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    Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL mock draft

    Pick No.
    1
    IND
    Andrew Luck
    QB
    Stanford

    Not a whole lot of suspense with pick No. 1. Let's be patient in Indianapolis. This kid will be successful. I think it comes down to emotional toughness. C


    Pick No.
    2
    WAS
    Robert Griffin III
    QB
    Baylor

    What an opportunity the Washington Redskins have created for themselves. I applaud Mike Shanahan and that group for moving up. I don't care what they gave up to get this kid. How quickly will it take RG3 to turn around the Redskins?

    Pick No.
    3
    MIN
    Matt Kalil
    OT
    USC

    Here's where the intrigue begins. Why do I go LT here instead of CB or WR? GM Rick Spielman has to be thinking about the Vikings' 35th overall pick when he makes this one. If he gets Kalil here, he can come back and get LSU WR Rueben Randle or maybe Montana CB Trumaine Johnson in the second round.

    Pick No.
    4
    CLE
    Justin Blackmon
    WR
    Oklahoma St.

    What an interesting pick here for the Browns. I don't agree with this selection; personally, I would go with the tailback Trent Richardson. But I understand and respect the logic: You can get a playmaking receiver at No. 4 and be pretty sure you'll get a running back at No. 22.

    Pick No.
    5
    TB
    Trent Richardson
    RB
    Alabama

    I think this might be the best positional player in the draft. In that division, where there's an awful lot of offense, I love the thought of Richardson behind an offense line that is physical and tough. He will be an All-Pro.

    Pick No.
    6
    STL
    Morris Claiborne
    CB
    LSU

    The Rams are wide open. They can take anybody. They have so many needs. Claiborne has the best ball skills by far of any defensive back in this draft.

    Pick No.
    7
    JAC
    Melvin Ingram
    DE
    South Carolina

    Jacksonville is in a tough position -- the perception is that there are six blue-chip players out there. The Jaguars sit at No. 7. What do you do? Michael Floyd might be the best player on the board, but they're averse to risk in Jacksonville. I think new coach Mel Tucker is going to get a new toy to play with and that toy is Melvin Ingram.

    Pick No.
    8
    MIA
    Ryan Tannehill
    QB
    Texas A&M

    Everybody wants to talk about Tannehill at No. 8 to the Dolphins. He's No. 19 on my big board, so on one hand I think you're over-drafting when you take him that high. On the other hand, I recognize the potential and recognize the talent. He's at least a year away from being a functional NFL quarterback.

    Pick No.
    9
    CAR
    Fletcher Cox
    DT
    Mississippi St.

    Love this pick. It's been an offensive draft thus far, so they get one of the top-ranked defensive players. Can play inside, can play outside. Boy, will he help Carolina. M


    Pick No.
    10
    BUF
    Luke Kuechly
    ILB
    Boston College

    Everybody is telling me offensive tackle, but remember what division the Bills play in. It's the New England Patriots' division, and they happen to have a couple of dangerous tight ends. You better have an answer. How does Kuechly fit on the Bills defense? Mayock's take.

    Pick No.
    11
    KC
    Mark Barron
    SS
    Alabama

    Let me preface this by saying GM Scott Pioli is risk-averse. You could look at Dontari Poe here, but there's so much "boom or bust" in him. Barron is one of the safest picks in the draft. Pair him with Eric Berry and you've got the best safety combo in the league.

    Pick No.
    12
    SEA
    Quinton Coples
    DE
    North Carolina

    He's a boom-or-bust candidate. He had a big year as a junior at defensive tackle and got on everyone's radar. But to me, Coples is not a first-round pick off his senior year of tape, when he was playing defensive end. I recognize his talent, though. He had a great Senior Bowl week and I think Pete Carroll can get the most out of him.

    Pick No.
    13
    ARI
    Riley Reiff
    OT
    Iowa

    Arizona at No. 13 is interesting because the Cardinals could use a wideout. However, playing in the NFC West, you better have some physicality and toughness. Reiff is a plug-and-play right tackle. He's not ready to play on the left side, but he's physical, tough and he'll compete with that San Francisco defense. Mayock is a fan of Reiff's toughness.

    Pick No.
    14
    DAL
    Michael Brockers
    DT
    LSU

    The Cowboys are a little upset here. They wanted Mark Barron. They might have tried to trade up. Brockers is a guy on the first two downs who can be a stout run defender and has the ability to push the pocket in the future. Does Mayock think Brockers will be enough to make the Cowboys forget about Barron?

    Pick No.
    15
    PHI
    Stephon Gilmore
    CB
    South Carolina

    We all know that Asante Samuel is out. With Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie in the final year of his contract, though, I think you have to take a corner. Gilmore is the No. 8 player on my entire board. Did the Eagles solve their secondary woes by picking Gilmore?

    Pick No.
    16
    NYJ
    Michael Floyd
    WR
    Notre Dame

    We didn't think Michael Floyd was going to slide to No. 16. Toss him in with Santonio Holmes and Jeremy Kerley and Floyd's big body will make everyone better. He'll beat you outside the numbers and in the red zone. Michael Floyd is the real deal and he'll make Mark Sanchez a better quarterback. Surprised Floyd fell all the way to the Jets? Mayock was, too.

    Pick No.
    17
    CIN
    Dre Kirkpatrick
    CB
    Alabama

    There's nothing but age and injury on the Bengals' secondary, and here's a guy who's a physical, tough corner coached by Nick Saban at Alabama. He can play zone, he can play man, he can play press, he can play off. He's the last quality corner to come off the board in the first round. Find out why Mayock felt the Bengals needed to get younger in the secondary with their pick of Kirkpatrick.

    Pick No.
    18
    SD
    Whitney Mercilus
    DE
    Illinois

    Mercilus (16 sacks, nine forced fumbles) fits San Diego's 3-4 scheme and is a difference-making edge rusher. San Diego needs that desperately. Mayock explains why Mercilus and the Chargers is a perfect match.

    Pick No.
    19
    CHI
    Chandler Jones
    DE
    Syracuse

    The Bears cannot believe Chandler Jones has fallen to them. The general public might not know a lot about him, but my view is -- and I'll take a lot of heat for this -- three years from now, he might be the best defensive player to come out of this draft. Mayock's extremely bullish on Jones ...

    Pick No.
    20
    TEN
    Stephen Hill
    WR
    Georgia Tech

    The Titans are going to go with the height, weight and speed specimen out of Georgia Tech. Kenny Britt is a true No. 1, but his reliability is questionable. Hill's so good he might catch 30 balls and six will go for touchdowns. Did the Titans reach by picking Hill at No. 20?

    Pick No.
    21
    CIN
    David DeCastro
    G
    Stanford

    I had Cincy go defense at No. 17, so now I'll have the Bengals address the offense. DeCastro is a plug-and-play guard. DeCastro significantly upgrades Cincinnati's athleticism at guard, as he is the best pulling guard in this year's draft. How much easier will DeCastro make life for Andy Dalton?

    Pick No.
    22
    CLE
    Doug Martin
    RB
    Boise St.

    The Browns have now given their quarterback a first-class receiver in Blackmon and a three-down back in Martin. This is one of the best pass-protecting RBs in this draft.

    Pick No.
    23
    DET
    Courtney Upshaw
    OLB
    Alabama

    They've got a need at defensive end. I think it's Upshaw, who will stick his hand in the dirt and rush the quarterback in Detroit. Did the Lions add Cliff Avril insurance by drafting Upshaw?

    Pick No.
    24
    PIT
    Cordy Glenn
    T
    Georgia

    A swing tackle/guard would be the ideal guy for the Steelers, and Glenn played left tackle last year at Georgia. I think right tackle will be his best fit in the NFL, though. Mayock explains how the Steelers finally addressed their O-line by drafting Glenn.

    Pick No.
    25
    DEN
    Dontari Poe
    DT
    Memphis

    I've been trying to find a spot for him since pick No. 11 with the Chiefs. The Broncos need a guy who can come in and play inside. At 350 pounds with movement skills like Haloti Ngata, Poe is the guy. On third down, when most defensive tackles are out of the game, Poe will be at his most effective. Poe could be the steal of the draft, but Mayock thinks the Broncos drafted a project in the Memphis DT.

    Pick No.
    26
    HOU
    Coby Fleener
    TE
    Stanford

    Would I rather have the fourth-best wideout or the best tight end? Fleener's a vertical threat, and the Texans are a zone-run team, which will protect him in the running game. I think it's a great fit. Fleener isn't considered much of a blocker, but Mayock explains why that doesn't matter in the Texans' scheme.

    Pick No.
    27
    NE
    Nick Perry
    DE
    USC

    Defense, defense, defense with the Patriots. I'm not a huge fan of this kid. I've got him No. 49 on my board. So why do I have him going to the Patriots? Because he brings edge-rushing abilities to the table, and perhaps Bill Belichick can do for Perry what I think Pete Carroll will do for Quinton Coples. The Pats had to address their defense in the draft. Find out what problems Mayock thinks Perry addresses.

    Pick No.
    28
    GB
    Shea McClellin
    DE
    Boise St.

    The Packers' turnover differential was amazing last year, but they've got to get better at the snap on defense. Clay Matthews is wonderful on one side, but he only had six sacks in 2011 because no one was on the other side. McClellin is No. 14 on my board and he will instantly upgrade the Packers' defense. Will McClellin have an instant impact on the Packers' D? Find out what Mayock thinks of the pick.

    Pick No.
    29
    BAL
    Dont'a Hightower
    ILB
    Alabama

    Hightower is a great fit. Why? That Sam linebacker position is open in Baltimore and he can fit that need until the great Ray Lewis decides to retire. Once that happens, you've got a plug-and-play inside linebacker in the mold of Lewis. Click here to see why Mayock thinks the Ravens drafted their future LB star in Hightower.

    Pick No.
    30
    SF
    Kendall Wright
    WR
    Baylor

    Keep in mind they were No. 26 in total offense and No. 29 in the passing game. They signed Mario Manningham and Randy Moss, but how much are you going to get out of those guys? I don't know. Give me this rocket from Baylor. Find out why Mayock thinks the Niners should still draft a WR despite their offseason signings.

    Pick No.
    31
    NE
    Harrison Smith
    FS
    Notre Dame

    Again: defense, defense, defense. If you take Smith, you've got an instinctive safety who will tackle. He's tough and he's really smart. You'll get immediate dividends by drafting Smith. How will this pick affect Pats safety Patrick Chung?
    Pick No.

    32
    NYG
    Jonathan Martin
    OT
    Stanford

    What a great job general manager Jerry Reese does. The Giants are a "best athlete available" team. They could use a tackle, however, and Martin could play on either side of the line. He also allows the Giants to keep David Diehl inside. Eli Manning should like this pick, as Mayock explains why Martin helps solidify the Giants' offensive line.
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    Re: Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL mock draft

    Sorry Mod's sleepless nite can you move this...

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    Re: Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL mock draft

    If it went down like this I would go Rueben Randle, WR, Louisiana with the #33 pick in the second round.
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    Re: Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL mock draft

    I would have no problem at all with claiborne and randle as our first two picks.

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    Re: Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL mock draft

    I agree, Claiborne and Randle would be a very good first two picks for the Rams.
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    Re: Mike Mayock's 2012 NFL mock draft

    If we take Claiborne and Randle it leaves me wondering... who is available at 39 that could complete the LSU trifecta?
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