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NFL Draft Monsters, v.1.0


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Mock Version 1.0 for @NFLDraftMonsters on March 8th, 2012

The NFL Draft is quickly approaching, but we are on the heels of the beginning of the NFL Free-Agency season as well. While team needs seem obvious at the moment, leading up to the April 26th start of the NFL Draft we’ll see those needs, and likely destinations for Draft prospects, become somewhat clearer. In fact, a lot of important Pro-Days are currently taking place and will take place over the next month – so these prospects will look to cement their names at the Top of the NFL Draft. Here is a 2 Round Mock Draft that’ll look at where teams needs and prospect potential currently stand. Be sure to use for all 2012 NFL Draft interest. Enjoy!

Projected Trades:
PT1 = Rams get No.6, No.39, No.103, No.110 and 2013 1st Round for Redskins for No.2
The Rams are in a prime spot to get the most out of the No.2 selected thanks to the recent showing by Robert Griffin III at the Combine in Indianapolis last month. Surely, St.Louis is going to get offers for the pick and it’ll come down to whoever is willing to give up the most to acquire it. Obviously, Cleveland seems like the logical option with picks No.4 and No.22, but the Redskins rarely take a backseat to anyone. So, whether its Washington, Cleveland, or the likes of Miami, Jacksonville, Seattle, or Kansas City the Rams are set to trade the No.2 overall pick.

PT2 = 49ers sign WR Mike Wallace (1st Round tender) from Pittsburgh for No.30
Pittsburgh has Salary Cap trouble and I don’t see how they can sign him themselves. I’d expect him to be a hot commodity this offseason, so even if it isn’t San Francisco someone should make a pricy offer to Mike Wallace that may lure him from the Steelers. Along with SF– the Patriots, Bengals, Denver, and Bears could be landing spots.

1st Round:

1. Colts – Andrew Luck, QB – Stanford *
Peyton Manning will be released by the Colts. Luck is the likely pick. Robert Griffin is in the discussion after a solid combine performance, but I wouldn’t expect them to pass on Luck. Let the No.12 in 2012 campaign officially begin, oh wait… it already has.
Needs: QB, C, DE, WR, DT, OT/OG, CB, TE, OLB, S.

2. PT1 Redskins (FROM Rams) – Robert Griffin III, QB – Baylor *
The Redskins are in desperate need for a top-level talent at the QB position. Washington does have a good bit of Salary Cap space to make a run at Peyton Manning or the emerging Matt Flynn in Free-Agency. It would mean giving up a lot to make the move, but Dan Snyder is no stranger to making a big splash so I think it makes the most sense for the Skins to move up for RG3. If they address QB before the draft then trading down for their original pick, No.6, could be an option if they don’t see value.
Needs: QB, OG, CB, WR, MLB, SS, RT, DE, RB, backup TE, K, C, DT.

3. Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT – USC *
Minnesota lockup up Adrian Peterson to a long-term contract and have a young QB so making an addition on the offensive line makes the most sense. The Vikings may have to cut loose OG Steve Hutchinson so adding Kalil to play LT almost seems like a must. They do have other needs to address so Blackmon and Claiborne could be tempting here. If Kalil isn’t there guy, or he is selected No.2 overall, and they feel offensive line is still the way to go then OT Riley Reiff could be in the mix as well.
Needs: WRx2, LT, CB, S, NT/DT, OG, MLB, 3rd down RB, DE, C

4. Browns – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB – South Carolina
Ingram solidifies himself as a Top 10 selection last month at the NFL Combine. It may seem like a bit of a stretch at No.4, but if they miss out on the RG3 sweepstakes then adding possibly the best defensive player in the draft won’t be out of the question. Cleveland has had some quality selections the past few drafts and I’d expect GM Mike Holmgren to continue that trend. Trading down could be an option if they are targeting another QB, but this selection should be between Ingram, Reiff, Richardson, or Claiborne.
Needs: QB, WR, RT, DE, OLB, CB, FS, RB, OG, K, DT, TE.

5. Tampa Bay – Trent Richardson, RB – Alabama *
I originally thought Morris Claiborne would be the ideal choice here if available, but with nearly 50 Million in Cap Space they will probably address the CB need there. Therefore, adding a dynamic RB here to open up the offensive seems like the best option for the Buccaneers and new Head Coach Greg Schiano. LaGarrette Blount is an Exclusive-Rights FA and will be back, but he may be better suited as a short-yardage back since he doesn’t play all three-downs. I think Richardson is worth a Top 5 pick.
Needs: CB, RB, OLB, LT, SS, WR, LG, MLB, DT, C, FB, backup QB, KR, TE.

6. PT1 Rams (FROM Redskins) – Morris Claiborne, CB – LSU *
Moving down, adding a plethora of picks and still landing Claiborne may be the best possible scenario for St.Louis. Its no secret that they’re moving down from No.2, but doing that and still landing a premiere-prospect is a big win. STL will probably cut CB Ronald Bartell to save money, since they only have around 5 Million in free money currently. Claiborne was overshadowed by Tyrann Mathieu, but don’t be mislead – he is the best CB of the 2012 class.
Needs: OT, CB, SS, WR, OG/C, OLB, DT, RB, P.

7. Jaguars – Michael Brockers, DT/DE – LSU **
Drafting WR’s in the Top 10 is always a risky decision, but Jacksonville has severe needs to add targets for QB Blaine Gabbert. You know, new Head Coach Mike Mularky was in Atlanta last year when they moved up to take Julio Jones so I bet he likes Blackmon’s potential. But, even as good as Blackmon is – Jacksonville has some other concerns too, so if they want to steer away from the WR spot this high then an OT makes sense. Plus, they may release Aaron Kampman so DE becomes an even bigger need, especially if they don’t retain FA Jeremy Mincey. They need help up front in my opinion so while it seems like a surprise because Brockers is so raw, he is compared to a young Richard Seymour too. In fact, I think teams are higher on him than they’re letting on.
Needs: WRx2, CB, OT, DE, C, DT, LB, P, RB, S, QB.

8. Dolphins – Riley Reiff, OT – Iowa *
I have Miami as the likely destination to land QB Peyton Manning (and WR Reggie Wayne) this offseason. Therefore, I think adding Reiff to play RT and sure up the offensive line is a smart option. However, if Miami does miss out on Manning, and even Matt Flynn, then expect Texas A&M’s Ryan Tannehill to begin to get serious consider here to reunite with ex-A&M coach Mike Sherman (who is a Dolphins offensive coach now).
Needs: QB, RT, DE, RG, FS, TE, WRx2, LB, NT/DL, Rush OLB, CB, RB.

9. Carolina – Justin Blackmon, WR – Oklahoma State *
Blackmon could go higher; In fact, I don’t see him realistically getting past Jacksonville – but that’s the beauty of the draft. Carolina would almost seem fortunate to land Blackmon as a compliment to Steve Smith and that big target for Cam Newton. Michael Floyd may also get some mention here too, but it’d make more sense to trade down if that is the way you want to go. The Panthers may be a spot for teams wanting to trade up to target, I’m sure they’d like to obtain more picks themselves. If Blackmon is gone then I could see them targeting Brockers, Quinton Coples, or trading down.
Needs: WRx2, CB, OG, DT/DL, RT, OLB, TE, K, backup QB, MLB, S.

10. Bills – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB – Illinois *
Mercilus is an interesting guy who may not go in the Top 20 at all, but he did impress at his Pro Day so he could be on the rise (and, he did lead the Nation in sacks this past season). Rookie Marcel Dareus lead the Bills in sacks last season, the problem is he plays NT. The Bills need to add pressure on the QB, so Mercilus, Coples, or Courtney Upshaw would seem like the best options under this scenario. They may have an interest in OT Jonathan Martin here too. Buffalo could also be a player in Free-Agency this offseason.
Needs: DE/OLB, WR, OT, MLB, CB, TE, backup QB, K, DB, OG.

11. Chiefs – Dontari Poe, NT/DT – Memphis *
Nobody helped there more than Poe at the Combine (Josh Robinson may be a close second though). This still seems like a bit high to me, but I think it makes a lot of sense as well. Head Coach Romeo Crennel is looking for the ‘plugger’ for the middle of the 3-4 scheme and while Jerrell Powe shows some upside I think Poe is too tempting. Jonathan Martin is the other viable option I could see Kansas City be interested in here under this scenario. KC has around 50 Million of free money to spend this offseason they could could make some helpful additions in Free-Agency.
Needs: OG/C, NT, RT, WR, QB, TE, CB, OLB, RB, MLB, S, Pass Rusher.

12. Seattle – Ryan Tannehill, QB – Texas A&M
Tavaris Jackson will be entering the final year of his contract in Seattle, so Tannehill could be a likely option. I think Seattle, with a good bit of money to spend, could make a run at FA QB Matt Flynn as well. Tannehill doesn’t have many games under his belt at QB (a former WR), but with Jackson around he wouldn’t have to be pushed in right away either. I doubt they’d plan for 2013 and hope for Martt Barkely, Landry Jones, Tyler Wilson, ect. when Tannehill is sitting here for you. If they decide to wait on a QB until a later round then a pass rusher or CB would take priority.
Needs: QB, DE/Pass Rusher, MLB, CB, OT, DT, OLB, RB, S, WR.

13. Arizona – Kendall Wright, WR – Baylor
The Cardinals have some major issues looming with their offensive line, including releasing OT Levi Brown to create more cap space. They current have around 10 Million to spend and could potentially be a sleeper destination for Peyton Manning if they can create the room. While Jonathan Martin is tempting I like the idea of adding weapons to the offense. Whether its Kolb or Manning, they need to add a No.2 WR next to Larry Fitzgerald. Wright doesn’t have blazing speed, but that shpuld matter.
Needs: OT, OG/C, WR, CB, OLB, S, MLB, DE, K/P, QB.

14. Dallas – Luke Kuechly, MLB – Boston College *
Sean Lee is a good MLB, but with Bradie James and Keith Brooking likely leaving as Free-Agents it makes sense for Dallas to take the talking-machine. If Dallas does switch back to a 4-3 scheme then this would be unlikely, but in a 3-4 scheme it’d be a perfect combo. I think Janoris Jenkins or Kirkpatrick have too many question marks for the Cowboys to pull the trigger on and it’s probably a little early for Mark Barron. Dallas did franchise tag Anthony Spencer so the need for a replace is essentially gone.
Needs: DE/OLB, S, CB, C/OG, WR, DT/NT, MLB, P, backup QB, RB, TE.

15. Eagles – Courtney Upsahw, OLB/DE – Alabama
Rumors are swirling that Dan conner could be a potential target as a MLB in Free-Agency, but they still need to add Linebackers. Upshaw is proven and not only fills the OLB need, but could secure depth at DE. DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin are a nice threat, but rumors also link Plaxico Burress to the Eagles so I think that’d rule out Michael Floyd. They may try to trade CB Asante Samuel, plus they have a lot of picks to use so Philadelphia could be very active. Philly may be in a position to take the best available player.
Needs: MLB, OLB, OG/OT, WR, S, RB, DT, TE, backup QB, CB, C.

16. Jets – Jonathan Martin, OT – Stanford *
The Jets have some looming issues, but I think that rebuilding the offensive is priority No.1 this offseason. Martin is Top 10 worthy in my opinion so I like the pick. I think we tend to want to think defense with the Jets and, so yes – Coples, Mark Barron, and Devon Still look intriguing under this scenario. I also think Michael Floyd could drop some interest here, but adding Randy Moss or Braylon Edwards could happen.
Needs: Rush OLB, FS/SS, OG, RT, WRx2, RB, DT/NT, backup QB, K, TE, CB.

17. Bengals (Oakland) – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB/FS – Alabama *
He has a lot of talent, but off-the-field issues will probably cause him to fall (Maybe even farther than this). He has been cleared of all legal chargers, and I believe he is a steal at this point. The Bengals have a lot of free money to spend in Free-Agency so some of their needs may be filled then. I could also see them packaging their picks and making a move up for RB Trent Richardson.
Needs: RB, OG, CB, SS, MLB, WR, OT, OLB, DL, K.

18. Chargers – Quinton Coples, DE/DT – North Carolina *
Coples didn’t have the best senior campaign, which is why I think he may fall some – but he is undoubtably one of the top defensive players (if just on potential alone) in the draft. The Chargers cut Luis Castillo and they’re in need of upgrading the front-seven. If Coples is gone, I wouldn’t be surprised if they addressed concerns along the offensive line. San Diego lost OG Kris Dielman to retirement and may cut OT Marcus McNeill. They’ll try to keep Vincent Jakcson, but if he signs elsewhere Michael Floyd or Kendall Wright make sense too.
Needs: OT, OLB, SS, OG, WR, DE CB, MLB, NT/DT, C, TE, FB, K, Backup QB.

19. Bears – Cordy Glenn, OG/OT – Georgia *
Chicago has more issues than what meets the eye, but they also have nearly 30 Million to spend this offseason. The offensive line is a huge concern, but it needs to be addressed. Glenn is settling in as more of a RT, but is versatile enough to play OG too – plus he is gaining steam moving up boards. The Bears could go a number of ways here, WR, OL, or DL so anyone is realistically in play.
Needs: WRx2, DT, TE, LT, OLB, OG, RB, MLB, CB, C, S, DE.

20. Titans – Josh Robinson, CB – Central Florida *
Josh Robinson made a good impression at the Combine and really helped himself. The perception of Robinson has changed drastically, and I think he may have pushed himself in the 1st Round discussion. This seems like a shock, but I think its more a real possibility as the drat approaches. They will also consider Janoris Jenkins (but he has lingering issues) as well as Peter Konz, or a pass rusher here.
Needs: CB, DE/Pass Rusher, C/OG, SS, OLB, WR, TE, MLB, OT, backup RB, DT.

21. Bengals – David DeCastro, OG – Standord *
DeCastro is a Top 10 caliber talent, but OG just don’t usually go that high. He may, but I think it’s less and less likely. The Bengals could consider Cordy Glenn at No.17 and Mark Barron here as well. Cincinnati has nearly 60 Million of available money for 2012. They could be very active in the draft, adding veterans, as well as in Free-Agency.
Needs: RB, OG, CB, SS, MLB, WR, OT, OLB, DL, K.

22. Browns (Falcons) – Michael Floyd, WR – Notre Dame
Adding Ingram at No.4 and landing another established senior in Floyd would be good for Cleveland. Floyd is a bit under-valued, but he should transition well to the NFL game. Cleveland added Greg Little last season, but they need WR help. Floyd this late would be too tempting. If Floyd is going then Mike Adams to play RT or the best available player on their board would seem like the next best option. This could be the landing spot for QB Matt Flynn, otherwise a QB soon is a big need.
Needs: QB, WR, RT, DE, OLB, CB, FS, RB, OG, K, DT, TE.

23. Lions – Peter Konz, C/OG – Wisconsin *
Interior offensive line is a pretty important need for Detroit, but they may have a few options to consider here. I think Dont’a Hightower could potentially be a sleeper for this spot, as well as Kendricks. The Lions are expect to fill their CB need through Free-Agency (possibly targeting Cortland Finnegan). The Lions have went defensive the past few years, this year I think getting the offensive line in order (and protected Matthew Stafford) is the best option – with Konz or Mike Adams.
Needs: MLB, C/OG, CB, OLB, OT, S, DE, P, WR, FB.

24. Steelers – Mychal Kendricks, MLB – California
The Steelers have already begun to make some changes and I’d expect a new look altogether. The Steelers should have plenty of holes to consider filling here, but with James Farrior likely gone, I think getting a MLB to solidify the middle of their defense is important. They won’t be able to make many moves, so having a good draft will by key. I think there is a good chance they lose WR Mike Wallace as well.
Needs: LT, NT, CB, MLB, OG, DE, TE, OLB, WR, RB, S, backup QB.

25. Denver – Devin Still, DT/DE – Penn State
Denver is going to be a possible destination for Peyton Manning, but reaching for a QB like Nick Foles, Brock Osweiler, or Kirk Cousins be a otherwise might make sense. I actually think WR Mohammed Sanu could be an option since they’ll be looking for playmakers too. However, I think their best option is going with the best defensive lineman. In this case it’s Devin Still, who like Coples may not have had the most impressive senior season – but shows a lot of talent. Still may end up being selected higher so then Fletcher Cox or Jerel Worthy makes sense.
Needs: DT, CB, RB, TE, QB, DE/OLB, WRx2, MLB, OG.

26. Texans – Jerel Worthy, DT/DE – Michigan State *
The Texans need to find a way to re-sign DE/OLB Mario Williams or that’ll be a major need. I think WR is the area that makes the most sense so WR Stephen Hill or Mohammed Sanu could be selected here. I think Worthy is gaining a little ground and pushing his way back into the late-1st round discussion. The Texans will be looking to add a force in the middle of the defense after adding some nice edge presences last season. They’ll hope Peter Konz falls or could pull the trigger on Mark Barron.
Needs: WR, CB, C, NT/DT, DE, OG, TE, S, MLB, K, RB, Pass Rusher.

27. Patriots (Saints) – Mark Barron, SS – Alabama
I think this would be the ideal selection for New England. Barron is often considered ‘stiff’ but I don’t really buy it. He is proven and experienced and I think it’d be a good fit for the Pats. New England needs to secure the defense side of the ball. The Patriots have a the luxery of attracting Free-Agents as well as drafting the best player available.
Needs: DE/OLB, S, WR, OG/C, DT/NT, CB, MLB, KR, RB, OT.

28. Packers – Vinny Curry, DE – Marhall
Curry is a sack specialist and I think he is a good fit for a DE in the 3-4 scheme, and provide an option as an OLB. Charles Woodson is getting older, so Janoris Jenkins could have some value here too. I think the fact that Perry and Branch are still sitting here in this scenario would also be tempting.
Needs: CB, DE/OLB, S, DT, RB, C, OT, backup QB, OG, MLB, WR.

29. Ravens – Nick Perry, DE/OLB – USC *
The Ravens need to add some youth to the defensive side of the ball and if they lose Jarrett Johnson then the DE/OLB spot becomes a big issue. They need MLB help too so Dont’a Hightower could be a good option, especially since Perry is likely to be gone by this point. I also could see Baltimore trading down with a team looking to move their way back into Round 1.
Needs: MLB, C, RB, OT, OLB S, OG, WR, backup QB, DL, CB.

30. PT2 Steelers (FROM 49ers) – Mike Adams, OT – Ohio State
If the Steelers lose Mike Wallace it’d be a crushing blow. I think it is very likely to happen given their financial situation, so I’m sure they rather only have 1st Rounder this season. San Fran if they keep the pick would be looking at Sanu or Stephen hill and those two could fill a need for Pittsburgh in this scenario. After adding help at MLB I think here Pittsburgh would look to strengthen the offensive line or defensive secondary.
Needs: LT, NT, CB, MLB, OG, DE, TE, OLB, WR, RB, S, backup QB.

31. Patriots – Andre Branch, DE/OLB – Clemson
New England may try to make a play for Mike Wallace and send this pick to Pittsburgh, but I think its more likely they go after WR Brandon Lloyd in Free-Agency. Branch would be a nice addition to the Pats at this point, and be just what need. One thing to keep in mind however is that New England loves to stock-up picks so they are a strong candidate to possible trade down with a team looking to move back into Round 1.
Needs: DE/OLB, S, WR, OG/C, DT/NT, CB, MLB, KR, RB, OT.

32. Giants – Dwayne Allen, TE – Clemson *
Jake Ballard has a good season and will return, but adding targets for Eli Manning – especially of they do lose Mario Manningham – will be a priority. The Giants could potentially be in the market for a CB depending on what happens in Free-Agency. They’ll also consider adding a OT or OLB here. Allen could end up going higher, maybe as high as No.19, but I think he is clearly the No.1 option at TE for this years draft.
Needs: OT, TE, CB, DT, OLB, WR, RB, OG, backup QB, MLB, DE.

Round 2:

33. Rams – Lamar Miller, RB – Miami (FL) **
34. Colts – Fletcher Cox, DT/DE – Mississippi State *
35. Vikings – Stephen Hill, WR – Georgia Tech *
36. Tampa Bay – Janoris Jenkins, CB – North Alabama
37. Browns – Nick Foles, QB – Arizona
38. Jaguars – Mohammed Sanu, WR – Rutgers *
39. PT1 Rams (FROM Redskins) – Harrison Smith, SS – Notre Dame
40. Carolina – Trumaine Johnson, CB – Montana
41. Bills – Alshon Jeffery, WR – South Carolina *
42. Dolphins – Brock Osweiler, QB – Arizona State *
43. Seattle – Coby Fleener, TE – Stanford
44. Chiefs – Zebrie Sanders, OT – Florida State
45. Dallas – Stephon Gilmore, CB/FS – South Carolina
46. Eagles (Arizona) – Dont’a Hoghtower, MLB – Alabama
47. Jets – Chandler Jones, DE/OLB – Syracuse *
48. Patriots (Oakland) – Kendall Reyes, DT/DE – U Conn
49. Chargers – Kelechi Osemele, OG – Iowa State
50. Bears – Rueben Randle, WR – LSU *
51. Eagles – Bernard Pierce, RB – Temple *
52. Tennessee – Shea McClellin, DE/OLB – Boise State
53. Bengals – David Wilson, RB – Virginia Tech *
54. Lions – Ronnell Lewis, OLB/DE – Oklahoma *
55. Falcons – Orson Charles, TE – Georgia *
56. Steelers – Brandon Thompson, DT/NT – Clemson
57. Denver – Alfonzo Dennard, CB – Nebraska
58. Texans – Nick Toon, WR – Wisconsin
59. Saints – Zack Brown, OLB – North Carolina
60. Packers – Ben Jones, C – Georgia
61. Ravens – Doug Martin, RB – Boise State
62. 49ers – Dwight Bentley, CB – Louisiana-Lafayette
63. Patriots – Amini Silatolu, OG – Midwestern State
64. Giants – Chase Minnifield, CB – Virginia


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4 thoughts on “NFL Draft Monsters, v.1.0

  1. jollyrob68 on said:

    STeelers- I like Mychal Kendricks but didn’t think he got a first round grade. Plus Dont’a Hightower is on the board. However, I love all 3 picks.
    Browns- I think the best thing would be to take Justin Blackman @ 4 and Brandon Weeden at 22. Their non verbal communication that they displayed was OUTSTANDING. Plus COlt was a second round pick and can still serve as the backup.

  2. DaveWilk on said:

    Taking Jerel Worthy would be tempting, but Texans really need to address losing Mario Williams in Round 1. Elite pass rushers go fast, and the Texans can address WR and NT later in the draft.

  3. JimBrownAttitude on said:

    If Browns do in fact decide to go defense at #4, it will be Claiborne, not Ingram. Second, Holmgren is the President, not GM. Heckert is the GM. Third, if they take a QB at 37, it would be Weeden over Foles.

    Also, FYI JollyRob68, McCoy was a third round pick, not a second.

  4. Steelblitz43 on said:

    Hightower would be the Steelers 1st pick in round 1, IF they lost Mike Wallace they will look at Steven Hill, Mark Barron, Bobbie Massie or Zebrie Sanders with the 2nd first round pick.

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