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PeteyDeez 1st Round NFL Mock Draft

NFL Draft 2012

Who Comes Away With The Best Draft?

Not everyone is looking forward to the NFL Draft…

YET.

This is the first of many mock drafts I will post up on the site. I figured now would be a good time to at least get one mock draft up.

So without any hesitation, LETS GET TO IT!

1.) Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford

What did you expect?

The Colts really don’t have any choice in the matter, they must draft Luck especially with Peyton’s health concerns. This is a no-brainer, unless the Colts know something we don’t about Mannings’ condition.

2.) St.Louis Rams – Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

Do not be surprised if the Rams trade this pick to gain more picks later in the draft. However, if the Rams hold this pick I fully expect them to take Blackmon. Blackmon is a physical specimen at the wide receiver position and the Rams desperately need a playmaker on the outside to help out Sam Bradford and Steven Jackson.

3.) Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC

Kalil is the best offensive line prospect in the draft and the Vikings could use an anchor for Ponder’s blind side. Nothing improves a quarterbacks development than knowing he won’t get crushed from behind.

4.) Cleveland Browns – Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Baylor

This is where it can get very interesting. Robert Griffin is a special talent at the quarterback position and the Browns could really use an offensive threat. Also, do not be surprised if the Browns trade up for RG3 (trade with Rams) this pick could either be Griffin or Blackmon.

5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, Cornerback, LSU

Tampa Bay was a complete disaster on defense last year. A major need for this team I believe is cornerback, even though I can also see Tampa taking Coples out of North Carolina. However, the need is more pressing at corner, with Ronde on the verge of retirement and Talib’s legal issues, the Bucs get their man at #5.

6.) Washington Redskins – Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama

DeAngelo Hall questioning his own talent in the NFL gives me enough reason to think the Redskins go corner at #6. In addition, the depth at corner for the Redskins is very thin.

Kirkpatrick is a 6’2″ 192 pound beast at cornerback. I know Redskin fans want a quarterback, but it would be a huge reach for the next quarterback in line (Ryan Tannehill).

7.) Jacksonville Jaguars – Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

This could be a bit of reach for Jacksonville at #7 but the need is too great to ignore in the first round. Jacksonville NEEDS to find a playmaker on the outside to help out Gabbert’s development and to keep defenses from keying on MJD.

Floyd is 6’3 and 228 pounds and is just what the doctor ordered for Jacksonville. Floyd has made plays throughout his college career with sub-par quarterbacks, well see how he performs with Gabbert.

8.) Miami Dolphins – Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker,  Alabama

With Jason Taylor gone, the Dolphins will need to fill the void and Upshaw is a perfect fit. I HATE the fact the Dolphins will be drafting one of the elite pass rushing prospects in this draft but it is one of their biggest needs. Fans will clamor for a quarterback, but it is too much of a reach here.

9.) Carolina Panthers – Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State

The Panthers were awful against the run this season. Ron Rivera gets his nose tackle and run stopper for his 3-4 scheme. Still measures up at 6’4 and 305 pounds, he may seem a little light for the nose tackle spot but he is an absolute terror in the middle.

10.) Buffalo Bills – Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina

Couples has excellent upside but can be a bit of risk here at #10. It is no secret Coples motor is a question mark, but it is hard to pass up a 6’6 272 pound pass rusher. Coples fits in the 3-4 scheme the Bills employ with his size and athleticism. The Bills desperately need a pass rush and Coples fills that need.

11.) Kansas City Chiefs – Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

Kansas City needs to get better up front and Reiff is the perfect fit. Iowa is a smashmouth program (they love to run the ball) and Reiff was a big part of their running success this year. Iowa’s Head Coach Kirk Ferentz also happens to be general manager Scott Pioli’s trusted friend.

12.) Seattle Seahawks – Zach Brown, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina

Despite being undersized (6’2 230 pounds) Brown will come in and immediately make an impact at the WILL (Weak side linebacker). LeRoy Hill was very suspect for the Seahawks this past season and I can see the Seahawks making this move, marking the end of Hill as a Seahawk.

13.) Arizona Cardinals – Jonathan Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford

The Cardinals need to invest in their O-line to  keep Kolb off his back. Martin can bring a much-needed attitude to this offensive line and can step in immediately and start.

14.) Dallas Cowboys – Luke Kuechly, Inside Linebacker, Boston College

The Cowboys secondary is awful, but with no elite talent available I find it hard to believe the Cowboys will reach. Instead I see them filling another need, an inside linebacker to pair with Sean Lee.

15.) Philadelphia Eagles – Mike Adams, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

The Eagles had a hard time protecting Vick this season so suring up the offensive line is a must. Adams has great size at 6’6 320 and will not only help in the pass game but in the run game also.

16.) New York Jets – Mark Barron, Strong Saftey, Alabama

The Jets get the #1 rated strong safety in this year’s draft class. Barron is 6’2 218 pounds, so he definitely has great size for a strong safety. Also coming out of Alabama where Saban has complicated defense packages definitely helps his cause. Finally, Eric Smith will be back on special teams

17.) Cincinnati Bengals  – Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama

The Bengals get GREAT value here at #17. With Benson getting up there in age the Bengals pick up the perfect heir apparent. Richardson is a beast, he has great speed,quickness, and power. Basically he has all the tools to be a great running back in this league. What a great trio Cincy has with Dalton,Green, and Richardson.

18.) San Diego Chargers – Dwayne Allen, Clemson, Tight End

Gates and McMichael are both getting old and are injuries waiting to happen. San Diego gets some insurances here with Allen at #18. Allen has great hands and is a better blocker than most think. He fits well in San Diego and having Phillip Rivers throwing you the ball does help.

19.) Chicago Bears – Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina, Wide Receiver

The Bears finally draft a wide out in the first round and give Cutler someone else to throw to besides Matt Forte. Jeffery will be hard to pass up, at 6’4 229 pounds he would be an excellent target for Cutler to throw to and help open up the run for Forte.

20.) Tennessee Titans – David DeCastro, Offensive Guard, Stanford

The Titans had a horrific time trying to run the ball with Chris Johnson. I fault Chris for holding out but the offensive line didn’t make it any easier for him.  DeCastro will be a welcomed addition to the Titans if the Cowboys do not take him.

21.) Cincinnati Bengals – Alfonzo Dennard, Cornerback, Nebraska

Bengals need to upgrade their secondary and someone on the other side of Leon Hall. Dennard has good man-to-man coverage skills and is very strong. 5’10 205 pounds of solid muscle, this would be a gift if he fell to Cincy.

22.) Cleveland Browns – Andrew Datko, Offensive Right Tackle, Florida State

Cleveland solidifies the offensive line and gets a good offensive line prospect to play opposite of Joe Thomas.

23.) Detriot Lions – Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama

Character might be an issue here with Jenkins. Jenkins was an absolute beast at Florida  but got in trouble with the law. Jenkins transferred to North Alabama and stayed out of trouble. Now he is a first round pick, good for you Jenkins.

24.) Pittsburgh Steelers – Don’ta Hightower, Inside Linebacker, Alabama

I Love this pick for Pittsburgh. With Farrior getting old, The Steelers draft the perfect player to fill in when Farrior is gone. Also the tandem of Timmons and Hightower in the middle is great, both are hard-hitting run stoppers that can also play coverage.

25.) Denver Broncos – Chase Minnifield, Cornerback, Virginia

With Dwayne Allen drafted and no other legit first round talent tight end available, I see the Broncos addressing the cornerback position. Minnifield had a solid career at Virginia however, Virginia played a lot of zone coverage which can be a problem because of how much man coverage the Broncos play.

26.) Houston Texans – Jason Hill, Wide Receiver, Georgia Tech

Hill has a monstrous 6’5 200 pound frame and will thrive in Houston. The only weakness I see with this team is their #2 receiver. With teams concerned with Foster/Tate/Andre Johnson, Hill has an inside track  for Rookie of The Year in 2012.

27.) New England Patriots – Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State

The Patriots NEED defense, look for them to address their defensive needs starting with the defensive line. Worthy is a great inside pass rusher and run stopper.

28.) Green Bay Packers – Whitney Mercilus, Defensive End, Illinois

The Packers also are in need of defensive help, especially on the defensive line. Mercilus was great in college and was always in the backfield. Mercilus gives the Packers a pass rush that is much-needed.

29.) San Francisco 49ers – Mohammed Sanu, Wide Receiver, Rutgers

The 49ers need someone besides Vernon Davis to stretch the field. Sanu may not have top-tier speed, but his production at Rutgers can not go unnoticed, this kid is a play-maker.

30.) Baltimore Ravens – Peter Konz, Center, Wisconsin

With Matt Birk retiring at the end of the season, the Ravens have a need at the center position. Konz is the #1 rated Center in the draft and fits in perfectly when Birk retires.

31.) New York Giants – Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State

Cox is 6’4 300 pounds and is a great pass rusher and run stopper at the defensive tackle position. The Giants need to get bigger on the defensive front to help with stopping the run. Cox is a beast and Giants get great value at the 31st pick.

32.) New England Patriots – Jared Crick, Defensive End, Nebraska

Crick along with Worthy add strength and pass rush ability to the defensive front for New England. If the Patriots want to get back to becoming a dominant defense they need to re-vamp their front line.

Hope you enjoyed!

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