Thursday, March 1, 2012

The Professor - 2012 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Post Combine)

  1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Luck tested Cam-like. As advertised, he didn’t throw. Still looks like the Colts savior.
  1. Browns: Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor
TRADE! The Rams have numerous needs. If the Rams intend to make a run in the division, then Fisher needs to fill in the blanks. Those blanks get filled by moving down. When the dust settles, the Browns will have most interest and the most chips to trade.
  1. Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Confirmed his standing, as the No. 1 OT in this year’s draft. Plus, there is a bigger drop to the second ranked OT, than usual. Blackmon not participating, at the Combine, leaves a bad taste in the Ravens mouth. Blackmon could be Dez 2.0.
  1. Rams (from Browns)Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Blackmon will impress on his Pro Day. These “home turf” workouts are becoming almost a charade. The bias is in favor of the player. For the most part, that’s why you see the very top rated players electing to pass on the Combine work out. Nevertheless, Bradford needs a no.1 target.
  1. Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, DB, LSU
BPA and need. Claiborne moves like a cat. He will improve his 40 time on his pro day.
  1. RedskinsDontari Poe, NT, Memphis
Claiborne is off the board. Kirpatrick ran fast enough to move him back up the board. Redskins pick their NT of the future. Poe is a beast and everything Haynesworth was meant to be. Will cycle with Cofield.
  1. Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
OT is the cornerstone in building a successful franchise. Scouts believe Reiff can play the left side. The Jags will give Blaine Gabbert every chance to succeed.
  1. Dolphins: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
I expect the Dolphins to sign Matt Flynn. As usual, there is an early run on OT. Caveat Emptor, Flynn could be the second coming of Kevin Kolb.
  1. Panthers: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
DeCastro is a big man with amazing feet. He is the safest pick in the entire draft.
  1. Bills: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College
Impressive Combine. Faster then expected. Excellent character. Tackling machine is not an overstatement.
  1. Chiefs: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Too much value to let fall further. Chiefs grab the best back in the draft. A 2 back rotation with Charles is what the doctor ordered to revive a stagnant offense.
  1. Seahawks: Nick Perry, DE, USC
The deepest and most talented class in the Draft is DE. More freaks than a circus!
Pete enjoys some home cooking.
  1. Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
Great hands and faster than expected. Perhaps, more than a possession receiver.
  1. Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
Pot charges were dropped. Jerry goes for the more physical CB to assist a poor Cowboy secondary.
  1. Eagles: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
Must keep Vick alive if they have any chance at making the playoffs.
  1. Jets: Michaels Brockers, DT, LSU
Brockers falls to the Green Machine. Will shore up the nose for a decade.
  1. Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Jenkins has too much talent to pass because of past personal issues. He checks out.
  1. Chargers: Kendall Wright, WR/KR, Baylor
Poor 40 at the Combine drops Wright behind Floyd. Must replace WR lost to Free Agency.
  1. Bears: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Big, strong, possession receiver. Should work well with Cutler in the underneath zones. Will wait to his pro day to kick the tires.
  1. Titans: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Coples falls into the lap of the Titans. After an average Senior Bowl and a slightly above average Combine performance, Coples will be able to hit the reset button after his pro day. Questions regarding transition and work ethic will linger.
  1. Bengals: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Another beast with a freaky athletic skill set. Bengals welcomed him to the jungle. These guys are revolutionizing the position. Gotta have one.
  1. Rams: (from Browns) Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
The run of monster DTs, that tested off the charts, continues.
  1. Lions: Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
Lions want to attack on defense. Mercilus fits the program.
  1. Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
The proud Steelers got old quick. They correctly moved the focus to Big Ben. Now it appears they are having second thoughts. Hightower quiets the critics for a week.
  1. Broncos: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
If you truly believe that Tebow is an NFL QB, demographics suggest you are a middle class white male Republican, and Elway respectfully disagrees with you.
  1. TexansStephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Lack of college production is system related not reflective of his abilities. His Combine measurables were impressive.
  1. PatsFletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Cox fills the hole left by the disappointing adventure with Haynesworth.
  1. Packers: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
More than likely will lose their starting center to Free Agency. Konz slides seamlessly into place.
  1. Ravens: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Edge rusher will fit very well into Ravens aging roster.

30. 49ers: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
I tried to mock a WR here, but the 1st round guys are gone. I tried to mock Tannehill here, but he won’t slide that far. Adams lands here after a poor Combine performance.
  1. Pats: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Upshaw has been a disappointment so far in the testing process. He falls.

32. Giants: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
Another of Reese’s pieces. As usual, Jerry takes BPA, while he plans for 3 years out. He passes on Miller and Barron.

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