The Sports Dump First Annual NFL Mock Draft – 2012

The Sports Dump Five have completed their first annual NFL mock draft.  If you’re tired of reading mock drafts written by the so-called “experts” and are looking for a mock that even Lionel Messi would love, then this is the mock for you.

1. Indianapolis Colts  – Andrew Luck QB Stanford

While they probably should give some more consideration to taking RG3, The Colts have had their eye on Luck for a while. It’s a good fit for both team and player and he will become the face of their franchise. It remains to be seen what talent they can put around him to make him successful, however. (Phil)

2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis) – Robert Griffin III QB Baylor

Reportedly, Kyle Shanahan is already going over the playbook with RGIII. This pick is as locked in as a pick can be. (Tommy)

3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil OT USC

Kalil can anchor the Vikings line for 10 years. He will provide Ponder some peace of mind in his Sophomore campaign. (Greg)

4. Cleveland Browns – Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M

Because Cleveland is dumb, they’ll take Tannehill here unless Miami trades up to Minnesota’s spot. Tannehill could be a good NFL QB, but there’s no way I’d risk a top 5 pick (plus more if Miami trades up) on him. I understand the need, but it’s a big gamble. Trent Richardson would be the smart pick here. (Richard)

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Trent Richardson RB Alabama

LaGarrette Blount is not going to like this but the Bucs need a new bell-cow back for Coach Schiano’s run first attack. (Charlie)

6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) – Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State

Blackmon will give Bradford a solid target to throw to and will open up a dormant offense. (Charlie)

7. Jacksonville Jaguars – Quinton Coples DE UNC

The Jaguars should probably take Michael Floyd here but they also need a DE since Kampman is injury prone and over 30 now. I think the Jags like Coples’s upside and they snatch up the first Defensive player in the draft to take on Schaub, Luck and Locker for years to come. (Phil)

8. Miami Dolphins – Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina

If the Dolphins don’t trade up to get Ryan Tannehill, they’ll look towards the defensive side of the ball. Ingram fills a need and is the 2nd best DE in this draft. (Richard)

9. Carolina Panthers – Fletcher Cox DT MSU

The Panthers could be on the Poe bandwagon but I thnk that they will go for the best DT in this draft in Cox to fill their biggest need. (Charlie)

10. Buffalo Bills – Reilly Reiff OT Iowa

The Bills focused heavily on defense at the start of free agency, and retained their best wideout. Reiff makes sense both to get Buffalo’s running game going an to protect the investment the team has made to Fitzpatrick. (Greg)

11. Kansas City Chiefs – Morris Claiborne CB LSU

While David DeCastro is the popular pick here, if Morris Claiborne falls this far, he’ll be a Chief. Yes, the Chiefs acquired Stanford Routt this offseason, but Claiborne is a future star, despite what Mr. Wonderlic says. (Tommy)

12. Seattle Seahawks  – Luke Kuechly LB Boston College

A stud LB to patrol the middle of the field is the biggest need the Seahawks have and Kuechly is that player. He will be the league leader in tackles his first year in the league. (Charlie)

13. Arizona Cardinals – Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

If the Jets want Floyd they will have to trade up to get him because I don’t think he gets by Arizona. Pairing Floyd with Fitzgerald will give the Cardinals one of the best WR combos in the league. (Charlie)

14. Dallas Cowboys – Dontari Poe NT Memphis

The Cowgirls love Poe and if he falls to them, there is no question this will be the pick. (Tommy)

15. Philadelphia Eagles –  Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama

Just one year ago, the Iggles looked loaded at Corner, now, they are in dire need of one. Samuel may not be back and Rodgers-Cromartie, well, stinks. (Tommy)

16. New York Jets – Nick Perry OLB/DE USC

If Floyd isn’t around the Jets will be tempted by Jeffery or Wright at WR. However, the Jets need to get to the QB badly (Perry, Upshaw) and they need Safety Help (Barron). Ultimately they’ll select someone that can help them in the pass rush. (Phil)

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland) – Mark Barron S Alabama

Safety isn’t a huge need for the Bengals, but they could use one and he’s by far the best player available if he would fall this far. If Barron is gone by this pick look for them to draft an OL (either David DeCastro or Cordy Glenn). (Richard)

18. San Diego Chargers – Whitney Mercilus OLB/DE Illinois

The Chargers need to improve their front seven in order to put more pressure on the opposing QB.  Mercilus will do just that. (Greg)

19. Chicago Bears – David DeCastro OG Stanford

I think the Bears would prefer to address the OL in later rounds and grab a pass rushing DE like Upshaw here.  However, if DeCastro falls to pick # 19, the Bears simply can’t pass him up.  (Greg)

20. Tennessee Titans  – Michael Brockers DT LSU

Tennessee Titans Hall of Fame Offensive Lineman and Head Coach Mike Munchak says he won’t use his first round pick on an OL. If I am to believe him, I think he goes right to the other side of the ball to the DL. If Michael Brockers is still around at 20, I say that the Titans jump on him. The Titans have many holes to fill all over the field, however. (Phil)

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Cordy Glenn OG Georgia

The strategy to take the best available player at 19 pays off if Glenn is still here. He’s a very good guard and fills a big need for the Bengals. If they don’t go OL here, look for them to draft a CB. (Richard)

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta) – Kendall Wright WR Baylor

The Browns will draft a receiver here regardless of if they get Tannehill at #4. A strong pro day has re-solidified Wright’s stock as a 1st rounder. (Richard)

23. Detroit Lions – Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina

There’s a few good players that could fill any number of holes on the lions. They’re looking for secondary help and they’ll have the luxury of choosing between Jenkins, Gilmore and the safety Smith. Ultimately they’ll choose the safest of the three and take a projected solid NFL corner in Gilmore. (Greg)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama

The Steelers like Hightower and will definitely take him if he’s still here. If not, look for them to address the offensive line. (Richard)

25. Denver Broncos –  Johnathan Martin OT Stanford

Denver needs to protect Peyton’s Neck, the smart may be to move Orlando Franklin to Guard and draft an OT. If not Peter Konz could be the pick. They’ll wait till Round 2 to address the RB position. (Tommy)

26. Houston Texans – Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech

You would think the Texans would want to take a pass rusher here since they lost Super Mario in free agency. Everything I’ve seen and heard indicates that they want a receiver here. (Phil)

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans) – Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama

Upshaw’s value took a hit because of his combine results. Many had him rated above the pass rushers you see taken before him in this mock draft. The Patriots are desperate to get some help up front on D and Upshaw will give them a boost. (Phil)

28. Green Bay Packers –  Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama

The Packers uncharacteristically take a player with off the field issues in Jenkins. The offense in Green Bay doesn’t need much, maybe a lineman, but the defense sure could use some help just about everywhere. (Greg)

29. Baltimore Ravens – Mike Adams OT Ohio State

The Ravens are big believers in drafting the best player available, but they also have needs on the offensive line. They could have possibly taken Chandler Jones here, but he is more of a 4-3 defensive end and not a great fit for the system. (Richard)

30. San Francisco 49ers – Peter Konz C Wisconsin

Konz will be a starting center or guard in this league for the next decade and he will fit perfect in San Francisco. Harbaugh will love his toughness and leadership from day 1. (Charlie)

31. New England Patriots – Harrison Smith S Notre Dame

The Patriots have options here. They could continue to bolster their front 7 by picking up Kendall Reyes or Devon Still. I think they get better value by selecting Safety Harrison Smith instead. If anyone knows the value of a solid safety to match up against opposing TE’s, it’s the Patriots. (Phil)

32. New York Giants – Jerel Worthy DT Michigan St.

The Giants have a need at DT and Worthy is the best available. Other options include TE Fleener or OT Bobby Massie. (Tommy)


3 thoughts on “The Sports Dump First Annual NFL Mock Draft – 2012

  1. I changed my mind about the Titans pick at 20. They would like to select Lionel Messi to play every position. All other players will be released except for Kenny Britt, because he is on my fantasy team.

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