Updated 2012 Mock Draft

1.
Seattle Seahawks
Andrew Luck
QB Stanford
It’s going to be a hotly contested race for Andrew Luck, but the Seahawks appear to be the early-season favorites.
2. Cincinnati Bengals Matt Kalil OT USC
Tough decision for the Bengals here. Take Barkley or Jones to replace Dalton? Or try to support Dalton with an o-line upgrade?
3. Indianapolis Colts Matt Barkley QB USC
Its tough to replace a legend, but the Colts could pull it off if they can get Barkley a couple years to learn behind Manning.
4. Carolina Panthers Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
Cam Newton has already shown potential greatness, but he needs to be surrounded with playmakers in order to enjoy long-term success.
5. Miami Dolphins Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
I think this is too early for Landry Jones, but the Dolphins would definitely consider him. If they pass, adding another dimension to passing game is next best option.
6. Kansas City Chiefs Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
Branden Albert continues to play out of position at left tackle. Adding Martin would allow him to shift to right side.
7. Denver Broncos Trent Richardson RB Alabama
Few running backs are worth a top-10 pick, but Richardson is special. He could have an Adrian Peterson-like impact from day one.
8. Minnesota Vikings Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
Coples is a little overrated in my opinion, but would be a nice addition in Minnesota. He reminds me of Ray Edwards.
9. San Francisco 49ers Morris Claiborne CB LSU
Claiborne isn’t quiet Patick Peterson, but he’s close. He would be a significant upgrade over Tarell Brown in San Francisco.
10. Buffalo Bills Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
Leodis McKelvin has been a bust and its time for the Bills to move on. Either Claiborne or Kirckpatrick would be great additions to their secondary.
11. Jacksonville Jaguars Brandon Jenkins DE Florida State
The Jaguars did very little to fix the league’s worst pass rush this past offseason. Jenkins is the top pure pass rusher in this year’s class.
12. Cleveland Browns Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame
The Browns need a receiver more than anything, but with no one available their attention turns to a defensive playmaker. Te’o could play inside or strong-side..
13. Tennessee Titans Devin Taylor DE South Carolina
Unless Derrick Morgan gets healthy and lives up to initial expectations, the Titans need to upgrade their pass rush.
14. Arizona Cardinals Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
The loss of Rodgers-Cromartie hurt an already weak secondary. Adding one of the top corners is a no-brainer.
15. Washington Redskins Landry Jones QB Oklahoma
Rex Grossman may be adequate, but Mike Shannahan is going to want someone to groom for the long haul. Jones’ skill set would fit nicely in Washington.
16. Oakland Raiders D. Paige-Moss DE North Carolina
Donte Paige-Moss is an impressive athlete who is sure to catch Al Davis’ attention. He’ll give the Raiders a much needed edge rusher.
17. New York Giants Jared Crick DT Nebraska
Crick may actually be more well-rounded than former teammate Ndamukong Suh. He gets into the backfield consistently, but also holds up against the run.
18. Tampa Bay Buccaneers C. Upshaw LB Alabama
Courtney Upshaw would add a playmaker in the middle of the Bucs defense which is severely lacking this year.
19. Detroit Lions Riley Reiff OT Iowa
If the Lions want to keep Stafford on his feet, they have to invest in the offensive line sooner or later. Right?
20. Dallas Cowboys Cordy Glenn OG Georgia
The Cowboys patchwork offensive line is mediocre at best. Glenn is playing out of position at LT this year, and is better suited inside at guard.
21. St. Louis Rams Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
One of the most obvious needs this offseason is going to be the Rams need for an interior defensive lineman. Luckily there are some good ones to chose from.
22. New York Jets Don’ta Hightower LB Alabama
Already having experience in a 3-4 defense, Hightower should step right in and add some much needed depth in New York.
23. San Diego Chargers Josh Chapman DT Alabama
Chapman has the size to play nose tackle, but could potential play end in the Chargers 3-4 as well.
24. Chicago Bears David DeCastro OG Stanford
Protecting Cutler has to be the theme of the offseason for the Bears. DeCastro would be an immediate upgrade to the line.
25. Houston Texans T.J. McDonald S USC
The Texans improved the defense this offseason but there’s still work to be done, especially in the secondary.
26. Pittsburgh Steelers Levy Adcock OT Oklahoma State
The Steelers offensive line holes get overlooked because Big Ben is capable of taking a beating, but some upgrades are desperately needed.
27. Baltimore Ravens B. Thompson DT Clemson
Brandon Thompson has the skills to play in a 3-4 or a 4-3, which will make him an attractive option for the Ravens hybrid defense.
28. Philadelphia Eagles Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona State
Burfict is a top-10 talent, but has some some discipline issues on and off the field. The Eagles are one of the candidates to roll the dice on him, however.
29. New England Patriots Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
Devin McCourty is developing into a shutdown corner, but depth in the Patriots secondary is still an issue.
30. Cleveland Browns Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
This is a slight reach for Floyd, but the Browns absolutely must find a playmaker for Colt McCoy.
31. Green Bay Packers Vinny Curry LB Marshall
Curry is best player from a non-BCS AQ conference, and has a chance to sneak into the 1st round. He’d be a nice fit opposite Matthews in Green Bay.
32. New England Patriots Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina
The Pats continue to address the defensive line with veterans, but it won’t be fixed until they bring in a young playmaker.
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