Apr 28, 2011; New York, NY, USA; NFL draft logo prior to the start of the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE

NFL Mock Draft 2012: Mocking the Top 100


This the first of 2 lists concerning the draft, with the 101 thru 253 picks to follow next week. Where players are slotted is based on Combine performances, Pro Days & projected teams needs. Some players may be higher than you would project them; however, based on the needs of the team drafting at that time, a player may move up to fill that need.

I see the Panthers going either of 2 ways. Defense, Fletcher Cox DT at 9 and Offense, Kevin Zeitler OG at 40. Or Offense, Michael Floyd WR at 9 and Defense, Janoris Jenkins CB at 40. This could change with the Jets trading up to 9 to get Ingram and the Panthers moving down to 16.

Floyd would then change to Kendall Wright WR along with Jenkins. Additional later round picks would be added (New York has 3 in both the 6th and 7th rounds.

1. Andrew Luck – QB Stanford (Indianapolis)! This is a lock!

2. Robert Griffin III – Baylor (Washington via trade with St. Louis) Washington gave up a lot for this shot.

3. Matt Kalil – OT USC (Minnesota) Even though still entertaining offers, Kalil’s to good to pass on.

4. Trent Richardson – RB Alabama (Cleveland) Being touted the best back available in years.

5. Morris Clairborne – CB LSU (Tampa) The corner everyone wants.

6. Justin Blackmon – WR Oklahoma State (St. Louis via trade with Washington) St. Louis will listen to offers here.

7. Quinton Copley – DE UNC (Jacksonville) Even with desire questions he’s the best available.

8. Ryan Tannehill – QB Texas A & M (Miami) Miami will move up if they have to do so to acquire him.

9. Michael Floyd – WR Notre Dame (Carolina) Carolina needs a dominant receiver for the future.

10. Reilly Reiff – OT Iowa (Buffalo) Best offensive tackle on the board.

11. David DeCastro – OG Stanford (Kansas City) Like Kalil the best at his position.

12. Melvin Ingram – DE/LB South Carolina (Seattle) Philadelphia and others looking to move up to get him.

13. Luke Kuechly – LB Boston College (Arizona) Will one day be an All Pro.

14. Dontari Poe – NT Memphis (Dallas) Workout demon, but didn’t dominate at his level.

15. Mark Barron – S Alabama (Philadelphia) Big drop-off to the next true safety.

16. Jonathan Martin – OT Stanford (New York Jets) Was Luck’s protector.

17. Fletcher Cox – DE/DT Mississippi State (Cincinnati) Cox has flown up most draft boards.

18. Courtney Upshaw – DE/LB Alabama (San Diego) Will be great in both the 3-4 and 4-3.

19. Nick Perry – DE/LB USC (Chicago) Speed may cause him to go to a 3-4 team.

20. Stephon Gilmore – CB South Carolina (Tennessee) Now considered the second best CB in the draft.

21. Dre Kirkpatrick – CB Alabama (Cincinnati) Most likely will be switched to safety.

22. Michael Brockers – DT LSU (Cleveland) Mediocre Pro Day has caused him to drop.

23. Chandler Jones –DE Syracuse (Detroit) Being compared to Pierre of the Giants.

24. Zach Brown – LB UNC (Pittsburgh) Speed has caused him to move up the board.

25. Kendall Wright – WR Baylor (Denver) May someday be Manning’s main man.

26. Bobbie Massie – OT Mississippi (San Francisco) Combine and Pro Day caused him to leap others.

27. Stephen Hill – WR Georgia Tech (Houston) This could be scary opposite Andre Johnson.

28. Whitney Mercilus – DE Illinois (New England) Patriots get the man they want.

29. Devon Still – DT Penn State (Green Bay) Would have gone higher if not for his school’s problems.

30. Kendall Reyes – DT Connecticut (Baltimore) Flying up most boards, was originally showing 3rd round.

31. Shea McClellin – DE Boise State (New England) Intensity combined with speed has moved him up.

32. Dont’a Hightower –ILB Alabama (New Your Giants) The perfect pick for the Champs.

33. Jerel Worthy – DT Michigan State (ST. Louis)

34. Coby Fleener – TE Stanford (Indianapolis)

35. Ruben Randle – WR LSU (Minnesota)

36. Cordy Glenn – OG/OT Georgia (Tampa)

37. Mike Adams – OT Ohio State (Cleveland)

38. Alshon Jeffrey – South Carolina (Jacksonville)

39. Lavonte David – ILB Nebraska (St. Louis via trade with Washington)

40. Janoris Jenkins – CB North Alabama (Carolina)

41. Kevin Zeitler – OG Wisconsin (Buffalo)

42. Andre Branch – DE Clemson (Miami)

43. Bobby Massie – OT Mississippi (Seattle)

44. Kirk Cousins – QB Michigan State (Kansas City)

45. Kelechi Osemele – OG Iowa State (Dallas)

46. Vinny Curry – DE Marshall (Philadelphia)

47. Ronnell Lewis – OLB Oklahoma (New York jets)

48. Bruce Irvin – DE West Virginia (New England)

49. Brandon Boykin –Georgia (San Diego)

50. Zebrie Sanders – OT Florida State (Chicago)

51. Harrison Smith – S Notre Dame (Philadelphia)

52. Mohammad Sanu- WR Rutgers (Tennessee)

53. Josh Robinson – CB Central Florida (Cinncinatti)

54. Trumaine Johnson – CB Montana (Detroit)

55. Alameda TA’amu DT Washington (Atlanta)

56. Brandon Thompson – DT Clemson (Pittsburgh)

57. Lamar Miller – RB Miami (Denver)

58. Brandon Washington – OG Miami (Houston)

59. New Orleans – forfeited pick

60. LaMichael James – RB Oregon (Green Bay)

61. Peter Konz – C Wisconsin (Baltimore)

62. Dwayne Allen – TE Clemson (San Francisco)

63. Alphonso Denard – CB Nebraska (New England)

64. Amini Silatolu – OG Midwestern State (New York Giants)

65. Chad Givens – WR Wake Forest (Indianapolis)

66. Jamell Fleming –CB Oklahoma (St. Louis)

67. Keith Tandy – CB West Virginia (Minnesota)

68. Brandon Weeden – QB Oklahoma State (Cleveland)

69. Doug Martin – RB Boise State (Tampa)

70. Mitchell Scwartz – OT California (Washington)

71. Brian Quick – WR Apalachian State (Jacksonville)

72. Nick Toon – WR Wisconsin (Buffalo)

73. Juror Criner – WR Arizona (Miami)

74. Senio Kelemete – OG Washington (Miami)

75. Jared Crick – DT Nebraska (Kansas City)

76. Mychal Kendricks – LB California (Seattle)

77. Sean Spence – LB Miami (Houston)

78. George Iloka – S Boise State (New York Jets)

79. Markette Martin – S Oklahoma State (San Diego)

80. Dwight Jones – WR UNC (Chicago)

81. Ben Jones – C Georgia (Arizona)

82. Bobby Wagner – ILB Utah State (Dallas)

83. Billy Winn – DT Boise State (Tennessee)

84. Josh Norman – CB Coastal Carolina (Cincinnati)

85. Ladarius Green – TE Louisiana Lafayette ( Atlanta)

86. Nate Potter – OT Boise State (Detroit)

87. Chris Polk – RB Washington (Pittsburgh)

88. Orson Charles – TE Georgia (Denver)

89. Brock Osweiler – Arizona State (Philadelphia)

90. Josh Chapman – DT Alabama (New Orleans)

91. Antonio Allen – S South Carolina (Green Bay)

92. Nigel Bradham – ILB Florida State (Baltimore)

93. A.J. Jenkins – WR Illinois (San Francisco)

94. Isaiah Pead – RB Cincinatti (New England)

95. Benard Pierce – RB Temple (New York Giants)

96. Coryell Judie – CB Texas A & M (Oakland)

97. Derek Wolfe – DT Cincinnati (St. Louis)

98. Eric Page – WR Toledo ( Indianapolis)

99. Emanuel Acho – OLB Texas (Minnesota)

100. Cam Johnson – DT Virginia (Houston)

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