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Playoffs 03-02-2012 12:07 PM

2012 RotoWorld Post-Combine Mock Draft
Post-Combine NFL Mock Draft
Friday, March 02, 2012

Only in a few instances did draft stock change dramatically during last week's Scouting Combine. Regarded as a first-round prospect amongst some media types, Arizona State linebacker Vontaze Burfict bombed his first post-collegiate job interview and will be drafted on day three if he's lucky. At the opposite end of the spectrum, Georgia Tech wideout Stephen Hill opened eyes with a 4.36 forty time and 11-foot-1 broad jump at 6-foot-4, 215. Hill's game tape is currently in hot demand around the NFL and -- most importantly -- that game tape is quite good.

Rotoworld draft maven Josh Norris put a bow on the 2012 Combine in his Tuesday review column. On Thursday night, Norris and I teamed to project the 2012 draft.

Here's what we've got:

1. Colts -- Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck

As we inch toward April 26, expect some media reports to emerge that the Colts are considering shopping the No. 1 pick. Indianapolis may as well gauge the value of the selection as it undergoes a full-on rebuild, changing schemes on both sides of the ball. The most likely endgame remains choosing a quarterback considered more pro-ready than any prospect to come out of college since Luck's predecessor in Indy. Look for Peyton Manning to be released next Wednesday night.

2. Browns (Projected Trade) -- Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III

We usually avoid trade projections in mock drafts, but a deal for Griffin is virtually inevitable. The bidding war began at the Combine, and will continue right up until the draft's first night. While the Redskins will be ardent pursuers, we suspect the Rams would prefer to trade with Cleveland. It's no secret that St. Louis is high on LSU CB Morris Claiborne, who might not get past Tampa Bay at No. 5. The Rams would also have a better shot to be competitive in new coach Jeff Fisher's first season armed with two 2012 first-round picks, as opposed to one in 2012 and another in 2013.

3. Vikings -- USC left tackle Matt Kalil

Minnesota is overhauling the left side of its offensive line. Concussion-prone, 34-year-old LG Steve Hutchinson will likely be released before the start of free agency, and incumbent left tackle Charlie Johnson is moving inside to guard. Kalil is a dancing bear at 6-foot-7, 306 with terrific feet for pass protection, better-than-advertised strength, and 34 1/2-inch arms. Kalil is the prototype, the best player available, and can immediately turn the Vikings' greatest weakness into a strength.

4. Rams (Projected Trade) -- LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne

The Redskins' bid for the right to draft second ultimately won't offer enough immediacy for St. Louis. Perhaps taking slightly less from the Browns, the Rams drop down two spots to select the highest-rated defender on their board. Claiborne is 5-foot-11, 188, but covers like a 6'2" corner with lineman-like 33 1/4-inch arms. The converted wideout also boasts soft hands, intercepting 11 passes in his final two college seasons. The Rams have a bullís-eye on offseason cornerback upgrades.

5. Buccaneers -- Alabama running back Trent Richardson

The best running back prospect to enter the pros since Adrian Peterson, Richardson received full medical clearance at the Combine following his February 3 knee scope. "It was about as minor and routine as you can get," said Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery. Richardson even has a leg up on Peterson coming out of college as a far superior blocking and pass-catching back. New Bucs coach Greg Schiano was one of college football's most run-heavy minds, and don't expect him to veer from that approach in the NFL. LeGarrette Blount can't get it done alone.

6. Redskins -- Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill

The Redskins are not expected to seriously pursue Peyton Manning or Matt Flynn in free agency. Mike Shanahan's most likely approach involves signing a stopgap passer like Kyle Orton or Rex Grossman, and opening the season with the veteran while the rookie waits. Missing out on RG3 wouldn't be a devastating setback because Tannehill might be a better fit for Shanahan's offense. Outstanding athletically in his own right, Tannehill is a strong-armed, more accurate version of Jake Locker.

7. Jaguars -- South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram

Ingram is the top-ranked defensive end on most teams' draft boards, and reinforced the NFL's high opinion of him with a quietly impressive Combine. Ingram's three-cone time (6.83) was the third best by a defensive lineman since 2006, while his 4.18 short shuttle was bettered by only two defensive ends in Indy. Jaguars G.M. Gene Smith emphasizes effort and character in his top draft picks, and Ingram edges out North Carolina's Quinton Coples in both areas. More explosive off the edge than Alabama's Courtney Upshaw, Ingram will have no trouble going in the top ten.

8. Dolphins -- North Carolina defensive end Quinton Coples

At 6-foot-6, 284 with 33 1/4-inch arms, Coples is a long-bodied pass rusher with a much more productive track record than widely given credit. The 21-year-old racked up 40.5 career tackles for loss and 24 sacks, earning first-team All-ACC honors as both a junior defensive tackle and senior defensive end. Transitioning from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3, the Dolphins' most glaring need is at left end opposite weak-side rusher Cameron Wake. It's also Coples' natural position at the NFL level.

9. Panthers -- Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox

Cox's stellar Combine was somewhat unfairly overshadowed by Dontari Poe's among interior D-Linemen. A better player than Poe on the field, Cox ran a linebacker-like 4.79 forty time at 6-foot-4, 298, and bench pressed 225 pounds 30 times with 34 1/2-inch arms. The Panthers believe they have a promising young corps on the defensive interior, but Ron Edwards, Terrell McClain, and Sione Fua lack Cox's difference-making upside. He's already the best pass rusher of the group.

10. Bills -- Illinois defensive end Whitney Mercilus

No team in football is more desperate for pass rushers than the Bills, who lost out on Von Miller due to a last-minute reversal by Denver's front office the night before the 2011 draft. While one-year wonder concerns exist about Mercilus, he answered questions about his natural athleticism in Indianapolis by running the fourth fastest forty time (4.68) among defensive linemen and showing explosive potential with a 32-inch vertical and 9-foot-10 broad jump. Mercilus' motor never stops running, and he is big enough (6'4/261) to be an every-down NFL defensive end.

11. Chiefs -- Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe

Opposing C-USA coaches feared Poe only enough to vote him second-team all conference as a junior, but human beings who weigh 346 pounds and move like this one don't last long on NFL draft boards. Poe is an absolute mammoth of a man with incredible brute strength (Combine-best 44 bench press reps), essentially a bigger, faster version of B.J. Raji with a cleaner off-field history. The interior D-Line is a need spot for Kansas City, as Kelly Gregg is expected to retire.

12. Seahawks -- Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon

The Seahawks may not envision receiver as a weak spot entering late April, but they'll face an interesting dilemma should Blackmon, Kendall Wright, and Michael Floyd all be available at No. 12. Blackmon's measurables are certainly not top-ten caliber, and his possession-style game tape is similar to Julio Jones' coming out of Alabama with two fewer inches, 13 fewer pounds, and a (likely) inferior forty time. There's still a good chance he'd be Seattle's highest rated player. Sidney Rice is coming off double shoulder surgeries, Golden Tate has mostly underwhelmed, and Mike Williams is an offseason release candidate after fracturing his left ankle and fibula last December.

13. Cardinals -- Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff

Reiff was one of the Combineís "fallers," measuring in with guard-like 33 1/4-inch arms and showing mediocre to below average strength (23 bench press reps). Reports out of Indianapolis had some teams projecting Reiff as a left guard or right tackle only. Reiff still fits the Russ Grimm mold as a more productive and efficient blocker than measurables indicate. The Cardinals plan to keep Levi Brown, but need a tackle to start opposite him. Reiff could play either the left or the right side.

14. Cowboys -- Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw

Dallas is expected to place the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer, but a long-term commitment won't be necessary if the team steals Upshaw near the end of the top 15. A versatile, high-motor pass rusher, Upshaw was also impressively durable (zero missed games due to injury) and productive (35.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks) during his Alabama career. College teammate Dre Kirkpatrick would also be given consideration here, but Upshaw is the higher-rated draft prospect.

15. Eagles -- USC defensive end Nick Perry

After retaining DeSean Jackson with the franchise tag, the Eagles are without a singular pressing need. Pass rushers are always welcomed by the organization, though, and Perry fits the Philly mantra as an explosive sack artist who flies off the edge. The Eagles can't count on knee-troubled former first-round pick Brandon Graham, and Darryl Tapp may be released ahead of his April 11 roster bonus. Perry would give the Birds another wave rusher behind Jason Babin and Trent Cole.

16. Jets -- Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd

The Jets are thirsty for playmakers, so Baylor's Kendall Wright, Boise's Doug Martin, and LSU's Rueben Randle should all generate consideration at the 16th pick. Wright may be too much like Santonio Holmes, however, while Martin could be considered a reach. Randle is perhaps too raw. Floyd is a polished possession receiver with a deceptive vertical game and experience at all three receiver spots. Notre Dame's all-time leader in TD catches (37) is also dynamite in the red area.


Playoffs 03-02-2012 12:08 PM

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17. Bengals -- Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright

Make no mistake: Wright's 4.61 "official" forty time will not cost him. He'll run 4.4s at Baylor's Pro Day and be drafted in the top-20 picks. The Bengals can supplement their offensive arsenal with the top downfield playmaker in the draft, pairing Wright with A.J. Green to give Andy Dalton arguably the most promising receiver duo in the AFC. While David DeCastro and Dre Kirkpatrick are also worthy of pick No. 17, the opportunity to draft Wright is simply too appealing to pass up.

18. Chargers -- Stanford guard David DeCastro

DeCastro would be drafted higher if he didn't play one of football's least valued positions, and he still might be. In this scenario, though, the Chargers couldn't afford to let the draft's best interior O-Lineman slip through their hands. LG Kris Dielman announced his retirement on Thursday, and the team's run blocking was already becoming a soft spot. DeCastro can offer a quick remedy.

19. Bears -- Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick

The Bears may prefer one of the top three wideouts to fall to No. 19, but Michael Floyd's 4.47 forty time in Indianapolis hurt their chances. At least according to Chicago's coaching staff, the offensive line isn't as big a weakness as the media claims it to be. The Bears are in danger of losing two of their top three cornerbacks to free agency, while top CB Charles Tillman is getting up there in age. An aggressive tackler with plus size, Kirkpatrick would start at left corner in Week 1.

20. Titans -- Georgia guard Cordy Glenn

Glenn made a strong case to stay at tackle in the pros by showing rare athleticism for a 6-foot-6, 346-pound behemoth at the Combine. He has left-tackle length with 35 3/4-inch arms. But Glenn would play guard in Tennessee, replacing free agent RG Jake Scott. Titans brass has stated that upgrading the interior line's run blocking is its top offseason priority. Glenn would immediately be the team's best guard, and he could kick outside to tackle in the event of a David Stewart injury.

21. Bengals -- South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore

The Bengals will think long and hard about a corner at No. 17, but a fine fallback option awaits should Cincinnati bypass Kirkpatrick for an offensive difference maker. Gilmore was the SEC's third best cornerback last season, and possesses raw speed (4.40) superior to both Kirkpatrick and Claiborne. Physical and rangy (6'0/190, 31-inch arms) with plenty of playmaking ability, Gilmore patterns his game after Al Harris as a press-man corner. Fitting defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's style of play, Gilmore wouldn't struggle to turn aging Nate Clements into a reserve.

22. Rams (Projected Trade) -- Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still

On both sides of the ball, line play has been a seemingly unfixable deficiency for St. Louis. At the 22nd pick, the Rams would consider both Still and Stanford's Jonathan Martin if the draft plays out as we project. Still is more of a sure thing, and coach Jeff Fisher's defenses have long featured dominant interior performance. Look for the Rams to draft the best offensive player left at No. 33.

23. Lions -- Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin

The Lions plan to re-sign free agent left tackle Jeff Backus, but he's not long for the league going on age 35 and returning from a biceps tear. Contract-year right tackle Gosder Cherilus is coming off another poor season. Martin could give Cherilus a run for his money in training camp while being groomed as Backus' long-term replacement. Boston College's Luke Kuechly could be an enticing alternative should the Lions fail to retain free agent middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch.

24. Steelers -- Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams

Adams' soft playing style doesn't fit the Steelers' usual modus operandi, and he's got plenty of weight-room work to do after benching 225 pounds 19 times in Indy. But the Pittsburgh coaching staff consistently gets the absolute most out of offensive linemen, and they may envision a future star in Adams' tremendous physical gifts. In a best case scenario, Adams could develop into the Steelers' left tackle of the future, with Marcus Gilbert on the right side and Willie Colon at guard.

25. Broncos -- Boise State running back Doug Martin

The 2012 defensive tackle class is rising quickly, so much so that the Denver's biggest weakness may not be worth addressing with a reach at No. 25. As Josh Norris has repeatedly mentioned, Martin's game resembles Jonathan Stewart's from the standpoint that he's a built-up running back with versatility to play on all three downs and deceptive, breakaway long speed. Willis McGahee is entering his age-31 season with a long track record of injuries and no value in the passing game.

26. Texans -- LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle

Randle plays faster than his 4.55 official forty suggests. “Unofficially” timed as fast as 4.5-flat in Indy, Randle goes 6-foot-3, 210 and is a defense's worst nightmare in the open field. He averaged 16.8 yards per career reception in the SEC, including a 17.3 mark as a junior in 2011. Randle is ready to start as a No. 2 receiver, and he could be Andre Johnson's long-range successor as Houston's No. 1.

27. Patriots -- LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers

Brockers isn't the athletic pass rusher some outlets have claimed him to be, but he is a powerful run defender ideally suited for "five technique." Put together beautifully for 3-4 teams at 6-foot-5, 322 with 35-inch arms, Brockers could help New England transition back to Bill Belichick's preferred defensive system. Just don't get caught up in the hype of Brockers as a top-20 talent.

28. Packers -- Virginia Tech running back David Wilson

Wilson is a tough, competitive, explosive runner, and his athleticism shows up on the field. Not the least bit fearful of contact, Wilson possesses rare balance and is ready to break tackles in the pros. The Packers would need to refine Wilson's passing-game skills and vision, but he'd add a breakaway rushing element to an offense that lacks it. His game is suited for a one-cut scheme.

29. Ravens -- Wisconsin center/guard Peter Konz

Konz was a three-year starting center at Wisconsin, but NFL teams project him to guard at 6-foot-5 and 314 pounds with 33-inch arms. In Baltimore, Konz would be an immediate replacement for likely outgoing left guard Ben Grubbs. Konz could succeed 36-year-old center Matt Birk in 2013.

30. 49ers -- Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill

Playing in a Georgia Tech offense that ran the ball on 81.8 percent of its plays led to some "focus drops" by Hill, but he displayed reliable hands in Combine drills and maximized his college pass-catching chances. Hill's 29.3 yards-per-reception average led Division I last year, and busted Demaryius Thomas' single-season school record. Hill isn't just a workout freak. He is physical after the catch, consistently creates downfield separation, and would be an ideal bookend in San Francisco for Michael Crabtree, who's proved to be more of a short to intermediate NFL receiver.

31. Patriots -- Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick

Quick packs 220 pounds onto his 6-foot-4 frame, and his 34 1/4-inch arms were second longest among wideouts in Indianapolis. Answering questions about his long speed, Quick was timed "unofficially" as fast as 4.48 in the forty-yard dash. Patriots area scouts put a first-round grade on Quick's 2010-2011 tape, and he's every bit worth this pick for a team pursuing a vertical presence.

32. Giants -- Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly

At the Combine, Kuechly ranked among the top-five linebackers in the forty-yard dash (4.58), vertical (38 inches), broad jump (10-foot-3), three-cone drill (6.92), 20-yard shuttle (4.12), and 60-yard shuttle (11.43). Inside linebackers don't typically go high on draft day, but none in this year's class has a better shot to crack the top 32 than the most decorated defender in Boston College history. Kuechly would have no trouble winning a Week 1 starting job for the Super Bowl champs.

Just Missed: Stanford TE Coby Fleener, Miami RB Lamar Miller, North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins, South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery, Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden, North Carolina LB Zach Brown, Boise State S George Iloka, Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard, Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy, Clemson DT Brandon Thompson, Notre Dame S Harrison Smith, Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler, Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu, UConn DT Kendall Reyes, Clemson DE Andre Branch, Utah State LB Bobby Wagner, Oklahoma CB Jamell Fleming, Nebraska DT Jared Crick, Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower, Georgia TE Orson Charles, Clemson TE Dwayne Allen, Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu, Iowa State T/G Kelechi Osemele, Wisconsin G/C Kevin Zeitler.


Playoffs 03-02-2012 12:16 PM

Re: RotoWorld Post-Combine Mock Draft
Overall, this looks better than most mocks to me. Don't see any throwaway picks -- they put some thought/reasoning into it along with player personnel insight.

bah007 03-02-2012 12:22 PM

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I can't believe that there is serious conversation going on about Ryan Tannehill as a first round pick. Insane.

Mr teX 03-02-2012 01:22 PM

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id b more than estactic with this pick..:strangle::lion:

Ole Miss Texan 03-02-2012 02:08 PM

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Originally Posted by bah007 (Post 1908170)
I can't believe that there is serious conversation going on about Ryan Tannehill as a first round pick. Insane.

Just look at last year! I know I'm not saying anything you don't already know but that QB position holds a ton of weight. I don't believe Tannehill is the a top ten player in this draft, but if he's the 3rd rated QB... he's going to go earlier than most people think.

1 Cam Newton
8 Jake Locker
10 Blaine Gabbert
12 Christian Ponder

beerlover 03-02-2012 08:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Ole Miss Texan (Post 1908257)
Just look at last year! I know I'm not saying anything you don't already know but that QB position holds a ton of weight. I don't believe Tannehill is the a top ten player in this draft, but if he's the 3rd rated QB... he's going to go earlier than most people think.

1 Cam Newton
8 Jake Locker
10 Blaine Gabbert
12 Christian Ponder

I see only one hit on that list.

Teams who drafted those last three QB's are where they are because of it, just look how long it took the Texans to overcome reaching for their franchise QB in 2002. :thisbig:

beerlover 03-02-2012 08:43 PM

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In response to "RotoWorld Post-Combine Mock Draft" this IS a strong effort.

steelbtexan 03-02-2012 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Mr teX (Post 1908227)
id b more than estactic with this pick..:strangle::lion:




Corrosion 03-03-2012 01:59 AM

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Blackmon falling all the way to the Seabirds at 12 ? WoW.

If I could have my pick of the recievers in this class at #12 , I'd seriously have to consider a trade up. So many teams needing WR's , I cant see Blackmon falling that far.

beerlover 03-03-2012 08:00 AM

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Originally Posted by Corrosion (Post 1908540)
Blackmon falling all the way to the Seabirds at 12 ? WoW.

If I could have my pick of the recievers in this class at #12 , I'd seriously have to consider a trade up. So many teams needing WR's , I cant see Blackmon falling that far.

Floyd was far more polished & impressive @ the combine. I think it comes down to how well they perform @ their respective Pro-Days for teams. 12, 16 & 17 reflect just how close they are, difference being how teams evaluate each fit within their own system. I'm hoping that Wright drops another 9 spots.

badboy 03-03-2012 04:38 PM

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I cannot see Washington going Tannehill that early when he could be there in their second. Still they want a QB ....

Corrosion 03-03-2012 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by beerlover (Post 1908556)
Floyd was far more polished & impressive @ the combine. I think it comes down to how well they perform @ their respective Pro-Days for teams. 12, 16 & 17 reflect just how close they are, difference being how teams evaluate each fit within their own system. I'm hoping that Wright drops another 9 spots.

I agree with that .... Thing about Blackmon , he may not "test well" but that guy is a "football player". Its not all about physical with him , he finds a way to make plays when it matters.

Floyd on the other handis the better physical specimen .... but has issues. On the field his ability is obvious .... You just have to wonder how much better can this guy be if he cleans up his act .... or what a disaster he could be if he doesnt.
Throwing $20m at a guy like that could be a recipe for disaster.

Wrights 40 times werent as fast as expected ..... I have to wonder how much of his success is attributed to RG3 as that guy's just plain special both on and off the field. Wright is a good route runner with solid hands tho .... I dont think his downside is anything less than a solid #3. While his upside is a #1 guy .... Not a whole lot of risk with him.

bah007 03-04-2012 06:55 PM

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Originally Posted by beerlover (Post 1908464)
I see only one hit on that list.

Teams who drafted those last three QB's are where they are because of it, just look how long it took the Texans to overcome reaching for their franchise QB in 2002. :thisbig:

You are right on target here.

This "franchise QB" nonsense makes me sick. I get that a franchise QB is important. But you don't have to take a QB in the 1st just for the sake of taking one.

Does anyone (ANYONE!) actually see a franchise QB in Blaine Gabbert? I seriously doubt it. But instead of spending their 1st round pick on a better player, the Jags wasted the pick on him for the sole reason that they don't have a franchise QB. Even though Gabbert is very unlikely to ever become one.

I understand that the guy has only played one year. You can't call him a bust yet.

If I were a GM I would fix my other issues first before I risked it all on a QB. Now if a guy falls to you and you like him, you snatch him up with no hesitation. But you don't sell your whole draft for a guy unless you are sure of him, no matter what position he plays.

I thought it was hilarious how everybody crucified the Falcons for trading up for Julio Jones (a reach but a damn fine compliment to White) but nobody thinks it is a problem to take a 2nd/3rd round prospect at #10 simply because he is a QB.

SW H-TOWN 03-08-2012 08:08 PM

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If we draft Rueben Randle in the first I will try to kick myself in the balls.

drs23 03-08-2012 08:48 PM

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Originally Posted by SW H-TOWN (Post 1911991)
If we draft Rueben Randle in the first I will try to kick myself in the balls.

Won't happen but if it does, just do a TB and "punch" yourself in your "junk". It'll come out the same, I think. :goodluck:

Playoffs 04-20-2012 08:45 AM

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1. Indianapolis Colts -- Stanford QB Andrew Luck

The Colts have informed Luck that he'll be their pick, and ESPN's Bill Polian -- the team's former president -- revealed Thursday that owner Jim Irsay made up his mind months ago. "He preferred Andrew because he thought RG3 was a little more of a running quarterback," Polian said. "I think that's a bit of a misnomer. ... (But) Jim had his heart set on Andrew. And that's fine. Great pick."

2. Washington Redskins -- Baylor QB Robert Griffin III

On March 9, Washington sent its first-round picks in 2012, 2013, and 2014, as well as its 2012 second-rounder to St. Louis in exchange for the Redskins' first franchise quarterback since Joe Theismann. "(Griffin) needs technique work and fundamentals," one scout told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel this week. "But ... he's got feet, touch downfield with accuracy, a strong arm. He's charismatic and smart as (expletive)." You'll want RG3 over Luck in fantasy football this year.

3. Minnesota Vikings -- USC OT Matt Kalil

Minnesota has narrowed its choices to Kalil, Morris Claiborne, and Justin Blackmon. The pick, ultimately, is an easy one. Adding Kalil not only gives Minnesota a potentially elite left tackle, he makes the Vikings better at two positions. Incumbent LT Charlie Johnson kicks inside to guard, where he has historically played his best football. With Phil Loadholt at right tackle, John Sullivan at center, and Geoff Schwartz at right guard, Minnesota would finally have a formidable front five.

4. Cleveland Browns -- Alabama RB Trent Richardson

Browns GM Tom Heckert revealed in his pre-draft presser Thursday that Cleveland has already decided on the No. 4 pick. "Right now, we hope to stay there and take a good player," Heckert answered when asked whether he wants to trade down. "I know who that four is going to be if we stay there. We are all on the same page." The Browns do like Ryan Tannehill and may consider bundling the 22nd pick to move back up and land him. But they will take Trent Richardson at 4.

5. Tampa Bay Bucs -- LSU CB Morris Claiborne

The Bucs are a prime candidate to throw the draft's first curveball. They have a new coaching staff, and brand new schemes on both sides of the football. On the pre-draft meeting circuit, Tampa showed more interest in Trent Richardson than any other player. A fine fallback option after missing out on a top target is always to draft the next best guy on the board. There are five elite players in this draft: Luck, Griffin, Kalil, Richardson, and last yearís Thorpe Award winner.

6. St. Louis Rams -- Mississippi State DT Fletcher Cox

Everyone wants to send Blackmon to the Rams. It makes some sense. The Rams need a wide receiver, and he's widely considered the best one available. But this is a deep, deep wideout draft, and Blackmon isn't a top-six overall talent in it. During Jeff Fisher's 17 seasons with the Titans/Oilers organization, the club used first-round picks on defensive linemen more than any other position. Fisher never used a top-15 pick on a receiver. Cox is loaded with upside. He just turned 21.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars -- South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore

The Jaguars want to trade out of this pick, so much so that they've broadcasted it in their local newspaper. If they don't find a trade partner, GM Gene Smith will select the highest rated player on his board. League execs are extremely high on Gilmore, a prototypically-built corner with solid tape. Like Fisher before him, Smith overlooks Blackmon because this is such a receiver-rich draft.

8. Miami Dolphins -- Oklahoma State WR Justin Blackmon

The only reason anyone believes Miami would draft Tannehill is because OC Mike Sherman was his college coach. There is no further evidence, and Sherman lacks say in personnel matters. GM Jeff Ireland runs the show, and he is a proponent of second-round quarterbacks. In Ireland's four years with Miami, the Fins have already selected two signal callers in the second round, and he was also on staff for a second-round QB with the Cowboys in 2001 (Quincy Carter). A believer in first-round "singles and doubles" as opposed to swinging for the fences, look for Ireland to once again target a "value pick" quarterback later in the draft and opt for his top-rated player at No. 8.

9. Carolina Panthers -- North Carolina DE Quinton Coples

Entering the 2011 college season, no senior in the nation was rated higher than Coples by team-employed scouting services Blesto and National. Aware of the lofty grades, Coples played his final season not to get hurt. Effort concerns arose, though they've been largely overblown and are even somewhat understandable. He had a ton of money on the line. Coples fits the Panthers because he's a left end who kicks inside in passing situations. Carolina needs help at both end and tackle.

10. Buffalo Bills -- Georgia OT Cordy Glenn

Glenn was one of the first players the Bills hosted for a pre-draft visit. While that isn't necessarily a surefire indication of interest, Glenn's game is eerily similar to former Buddy Nix pick Marcus McNeill's. Both are athletic, physically dominant "waist benders" whose technique is criticized despite exceptional down-to-down play. Glenn would be an upgrade on Erik Pears at right tackle initially, and perhaps move to the left side if Chris Hairston doesn't markedly improve in camp.

11. Kansas City Chiefs -- Texas A&M QB Ryan Tannehill

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel is a big fan of Luke Kuechly, and Kuechly is the likeliest choice for K.C. if Tannehill doesn't fall. In this scenario, however, Tannehill becomes the best value left at the 11th overall selection, and also fits into a position of need. The Chiefs are aware that Matt Cassel is a game manager at his finest, and have a perfect environment to groom a quarterback capable of developing into far more. They won't trade up for Tannehill, but they will take him at 11.

12. Seattle Seahawks -- Boston College LB Luke Kuechly

Non-pass rush linebackers don't typically warrant top-15 selections. They are often thumping, two-down run stoppers, leaving the field in passing sets. Kuechly is different. "He is the best pass-dropping inside 'backer I've ever seen come out of college," NFL Network's Mike Mayock says. Kuechly is a three-down player, and a safe pick for a Seattle team that prides itself on defense.

13. Arizona Cardinals -- Iowa OT Riley Reiff

The Cardinals have a glaring O-Line need, and it's conceivable that they'll rate Reiff as a top-five overall player because he's such a system fit. While some teams question Reiff's ability to play left tackle, he could be a starter on either side in Arizona, bookending Levi Brown and kicking Adam Snyder inside to guard. Reiff may lack ideal NFL measurables, but he is a plug-and-play starter.

14. Dallas Cowboys -- Alabama SS Mark Barron

Clarence Hill Jr. of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram predicted Thursday that Dallas' pick will come down to Barron versus LSU DT Michael Brockers. Hill projected Brockers to the Cowboys, but Barron is a superior playmaker at a position of greater need. After the acquisition of Brandon Carr and Gerald Sensabaugh's long-term extension, Barron would solidify Dallas' secondary.

15. Philadelphia Eagles -- Syracuse DE Chandler Jones

The Eagles are still reeling from their decision to bypass Jason Pierre-Paul in favor of Brandon Graham two drafts ago. Graham, selected with Philly's pick at 13, has three sacks through two seasons. Drafted by the division-rival Giants two picks later, Pierre-Paul is a first-team All Pro. While not as explosive off the edge, Jones has some JPPish traits as a long-armed, high-effort pass rusher with loads of "growth potential." He'd be the Eagles' left defensive end of the future.

16. New York Jets -- South Carolina DE Melvin Ingram

While Ingram was a popular No. 7 mock pick as recently as two weeks ago, we've heard reliably that Jacksonville was smokescreening interest. The Jags sent a large contingent to the South Carolina Pro Day, while leaking their supposed Ingram love to local writers. The Jets legitimately have the hots for Ingram, whom coach Rex Ryan envisions as his next Adalius Thomas. Perhaps it will require trading up a few slots, but expect the Jets to emerge from this draft with Ingram.

Playoffs 04-20-2012 08:46 AM

Re: RotoWorld Post-Combine Mock Draft
17. Cincinnati Bengals -- Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd

As alluded to previously, receivers will be pushed down a bit by the draft's richness at the position. Add in the fact that there isn't a surefire No. 1 wideout in the class, and they'll almost certainly go later than most anticipate. Floyd's off-field concerns are an issue because they were recurring, bordering on chronic before a clean senior year. The Bengals don't worry much about character.

18. San Diego Chargers -- Stanford OG David DeCastro

Bolts GM A.J. Smith probably won't enter the first day of next week's draft expecting DeCastro to be available at 18. This is a virtually bust-proof, ten-year starting NFL right guard. But that's just it; DeCastro is a one-position interior player in a league growing increasingly urgent for difference makers outside the numbers. San Diego just can't afford to pass after Kris Dielman's retirement.

19. Chicago Bears -- Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus

The Bears hosted Mercilus for a pre-draft visit, worked him out privately in Champaign, and sent officials to Illinois' Pro Day. Based on Chicago's need at Mercilus' position and a non-stop motor sure to appeal to defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli, we're guessing this wasn't all an elaborate smokescreen. Mercilus doesn't always jump off the page on tape, but he is a relentless finisher.

20. Tennessee Titans -- LSU DT Michael Brockers

Brockers' myth-driven hype train has screeched to a halt of late. He isn't nearly as athletic as some portrayed, and it's highly questionable whether Brockers will ever develop into a pass rusher. LSU coaches certainly didn't think he was, pulling Brockers off the field on nickel downs. He is a long, powerful force, however, and Tennessee is in search of more girth on the interior.

21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick

Kirkpatrick is typically depicted as a "size corner," but his height advantages are a bit offset by short arms, and he exhibited poor ball skills at Alabama. South Carolina's Stephon Gilmore has clearly passed Kirkpatrick as this draft's No. 2 corner, assuming Janoris Jenkins is excluded for his troublesome off-field baggage. Kirkpatrick still projects as a solid starter, and he is pro ready.

22. Cleveland Browns -- Baylor WR Kendall Wright

Pro Football Weekly's recent hatchet job on Wright notwithstanding, this is the receiver with the best tape in the draft. Despite reported 16-percent body fat, Wright routinely outran college secondaries as Robert Griffin III's go-to target. Just think how good he'll be when he's in shape.

23. Detroit Lions -- Midwestern State OG Amini Silatolu

Drawing comparisons to Larry Allen, Mike Iupati, and Saints All-Pro guard Jahri Evans, Silatolu is a brute mauler ideally cutout for a power-based, man-blocking scheme. Detroit struggled mightily to clear interior running lanes last season. Silatolu could help immediately at guard or right tackle.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower

Memphis NT Dontari Poe will fall next Thursday because teams worry about his ability to make a year-one impact. While Poe would be a logical fit, the Steelers "waited" on their 2011 first-round pick (Cameron Heyward) and want more instant impact this year. Hightower is a thumping inside 'backer capable of destroying opposing lead blocks, and allowing Lawrence Timmons to run free.

25. Denver Broncos -- Boise State RB Doug Martin

Penn State's Devon Still and Washington's Alameda Ta'amu would both make some sense at No. 25, but Martin has less of a chance to fall to Denver's second-round pick and similarly addresses a pressing need. Martin's efficient pass blocking will quickly make him a Peyton Manning favorite.

26. Houston Texans -- USC DE Nick Perry

An explosive edge rusher, Perry projects as a better long-term prospect than 2011 second-round pick Brooks Reed, and this is a thin position in Houston with Connor Barwin entering a contract year. Perry is a better value than available OTs Mike Adams, Jonathan Martin, and Bobby Massie.

27. New England Patriots -- Boise State LB Shea McClellin

Many mock drafts have McClellin ticketed for Green Bay, but he'd have to get by New England for that to happen. He won't. McClellin is a jack of all trades, and his versatility will undoubtedly catch Bill Belichick's attention. There is even growing speculation that McClellin could be a top-20 pick.

28. Green Bay Packers -- Alabama LB Courtney Upshaw

Upshaw may lack long arms, ideal height, and edge-bending rush skills, but he can be a power player in the LaMarr Woodley mold. Packers GM Ted Thompson always stays true to his board. He'll have a high grade on Upshaw, who also fills a need area at outside linebacker in the 3-4.

29. Baltimore Ravens -- LSU WR Rueben Randle

Randle is a vertical wideout with prototype size, an impressive catch radius, and dangerous post-reception skills. While Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill possesses some of the same traits, Randle has superior tape and potential to be a better all-around receiver. Anquan Boldin is entering his age-32 season, and 2011 second-rounder Torrey Smith is more of a one-trick pony deep threat.

30. San Francisco 49ers -- Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill

49ers GM Trent Baalke stated in his pre-draft presser that San Francisco has a specific player in mind for the 30th pick, and the club is confident he'll still be available there. Our guess is that it's Hill, a raw but incredibly gifted field-stretching wideout who visited 49ers headquarters on Monday.

31. New England Patriots -- Wisconsin G/C Peter Konz

With LG Logan Mankins coming off ACL surgery and RG Brian Waters considering retirement, New England's interior offensive line may be in flux. Throw in the fact that LT Matt Light has officially called it quits, and it's a safe bet the Pats use one of their first-rounders on the O-Line.

32. New York Giants -- Penn State DT Devon Still

GM Jerry Reese knows a value pick when he sees one. The interior defensive line isn't exactly a strength in New York, either. Stanford TE Coby Fleener, Georgia CB Brandon Boykin, and Virginia Tech RB David Wilson should get consideration, but Still ultimately has the highest draft grade.

Just Missed: Memphis NT Dontari Poe, Stanford TE Coby Fleener, North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins, Clemson DE Andre Branch, Stanford OT Jonathan Martin, Virginia Tech RB David Wilson, UConn DT Kendall Reyes, Ohio State OT Mike Adams, Virginia Tech CB Jayron Hosley, Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden, Marshall DE Vinny Curry, Appalachian State WR Brian Quick, Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy, Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu, Georgia CB Brandon Boykin, South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery, Notre Dame SS Harrison Smith.

Playoffs 03-25-2013 01:23 PM

Re: RotoWorld Post-Combine Mock Draft
My bad for bumping a 2012 thread.

New topic here: http://www.texanstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?t=99348


The Pencil Neck 03-25-2013 01:27 PM

Re: RotoWorld Post-Combine Mock Draft
Probably should have created a new thread for this.

It was interesting going back and looking at Rotoworld's mock from 2012, though. They had Mercilus going #10.

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