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By Jonathan Bales

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Version 1.0

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I did a mock draft for USA Today which is on stands now in their 2012 Draft Preview magazine, but my first “real” mock draft is published at the New York Times today.  Click the link to check it out, and feel free to leave comments regarding my somewhat surprising selection for Dallas.

A couple of notes:

  • Click on a player’s name to read my scouting report and watch his film.
  • The second name under each team refers to a different potential draft pick for that squad, based on who is left in this particular mock draft.

2012 N.F.L. Mock Draft

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

  • Is RGIII a possibility here?  I actually think he’s superior to Luck.

Other: None

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

  • Could you imagine being a Redskins fan and becoming upset if Luck falls to this spot?

Other: None

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

  • Kalil is the top tackle prospect I have watched in years.  He’s going to be an All-Pro in the N.F.L.

Other: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

4. Cleveland Browns: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

  • There is a good chance the Browns try to move out of this spot, but Claiborne, Trent Richardson, Justin Blackmon and perhaps even Riley Reiff are all options if they stick around.

Other: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Bucs: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

  • This is a crucial pick for Richardson, because if he falls past No. 5, he could drop a bit.  Actually, I think there’s an outside chance Richardson doesn’t get selected in the first 12 picks.

Other: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

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

  • I really debated putting offensive tackle Riley Reiff here, in which case Jacksonville might select Blackmon at No. 7.

Other: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

  • Could Jacksonville surprise everyone and select quarterback Ryan Tannehill?

Other: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

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

  • If Miami doesn’t select Tannehill, he will still probably be picked in this range by a team that moves up.

Other: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

9. Carolina Panthers: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

  • I don’t think Poe should go anywhere near this high, but some team will fall in love with his athleticism.

Other: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

10. Buffalo Bills: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

  • The Bills could pair Coples with Mario Williams for one of the league’s top pass rush duos of the next decade.

Other: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

  • After thinking about team needs and Ingram’s skills, I think this is the lowest he could possibly fall.

Other: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

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

  • Kuechly’s surprising combine performance proved he’s the real deal.  Athleticism and incredible production.

Other: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

13. Arizona Cardinals: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

  • The Cardinals need help in a lot of places, the offensive line being perhaps the most pressing.

Other: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Click here to see the rest of my mock draft, including the Cowboys’ No. 14 overall selection.

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6 Responses to 2012 NFL Mock Draft: Version 1.0

  1. Jeremiah Thompson says:

    I was hoping Coples, Ingram, Decastro, or Kuechly might manage to fall to us. I’m curious what you think of Kuechly but imagine you must have a coming scouting report on him.

  2. Tyrone Jenkins says:

    I have heard that the Chiefs won’t let DeCastro get pas them…he DEF won’t get past Seattle so I agree w/ you there.

    I would rather go w/ DreKirk than Fletcher Cox. I think DreKirk can play FS. I know AOA was a failed experiment but that’s apples and oranges – Kirk is a 1st round talent who played for a championship team that utilizes a 3-4. I think he understands reading defenses better and is MUCH better in zone coverage than AOA was…

  3. magic pickle says:

    Well that would mean moving Ratliff to the end. Can he be as effective against the more athletic tackles? I’d rather go with Kirpatrick & give him a year against NFL talent, in the event that Jenkins wants to test the open market next year. I guess he would have to split time w/ Scandrick in the nickel.

  4. Jeremiah–I actually have none of them dropping in my mock, but chances are one will. I’d love Ingram or DeCastro, but I’m not sold on Coples’ fit in a 3-4 (it would have to be end), and Kuechly is a hell of a player, but with Carter, Lee and now Connor, where does he fit?

  5. Tyrone–Prefer Kirkpatrick to Cox as well.

    Magic–Not sure it would necessitate Ratliff to end. I think Kirkpatrick would move to FS.

  6. Tom says:

    If DeCastro is gone, I’d prefer Gilmore or Barron (if the Cowboys are convinced he is as good as everyone is saying and could play either FS or SS).

    But Gilmore is a starting caliber CB in the NFL, IMO, and with Mike Jenkins future up in the air, I would be surprised to see Dallas pass up on a talent like him.

    Fletcher Cox if they are going for the 5T who could provide some level of pass rush above what they currently have, but he’s just not as talented at his position as Gilmore and Barron are at their respective positions. Go with the talent.

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