2012 NFL 7 Round Mock Draft

April 18th, 2012


MDD Staff Writer: Neal Driscoll

Updated April 18, 2012

Round 1:

 1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck-QB-Stanford
Analysis: The Colts had a miserable 2011 season which made them the winners of the “Suck for Luck” sweepstakes. They hired a new head coach and let Peyton Manning, Jeff Saturday, Pierre Garcon, and Dallas Clark go to other destinations. There is no other direction the Colts can go which will make sense so the selection of Andrew Luck here is an absolute slam-dunk. This rebuilding franchise is lucky to have another elite quarterback fall into their laps as Peyton Manning did in 1998.

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III-QB-Baylor

Analysis: The Redskins made a bold move trading 2012 and 2013 first round draft selections and a 2012 2nd to the Rams for this pick in order to secure Robert Griffin III also known as “RG3”. Dan Snyder loves to sell tickets and drafting the 2011 Heisman trophy winner will do that and not to mention he is an immediate upgrade to the Redskins horrible quarterback situation.

3. Minnesota Vikings:  Matt Kalil-OT-University of Southern California

Analysis: Vikings general manager, Rick Spielman, has indicated that this pick is on the market for trade but the Vikings should do the smart thing and draft the best left tackle prospect that has come along since Jake Long in 2008. The Vikings let Bryant McKinnie go prior to the 2011 season and didn’t have a plan in place to replace him and it showed. The Vikings need to protect their franchise quarterback, Christian Ponder, and drafting a guy like Kalil will go a long way in doing so.

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson-RB-Alabama

Analysis: Despite the world thinking that the Browns have legit interest in Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill this pick is down to Trent Richardson vs. Justin Blackmon in my opinion. The wide receiver class for the 2012 draft is loaded which makes the positions value fall a bit this high on the draft. Trent Richardson is a rare running back as he can literally do everything needed to be a great player from the position. He runs with an unseen combination of power and speed combined with elite vision which allows him to find holes which most backs wouldn’t. The Browns let Peyton Hillis go via free agency and no one on their roster is capable of being an every down back.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne-CB-Louisiana State University

Analysis: The Buccaneers have a major need at cornerback which was evident when they over-paid dearly for fee-agent Eric Wright who has been nothing more than pedestrian so far in his career, They resigned Ronde Barber who is ancient in NFL years and Aqib Talib faces serious jail time. Morris Claiborne is as close to a shutdown corner as there is the 2012 draft as he covers well and has great ball skills to boot. Claiborne is a player you can start day one and never look back and the Buccaneers need to get their secondary in order if they play on stopping the Saints in 2012.

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon-WR-Oklahoma State

Analysis: It’s not easy taking a wide receiver this high when the draft is loaded at the position but the Rams need to find a primary receiver for Sam Bradford. The Rams were unable to keep Brandon Lloyd around and the team lacks a go-to receiver. Sam Bradford struggled in 2011 due to injuries and inadequate weapons and the Rams need to find a play-maker in order to save whatever is left of Sam Bradford’s confidence.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Melvin Ingram-DE-South Carolina

Analysis: The Jaguars have tried everything in order to find a legit pass rusher whether it was drafting Derrick Harvey and Quentin Groves in 2009 or overpaying for Aaron Kampman in free agency and have consistently struck out. Ingram is one of the best pass rushers in the draft. Ingram offers versatility to a 43 defensive line front and this makes him even more valuable.

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill-QB-Texas A&M

Analysis: After Peyton Manning told the Dolphins to take a hike Dol-Fans were ready to plan a mass suicide. The Dolphins have not been able to find a franchise quarterback since Dan Marino retired and the fan base has had enough. Ryan Tannehill doesn’t have the hype that Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin has but he has the tools that could make him an elite quarterback at the next level. There are similarities in Tannehill’s games to that of the great Aaron Rodgers. The Dolphins offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, was Tannehill’s head coach at Texas A&M and knows him better than anyone giving the Dolphins an advantage here.

9. Carolina Panthers: Dontari Poe-DT-Memphis

Analysis: The Panthers have publicly stated that they don’t view defensive tackle as a need and in my opinion that is either smoke-screen or the coaches didn’t watch the defensive tape. Teams are falling in love with Poe’s ability to move given his size even drawing comparisons to Ravens all-pro Haloti Ngata.

10. Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff-OT-Iowa

Analysis:  While Bills’ fans would like the team to draft Michael Floyd at this spot the Bills have to address left tackle first and foremost. Reiff is a plug and play player who will be the Bills opening day starter come September.

11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro-OG-Stanford

Analysis: David DeCastro is one of the best football players in this draft and what makes him a hot commodity is not only his skill-set but his versatility. DeCastro can play four positions along the OLINE (LG, RG, C, RT) and from a technique standpoint he is as good as there has been for over a decade. The Chiefs can plug DeCastro in with Rodney Hudson, Eric Winston, and Branden Albert giving them one of the best OLINE’s in the NFL.

12. Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly-ILB-Boston College

Analysis: The Seahawks struck out in a major way when they took Aaron Curry with the 4th pick in the 2009 draft. Their linebacker core needs a new look and drafting the best linebacker in the draft is one way to get it started, Kuechly is a very smart football player who plays with great instincts which allows him to locate the ball effectively. Kuechly is a leader and could give the Seahawks’ defense a major boost.

13.   Arizona Cardinals: Cordy Glenn-OT-Georgia

Analysis: The Cardinals OLINE is in shambles and the team will not be ready to compete until they address the position. Cordy Glenn is a perfect fit because the Cardinals can start him out at offensive tackle and if he doesn’t pan out there than you have an all-pro offensive guard.

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron-S-Alabama

Analysis: The Cowboys have a history of great safety play and right now there roster is full of a bunch of average players. Barron gives them a player who excels in pass coverage and is equally as good against the run.

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox- DT- Mississippi State

Analysis: The Eagles defense was a major part of the teams’ failures in 2011 and they need to get better on this side of the ball for them to truly compete with the Giants and Cowboys in the NFC East. Cox can be paired with Cullen Jenkins giving the Eagles a run stopping and pass rushing tandem in the middle of their defense.

16. New York Jets: Michael Floyd-WR-Notre Dame

Analysis: The Jets need to find additional pass rushers but the emergence of Aaron Maybin in 2011 allows them to take the best player on the board which also fills a major need. The Jets need a receiver with size who can pose to be a red-zone threat for whoever their quarterback will be. The plus with Floyd is that he is a willing and able run blocker which is something that will get Rex Ryan excited.

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Quinton Coples-DE-North Carolina

Analysis: The inconsistent motor is the reason that Coples drops despite the issue being way overblown. For my money Coples is the best defensive player in the draft and has the talent to be an elite defensive end. The Bengals take a risk but the duo of Coples and Carlos Dunlap is going to be a tough task for opposing offensive lines.

18. San Diego Chargers: Nick Perry-OLB-University of Southern California

Analysis: The Chargers landed Jarrett Johnson who can play strong side linebacker and stop the run and now they need an explosive pass rusher opposite of Johnson. The player was supposed to be Larry English but he has been a major bust thus far. Perry is explosive and uses his hands well and should make an immediate impact for the Chargers’ defense.

19. Chicago Bears: Whitney Mercilus-DE-Illinois

Analysis: The Bears really want to upgrade the position opposite of Julius Peppers and Mercilus was very productive in his junior campaign atIllinois. There are some concerns whether Mercilus was a one year wonder but his production should be solid with Julius Peppers drawing most of the attention on the DLINE.

20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore-CB-South Carolina

Analysis: The Titans lost Courtland Finnegan in free agency and they don’t stand a chance competing with the Texans if they do not have more than solid cornerbacks. Gilmore has saw his stock rise since the draft process started and offers return skills to boot which make him a very good selection for the Titans.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Peter Konz-OC/OG-Wisconsin

Analysis: The Bengals need help at the guard position and while Konz played center atWisconsinhe has the ability to be a very good guard at the next level.

22. Rueben Randle-WR- Louisiana State University

Analysis: The Browns got their running back earlier in the draft and now they find a legitimate receiver for Colt McCoy. Randle has great NFL size and has drawn comparisons to the Giants’ Hakeem Nicks.

23. Detroit Lions: Dre Kirkpatrick-CB-Alabama

Analysis: The Lions have needed a shut-down corner for quite some time and if they expect to take the NFC North thrown from the Packers they will need one. Kirkpatrick has size that general managers salivate for.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Adams-OT-Ohio State

Analysis: The Steelers have paid close attention toAdamssince the draft process has begun and it’s no surprise as he offers the size and attitude that the Steelers look for.Adamscan come and offer an immediate upgrade to the Steelers woeful offensive line.

25. Denver Broncos: Michael Brockers-DT-Louisiana State University

Analysis: The Broncos defense is good but aging and they take the best defensive player on the board. Brockers is a strong player who can be disruptive and finds the football well to boot.

26. Houston Texans: Kendall Wright-WR-Baylor

Analysis: if the Texans could create the perfect complement to all-world receiver Andre Johnson it would be Baylor’s Kendall Wright. Wright is an explosive play-maker who is extremely dangerous in the open field. Drafting Wright will open up the Texans’ passing game and this move makes them the favorites in the AFC.

27. New England Patriots: Courtney Upshaw-OLB-Alabama

Analysis: The Patriots need to bolster their defense especially their pass rush and a great player falls into their laps. Upshaw is a top 20 player in this draft but he isn’t as explosive as some of the pass rushers which causes him to fall into an ideal spot.

28. Analysis: Kendall Reyes-DT/DE-Connecticut

Analysis: The Packers lost Cullen Jenkins prior to the 2011 season and we not able to replace him. Replacing Jenkins is a tall task for Reyes but there is no question in my mind that Reyes can start as a rookie and give the Packers’ DLINE an upgrade.

29. Baltimore Ravens: Jonathan Martin-OT-Stanford

Analysis: The Ravens have a history of drafting the best player available and keep the trend alive with this pick. Bryant McKinnie is only under contract for one more season so drafting the guy who protected Andrew Luck is not a bad decision.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Janoris Jenkins-CB-Northern Alabama

Analysis: It was nice that the 49ers were able to keep Carlos Rogers around but they still could use an upgrade at the position. Jenkins is a top 15 talent that falls due to off-field concerns but sometimes the risk of taking a gamble really pays off.

31. New England Patriots: Devon Still-DT-Penn State

Analysis: Another blue-chip defensive player falls into the Patriots’ lap. Still can play anywhere on the line and really improve the Patriots’ run defense. Adding two players like Upshaw and Still will have the Patriots defense much improved in 2012.

32. New York Giants: Donta Hightower-ILB-Alabama

Analysis: The Giants won the Super Bowl despite having a pedestrian group of linebackers. Hightower is a tremendous fit at this spot as he is a tackling machine with size and can bring even more leadership to a dominant Giants’ defense.

Round 2:

33. St. Louis Rams: Jerel Worthy-DT-Michigan State

Analysis: The Rams signed Kendall Langford in free agency and by drafting Worthy the Rams now have one of the best, young defensive lines in the NFL.

34. Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener-TE-Stanford

Analysis: The Colts need to make their new franchise quarterback comfortable and drafting his favorite collegiate target will make him feel at home. Fleener is the best tight end in the draft and should be the focus of theIndianapolispassing attack.

35. Minnesota Vikings: Alshon Jeffery-WR-South Carolina

Analysis: The Vikings need a big-receiver to complement Percy Harvin and Christian ponder needs more targets. Jeffery has red flags but when you put on the tape he is one of the best receivers in the nation.

36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lamar Miller-RB-Miami

Analysis: The Buccaneers wanted Trent Richardson in Round One but have to settle for this speedy complement for LaGarrette Blount. Miller has home-run speed and is a tougher runner than given credit for. Miller will eventually take the primary back role from Blount inTampa.

37. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Weeden-QB-Oklahoma State

Analysis: The Browns got Colt McCoy weapons in round one and should he fall on his face they need to draft someone who is capable of being their starting quarterback. No matter how you slice it Brandon Weeden is a top fifteen player in the 2012 draft and he would be a top ten pick if he wasn’t 28 years old when the draft rolled around.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Stephen Hill-WR-Georgia Tech

Analysis: The Jaguars need to do a lot more than sign Laurent Robinson to improve their horrid receiver core. Stephen Hill has great NFL size and speed and could be the primary weapon for young quarterback Blaine Gabbert.

39. St. Louis Rams: David Wilson-RB-Virginia Tech

Analysis: The Rams were very interested in Mark Ingram in the 2011 NFL draft and have been looking for a complimentary back for Steven Jackson for quite some time.Wilsonhas great speed and is as productive as a runner as any back in this draft. Steven Jackson will remain the primary back but won’t have to handle the full workload and hopefully this keeps him healthy.

40. Carolina Panthers: Alfonzo Dennard-CB-Nebraska

Analysis: The Panthers secondary is a major weakness and they need to start getting younger at the corner position. There are concerns about Dennard’s straight line speed but the tape shows that he is a capable starter with tremendous upside.

41. Buffalo Bills: Zach Brown-OLB-North Carolina

Analysis: The Bills’ linebacker core needs to get younger, faster, and stronger and Brown fits the bill. Brown isn’t a great tackler but he excels in pass coverage and is an athletic freak.

42. Miami Dolphins: Andre Branch-DE/OLB-Clemson

Analysis: The Dolphins need to bolster their pass rush opposite of Cam Wake and Branch is one of the most gifted pass rushers in this draft. Branch can play standing up or with his hand in the dirt and this versatility fits the Dolphins’ new defensive scheme.

43. Seattle Seahawks: Mohamed Sanu-WR-Rutgers

Analysis: Sidney Rice has been a disappointment and Golden Tate hasn’t lived up to the hype so the Seahawks need to get someone who can become a reliable target for whoever their quarterback is in 2012.

44. Kansas City Chiefs: Alameda Ta’amu-NT-Washington

Analysis: The Chiefs need a nose tackle who can be a force in the middle of their defense. Ta’ amu needs to get stronger but has great size and can eat blockers which is key in running a successful 34 defense.

45. Dallas Cowboys: Amini Silatolu-OG-Midwestern State

Analysis: The Cowboys will run to the podium with this pick as Silatolu is a lot like former Cowboys’ great Larry Allen. Silatolu is strong, moves well, and the Cowboys can place him at left guard and expect a pro bowl level of play for the next decade.

46. Philadelphia Eagles: Bobby Wagner-OLB-Utah State

Analysis: The Eagles linebacker play was horrible in 2011 to say they need help here is an understatement. Wagner has first round talent but flies under the radar coming from a small-school.

47. New York Jets: Doug Martin-RB-Boise State

Analysis: Rex Ryan saw Ray rice first hand when he was inBaltimoreand he will notice the similarities in Martin’s game. Shonn Greene has been a major disappointment and an every down back is a bigger need than Jets’ fans know.

48. New England Patriots: Harrison Smith-S-Notre Dame

Analysis: The Patriots continue to overhaul their defense and this time they find themselves a starting free safety mid way through the second round.

49. San Diego Chargers: Kevin Zeitler-OG-Wisconsin

Analysis: The sudden retirement of Kris Dielman left a major hole at guard and the underrated Zeitler is a guy you can plug and play instantly.

50.ChicagoBears: Bobby Massie-OT-Mississippi

Analysis: The Bears have had horrible luck with their OLINE ever since drafting Chris Williams from Vanderbilt. Getting a healthy Gabe Carimi back and drafting Massie will turn a weakness into a strength.

51. Philadelphia Eagles: Kelechi Osemele-OL-Iowa State

Analysis: The Eagles OLINE has some holes and Osemele is a guy who can be a pro bowl guard or a very good right tackle. The Eagles sent Winston Justice to the Colts in trade during the off-season and have a major hole at right tackle.

52. Tennessee Titans: Mychal Kendricks-LB-California

Analysis: Kendricks is a player on the rise and despite lacking ideal size for an NFL linebacker his athleticism and ability have teams very high on him.

53. Cincinnati Bengals: LaMichael James-RB-Oregon

Analysis: The Bengals don’t have a lead back right now and it’s a major need. I am not sure whether James can be an every down back but he could excel as a Darren Sproles type of player.

54. Detroit Lions: Zebrie Sanders-OT-Florida State

Analysis: Jeff Backus has struggled and needs to be upgraded and Gosder Cherilus has never lived to his draft status. The Lions need to keep Matthew Stafford upright and investing in the OLINE is a safe bet.

55. Atlanta Falcons: Cam Johnson-DE- Virginia

Analysis:John Abraham is all they have when it comes to a pass rush and it’s time they start gearing some fresh legs to bolster their pass rush.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jayron Hosley-CB-Virginia Tech

Analysis: The Steelers secondary has been a major weakness and it’s time they found someone to start opposite of Ike Taylor. Hosley has great speed and ball skills and should be able to find the field in no time.

57. Denver Broncos: Josh Robinson-CB-Central Florida

Analysis: This kid shut up draft boards after an impressive combine and it’s no secret that the Broncos need to get younger at corner. Learning behind veterans such as Champ Bailey and Andre Goodman will be good for this athletic freak fromCentral Florida.

58. Houston Texans: Shea McClellin-OLB-Boise State

Analysis: Despite having young pass rushers in Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed losing Mario Williams hurts. McClellin is no Mario Williams but he is drawing comparisons to Mike Vrabel and the three-headed monster of Reed, Barwin, and McClellin will be hard to contain.

59. Green Bay Packers: Chris Polk-RB-Washington

Analysis: The Packers let Ryan Grant walk and are rumored to have serious interest in Chris Polk. Alex Green is unproven and questions remain whether James Starks can handle the load.

60. Baltimore Ravens: Jared Crick-DE-Nebraska

Analysis: Had he not gotten hurt his senior year Jared Crick would be in question to be a first round draft pick. The Ravens lost Corey Redding in free agency and Crick would be a more than suitable replacement.

61. San Francisco 49ers: Ronnell Lewis-OLB-Oklahoma

Analysis: Aldon Smith came on big as a pass rushing force for the 49ers so it’s not a major need but Lewis is the best player on the board and is a very gifted pass rusher in his own right. The 49ers defense went from good to great after the first couple of rounds in this draft.

62. New England Patriots: Marvin Jones-WR-California

Analysis: The Patriots made a nice free agent signing when they inked a deal with Brandon Lloyd but they need to get younger at the position as Welker and Branch are on one year deals. Jones is a polished receiver who can be a major steal at this point of the draft.

63. New York Giants: Vinny Curry-DE-Marshall

Analysis: The Giants love their pass rushers and Mathias Kiwunuka/ Osi Umenyora are both on the last year of their deals. Curry gives them a young guy to groom.


64. Indianapolis Colts: Jonathan Massaquoi-OLB-Troy

Analysis: Chuck Pagano runs a defense that depends on pressure. They have Robert Mathis and Dwight Freeney on their roster but both are going to be switching positions so their effectiveness is in limbo.

65. St. Louis Rams: Sean Spence-OLB-Miami

Analysis: The Rams defense needs major help especially at outside linebacker where they are hurting to find good players to pair with James Laurinaitis. Spence has a terrific nose for the football and is a sure tackler and shouldn’t have trouble finding the field inSt. Louis.

66. Minnesota Vikings: Dwight Bentley-CB-Louisiana Lafayette

Analysis: Antoine Winfield is no spring chicken and other than that the secondary as a whole has been atrocious.

67. Cleveland Browns: Leonard Johnson-CB-Iowa State

Analysis: Joe Haden has grown into a very good corner early on but Sheldon Brown starts opposite of him and might be better suited to play free safety. Leonard Johnson is a physical corner who isn’t afraid of a challenge and should push for playing time quickly.

68. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lavonte David-OLB-Nebraska

Analysis: Tackling machine who is always around the football is a steal at this point of the draft. There is no doubt in my mind David will start immediately and contend for defensive rookie of the year in 2012.

69. Washington Redskins: Brandon Washington-OG-Miami

Analysis: The Redskins need to get their OLINE in order to protect their big investment and franchise quarterback.Washingtonshould start day one and give the Skins a big mauler to protect the interior.

70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chase Minnifield-CB-Virginia

Analysis: The Jaguars are in the market for a corner and Minnifield is a corner with ideal size and speed who has always faced the opponent’s number one receiver.

71. Buffalo Bills: Brandon Boykin-CB-Georgia

Analysis: From a talent standpoint Boykin is a top five cornerback in the draft. He was injured during his senior season which hurts his stocks but gives the Bills a guy capable of starting immediately if healthy.

72. Miami Dolphins: Dwayne Allen-TE-Clemson

Analysis: The Dolphins landed their franchise quarterback in round one and now need to find him weapons. Dwayne Allen might be the best pass catching tight end in the draft and gives the Dolphins a vertical threat to accompany the productive Anthony Fasano.

73. Miami Dolphins: Chris Givens-WR-Wake Forest

Analysis: After trading Brandon Marshall toChicagothey use the pick they acquired in the trade to draft his replacement. Givens was very productive atWakeForestis a major sleeper in this draft. I expect he will see a ton of time as a rookie and should fight to be the Dolphins’ leading receiver.

74.Kansas City Chiefs: Brock Osweiler-QB-Arizona State

Analysis: The Chiefs have a complete roster and if there is one area they could improve it would be over Matt Cassel and the quarterback position. Osweiler offers a ton of upside but must be developed properly.

75. Seattle Seahawks: Brandon Thompson-DT-Clemson

Analysis: Brandon Thompson is simply a great value here. The Seahawks resigned Red Bryant and pairing him with Thompson would make their defense much improved.

76. Houston Texans: Brandon Mosley-OT-Auburn

Analysis: The Texans let Eric Winston go prior to free agency and need a right tackle to replace him.

77. New York Jets: George Iloka-S-Boise State

Analysis: The Jets need a lot of help at the safety position. They signed Laron Landry to a one year deal but his health remains in question.

78. San Diego Chargers: Juron Criner-WR-Arizona

Analysis: Losing a big,physical receiver like Vincent Jackson isn’t easy to replace but Juron Criner has strong hands and runs with a great balance which should make him a big time target for Phil Rivers down the road.

79. Chicago Bears: Josh Norman-CB-Coastal Carolina

Analysis:Normanwas the star of the East/West Shrine practices and brings starting potential to an averageChicagosecondary.

80. Arizona Cardinals: Chandler Jones-DE-Syracuse

Analysis: The Cardinals defensive front needs to create more pressure and Jones is an aggressive pass rusher with a ton of upside.

81. Dallas Cowboys: Joe Adams-WR-Arkansas

Analysis: The Cowboys lost Laurent Robinson to free agency so drafting another weapon for Tony Romo is a must. We all know that Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is anArkansasalumni and will covet the speedyAdams.

82. Tennessee Titans: Ben Jones-OC-Georgia

Analysis: The interior line for the Titans was atrocious in 2011 and they need to address this this early and often in the draft as it wouldn’t hurt to open some running lanes for Chris Johnson who struggled mightily in 2011.

83. Cincinnati Bengals: Nick Toon-WR-Wisconsin

Analysis: The Bengals need to replace Jerome Simpson who was very productive in 2011. Toon, if healthy, would have been have been a top 50 selection but falls into a perfect spot for him.

84. Atlanta Falcons: Mitchell Schwartz-OT-California

Analysis: The Falcons offensive line needs to protect Matty Ice better and the versatile Schwartz offers great value here.

85. Detroit Lions: Keenan Robinson-OLB-Texas

Analysis: Robinson is quick linebacker that fits the Lions’ defensive scheme to a tee.

86. Analysis: Robert Turbin-RB-Utah State

Analysis: Rashad Mendenhall is in a contract year after coming off a serious ACL injury so the Steelers draft a back who can carry the load. Turbin is a power back with great speed and has Steeler written all over him.

87. Denver Broncos: Kirk Cousins-QB-Michigan State

Analysis: The Broncos will draft Cousins to groom behind Peyton Manning. This ultimately would be great for both the Broncos and Cousins as it wouldn’t surprise me if Cousins was the Broncos’ starting quarterback after Peyton is done.

88. Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Foles-QB-Arizona

Analysis: It remains to be seen whether Michael Vick can stay healthy for an entire season and even if he does the Eagles need to start developing a guy who can win in the future. Foles has great passing ability but needs to improve his footwork in order to be a successful NFL quarterback.

89. New Orleans Saints: Jake Bequette-DE-Arkansas

Analysis: The Saints added talent to their defense in free agency locking up Curtis Lofton, David Hawthorne, and Brodrick Bunkley and continue to build this unit with the gifted pass-rusher Bequette.

90. Green Bay Packers: Trumaine Johnson-CB/S-Montana

Analysis: Nick Collins future remains in doubt and Charles Woodson is another year older. Johnson offers versatility to a secondary that lacks depth and will grow into an eventual starter.

91. Baltimore Ravens: Antonio Allen-S-South Carolina

Analysis: Bernard Pollard is in the final year of his deal and Ed Reed is once again threatening retirement if he doesn’t see a new contract and if you combine that with the fact that they lost Haruki Nakamura and Tom Zbikowski in free agency than you can see the Ravens really need help at safety.

92. San Francisco 49ers: Orson Charles-TE-Georgia

Analysis: Not even a month ago Charles was considered a first round pick but off-field concerns have him falling here. The 49ers have Vernon Davis and Delanie Walker but the 49ers don’t have a lot of needs and need to get more explosive on the offensive side of the ball.

93. New England Patriots: Jamell Fleming-CB-Oklahoma

Analysis: You know you need better corners when Chad Henne throws for 400 yards on you.

94. New York Giants: Isaiah Pead-RB-Cincinnati

Analysis: The Giants lost Brandon Jacobs and it’s unproven whether Ahmad Bradshaw can carry the load alone. Pead is a sleeper and should find carries in bunches in 2012.

95. Oakland Raiders: Casey Hayward-CB-Vanderbilt

Analysis: The Raiders lost their best corner in Stanford Routt and have a bunch of young guys on the roster to replace themHaywardhas great size and speed and should be able to develop into a quality starter down the road.

Round 4:

96. St. Louis Rams: Matt McCants-OT-UAB

Analysis: Jason Smith hasn’t panned out as planned and Rodger Saffold is better suited on the right side. The Rams definitely need to upgrade their offensive line and this is good value here.

97. Indianapolis Colts: Josh Chapman-NT-Alabama

Analysis: the colts will be running a 34 defense and lack that mammoth nose tackle you can plug into the middle. Chapman falls due to injury and presents outstanding value in round four.

98. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Martin-DT-Michigan

Analysis: The Vikings defense was dominant when they had the “Williams Wall” and while Martin isn’t Pat Williams he does offer a starting caliber player in the fourth round.

99. Houston Texans: Billy Winn-DT/DE-Boise State

Analysis: The Texans’ defense was the most improved unit in the league in 2011 and rookie JJ Watt was an absolute force. Winn is the perfect five technique in a 34 defense and could replace Antonio Smith down the road.

100. Cleveland Browns: Ladarius Green-TE-Louisiana Lafayette

Analysis: The Browns continue to surround Colt McCoy with weapons adding Green who is an instant seem threat and eventual upgrade to Ben Watson.

101. Jacksonville Jaguars: Bernard Pierce-RB-Temple

Analysis: The Jaguars need to keep Maurice Jones Drew fresh and need a better back to complement him.

102. Washington Redskins: Tommy Streeter-WR-Miami

Analysis: The Redskins would be wise to draft as many weapons as they can for their new franchise quarterback. Streeter offers as much upside as any player in the draft.

103. Miami Dolphins: Marvin McNutt-WR-Iowa

Analysis: I am certain that replacing Brandon Marshall will be a priority for the Dolphins in the draft and they have met with McNutt. Adding McNutt and Givens would improve their receiver core a great deal.

104. Carolina Panthers: James Brown-OT-Troy

Analysis: Jeff Otah has been unreliable and is coming up for a new contract so the Panthers should to draft someone here rather than pay big money.

105. Buffalo Bills: Michael Egnew-TE-Missouri

Analysis: The Bills resigned Scott Chandler who was productive in 2011 but a pass catcher like Egnew could really open up their offense.

106. Seattle Seahawks: Malik Jackson-DE-Tennessee

Analysis: Seahawks continue to build a very good defense which will make them competitive in the NFC West.

107. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Broyles-WR-Oklahoma

Analysis: Receiver isn’t a glaring need in Kansas City but getting a player as talented as Broyles this far down the draft who you can plug in the slot and become one of the better slot receivers in the league is worth a gamble.

108. Denver Broncos: Brian Quick-WR- Appalachian State

Analysis: It’s never a bad thing to get Peyton Manning weapons. Quick could be very productive as a rookie in this high powered passing attack.

109. Washington Redskins: Vontaze Burfict-ILB-Arizona State

Analysis: The Redskins haven’t resigned London Fletcher and we all know Daniel Snyder is willing to take a risk.

110. San Diego Chargers: Chris Rainey-RB-Florida

Analysis: The Chargers offense wasn’t the same after losing Darren Sproles so adding a speedy, pass catching threat like Rainey could give their offense a boost.

111. Chicago Bears: DaJohn Harris-DT- University of Southern California

Analysis: The Bears haven’t be able to find a suitable replacement for Tommie Harris for a few years’ now and not saying that Harris is as good but you need to continue to try.

112. Arizona Cardinals: Travis Lewis-OLB-Oklahoma

Analysis: The Cardinals need to get better at every position on the defensive side of the ball. lewis is a tremendous athlete who could develop into an every down player in their defense.

113. Dallas Cowboys: Bruce Irvin-OLB-West Virginia

Analysis: Anthony Spencer is currently hit with the franchise tag in a contract year which could equate to big money so the Cowboys draft a gifted pass rusher who is a 2nd round talent but falls due to off field concerns.

114. Philadelphia Eagles: Tank Carder-LB-TCU

Analysis: The Eagles need a lot of help at the linebacker position so drafting carder makes a ton of sense. Carder isn’t the biggest dog in the fight but he brings it on a consistent basis.

115. Tennessee Titans: Dwight Jones-WR-North Carolina

Analysis: Kenny Britt missed 2011 season due to injury and besides him the Titans receiving  core is pretty bare.

116. Cincinnati Bengals: James Michael Johnson-ILB-Nevada

Analysis: The Bengals have one of the best inside linebackers in the draft fall to them and do no hesitate to take him.

117. Detroit Lions: Merkelle Martin-S-Oklahoma State

Analysis: The Lions have wanted to upgrade the safety position for a few years now and Martin is a guy that could find a way to start early.

118. Cleveland Browns: Nate Potter-OT-Boise State

Analysis: Potter could come in and push for playing time as the Browns’ right tackle.

119. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Brooks-OG-Miami Ohio

Analysis: Luckily for the Steelers they have a chance to drastically improve their OLINE this far down the draft. Brooks is a strong player who moves well and the Steelers adding him and OT Mike Adams in Round 1 has their OLINE looking a lot better in 2012.

120. Denver Broncos: Phillip Blake-OC-Baylor

Analysis: JD Walton was ranked the worst center in the NFL last season and to say they need to upgrade the position is an understatement.

121. Houston Texans: Brandon Taylor-S-LSU

Analysis: The Texans defense was much improved in 2-11 but their safety play could certainly get better.

122. New Orleans Saints: Greg Childs-WR-Arkansas

Analysis: The Saints have made their defense a  stronger unit via free agency and it puts them in position to have the luxury of getting more weapons for Drew Brees.

123. Green Bay Packers: Trevor Guyton-DE-California

Analysis: one of the more underrated players in the draft, Guyton could push to see early playing time as a rotational defensive end in theGreen Bay34 defense.

124. Buffalo Bills: Audie Cole-ILB-NC State

Analysis: Cole could play middle linebacker in the Bills’ 43 defense and be a special teams’ ace to boot.

125. San Francisco 49ers: Jeff Allen-OT-Illinois

Analysis: Allen could be one of the steals of the draft as he offers versatility and is going to be a long-term starter in the NFL.

126. New England Patriots: TY Hilton-WR-Florida International

Analysis: Hilton’s primary focus inNew Englandwill be returning kicks which is something they really need to improve on.

127. New York Giants: Andrew Datko-OT-Florida State

Analysis: The Giants are trying to infuse a youth movement on their OLINE and Datko has right tackle written all over him.

128. Minnesota Vikings: Demario Davis-OLB-Arkansas State

Analysis: The Vikings have a major need at linebacker position and the small-school stud presents a ton of upside.

129. Oakland Raiders: Marcus Forston-DT-Miami

Analysis: The Raiders add some beef on their DLINE and Forston has a ton of potential and fits the mold of players that the Raiders seek.

130. Baltimore Ravens: Lucas Nix-OG-Pittsburgh

Analysis: Replacing Ben Grubbs is not an easy task but Lucas Nix is a better option than anyone on their roster.

131. New York Giants: Devon Wylie-WR-Fresno State

Analysis: Losing Mario Manningham won’t kill them but finding targets for Eli Manning will only help their chances of repeating. Wylie is severely underrated at this point.

132. Green Bay Packers: BJ Coleman-QB-Tennessee Chattanooga

Analysis: The Packers draft a quarterback to groom behind the best player in the NFL, Aaron Rodgers.

133. Green Bay Packers: Coryell Judie-CB-Texas A&M

Analysis: the Packers stock up on corners with Charles Woodson likely making a move to safety in the near future.

134. Minnesota Vikings: Ryan Steed-CB-Furman

Analysis: Cornerback is a major need for the Vikings and Ryan Steed is under the radar…

135. Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Bolden-RB-Mississippi

Analysis: Rumors are out that the Cowboys could be shopping Felix Jones and they would need some fresh legs behind the often injured Demarco Murray.

Round 5:

136. Indianapolis Colts: Derek Wolfe-DT/DE-Cincinnati

Analysis: Wolfe was born to be a 34 defensive end and fits Chuck Pagano’s defense to a t.

137. Denver Broncos: Vick Ballard-RB-Mississippi State

Analysis: Power Back who could be a touchdown machine in the red-zone.

138. Minnesota Vikings: Phillip Thomas-S-Syracuse

Analysis: The Vikings safety play was horrid in 2011 and Thomas is an under the radar prospect.

139. Cleveland Browns: Nigel Bradham-OLB-Florida State

Analysis: Versatile linebacker who flows to the football well and can knock your socks off.

140. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Aaron Henry-S-Wisconsin

Analysis: The Buccaneers released Tanard Jackson and they were hurting before that move.

141. Washington Redskins: Levy Adcock-OT-Oklahoma State

Analysis: Jamaal Brown has been a disappoint for the Redskins leaving a hole at right tackle.

142. Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrell Manning-OLB-NC State

Analysis: The Jaguars defense was solid in 2011 and getting some depth at linebacker would be a plus.

143. Carolina Panthers: AJ Jenkins-WR-Illinois

Analysis: The Panthers locked up Steve Smith for a few more years and Brandon laFell look to be ready to take the next step but Jenkins presents good values and yet another weapon for Cam Newton.

144. Buffalo Bills: Kheeston Randall-DT-Texas

Analysis: the Bills have made a lot of investment in their DLINE and adding a solid rotational defenisve tackle continues that theme.

145. Miami Dolphins: Jaye Howard-DT-Florida

Analysis: Randy Starks is in a contract year and could cost serious cash to retain so the Dolphins draft Howard who can contribute right away.

146. Kansas City Chiefs: James Hanna-TE-Oklahoma

Analysis: Tony Moeki has had some ACL issues over the years so the Chiefs need to get an insurance policy at their secondary tight end position.

147. Buffalo Bills: Jarius Wright-WR-Arkansas

Analysis: Speedy slot receiver who could open up theBuffalopassing attack.

148. Oakland Raiders: Chase Ford-TE-Miami

Analysis: The Raiders released Kevin Boss and need a pass-catcher with upside.

149. San Diego Chargers: DeQuan Menzie-CB-Alabama

Analysis: Corner with size who could be an eventual replacement for the aging Quinton Jammar.

150. Chicago Bears: Michael Brewster-OC-Ohio State

Analysis: the Bears continue to build their OLINE and look for their next Olin Kruetz.

151. Arizona Cardinals: Shaun Prater-CB-Iowa

Analysis: The Cardinals need better options opposite of Patrick Peterson.

152. Dallas Cowboys: Russell Wilson-QB-Wisconsin

Analysis: The Cowboys need to find a  better backup for the often injured Tony Romo now that Jon Kitna has retired.

153. Philadelphia Eagles: Tony Bergstrom-OT/OG-Utah

Analysis: The Eagles draft a versatile offensive lineman who offers value at guard and tackle.

154. New York Jets: Ryan Lindley-QB-San Diego State

Analysis: Mark Sanchez is on borrowed time inNew Yorkas the Jets will eventually go with Tebow and they will need to have a developed passer ready to go when Tebow struggles.

155. Tennessee Titans: DeAngelo Peterson-TE- Louisiana State University

Analysis: Jared Cook was inconsistent in 2011 and most teams are going with two tight end sets so drafting the athletic Peterson is a strong move.

156. Cincinnati Bengals: Cyrus Gray-RB-Texas A&M

Analysis: the Bengals are loaded with draft picks and while they drafted the speedy LaMichael James early on they grab an every down back here.

157. Atlanta Falcons: Terrance Ganaway-RB-South Florida

Analysis: The Falcons won’t keep Michael Turner much longer and need that power back to tout the rock 25 times a game.

158. Detroit Lions: David Molk-OC-Michigan

Analysis: The Lions need to build a better OLINE and they draft a guy who comes from the school right down the street.

159. Pittsburgh Steelers: Hebron Fangupo-NT-BYU

Analysis: Casey Hampton can’t play forever and the Steelers need a big guy who can eat blockers in the middle of their defense.

160. Denver Broncos: Tyrone Crawford-DE-Boise State

Analysis: Broncos continue to find young, explosive pass rushers.

161. Houston Texans: TJ Graham-WR-NC State

Analysis: The Texans continue to add pieces to their explosive offense. graham reminds me of Steelers’ Antonio Brown.

162. New Orleans Saints: Trenton Robinson-S-Michigan State

Analysis: Tremendous value for the Saints to add a solid player who will be a special teams’ captain and eventual starter

163. Green Bay Packers: Devier Posey-WR-Ohio State

Analysis: Donald Driver could be done inGreen Bayand they love to have deep receiver cores.

164. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnie Hillman-RB-San Diego State

Analysis: Speed back who would be a nice complement for Ray Rice.

165. San Francisco 49ers: Matt Reynolds-OT-BYU

Analysis: Offensive line depth for a unit that underperformed in 2011.

166. Cincinnati Bengals: Donte Paige-Moss-DE-North Carolina

Analysis: I know they drafted Coples earlier but what a better way to make sure these guys get their heads on straight then pair them with their college buddy.

167. Cincinnati Bengals: Senio Kelemente-OG-Washington

Analysis: Kelemente adds depth to a mediocre Bengals’ line.

168. Oakland Raiders: Janzen Jackson-S-McNesse State

Analysis: The Raiders love size and speed.

169. Baltimore Ravens: Micah Pellerin-CB-Hampton

Analysis: They have their starters in Jimmy Smith and Ladarius Webb but need to create depth at the position besides Cary Williams who is an impending free agent.

170. Indianapolis Colts: Donnie Fletcher-CB-Boston College

Analysis: At this point the Colts just need the best player on the board.

Round 6:

171. St. Louis Rams: Chandler Harnish-QB-Northern Illinois

172. Philadelphia Eagles: Junior Hemingway-WR-Michigan

173. Minnesota Vikings: Donald Stephenson-OT-Oklahoma

174. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Ron Brooks-CB-Louisiana State University

175. Cleveland Browns: Tyler Nielsen–OLB-Iowa

176. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeff Fuller-WR-Texas A&M

177. New Orleans Saints: Omar Bolden-CB-Arizona State

178. Buffalo Bills: Coty Sensabuagh-CB-Clemson

179. New Orleans Saints: Brandon Lindsey-DE-Pittsburgh

180. Carolina Panthers: Nick Jean Baptiste-DT-Baylor

181. Seattle Seahawks: Dan Herron-RB-Ohio State

182. Kansas City Chiefs: Trevin Wade-CB-Arizona

183. San Diego Chargers: Jordan Jefferson-QB-Louisiana State University

184. Chicago Bears: Taylor Thompson-TE-SMU

185. Arizona Cardinals: Asa Jackson-CB-California Pa.

186. Dallas Cowboys: Kyle Wilber-OLB-Wake Forest

187. New York Jets: Eddie Whitely-S-Virginia Tech

188. Denver Broncos: Keith Tandy-CB-West Virginia

189. Oakland Raiders: Edwin Baker-RB-Michigan State

190. Tennessee Titans: Josh Kaddu-OLB-Oregon

191. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Koger-TE-Michigan

192. Detroit Lions: Tim Benford-WR- Tennessee Tech

193. Atlanta Falcons: Rishard Matthews-WR-Nevada

194. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerry Franklin-ILB- Arkansas

195. Philadelphia Eagles: Jack Crawford-DE-Penn State

196. Houston Texans: Tom Compton-OT-South Dakota

197. Miami Dolphins: Olivier Vernon-DE/OLB-Miami

198. Green Bay Packers: Ryan Miller-OG-Colorado

199. Baltimore Ravens: Kelcie McCray-S-Arkansas State

200. San Francisco 49ers: Rishaw Johnson-California Pa.

201. Philadelphia Eagles: Emmanuel Acho-ILB-Texas

202. New York Giants: Winston Guy Jr.-S-Kentucky

203. New York Jets: Justin Bethal-CB/KR-Presbyterian

204. New York Jets: Brian Linthecum-TE-Michigan State

205. Cleveland Browns: Mike Daniels-DT-Iowa

206. Cleveland Browns: Chris Galippo-ILB-University of Southern California

207. Indianapolis Colts: Julian Miller-West Virginia

208. Carolina Panthers: Adonis Thomas-RB-Toledo

Round 7:

209. Indianapolis Colts: Adrian Robinson-OLB-Temple

210. St. Louis Rams: Cliff Harris-CB-Oregon

211. Minnesota Vikings: Akiem Hicks-DT-Regina

212. Cleveland Browns: Duke Ihenacho-S-San Jose State

213. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Lance Lewis-WR-East Carolina

214. Washington Redskins: Tony Dye-S-UCLA

215. Jacksonville Jaguars: Evan Rodriguez-TE-Texas Tech

216. Miami Dolphins: Desmond Wynn-OG-Rutgers

217. Carolina Panthers: Robert Blanton-CB-NotreDame

218. Buffalo Bills: Tauren Poole-RB-Tennessee

219. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Van Berger-DE-Michigan

220. Seattle Seahawks: Blair Walsh-K-Georgia

221. Chicago Bears: BJ Cunningham-WR-Michigan State

222. Arizona Cardinals: Gerrell Robinson-WR-Arizona State

223. Dallas Cowboys: Terrence Frederick-CB-Texas A&M

224. Minnesota Vikings: Darron Thomas-QB-Oregon

225. Indianapolis Colts: Eric Page-WR-Toledo

226. Seattle Seahawks: Darius Fleming-OLB-Notre Dame

227. San Diego Chargers: Quinton Saulsberry-OC- Mississippi State

228. Tennessee Titans: Michael Smith-RB-Utah

229. Cincinnati Bengals: Markus Zuvesics-OT-Iowa

230. Atlanta Falcons: Dominique Hamilton-DT-Missouri

231. Detroit Lions: James Carmon-OT-Mississippi State

232. Pittsburgh Steelers: Travis Benjamin-WR-Miami

233. New York Jets: Jeff Adams-OT-Colombia

234. Houston Texans: Drew Butler-P-Georgia

235. New Orleans Saints: Austin Davis-QB-Southern Mississippi

236. Green Bay Packers: George Bryan-TE-NC State

237. Baltimore Ravens: Jordan White-WR-Western Michigan

238. San Francisco 49ers: Jacquies Smith-OLB-Missouri

239. Kansas City Chiefs: Chad Diehl-FB-Clemson

240. New York Giants: Aaron Corp-QB-Richmond

241. Pittsburgh Steelers: Frank Alexander-DE/OLB-Oklahoma

242. Green Bay Packers: Bryan Anger-P-California

243. New York Jets: Marquis Maze-WR-Alabama

244. Green Bay Packers: Lamar Holmes-OG-Southern Mississippi

245. New York Jets: Johnnie Troutman-OG-Penn State

246. Cleveland Browns: Mike Harris-CB-Florida State

247. Pittsburgh Steelers: Marc Tyler-RB-University of Southern California

248. Cleveland Browns: Emil Igwenagu-FB- Massachusetts

249. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dominique Davis-QB-East Carolina

250. Atlanta Falcons: Cameron Chism-CB-Maryland

251. San Diego Chargers: Matt Conrath-DE-Virginia

252. Buffalo Bills: Kelvin Beachum-OG-SMU

253. St. Louis Rams; Jarrett Boykin-WR-Virginia Tech

254. Indianapolis Colts: David Meggett-RB-Maryland

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