2012 NFL Mock Draft: Neal

Last Updated: February 10th, 2012 – By Neal Driscoll

Mock Draft is now a full 7 rounds!

1-Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck-Quarterback-Stanford

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Analysis: This is a no-brainer as the Colts are poised to move on from Peyton Manning they need a franchise quarterback and having a once in a lifetime prospect like Andrew Luck falling into your laps makes this an easy decision.

TRADE: The Washington Redskins trade picks #6 and #39 in 2012 and their 2013 1st round selection to the St. Louis Rams for pick #2 in 2012 NFL Draft.

2-Washington Redskins (STL): Robert Griffin III-Quarterback-Baylor

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Analysis: The Redskins make a bold move to acquire their franchise quarterback. RG 3 is a play-maker and can take the Redskins’ offense to the next level. Finding him some receivers will be crucial for his development.

3-Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil-Offensive Tackle-USC

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Analysis: They released Bryant McKinnie prior to the 2011 season and didn’t have a replacement. Kalil can start at left tackle immediately and protect their young quarterback, Christian Ponder, blindside.

4-Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon-Wide Receiver-Oklahoma State

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Analysis: The Browns haven’t been able to find a legitimate number one receiver for a few years’ now. Taking Blackmon here isn’t the safest pick but the Browns’ stagnant offense needs a big play receiver.

5-Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne-Cornerback-LSU

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Analysis: Ronde Barber should retire and Aqib Talib might be behind bars so the Buccaneers need to make finding a shut-down corner their priority


6-St. Louis Rams (WASH): Riley Reiff-Offensive Tackle-Iowa

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Analysis: The Rams traded down and acquired more draft picks and still fill a position of need. Riley Reiff can play left tackle which moves Rodger Staffold to his more natural right tackle position. They need to keep Sam Bradford upright in 2012.

7-Jacksonville Jaguars: Kendall Wright-Wide Receiver-Baylor

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Analysis: not oneJacksonvillewide receiver caught over 500 yards worth of passes in 2011 and it really hurt rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert’s development. Wright is a burner with great ball skills in the mold of Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith.

8-Carolina Panthers: David DeCastro-Guard-Stanford

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Analysis: The Panthers need to get better on the defensive side of the ball without question but they also have to protect their franchise player. DeCastro is the best offensive linemen prospect in this draft and the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson.

9-Miami Dolphins: Quinton Coples-Defensive End-North Carolina

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Analysis: The Dolphins are poised to move to a 43 defense and need a pass rushing defensive end to accompany Cameron Wake. Coples is an elite talent who has the ability to take over games and dominate the line of scrimmage.

10-Buffalo Bills: Courtney Upshaw-Defensive End-Alabama

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Analysis: The Bills need to find a pass rusher like a 3rd graded needs to find Waldo. Upshaw can get to the quarterback and is scheme versatile which make him a perfect fit for the Bills’ hybrid defense.

11-Kansas City Chiefs: Mike Adams-Offensive Tackle-Ohio State

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Analysis: The Chiefs need to improve their offensive line as Barry Richardson is below average at right tackle. DraftingAdamsallows you to move Albert to the right side or inside to guard where he is better suited.

12-Seattle Seahawks: Ryan Tannehill-Quarterback-Texas A&M

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Analysis: Ryan Tannehill has a ton of upside and though he might not be able to start day one he is a very talented player with an amazing skill-set and athletic ability which will make him a very good quarterback in the future.

13-Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin-Offensive Tackle-Stanford

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Analysis: The Cardinals have the worst OLINE in the NFL and left tackle is a major hole with former 1st round bust Levi Brown being a free agent. Martin is a day one starter and was the man responsible for protecting Andrew Luck.

14-Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick-Cornerback-Alabama

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Analysis: Terrence Newman is all but done inDallasand they needed help at corner before this. Kirkpatrick is very talented and possesses great size which will make him a perfect fit forDallas.

15-Philadelphia Eagles: Luke Kuechly-Linebacker-Boston College

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Analysis: The Eagles defense was atrocious in 2011 especially against the run so drafting a tackling machine like Kuechly makes a ton of sense. Kuechly is a smart player with great instincts who should be a leader of the Eagles’ defense for years to come.

16-New York Jets: Mark Barron-Safety-Alabama

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Analysis: Jim Leonard is a free agent coming off of back to back injury plagued seasons and his counterpart Brodney Pool is a free agent as well. The Jets need help sat safety in the worst way which is why they draft the best one available.


4 Responses to “2012 NFL Mock Draft: Neal”

  1. D Hawk says:

    On the Seahawks…not sure why you would mock a CB. They have very good starting talent there. One is a 1st Alt for the Pro Bowl and the other put up stats that would rival any Pro Bowl CB if you amortize his 10 starts. SEA needs DL help, but not with an interior run stoppper. They have several of those, witnessed in part by their top-5 rush defense. Seattle needs a pass rusher…preferably one that will work from the left DE.

  2. Rook says:

    I don’t think there’s any way that the Bucs will pass on Mo Claiborne if he’s available at #5 overall.

  3. JC says:

    “The Colts cannot not…”?


  4. Daniel Krauss says:

    Mark Barron out until July/ August with herniated disc. No WAY Jets pass up on T-Rich.

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