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    Bar-bq's First 2012 Mock Draft! (Two Rounds)

    This year, instead of putting out mock drafts left, right and centre, I've decided to concentrate on doing it right. The plan so far is to see how this one is received and put out a final edition a couple of days before the draft. Love some feedback if you've got any.

    Here we go!

    ROUND ONE

    1. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck QB, Stanford

    Insert pun about this being a Lucky pick for the Colts

    2. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

    The Redskins traded up for a reason: his name is RGIII

    3. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil, OT, USC

    Kalil is a ten-year starter on the Vikings OL. They’ll be lucky if they get ten starts from their current group.

    4. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

    If the Browns are committed to McCoy, they better give him some weapons. Richardson is the best one available.

    5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

    The draft’s best cover corner for a secondary growing long in the tooth.

    6. St. Louis Rams - Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

    The Washington trade pays off: The Rams land their target and gain a mountain of picks.

    7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

    The Jaguars need to do something about upgrading that pass rush. Floyd is a consideration.

    8. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

    Despite the play of Matt Moore down the stretch, I don’t see how the Dolphins can pass on Tannehill if he’s here.

    9. Carolina Panthers - Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

    For now I like Cox as an inside stuffer, but the DT class is deep and Stephon Gilmore is rising fast.

    10. Buffalo Bills - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

    Ideal scenario for Buffalo. Reiff will be entrenched in the tranches.

    11. Kansas City Chiefs - Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

    Kuechley a consideration, but in the end the Cheifs plug up the middle.

    12. Seattle Seahawks – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

    Who even plays linebacker for Seattle? Kuechly is as solid as they come.

    13. Arizona Cardinals - David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

    Can’t go wrong with a big ugly in the big desert.

    14. Dallas Cowboys – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

    Mark Barron has been the popular pick here for a long time, but I think Gilmore usurps his draft position. He’s a very well-rounded corner in the mould of Terrence Newman.

    15. Philadelphia Eagles – Mark Barron, S, Alabama

    Barron doesn’t fall far – Philly has just as big a hole in the secondary.

    16. New York Jets - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

    Floyd could go much higher and I do expect a trade-up and the Jets are ideal partners. If they stay put, Floyd will be a reliable target for Sanchbow.

    17. Cincinnati Bengals - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

    The Bengals need to jump on a corner now in order to avoid missing out altogether. Kirkpatrick is a top-15 talent.

    18. San Diego Chargers – Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia

    Reliable road grader who could step in and start right away.

    19. Chicago Bears - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

    Coples has been sliding after an underwhelming senior year. Chicago gambles on his potential, and I think it will pay off.

    20. Tennessee Titans - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
    Tennessee have had problems stopping the run and getting to the passer in recent years. Brockers can do a little from column ‘a’, and a little from column ‘b’.

    21. Cincinnati Bengals - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

    Good call for the Bengals, they pick up the best available Corner from pick 17, an then the best available wideout from #21.

    22. Cleveland Browns - Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

    Maybe a reach, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Browns move back if someone really wants Jonathan Martin. As it stands, Hill is a boom or bust project who can really stretch the field.

    23. Detroit Lions – Johnathan Martin, OT, Stanford

    How long can Jeff Backus go? It might be time to find his replacement.

    24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Donta Hightower, ILB, Alabama

    Big thumper who will fit right in in the middle of the Steel Curtain.

    25. Denver Broncos - Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

    The Broncos have been seeking out help in the middle after passing on Marcel Dareus last year. Worthy could be a good get if he plays up to his potential.

    26. Houston Texans - Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

    Toss-up here between Reuben Randall and Mike Adams. The Texans will be fine with either of them, I reckon Adams is just the better prospect.

    27. New England Patriots - Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

    Mercilus sneaks into the back of round one and could be a ten-sack guy for the Patriots. They sure need one.

    28. Green Bay Packers - Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

    Scott Wells left for St. Louis – meet his replacement.

    29. Baltimore Ravens – Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern St.

    I like Silatolu as a sneaky first round pick. The Ravens will find a way to maximize his potential.

    30. San Francisco ***** – Rueben Randall WR LSU

    Randall will be an excellent compliment to Michael Crabtree, as long as Crabtree tells Alex Smith it’s okay to throw somebody else the ball.

    31. New England Patriots – Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut

    Ty Warren and Richard Seymour are long hone. Kendall Reyes could be the next five-technique to start for the perennial playoff participants.

    32. New York Giants - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

    Bit of a luxury selection, but if you’re the Superbowl champs you deserve one. Nobody knows when Kevin Boss will be ready, and even then the Giants could use an upgrade.

    ROUND TWO

    33. St. Louis Rams - Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

    Could be a ten-year starter in St. Louis.

    34. Indianapolis Colts - Alshon Jeffrey, WR, South Carolina

    Better give Luck somebody to throw to.

    35. Minnesota Vikings – Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

    The Vikings couldn’t address their need safety from pick #3, but Smith is good value at 35.

    36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.

    Missed out on Trent Richardson? Have a Doug Martin.

    37. Cleveland Browns – Kelechi Osmele, OG/OT, Iowa St

    Offensive upgrade: complete.

    38. Jacksonville Jaguars – Nick Perry, DE, USC

    I’ve gone back to the DL well. SOMEBODY has to pan out in Jacksonville.

    39. St. Louis Rams – Brandon Thompson, DL, Clemson

    Ideal pick for St. Louis, will slide right into the rotation alongside their new signees.

    40. Carolina Panthers - Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama

    The Panthers haven’t been afraid to gamble on players with character problems before. Jenkins pays the price for his off-field issues, but still winds up a starter in Carolina.

    41. Buffalo Bills – Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama

    Probably the BPA at this point and will be a tackling machine for the Bills.

    42. Miami Dolphins – Chandler Jones DE/OLB Syracuse

    The Dolphins could have looked at Coples in Round 1.

    43. Seattle Seahawks – Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall

    Chris Clemens is old and I’m not even sure that anybody else plays defensive end in Seattle. What’s with these guys?

    44. Kansas City Chiefs - Bobby Wagner, ILB, Utah State

    The Cheifs gambled on Wagner being available in round 2 and it paid off. He and Poe will be cornerstones of their defense.

    45. Dallas Cowboys - Devon Still, DT, Penn State

    The Cowboys need DL help almost as badly as they need a playoff win.

    46. Philadelphia Eagles – Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

    Zach Brown just looks like a Philly player. Will compete right away at OLB.

    47. New York Jets – Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State

    McClellin to the Jets makes a lot of sense. He’s exactly the kind of pass rusher Rex Ryan will love.

    48. New England Patriots – Alfonzo Dernard, CB, Nebraska
    Does anyone really expect the Patriots to keep this pick? They could use a CB if they do.

    49. San Diego Chargers – Jared Crick, DE, Nebraska

    Prototype 5-technique to start opposite Cory Luiget.

    50. Chicago Bears – Bobby Massie, OT, Mississippi

    The Bears can’t go forever without addressing their need at OT. Massie is a massive upgrade.

    51. Philadelphia Eagles – Derrick Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati

    Wolfe is a fast riser in this draft, and I wouldn’t be shocked to see him go higher. Could be a rich man’s Broderick Bunkley.

    52. Tennessee Titans - Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana

    Cortland Finnegan’s absence will be felt in the slot. Johnson will try to abet their issues.

    53. Cincinnati Bengals - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

    The Bengals need some speed at RB. Miller will be a home-run compliment to the fumble-free Law Firm.

    54. Detroit Lions – Josh Robinson, CB, UCF

    Robsinson’s a guy I really like in this draft. I reckon this is probably a little high for him, but Marinelli sees his promise and will continue to retool the defense.

    55. Atlanta Falcons – Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State

    Can we declare the Sam Baker era over already?

    56. Pittsburgh Steelers – James Brown, OG, Troy

    It doesn’t seem like there’s ever a year where the Steelers couldn’t use OL help. Big Ben will die if they don’t bring in more big men.

    57. Denver Broncos - Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

    Scrappy and undersized, just how John Fox likes his defenders.

    58. Houston Texans – Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

    I don’t love this pick for Houston, but they kind of painted themselves into a corner. Sanu is arguably the BPA at WR.

    59. Green Bay Packers - Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska

    It seems like the Packers can always use more help stopping the run.

    60. Baltimore Ravens – Bruce Irvin, OLB, West Virginia

    Like Zach Brown to Philly, the tough-as-nails Bruce Irvin just strikes me as a Baltimore Raven.

    61. San Francisco ***** – Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (Ohio)

    The ***** bring in Brooks to start at guard, assuming that Michael Crabtree tells Alex Smith that this is okay.

    62. New England Patriots - David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

    You didn’t think you’d get out of the first two rounds of an NFL Mock Draft without seeing a runningback mocked to the Patriots, did you?

    63. New York Giants – Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois

    Great value here and fills a big need at right tackle.


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    Re: Bar-bq's First 2012 Mock Draft! (Two Rounds)

    Stud wr, terrific guard prospect, and Av's choice at defensive tackle? What's not to like here for the rams, and frankly, this is a realistic result (although i hate the idea of the whiners getting randle because i think he is going to be terrific). Nice work mr. bq.

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    Re: Bar-bq's First 2012 Mock Draft! (Two Rounds)

    No reason this can't be our best draft in 25 years or more.

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    Re: Bar-bq's First 2012 Mock Draft! (Two Rounds)

    This is a really go two round mock, my second round picks where taken in the first rd, but I would take what we did get in your mock.

    Nice

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    Re: Bar-bq's First 2012 Mock Draft! (Two Rounds)

    Outstanding job! However you may want to revisit picks 49 & 59.........

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    Re: Bar-bq's First 2012 Mock Draft! (Two Rounds)

    I think you did a great job as a whole, but I can't see Guard and DT both going in 2nd round.....

    2 out of our First 3 picks will be impact players (skill type) CB, WR, RB, TE, OLB -- ATHLETE PLAYERS...

    GUARD AND DT CANNOT BE BOTH OF OUR ROUND 2 PICKS -- Guards can be found in round 4-6 and DT could be a player only playing 40% of the snaps....

    not a good startegy for me

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    Re: Bar-bq's First 2012 Mock Draft! (Two Rounds)

    Quote Originally Posted by richtree View Post
    I think you did a great job as a whole, but I can't see Guard and DT both going in 2nd round.....

    2 out of our First 3 picks will be impact players (skill type) CB, WR, RB, TE, OLB -- ATHLETE PLAYERS...

    GUARD AND DT CANNOT BE BOTH OF OUR ROUND 2 PICKS -- Guards can be found in round 4-6 and DT could be a player only playing 40% of the snaps....

    not a good startegy for me
    Totally agree with you richtree. We need playmakers on offense as defense has been adressed mostly through free agency. I forecast a rb like Doug Martin in round 2 if he's there at #33. Beyond that we may draft an OT at #39 if he's the BPA on our rankings.

    Go Rams!

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    Re: Bar-bq's First 2012 Mock Draft! (Two Rounds)

    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconJ View Post
    Outstanding job! However you may want to revisit picks 49 & 59.........
    Aw, fiddlesticks. Thanks!

    Quote Originally Posted by mde8352gorams View Post
    Totally agree with you richtree. We need playmakers on offense as defense has been adressed mostly through free agency. I forecast a rb like Doug Martin in round 2 if he's there at #33. Beyond that we may draft an OT at #39 if he's the BPA on our rankings.

    Go Rams!
    I understand your point but if, as you suggest, we were to draft Doug Martin in the second, Wouldn't he also be playing less than 40% of the snaps? I don't think this is the best analogy to make, here.

    To be honest with you, I see someone like Thompson seeing the field far more than a Doug Martin. If we're to look at available RBs in the third round, somebody like Chris Polk sticks out as somebody who is good value, good talent, and who I'd be fine handing 20% of the carries over to. I just don't see a whole world of different between, for example, Polk and Martin, whereas Thompson and Devon Still strike me as DTs who would probably be first rounders any other year - this class of DT's just so happens to be five or six very solid players deep.

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