|Top WR Blackmon could go #3 to the Vikes, but they just got Bryan Walters...so they're good.|
Peyton drama is over, he is settling in with Denver. Now Indy is trying to make their mind up on who they will draft to replace him, Luck or RGIII. I am betting on Andrew Luck but anything could happen as Griffin has been amazing in work outs and many believe he could have the higher upside. As for the teams at the bottom of the draft but the top of the league, who is going to add that piece or two in this draft to make a run at the Lombardi trophy in 2012/13? Head on over to Bang the Book.com and place a bet on some NFL Picks to win it all, or if you are a Vikings fan, take the under on any game they are in.
Now to the draft...
1. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck QB, Stanford
Now that we got that Manning guy out the door finally we can start planning the Luck dynasty. Luck wondering, "Who the hell am I going to throw to?" Garcon is gonzo but the aging Reggie Wayne is re-signed and Donnie Avery (remember him a couple years ago tearing up fantasy waiver wires?) has been brought in. It isn't the worst WR core, but it certainly isn't amazing. It is going to be a tough year for Indy again but that is what rebuilding is all about. Doesn't that sound like fun Luck?
2. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III QB, Baylor
Three 1st round picks and a 2nd rounder all to move up from 6 to 2 and ensure they will get their guy, Robert Griffin III. Now the question becomes less of where will RGIII go, and more will the Heisman Trophy winner make the Redskins look good by trading away the next two years of 1st rounders? A worry of mine is, after John Elway, Shanahan hasn't exactly been the greatest QB coach of all time. He made his name with Elway, and let's be honest, Elway could make me look like a genius, especially when you throw in Terrell Davis and Shannon Sharpe.
3. Minnesota Vikings - Matt Kalil OL, USC
This is "the" pick for the Vikings, unless they can get a good offer for a trade as well. If there is someone still within the top 10 that wants to move up to 3 and allows the Vikings to then go grab Riley Reiff from Iowa, they'd be intrigued as they have so many holes to fill (easy there dirty mind). If there was a cornerback that you could argue should be taken this high you could see them going that way to shore up an aging and lackluster secondary, but since Kalil is a step above them in talent and Charlie Johnson isn't the answer on the end (probably moving to guard with Hutch and Herrera gone), Kalil is the pick. Also, it is a safe pick that is great to pair with Christian Ponder for the next decade. Why not WR, duh we just signed this guy, that position is locked down now!
4. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson RB, Alabama
This one stays the same from my first mock draft. They go with Richardson, Hillis is now in Kansas City and hope McCoy makes a jump with a full off season with the coaching staff, something he did not have last year with the lockout after a promising rookie campaign. Justin Blackmon is the other option and so far through free agency the Browns are yet to pick up a WR. At this point for me it is a coin toss between the two and I can see either being the choice for the Browns. To me though the reasoning is the same. Get McCoy some offensive firepower and help.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Morris Claiborne CB, LSU
A new coach will be in town and Tampa will add depth behind the very old Ronde Barber by acquiring the top CB in Morris Claiborne from LSU along with the free agent signing of Eric Wright. Doesn't really matter what the Bucs do on D though if Josh Freeman doesn't find his 2010/11 game and lose his 2011/12 game that stunk along with WR Mike Williams.
6. St. Louis Rams - Justin Blackmon WR, OK State
Now loaded up on picks for the next few years and another 2nd rounder in this draft the Rams look to pair a #1 WR with Bradford. Blackmon is a beast and as long as Bradford doesn't break in half every other play, the Rams should have a great pairing with these two youngsters. Signing Cortland Finnegan allows the Rams to go offense here and not look into Dre Kirkpatrick.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Quinton Couples DE, UNC
Mario Williams has signed with Buffalo. The Jags were looking to possibly dip into the Williams sweepstakes but with him gone, they look to the draft and get the top DE in the draft in Quinton Couples. He isn't Mario, but he isn't going to cost 100 million dollars either (yet?).
8. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill QB, Texas A&M;
Peyton Manning didn't follow Lebron and the many other stars of other sports flocking to Miami, choosing instead to head to the rocky mountains. Well at least they can get Matt Fly...oh wait he went to Seattle. Well that leaves them with either FA signing David Garrard or another run with Chad Henne, OR they go with Tannehill at 8. It is a bit of a stretch, but it is a huge need and with the aforementioned veterans they will have some time to groom the new rookie.
9. Carolina Panthers - Dontari Poe DT, Memphis
Offensively the Panthers have a ton of weapons as it seems the Cam Newton risk has become a huge reward. Taking a defensive tackle in Poe will help anchor their suspect defense. Panthers need to get their defense solidified and then could be a serious playoff contender next year, Poe is a start.
10. Buffalo Bills - Riley Reiff OT, Iowa
Super Mario now feels more super and 100 million dollars richer as well after signing with the Bills today. With Williams signed and the addition of DE Mark Anderson along with Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams at DT, the d-line looks pretty nice now for the Bills. So they look to provide some protection for Ryan Fitzpatrick with the Iowa product.
The Rest of the First Round:
11. Kansas City Chiefs - David DeCastro OG, Stanford
Just got Stanford Routt from rival Oakland. Jamaal Charles will be happy to see another road grater in front of him as he returns from injury along with the newly signed Peyton Hillis.
12. Seattle Seahawks - Michael Brockers DT, LSU
They got Matt Flynn, a bit of a risky pick to lead your team at QB, but they did the same thing with Tavaris Jackson last year so they are used to risky moves at QB. They look to solidify their interior of their d-line in Brockers.
13. Arizona Cardinals - Jonathan Martin OT, Stanford
Kevin Kolb seemed to be hurt all of the time last year. This may not be the O-line's fault but the Cards will still look to add to it and hope to help Beanie Wells build off his breakout season as well as protect glass jaw Kolb by grabbing Martin.
14. Dallas Cowboys - Dre Kirkpatrick CB, Alabama
Anyone else get a strange enjoyment from watching Rob Ryan going insane every time his craptastic secondary got burned and gave up a Cowboy's lead last year? I did. Jerry Jones didn't, so Dre Kirkpatrick will be the pick if he is still there to go with free agent signing Brandon Carr and try to help Ryan's head not explode.
15. Philadelphia Eagles - Luke Kuechly ILB, Boston College
Studs all over the field for the Eagles if you look at their depth chart, then you look at the inside linebackers...and you don't recognize much unless you are a real NFL rube. Eagles go after one in the first round.
16. New York Jets - Mark Barron SS, Alabama
Cournty Upshaw could be the other option, but Barron is too much value to pass up.
17. Cincinnati Bengals - Melvin Ingram OLB/DE, South Carolina
Cincinnati sees Ingram as a good value pick here. Probably will move him to DE to bolster the pass rush. Another possibility is a CB here in Janoris Jenkins. But they may hope that Jenkins falls to them at 21 with his off the field issues, or at least another good CB will be there, with less of a chance of getting a guy like Ingram.
18. San Diego Chargers - Courtney Upshaw OLB, Alabama
Looking to help their pass rush, the Chargers go for Upshaw. Upshaw could as mentioned before go higher than this, but if he does go earlier than the Chargers could look at Melvin Ingram.
19. Chicago Bears - Cordy Glenn OG, Georgia
I had previously the Bears taking Michael Floyd from Notre Dame, but with the trade for Brandon Marshall with Miami, they now have their big physical receiver. Now they look to help that offensive line out with Glenn out of Georgia.
20. Tennessee Titans - Nick Perry DE, USC
Titans need some pressure from the edge and Nick Perry (9.5 sacks in 2011) could be their choice.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Janoris Jenkins CB, N. Alabama
Bengals love guys with issues, so why not take a guy that is uber talented but was kicked off of the Florida Gators for a fight (2009) and marijuana charges (2011)? Jenkins at the Senior Bowl proclaimed himself to be the best CB in the draft. Certainly possible, but you have to stay on the field to show that Janoris, keep that in mind and if you have any questions just ask your new teammate Adam "Don't Call Me PacMan" Jones.
22. Cleveland Browns - Michael Floyd WR, Notre Dame
Browns leave the draft with a #1 WR and #1 RB. Browns fans rejoice along with Colt McCoy. Floyd falls to the Browns with the Bears getting Brandon Marshall. The Jets are a possible team to steal Floyd from the Browns, then look for the Browns to go for Kendall Wright.
23. Detroit Lions - Stephon Gilmore CB, South Carolina
Detroit still needs some help on the outsides of their defense. Gilmore is a bit of a reach here, but fits their needs.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Jerel Worthy DT, Michigan State
Steelers defensive line took a step back from what we've all expected from them in the past last year, so they take action by bringing in Jerel Worthy. There are a ton of defensive tackles available.
25. Denver Broncos - Coby Fleener TE, Stanford
Tim Tebow is gone. So now in Mock Draft 3.0 I can no longer just say, "Tim Tebow" for explanation of the Broncos pick. Some Manning guy is now on the squad, I guess he has a history of being ah-ight. He also has a history of liking tight ends (and we're not just talking his wife...ehhh yooo!). There is a possibility that Manning suggests Dallas Clark comes to Denver, but if not they need to address this weakness on their offensive side.
26. Houston Texans - Kendall Wright WR, Baylor
Speedster comes to Houston.
27. New England Patriots - Alfonzo Dennard CB, Nebraska
New England had a horrible secondary and had to use a WR again at corner...so yeah they go CB.
28. Green Bay Packers - Devon Still DT, Penn State
Yes, another defensive tackle in this draft.
29. Baltimore Ravens - Peter Konz C, Wisconsin
Matt Birk is old, rumored to be possibly retiring and his contract is up even if he gives it another go.
30. San Francisco 49ers - Brandon Boykin CB, Georgia
Can Boykin catch a punt, or better yet just get out of the way of a bouncing ball? Yup.
31. New England Patriots - Rueben Randle WR, LSU
Because Tom Brady doesn't have enough weapons.
32. New York Giants - Mike Adams OT, Ohio State
Cause Eli Manning said so.
So there you have it STOB'ers, that is the entire 1st round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Let me know what you agree or disagree with in the comments section below. Also this is only version 3.0, so there is possibly more to come as we approach the NFL Draft.