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2012 mock draft, take three

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1. Colts: Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford.

Owner Jim Irsay has had his “heart set” on Luck for months.

2. Redskins: Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor.

Washington gets its first franchise QB since Joey Sunshine.

3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, tackle, USC.

The posturing Vikes do what most people expect them to do.

4. Browns: Trent Richardson, running back, Alabama.

Cleveland drafts a means to move the chains on offense.

5. Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, cornerback, LSU.

The Bucs won’t miss on the first pick of the Greg Schiano era.

6. Rams: Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State.

St. Louis opts for a dynamite pass rusher over receivers.

7. Jaguars: Justin Blackmon, receiver, Oklahoma State.

He gives the Jags a physical bookend for Laurent Robinson.

8. Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Texas A&M.

Owner Stephen Ross finally gets the quarterback he covets.

9. Panthers: Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina.

Carolina drafts a local kid to complement Chris Gamble.

10. Bills: Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama.

Three corners go in the top-ten picks in this mock draft.

11. Chiefs: Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Boston College.

New Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel loves Kuechly.

12. Seahawks: Dont’a Hightower, linebacker, Alabama.

Hightower is a thumping inside ‘backer with versatility.

13. Cardinals: Riley Reiff, tackle, Iowa.

The Cards will take the best offensive lineman available.

14. Cowboys: Mark Barron, safety, Alabama.

The Cowboys struggle to keep secrets; they love Barron.

15. Eagles: Chandler Jones, defensive end, Syracuse.

The long-armed Jones would be Philly’s left end of the future.

16. Jets: Melvin Ingram, defensive end, South Carolina.

Ingram becomes Rex Ryan’s new Adalius Thomas.

17. Bengals: Michael Floyd, receiver, Notre Dame.

This receiver-rich draft causes Floyd to slip down a bit.

18. Chargers: David DeCastro, guard, Stanford.

G.M. A.J. Smith can’t pass on the draft’s best guard.

19. Bears: Whitney Mercilus, defensive end, Illinois.

Rod Marinelli loves Mercilus’ relentless playing style.

20. Titans: Michael Brockers, defensive tackle, LSU.

Brockers gives Tennessee a true run plugger up the gut.

21. Bengals: Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina.

If Coples falls — and he well may — Cincy will catch him.

22. Browns: Kendall Wright, receiver, Baylor.

Cleveland gets a field stretcher after solidifying its backfield.

23. Lions: Cordy Glenn, tackle, Georgia.

Detroit needs to get younger and more athletic up front.

24. Steelers: Dontari Poe, defensive tackle, Memphis.

Poe can be brought along slowly behind Casey Hampton.

25. Broncos: Doug Martin, running back, Boise State.

Tailback is quietly Denver’s primary offensive weakness.

26. Texans: Nick Perry, defensive end, USC.

Houston jumps at the chance to add an explosive edge rusher.

27. Patriots: Shea McClellin, linebacker, Boise State.

Bill Belichick will love McClellin’s versatility at a need spot.

28. Packers: Courtney Upshaw, linebacker, Alabama.

Clay Matthews uses speed; Upshaw rushes with power.

29. Ravens: Amini Silatolu, guard, Midwestern State.

Silatolu is a mauling run blocker in the Mike Iupati mold.

30. 49ers: Stephen Hill, receiver, Georgia Tech.

The Niners showed a ton of interest in this vertical wideout.

31. Patriots: Devon Still, defensive tackle, Penn State.

McClellin brings outside pressure; Still brings it up the middle.

32. Giants: Rueben Randle, receiver, LSU.

G.M. Jerry Reese drafts the best player available at 32.

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104 Responses to “2012 mock draft, take three”
  1. 4thquartermagic says: Apr 23, 2012 1:03 PM

    “Owner Stephen Ross finally gets the quarterback he covets.”

    Pretty sure that this time last year Stephen Ross said Chad Henne could be the next Dan Marino, so…..

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 23, 2012 1:04 PM

    A preview of every response:

    a) Player ________ will never go that ______ (high/low), and…

    b) Your team sucks, mine is great.

  3. frankrizzo51 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:04 PM

    Gotta love SB Nation who had the Bears giving up three picks this year and one next year to move up to #7.

  4. professorcolumbus says: Apr 23, 2012 1:06 PM

    What, no 2nd or 3rd ranked DT for the Bucs this time? Someone’s learning how to do their “job.”

  5. contra74 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:07 PM

    3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, tackle, USC.

    The posturing Vikes do what most people expect them to do.
    ———
    Honestly, get someone to read your posts before you actually publish it.

  6. benacci says: Apr 23, 2012 1:08 PM

    According to this draft, the Colts could get Luck’s TE from Standford, too good to be true!

  7. bchapman2011 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    I love how writers release multiple mock drafts. I guess if you release enough of them you are bound to get a few selections correct. I give Mike Mayock credit. He releases only one mock draft and it is the night before the draft. Anybody who releases a mock draft prior to free agency is just foolish. There is no way to predict a teams moves with any accuracy.

  8. transam7816 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    Konz goes in the 2nd?

  9. jtpears22 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    This looked better until 15, no way Philly goes DE there. We are good at DE except for some depth which can be had in later rounds. Drafting Jones is essentially giving up on Graham who is pretty much in his second year with the team.

  10. egreen4590 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    Dont’a Hightower to the Seahawks at 12..?
    2nd LB off the board?
    Hmmm, no.

  11. 49ers1970 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM

    Can’t see the 49ers taking S. Hill over Fleener or R. Randle

    Hill has the biggest bust potential.

  12. trollhammer20 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    Hightower to Seattle? Pete Carroll was quoted as saying “we want to get faster at LB”. Hightower will be a great two-down ILB, but I don’t think he really fits as being “faster” than Hawthorne (who was let go) or Ruud (who has been signed as a stopgap).

    I could see them getting Keuchly if he’s available, because he’s a three-down backer who is skilled at dropping into coverage. I could also see them trading back if Hightower is the player they really want (which I doubt). But if Ingram and Coples are on the board, and Seattle takes Hightower, as is the case with this mock, a lot of us fans will be scratching our heads in confusion.

  13. 6ball says: Apr 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    .

    Seems as accurate as some of the others I’ve seen …..except you didn’t account for the seven first round trades …..each of which somehow involved the Patriots.

    .

  14. sledgehorn says: Apr 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    I thought Linebackers were undervalued…
    Now two go in the top 15?

  15. heygfy says: Apr 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    Richardson and Wright? Seems like two good, sensible and relatively obvious picks for the Browns. Which means it WON’T happen. Cleveland is famous for over-thinking things.

  16. eaglesw00t says: Apr 23, 2012 1:13 PM

    15. Eagles: Chandler Jones, defensive end, Syracuse.

    The long-armed Jones would be Philly’s left end of the future.

    ————————

    Do not want. Another reach. He is slow and his measurables arent impressive whatsoever. His college resume is lacking.

    No reason to take him at 15 whatsoever.

  17. TheJStyles says: Apr 23, 2012 1:15 PM

    Stopped reading when you gave STL a DT…

    It’s almost like you purposely make your mocks suck just so people will comment on them…

    Hmmmm…

  18. dwinsgames says: Apr 23, 2012 1:15 PM

    It seems like after the first 5 you just grabbed names out of a hat. I bet you don’t hit on more than 3 of the last 27 and that is solely on the blind squirrel finding a few acorns theory.

  19. travisblink619 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:16 PM

    Stephen Hill to San Fran sounds good.

  20. sexyrexys says: Apr 23, 2012 1:17 PM

    If Michael Floyd falls to the Jets, they will take him.

  21. bigdan7885 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    “New Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel loves Kuechly.”

    ….I see what you did there.

  22. skilaufenhase says: Apr 23, 2012 1:18 PM

    Stephen Hill =Bust

  23. ty46 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:20 PM

    Chandler Jones at 15? Eagles can have him in R2.

  24. jacksaysfu says: Apr 23, 2012 1:21 PM

    The Eagles will not draft Chandler Jones @ 15 . If Melvin Ingram falls to 15 (he won’t) the Eagles will grab him. I still see Philly moving up , possibly for Kuechly . Jones could be had in the 20′s so if they covet him and dont trade up , then look for the Eagles to trade down.

  25. drexelvol says: Apr 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    Outside of the #1 and #2 picks, which don’t count, a few of these might be correct.

    A mock draft is like an a-hole. Everybody’s got one and they all stink.

  26. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    I don’t see why you put a corner to the Bills at 10. Justin Rodgers, Aaron Williams, Florence, McKelvin and McGee are solid enough, why waste a top pick on guy like that when there are other glaring holes. If your thinking DB, it would be Mark Barron, as G.W. is on the wrong side of 30. Also, Janoris Jenkins will be there in the second, don’t be suprised to see him go to Buffalo there. It’s going to be a WO or trade back, if Buffalo keeps this pick, no matter who they take, it will be labled as a reach. Reiff is a RT for 2+ years before a possible switch to the LT spot, Mike Adams has consistency issues, of all of them, I like Martin the best. Also, you put Silatolu in the first-round, I can think of 3 other deserving Interior O-Line that can go there and have a lower ‘bust’ potential. Chandler Jones ahead of Ingram, Coples and Mercilus? This is a joke right?

  27. flapjackdaddy says: Apr 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    Gilmore is not very good. Watch some tape. He’s not a top 10 pick. The Panthers have seen enough of him to know he’s a 2nd rounder benefiting from a good Combine and snowballing hype.

  28. thejabronisayz says: Apr 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    If Justin Blackmon is on the board for the Rams at #6, then he is going to be the pick.

  29. 4evrnyt says: Apr 23, 2012 1:24 PM

    @TheJStyles
    Stopped reading when you gave STL a DT…
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    Except that everyone and their mother knows that Fischer has a boner for defensive tackles which is why their drafting the best one in the draft. Cox IS going to St. Louis.

  30. chiadam says: Apr 23, 2012 1:26 PM

    I don’t get the Tannehill thing. He used to be a WR; he isn’t all that accurate (probably because he used to be a WR); and he was bad against good competition. And this is the QB that Stephen Ross covets?

  31. 4evrnyt says: Apr 23, 2012 1:27 PM

    The funniest thing to me are the pud knockers that look at a mock and the first thing they do is check to see if the mock drafter gave their team the player that they want, if not the draft is instantly garbage in their minds. Mooks.

  32. flapjackdaddy says: Apr 23, 2012 1:27 PM

    How long have the ‘Boys been trying to fix that secondary?

  33. cmb79 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:28 PM

    So Kuechly made it all the way to 32 the first two times and now he’s in the general area in which he’s likely projected.

    Hmm…

  34. jacksaysfu says: Apr 23, 2012 1:29 PM

    Philly led the league with 50 sacks last year , and both ends notched double digit sacks. In conclusion , the Eagles will not go DE in round 1 , especially in a win now year for Reid .

  35. 4evrnyt says: Apr 23, 2012 1:32 PM

    @49ers1970

    I would tend to agree but they haven’t taken many steps to hide that they really appear to be interested in Hill. Personally I’m hoping for RG but most seem to want Fleener which I just don’t understand when you have Vernon Davis and no starting RG.

  36. joshmelder says: Apr 23, 2012 1:33 PM

    I actually believe Upshaw could be better for the packers at 28 than McClellin because he is not a motor rusher like Matthews. It could be an interesting tag team. Either way, I’d love to see either over in Green Bay.

  37. maddog111 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:33 PM

    bchapman2011 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 1:10 PM
    I love how writers release multiple mock drafts. I guess if you release enough of them you are bound to get a few selections correct. I give Mike Mayock credit. He releases only one mock draft and it is the night before the draft. Anybody who releases a mock draft prior to free agency is just foolish. There is no way to predict a teams moves with any accuracy.
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    Yet, we go to their sites and read them all.

  38. kleppnasty says: Apr 23, 2012 1:34 PM

    Rams taking Cox over Blackmon? Purposely messing up this one too? I guess you want to be able to make “changes” to the last one to make it shockingly better. I just wish I stopped there, b/c it didn’t get much better.

  39. pnut87 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:36 PM

    I don’t see how the Rams would pass on Blackmon if he’s on the board. Everyone and their mother knows they need a receiver in the worst way. Fisher would have some ‘splainin to do in that scenario.

  40. wrossi81 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:38 PM

    Rams pick Blackmon over Cox. Cox might be marginally better but the Rams need a definite lock at WR and I’d be surprised if they didn’t pick Blackmon.

    Carolina’s going too early to get Gilmore, he’s not that high up and I can’t see him or Kirkpatrick going off the board while Kuechly and Ingram stay on it.

    Dont’a Hightower is not good enough to go at 12, and Reiff is too good to get all the way to 13. The Eagles do not draft Jones with Ingram and Brockers sitting on the board.

    It’s a better try than the last 2 but really just seems to be missing some key things. I think the most damning part is how you’ve overrated CBs but let Ingram, who is a top 10 on most boards and mocks, fall all the way to 16 for no reason.

  41. ninerswilldominatelikebefore says: Apr 23, 2012 1:39 PM

    Hill is a one year wonder, NINERS take FLEENER and davis and fleener become the most dynamic TE duo moveover gaykowski

  42. enders9 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:40 PM

    Crappy mock draft

    It is highly unlikely that the Bengals draft Michael Floyd at all, they definitely will not draft Floyd over David DeCastro. DeCastro is one of the best G prospects in years, and G is THE BIGGEST need for the Bengals.

    WR is a need for the Bengals, but not that big of a need. Jordan Shipley will be returning which will be huge for the Bengals. And they had a couple other young WRs who showed promise last year who will get a chance to step up and show what they have in a more prominant role now that Caldwell and Simpson are gone. It’s not a big enough need to draft one in the first round though, thats for sure.

    I’m not sure DE is a big enough need for the first round either. They just brought in I think 2 previous first round DEs, so I think they’d rather see if they can revive their careers before spending a first round pick on a DE. But with the way your mock draft plays out, that is perhaps the best pick for the Bengals at 21. Personally I think I’d rather see Janoris Jenkins there, but will understand them passing on him because of his off the field problems.

    Ultimately I don’t think 3 CBs will be taken in the top 10, I think at least one of those three will still be around at 21 and that the Bengals will take him. They need someone young to pair up with Leon Hall. They have good overall depth at CB, But Clements and Newman are both old. So getting a young CB in there to pair up with Leon Hall would be huge. They will especially need to get a CB in the first round if Hall winds up starting the season on the PUP list.

    DE and WR are both positions that can be handled in later rounds for the Bengals.

  43. daysend564 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:42 PM

    6ball says:
    Apr 23, 2012 1:12 PM
    Seems as accurate as some of the others I’ve seen …..except you didn’t account for the seven first round trades …..each of which somehow involved the Patriots.
    ===============================
    Hopefully this!

    #27 & #31 = #14 & 4th/5th

    You guys can have Barron!

  44. weaponx2020 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:44 PM

    Eagles give FA contracts to their two current starting DE’s (and pro bowlers) in cole and babin, spend #14 overall pick on brandon graham 2 years ago, and they’re going to draft another DE with their first pick to play backup? in a year the owner put reid on watch that eagles need to win now? Highly doubtful.

  45. karlton2 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:44 PM

    “1. Colts: Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford.

    Owner Jim Irsay has had his “heart set” on Luck for months.”

    Even though you had them taking RG3 a couple weeks ago.

  46. dadandlad says: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM

    Can’t see the Rams take Cox at 6. Maybe they trade down and take him, but not seeing that at all. I agree they may pass on Blackmon, but not for Cox and not at 6.

  47. ruggyup says: Apr 23, 2012 1:46 PM

    Dontare Poe can be brought along slowly? Come on man! We’re not building a library here. Poe is too big a risk anywhere near Round #1.

  48. mungman69 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:48 PM

    Eagles won’t go DE at #15 even if he is the best player left. They can pick up this guy with one of their second round picks.

  49. bucsrulez24 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:49 PM

    I disagree the chiefs will not draft a LB they got Johnson and Hali, they need a G they will draft decastro if available if not then yes a Lb

  50. ruggyup says: Apr 23, 2012 1:49 PM

    Vikings will screw the pooch and pass on Kalil to take Claiborne. Kalil falls to the Bucs and life is good again.

  51. realdealsteel says: Apr 23, 2012 1:50 PM

    Seattle will not take Hightower. That is stupidiest pick in this entire Mock draft. Way too many other need areas that the Seahawks need to address for them to take Hightower.

  52. EJ says: Apr 23, 2012 1:51 PM

    I like the change from Reiff to Kirkpatrick, but would rather have Kuechly.

    Kuechly to Buffalo at #10.

  53. bearsrulepackdrool says: Apr 23, 2012 1:51 PM

    Do you think before you create these drafts? Seriously, I think Florio needs to go back to doing this site by himself or hire some new people.

  54. mungman69 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:51 PM

    Mungman’s mock draft:
    #1-Luck
    #2-Griffin
    #3-Minnasota trades pick thereby screwing up everyone’s mock draft.

  55. jgedgar70 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:54 PM

    6ball says:
    Apr 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    Seems as accurate as some of the others I’ve seen …..except you didn’t account for the seven first round trades …..each of which somehow involved the Patriots.
    _____

    And if the Panthers are really going to draft Gilmore, despite having the worst rotation of DTs in recent memory, I hope we are trading down for a Patriots pick or three to get him.

  56. rushmatic says: Apr 23, 2012 1:54 PM

    bchapman2011 says:

    I love how writers release multiple mock drafts. I guess if you release enough of them you are bound to get a few selections correct. I give Mike Mayock credit. He releases only one mock draft and it is the night before the draft. Anybody who releases a mock draft prior to free agency is just foolish. There is no way to predict a teams moves with any accuracy.

    _________________

    I don’t disagree, but people like to read them.

  57. occamssabre says: Apr 23, 2012 1:58 PM

    29. Ravens: Amini Silatolu, guard, Midwestern State.

    Silatolu is a mauling run blocker in the Mike Iupati mold.

    What are you smoking and where can I get some?

  58. southpaw2k says: Apr 23, 2012 1:59 PM

    Rams: Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State.

    Seahawks: Dont’a Hightower, linebacker, Alabama.

    Bills: Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama.

    Jets: Melvin Ingram, defensive end, South Carolina

    Bengals: Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina.

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    Being cute and clever with your mock drafts for the sake of being cute and clever is silly. Picks like the ones listed above fit into that mold. I will eat my hat if any of these actually are correctly predicted.

  59. fernjag says: Apr 23, 2012 2:00 PM

    I think Silva got the top 8 correct, then something must have happened, he must have bumped his head.

  60. blacknyellablacknyella says: Apr 23, 2012 2:01 PM

    Only in our dreams will Poe fall to the black & gold. Dallas is said to be salivating over him. Better start working on your fourth mock.

  61. expatpatfan says: Apr 23, 2012 2:02 PM

    I’d be surprised if Floyd makes it to the Jets, but there’s no way he makes it past them.

  62. rgboogie says: Apr 23, 2012 2:02 PM

    Why do writers always try to out smart themselves, clearly if those rams see blackmon on the board theyll take him not a DT smh

  63. pantherfan89 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:03 PM

    The Panthers wont touch Gilmore in the 1st. Thats just insane.

  64. thefiesty1 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:03 PM

    This mock draft is what Cleveland should do. Give Colt some offensive firepower. But they’ll screw it up some way and take some defensive no nod.

  65. thatguywhoisactuallyamiamisportsfan says: Apr 23, 2012 2:03 PM

    Jim Irsay has had his “heart set” on Luck since their 10th loss in a row.*

    St. Louis makes a massive mistake when it opts for a dynamite pass rusher over receivers.*

    Owner Stephen Ross found his future quarterback for the next 2 years.*

    Denver strengthens their weakness at RB after star running back Tim Tebow was traded to New York.*

  66. rocketdogsports says: Apr 23, 2012 2:08 PM

    Cleveland will take Richardson unless Kalil is still there because the Vikings trade down.

    If that happens, the Browns fix their OL once and for all for the next 10 years with three number one picks:
    Kalil
    Mack
    Thomas

    Either way works for me.

  67. 23chameleons says: Apr 23, 2012 2:13 PM

    Mr. Silva, “what you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award you no points, and may God have mercy on your soul.”

  68. schmitty2 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:14 PM

    4evrnyt says:
    Apr 23, 2012 1:27 PM
    The funniest thing to me are the pud knockers that look at a mock and the first thing they do is check to see if the mock drafter gave their team the player that they want, if not the draft is instantly garbage in their minds. Mooks

    To a small degree you are correct but did it occur to you that maybe some posters on here know full well what positions there are a glaring need for? Example-they have Rams taking Cox at number 6. The Rams have way more pressing needs-WR, O-line, OLb, CB then they do DT

  69. crazycane says: Apr 23, 2012 2:18 PM

    I don’t think the Bears pick Mercilus over Coples. I would LOVE for DeCastro to fall to #19.

  70. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Apr 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    mungman69 says:Apr 23, 2012 1:51 PM

    Mungman’s mock draft:
    #1-Luck
    #2-Griffin
    #3-Minnasota trades pick thereby screwing up everyone’s mock draft

    —-

    Well, that or Minny just lets the clock run out on their pick a couple of times and hopes that Kalil is still there at 5 or 6 so they can pay him less money….

  71. pooflingingmonkey says: Apr 23, 2012 2:20 PM

    You know, an option to print an article (like most every website has) would be a great option for those of us who’d like to laugh at you in the bathroom, not just at our desks.

  72. btowngetsdown says: Apr 23, 2012 2:24 PM

    I disagree. I think Mortal Combat is a very good game, but Donkey Kong is the best game ever.

  73. bigredscouting says: Apr 23, 2012 2:26 PM

    Can this guy just stop trying. Mock draft or not, his football opinion is obviously worthless

  74. heyguru1969 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:26 PM

    I agree with sexyrexys, there’s no way Floyd is passed over by the Jets at 12. With Sanchez’s difficulty getting his team across the goal line, plus the Tebow investment and overall lack of offensive playmakers, you don’t pass on that level of talent to go more defensive. What’s Ryan’s master plan? Win every game 6-3? Come to think of it, that’s still putting up more points than the Mets.

  75. bleed4philly says: Apr 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    Love the pick but how many DE’s do we need???

  76. randallflagg52 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    To everyone saying that the Rams have to take Blackmon because he fits a need, I have news for you.

    Teams don’t draft for need. They draft for talent. If Cox is rated higher than Blackmon, Cox will be the pick.

  77. ncsteeler says: Apr 23, 2012 2:30 PM

    Redskins: Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor.

    Washington gets its first franchise QB since Joey Sunshine.

    Gee, didn’t they take a sure fire franchise QB almost 20 years ago? What ever happened to him? Oh yeah, he ended up as my congressman – he’s no better at that than reading defenses.

    BTW I agree with others that Hightower will not go at #1. That’s much too high. He may fall into the 20′s. Steelers might take him or OG Zeilter (WI) or other best OL over Poe.

    BBTW if Poe is behind Casey Hampton almost by definition he is moving slowly.

  78. glorybquick says: Apr 23, 2012 2:31 PM

    The Jets seem to need O-line help even more desparately than defense wonder if they will surprise with someone else

  79. stv1719 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:33 PM

    more realistic but still fail

  80. stv1719 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:36 PM

    someone definitely told silva, “hey man your mock draft is really bad, if you want to keep your job you better stop being THE ONE that goes against the stream and making us look bad.” watch his old mock drafts be right too lol i would definitely roll on the floor if he was right, but he definitely had such dramatic changes in his mock draft due to someone telling him so.

  81. blacknole08 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:37 PM

    I’d rather take Michael Floyd or even Coples at #9 over Gilmore. We can get Janoris Jenkins if he slides to the 2nd round.

  82. almighty1 says: Apr 23, 2012 2:38 PM

    mock drafts are nothing but entertainment. If you find yourself upset after reading a mock draft please follow these simple steps:
    1. Get up from your cpu
    2. walk out front door to street
    3. wait for a very large truck
    4. step out into the street

  83. joebuckiscreepy says: Apr 23, 2012 2:49 PM

    Of course they try to stir the pot a little bit with their mocks. The more annoyed people get, the more they comment. The more comments they get, the more hits they get. The more hits they get, the more ad $ they make. It’s not rocket science.

    With that being said, I am not looking forward to the Eagles wasting another first round pick on the next Brandon Graham, but I could easily see that happening.

  84. rexryanschoolofpodiatry says: Apr 23, 2012 2:53 PM

    trollhammer20 says: Apr 23, 2012 1:12 PM

    Hightower to Seattle? Pete Carroll was quoted as saying “we want to get faster at LB”. Hightower will be a great two-down ILB, but I don’t think he really fits as being “faster” than Hawthorne (who was let go) or Ruud (who has been signed as a stopgap).

    I could see them getting Keuchly if he’s available, because he’s a three-down backer who is skilled at dropping into coverage. I could also see them trading back if Hightower is the player they really want (which I doubt). But if Ingram and Coples are on the board, and Seattle takes Hightower, as is the case with this mock, a lot of us fans will be scratching our heads in confusion.

    ——————————————

    Go ask Nick Saban who his best coverage LB was last year….you might be surprised. Hightower is a 3 down player. He can do it all…he can cover, he can stop the run and he can rush the passer.

  85. howiehandles says: Apr 23, 2012 2:56 PM

    “mock drafts are nothing but entertainment. If you find yourself upset after reading a mock draft please follow these simple steps:
    1. Get up from your cpu
    2. walk out front door to street
    3. wait for a very large truck
    4. step out into the street”

    if you fail step 4. Follow step 5 and/or 6

    5. repeat step 4
    6. repeat step 5

  86. troy43mvp says: Apr 23, 2012 2:58 PM

    I know Mock drafts are about as accurate as next months weather forecast, but I can’t see the whole first round not consisting of a Wisconsin Badger Offensive Lineman.

  87. wydok says: Apr 23, 2012 3:06 PM

    I think Cox is a reach at 6.

  88. starfan79 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:08 PM

    Isn’t David Decastro ranked higher than Reilly Reif?

  89. kelmcc says: Apr 23, 2012 3:10 PM

    If Floyd gets to the Jets, he’ll fit in perfectly. His attitude and DUI record make him a “must draft” for them.

  90. brenenostler says: Apr 23, 2012 3:14 PM

    Sorry but there’s no way St. Louis is passing on Blackmon. Besides, every lineman they draft in the 1st round always busts.

  91. rabidbillsfan says: Apr 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    @randallflag

    Please explain your logic. Tannehill is going in the top-15, that’s a draft for need. Teams may take the most talented player at the position they need, but to say it’s based soley on talent is inaccurate, and stupid.

  92. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    contra74 says:Apr 23, 2012 1:07 PM

    3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, tackle, USC.

    The posturing Vikes do what most people expect them to do.
    ———
    Honestly, get someone to read your posts before you actually publish it.
    _______

    I think I need an English lesson. What was wrong with that?

  93. greymares says: Apr 23, 2012 3:25 PM

    ever think about writing about baseball ?

  94. smadison29 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:33 PM

    A lot of posters on here seem to be stuck on what players’ perceived draft value was back in January & February. There’s not one player in this mock draft that doesn’t make sense for their respective teams, though I do question Kirkpatrick to Buffalo. There are a lot of well placed sources throughout the NFL some of you should keep up on. So let’s go though all of these “crazy” picks…

    Rams: Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State.

    This has been a hot topic over the past week as reported by Jason LaCanfora on the NFL Network.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d828701a4/article/draft-buzz-ryan-tannehill-remains-the-key-fletcher-cox-at-6

    —–
    Panthers: Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina.

    Peter King & many others report that Gilmore is a top 10 player.

    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/peter_king/04/16/countdown/index.html#ixzz1sDCIYXYR

    —–
    Seahawks: Dont’a Hightower, linebacker, Alabama.

    Tony Pauline reported that the Seahawks are targetting Hightower.

    http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=6216

    —–
    15. Eagles: Chandler Jones, defensive end, Syracuse.

    Michael Lombardi reports the stock of Chandler Jones is way up.

    http://www.nfl.com/news/story/09000d5d82885edd/article/nfl-draft-forecast-chandler-jones-up-courtney-upshaw-down?module=HP11_cp

    —–
    Jets: Melvin Ingram, defensive end, South Carolina

    Also reported by Pauline, the Jets may be willing to move up but there aren’t many teams looking for a short armed pass rusher.

    http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=6238

    —–
    Bengals: Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina.

    If you just turned on the TV or radio to anyone talking about the draft you’d know Coples stock has fallen to the late teens to early 20s.
    —–
    49ers: Stephen Hill, receiver, Georgia Tech.

    Again, Pauline

    http://www.draftinsider.net/blog/?p=6265

    —–

    Once teams get the opportunity to watch all of the game film in March – May draft boards change.

  95. btowngetsdown says: Apr 23, 2012 3:33 PM

    heyguru1969 says:
    Apr 23, 2012 2:26 PM

    I agree with sexyrexys, there’s no way Floyd is passed over by the Jets at 12. With Sanchez’s difficulty getting his team across the goal line . . .
    _________________________________

    That’s a bad job by heyguru. First, Jets draft 16. Secondly, the Jets had the 6th ranked Red Zone offense in 2011. So, you lost credibility right off the bat. Unfortunately, I wish you had some, since I agree that Floyd would be a great addition to the Jets.

    You are awarded no points, and may god have mercy on your sole (BTW, my 2nd Billy Madison reference in this article’s comments).

  96. tombradysponytail says: Apr 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Apr 23, 2012 3:21 PM

    contra74 says:Apr 23, 2012 1:07 PM

    3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, tackle, USC.

    The posturing Vikes do what most people expect them to do.
    ———
    Honestly, get someone to read your posts before you actually publish it.
    _______

    I think I need an English lesson. What was wrong with that?
    ———

    I just always assumed that contra and heavan were the same person…

    It’s kind of disconcerting to think that there are two grammar cops out there policing a football website.

  97. texansarenumber1 says: Apr 23, 2012 4:03 PM

    Is it just me or is every selection phrased like this?

    Player_______ will go to ________ because they absolutely love them

    Is their any real facts in this beside that a team “loves” someone

  98. stavreafavre says: Apr 23, 2012 4:04 PM

    Vikings put Kalil, Claiborne, and Blackmon’s names into a hat, reach in and grab, and hurry their selection to the podium: 7 1/8!

  99. chiefsfaninpa says: Apr 23, 2012 4:10 PM

    I don’t see the Chiefs drafting Keuchly, I read an article on all the prospects that the organization has brought in for an interview and Keuchly wasn’t one of the players. I don’t know who KC drafts but if the Chiefs do what the article said that they will do and that is only take one of the players that they have already brought in for an interview. From what I have read, they might be looking for a trade partner and maybe move down in the first round and if they draft a QB, then they are really interested in Kirk Cousins and could try to get him if he is still available but not in the 1st round.

  100. teamleal says: Apr 23, 2012 4:13 PM

    Khalil is so overrated! Tyron is a better pro! Lol

  101. bpfpft says: Apr 23, 2012 4:36 PM

    Everyone has the Pats taking Shea McClellin @ 27, meaning it will never happen.

  102. woodwizard says: Apr 23, 2012 4:49 PM

    Love the pick of Dont’a Hightowere for the Hawks at 12. Just a pick that Carroll would pick. He is a dominating LB with pass rushing skills and plays faster than some people think…

  103. ahostiletakeover says: Apr 23, 2012 4:54 PM

    As interesting of a project that he is, Silatolu is just that, a project. While moving from tackle to guard is probably easier than the vice versa, going from div II to starting at LG for the Ravens isn’t gonna be pretty. Based on your mock and who you already have off the board and the fact that you give them a lineman anyway, its much more likely the Ravens pick Konz here if they don’t trade back, they’ve shown plenty of legitimate interest in him. Kevin Zeitler, Konz’s Badger linemate, would also be better here than Silatolu, both are much better suited to being expected to start right away, which is what the Ravens will expect if they go o-line here.

  104. doe22us says: Apr 23, 2012 6:59 PM

    The only thing i love about the draft is after its over i dont have to hear Todd McShay and Kiper’s voice for some time to come. Amen. And Mike thanks for the Joey Sunshine mention, it had me rolling.

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