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2012 NFL Mock Draft v 3.0


Hey hey today’s the big day….finally!

I just thought I’d run down the board one last time:

1) Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford:

2) Washington Redskins (from St. Louis): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor:

3) Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC:
– I’m not buying into this last-minute stuff about Morris Claiborne. Yes, Minnesota needs a CB; they also need everything else. But you can’t rate Ponder’s progress if he’s not upright, and that’s where everything starts. Don’t buy into the smoke-screen. Kalil is the Vikings’ guy, and this other stuff is all noise trying to generate trades.

4) Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama:

5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU:

6) St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.

7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina.

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

9) Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox, DT, MSU. I think Kiper’s got the top 3 backwards – It should be Cox, Brockers, and Poe – he’s got Poe at the top then Brockers then Cox. Poe is the physical freak, but I’ll take good technique, smarts, and game tape with a mediocre combine ahead of a monster combine and mediocre game tape – especially when that tape is a Conference-USA schedule. Poe could drop into the 20’s – where he belongs. Brockers is my 2nd choice here with Luke Keuchly being a possibility since Rivera is an old linebacker himself. This pick will be to shore up the run defense – unless Claiborne’s still around.

10) Buffalo Bills: Mark Barron, S, Alabama.

11) Kansas City Chiefs: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa.

12) Seattle Seahawks: Quentin Coples, DE, UNC.

13) Arizona Cardinals: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College.

14) Dallas Cowboys: David DeCastro, G, Stanford.

15) Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU .

16) New York Jets: Nick Perry, DE, USC.

17) Cincinnati Bengals: Cordy Glenn, T/G, Georgia.

18) San Diego Chargers: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame.

19) Chicago Bears: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin.

20) Tennessee Titans: ‘Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

21) Cincinnati Bengals: Whitney Mercilus, OLB/DL, Illinois

22) Cleveland Browns: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

23) Detroit Lions: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

24) Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama

25) Denver Broncos: Devon Still, DT, PSU

26) Houston Texans: Stephen Hill, WR, GT

27) New England Patriots (from New Orleans): Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse.

28) Green Bay Packers: Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska.

29) Baltimore Ravens: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford.

30) San Francisco 49’ers: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor.

31) New England Patriots: Shea McClelin, LB, Boise State

32) New York Giants: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin.

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