Friday, March 16, 2012

The Professor's 2012 NFL MOCK DRAFT 6.0

1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
To quote my fellow contributor, Brain Heat, “Andrew Lock”. I agree.

2. Redskins: Robert Griffin, QB, Baylor

TRADE! Holmgren played hard to get and got burnt. Skins get a franchise QB.

3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Plug-in from day 1.

4. Browns: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Holmgren pretends he didn’t fold a winning hand. The blogs give this crap a pass, but it stinks like Lake Erie. No options left but to draft a 2nd round QB at 4.

5. Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, DB, LSU

Claiborne and Wright replace Barber and Talib. Makes sense.

6. Rams: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Add free agent WRs. Pass on Blackmon.

7. Jaguars: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Young QB. Add Dez 2.0 to Free Agent pick up, Laurent Robinson.

8. Dolphins: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

New QB. Front office must make this work.

9. Panthers: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

DeCastro is a dancing bear. The most complete and pro ready. The value of interior offensive line is increasing exponentially with the evolution of DT.

10. Bills: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

High production and high character guys who will naturally assimilate into the cold Buffalo void. Kuechly joins Super Mario.

11. Chiefs: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

Romeo swings for this wrecking ball. Poe is a project and a future pocket destroyer.

12. Seahawks: Nick Perry, DE, USC

The deepest and most talented class in the Draft is DT/DE. More freaks than a circus! With “Skittles” in the bag, Pete gets some home cooking.

13. Cardinals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Great hands and faster than expected. Strong and can stretch the field. Perhaps, the best WR in the draft.

14. Cowboys: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Too much value to pass on. Hard to find or afford these guys in Free Agency. Signed CB Brandon Carr, SS Brodney Pool, and cut Terrence Newman. Maybe a CB in the 2nd round.

15. Eagles: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

They franchise DeSean. No more “dreaming”. Now must keep Vick alive if they have any chance at making the playoffs.

16. Jets: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Continues to drop. Didn’t run at the Combine or his pro day. Can’t leave it on Sanchez’s shoulders. Sparano returns the Jets to ground and pound.

17. Bengals: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Best cover corner in the draft.

18. Chargers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Active in Free Agency. Coples could be a beast or a bust.

19. Bears: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Physical corner will upgrade the Bear second level. Bears re-signed CB Tim Jennings.

20. Titans: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

A new dimension added to a one-dimensional attack.

21. Bengals: Devon Still, DT, Penn State

Another beast with a freaky athletic skill set. These guys are revolutionizing the position.

22. Browns Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

The press reports the irony. Holmgren passes on Batman, and grabs Robin. KAPOW!

23. Lions: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

Top safety added to an emerging defense.

24. Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

The proud Steelers got old and are in transition. They correctly moved the focus to Big Ben. Now it appears they are having second thoughts. Market interest in Wallace is tepid. First rebuild the defense. Hightower will not quiet the critics.

25. Broncos: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

Best player and best value.

26. Texans: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

Lack of college production is system related, not reflective of his abilities. His Pro Day confirmed his Combine measurables. Impressive.

27. Pats: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

Cox fills the hole left by the misguided adventure with Haynesworth.

28. Packers: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

More than likely will lose their starting center to Free Agency. If so, Konz slides seamlessly into place.

29. Ravens: Whitney Mercilus, DE/ OLB, Illinois

Edge rusher aids the transition. Out with the old and in with the new.

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’s long gone. Adams lands here by default.

31. Pats: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

Upshaw has been a disappointment so far in the testing process. Scouts question his ability to play OLB at the next level. Is he naturally big enough for DE?

32. Giants: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

Giants may need a super quick LB to chase more than Michael Vick or Tony Romo. Washington moving up to draft RG3 leaves the Giants in a division where all of their divisional opponents have exceptionally elusive QBs.   

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