1. Colts – Andrew Luck QB, Stanford
The Colts have already told Luck he will be in #1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft this Thursday. Luck will have some big shoes to fill and try to get the Colts fan base to forget about Peyton Manning.
2. Redskins – Robert Griffin III QB, Baylor
You don’t give up 3 1st round picks to move up to take a non-QB. I believe that Luck is a better prospect right now but RGIII has more upside. If he turns out to be a bust, Shanahan will be looking for work sooner rather than later.
3. Vikings – Matt Kalil OT, USC
Vikings need a lot of help and the best option would be trading down and getting more picks. I also think that they should take Blackmon or Claiborne instead of Kalil. I ultimately believe that the Vikings will select Kalil to help protect Ponder. Dream scenario for the Vikings would be trading back with Tampa Bay and getting an additional 2nd round pick and still have the option to take one of the elite prospects. Tampa would move up to get Richardson.
4. Browns – Trent Richardson RB, Alabama
Browns could go in a lot of different directions. Richardson, Blackmon, Claiborne or even Tannehill. Richardson is the best RB coming out since Adrian Peterson. Brad Childress is the offensive coordinator for the Browns and knows what it’s like to have a great RB. Look for the Childress get his way and have a dominate RB on the team.
5. Tampa Bay – Morris Claiborne CB, LSU
Claiborne is the top CB in this year’s draft and one of the 6 ELITE prospects. Tampa would really like to take Richardson but will need to trade up with Minnesota to get him. Tampa filled some major holes with the signing of Vincent Jackson and Carl Nicks. Barber is getting up there in age and the unknown status of Talib leads to Claiborne getting the call.
6. Rams – Justin Blackmon WR, Oklahoma State
Rams is another team that could go in multiple different directions. Out of the elite 6 players (Luck, Griffin, Richardson, Kalil, Claiborne and Blackmon) they will take whatever one is left. Blackmon is the one that is left over and will be the pick. Blackmon is an elite WR in this draft right ahead of Michael Floyd. A surprise pick would be them taking a DT to round out the defensive line.
7. Jaguars – Melvin Ingram DE/OLB, South Carolina
Jags biggest need is a true #1 WR and with Blackmon off the board Michael Floyd could be reach pick here. If the Jaguars decide to play it safe and not reach they will help out an already good defense. The Jags need to get a better pass rush and Ingram will help them with that.
8. Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill QB, Texas A&M
Tannehill has shot up the draft board because teams really like his upside. With the knowledge that Mike Sherman has on his former QB, it makes perfect sense that Miami looks to get its Franchise QB. Sherman knows firsthand what he is getting with Thannehill and will know what they need to work on from day 1.
9. Panthers – Dontari Poe DT, Memphis
Panthers need to improve the defense to help out Cam Newton and the running game. Poe has a lot of upside and is a guy that made a name for himself at the combine. I think Poe could be a bust because his career numbers don’t match up to what his combine numbers shows. A person that explosive should have been able to do more. Two other options for the Panthers would be Stephon Gilmore or Fletcher Cox.
10. Bills – Riley Reiff OT, Iowa
The Bills have two big needs going into the draft (OT, WR). Riley is rated the #2 OT in this year’s draft and higher than Michael Floyd. Bills could be tempted to take the best player left on the board which would be ILB Luke Kuelchly from Boston College.
11. Chiefs – Luke Kuechly ILB, Boston College
Chiefs could go OL and select David Decastro or DT and select either Fletcher Cox or Michael Brockers. Look for the Chiefs to take the BPA and select a 3 down ILB.
12. Seahawks – Quinton Coples DE, North Carolina
Coples has all the talent to go much higher than number 12 but the huge difference in his Junior and Senior year’s hurts him. He tends to take a lot of plays off. If they want to help Flynn in the passing game they could look at Michael Floyd.
13. Cardinal – Michael Floyd WR, Notre Dame
Cardinals really need an OT but taking Adams, Martin or Glenn would be a reach at #13. The Cardinal’s will come down to taking Floyd or a DL, Brockers or Cox.
14. Cowboys – Mark Barron S, Alabama
Cowboys need a lot of help on the Defensive side of the ball. They could look at taking Gilmore or Barron. Barron is a game changing safety that could lead the Cowboys secondary for years to come.
15. Eagles – Fletcher Cox DT, Mississippi State
Eagles probably are hoping that the Cowboys pass on Barron but I don’t see that happening. This pick will be between Cox and Brockers with the slight nod to Cox.
16. Jets – Nick Perry DE/OLB USC
With the prospects left on the board I think the first thing the Jets will do is try and trade back with another team. Then it will come down to Hightower or a bigger need of a pass rusher. The pass rusher wins out and both will be a reach of Nick Perry, Chandler Jones or Upshaw which has been sliding as of late.
17. Bengals (From Raiders) – David DeCastro OG, Stanford
Will the Bengals take CB or DL at this pick? Look for them to take the highest rated player in DeCastro over Gilmore but it will be close. If DeCastro is on the board look for a couple teams to make some trade offers to get him.
18. Chargers – Cordy Glenn OT/G, Georgia
Biggest need for the Charges is the OL and a NT. With no value at NT look for the Charges to take one of the top OL left on the board.
19. Bears – Stephon Gilmore CB, South Carolina
Bears two biggest needs are OT and CB. With the NFC North having two big passing teams in the Packers and Lions. Look for the CB to win out. Gilmore and Kirkpatrick are the two highest rated CB with a sleeper being Janoris Jenkins. Gilmore wins out.
20. Titans – Dre Kirkpatrick CB, Alabama
Titans have multiple different needs, OT, CB, WR and DE. The top OT left on the board would be Martin and Adams but with the loss of Cortland Finnegan in Free Agency this past year, they need to replace him. Kirkpatrick and Jenkins are the top rated CB left on the board. Tennessee doesn’t usually gamble on players with checkered pasts. Kirkpatrick will be the pick.
21. Bengals – Kendall Wright WR, Baylor
Kendall Wright’s value seem to be falling right now and he could fall past this pick and the Bengals could go with Randle or Hill instead.
22. Browns (From Falcons) – Rueben Randle WR, LSU
In this mock Browns grabbed Richardson with the #4 pick. Look for them to continue to help the offense with a Randle. The other two options would be RT or Weeden.
23. Lions – Jonathan Martin OT, Stanford
The Lions have a great offense when Stafford is in at QB. The Lions need to do whatever they can to keep him in the game. By selecting Martin the Lions can groom him to take over for Jeff Backus at LT and would be the starting RT from day 1.
24. Steelers – Dont’a Hightower ILB, Alabama
Steelers defense is getting old and they had to release a lot of quality players this offseason. Hightower is an athletic ILB that can go sideline to sideline. He could be the next great Steeler LB.
25. Broncos – Michael Brockers DT, LSU
Broncos defense is missing the big body upfront after letting Bunkley go in free agency this year. Brockers will help fill that void. Denver could also look at CB or S.
26. Texans – Stephen Hill WR, Georgia Tech
Texans have a lot of holes that they need to fill. One of the biggest one is another option opposite of Andre Johnson. Hill would give them that big target and another deep threat. Some other areas the Texans could look at would be TE (Cory Fleener), OT (Mike Adams) or CB (Jenkins)
27. Patriots (From Saints) – Shea McClellin DE, Boise St.
McClellin has been climbing the draft boards as of late. He is a perfect type of player that the Patriots are known to bring in. Look for the Patriots to try and rebuild the Defense early in this year’s draft.
28. Packers – Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB, Alabama
Packers need another OLB that can rush the passer opposite of Clay Mathews. Upshaw reminds me a little bit of LaMarr Woodley. Upshaw is a tweener but has the ability to get to the passer.
29. Ravens – Peter Konz C, Wisconsin
Matt Birk signed on for another 3 years but is starting to show his age. The Ravens need to find a replacement for him sooner rather than later. Konz has good size and comes from a power running school in Wisconsin. He has a year or two to learn from Birk.
30. 49ers – Chandler Jones DE, Syracuse
The 49ers success revolves around the how well the defense plays. The 49ers need to find a DE that can come in and help right away. The 49ers would love to see Hill fall to them but won’t reach for a WR at this point in the draft.
31. Patriots – Jerel Worthy DT, Michigan State
Patriots will continue to rebuild the defense in this draft. The Patriots could go a lot of different ways with this pick. Worthy is a big body that doesn’t play with consistence. Belichick is known for getting the most out of his players. Another option would be Harrison Smith.
32. Giants – Mike Adams OT, Ohio State
OT is a big need for the Giants and at this point in the draft it would be hard to pass up Adams. Adams takes plays off but has the talent to be a starting OT in the NFL. Another options would be to go after a TE and select Cory Fleener.