Scouting Report)
Michael Lombardi has been all over this pick for a long time and when he puts something out there that catches my eye I trust it. The Eagles past on Jason Pierre-Paul two years ago and won’t make a similar mistake this time. People will question why the Eagles would take another DE, but if you look at the Giants philosophy, you can never have enough athletic defensive linemen.
16.New York Jets
Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina (Scouting Report)
The Jets need to find a way to create a pass rush. Rex Ryan is known for his pressure defenses and after struggling in that area last season changes are coming. Getting Ingram at this point would be a huge steal for the Jets. Ingram would be able to move all over their defense and improve that pass rush immediately.
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