NFL Mock Draft 2012 #2 from Adam Caplan

By Adam Caplan
April 25, 2012

The wild card St. Louis Rams have a number of options at the #6 spot. Who does Caplan have?
  • 1.  Indianapolis

    Andrew Luck

    Quarterback | Stanford

    First Mock Selection: Andrew Luck/QB/Stanford

    Analysis: Now GM Ryan Grigson can build around Luck. And it will be interesting to see what his approach winds up being. Draft mostly offense early or defense?

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

    Other Possibilities: None.

  • 2.  Washington (from St. Louis)

    Robert Griffin III

    Quarterback | Baylor

    First Mock Selection: Robert Griffin III/QB/Baylor

    Analysis: It will be interesting to see how the Redskins use Griffin. Will they make him a true pocket passer or will they move him around a bit? Then again, their offensive line isn’t very good, so he may have to move around more than they would like.

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

    Other Possibilities: None.

  • 3.  Minnesota

    Matt Kalil

    Offensive Tackle | Southern California

    First Mock Selection: Matt Kalil/OLT/Southern California

    Analysis: This pick could go either way (Kalil or Claiborne), but Vikings have one of the worst offensive lines in the NFL. And after making Christian Ponder their franchise QB last year (or at least they hope so), they must do a better job of protecting him.

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

    Other Possibilities: The Vikings must significantly address the secondary if they want to compete at a high level vs. the better passing games in the NFL, so Morris Claiborne has to be a strong consideration here. I’m not buying the Justin Blackmon talk here.

    Don’t be surprised if they wind up trading this pick to the Buccaneers. And even if they wind up doing so, they could still take Kalil or possibly Claiborne at #5.

  • 4.  Cleveland

    Trent Richardson

    Running Back | Alabama

    First Mock Selection: Trent Richardson/RB/Alabama

    Analysis: GM Tom Heckert must address the offensive side of the ball in a major way early in this draft. Richardson can finally solve their issue at RB.

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

    Other Possibilities: Morris Claiborne or a trade down.

  • 5.  Tampa Bay

    Morris Claiborne

    Cornerback | Louisiana State

    First Mock Selection: Morris Claiborne/CB/Louisiana State

    Analysis: The Buccaneers have depth at CB, but veteran Ronde Barber is 37. Oh, and fifth-year pro Aqib Talib needs to prove he can stay out of trouble, so CB is a need pick.

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

    Other Possibilities: Trade up in order to select Trent Richardson.

  • 6.  St. Louis (from Washington)

    Fletcher Cox

    Defensive Tackle | Mississippi State

    First Mock Selection: Fletcher Cox/DT/Mississippi State

    Analysis: With a defensive minded head coach like Jeff Fisher who will make the calls on draft day, Cox makes a lot of sense here. Plus, DT is a need position.

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

    Other Possibilities: With the wide receiver position being a big issue for the Rams, they could select Michael Floyd, who is the top rated receiver for this draft by many personnel sources. Don't be surprised if they trade down in order to select a cornerback or wide receiver. And if Kalil drops, that could be another player that they target. And OLT Rodger Saffold, some people believe, could be better off inside at guard.

  • 7.  Jacksonville

    Justin Blackmon

    Wide Receiver | Oklahoma State

    First Mock Selection: Justin Blackmon/WR/Oklahoma State

    Analysis: The Jaguars must add at least two WRs in this draft, and Blackmon would start right away for them.

    Needs: WR, DE, CB, C

    Other Possibilities: Stephon Gilmore. Trade down to possibly select a wide receiver or a cornerback.

  • 8.  Miami

    Ryan Tannehill

    Quarterback | Texas A&M

    First Mock Selection: Ryan Tannehill/QB/Texas A&M

    Analysis: The Dolphins must add their future at quarterback in this draft, so Tannehill is that guy for this team.

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

    Other Possibilities: The Dolphins are in bad shape at wide receiver, so Michael Floyd also makes sense for this selection.

  • 9.  Carolina

    Stephon Gilmore

    Cornerback | South Carolina

    First Mock Selection: David DeCastro/G/Stanford

    Analysis: Gilmore would be an upgrade over CB Captain Munnerlyn, who then could handle the nickel role.

    Needs: G, DT, CB, DE, OLB, WR

    Other Possibilities: The Panthers need to add competition and upgrades at guard, so DeCastro would be the other option.

  • 10.  Buffalo

    Dre' Kirkpatrick

    Cornerback | Alabama

    First Mock Selection: Stephon Gilmore/CB/South Carolina

    Analysis: I checked with a high-level personnel source on Kirkpatrick who said the defensive back’s off-the-field issues were overblown. The Bills have depth at CB, but not one really good cover player at the position.

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

    Other Possibilities: Trade up for Matt Kalil or select Luke Kuechly here, who would fill a need.

  • 11.  Kansas City

    Luke Kuechly

    ILB/OLB | Boston College

    First Mock Selection: Luke Kuechly/LB/Boston College

    Analysis: GM Scott Pioli has done a nice job in free agency, but there’s still work to be done. He must address the shaky run defense. And to do that, he could add the best available ILB for this draft in Kuechly.

    Needs: NT, DE, OLB, LG, ILB

    Other Possibilities: The Chiefs need to add competition and depth to their defensive line, so Michael Brockers would be an excellent addition.

  • 12.  Seattle

    Melvin Ingram

    OLD/DE | South Carolina

    First Mock Selection: Quinton Coples/DE/North Carolina

    Analysis: The Seahawks must help their average pass rush by adding a few DEs out of this draft. Ingram could get in the rotation right away.

    Needs: DE, RG, LB

    Other Possibilities: The Seahawks must address the issue at defensive end, so the surprise pick here would be Chandler Jones, who could wind up being the best defensive end in this draft. DeCastro also makes sense here for the opening at RG.

  • 13.  Arizona

    David DeCastro

    Guard | Stanford

    First Mock Selection: Melvin Ingram/DE-OLB/South Carolina

    Analysis: The Cardinals must finally build their offensive line, so DeCastro would go a long way toward doing that.

    Needs: OLT, OLB, RG, WR, CB

    Other Possibilities: Riley Reiff, if the Cardinals think he can play LT.

  • 14.  Dallas

    Mark Barron

    Safety | Alabama

    First Mock Selection: Mark Barron/SS/Alabama

    Analysis: Finally, a really good safety is added to the Dallas secondary.

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

    Other Possibilities: Dontari Poe.

  • 15.  Philadelphia

    Michael Brockers

    Defensive Tackle | Louisiana State

    First Mock Selection: Michael Brockers/DT/Louisiana State

    Analysis: I really think the Eagles could move out of this spot (up or down), but Brockers, who has more athletic than most fans think, is the pick here for now. That could change in the final mock on Thursday.

    Needs: DT, SLB, CB

    Other Possibilities: Trade up for Fletcher Cox, as I've been saying for nearly two months, or for a CB. With veteran CB Asante Samuel expected to be traded, CB is a priority need. CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is on the final year of his rookie deal and veteran CB Nnamdi Asomugha turns 31 in July.

  • 16.  NY Jets

    Courtney Upshaw

    Defensive End | Alabama

    First Mock Selection: Courtney Upshaw/DE/Alabama

    Analysis: The Jets’ pass rush was disappointing last season, so Upshaw could provide an impact in that area right away.

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

    Other Possibilities: The Jets need speed at wide receiver, so this could be the earliest Kendall Wright goes off the board. RT continues to be an issue, so Riley Reiff also makes sense here.

  • 17.  Cincinnati (from Oakland)

    Michael Floyd

    Wide Receiver | Notre Dame

    First Mock Selection: Michael Floyd/WR/Notre Dame

    Analysis: Floyd would give the Bengals really good size at the wide receiver position.

    Needs: WR, RB, CB, DT, DE

    Other Possibilities: Kendall Wright, Michael Brockers (should he drop) or Quinton Coples. Or trade up for a CB, which is a major need.

  • 18.  San Diego

    Whitney Mercilus

    OLB/DE | Illinois

    First Mock Selection: Whitney Mercilus/OLB/DE/Illinois

    Analysis: The Chargers must add at least one quality pass rusher out of this draft. Mercilus could get into their rotation at OLB right away.

    Needs: G, OLB, ILB, CB, ORT, OLT, SS

    Other Possibilities: Riley Reiff.

  • 19.  Chicago

    Chandler Jones

    Defensive End | Syracuse

    First Mock Selection: Kendall Wright/WR/Baylor

    Analysis: The Bears badly need to add more pass rushers, so Jones, who has a ton of upside, could see a decent amount of time as a rookie with this team.

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

    Other Possibilities: The Bears, despite adding Brandon Marshall, still need help at WR, so Kendall Wright is a possibility.

  • 20.  Tennessee

    Andre Branch

    OLB/DE | Clemson

    First Mock Selection: Nick Perry/DE/Southern California

    Analysis: Branch could play quite a bit right away since the Titans lack enough quality pass rushers.

    Needs: DE, DT, CB, C, G

    Other Possibilities: Nick Perry or Dontari Poe.

  • 21.  Cincinnati

    Doug Martin

    Running Back | Boise State

    First Mock Selection: Doug Martin/RB/Boise State

    Analysis: Here would be your new Bengals starting RB from the start of training camp.

    Needs: WR, RB, CB, DT, DE

    Other Possibilities: Trade up for a cornerback. Dontari Poe.

  • 22.  Cleveland (from from Atlanta)

    Kendall Wright

    Wide Receiver | Baylor

    First Mock Selection: Riley Reiff/OT/Iowa

    Analysis: Wright would add badly needed speed to the Browns’ offense opposite second-year WR Greg Little. The Browns had Wright in for a pre-draft visit and are believed to be high on him. It wouldn’t be surprising if GM Tom Heckert saw him in a similar fashion to WR DeSean Jackson, who he was involved in drafting during his time with the Eagles.

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

    Other Possibilities: RT is a major need, so Riley Reiff makes a lot of sense for this selection, but there are decent right tackles who the Browns can look at later on.

  • 23.  Detroit

    Riley Reiff

    Offensive Tackle | Iowa

    First Mock Selection: Jonathan Martin/OT/Stanford

    Analysis: Keep in mind starting RT Gosder Cherilus is on the final year of his rookie deal. And it’s not out of the question that Reiff could be used at guard.

    Needs: CB, OLT, ORT

    Other Possibilities: Cordy Glenn or Jonathan Martin.

  • 24.  Pittsburgh

    Dont'a Hightower

    ILB/OLB | Alabama

    First Mock Selection: Dont’a Hightower/LB/Alabama

    Analysis: The Steelers must add an inside linebacker in this draft, preferably early.

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

    Other Possibilities: Cordy Glenn or Dontari Poe.

  • 25.  Denver

    Jerel Worthy

    Defensive Tackle | Michigan State

    First Mock Selection: Jerel Worthy/DT/Michigan State

    Analysis: Worthy would fill a huge need.

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

    Other Possibilities: Devon Still or Rueben Randle.

  • 26.  Houston

    Rueben Randle

    Wide Receiver | Louisiana State

    First Mock Selection: Rueben Randle/WR/Louisiana State

    Analysis: Randle has really good size and speed. I could see him starting next to veteran WR Andre Johnson this season if the Texans wind up selecting him.

    Needs: ORT, G, WR, OLB, DE

    Other Possibilities: Cordy Glenn.

  • 27.  New England (from New Orleans)

    Shea McClellin

    OLB/DE | Boise State

    First Mock Selection: Shea McClellin/OLB/DE/Boise State

    Analysis: This is a Bill Belichick pick if I ever saw one. McClellin could start from day one at a need position.

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

    Other Possibilities: Harrison Smith.

  • 28.  Green Bay

    Quinton Coples

    Defensive End | North Carolina

    First Mock Selection: Peter Konz/C/Wisconsin

    Analysis: This is a value pick. Coples, because of his size, can play end in a 3-4. And the Packers badly need depth and an influx of talent at DE.

    Needs: OLB, DE, FS, CB, C

    Other Possibilities: Peter Konz.

  • 29.  Baltimore

    Peter Konz

    Center | Wisconsin

    First Mock Selection: Andre Branch/OLB/DE/Clemson

    Analysis: He can take over at LG for now then take over for veteran C Matt Birk in a few seasons.

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

    Other Possibilities: Vinny Curry or Kendall Reyes.

  • 30.  San Francisco

    Kevin Zeitler

    Guard | Wisconsin

    First Mock Selection: Kevin Zeitler/G/Wisconsin

    Analysis: This is a need and value pick at the same time. Zeitler would start right away at RG. He might be the best guard available for this year’s draft. He would really help solidify the 49ers starting five on the offensive line.

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

    Other Possibilities: Amini Silatolu.

  • 31.  New England

    Dontari Poe

    Defensive Tackle | Memphis

    First Mock Selection: Devon Still/DT/Penn State

    Analysis: Poe has way too much athleticism for the Patriots to pass on him there. And also keep in mind they will play the hybrid 3-4/4-3 defensive scheme a lot.

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

    Other Possibilities: Devon Still or best available DE for the 3-4.

  • 32.  NY Giants

    Cordy Glenn

    Offensive Tackle | Georgia

    First Mock Selection: Mike Adams/OT/Ohio State

    Analysis: Glenn is capable of playing either tackle spot. And the Giants need competition at both spots. And it also wouldn’t be surprising if some teams looked at him at guard.

    Needs: G, CB, OT, RB, DT

    Other Possibilities: Best available OT.