Mock NFL Draft
I guess this is version 1.0
Yes, Luck is number one. Saints have no first rounder.
Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III top our first 2012 NFL mock draft - Andrew Perloff - SI.com
1. Indianapolis Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
A lot could change in Indy between now and April. By the time the Colts are called to the podium they'll know about Peyton Manning's future and will either draft Luck or trade the pick. Luck could end up in a tough spot. He'll say the right things, but he wants to play right away, so co-existing with Manning would be difficult. If Manning leaves, Luck will face huge expectations and be surrounded by very little talent.
2. Cleveland Browns -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor (Trade with St. Louis)
The Rams don't need a quarterback, but with a manageable price tag for rookies because of the salary slotting system, they'll get calls from Cleveland, Miami and Washington about moving up to land Griffin. After last season's draft-day trade with the Falcons, the Browns have an extra first-rounder and can put together the best package. Griffin may have more tools than Luck, but Luck is more valuable because he ran a pro system at Stanford. Griffin completed 72.4 percent of his passes, a dazzling number even in the defensively challenged Big 12. Cleveland ranked No. 29 in offense with Colt McCoy running the show and would likely be ready to hand the keys of the offense over to Griffin immediately. Pat Shurmur is a West Coast guy, but would adjust his system to suit Griffin's talents if he had to.
3. Minnesota Vikings -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Vikings GM Rick Spielman told quarterback Christian Ponder they wouldn't draft someone to compete with him. Instead, they'll try to beef up a line that allowed 49 sacks last season. Kalil didn't allow a sack at USC last season and he has the bloodlines -- his brother Ryan is a Pro Bowl center on the Panthers.
4. St. Louis Rams -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State (Trade with Cleveland)
Blackmon may not run a blazing 40, but neither did Larry Fitzgerald or Jerry Rice. Blackmon's dominant performance in the Fiesta Bowl put to rest any notion he benefits from Oklahoma State's wide-open offense.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU#
The Bucs need someone who can make a play on defense. They've already tried drafting D-linemen high, and the players they've taken have shown promise but can't stay healthy. Claiborne is the top shut-down corner in the draft.
6. Washington Redskins -- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama#
The Redskins need a quarterback, but may be forced to turn to free agency because the right signal-caller won't be available at this spot. Instead, they'll draft the best player available. The Redskins' strength is their defense, which ranked 13th in the NFL last season, but adding the big, physical Kirkpatrick in the secondary could make life even easier for their talented pass-rushers.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Everything depends on who the Jaguars hire at head coach and what systems they run. We'll give them the best available talent for right now. With so many needs, including receiver, the Jaguars could conceivably trade down from this spot.
8. Carolina Panthers* -- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU#
The Panthers have needs all over their defense and would benefit greatly by improving in the middle of the line. Brockers, a redshirt sophomore, will be the best prospect from LSU's outstanding defensive line if he declares himself eligible for the draft in the coming days.
9. Miami Dolphins* -- Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
Lots of questions still remain about what systems the Dolphins will be using next season, given their unsettled coaching situation. Brown is the best 4-3 outside linebacker in the draft and would help take some pressure off Cameron Wake.
10. Buffalo Bills -- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Coples disappointed some scouts this season, but the Bills need more pressure up front and he has a lot of natural talent. The big question with Coples is attitude. He'll have to prove he wants it in pre-draft interviews.
Read more: Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III top our first 2012 NFL mock draft - Andrew Perloff - SI.com
The Colts get Lucky again First Manning now Luck. Well good Luck to you !
I agree that St. Louis WILL trade. There has been much speculation that they will take RG3 and look to offload Bradford but nobody will want to pick him up with his contract or pay much in picks. I also think that is a silly move as he is a QB that showed great potential but was hammered behind a terrible O-Line.
I do NOT agree that the Browns will make the trade. Your logic is sound with the extra picks they have from last years trade re Julio Jones but I think they stick with McCoy. There is huge talk that they will go for Trent Richardson who I notice is not on your list at all ....
I think that the Skins will go al or nothing to trade up for RG3. Their defense was very good in places last season and they can strengthen that through FA and experience. If they add a half decent WR (however acquired) to Santana Moss and Jabar Gaffney, and they have a decent running game when it gets going (Roy Helu looked good last season) then getting RG3 may set them up for a long time in a very tough NFC East.
I love draft talk :)
PS - Not sure Trent Richardson had entered draft when you first posted. Sorry about that.
Does anyone think that will trade any of our draft picks to get in to the first round.
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