By: Jeremy Marks-Peltz
Each year, draft dorks from across the country put together their prognostications about which college standout will go which NFL team during the final weekend in April. This one is different. This one's actually fairly entertaining to read and won't take you 14 years to get through. Without any further ado, here's the "JMP 2012 NFL Mock Draft". And awayyyyy we go!
1. Colts: QB Andrew Luck – Stanford. The obvious No. 1 guy, although I thought for a while that former coach Tony Dungy’s love for RG3 might push owner Jim Irsay in that direction. That said, I believe Luck will be a top 10 QB in three years.
2. Redskins: QB Robert Griffin III – Baylor. I think almost as highly of RG3 as I do about Luck. The next step may be to oust Mike Shanahan and bring in a coach with more patience for signal callers.
3. Vikings: OT Matt Kalil – USC. I don’t think anyone will trade up for Tannehill or Blackmon here, so I have the Vikings taking a cornerstone LT. Although I would probably go for Morris Claiborne since we don’t know whether Christian Ponder is a franchise QB yet.
4. Browns: RB Trent Richardson – Alabama. The Browns desperately need some exciting play-makers. I don’t think Richardson is the sure thing others do, but he’s the best bet for a skill player left on the board.
5. Buccaneers: CB Morris Claiborne – LSU. Bucs get the best guy not named Luck and RG3. Not to mention he's a guy who can make six games a year against Brees, Ryan, and Newton a little less daunting.
6. Rams: WR Justin Blackmon – Oklahoma State. If Blackmon is off the board, then I think the Rams trade down. But Jeff Fisher has to be salivating over the idea of giving Sam Bradford a major target.
7. Jaguars: DE Quinton Coples – North Carolina. The Jaguars are good at concocting surprises and reaching for players in first round. They do it again with Coples, who scouts say is talented but extremely inconsistent.
8. Dolphins: WR Michael Floyd – Notre Dame. Yep, five years after drafting Ted Ginn Jr’s family, I have the Dolphins again passing up a QB for a WR. This one should be more acceptable – Floyd is a beast, and I’d rather have Brandon Weeden than Tannehill.
9. Panthers: DT Fletcher Cox – Mississippi State. The Panthers have their franchise QB. Now, it’s time to build a defense through the draft, and Cox gives them a good 4-3 tackle.
10. Bills: DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw – Alabama. The Bills snared Marcell Dareus from Nick Saban’s system last year. The Bills can go back to the well with Upshaw, or they can take Floyd if he’s still here.
11. Chiefs: LB Luke Kuechly – Boston College. A lot of people say Kuechly is the prototypical Scott Pioli player. I’m sure KC will be tempted to pull the trigger on Tannehill which leads to…..
12. Seahawks: QB Ryan Tannehill – Texas A & M. It wouldn’t make sense on surface after the Matt Flynn signing. But a ton of reports link the Seahawks to Tannehill if he falls, and GM John Schneider has publicly gloated about him. Hey Jeff Ireland, Tarvaris Jackson would be available!
13. Cardinals: OT Riley Reiff – Iowa. The Cardinals are rebuilding their offensive line, and need new hogs for Ken Whisenhunt and Russ Grimm. Reiff fits that bill.
14. Cowboys: S Mark Barron – Alabama. The Cowboys have a horrible secondary. Mark Barron could be the most dependable DB in Big D pretty quickly.
15. Eagles: DE/OLB Melvin Ingram – South Carolina. Don’t let the Eagles late surge fool you. This is still a team that needs a lot of work on defense, and Ingram provides help in two spots.
16. Jets: NT Dontari Poe – Memphis. Rex Ryan would be a very, very happy man if 350-pound Poe falls to him. Exactly what the Jets need to revamp that defensive line.
17. Bengals: CB Stephon Gilmore – South Carolina. Gilmore would be a steal at 17, according to some draft boards. And it gives the Bengals someone to sufficiently replace Johnathan Joseph with.
18. Chargers: OG David DeCastro – Stanford. Probably the best player available for A.J. Smith, and can go to work on patching up offensive line for Phillip Rivers.
19. Bears: OT Jonathan Martin – Stanford. I’ve seen a lot of mock drafts peg a receiver for the Bears, even with Brandon Marshall. I think they need to focus on protecting Jay Cutler here.
20. Titans: DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus – Illinois. Even with Kamerion Wimbley, I don’t think the Titans pass on the value, or the opportunity to unleash a new-look pass rush in the weak AFC South.
21. Bengals: WR Stephen Hill – Georgia Tech. I’m not even close to being sold on Andy Dalton, but I seem to be in the minority. So I would expect the Bengals to give him another weapon.
22. Browns: QB Brandon Weeden – Oklahoma State. Sorry Dolfans. The Browns need to start planning for life after McCoy, and can take Weeden here, or even trade down later in the first round with the extra pick.
23. Lions: CB Dre Kirkpatrick – Alabama. The Lions may be on the way up, but if they give up 480 yards to Matt Flynn, that underlines the need for a better secondary.
24. Steelers: ILB Dont’a Hightower – Alabama. No idea how Hightower has lasted this long, but it allows the Steelers to get much younger on defense.
25. Broncos: DT Michael Brockers – LSU. Not clear whether Jack Del Rio will run a 4-3 or 3-4 defense, but by most accounts, Brockers is a solid fit in both systems.
26. Texans: WR Kendall Wright – Baylor. The Texans lack a steady No. 2 WR opposite Andre Johnson, and Wright has the skills to be that guy.
27. Patriots: CB Janoris Jenkins – North Alabama. The Patriots every year have two first round picks, and almost always trade one. So this could be that spot, or Bill Belichick can just outsmart everybody again and take top-15 value and former Gator Jenkins.
28. Packers: DE Chandler Jones – Syracuse. Packers need all the help they can get on defense. Chandler Jones is pretty good value at this spot.
29. Ravens: OLB Shea McClellin – Boise State. Not the big school guy the Ravens usually love snaring on defense, but a guy to eventually plug in alongside Terrell Suggs.
30. Niners: G Kevin Zeitler – Wisconsin. Feel like the Niners OL played a little over their heads in 2011, so Zeitler gives them depth, and another prospect there.
31. Patriots: DT Jerel Worthy – Michigan State. ESPN 760 afternoon host Evan Cohen knows more about the Patriots than anyone (just ask him). He loves Worthy, so there you go.
32. Giants: TE Coby Fleener – Stanford. I love the idea of getting Eli Manning a real threat up the seam, and Fleener provides that and more.
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