2012 NFL Mock Draft: Brandon
2012 NFL Mock Draft Updated: April 14th
MDD Staff Writer: Brandon Femia
1. Indianapolis Colts
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford (Scouting Report)
Its been this way for months and I don’t plan on changing it now. The Colts will look to Luck to lead the next chapter in their franchise.
2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis)
QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor (Scouting Report)
Again, it’s been this way for awhile now. The Redskins mortgaged a LOT to move up to here but it will all be worth it if RGIII turns out to be the player everyone thinks he can be.
3. Minnesota Vikings
OT Matt Kalil, USC (Scouting Report)
This pick is almost as much as a no brainer as the prior 2. Kalil could possibly turn out to be the best player in this draft and the Vikings will look forward to him leading the way for Adrian Peterson and protecting Christian Ponder for the next few years.
4. Cleveland Browns
RB Trent Richardson, Alabama (Scouting Report)
I am usually of the mindset that you can find running backs in the later rounds, but Richardson is the exception to that rule. He can step right in from day 1 into that putrid Browns offense and be a game changer.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Morris Claiborne, LSU (Scouting Report)
The Bucs are able to land what many think is the best defensive player in the draft here at #5. The Bucs already have a standout corner in Aqib Talib but he always seems to be in trouble with the law, so Claiborne adds stability and depth to the position.
6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington)
WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State (Scouting Report)
The Rams just lost their #1 WR in Brandon Lloyd, and even before then they really didn’t have much depth at the position. Blackmon can step in and be Sam Bradford’s go to guy for the next decade.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars
DE Quinton Coples, UNC (Scouting Report)
The Jaguars need help almost everywhere. Arguably their biggest need is pass rusher, as they only really have one viable option in Jeremy Mincey. Coples can start right off the bat and if he can keep his motivation issues in check, he will be a star for many years to come.
8. Miami Dolphins
QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (Scouting Report)
I am not the biggest Tannehill fan, but this pick is seeming more and more likely. The Dolphins need to find a franchise QB fast and they hope that Tannehill is their guy. Remember, he played in college under current Phins offensive coordinator Mike Sherman.
9. Carolina Panthers
DL Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State (Scouting Report)
The Panthers need a lot of help along the defensive front and Cox could be the perfect guy to anchor down the middle.
10. Buffalo Bills
OT Riley Reiff, Iowa (Scouting Report)
The Bills lost Demetrius Bell to the Eagles this past week. Many (including me) had them going pass rusher for awhile, but now that they have signed Mario Williams and Mark Anderson that seems more unlikely. Reiff can step right in and help anchor that offensive line.
11. Kansas City Chiefs
OG David Decastro, Stanford (Scouting Report)
Many are calling Decastro the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson and from watching him I tend to agree. The Chiefs go with the safe pick and select the future All-Pro to hold down the middle of their offensive line.
12. Seattle Seahawks
LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College (Scouting Report)
The Seahawks have one of the better young defenses in the NFL. However, they could still use help at pass rush and linebacker, especially now that David Hawthorne is gone. Kuechly is the best linebacker of the class and instantly bolsters that Hawk D.
13. Arizona Cardinals
WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame (Scouting Report)
The Cardinals get that threat to put opposite Larry Fitzgerald. This will help bolster their passing attack right away.
14. Dallas Cowboys
CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama (Scouting Report)
The Cowboys need to improve their secondary, even after signing free agent CB Brandon Carr from the Chiefs.
15. Philadelphia Eagles
DT Dontari Poe, Memphis (Scouting Report)
The Eagles have a bunch of mediocre defensive tackles on the roster. Poe has shown the potential to be something special, so he is the pick.
16. New York Jets
DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama (Scouting Report)
The Jets need to address their pass rush, as players like Calvin Pace are getting up there in age. Upshaw is the best of the bunch left.