OnTheClock's 2012 Round One Mock Draft
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Updated April 25, 2012
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
The Colts are taking him. And that's that.
QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor (trade with St. Louis)
Griffin is my favorite QB entering the NFL in a long, long time. This isn't to say he's better than Luck. Just overall I'm a big fan of the guy. Washington better hope they can protect him and give him some more options to throw to, or it could be a rough ride early.
OT Matt Kalil, USC
Vikings must protect their investment in Christian Ponder, or his injury problems from Florida State are just going to come back.
RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
Browns get the best back in the draft and look to add OL and WR help later on with their many, many other picks.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
Barber coming back for one more year makes little difference, really. It just delays the inevitable. Claiborne is the top DB, and the Bucs will hope he can have as long of a career as Ronde.
St. Louis Rams
WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Common sense. Rams need a true starting receiver and Blackmon tops this class.
Kansas City Chiefs
QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M (trade with Jacksonville)
The Chiefs seem pretty interested in Tannehill and it makes sense since Cassel has been atrocious in any of the years he's been without Charlie Weiss. If that trend continues, he'll be terrible again this coming season. He doesn't look like he'll ever be any better than he is now, so the Chiefs take the gamble on a guy they feel has potentially elite upside.
WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
They traded away Marshall, so their receiving corps is completely barren now. With Matt Moore at QB, they better get him somebody or it'll be a long season (even more so than already expected). Floyd makes sense here.
DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
The Panthers' run defense was abominable last season. Cox has risen up boards after a monster combine and now is argued as the top DT in this draft and is gaining steam as the most likely pick for Carolina.
OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
This would be a total no-brainer with the fact that Bills lost starting OT Demetrius Bell to the Eagles and Riley Reiff is easily the next best tackle in this draft behind Kalil.
DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina (trade with Kansas City)
Best case scenario, Floyd falls here, but worst case.. they should still be able to nab Quinton Coples if that happens, helping maintain what was a rather remarkable defense last year that went pretty much unnoticed due to the terrible offense and well, losing record.
New York Jets
DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina (trade with Seattle)
Ingram is the best 3-4 OLB in the draft in my opinion and the Jets are in serious need of one. Bryan Thomas was extremely unproductive and Aaron Maybin was OK but not anything to write home about. They jump ahead of the pass-rush needy Cardinals to take Ingram here.
OT/OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia
The Cardinals could use Glenn in a number of ways. I'm sure they know as well as 49ers fans do that Snyder is not a player they should put full faith in as a starting OG, and I see Glenn as someone the Cards may try at right tackle first. Ultimately, if they land Glenn he should easily find a starting spot somewhere on that rather putrid line compared to most in the NFL.
OG David DeCastro, Stanford
The Cowboys reportedly loved Glenn, but I doubt they'd fret too much if DeCastro is sitting right here a pick later. DeCastro is considered by most to be the top OG in this draft, ahead of Glenn even. Romo has endured a broken collarbone, cracked ribs, and a punctured lung over the past two seasons. I think Jerry Jones is finally starting to notice that his OL needs serious help.
SS Mark Barron, Alabama
The Eagles just might have had the worst strong safety play in the NFL last season. They still might take Kuechly if he's here because DeMeco Ryans is only one year removed from a major injury, but Barron has really picked up steam lately as the most logical pick for Philly here.
ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College (trade with Jets)
Hawthorne is gone, and yes, they signed Ruud to replace him but Kuechly is a potentially elite talent and Ruud is an overrated, solid-at-best player. Ruud can move outside and compete or at the very worst be great depth. Kuechly is just too good of a player to fall into the second half of the draft, in my opinion.
DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
Many thought the Bengals would be taking a CB in the first, but after signing CBs Terrance Newman, Jason Allen, and Pacman Jones, that appears a lot less likely. The Bengals DEs were not productive at all. among all DL, no one had more than 7.5 sacks, and that was DT Geno Atkins. 2nd in sacks for them was Fanene, who is now with New England. They need new blood at both DE and DT.
San Diego Chargers
CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Gilmore has been a riser as of late and the Chargers could definitely use a lockdown starter of the future at CB with Jammer being 33 years old and declining fast.
C Peter Konz, Wisconsin
The last Bears GM was fired because he couldn't build an offensive line to protect his quarterback. Their interior OL play was a joke. The Bears are a definite possibility for a landing spot for Konz, who many think is a potential All-Pro, as do I.
DT Michael Brockers, LSU
Brockers has a ton of upside and could really help bolster a Titan run defense that was near the bottom of the league last season.
DT Dontrari Poe, Memphis
After taking a pass-rusher with their first pick, I think the Bengals look to add a penetrating interior defender here. As mentioned earlier, they lost a solid player in Fanene and need to replace him.
WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
The Browns make their second move in adding talent around Colt McCoy, adding the dynamic deep threat Kendall Wright.
CB Dre' Kirkpatrick, Alabama
Kirkpatrick has seen a little bit of a slide in the past couple of months after initially being seen as a potential top 10 pick. The idea that he's more of a tweener has hurt him and his 7.20 three-cone time at his pro day did not do much to dispell that concern. In that drill, which measures a player's ability to chance directions quickly -- a critical need for a corner -- his time would've been 2nd to last among all CBs at the combine.
OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
Big Ben can't keep getting hit forever like he has been. The Steelers lost their starting LT to a serious injury late last season and will need a replacement. Martin is arguably the next best tackle in the draft.
OT Bobby Massie, Mississippi
Massie was a force in the SEC and I believe he will crack the first round on draft day. Overall, he's simply a much better prospect than Adams.
WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
On a team that relies heavily on the run game with Arian Foster and Ben Tate, Stephen Hill's outstanding blocking skills alone make him a outstanding fit. With Houston needing someone to grow into their #2 spot and take pressure off of Andre Johnson (as well as provide insurance for him), it's hard to see Hill getting past Houston if he's still on the board here.
New England Patriots
CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
Jenkins is almost unanimously seen as the 2nd most talent CB in this draft. The Patriots have no qualms selecting problem players and history says that selecting problem guys can often pay off. If New England wants him, they'll probably have to take him here, as there's risk he won't fall to 31, even though many teams say they wouldn't touch him until the 2nd.
Green Bay Packers
DE/OLB Nick Perry, USC
The Packers have no other pass-rusher aside from Clay Matthews, leaving them exposed on one side of the field. Also, if Clay gets hurt, they're screwed. Perry displayed freakish measurables at the combine and his production this year should be good enough to get him selected in round one.
New York Giants
TE Coby Fleener, Stanford (trade with Baltimore)
Both Giant tight ends tore their ACL in the Super Bowl. Neither of them were very good either. Fleener helps fill one of gaps created in the Giants offense ever since Shockey left. I see the Giants moving up for Fleener to make sure the 49ers don't snag him.
San Francisco 49ers
OG Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State
In another draft surprise, the 49ers take the position of arguably their greatest need. Silatolu, like Aldon Smith will be moving positions (in his case, from LT to RG), and also like Aldon is perceived to have monstrous upside, which Baalke appears to love. The 49ers reportedly believe the player they want will be at #30 and Silatolu seems like he could be the guy.
New England Patriots
DE/DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
There a chance that Worthy goes even earlier than this, but if he's here the Patriots would be wise to select him. Their DEs last year were subpar and they really need some upgrades. Worthy is a well-rounded player who can both stuff the run and get after the passer occasionally.
ILB Don'ta Hightower, Alabama (trade with Giants)
The Ravens are reportedly high on Hightower (no pun intended). I'm not totally sold on him, but if the Ravens think they can land a potential successor to Ray Lewis here, they'll pull the trigger.