‘One Week Away’ Mock Draft

Written by Will Spencer on April 19, 2012

We’re only a week away from the real deal, so time to get those last minute mock drafts in. While this isn’t the FINAL mock draft I (or any other DB staff writer) will be posting, it’s another conversation piece to discuss some alternate ideas for your favorite team’s selections.

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford
The Colts go with Luck to rebuild their franchise.

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III – QB – Baylor
No surprises here.

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil – LT – Southern Cal
The Vikings will do what they can to trade down, but Kalil is their guy.

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson – RB – Alabama
Offensive weapons are badly needed and you have to be able to run the ball in the AFCN.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne – CB – LSU
With so many questions surrounding Aquib Talib, they’re desperate for talent in the secondary.

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon – WR – Oklahoma State
Rams will also try to trade back but they can’t pass up on an ultimate weapon for Bradford.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Floyd – WR – Notre Dame
While pass rush is a huge need, the Jags always take the guy they like the most. Floyd is a much needed receiver for their young QB.

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill – QB – Texas A&M
I just don’t see how Miami can come out of the first round of this draft without Tannehill.

9. Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox – DT – Mississippi State
Panthers need help stopping the run and Cox is a force in the middle.

10. Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff – OT – Iowa
Would love to get a receiver here but Reiff is a solid plug-and-play tackle that can protect their investment in Fitzpatrick.

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Kuechly – ILB – Boston College
KC needs someone in the middle that can cover and stop the run. Kuechly will perform at a high level for a long time.

12. Seattle Seahawks: Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina
I don’t buy that the Seahawks will trade up for Tannehill but stranger things have happened. Pass rush is a major need though.

13. Arizona Cardinals: Melvin Ingram – DE/OLB – South Carolina
Cards need some help along the offensive line but they need production out of their pass rush.

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron – S – Alabama
I have a feeling the Jets or another team will make a move to get Barron but the Cowboys won’t pass him up if he’s available.

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Courtney Upshaw – DE/OLB – Alabama
Eagles pass rush leaves a lot to be desired. They could also look at a DT here.

16. New York Jets: Whitney Mercilus – DE/OLB – Illinois
If they don’t move up to get Barron, Mercilus provides a solid outside rush but can also anchor against the run. They could also look WR here.

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick – CB – Alabama
CB is probably the biggest need for the Bengals and they’re more than happy to snag Kirkpatrick here.

18. San Diego Chargers: David DeCastro – OG – Stanford
Pass rush has been poor but they also need some help along the offensive line.

19. Chicago Bears: Cordy Glenn – OG – Georgia
The only way the Bears can win is if Cutler stays upright and Forte can find some holes. Glenn will help with both.

20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina
Much needed replacement for Finnegan, especially when someone has to cover Andre Johnson twice a year.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Peter Konz – C/OG – Wisconsin
Konz can immediately play OG for the Bengals and might be a long term solution at center.

22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright – WR – Baylor
More offensive weapons. It’s make or break time for Colt McCoy.

23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins – CB – North Alabama
Possible character concerns but that hasn’t scared the Lions off before. Their secondary needs an upgrade.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dontari Poe – DT – Memphis
Versatile, agile and big. Will be able to play several spots for the Steelers and might be the long term replacement for Hampton.

25. Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy – DT – Michigan State
The Broncos have to get better against the run and that starts in the middle.

26. Houston Texans: Rueben Randle – WR – LSU
Randle is the perfect compliment to Andre Johnson. Better grab Matt Schaub in your fantasy league.

27. New England Patriots: Nick Perry – DE/OLB – USC
Losing Anderson hurts their pass rush but Perry will be a solid replacement.

28. Green Bay Packers: Shea McClellin – DE/OLB – Boise State
Lunch pail type player that is the perfect match for Clay Matthews and the Packers defense.

29. Baltimore Ravens: Dont’a Hightower – ILB – Alabama
I’m not even sure the Ravens will take Konz if he’s available here. Newsome will probably trade back but Hightower is hard to pass up.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Kevin Zeitler – OG – Wisconsin
Another mauler added to the Niners front line that will help Alex Smith even more.

31. New England Patriots: Doug Martin – RB – Boise State
Patriots have done well with relative ‘no-names’ at RB, but Martin is versatile and a nice fit in the Patriots offense.

32. New York Giants: Coby Fleener – TE – Stanford
Adding Keith Rivers helps the linebacker corp but Fleener would be a nice weapon for Manning. Don’t be surprised to see another defensive lineman here, either.

Will Spencer

Will is the founder and President of Draft Breakdown & has been scouting draft prospects since 2002. His work has been featured in numerous publications, including the USA Today Draft Preview Magazine, the official website of the Baltimore Ravens, Ravens Insider and The Orange and Brown Report. Will has previous playing experience as a defensive end in the AFA, is currently a member of the Football Writers Association of America and graduated from the SMWW Football Scouting course in 2009.

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