First round 2012 NFL mock draft

1. Indianapolis Colts – Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin are both projected to be the first two overall draft picks.

-This pick has been a no-brainer for a while. Andrew Luck is an incredible Quarterback prospect and head and shoulders above everybody else in this draft class. It could rough early, like it was with Peyton Manning, but Luck is the ideal piece to build around for the years upcoming.

2. Washington Redskins – Baylor Quarterback Robert Griffin III

-The Redskins traded a boatload, or maybe more appropriately, a yacht-load for the man better known simply as RG3. The Redskins are hoping Griffin; the well-spoken, supremely athletic, strong armed kid out of Baylor is as good as advertised.

*TRADE*

The Miami Dolphins trade the 8th overall pick and a 2013 1st Rounder to the Minnesota Vikings for the 3rd overall pick.

3. Miami Dolphins – Texas A&M Quarterback Ryan Tannehill

-I’ve been hearing for quite some time that the Dolphins are in love with Ryan Tannehill. The wide receiver turned quarterback isn’t your typical top ten quarterback prospect, but Tannehill does possess some great raw tools. The Dolphins are desperate for a quarterback and even have plenty of people in house (Mike Sherman) who support the kid.

4. Cleveland Browns – Alabama Running Back Trent Richardson

-If the Browns stay put and Trent Richardson falls to them, it’s a no-brainer. The Browns brass loves Richardson and would love to add a player of his caliber. The Buccaneers and Rams would be very disappointed by this turn of events.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – LSU Cornerback Morris Claiborne

-The Bucs miss out on their top prize that is Trent Richardson, but I’m sure they wouldn’t mind picking up such a talented cornerback like Morris Claiborne. This is more than likely Ronde’ Barber’s last year, and Aqib Talib isn’t reliable due to off the field issues, while Eric Wright isn’t reliable on the field. Mo Claiborne could be a huge addition to the secondary.

6. St. Louis Rams – USC Offensive Tackle Matt Kalil

- After luring in a plethora of picks from the Redskins, the Rams are sitting pretty as it seems more than likely that a player that they like falls to them. The Rams short list seems to consist of Trent Richardson, Justin Blackmon, Michael Brockers, and Matt Kalil. While I haven’t found anything that connects the Rams and Kalil, it’s a huge need for the Rams. Kalil is a very good offensive tackle prospect and while not elite like Jake Long or Joe Thomas, he is a much better option than anybody on the current St. Louis roster.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – South Carolina Cornerback Stephon Gilmore

-Certainly will be shocking to some, but I expect Stephon Gilmore to come off the board sometime between the seventh pick and the seventieth pick. Gilmore has great natural talent. He is also an all-around player and is rarely caught out of position. The Jaguars value character and great athletes, and Gilmore fits both.

8. Minnesota Vikings – Oklahoma State Wide Receiver Justin Blackmon

Blackmon has had over 200 receptions in his last two seasons in college.

-The Vikings seem to have their eyes set on Morris Claiborne and Justin Blackmon, and are in a prime position to move down with all the interest in Ryan Tannehill. Blackmon is a very good wide receiver prospect and while not elite, he would fit in as an ideal compliment to Percy Harvin. Christian Ponder needs help on offense, and expect them to target it heavily in the Draft.

9. Carolina Panthers – LSU Defensive Tackle Michael Brockers

-The Panthers desperately need to add somebody to the interior of their defensive line. Michael Brockers has a ton of ability and is just scratching the surface of his potential. Brockers has the talent to be a three-down lineman in the NFL, which would be ideal for the Panthers.

10. Buffalo Bills – Ohio State Offensive Tackle Mike Adams

-The Bills are targeting a left tackle to replace Demetress Bell and don’t seem to have one in-house. This might be a surprising pick to some, but let’s not forget that Adams has near ideal measurable for the position and had a great Senior Bowl week. Buddy Nix was also present at the Ohio State Pro Day and Adams seems like an ideal target for the Bills.

11. Kansas City Chiefs – Mississippi State Defensive Tackle Fletcher Cox

12. Seattle Seahawks – Baylor Wide Receiver Kendall Wright

13. Arizona Cardinals – Stanford Offensive Guard David DeCastro

14. Dallas Cowboys – Alabama Strong Safety Mark Barron

15. Philadelphia Eagles – Memphis Defensive Tackle Dontari Poe

16. New York Jets – South Carolina Outside Linebacker Melvin Ingram

Michael Floyd has impressed a lot of scouts lately.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from the Oakland Raiders) – Alabama Cornerback Dre’ Kirkpatrick

18. San Diego Chargers – Notre Dame Wide Receiver Michael Floyd

19. Chicago Bears – North Carolina Defensive End Quinton Coples

20. Tennessee Titans – Boston College Linebacker Luke Kuechly

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Georgia Offensive Guard Cordy Glenn

22. Cleveland Browns (from the Atlanta Falcons) – Illinois Defensive End Whitney Mercilus

23. Detroit Lions – Marshall Defensive End Vinny Curry

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Stanford Offensive Tackle Jonathan Martin

25. Denver Broncos – Oklahoma State Quarterback Brandon Weeden

26. Houston Texans – Stanford Tight End Coby Fleener

27. New England Patriots (from the New Orleans Saints) – Alabama Linebacker Courtney Upshaw

28. Green Bay Packers – Central Florida Cornerback Josh Robinson

29. Baltimore Ravens – Wisconsin Center Peter Konz

30. San Francisco 49ers – Penn State Defensive Tackle Devon Still

31. New England Patriots – Iowa Offensive Tackle Riley Reiff

32. New York Giants – Wisconsin Offensive Guard Kevin Zeitler