2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0

2012 NFL Mock Draft 3.0, Dec. 23, 2011
2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0, Oct. 6, 2011
2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0, May 4, 2011

The next one will come after the NFL combine next month.

1. Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. Rams – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.
3. Vikings – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
4. Browns – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. Don’t love him, but Colt McCoy was that bad.
5. Buccaneers – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College. Everyone has Tampa going DB, but this is the worst run D in the NFL.
6. Redskins – Matt Kalil, OL, USC. Go QB later in the draft and hope you find an Andy Dalton … or wait for next year.
7. Jaguars – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina. Shoots up the board because new coach Mike Mularky needs a weapon for Blaine Gabbert.
8. Panthers – Quinton Coples, DE, UNC. Everyone wants Cam to add a WR, but there are plenty of those available. Gotta improve that horrid defense. Nice bookend for Johnson.
9. Dolphins – Jonathan Martin, OL. See Washington’s strategy for QB, or consider Peyton Manning if he’s healthy. The Bush/Thomas RB combo in 2012 will like Martin.
10. Bills – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama. Second straight Alabama 1st round pick for the Bills bolsters the 5th-worst rush D in the NFL.
11. Chiefs – Riley Reiff, OL, Iowa. Whether it’s Orton or Cassel, the QB – and Charles – will be thrilled. Strongly considered Trent Richardson here.
12. Seahawks – David DeCastro, OL, Stanford – Seattle’s bad QB, T Jack, was sacked 42 times. Only one QB was sacked more (Alex Smith).
13. Cardinals – Devon Still, DT, Penn State. Good fit for a bad 3-4 defense.
14. Cowboys Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. He probably won’t fall this far, but he’d be a terrific upgrade over Terrence Newman.
15. Eagles – Zach Brown, LB, UNC.
16. Jets – Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia. New OC Tony Sparano will evaluate the OL and say, “you want ground and pound? We need a new lineman because Wayne Hunter sucks.”
17. Bengals (from Raiders)  – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. Cedric Benson’s a free agent. Richardson could be the steal of the draft.
18. Chargers – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU. Replacement for Luis Castillo.
19. Bears – David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech. Forte’s coming off an injury. Groom Wilson for a year, then he takes over.
20. Titans – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St. In a division with MJD & the run-happy Texans, the 24th best run D needs to improve immediately.
21. Bengals – Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska. Defense was improved in 2011, but the secondary was shaky at times.
22. Browns (from Atlanta) – Lamar Miller, RB, Miami. With Hillis leaving, Miller could start immediately.
23. Lions – Mark Barron, S, Alabama. Detroit will be a popular Super Bowl pick in the NFC.
24. Steelers – Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech. If you don’t like him, go with Gilmore or Jenkins or Minnifield. But cornerback is a need.
25. Broncos – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford. Too high? Perhaps. But what a safety valve he becomes for Tim Tebow. And if Tebow fails, the next QB inherits a terrific TE.
26. Giants – Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama. Same as last mock.
27. Texans – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor. Let the Super Bowl chatter begin, much like how Atlanta was crowned after the Julio Jones pick in 2011.
28. Patriots (from Saints) – Whitney Mercilius, DE, Illinois. The joke never gets old – they’ll trade this pick, right?
29. 49ers – Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina. Think he’ll blow up at the Combine and go higher. No change from last mock.
30. Ravens – Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona St. Had this in the last mock, and I’ll very likely stick with it the rest of the way.
31. Patriots – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. It’ll never happen, but goodness, that offense would be disgusting.
32. Packers – Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia. Secondary is the only flaw, right?

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