NFL Mock Draft 2012 #1 from Adam Caplan

By Adam Caplan
April 21, 2012

Photo: Kelly M. Lambert
  • 1.  Indianapolis

    Andrew Luck

    Quarterback | Stanford

    Analysis: Luck will be the Colts next franchise quarterback for many years to come.

    Needs: QB, WR, TE, G, ORT, OLB, CB, NT

    Other Possibilities: None.

  • 2.  Washington (from St. Louis)

    Robert Griffin III

    Quarterback | Baylor

    Analysis: Griffin will be an interesting player for the Redskins as he transitions to a West Coast offensive scheme.

    Needs: QB, C, G, ILB, CB, RB

    Other Possibilities: None.

  • 3.  Minnesota

    Matt Kalil

    Offensive Tackle | Southern California

    Analysis: Kalil would fill a major need on the left side of the Vikings offensive line.

    Needs: WR, CB, OLT, G, FS, SS, DT

    Other Possibilities: Morris Claiborne.

  • 4.  Cleveland

    Trent Richardson

    Running Back | Alabama

    Analysis: The Browns were terrible on offense last season, so Richardson could help on that side of the ball right away. They still will need to address other positions on offense as the draft progresses.

    Needs: WR, ORT, RB, QB, RG, DE, CB, SLB

    Other Possibilities: Morris Claiborne.

  • 5.  Tampa Bay

    Morris Claiborne

    Cornerback | Louisiana State

    Analysis: The Buccaneers, because of Aqib Talib’s off-the-field issues and Ronde Barber’s age, must address the cornerback position.

    Needs: CB, RB, DE, LB, FS, SS

    Other Possibilities: Trent Richardson (if he drops) or Stephon Gilmore.

  • 6.  St. Louis (from Washington)

    Fletcher Cox

    Defensive Tackle | Mississippi State

    Analysis: The Rams are not very good on the interior of their defensive line, so Cox can provide an impact in that area right away.

    Needs: WR, CB, DT, LG, WLB, DE

    Other Possibilities: Best available CB or Justin Blackmon.

  • 7.  Jacksonville

    Justin Blackmon

    Wide Receiver | Oklahoma State

    Analysis: The Jaguars still need speed at wide receiver, but Blackmon would start right away. He could give them badly needed physicality at the position.

    Needs: WR, DE, C, CB

    Other Possibilities: Quinton Coples.

  • 8.  Miami

    Ryan Tannehill

    Quarterback | Texas A&M

    Analysis: Veteran QB Matt Moore can start one more season, so that way the coaches can bring Tannehill along at a slower pace.

    Needs: WR, QB, ORT, DE, DT, SS, FS

    Other Possibilities: Justin Blackmon (if he drops).

  • 9.  Carolina

    David DeCastro

    Guard | Stanford

    Analysis: The Panthers need competition at depth at guard, so DeCastro seems like the smartest pick considering what’s left on the board.

    Needs: G, DT, CB, DE, OLB

    Other Possibilities: Quinton Coples.

  • 10.  Buffalo

    Stephon Gilmore

    Cornerback | South Carolina

    Analysis: Gilmore, according to several personnel sources, has a realistic chance to go off the board inside the top-10. While the Bills have bigger needs, Gilmore is the best player on the board.

    Needs: OLT, WR (speed), OLB, CB, DE

    Other Possibilities: Riley Reiff or Michael Floyd.

  • 11.  Kansas City

    Luke Kuechly

    ILB/OLB | Boston College

    Analysis: The Chiefs were #26 vs. the run last season, so adding an outstanding ILB like Kuechly could help them improve in that area right away.

    Needs: NT, DE, OLB, LG, ILB

    Other Possibilities: Michael Brockers or David DeCastro

  • 12.  Seattle

    Quinton Coples

    Defensive End | North Carolina

    Analysis: Coples would fill a major need on the Seahawks defense.

    Needs: DE, RG, LB

    Other Possibilities: Luke Kuechly

  • 13.  Arizona

    Melvin Ingram

    OLB/DE | South Carolina

    Analysis: The Cardinals have a lot of needs, but adding a pass rusher is one of their bigger ones. Ingram can provide an impact right away.

    Needs: OLT, WR, OLB, RG, CB

    Other Possibilities: David DeCastro, Luke Kuechly, Michael Floyd, Riley Reiff, or Jonathan Martin.

  • 14.  Dallas

    Mark Barron

    Safety | Alabama

    Analysis: The Cowboys can finally address their troubling safety position by adding the talented Barron.

    Needs: SS, C, G, DE, WR, CB, OLB

    Other Possibilities: Dre Kirkpatrick.

  • 15.  Philadelphia

    Michael Brockers

    Defensive Tackle | Louisiana State

    Analysis: Brockers is a better player than Poe, according to personnel sources, so the Eagles will add him here at a need position.

    Needs: DT, SLB, CB

    Other Possibilities: Dontari Poe.

  • 16.  NY Jets

    Courtney Upshaw

    Defensive End | Alabama

    Analysis: The Jets know their defense fell off last season, so adding a talent pass rusher like Upshaw makes a lot of sense at the point.

    Needs: WR, ORT, OLB, SS, FS, ILB

    Other Possibilities: Michael Floyd, Kendall Wright, Jonathan Martin, or Riley Reiff.

  • 17.  Cincinnati (from Oakland)

    Michael Floyd

    Wide Receiver | Notre Dame

    Analysis: The Bengals badly need to add talent at WR opposite second-year pro A.J. Green. Floyd’s addition would give the team another outstanding talent at that position.

    Needs: WR, RB, DE, DT, CB

    Other Possibilities: Kendall Wright, Dontari Poe, or Doug Martin.

  • 18.  San Diego

    Whitney Mercilus

    OLB/DE | Illinois

    Analysis: The Chargers need help on defense, especially in the pass-rushing department, so Mercilus makes sense for this AFC West team.

    Needs: G, OLB, ILB, CB, ORT

    Other Possibilities: Shea McClellin or Riley Reiff.

  • 19.  Chicago

    Kendall Wright

    Wide Receiver | Baylor

    Analysis: The Bears, despite adding veteran WR Brandon Marshall, need to add speed and more talent at receiver. Wright is talented enough to make an impact as a rookie.

    Needs: G, DE, WR, CB, DT, OT, SLB

    Other Possibilities: Shea McClellin.

  • 20.  Tennessee

    Nick Perry

    Defensive End | Southern California

    Analysis: The Titans biggest need is clearly DE. They likely will eye a bunch of DEs here, but Perry looks to be the best left on the board at this point.

    Needs: DE, DT, CB, C

    Other Possibilities: Dontari Poe, Andre Branch or Chandler Jones.

  • 21.  Cincinnati

    Doug Martin

    Running Back | Boise State

    Analysis: Martin would be the replacement for veteran RB Cedric Benson, who remains unsigned.

    Needs: WR, RB, DE, DT, CB

    Other Possibilities: Dontari Poe or best available DE.

  • 22.  Cleveland (from from Atlanta)

    Riley Reiff

    Offensive Tackle | Iowa

    Analysis: The Browns need to fill out their starting right tackle spot, so Reiff can do that right away.

    Needs: RB, WR, ORT, QB, RG, DE, CB, OLB

    Other Possibilities: Kendall Wright (if he drops).

  • 23.  Detroit

    Jonathan Martin

    Offensive Tackle | Stanford

    Analysis: The Lions really need to address the eventual replacement for long-time starting LT Jeff Backus. And keep in mind starting RT Gosder Cherilus is on the final year of his rookie contract, so Martin makes some sense here.

    Needs: CB, OLT, ORT

    Other Possibilities: Cordy Glenn

  • 24.  Pittsburgh

    Dont'a Hightower

    ILB/OLB | Alabama

    Analysis: ILB is a need position for the Steelers next to Lawrence Timmons, so Hightower can play right away for them.

    Needs: G, NT, ILB,OT, CB, FS, RB

    Other Possibilities: Cordy Glenn, Dontari Poe or Devon Still.

  • 25.  Denver

    Jerel Worthy

    Defensive Tackle | Michigan State

    Analysis: The Broncos lost starting DT Brodrick Bunkley in free agency, so they must fill the huge void that continues to stand out on the interior of their defensive line.

    Needs: DT, WR, DE, RB, CB, C

    Other Possibilities: Dontari Poe.

  • 26.  Houston

    Rueben Randle

    Wide Receiver | Louisiana State

    Analysis: As one personnel source told me this week, don’t be surprised if Randle goes off the board a lot earlier than we think. In that case, the Texans can fill a big need here with the talented wide receiver.

    Needs: ORT, G, WR, OLB, DE

    Other Possibilities: Mike Adams or Cordy Glenn.

  • 27.  New England (from New Orleans)

    Shea McClellin

    OLB/DE | Boise State

    Analysis: McClellin is the type of player that head coach Bill Belichick covets—versatility.

    Needs: OLB, CB, FS, DE, WR (speed)

    Other Possibilities: Harrison Smith, Andre Branch, or Chandler Jones or Vinny Curry.

  • 28.  Green Bay

    Peter Konz

    Center | Wisconsin

    Analysis: With new starting C Jeff Saturday turning 37 in June, the Packers need to plan for his eventual replacement. And keep in mind Konz is also capable of playing guard.

    Needs: OLB, DE, FS, CB, C

    Other Possibilities: Shea McClellin (if he drops) or Kendall Reyes.

  • 29.  Baltimore

    Andre Branch

    OLB/DE | Clemson

    Analysis: The Ravens need to add pass rushers, so Branch makes a lot of sense here.

    Needs: DE, WR, OLB, OLT, LG, C, FS, SS

    Other Possibilities: Chandler Jones.

  • 30.  San Francisco

    Kevin Zeitler

    Guard | Wisconsin

    Analysis: The 49ers can help solidify the interior of their offensive line with Zeitler.

    Needs: RG, WR (speed), CB, DE

    Other Possibilities: Any of the WRs that drop.

  • 31.  New England

    Devon Still

    Defensive Tackle | Penn State

    Analysis: The Patriots, according to a source, will play the 3-4 and 4-3 schemes on again on defense. And Still has the versatility to play in either scheme.

    Needs: OLB, CB, FS, DE

    Other Possibilities: Kendall Reyes

  • 32.  NY Giants

    Mike Adams

    Offensive Tackle | Ohio State

    Analysis: The Giants, because they’re coming off a Super Bowl victory, can afford to take a chance on Adams. He’s capable of playing either tackle spot.

    Needs: G, CB, OT, DT

    Other Possibilities: Best available interior OL.

 

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