In Response to 2012 NFL MOCK DRAFT (3/25/12)
[QUOTE] This is my amended 2012 NFL Mock Draft, which is sure to undergo more changes. Peyton Manning's decision on playing for Denver necessitates another revision. Again, although some see mocks as a waste of time, I enjoy doing one because it helps familiarize me with the college prospects, and the needs of each team. This in turn helps me to get an idea of what players will be available to the Patriots at the 27th, 31st, 48th, and 63rd overall selection spots. Here goes: ROUND 1 1.) Indianapolis Colts - QB Andrew Luck, Stanford: Though some media types are speculating that Indy might bypass Luck for Robert Griffin III (RG III), it's not going to happen. Luck is the closest thing to Peyton Manning to come out of college since, well, Peyton Manning. Though RG III has intriguing athletic abilities, Luck is quite an athlete himself. The difference between the two is that Luck appears to be a consummate, polished pocket passer...while Griffin is more of a Michael Vick type. Would you rather have Peyton Manning (hopefully minus the choke gene), or Michael Vick with a better IQ?; 2.) Washington Redskins - QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor: The Redskins paid a massive price to get RG III. At Baylor, he displayed the ability to throw deep with great accuracy. I recall watching Griffin play in a game where he completed something like 25 passes in a row...several of those were long passes. The only questions on him is whether he can get the job done if contained within the pocket, whether he can stay healthy, and how well he'll do against much better competition than he faced in the Big 12. Yet, he performed brilliantly against two pretty good college teams, Texas and Oklahoma. This guy is fun to watch; 3.) Minnesota Vikings - OT Ryan Kalil, USC: Minnesota badly needs a CB. But, their need at LT is just as strong. If Christian Ponder is to have a chance of developing into a solid NFL QB, he must be protected. Kalil is the best OT prospect since Joe Thomas; 4.) Cleveland Browns - QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M: Another huge mistake, made by the Lake. How can Mike Holmgren reach for Tannehill, when he could add sure thing, blue chips prospects like RB Trent Richardson and CB Mo Claiborne? Richardson will be an instant impact player, and would give to the Browns what Peyton Hillis did for one year, in 2010. CHANGE from RB Trent Richardson, Alabama . 5.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB Morris Claiborne, LSU: The Bucs need help in the secondary more than they need a RB. They are delighted to have Claiborne fall to them. CHANGE from RB Trent Richardson; 6.) St. Louis Rams- RB Trent Richardson, Alabama: Jeff Fisher loves the running game. He's previously built his offenses around RBs Eddie George and Chris Johnson in Tennessee. Who better to follow in their footsteps than the Alabama Whamma. Richardson appears to be a faster, more athletic version of Jerome Bettis. RB Stephen Jackson is traded to the New England Patriots for the Patriots' 94th overall pick, and a conditional 4th round pick in 2013. CHANGE from the Rams selecting WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State; 7.) Jacksonville Jaguars - DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina: Could be the top pass-rusher available. Though the Jags are a team screaming for offensive help (WR Michael Floyd?), they'll continue to build on the defensive side of the ball; 8.) Miami Dolphins - WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State: The 'Fins are devastated by a tragic happenings for them in the 2012 off-season. If they're flailing around signing a QB like David Gerrard, who wasn't even in the league last year...they must know that the Browns are going to take Ryan Tannehill, and have no interest in Tim Tebow. So...they try to excite the fan base by bringing in a first rate WR, to replace the departed Brandon Marshall. CHANGE from QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M; 9.) Carolina Panthers - DT Dontari Poe, Memphis: A massive man who was a Combine warrior. He has the physical look of another Vince Wilfolk. The Panthers hope that he's all that, and more; 10.) Buffalo Bills - WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame: The Bills set their sights directly on the Patriots' secondary with this choice. CHANGE from DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus, after the signing of DE/OLB Mario Williams; 11.) Kansas City Chiefs - OT Reilly Reiff, Iowa: Not a sexy pick, but a good one. Reiff is just what the Chiefs need to solidify their OL. CHANGE from OG David DeCastro, Stanford; 12.) Seattle Seahawks - DE/DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State: Great building block for Pete Carroll's DL. Tough for Seahawks to pass up David DeCastro; 13.) Arizona Cardinals - OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford: The Cards attempt to rebuild their horrid OL. OT is a greater need than OG. CHANGE from OG David DeCastro, Stanford ; 14.) Dallas Cowboys - OG David DeCastro, Stanford: This pick makes too much sense for the 'Boys. DeCastro is the best OG prospect since Steve Hutchinson. But, Jerry Jones will hate passing on a huge CB like Kirkpatrick, knowing he'll be picked next by the Eagles. CHANGE from Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama; 15.) Philadelphia Eagles - CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama: Huge CB will remind many Eagle fans of big Bobby Taylor. I had thought that ILB Luke Kuechly would be their choice. But, the Eagles just stole two-time pro-bowl MLB DeMeco Ryans from the Houston Texans. Philly traded their 77th and 100th overall picks for Ryans, and the Texans' 89th overall pick. The Texans made this trade in part because they had to clear some cap space in order to sign their 2012 draft class. This trade led to the CHANGE from ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College; 16.) N. Y. Jets - DE/OLB Nick Perry, USC: Get Tom Brady...get Tom Brady...get Tom Brady. The signing of LaRon Landry eases their need somewhat at safety. CHANGE from SS Mark Barron, Alabama; 17.) Cincinnati Bengals- CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina: Gilmore is a need pick for the Bengals, who look to fortify their secondary. CHANGE from CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama ; 18.) San Diego Chargers - DT Devon Still, Penn State: Huge DT replaces Luis Castillo of the Bolts' DL. CHANGE from OG/OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia; 19.) Chicago Bears - OG/OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia: QB Jay Cutler needs better protection from his OL. CHANGE from DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State; 20.) Tennessee Titans - SS Mark Barron, Alabama: Titans try to bolster they secondary. Signing of Kameron Wimbley decreases the need for a pass-rusher. CHANGE from DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois; 21.) Cincinnati Bengals- CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama: The Bengals double-up at CB with Jenkins. After the first four CBs, there's a heavy drop-off; 22.) Cleveland Browns - WR Stephen Hill, Georgia: Browns reach for a deep threat; 23.) Detroit Lions - CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska: Lions badly need a secondary help. CHANGE from Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina; 24.) Pittsburgh Steelers - ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College: Steelers just released long-tome ILB James Farrior. Kuechly can step right in and dominate. CHANGE from OLB/DE, Courtney Upshaw, Alabama; 25.) Denver Broncos- WR Alshon Jeffrey, South Carolina: Would not be my choice. But, John Elway and the Broncos are all in on Peyton Manning, and likely want to surround him with weapons. A DT, RB, and OL upgrades seem to be greater needs. CHANGE from possible Mike Wallace trade, in which the Steelers chose here, and selected OLB/DE Courtney Upshaw; 26.) Houston Texans - DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama: The Texans' calling card is on defense. Upshaw replaces the departed Mario Williams. CHANGE from DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina; 27.) Chicago Bears (trade with N. E. Patriots) - DE/DT Michael Brockers, LSU: Bears move up to get Brockers. They trade their 50th overall pick this year, and their #1 pick in 2013. 28.) Green Bay Packers - DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina: Green Bay finds a pass-rusher to compliment Clay Matthews. CHANGE from C Peter Konz, Wisconsin; 29.) Baltimore Ravens - C/OG Peter Konz, Wisconsin: Starting center Matt Birk is 36 years old, and OG Ben Grubbs has left for New Orleans. Konz can fill in for Grubbs at guard, and eventually take over at center for Birk. CHANGE from ILB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama; 30.) San Francisco 49ers - TE Coby Fleener, Stanford: Another weapon for Alex Smith, as the 49ers try to mimic the Patriots' two TE success; 31.) Denver Broncos (from New England Patriots): - DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State: The Broncos lost DT Brodrick Bunkley through free agency, and badly need a DT. So, they send the Patriots their 57th pick this year, and their #1 pick next year, to move up for Worthy. CHANGE from Alonzo Dennard, Nebraska; 32.) New York Giants - OLB/DE Andre Branch, Clemson: Giants know that they have won two SBs due to clutch QB play, and a relentless pass-rush. They add Branch to continue theirassaults on NFL QBs. CHANGE from WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers; ROUND 2 33.) St. Louis Rams) - OT Mike Adams, Ohio State: Rams are hopeful that Adams will develop into a solid LT; 34.) Indianapolis Colts - WR Ruben Randle, LSU: Randle become Luck's younger version of Reggie Wayne?; 35.) Minnesota Vikings - CB/KR Josh Robinson, Central Florida: Robinson was the fastest CB at the Combine; 36.) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - FS Harrison Smith, Notre Dame: The Bucs need lots of help in the secondary to defend against the pass-happy QBs in their division, Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton; 37.) Cleveland Browns - DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois: Browns add another pass-rusher to play opposite of Jabaal Sheard. CHANGE from Andre Branch, Clemson; 38.) Jacksonville Jaguars - WR Kendall Wright, Baylor: Somebody for Blaine Gabbert to throw to; 39.) St. Louis Rams - DT/DE Kendall Reyes, Connecticut: The addition of eyes helps to fortify the Rams' DL; 40.) Carolina Panthers - CB Chase Minniefield, Virginia: Head coach Ron Rivera hopes that Minniefield is a chip off the old block (dad Frank Minniefield); 41.) Buffalo Bills - ILB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama: Another good move by the Bills, who continue to beef up their front seven. CHANGE from OLB Zach Brown; 42.) Miami Dolphins - OLB/DE Vin Curry, Marshall: Get Tom Brady...get Tom Brady...get Tom Brady; 43.) Seattle Seahawks - DE/DT Jared Crick, Nebraska: Pete Carroll solidifies his DL; 44.) Kansas City Chiefs - NT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington: Romeo Crennel looks for his block of granite in the middle; 45.) Dallas Cowboys - DE/OLB Chandler Jones, Syracuse: Cowboys add a pass-rusher to get heat on the quality QBs (Eli Manning, Michael Vick, and RG III) in their division; 46.) Philadelphia Eagles - DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson: Andy Reid adds depth to his DL. CHANGE from DT Jerel Worthy , Michigan State. 47.) N. Y. Jets - RB Doug Martin, Boise State: The Jets have nothing at RB. CHANGE from OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma; 48.) New England Patriots - CB/FS Trumaine Johnson, Montana: Pats add depth to their secondary by adding the lengthy Johnson; 49.) San Diego Chargers - OT Bobby Massie, Mississippi: Bolts continue to fortify their OL. CHANGE from DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson (selected by N.E. Patriots in a proposed trade); 50.) New England Patriots (from Chicago Bears) - OT Mitchell Schwartz, California: Pats add depth to their OL, in the event that long time LT Matt Light retires, and/or Sebastien Vollmer's back acts up again; 51.) Philadelphia Eagles - TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson: Eagles' TE Brent Celek underwent multiple surgeries in the off-season; 52.) Tennessee Titans - OG/OC Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin: Titans add to their OL; 53.) Cincinnati Bengals- RB Lamar Miller, Miami: Breakaway threat to compliment RB BJGE. CHANGE from CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia; 54.) Detroit Lions - OT Zebrie Sanders, Florida State: Matthew Stafford needs better protection; 55.) Atlanta Falcons - DE Cam Johnson, Virginia: Although the Falcons resigned John Abraham, he's 34 years old; 56.) Pittsburgh Steelers - OG/OT Keleche Osemele , Iowa State: Steelers strive to improve their running game and better protect Ben Roethlisberger with the addition of Osemele; 57.) New England Patriots (from Denver Broncos) - WR Brian Quick, Appalachian State: Potential deep threat WR has Randy Moss-like potential; 58.) Houston Texans - WR Mohamad Sanu, Rutgers: Another option for the Texans' passing game, other than Andre Johnson; 59.) New Orleans Saints - forfeited, along with their 2013 second round pick, due to Bounty-gate scandal; 60.) Green Bay Packers - CB Josh Norman, Coastal Carolina: Packers' secondary is aging; 61.) Baltimore Ravens - FS George Iloka, Boise State: Ravens look for the eventual replacement for the great, but aging Ed Reed. CHANGED from Bobbie Massie, Mississippi; 62.) San Francisco 49ers: RB Chris Polk, Washington: Frank Gore is a great RB when healthy. But, he's constantly dinged up, and need some relief. CHANGE from CB Ryan Steed, Furman; 63.) New England Patriots: CB Brandon Boykin, Georgia: Pats add depth to the secondary, as well as a first rate punt returner. CHANGE from WR Joe Adams, Arkansas; 64.) N. Y. Giants: RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech: G-men need a RB to replace the departed Brandon Jacobs. CHANGE from Doug Martin, Boise State. I know how many of you hate it when the Pats trade down. But, considering where they're selecting, it seems to be the thing to do. To summarize, if things go according to my updated mock, the Pats come away with CB/FS Trumaine Johnson, and nickel CB Brandon Boykin to fortify their secondary.OT Mitchell Schwartz serves as insurance and depth on the OL. Brian Quick could be the deep threat that the Pats have been looking for. In addition, the Pats trade for veteran RB Steven Jackson, and come away ready for bear in the 2013 draft...with two additional first round draft choices from Chicago and Denver, respectively. But, unfortunately, the Pats fail to fill pass-rushing needs in my mock...and will have to do so through free agency, and/or in the later rounds. The top pass-rushers will be gone by the time the Pats pick. The question is...does BB think that DE/OLB Whitney Mercilus and/or Andre Branch are worth by-passing a high value trade-down. What's your opinions on this? Should the Pats have done the second trade-down with Denver? Or...should they instead select either Mercilus or Branch? As for passing on Brockers at #27, I see him as a project, rather than a guy who can contribute immediately. First round picks should never be used on projects. As always, your comments and opinions are most welcome.
Posted by TexasPat[/QUOTE]
I'm really hoping that BB will actually use the extra first round pick this year and forget this swapping picks for extra ammunition next year. He's been doing that for years and, if you never cash in on the extra pick, it means you're just wasting it. We can't play those extra 2013 picks in the 2012 season.
We have to have some young muscle to rush passers. CBs and OTs and WRs are nice but they're not going to win us another SB. Plus, we've already got guys to fill those positions. Sure we'd like an upgrade but we've got adequate fill-ins. WE have no one to rush the passer and its been killing our defense for several years now.