Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0

This is my first mock for the 2012 NFL draft.  These are the projections after week 1 of the NFL season:

1. Seattle Seahawks: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
The Seahawks are terrible. Why Tarvaris Jackson is the starting QB for this team is beyond me. Andrew Luck is the top overall prospect in the 2012 NFL draft, and in my opinion, is the best quarterback prospect since Peyton Manning. Pete Carroll will keep his job, and the Seahawks will be division winners for the next decade.
Projected Record: 2-14

2. Denver Broncos: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
I think the Denver Broncos are going to collapse this year. There is so much drama in Denver with the quarterback situation. The Crowd was chanting for Tebow in Monday's loss against the Raiders. Quinton Coples is a stud. Watching him in college is like watching Reggie White highlights. John Fox loves drafting defensive ends, and Quinton Coples is the top player available. Having Coples and Dumervil, with Von Miller rushing from the side would be one of the most fearsome pass rush combinations in the NFL. McFadden wouldn't rush for 150 yards per game against them now.
Projected Record: 3-13

3. Cleveland Browns: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
The Browns lost to the Bengals. The Bengals didn't have Carson Palmer, Chad Ochocinco, or Terrell Owens. The Browns, for some reason, always seem to have a preseason that makes people think this is going to be their year. With the addition of a new head coach, I think this is, again, not the year. Alshon Jeffery is the top receiver in the class. Mike Holmgren loves drafting athletic receivers, and that is just what Alshon is. He would instantly become Colt McCoy's top target, and make the Browns offense more of a threat.
Projected Record: 3-13

4. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Donovan McNabb threw for 39 passing yards on Sunday. Part of the reason was because he was scrambling all over the field. Offensive line is a definite need for repair. Matt Kalil is the best offensive lineman in the class.
Projected Record: 4-12

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Bengals shocked the world on Sunday and beat the Browns. This is with the offense completely left in shambles from what it was a year ago. Andy Dalton looked good, but left the game with an injured wrist. I think he can be the quarterback of the future for the Bengals. Keeping Andy Dalton safe should be a top priority for the Bengals.
Projected Record: 4-12

6. San Francisco 49ers: Matt Barkley, QB, USC
The 49ers can't possibly go another year with Alex Smith as their starting QB. Matt Barkley slipping to them would give niner fans something they haven't had in a long time. Hope. Matt Barkley has looked great the first two games of the season and has held his stock as the second rated QB in this year's draft class.
Projected Record: 5-11

7. Tennessee Titans: Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
Vontaze Brufict has been incredible in the first two collegiate games. His stock is rising ridiculously fast. Barrett Ruud was signed in the offseason, however he played terribly in Tampa Bay. If he fails again, Vontaze will be high on their draft board.
Projected Record: 5-11

8. Indianapolis Colts: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Justin Blackmon caught 111 passes for 1,782 yards and 20 receiving touchdowns as a sophomore. This guy made Oklahoma State fans forget about Dez Bryant very quickly. The Manningless Colts will struggle in 2011. Getting Manning back and a playmaker in Justin Blackmon might mean another Super Bowl win before Manning's career is over. Also, Blackmon could be next in the line of great Colt's receivers. Marvin Harrison to Reggie Wayne, and now Reggie Wayne to Justin Blackmon.
Projected Record: 5-11

9: Jacksonville Jaguars: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Jaguars would fill a need by drafting a corner early in next year's draft. Dre Kirkpatrick is also the consensus top player available. Dre is 6"3' and very athletic, giving him a lot of potential to have success in this league. The Jaguars have had one of the worst secondaries in the NFL for a long time.
Projected Record: 6-10

10. Carolina Panthers: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
What Cam Newton did on Sunday was stunning. So stunning that I think Cam Newton can be the franchise QB. I thought Cam would be a bust for sure. However, watching him hit receivers the way he did made me think that he isn't someone that is going to impress only in drills. Cam Newton is gamer. As for the pick, there isn't a mock on the internet that doesn't have Alshon Jeffery going here. Alshon would be a great fit, however I don't think they will be in range to get him. DT is a position that has been in need for the Panthers for years. Some people speculated that the Panthers would take Marcel Dareus with the first overall pick last year. So they get a franchise QB and the best DT prospect in next year's draft.
Projected Record: 6-10

11. Miami Dolphins: Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
The fans wont let Chad Henne be the QB of the Dolphins another year. I believe Sparano will be fired after this year. The Dolphins will get a revamp for the 2012 season with a new head coach and new franchise QB. Landry Jones will put monster numbers and could rise up the board if he goes undefeated and wins the championship. This means Jones is a winner and a leader, and that is something you want from a college prospect.
Projected Record: 6-10

12. Washington Redskins: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
I don't really believe in what Shannahan is doing over in Washington. He believes he can win with a mediocre QB. Drafting a QB isn't really an option right now anyways with the top 3 all being drafted already. Shannahan has transformed QB failures into mediocrity before with Jake Plummer, and he might do it again with Rex Grossman. Luke Kuechly fits their defensive scheme and a need with London Fletcher getting old. Kuechly also happens to be the top player available.
Projected Record: 6-10

13. Oakland Raiders: Cliff Harris, CB, Oregon
The Raiders love to draft the fastest player available in the draft regardless of where the player is ranked. Cliff Harris has blazing speed but also happens to fit a need with the absence of Nnamdi. This wouldn't be a stupid reach either like what they did with Darrius Heyward-Bey.
Projected Record: 6-10

14. New York Giants: Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame
Predicting what the Giants do every year is difficult. This year it rests completely on Eli Manning's shoulders. Because the defense is very shaky due to injuries, the Giants will struggle this year. Jerry Reese is all about drafting the best player available. Manti Te'o would fulfill that and a need.
Projected Record: 7-9

15. Kansas City Chiefs: Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska
The Kansas City Chiefs looked horrendous in the season opener to say the least. Their defense gave up 41 points to a team that some people predicted would be the worst team in the NFL. Defensive Tackle has been a need for a while now, and with Jared Crick skyrocketing up the boards this would be a great value pick.
Projected Record: 7-9

16. Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Buffalo Bills surprisingly slaughtered the Chiefs in the first regular season game. I'm not quite sure yet whether this means the Bills are a sleeper team, or if the Chiefs are going to fall apart. Something the Bills need either way is offensive line help. This is the best offensive lineman and player available.
Projected Record: 7-9

17. St. Louis Rams: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
This would be a dream scenario for the Rams. With Steven Jackson aging they get the best back available in this mock draft. Trent Richardson is a beast and has more potential than his former teammate Mark Ingram. His combination of speed and size will remind people of Steven Jackson.
Projected Record: 8-8

18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
Tampa Bay needs to get depth at the cornerback position because Ronde Barber is getting old and Aqib Talib could be in jail next year for shooting at someone. Stephon Gilmore is a tall corner that could find success in Tampa learning under Ronde Barber before he retires.
Projected Record: 8-8

19. Dallas Cowboys: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
People have mocked a cornerback to the Cowboys in the first round for years. I don't see them taking one now. The Cowboys need to address their interior defensive line. Thompson is the best player available and would be an immediate upgrade over Marcus Spears and Igor Olshansky.
Projected Record: 9-7

20. Detroit Lions: Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
I have the Lions just finishing outside of the playoffs this year. The Lions have one of the worst secondaries in the NFL, but they can be complemented by one of the most fearsome defensive fronts. Alfonzo Dennard played with Prince Amukamara last year and played just as well.
Projected Record: 9-7

21. Arizona Cardinals: Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina
I have the Cardinals clinching a playoff berth with the addition of Kevin Kolb and a very poor NFC West. The Cardinals really wanted Von Miller to drop to them last year and never addressed the pass rush. Paige-Moss perfectly fits the system and could be the replacement for Joey Porter.
Projected Record: 9-7

22. Chicago Bears: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
With Lance Briggs most likely out by the end of the year, Zach Brown would be the perfect replacement. The Bear's linebacking core needs to stay strong if they want to continually make the playoffs. The Bears beat the Falcons this week due to strong linebacker play and this what the defense is built around.
Projected Record: 10-6

23. San Diego Chargers: Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia
The Chargers need another edge rusher because Shaun Philips is getting old and Larry English, drafted in 2009,  never worked out.  Irvin is someone that can change the momentum of any game. This pick will give the Chargers the pass run they haven't had since Merriman.
Projected Record: 11-5

24. Houston Texans: Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
Broyles is a receiver that is a Heisman candidate through it's high octane offense. The Texans can't go another year with Kevin Walter and Jacoby Jones across from Andre Johnson. The Texans could also use this pick on a cornerback but this where they get the most value.
Projected Record: 11-5

25. Cleveland Browns: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia
This pick was acquired from the Falcons through the Julio Jones trade. Every Browns fan would love this pick. Chase Minnifield addresses a need and his father Frank had four Pro Bowl seasons for the Browns.
Falcons Projected Record: 11-5

26. New York Jets: Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, Florida State
The Jets never addressed their pass rush over the offseason and Brandon Jenkins is the best player available. Jenkins is what makes this team a National Championship contender. If the Jets add a pass rusher this would also improve how well their already incredible secondary is.
Projected Record: 11-5

27. Philadelphia Eagles: D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
If the Eagles don't protect Michael Vick that 100 million dollar contract could all go to waste. D.J. Fluker has been fantastic so far this year and would be a perfect fit for this offensive line because he is athletic enough to protect Vick if he scrambles.
Projected Record: 12-4

28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
The Steelers were torn apart by the Ravens on Sunday both through the air and on the ground. Jayron is a playmaker that the Steelers could use and can help reduce the amount of long runs made against them. Ike Taylor and Jayron would bolster their secondary and help them return to the Super Bowl again.
Projected Record: 12-4

29. New England Patriots: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
This pick was acquired from the Saints through the Mark Ingram trade. This is a classic Bellichick pick. Draft someone who has all the talent in the world but drops because of off the field issues. Michael Floyd is an outstanding talent that could be a top 15 pick. The Patriots also have an aging receiving core so this addresses a need.
Saints Projected Record: 12-4

30. Baltimore Ravens: Ray Ray Armstrong, SS, Miami
Baltimore is not done retooling their secondary and with this pick they take another safety from Miami. The Ravens secondary was a big problem last year so they chose Jimmy Smith in the first round of the 2011 NFL draft. This could be what gets them over the hump and sends them to the Super Bowl. The Ravens also seem to like players named Ray.
Projected Record: 13-3

31. New England Patriots: Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma
It's very hard mocking for the Patriots because they always end up trading out of the first round. Best player available is what Bellichick goes for and this also happens to address a need. Travis could lead his defense to a National Championship this year for the Sooners.
Projected Record: 14-2

32. Green Bay Packers: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
I have the Packers winning the Super Bowl again this year because their offense is pretty much unstoppable. The Packers last year had an amazing draft and I expect Ted Thompson to do the same next year. With this pick the Packers are addressing the defensive side opposite Clay Matthews. Having a dual threat rush would make this team even tougher to beat.
Projected Record: 14-2

This concludes my first mock for the 2012 NFL draft. Please leave a comment on what you thought about the picks and rankings.

1 comment:

  1. I could see the Browns wanting to improve their front 7. Maybe not with their first pick but atleast one of them.