2012 NFL Mock Draft

Written by Chad Davis on September 2, 2011


17. Dallas Cowboys 

 

Cliff Harris – CB – Oregon*

 

Jerry Jones likes versatility, and not only is Harris a good corner, but also a great return man. Many people thought Dallas would take a corner in 2011, so they finally get their man here.

18. Kansas City Chiefs 

 

Brandon Jenkins – DE/OLB – Florida State*

 

Jenkins is one of my favorite players in this draft. A studly pass rusher who compiled 13.5 sacks and 21.5 TFL last year, he is explosive off the edge with the ability to drop into coverage when needed. Could go much higher.

19. New York Giants 

 

Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa*

 

I was convinced the Giants would go OT in 2011 and was wrong. I still see this as a glaring need and Reiff is a guy that has lots of upside. Another strong, physical Hawkeye, Reiff is a little raw but should be worth the investment.

20. Houston Texans 

 

David DeCastro – OG – Stanford*

 

Houston is a tough team to project because there are many unknowns this year with so much transition. DeCastro would immediately upgrade a line that urgently needs to make sure to keep Matt Schaub upright and healthy.

21. St. Louis Rams 

 

Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama*

 

Richardson is tough because he has top-10 talent at a position that is losing steam as worthy of that high a choice. He truly is the complete package, and the Rams need to find an eventual replacement for Steven Jackson.

22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers 

 

Jayron Hosley – CB – Virginia Tech*

 

Count me in as someone that may be a bit higher on Hosley than some. He’s small but an absolute ball hawk who plays bigger than his listed size. Tampa Bay may lose Aqib Talib and Ronde Barber is good but ancient.

23. San Diego Chargers 

 

Devin Taylor – DE/OLB – South Carolina*

 

Taylor is a tall, long armed end with great speed to compliment his 6’7″ 250lb. frame. Already a productive player, Taylor may become special and a high riser in the 2012 Draft. The Chargers could use an upgrade at DE/OLB.

24. New York Jets 

 

Marcus Forston – DT – Miami*

 

The Jets continually look for young talented players to add to their already strong defense. Forston has the ability to immediately be a forceful pass rusher from the interior D-line, something Rex Ryan’s defense lacks a bit.

25. Cleveland Browns 

 

Chase Minnifield – CB – Virginia

 

Just because Frank would be happy…but seriously, the Browns will need to replace Sheldon Brown soon, and who better than Chase. He excels in zone packages and uses great instincts to constantly make plays on the ball.

26. Indianapolis Colts 

 

Manti Te’o – ILB – Notre Dame*

 

Te’o is quickly becoming one of my favorite prospects in this draft. Tough, smart and instinctual, he is one of the rare MLB’s I can see starting and being a team leader from day one. The oft-injured Gary Brackett is on his last legs.

27. Pittsburgh Steelers 

 

Cordy Glenn – G – Georgia

 

The Steelers are still looking to upgrade their offensive line, and Glenn is a “plug-and-play” player who is a 4-year starter at Georgia. Glenn combines a massive frame (6’5″ 348lbs.) with excellent awareness and technique.

28. New England Patriots 

 

Alameda Ta’amu – NT – Washington

 

Ta’amu came on strong toward the last half of last year, finishing with a dominant performance versus Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. He is a true penetrator and disruptor with a knack for making tackles behind the line.

29. Baltimore Ravens 

 

Mike Brewster – C – Ohio State

 

The Ravens are loaded all over the place, so a pick like Brewster is a bit of a luxury. Longtime starter Matt Birk will be a free agent in 2012, so drafting his replacement will be a priority for Baltimore in this draft.

30. Philadelphia Eagles 

 

Jared Crick – DT – Nebraska

 

I find Crick to be a bit inconsistent on top of his undersized frame. But there’s no doubt he has had a productive career at Nebraska and he seems to be getting better. A big season in 2012 will find him probably in the top-20.

31. Green Bay Packers 

 

Courtney Upshaw – LB – Alabama

 

Another team that is loaded all over the board, the Packers have the luxury of drafting the best player available which is Upshaw. A versatile backer, Upshaw compiled 11.5 TFL and 5 sacks last year.

32. New England Patriots 

 

LaMichael James – RB – Oregon*

 

The odds of the Patriots actually making two first round picks are slim-to-none. James is an absolutely dynamic playmaker who someone will want badly toward the back-half or round one.

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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.