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NFL Draft Monsters, v.4.0

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Mock Version 4.0 for @NFLDraftMonster on April 13, 2012.

This Mock, Version 4.0, will include a 5 Round Projection. There will be two more mocks to follow this one leading up to the April 26th start of the 2012 NFL Draft.

1st Round:
1. Colts – Andrew Luck, QB – Stanford *
I’m still not buying the RG3 talk, so I expect this to be Andrew Luck.
Needs: QB, WR, TE, NT, OT/OG, S, DE/OLB, CB, RB, C.

2. Redskins (Rams) – Robert Griffin III, QB – Baylor *
It almost seems like Griffin prefers to be a Washington Redskin. The Redskins made the move to come up and get him, and well – they will.
Needs: QB, CB, MLB, SS, RT, DT, OG/C, backup TE, RB, DE, K.

3. Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT – USC *
Kalil isn’t a lock for this spot, but he seems to be the closest thing to it with their need for a LT. It’s likely that Miami could make them an offer to target Tannehill,
Needs: LT, WRx2, CB, MLB, S, DT, OG, 3rd down RB, DE, C.

4. Browns – Ryan Tannehill, QB – Texas A&M
Tannehill is pretty much a lock to go to Cleveland or Miami somewhere in the Top 10. There are better prospects (Blackmon, Richardson, Claiborne), but if they want him this is the time to get him. They could go with Richardson or Blackmon here and target QB’s Brandon Weeden and Brock Osweiler with either pick No.22 or No.37.
Needs: WR, QB, RT, RB, CB, OLB, OG, DE, FS, DT, TE.

5. Tampa Bay – Trent Richardson, RB – Alabama *
Richardson being available here would be the perfect scenario for them. They need a premiere RB and since they haven’t addressed the position in Free-Agency it’s likely they go running back early in this draft. Morris Claiborne will be in the discussion too.
Needs: RB, SS, OLB, LT, CB, OG, MLB, DT, FB, C, KR, TE.

6. Rams (Redskins) – Justin Blackmon, WR – Oklahoma State *
I think St.Louis would be better off trading down (again), but it’s hard to pass on the idea of adding a playmaker with Blackmon’s potential. If Blackmon is indeed gone, then Claiborne would be the next likely pick with Riley Reiff or Michael Floyd next in line.
Needs: OT, WR, SS, CB, RB, DT, OG/C, OLB/MLB, DE, P.

7. Jaguars – Morris Claiborne, CB – LSU *
It’ll be interesting to see if Claiborne’s stock falls some (due to a score of 4 on the Wonderlic Test), but I wouldn’t count on it. Claiborne won’t make it out of the Top 10. Jacksonville signed Aaron Ross, but I think they could still stand to upgrade the CB spot – so it’d be hard to pass on him for Floyd, Coples, Ingram, or Reiff.
Needs: WR, OT, CB, DE, C, RB, DT, LB, P, OG, S, TE.

8. Dolphins – Michael Floyd, WR – Notre Dame
Floyd solidified his stock with a good Pro Day showing. Miami will be in the mix for Tannehill, but if they miss on him then replacing Brandon Marshall is likely option. The Dolphins have some options here, but Floyd’s appeal may be too high to pass on.
Needs: QB, WRx2, RT, DE, TE, RG, S/CB, NT/DL, Rush OLB.

9. Carolina – Fletcher Cox, DT/DE – Mississippi State *
Carolina would be interested in Michael Floyd or Claiborne should he fall, but adding a DT presence like Cox may be the way to go. Brockers, Coples, and Poe will also be considered, but Cox is making a strong case to be the first of the bunch off the board.
Needs: WR, CB, DT/DL, OLB, OG, MLB, RT, DE/OLB, TE, K, S.

10. Bills – Stephon Gilmore, CB/FS – South Carolina
Losing Demetrius Bell leaves a void that makes an OT the likely choice here. Riley Reiff and Jonathan Martin would makes sense, and Mike Adams is a guy to keep an eye on too. With that said, I have a feeling that Gilmore (who is one of the hottest prospect right now) could be a potential fit in Buffalo. It’d be a shock considering some of the other talent still available, but I’ve seen crazier things happen.
Needs: WR, OT, CB, TE, OLB, Backup QB, OG, DE, MLB, DB.

11. Chiefs – Luke Kuechly, MLB – Boston College
They need a big presence in the middle, so Dontari Poe could be in the mix (his stock is falling some thought) – but that presence may come in the way of BC tackling machine Luke Kuechly. It’ll be interesting to see where Kuechly fits in this draft (does he go No.8 or No.23?), but he is a talent defender who will be hard for teams to pass on.
Needs: NT, C/OG, MLB, S, DE, WR, OLB, CB, QB, RB.

12. Seattle – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB – South Carolina
Seattle retained DT Red Bryant and added DT Jason Jones, so they’ll probably be looking for an edge rusher in this spot. Kuechly would be considered, along with Coples and Courtney Upshaw – but Ingram’s athleticism could set him apart.
Needs: DE/Pass Rusher, MLB, CB, LG/OT, WR, OLB, QB, RB, TE.

13. Arizona – Riley Reiff, OT – Iowa *
I usually slot Reiff much higher (usually No.6 to STL and now it’s unlikely he gets past Buffalo at No.10), but the emergence of defensive prospects may cause him to slide a bit. They were able to keep Levi Brown and add Adam Snyder, but rebuilding the line is still a need. Michael Floyd, if available, would make sense or they could target a DE prospect.
Needs: RT, WR, DE, OG/C, OLB, S, MLB, P, CB, QB, DT.

14. Dallas – Michael Brockers, DT/DE – LSU **
I think Dallas will be able to land either Cox or Brockers at this spot. It’d believed that they’re high on Dontari Poe, but I just think Brockers is too good to pass on. Dallas may also consider Mark Barron or Dre Kirkpatrick – and Coples is a guy to keep an eye on.
Needs: DT/NT, WR, TE, DE/OLB, OG, CB/S, P, RB, C.

15. Eagles – Courtney Upshaw, OLB/DE – Alabama
OT would have been a likely candidate until the recent signing of Demetrius Bell. I think they would perfer a guy like Fletcher Cox or Brockers – and I even think they could reach for Jerel Worthy (maybe even Lavonte David) here, but Upshaw is a nice addition himself. They need to upgrade the OLB spots and Upshaw would be a solid start.
Needs: DT, OLB, WR, OG/C, SS, RB, backup QB, OT, DE, TE, CB.

16. Jets – Cordy Glenn, OG/OT – Georgia
They’d probably love to see Michael Floyd fall to them, but their offensive line in a major issue. I think Glenn may be the best option with his versatility as a OG or a RT, but Jonathan Martin and Mike Adams would be shocking either. New York may also choose to pass on line help and take the best defender available like Coples, Barron, Perry, Mercilus, or Poe (and keep an eye on Don’t’a Hightower here too).
Needs: WRx2, SS, OG, RT, OLB, DE, MLB, RB, FS, CB.

17. Bengals (Oakland) – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB/FS – Alabama
I could see them going a different direction here, but CB is a need – and Kirkpatrick is extremely talent. DeCastro and Kendall Wright are two other likely options here, but could be in a position to take the best available.
Needs: OG, WR, CB, RB, SS, MLB, OLB, DT, OT, DE.

18. Chargers – Jonathan Martin, OT – Stanford *
It’s becoming more likely that Martin slides down the board further than expected (I think he is a steal outside of the Top 15). San Diego will be looking to replace Marcus McNeill so Martin, Cordy Glenn, or Mike Adams make sense. I think Mark Barron, Coby Fleener, and an edge defensive player (Coples, Perry, Mercilus, Branch) are in play too.
Needs: RT, SS, OG, DE/OLB rusher, TE, CB, MLB, RB, WR, NT.

19. Bears – Coby Fleener, TE – Stanford
Tight ends are such a part of the game now, so I’d expect Fleener (and/or Dwayne Allen) to get consideration from No.18 to No.30. Chicago is looking to upgrade multiple positions so there are plently of likely options, but aside from Fleener (who is a bit of a surprise pick), keep an eye on Martin, Mike Adams, Coples, Poe, and Jerel Worthy.
Needs: DT, LT, TE, CB, OLB, WR, OG DE, MLB, C, S.

20. Titans – Quinton Coples, DE/DT – North Carolina
Coples could end up sliding, but he is unarguably a Top 10 talent. The Titans added Kamerion Wimbley (and lost DT Jason Jones), but Coples may be too good pass on at this point. There in the market for a CB to replace Cortland Finnegan as well – plus names like Coby Fleener, Peter Konz, and Stephen Hill could be sleepers for this spot.
Needs: CB, C, WR, DT, DE/Pass Rusher, OLB, OG, TE, MLB, OT.

21. Bengals – David DeCastro, OG – Stanford *
I could see DeCastro going a little higher than this because he’s a potential All-Pro caliber player (but he is also an interior lineman). The Bengals could target him at No.17 and consider the likes of offensive weapons Kendall Wright, Stephen Hill, Lamar Miller here. Cincinnati is in a great position to improve their club at No.17 and No.21.
Needs: OG, WR, CB, RB, SS, MLB, OLB, DT, OT, DE.

22. Browns (Falcons) – Kendall Wright, WR – Baylor
If they pass on Tannehill early then this could be a spot to target a QB, but regardless they need to add playmakers around a quarterback. Wright would be a nice fit for Cleveland, but they’ll also consider Mike Adams to play RT if he is available. They also need to draft a long-term solution at RB, so maybe it’s Lamar Miller or Doug Martin here.
Needs: WR, QB, RT, RB, CB, OLB, OG, DE, FS, DT, TE.

23. Lions – Mike Adams, OT – Ohio State
Adams could potentially go as high as No.10 or No.13, or as low as No.32. The Lions may have other needs that seem more glaring, but Jeff Backus can’t play forever. Peter Konz would be tempting (but, it’s probably too early) as well as the highly questioned Janoris Jenkins. I think that CB is the likely pick, but I doubt they pass on Adams.
Needs: C/OG, CB, OLB, OT, MLB, S, DE, RB, WR, FB.

24. Steelers – Dontari Poe, NT/DT – Memphis *
‘Poesanity’ is cooling off, but the Steelers wouldn’t have a problem adding the massive Poe as a replacement for Casey Hampton in the middle. Poe could go as high as No.9 or No.11 after his combine workout, but questions regarding game-tape could cause him to slide. Pittsburgh has options (Hightower, Jenkins, Adams), but Poe shouldn’t get pass them.
Needs: MLB, RB, CB, OT, NT, TE, OG, WR, DE/OLB, S, backup QB.

25. Denver – Jerel Worthy, DT/DE – Michigan State *
I could see Worthy sneaking up boards (maybe the Eagles at No.15) or even falling into Round 2 – but Denver needs to replace Brodrick Bunkley and upgrade their front 7. Kendall Reyes and Devon Still are other possible options, or they could take the best edge rusher available. They may look to find a future replacement for Champ Bailey too.
Needs: DT, CB, DE/OLB, RB, WRx2, OG/C, QB, S, MLB.

26. Texans – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB – Illinois *
Losing Mario Williams was a big blow, and created a need for an edge pass rusher. Mercilus lead the nation in Sacks and FF for he would seemingly be a natural fit for DC Wade Phillips 3-4 scheme. Nick Perry, Andre Branch, Chandler Jones may also get a look if that’s the direction they go. Stephen Hill would be awful tempting too.
Needs: DE/OLB, WR, OT, MLB, CB, OG, NT/DT, TE, S, C, K.

27. Patriots (Saints) – Mark Barron, SS – Alabama
I think Barron could go as high as No.14 to Dallas or end up closer to the middle of the round – but New England would be happy to add a player of his talent here. It’ll be hard to say what the Patriots will do, but I think they’ll look to upgrade the defensive unit.
Needs: DT/NT, CB, C, OLB, S, DE, WR, OG, RB, MLB, KR, OT.

28. Packers – Nick Perry, DE/OLB – USC *
The Packers need to upgrade the defensive side of the ball. I’d look for them to take the best defender on their board, and well Perry is a pretty good option this late. I like Perry a lot and wouldn’t be surprised if he went earlier; however prospects like Janoris Jenkins, Devin Still, Kendall Reyes, and Andre Branch could be in the mix too.
Needs: CB, DE/OLB, S, DT, OT, backup QB, RB, OG/C, MLB, WR.

29. Ravens – Dont’a Hightower, MLB – Alabama
Ray Lewis continues to play at a high level, but he isn’t going to play forever. Hightower is a prospect who could land at No.24 or be drafted even higher (maybe No.16) so I think it’s good value at this spot. Baltimore has a few other options here, including Peter Konz, but it’d be hard to let Hightower slip by.
Needs: MLB, C/OG, RB, OLB/DE, OT, S, WR, QB, DT.

30. 49ers – Stephen Hill, WR – Georgia Tech *
They added Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, but neither are a long-term solution at the position. I think Coby Fleener would fit nicely for two tight-end sets, but Hill has show impressive measurable that should land him in Round 1. SanFran may also look to upgrade the defensive line if the right guy for their system is available.
Needs: DE/DT, OG/C, NT, backup TE, WR, CB, OT, OLB, S, QB.

31. Patriots – Kendall Reyes, DT/DE – U Conn
They’ve added some DE’s via Free-Agency, but they still need an inside presence with either pick No.27 or No.31. Reyes is moving up boards and may end up landing in the latter part of Round 1, but other options would include Devon Still and Jerel Worthy. New England has two more picks in Round 2, but they could target Peter Konz, Zach Brown, Ronnell Lewis, or Kevin Zeitler here.
Needs: DT/NT, CB, C, OLB, S, DE, WR, OG, RB, MLB, KR, OT.

32. Giants – Lavonte David, OLB/MLB – Nebraska
The Giants may opt to add a RB like Doug Martin here to help add depth to their backfield, but they’ll probably target David, Zach Brown, or Ronnell Lewis to upgrade the linebacker core. They are the Super Bowl Champs, so they shouldn’t have too many holes to fill, but other possible options are Janoris Jenkins, Bobby Massie, or Rueben Randle.
Needs: OT, OLB, RB, TE, CB, WR, DT, OG, MLB, DE, S.

No 1st Round Pick –
Oakland – Needs: RT, NT/DT, OG/C, TE, RB, OLB, backup QB, DE, DB, WR.
Falcons – Needs: DE, CB, TE, OG/C, OLB, FS, OT, WR, DT, backup QB, RB.
Saints – Needs: CB, S, OT, WR, DT, OLB, backup QB, MLB, OG, DE, FB.

2nd Round:

33. Rams – Harrison Smith, SS – Notre Dame
34. Colts – Dwayne Allen, TE – Clemson *
35. Vikings – Alshon Jeffery, WR – South Carolina *
36. Tampa Bay – Zack Brown, OLB – North Carolina
37. Browns – Doug Martin, RB – Boise State
38. Jaguars – Andre Branch, DE/OLB – Clemson
39. Rams (Redskins) – Lamar Miller, RB – Miami (FL) **
40. Carolina – Janoris Jenkins, CB – North Alabama
41. Bills – Bobby Massie, OT – Mississippi State *
42. Dolphins – Brock Osweiler, QB – Arizona State *
43. Seattle – Mychal Kendricks, MLB – California
44. Chiefs – Brandon Thompson, DT/NT – Clemson
45. Dallas – Orson Charles, TE – Georgia *
46. Eagles – Devon Still, DT/DE – Penn State
47. Jets – Chandler Jones, DE/OLB – Syracuse *
48. Patriots (Oakland) – Peter Konz, C/OG – Wisconsin *
49. Chargers – Ronnell Lewis, OLB/DE – Oklahoma *
50. Bears – Zebrie Sanders, OT – Florida State
51. Eagles (Arizona) – Kevin Zeitler, OG – Wisconsin
52. Titans – Alfonzo Dennard, CB – Nebraska
53. Bengals – Rueben Randle, WR – LSU *
54. Lions – Josh Robinson, CB – Central Florida *
55. Falcons – Shea McClellin, DE/OLB – Boise State
56. Steelers – David Wilson, RB – Virginia Tech *
57. Denver – Brandon Weeden, QB – Oklahoma State
58. Texans – Mohammad Sanu, WR – Rutgers *
***** Saints (No Pick – Violation of NFL Rules)
59. Packers – Dwight Bentley, CB – Louisiana-Lafayette
60. Ravens – Kelechi Osemele, OG/OT – Iowa State
61. 49ers – Vinny Curry, DE – Marshall
62. Patriots – Trumaine Johnson, CB/FS – Montana
63. Giants – Jeff Allen, OT/OG – Illinois

3rd Round:

64. Colts – Alameda Ta’amu, NT/NT – Washington
65. Rams – Mitchell Schwartz, OT – California
66. Vikings – Jayron Hosley, CB – Virginia Tech *
67. Browns – Chase Minnifield, CB – Virginia
68. Tampa Bay – Amini Silatolu, OG – Midwestern State
69. Redskins – George IIoka, FS/SS – Boise State
70. Jaguars – Brian Quick, WR – Appalachian State
71. Bills – Kirk Cousins, QB – Michigan State
72. Dolphins – Jared Crick, DE/DT – Nebraska
73. Dolphins (Bears via Carolina) – James Brown, OG/OT – Troy
74. Chiefs – Ben Jones, C – Georgia
75. Seattle – Nick Foles, QB – Arizona
76. Texans (Eagles) – Brandon Washington, OG – Miami (FL) *
77. Jets – Vontaze Burfict, MLB – Arizona State *
***** Oakland (Forfeit Pick – 2011 Supplemental Draft)
78. Chargers – Markelle Martin, FS – Oklahoma State
79. Bears – Mike Martin, NT/DT – Michigan
80. Arizona – Cam Johnson, DE/OLB – Virginia
81. Dallas – Chris Givens, WR – Wake Forest *
82. Titans – Brandon Mosley, OT – Auburn
83. Bengals – Bernard Pierce, RB – Temple *
84. Falcons – Bobby Wagner, MLB/OLB – Utah State
85. Lions – Sean Spence, OLB/SS – Miami (FL)
86. Steelers – Andrew Datko, OT – Florida State
87. Denver – Nick Toon, WR – Wisconsin
88. Eagles (Texans) – LeMichael James, RB – Oregon *
89. Saints – Brandon Boykin, CB – Georgia
90. Packers – Josh Chapman, NT/DT – Alabama
91. Ravens – Isaiah Pead, RB – Cincinnati
92. 49ers – Brandon Brooks, OG – Miami (OH)
93. Patriots – Marvin Jones, WR – California
94. Giants – Chris Polk, RB – Washington *
95c. Oakland – Ladarius Green, TE/WR – Louisiana-Lafayette

4th Round:

96. Rams – Leonard Johnson, CB – Iowa State
97. Colts – Tommy Streeter, WR – Maimi (FL) *
98. Vikings – James Michael-Johnson, MLB – Nevada
99. Texans (Eagles via Tampa Bay) – Keenan Robinson, OLB – Texas
100. Browns – Tony Bergstrom, OT/OG – Utah
101. Jaguars – Phillip Blake, C – Baylor
102. Redskins – Casey Howard, CB – Vanderbilt
103. Dolphins – Michael Egnew, TE – Missouri
104. Carolina – Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB – West Virginia
105. Bills – A.J. Jenkins, WR – Illinois
106. Seattle – Josh Norman, CB – Costal Carolina
107. Chiefs – Brandon Taylor, SS – LSU
108. Denver (Jets) – Robert Turbin, RB – Utah State *
109. Redskins (Oakland) – Audie Cole, MLB/OLB – NC State
110. Chargers – Senio Kelemete, OG – Washington
111. Bears – Juron Criner, WR – Arizona
112. Arizona – Jarius Wright, WR – Arkansas
113. Dallas – Coryell Judie, CB – Texas A&M
114. Eagles – Dwight Jones, WR – UNC
115. Titans – Kheeston Randall, DT – Texas
116. Bengals – Billy Winn, DE/DT – Boise State
117. Lions – Michael Brewster, C – Ohio State
118. Browns (Falcons) – Travis Lewis, OLB – Oklahoma
119. Steelers – Terrell Manning, MLB/OLB – NC State *
120. Denver – Jamell Fleming, CB – Oklahoma
121. Texans – Matt McCants, OT – Alabama-Birmingham
122. Saints – Antonio Allen, SS – South Carolina
123. Packers – B.J. Coleman, QB – Tennessee-Chattanooga
124. Bills (Ravens) – Emmanuel Acho, MLB – Texas
125. 49ers – Marcus Forston, DT – Miami (FL) *
126. Patriots – Jonathan Massaquoi, OLB/DE – Troy *
127. Giants – Joe Adams, WR/KR – Arkansas
128c. Vikings – Jake Bequette, DE – Arkansas
129c. Oakland – Hebron Fangupo, DT/NT – BYU
130c. Ravens – Ryan Broyles, WR/KR – Oklahoma
131c. Giants – DeAngelo Peterson, TE – LSU
132c. Packers – Demario Davis, OLB – Arkansas State
133c. Packers – Trenton Robinson, FS – Michigan State
134c. Vikings – Cyrus Gray, RB – Texas A&M
135c. Dallas – Phillip Thomas, FS – Syracuse *

5th Round:

136. Colts – Malik Johnson, DE/OLB – Tennessee
137. Denver (Rams) – Josh Kaddu, OLB/DE – Oregon
138. Vikings – Aaron Henry, FS – Wisconsin
139. Browns – Derek Wolfe, DT – Cincinnati
140. Tampa Bay – Duke Ihenacho, SS –San Jose State
141. Redskins – Nate Potter, OT/OG – Boise State
142. Jaguars – Russell Wilson, QB/RB – Wisconsin
143. Carolina – Joe Looney, OG – Wake Forest
144. Bills – Y.T. Hilton, WR/KR – Florida International
145. Dolphins – Levy Adcock, OT – Oklahoma State
146. Chiefs – Ryan Steed, CB – Furman
147. Bills (Seattle) – Evan Rodriquez, FB/TE – Temple
148. Oakland – Olivier Vernon, DE – Miami (FL) *
149. Chargers – Ronnie Hillman, RB – San Diego State **
150. Bears – Nigel Bradham, OLB – Florida State
151. Arizona – David Molk, C – Michigan
152. Dallas – Donte Paige-Moss, DE/OLB – UNC *
153. Eagles – Ryan Lindley, QB – San Diego State
154. Jets – Marvin McNutt, WR – Iowa
155. Titans – Devon Wylie, WR – Fresno State
156. Bengals – Jerry Franklin, MLB – Arkansas
157. Falcons – Brian Linthicum, TE – Michigan State
158. Lions – Chris Rainey, RB/WR – Florida
159. Steelers – Shaun Prater, CB – Iowa
160. Browns (Denver) – Lucas Nix, OG – Pittsburgh
161. Texans – DeVier Posey, WR – Ohio State
162. Saints – T.J. Graham, WR – NC State
163. Packers – Michael Smith, RB – Utah State
164. Ravens – Brandon Lindsey, OLB/DE – Pittsburgh
165. 49ers – Justin Bethel, CB – Presbyterian
166. Bengals (Patriots) – Tom Compton, OT – South Dakota
167. Giants – Jaye Howard, DT/DE – Florida
168c. Oakland – Tauren Poole, RB – Tennessee
169c. Ravens – Quintin Saulsberry, C – Mississippi State
170c. Colts – Janzen Jackson, FS/CB – McNeese State *


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