Larry's 2012 NFL Mock Draft

Updated 21 April 2012

By Larry McCmannon

1) Indianapolis = Andrew Luck {QB- Stanford}: Do I really need to waste electrons by putting an explanation here?

2) Washington (from St. Louis) = Robert Griffin III {QB- Baylor}: The Redskins did not trade away the next two years for anyone but the Heisman Trophy winner.

3) Minnesota =
 Matt Kalil {OT- USC}: The Vikings could go with an Offensive Tackle to protect their new QB, or a Cornerback to help their dire Secondary. Kalil can’t be matched and the CB class this draft has some depth.

4) Cleveland = Trent Richardson {RB- Alabama}: I’m not a fan of the constant QB carousel in Cleveland. I really hope they realize that they have an opportunity to vastly improve their offensive weapons with two 1st Round selections. RB first, because the WR field is more generous.

5) Tampa Bay =
Morris Claiborne {CB- LSU}: The Bucs are in a spot where they may need to reach. They should grab the top CB, due to the aging Barber; but they are more in need of a Running Back or run-stopper on defense. So, don’t be surprised if they trade down.

6) St. Louis (from Washington) =
Justin Blackmon {WR- OSU}: The Rams are still rebuilding. A small setback last year shouldn’t be a repeat in 2012. Their number 1 receiver just signed with the Patriots... this pick is easy.

7) Jacksonville = Michael Floyd {WR- Notre Dame}: The Jags did not have a single receiver with more than 44 receptions in 2011; and the player with 43 was their running back. Could they snag QB Tannehill? Sure. Yet, I’m hoping they consider Blaine Gabbert’s potential after only one season.

8) Miami =
Ryan Tannehill {QB- Texas A&M}: I firmly believe that the Dolphins want to go into training camp with a full slate of QBs to fight for the starting position. They have the vet in Garrard, the mid-termer in Moore, and the rookie in Devlin. Having a top 3 prospect, who’s very familiar with their new OC, Mike Sherman, will be the surest bet.

9) Carolina =
Fletcher Cox {DE- Mississippi State}: Their offense is nothing to laugh at. They were in the top 13 in all categories. That leaves me to believe they will grab the top 4-3 defensive lineman available. Cox is a tall DE that can provide some pass rush and also get his hands up to block interior passes.

10) Buffalo = Riley Reiff {OT- Iowa}: Hmmm... after upgrading their defensive pass rush with two signings, what’s their top need? Offensive line? Wide Receiver? Quarterback? Middle Linebacker? They were 28th in rushing yards allowed last season, but their OT situation is held together with duct tape.

11) Kansas City
= Luke Kuechly {ILB- Boston}: The Chiefs have had a very good off-season; addressing all holes with, at the very least, a warm body. That will leave KC with an important decision: Go for good depth on the O-Line... Or grab the best Middle Linebacker available to patch up the rush defense?

12) Seattle =
 David DeCastro {OG- Stanford}: It’s simple. They signed an investment for the future in quarterback Matt Flynn. Offensive line is a solid need and DeCastro is a can’t-miss player to help solidify the trench.

13) Arizona
= Melvin Ingram {OLB- South Carolina}: Arizona’s needs are all over the place. They need a WR. They need more than two OLBs. They need a QB to play for more than a few games. Their best statistical standing was 17th in passing yards allowed per game. They will probably go with the best player available at #13.

14) Dallas
= Dontari Poe {NT- Memphis}: I’m not as swayed by Poe’s “great” combine performance as others may be (I’m more of a game results guy). However, someone will bite and the Cowboys, with their thin 3-4 NT depth, with be that exact fish.

15) Philadelphia
= Quinton Coples {DE- North Carolina}: Philly has 3 selections in the first 51 picks. Plus, they still have all the toys they bought in free agency last year. So, I believe each of their first three grabs will be best player on the board; which is a nice luxury to have.

16) New York Jets
= Stephen Hill {WR- Georgia Tech}: The Jets are in a peculiar situation. They “seem” to have the right tools, yet can’t get over the hump, or out of the way of Coach Ryan’s mouth. I think they will need to reach a little to get what they want. I think they’ll skip Kendall Wright and go for the bigger body from Georgia Tech.

17) Cincinnati (from Oakland)
= Kendall Wright {WR- Baylor}: The Orange and Black had a great 2011 season and show much promise. Their top two needs are WR and RB. With two 1st round picks, they should simply fill their needs and not worry about draft rankings.

18) San Diego
= Stephon Gilmore {CB- South Carolina}: Their offense probably won’t miss a step much having let Vincent Jackson go; with the signings of Spurlock, Parrish, and Royal. They are light at Guard, yet the 2nd and 3rd rounds have a supply to choose from. Cornerback or best defensive player available should be their focus.

19) Chicago
= Michael Brockers {DE- LSU}: Chicago made very solid “offensive-minded” moves during free agency; acquiring QB Jason Campbell and WR Brandon Marshall. They need a player for both ends of the defensive and offensive lines. Round 2 can still land them a solid OT, so Round 1 goes to the defense.

20) Tennessee
= Dre Kirkpatrick {CB- Alabama}: The Titans are roster “loose” on the outside defensively. There is still a solid Corner to slide in due to Finnegan’s departure.

21) Cincinnati
= Kevin Zeitler [OG- Wisconsin}: The Bengals addressed their first need at pick #17. I think that a RB is still needed, yet something tells me they will stick with the law firm (BJGE) as the starter.

22) Cleveland (from Atlanta)
= Jonathan Martin {OT- Stanford}: Their top 2 needs are RB and WR. They have their back already and with the top receivers already gone, they can grab one with their 2nd round selection and focus on anchoring OL protection for McCoy.

23) Detroit
= Mark Barron {S- Alabama}: The Lions are steaming ahead on offense and have a dominant defensive line. The secondary could use some help, along with more for the rush defense. The top Strong Safety could be the stone for both those birds.

24) Pittsburgh
= Cordy Glenn {OG- Georgia}: The Steelers are in big need at WR with the retirement of Hines Ward and the limbo of Mike Wallace. However, there are really no wideouts worth this selection and their O-Line could definitely use some beef.

25) Denver
= Jerel Worthy {DT- Michigan State}: I heard from someone that the Broncos signed some quarterback worth a shot at fighting for the starting position. Should they go for more offensive weapons in support? Or roll the dice for a “stop-gap” for the two front-7 players that will serve suspensions?

26) Houston
= Courtney Upshaw {OLB/DE- Alabama}: The Texans in the draft are a tricky horse to pick. They are at the least very solid at every position. Now, they did lose one of the best OLB/DEs in the game and their QB depth is shallow. Probably a Best Player Available type of selection at number twenty-six.

27) New England (from New Orleans) = Whitney Mercilus {OLB- Illinois}: Plain and simple- the defense is the Achilles’ heal. They need the best defensive player that can make an immediate impact to the game... especially in the pass defense or pass rush.

28) Green Bay
= Nick Perry {DE/OLB- USC}: Pass rush? Pass rush! They dropped into the bottom 5 last season. They’ll use pick #59 on a replacement backup quarterback, after losing Matt Flynn to free agency.

29) Baltimore
= Doug Martin {RB- Boise State}: A big receiving threat could expand the Ravens chances to go deeper in the playoffs. And if Ray Rice goes down, they have absolutely no one to take over the run game. Martin is very similar in size with Rice, so he could be an easy sub and future back there.

30) San Francisco
= Peter Konz {C- Wisconsin}: The Niners are one of the most solid teams in the league. They have good players at all positions. And common sense with this scenario is to go with the best OL available... which also happens to be the best Center on the board.

31) New England
= TRADE DOWN: They addressed pass rush and must add someone for the secondary- plain and simple. No one is here. All the cornerbacks are gone and Harrison Smith, at Safety, can be snagged in the 2nd round. I truly think they’ll trade out of this pick.

32) New York Giants = Coby Fleener {TE- Stanford}: The current NFL champs may want to look to replenish depth at running back, wide receiver, or grab the best tight end in the board.

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