Moose911`s first 2012 NFL Mock Draft is up, right between Scouting Combine and start of FA. One draft day trade is always included.
I would love to get some comments on my Mock, of course also critical comments and what you honestly think about the picks. But pleeease, keep in mind that I am not a native USA born football fan, so be gentle and leave them with style and respect.
1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB
Boring pick because everybody has him #1. I will swim with all the other guys who have him first. On the other hand, I would really pop out on Walter`s Mock Draft database, picking RG III first.
2. St. Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon, WR
No trade. Why??!! Free Agency could prove me wrong but for me it`s Payton to Skins. Flynn to MIA, Chiefs and Seahawks are too far down in the draft chart. Cleveland will wait if STL really picks him up or if they are just bluffing… J. Blackmon is what the Rams need the most.
3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, T
Never thought they will have a problem replacing Bryant McKinnie but they had. Solid pick up and good to go for a decade of Pro Football as a LT.
4. Cleveland Browns – Robert Griffin III, QB
Obvious pick if really available at #4. Mike Holmgren gets his guy and Pat Shurmur has no excuses anymore. Chili will also do a good job with his new QB in a West Coast Offense.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Maurice Claiborne, CB
Ronde Barber can`t play forever and despite a WR they could use a stud CB. Surprise comment, because nearly every team could use a std CB.
6. Washington Redskins – Michael Floyd, WR
In my scenario they have Payton Manning, so #6 for Ryan Tannehill seams far to high, to develop him behind Payton. No worthy WR available, wait, the Raiders maybe will no longer do stupid things but Dan Snyder will panic a bit and the pick is Michael Floyd from the Irish.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Quinton Coples, DE
Not easy because FA will shuffle team needs and maybe the Jags will get a WR or DE from the FA pool. But therefore Mr. Khan has to open his pockets but he will not for both positions.
8. Miami Dolphins – Melvin Ingram, DE
Will switch to a 4-3 and due to “Mute`s” lunch comments, the personal should fit. I am not so sure about that, but I trust his words (regardless of the system) that they could use a pass rusher opposite Cameron Wake.
9. Carolina Panthers – Michael Brockers, DT
I missed badly on him in my 2011 Mock Draft but, who cares… TE`s are solid, Steve Smith had a very fine year, RB`s are in place but play calling for them was bad as hell. Sooo should be a D-player for sure. Potential panned out for them with Cam Newton so I guess they will pass on “Hell of a Combine” Poe for Michael Brockers of LSU.
10. Buffalo Bills – Courtney Upshaw, DE
Same like their arch rival from Miami the Bills switch back to a 4-3. Remember their pick from last year? He put in a very good season and as a 3-technique he will flourish. Bills need now a lineman next to him to rush the passer from the outside. 4th D-liner in a row in my Mock.
- 11. Cincinnati Bengals (Trade with Chiefs) – Trent Richardson, RB
Kill me for not having the obvious RG III trade on top, but having this one. For me it makes sense. Bengals will not get a RB of this caliber at #17 and do not have one (bye bye Cedric 3 ypc) Of course the new Bengals will not give up both first rounders to move down. Chiefs will pick up another pick (2nd) or more other picks (3rd, 4th …).
12. Seattle Seahawks – Ryan Tannehill, QB
Hyped at the moment and if still hyped during draft day, he will be picked here from a team with a huge QB need. Make it 3 QB`s in the first 12 picks.
13. Arizona Cardinals – Riley Reiff, T
Best player available and a really good fit for their needs. I am surprised I did not found a team for him in the top 10.
14. Dallas Cowboys – David DeCastro, G
I am thinking about CB or G. Jenkins or DeCastro? Asante Samuel from the Eagles? And, or, etc.? That is to much to guess at the moment. Let`s wait for FA to start.
15. Philadelphia Eagles – Dontari Poe, DT
I almost guess a LB or a DT. Both guys I think about had a great combine but very athletic and strong big men are hard to find. Think of Haloti Ngata.
16. New York Jets – Luke Kuechly, ILB
The pick the Eagles made in my mock at #15 really hurt the J.E.T.S, Jets Jets Jets. But most of the NFL fans outside like the fact since Big Mouth Rex Ryan took over. They get and need the player I thought about at #15. Are his roots from Switzerland? Luuuuuuke Küchli…
17. Kansas City Chiefs (Trade with Bengals) – Jonathan Martin, T
Tackle is a huge need opposite from B. Albert. Whoever is the QB (not there at #17) for the Chiefs he has a great RB behind him, a franchised Dwayne Bowe and a promising young TE to throw to. And he now has a solid o-line in front of him too.
18. San Diego Chargers – Stephen Hill, WR
No V-Jax, declining Antonio Gates, questionable o-line… That’s not music in the ears of P. Rivers. The D is also not known for pressuring the QB, so I see a declining team to questionable Front Office decisions. Help your best player and protect him or give him a weapon and protect him using FA or the next round of the Draft.
19. Chicago Bears – Cordy Glenn, G/T
Mad Mike is gone, but I think it will not be to Jay Cutler`s disadvantage. He just needs more time, which was better last year but do you want to have his backup again in the game for the last several games. No!
20. Tennessee Titans – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB
Griffin was franchised, so I guess they have to replace Cortland Finnegan. I think with the 20th pick the Titans will be intrigued with the talent available at CB and take a risk with character issues.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Janoris Jenkins, CB
After making a rock solid move in my mock earlier today, the Bengals will do risky business like the Titans above. Maybe riskier and so I copied the sentence for you. … will be intrigued with the talent available at CB and take a risk with character issues.
22. Cleveland Browns – Lamar Miller, RB
First pick was RG III and Browns fans will love to see that because of NO trade they still have a pick to replace Madden Cover 11 with a real playmaker from THE U.
23. Detroit Lions - Dont'a Hightower, LB
Franchised Cliff Avril, which was a very good move. If one of those CB`s would be available I think they would have pulled the trigger, but LB is also a huge need.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Adams, T
No brainier if really available. Ben is BIG but he also has nearly every bone broken year in and year out. Better NOT to be cont…
25. Denver Broncos – Devon Still, DT
The Denver Broncos played some of the strangest NFL football I have ever seen the last season. But they were successful. Their D has to be on top of its game and one of the best in the league to win. So another piece to ensure that will be another strong interior D-lineman.
26. Houston Texans – Nick Perry, OLB (3-4)
What a year for the Texans, despite all the injuries. I still can`t believe that Mario Williams will not be back but it will be a “soon to be fact”. They bring in a new pass rush beast and to be honest a more natural fit for their great 3-4 defense. Sky is the limit for this team…
27. New England Patriots – Mark Barron, SS
I don`t know which kind of help the offense would need more than a WR. Brandon Llyod is almost in Pats gear by now. Pass rush help or adding a DB using the Draft could also be possible to provide some help. Edelman will not be thrilled to play 2-way again. Who cares…
28. Green Bay Packers - Peter Konz, C
Short analysis: C will leave via FA, 10 year starter will be brought in. That’s da Packer way.
29. Baltimore Ravens – Kendall Wright, WR
Why do I always want to draft a D player for this team ? I will not because surprisingly this WR is still on my board. Lack of speed in the 40y dash has let him slip here.
30. San Francisco 49ers – Josh Robinson, CB
I went to one of my heroes and also checked out his famous Mayocks Top 5 selections to find out, if I could pick a QB for the 49ers here. No, don’t think so , but on the other hand, if Alex Smith leaves… No, but Carlos Rodgers will never ever have such a good year again and leave overpaid to a CB desperate team. Here comes the 2012 NFL Combine Fastest Player and a pretty solid CB, too.
31. New England Patriots – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB (3-4)
And here comes the pass rush help. Perfect if he still sits there at #31.
32. New York Giants – Fletcher Cox, DT
Big value here at the end of the 1st round for the defending SB champs. This guy will really help those great DE on the outside to be even more disruptive.