2012 NFL Mock Draft Round One – First Edition

1 – IND: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Luck is a smart, humble and hardworking player with no off field issues.  Makes good decisions and throws.  Good athlete and can make plays with his feet if he needs to.  NFL ready arm should make an impact year 1.
2 – WAS: Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor An elite athlete with a cannon arm.  Makes excellent throws all over the field.  Has some weapons in D.C. and should make this offense better day 1.  Smart on and off field with no troubles.
3 – MIN:  Matt Kalil, OT, USC Good size with room to grow.  Brother Ryan is the starting center for the Panthers.  Two year starter at USC.  athletic player, good pass and rush blocker.
4 – CLE: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama Browns get the immediate impact player here.  Workhorse back without a ton of miles on him.  Can catch out of the backfield.  Solid pure muscle frame at 5’11 225lbs.  Not the fastest back, but fast enough.  Tough to bring down.  Will run you over.  Great vision behind the line of scrimmage.
5 – TB:  Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU Good size corner at 6’0.  Battle tested against the best in college.  Can return kicks.  Could work on his athleticism but it’s not an issue.  Should lock down receivers in a few years.  Helps a very poor secondary.
6 – STL:  Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State Blackmon has good not great size at 6’1′.  Solid build.  Doesn’t have blazing speed.  Competitive and physical receiver.  Goes up and gets the ball in the air.  Solid route runner.  red zone threat with 40 TD’s in 35 games.
7 – JAX: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State Cox is a high motor, A+ effort player. He is stong with good size.  Always chases the play down if it moves away from him.  He might be a better end.  Doesn’t stand up well against double teams.  Reminds me of Houston’s  J.J. Watt.
8 – MIA:  Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M Big athletic QB.  6’4′ 220lbs.  Tannehill started his career as a WR.  only 1 full season as starting QB.  Needs a lot of polishing.  He’s going to have to sit and learn more.  Not the most accurate thrower.  Team leader who ran a pro-style offense. Would be best suited for a team who wont need him to come right in and play.
9 – CAR: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame Big strong player who runs well.  A go up and get it type receiver.  Turns a 5-10 yard catch into a big play.  Very tough run blocker.  3 alcohol incidents will have to be addressed.  In my opinion the best WR in this class.  Should be Cam Newton’s favorite receiver in the future.  Defense needs a lot, could go that way.
10 – BUF:  Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa Started 37 games over 3 seasons at Iowa.  big frame at 6’6′ 300lbs with room to grow.  Will start at left tackle.
11 – KC:  David DeCastro, OG, Stanford DeCastro is a mean physical blocker.  He will crush you on pulls.  If he misses the first guy, he will make up for it at the next level.  Better athlete than given credit for.  Decastro will be mentioned with the elite names at guard sooner than later.  Can’t miss prospect.  Great in pass protection.
12 – SEA:  Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College A tackling machine. (532 in 3 seasons)  Team leader, he was elected captain 2 years in a row. His  tackling abilities are strong.  He’s not a game changing hittter. Great instincts to fill holes.  Good athleticism.
13 – ARI: Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia A monstrous guard/tackle prospect.  6’5′ 345lbs who is a good athlete.  Dominant at the senior bowl.
14 – DAL: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama Barron is an excellent run stopping safety.  His cover skills are good as well.  Should be able to shut down most tight ends.  He has good size and speed.  Comes from a championship defense.
15 – PHI:  Michael Brockers, DT, LSU Brockers is a raw talent who is still growing into his body at 6’6′ 300lbs.  Will upgrade the rush defense next season.  Has elite potential.  Comes out as a redshirt sophomore.
16 – NYJ: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina Only 6’1′ which is not the ideal for an OLB in a 3-4.  Could be moved around in Rex Ryan’s scheme for inside to outside.  2 years in a row of great production. One year starter.  19.5 career sacks. Ingram has some coverage abilities.  He didn’t stand out at the senior bowl.
17 – CIN:  Courtney Upshaw, ILB, Alabama Upshaw is a Physical tackler and leader on the field.  limited coverage but he would be rushed on third down any way.
18 – SD:  Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois One year producer.  had 16 sacks last season.  just two the years before. Forced 9 fumbles as well. Boom or bust prospect.
19 – CHI:  Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina Coples could go higher if a team really thinks they can utilize his versatility.  He has experience at D-Tackle and D-end.  Very productive when he’s fully focused.  Better Junior year at tackle than as a senior at end.    He is a very athletic player.
20 – TEN:  Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina Gilmore has good size at 6’1′ and is a versatile player.  Excellent tackler in run coverage, had 181 in 3 seasons.  Fills a need with Courtand Finnegan signing with the Rams.  Good speed and can lock down recievers in man coverage.  Could play in zone scheme also.
21 – CIN: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor Wright has good speed and a knack for making big plays down field.  He gives the Bengals a complement to last year’s first pick AJ Green.
22 – CLE:  Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State This is a best player on the board choice for the Browns.  Excellent run stopper. Can make plays behind the line of scrimmage.  Worthy isn’t a huge threat against the passer but can push the pocket.  Makes for a stout line next to big Phil Taylor.
23 – DET: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State Massive tackle, 6’7′ 320lbs.  good enough to play on the left side.  Dominated Whitney Mercilus ( #18 to Chargers ) when they played this season.  Will start out on the right side.  He will move to the blind side down the road.
24 – PIT:  Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis Dontari poe was the star of the combine.  His athletic ability far outshines his on field production.  Poe didn’t dominate against middle of the road competition.  A team will be intrigued by his athletic skills.  He has size to play nose in the 3-4.  Could even play end.  Casey Hampton is getting older and the Steelers need to think about the future.
25 – DEN: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama Denver has a few needs on the defensive side of the ball.  Kirkpatrick is a zone corner with good size.  Fills a need with Champ Bailey getting older. Good size at 6’1”.   Defensive tackle is a possibility here also.
26 – HOU: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech Tall speedy wide out that needs some work on his route running.  He’s ready to go deep and score now.  Comes from an offense that didn’t throw much.  Averaged 29.0 yards per catch.
27 – NE:  Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama Hightower can play a versatile role for the Patriots.  He can play inside linebacker in a 3-4.  He should be able to bounce outside in a 4 man front.  Hightower has some pass coverage experience.  Comes from a top-notch program and defense.  Leader on the field.  No off-field issues.
28 – GB: Nick Perry, DE, USC Perry would play a rush linebacker role for the Packers. He’s fast and strong.  Drafting Perry will help the Packers free up Clay Mathews.
29 – BAL:  Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin Konz mostly played center in college.  he would play guard because the Ravens brought back Matt Birk.  But Birk is on the back 9.  Konz would step it when Birk retires.
30 – SF:  Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford Fleener can play a variety of roles.  He can line up tight with his hand down or in the slot.  Good size and speed.  Fleener is also a decent blocker.  Coby is a Aaron Hernandez/Gronkowski hybrid.
31 – NE:  Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama Jenkins has elite cover skills.  He can play man or zone coverage.  Comes with character concerns.  Top 10 talent.  Stock dropped due to 4 kids, 3 babies mamas, 2 failed drug tests and 1 transfer.
32 – NYG: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State Martin has good size and speed.  Excellent receiver out of the backfield.  Can run between the tackles or bounce outside.  Martin scored 43 rushing TD’s in 3 seasons.  One of which he played some cornerback for Boise due to injuries.  Team player, doesn’t come with off field issues.

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