2. Robert Griffin III - QB - Baylor - 6'2'' 223lbs The Redskins essentially gave up the farm to move up and select Robert Griffin. Robert Griffin is an athletic, high character, rocket-armed QB with outstanding intangibles. He demonstrates solid deep-accuracy but still needs to work on his intermediate throws. However, because of his athleticism and intangibles, he has the more upside than any QB in the draft.
1. Andrew Luck - QB - Stanford - 6'4'' 234lbs The Colts snag their Franchise QB and heir apparent to Peyton Manning. Andrew Luck is the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning and will give the Colts another decade of elite QB play. He has a strong arm, great pocket presence, and excellent intangibles. Look for the Colts to rebuild their team here after parting ways with Peyton Manning.
3. Matt Kalil - OT - USC - 6'7'' 306lbs The Vikings go with a no-brainer pick here and get their own franchise LT to protect the blindside of Christian Ponder. This pick should also help out the running game with Kalil helping pave the way for Adrian Peterson. Matt Kalil is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers center Ryan Kalil and he is also the guy that beat out Tyron Smith for the starting LT job at USC. Kalil is more athletic than he is given credit for and he does an outstanding in both the run and pass game. He does tend to get too upright at times and will need to improve his anchor strength, but the talent is there to be franchise LT.
4. Trent Richardson - RB - Alabama - 5'9'' 228lbs With the Peyton Hillis experiment over, the Browns need someone else to lead their rushing attack and go with one of the most talented prospects in the entire draft in Trent Richardson. Trent Richardson is about as powerful as they get for RBs and is also a two-time national champion with low mileage. He has a great blend of vision, power and balance that makes him a terror to bring down. Although Browns fans were fairly split between Richardson, Blackmon, and Claiborne, they went with the safe pick in Richardson.
5. Morris Claiborne - CB - LSU - 5'11'' 188lbs The Bucs have options here with both Claiborne and Blackmon available but opt to go with the more talented player and snag the cover-corner from LSU. Claiborne is super athletic with fluid hips and can turn and run with the best of them. He does have trouble with crossing routes and will have his deep speed tested, but he does have outstanding recognition and ball skills. With 11 INTs in the last 2 years, Claiborne has shown the ability to be a game changer and will help revamp the Bucs secondary.
6. Justin Blackmon - WR - Oklahoma St. - 6'1'' 207lbs After picking up three 1st round picks from the Redskins, the Rams have a few different options here but opt to go BPA and fill a glaring need by adding Justin Blackmon. Despite measuring in smaller and slower than expected, Blackmon still has two years of tape in which he dominated his competition. A physical receiver, Blackmon has terrific ball skills and expectional timing when it comes to jump balls. He's can also run after the catch and has been known to take games over. With 38 TDs in his last two seasons, look for Blackmon to bring a spark to the Rams offense.
7. Michael Floyd - WR - Notre Dame - 6'3'' 220lbs First, to address the character issues - Gene Smith has stated that he won't draft thugs, but can deal with a lack of maturity that a player can grow out of. Michael Floyd will give the Jags an offensive threat that they crave. He's a big WR with outstanding hands who knows how to compete for the ball in the air. As well, he is the best run blocker at WR in this draft and should help Maurice Jones-Drew on the outside. Floyd should help both Gabbert in the passing game and Jones-Drew in the run game, making this pick an easy choice for Jags fans.
8. Ryan Tannehill - QB - Texas A&M - 6'4'' 222lbs The Dolphins are looking for their quarterback of the future. While this is a little early to take Tannehill, with the urgency of finding a possible franchise QB in the NFL, the Dolphins will not take the chance of letting him get away. He can sit for a year behind Matt Moore or David Garrard and be ready to take over in 2012.
By Tony Simmons in the poll's comment section
9. Quinton Coples - DE - UNC - 6'6'' 284lbs I voted Coples because he was the BPA in my opinion. DT may be a bigger need and even though I think Cox will be good, I think taking him at #9 is a reach. He may not be the fastest pass rusher but he is strong and will set the edge, which will help our pooty run defense. He also can be just as effective in the 3-4 hybrid Rivera uses at times. Overall I think he'll be a very nice bookend for CJ.
10. Riley Reiff - OT - Iowa - 6'6'' 313lbs Not only will Riley Reiff give the Bills the franchise LT they have lacked for quite some time, but he will also help improve the overall depth along the line with Chris Hairston relegated to swing tackle. Reiff is a tall, athletic OT that can generate some push in the running game. He needs to improve his anchor strength as he is susceptible to bull rushes, but he displays the athleticism and footwork to be a top 10 pick.
*Note Reiff edged out Luke Kuechly by 1%- check out the voting results page
11. David DeCastro - OG - Stanford - 6'5'' 316lbs DeCastro is going to enter the NFL as an elite prospect and is probably better than both of our guards currently on the Chiefs roster. Asamoah has been solid to good since becoming the starting RG, but he's not been a "stud." The running game is going to be the staple of the Chiefs offense, its also going to dictate where this football team goes in 2012.
12. Luke Kuechly - ILB - Boston College - 6'3'' 242lbs Luke Kuechly is a steal at the #12 pick. The Seahawks pick up the top linebacker which also happens to be our position of greatest need after failing to re-sign David Hawthorne, who recently signed with the Saints. The 2011 Butkus and Lombardi winner is the perfect fit at MLB in Seattle's 4-3 defense. Kuechly did very well at the combine placing among the top five LB's in every area but the bench press where he tied for 6th. But just watch him on tape. He is a football player and a leader.
By: Seahawk10 of the SeahawkBlue Forums
13. Melvin Ingram - DE - South Carolina - 6'1'' 264lbs Ingram isn't a perfect prospect, but perfect prospects rarely fall this far in the draft. What he is, though, is a legitimate pass rush thread who has played out of the two-point stance with the Gamecocks. Ingram's motor can run a little hot and cold, but he doesn't have to be an immediate contributor in 2012. In rotation with O'Brien Schofield and Sam Acho, he should quickly draw favorable comparisons to Aldon Smith.
14. Fletcher Cox - DT - Mississippi St. - 6'4'' 298lbs The Cowboys have many options here with Barron as well as a slew of top DTs available. They decide to go with Mayock's #1 rated DT in Fletcher Cox and plug him in as a 5-technique linemen in their scheme. Cox is a disruptive player with great athleticism and a good first step. He should help create a disruptive front line along with Jay Ratliff and Demarcus Ware for Rob Ryan and his aggressive schemes. Another option here would be Mark Barron but the Cowboys could not pass up on a talent like Cox, despite their need for a top safety.
15. Michael Brockers - DT - LSU - 6'5'' 322lbs Michael Brockers has to be the pick at 15 if Luke Kuechly is gone, which every day closer to the Draft seems more of a sign he will be. Why? Mike Patterson is signed until 2016, but will always be a question mark due to his health scare at Training Camp 2011 even if nothing comes of it in the future. Cullen Jenkins restructured his contract to stay an Eagle in 2012, but he's 31 and who knows how long he'll be around. Brockers could immediately step into the DT rotation and provide fresh legs to keep the others healthy down the stretch. By: RedZoneD25 of the Philadelphia Eagles Message Boards
16. Mark Barron - S - Alabama - 6'1'' 213lbs Picked him because he's polished and ready to go as a starter. Was the on field DC for Alabama (especially their DBs), played every role given to him, and has the physical tools to play his position at a high level in the NFL. IMO a can't miss pick for any of the significant D's in this league, all who need a talent like this. Arguably the best combo of brains, makeup, polish, experience, and physical tools of the defensive players in this draft. Highly productive against the pass and is not scared to get dirty and play the run. By: SenorGato of the Jet Nation Forums
17. Stephon Gilmore - CB - South Carolina - 6'0'' 190lbs The Bengals biggest need imo is in the defensive backfield. With Leon Hall's return in question, Adam Jones character and durability concerns, Nate Clements getting his golden buckeye card in the offseason, and the loss of Jon Joseph last year this team must look at an elite level Corner early in the draft. Gilmore takes care of a need at 17 and is the BPA based on the list provided.
18. Nick Perry - OLB - USC - 6'3'' 271lbs Its gotta be Perry. AJ has consistently said that PASS RUSH is a priority, not OLB, and corrects people when they say OLB. We got that all around LB in Jarret Johnson, now its time to go after that bigtime pass rusher. Nick Perry has that type of explosion to consistently get to the QB, and develop into a full time starter over the next year or two.
19. Kendall Wright - WR - Baylor - 5''10'' 196lbs The Bears are rumored to be in love with Kendall Wright out of Baylor and he would improve a receiving corps that is boosted by the addition of Brandon Marshall. Despite his lack of size, Wright is a big play threat with good body control and the ability to pick up yards after the catch. He can line up in the slot and use his explosiveness to get deep and make plays down the field. Overall this pick should help upgrade an already improving Bears offense.
20. Dre Kirkpatrick - CB - Alabama - 6'2'' 186lbs The Titans help fill the void left by Cortland Finnegan and add a tall, physical, competitive corner in Dre Kirkpatrick. Kirkpatrick is a fiery, competitive leader that loves contact and isn't afraid to step up in the running game. He has all the physical tools you look for in a CB and has been coached up in a sophisticated defense at Alabama. He's better in zone than he is in man coverage and will shut down screens/runs to his side of the field. One of the best tackling corners in years with a championship pedigree
21. Cordy Glenn - OG - Georgia - 6'6'' 345lbs UGA had the heaviest oline in college and pro football last season, followed by the Bengals, then the Chargers. With Dallas signing former starting LG Nate Livings to a big time contract and RG Bobbie Williams still rehabbing from a season ending broken leg at 35 yrs old there is a void for a big massive mauler at both OG positions. Glenn started at LT for the Bulldogs last season but will earn his millions at OG in the NFL. The Bengals take Glenn at #21 overall and he starts on opening day continuing the UGA/Cincinnati pipeline. By: The PatternMaster of the Go-Bengals.com Forums
22. Stephen Hill - WR - Georgia Tech - 6'4'' 215lbs After choosing Richardson with the 4th pick, it is time to put a quality reciever on the field. Stephen Hill is the guy. A quality combination of speed and ability, he is able to produce separation and turn on the afterburners when needed. He can help make Colt that much better, and with Richardson offering his distractions, Hill will show the league that the Browns are back and to stay!
23. Jonathan Martin - OT - Stanford - 6'5'' 312lbs Backus and Martin were very similar coming out of college. That said, Martin is much more aggressive, and is MUCH better at run blocking, something that Backus has never had to deal with. Martin may not be nasty, but he at least has an aggressive side that I've never seen out of Backus. My concerns with Martin have much more to do with his lateral movement and ability to handle stronger DEs. That said, Martin is a much better prospect will be a more athletic, stronger, meaner version of Jeff Backus that run blocks better
By: wjb21ndtown of the Hard Hitting Detroit Lions Forums
24. Dont'a Hightower - ILB - Alabama - 6'2'' 265lbs Pick is Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama. The perfect blend of need and BPA. He will shore up the run game immedeately, and with Ray Rice and (potentially) Trent Richardson 4x a year, thats going to be valuable. Rule #1 in getting to the Super Bowl: win your division. And to win the AFC North, you have to stop the run. His work ethic, intelligence, and leadership ability are unquestionable. He will also add a dangerous up-the-middle blitzer on a team whose sack numbers were down last year.
25. Jerel Worthy - DT - Michigan ST. - 6'2'' 308lbs DT is obviously our biggest need, and I feel that Worthy is the most NFL ready DT in this draft. He can play the nose and the 3-tech so he fits our scheme very well. He is a high character team leader which we have a history of drafting those kind of guys. John Fox (HC), Jack Del Rio (DC), and Wayne Nunnely (D-line coach) all have very good records of developing defensive lineman. I believe those three can keep him motivated and maximize his talent.
26. Coby Fleener - TE - Stanford - 6'6'' 247lbs For these options I choose Fleener. Fleener is the only elite TE in the draft and would add more of a weapon to the Texans arsenal than a #2 WR. I do not see us selecting a backup rotational OLB, or taking a risk on a marginal WR when the class is so deep. That leaves us selecting O-Line or TE. Mike Adams has serious motivational and character concerns which should rule him out from being selected as a Texan.
27. Courtney Upshaw - DE/OLB - Alabama - 6'1'' 272lbs The Pats take a step in the right direction for fixing their defense. Upshaw is a tough, physical, savvy defender that likes to use his power to get after the QB and should give Belichick a lot of flexibility in terms of where he lines up. Upshaw is primarily a rusher, but he also does a lot of the little things well like jamming the TE, containing the QB, and shutting down screen passes. Anointed the toughest player Nick Saban has ever coached, Courtney Upshaw should continue to benefit from top notch coaching with the Patriots
28. Whitney Mercilus - DE - Illinois - 6'4'' 261lbs The Packers need a pass rusher to play across from Clay Matthews and are lucky to have Mercilus fall to them. Mercilus really came on strong this year as he led the nation in sacks, however he is seen as somewhat of a one year wonder. Mercilus is a finesse rusher with good length, good quickness, and great hustle. He gives relentless effort and knows how to create turnovers as he also led the nation in forced fumbles. The Packers believe that he is fluid enough to transition to a 3-4 OLB in their scheme.
29. Peter Konz - C - Wisconsin - 6'5'' 314lbs With the 29th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Ravens add the best Center prospect in the draft in Peter Konz. Konz is a fantastic blocker at the center position with great bulk and solid athleticism. He is a bulldozer in the running game and is capable of making calls at the line. With Matt Birk getting up there in age, a replacement will be needed to take over and form a solid interior core with Marshall Yanda and Ben Grubbs. The Ravens could also be in the market for a LT with this pick but with Mike Adams failing a drug test recently, they go with the safer pick in Konz.
30. Kevin Zeitler - OG - Wisconsin - 6'4'' 314lbs With the 30th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the 49ers add a mauling guard to fill the void left by Adam Snyder. Kevin Zeitler is a big, physical blocker who excels in the running game and has exceptional intangibles. He should help upgrade the O-line in San Francisco in the hopes of establishing a tough, physical power running game for Jim Harbaugh.
*It should be noted that Zeitler narrowly beat out Janoris Jenkins by one vote.
32. Doug Martin - RB - Boise St. - 5'9'' 223lbs The Giants like to go BPA with their first round pick and in this situation the Giants pick up the underrated RB from Boise State and help fill the void left by Brandon Jacobs. Martin and Bradshaw should form a solid tandem for the Giants for years to come. Doug Martin is a powerful, downhill runningback with a thick, compact build. He has good hands out of the backfield, runs good routes, and can protect the QB. His power and 3rd down capabilities should be a nice complement to Ahmad Bradshaw and the Giants running game.