2012 NFL Mock Draft

Written by Chad Davis on September 2, 2011


1. Cincinnati Bengals 

 

Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

 

If the Bengals are picking here, the Andy Dalton experiment has gone horribly wrong (as expected), and they can smile and select the best college QB since Peyton Manning. Luck has all-pro type ability and potential.

2. Miami Dolphins 

 

Matt Barkley – QB – USC*

 

See above and insert Chad Henne. Look, we all know this is a QB driven league and the Dolphins need one in the worst way. Barkley has great tools and should put together a huge season in So. Cal if he stays healthy.

3. Carolina Panthers 

 

Alshon Jeffery – WR – South Carolina*

 

Coples could be an option here, but I see Carolina doing everything to give Cam Newton as much talent around him as possible. The 6’4″ 230 lb. Jeffery is a physical specimen who has the stats to back up his talent.

4. Washington Redskins 

 

Landry Jones – QB – Oklahoma*

 

It’s no surprise that the teams projected to pick at the top of this draft all have serious QB concerns. Washington wanted a QB in the draft last year but couldn’t make it happen. Jones has the size and ability to be an elite player.

5. Buffalo Bills 

 

Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina

 

Buffalo seems intent on building at every position through the draft, except for QB. Coples would be a huge addition next to Marcell Dareus, making a formidable young line. He has rare puss rush ability for an end his size.

6. San Francisco 49ers 

 

Alfonzo Dennard – CB – Nebraska

 

Dennard may have played in the shadow of 2011 first round pick Prince Amukamara last year, but watch the film and you will realize Dennard was the best corner on that team. Might be the most physical corner in this draft.

7. Seattle Seahawks 

 

Donte Paige-Moss – DE – North Carolina*

 

If Seattle drafts this high, I believe the will do everything they can to assure they get one of the top 3 QB’s. But for argument’s sake, if they draft here and QB’s are gone, DPM fits the bill as an edge rusher with size and athleticism.

8. Denver Broncos 

 

Luke Kuechly – ILB – Boston College*

 

Kuechly is a stats machine who plays the game with extremely good instincts and has a knack for always being around the ball. He possesses great size and smarts and strikes me as a John Fox kind of player.

9. Oakland Raiders 

 

Dre Kirkpatrick – CB – Alabama*

 

Kirkpatrick is tall and fast, so immediately he becomes an intriguing prospect for the Raiders. In this case, however, they would not be reaching as Kirkpatrick is a top-flight corner with great ball skills.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars 

 

Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State*

 

After drafting a franchise QB in Blaine Gabbert last year, it’s time for the Jaguars to start giving him some weapons. Blackmon had off-the-charts production at Oklahoma St. and plays the WR position with aggression.

11. Minnesota Vikings 

 

Matt Kalil – OT – USC*

 

The Vikings should be looking for a left tackle in the off-season after cutting Bryant McKinnie and starting Charlie Johnson. It will be a steal if Kalil falls to them here, as he is the best left tackle prospect in the nation.

12. Cleveland Browns 

 

Vontaze Burfict – ILB – Arizona State*

 

Burfict has great size and sideline-to-sideline speed, but often plays out of control and lets his emotions get the better of him. If Cleveland can make him a more disciplined player, he has Pro-Bowl ability.

13. Tennessee Titans 

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Jerel Worthy – DT – Michigan State*

 

Worthy has been a bit underproductive at Michigan State, but many feel he is on the verge of a breakout season. He is strong and lightning quick off the snap for a player his size, and may be a top-10 pick with a strong season.

14. Detroit Lions 

 

Jonathan Martin – OT – Stanford*

 

Martin teamed with G David DeCastro to form the best left side in all of college football. Martin has quick feet, good strength and a high football IQ. He should easily replace an aging Jeff Backus as protector of Matt Stafford.

15. Arizona Cardinals 

 

Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina*

 

The 6’1″ 200lb. Gilmore has prototypical NFL size at cornerback and is as physical as they come. A member of the SEC All-Academic team, Gilmore also has the type of character NFL teams look for.

 

16. Chicago Bears 

 

Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame

 

There are a number of ways the Bears could go here, including OT or CB, but WR continues to be a concern for this team. Despite major injury concerns, Floyd is a dynamic receiver with great hands and prototype size.

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Chad Davis

Chad Davis is an avid draft fan who has been writing and evaluating for Draft Breakdown since September of 2010. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he is a Seattle Seahawks season ticket holder, and part-time contributor to the Seahawks blog www.fieldgulls.com. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America. See all posts by Chad Davis.