This 2012 NFL Mock Draft will be 3 rounds long.
1. Washington Redskins Andrew Luck QB Stanford I have the Washington Redskins finishing with the worst record because they made no effort to obtain a franchise quarterback in this years NFL Draft. A new regime should come in and draft a new signal caller. Andrew Luck would have been a lock to go #1 overall had he declared in 2011 so Luck goes #1 overall in our 2012 NFL Mock Draft.
At this point Andrew Luck is the clear cut #1 overall prospect in most 2012 NFL Drafts. The irony is none of the Drafts had a clear cut #1 overall can’t miss pick in 2011. In 2012 nearly every sport has a clear cut can’t miss #1 overall pick at this point. With the 2012 NFL Draft that pick is Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. The question is how long will that last?
2. Miami Dolphins Matt Barkley QB USC Matt Barkley has that quick release that Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers have. I think Matt Kalil and Tyron Smith had success in college because of Matt Barkley. I really love Matt Barkley because he is a pro style quarterback and was the #1 overall recruit coming out of high school. Matt Barkley is ineligible to play in a bowl game as long as he goes to USC. People are given things when they go to the bowl games so I’m almost certain that Barkley declares in 2012. Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley are so good that there both worthy of going 1 and 2 in the 2012 NFL Draft.
ESPN may rave about Andrew Luck and Matt Barkley the same way everyone raved about Peyton Manning in Ryan Leaf going 1 2. Luck will be that guy who would have been a #1 lock had he declared the previous year and Matt Barkley will be the upstart quarterback challenging Luck for that #1 spot, but Matt Barkley won’t be a complete bust like Ryan Leaf.
3. Carolina Panthers Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina Carolina gets a wide receiver who is a hometown prospect. Not only is he a hometown player he is the most complete wide receiver in college football. Jeffery is so good he may be able to save Cam Newton’s career. Newton has a great chance of busting so they have to get Jeffery to keep Cam Newton from being an all time draft flop.
4. Arizona Cardinals Matt Kalil LT USC I seriously think Jonathan Martin is the best left tackle in this draft, but most people say Matt Kalil is the top left tackle because he played next to Tyron Smith this years top tackle in 2011 and because he is the little brother of Ryan Kalil. I am not a huge Matt Kalil fan, but he probably will be the first left tackle drafted.
5. Buffalo Bills Jonathan Martin LT Stanford Jonathan Martin is a top notch left tackle and will help protect the starting quarterback that comes into Buffalo.
If DJ Fluker of Alabama declares as a sophomore redshirt at left tackle he will be the pick here, but for now I’m going to say Fluker returns and Martin goes in the top 5.
I know the Bills have Ed Wang and Chris Hairston as bookend tackles, but neither is guaranteed to be a long term starter like Martin. I think Buffalo takes Jonathan Martin with this pick.
6. Cincinnati Bengals Quinton Coples RE North Carolina Dontay Moch may be a pass rusher who plays across from Carlos Dunlap, but the Bengals are talking about moving him to strong side linebacker to challenge Michael Johnson for a roster spot at the left outside linebacker position. If that’s the case then the Bengals will draft Quinton Coples with this pick.
I know the Bengals have Antwan Odom, but he hasn’t done anything to stand out this offseason plus he’s coming off an injury.
Coples was a starting left end two years ago at North Carolina, but became the Tar Heels right end when Robert Quinn was ruled ineligible to play. Now Coples looks like a top 5 pick. People said the same thing about Quinn before his suspension, but Coples should be a top 5 pick as long as he stays out of trouble.
7. Seattle Seahawks Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Dre Kirkpatrick is 6 foot 3 215 pounds and can run a 40 time between 4.39 and 4.49. Kirkpatrick displays elite coverage ability and is a hard hitter. Kirkpatrick can be a run stuffer who tackles well. I know Seattle will need a quarterback like Landry Jones if there drafting this high, but Dre Kirkpatrick’s value is too good to pass up on at this point.
8. Oakland Raiders Robert Griffin QB Baylor Robert Griffin has a cannon arm, good zip, good release, accuracy, and can be a dual threat. Griffin is this years Cam Newton. He’s going to come out of no where and skyrocket up draft boards. In the end I cannot see Griffin being a top 5 pick. I think Griffin is going to creep up into the top 10 this season. Even if Griffin gets drafted in the 6th round he has more talent than Cam Newton ever will. Griffin could run a 40 time between 4.29 and 4.59 at the 2012 or 2013 NFL Combine whenever he decides to come out. Griffin was 6 foot 3 215 pounds last year and should be 6 foot 4 220 this season. I could see Griffin being that pick that the Raiders target if there picking this high.
Baylor always has players who come out of no where and creep up draft boards. Its happened every year since 2009. It happened in 2010 when JD Walton was a 2nd round pick.
I can see the Oakland Raiders war room on draft like this before Al Davis crashes the party.
Hue Jackson: So we can either take Stephon Gilmore, Ricky Reiff, Justin Blackmon, or Michael Floyd at #8.
The scouts are in agreement on taking Gilmore, but then Al Davis invades the draft room running into the office like a little kid excited about their new Christmas present.
Al Davis: Robert Griffin is an extraordinary playa I must have him.
Hue Jackson: No were not drafting Robert Griffin we can get him in round 5.
Al Davis: Draft Robert Griffin or your fired.
Hue Jackson agrees to draft Robert Griffin.
Hue Jackson shakes his head nodding no in distraction thinking, Why did I take this job when I could have gone to Tennessee as a head coach?
Even if you hate this pick Raider fans you have to admit there are draft day shockers every year and this is the shocker that I am going to predict nearly 8 months from April’s 2012 NFL Draft.
9. Jacksonville Jaguars Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina There are 2 corners worthy of this #9 overall selection, but I gave the edge to Stephon Gilmore because he is a #1 corner who goes up against Alshon Jeffery in one on one coverages every day.
I also considered Jayron Hosley the Virginia Tech corner who could challenge Gilmore for this pick and I considered Donte Paige Moss, but Moss is a 4-3 left end that weighs 242 pounds. He probably moves to 3-4 left outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
10. Indianapolis Colts Landry Jones QB Oklahoma Landry Jones will be a top 10 pick. The other argument here is that the 2012 quarterback class is better than the 2011 quarterback class. If 4 quarterbacks in the 2011 NFL Draft can go in the top 12 then 4 2012 quarterback prospects can go in the top 10 because the 2012 NFL Draft is much stronger at quarterback.
I know the Colts need help at wide receiver with Justin Blackmon, but Peyton Manning will be 36 before the 2012 NFL Draft. If your the Colts, and you have a top 10 pick in this case you draft a quarterback to groom for the future. I doubt 4 quarterbacks go in the top 10. This is very unlikely to happen, but 4 quarterbacks in a weak quarterback class went in the top 12 so maybe 4 quarterbacks go in the top 10 who knows.
The only reason I have the Colts drafting at #10 is because there schedule is tough. Plus teams who host Super Bowls never make the playoffs that year. I said this with the Dallas Cowboys hoping people would take my opinion seriously. The Cowboys missed the playoffs. I know I sound crazy thinking this, but history does not bode well for teams hosting the Super Bowl. Even though the Colts may have the talent to make a Super Bowl run the division is getting tougher plus Manning is aging.
The Colts play NFC South teams along with AFC North teams so if you look at 5 losses to the 3 NFC South powers along with potential losses to Pittsburgh or Baltimore. 6 if you count the fact that they play New England. Indianapolis could be drafting in the top 10. Its unlikely that the Colts draft this high, but I have them drafting here because of their tough schedule and because their division is getting stronger.
I think Landry Jones has bust written all over him because he plays in the spread offense, but going to Indianapolis and sitting behind Peyton Manning is the perfect scenario for Landry Jones.
11. Denver Broncos Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State Defensive Tackle is the top need in Denver now that the Broncos ignored their glaring need at defensive tackle.
12. Minnesota Vikings Riley Reiff LT Iowa Reiff will be a top 2o pick if DJ Fluker returns and possibly a top 10 pick if he stays in school. Since Fluker is a sophomore redshirt this is about the right range for Riley Reiff who reminds me a lot of Bulaga. I like Reiff a lot better than Matt Kalil as an offensive tackle. Reiff sat behind two offensive tackles in Bulaga and Kyle Calloway and really dominated at left tackle for Iowa this past season.
13. Philadelphia Eagles Jayron Hosley CB Virginia Tech Hosley recorded 10 interceptions and has a freakish 40 time. He managed to intercept Andrew Luck during a winter scrimmage game prior to the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl.
If DJ Fluker declares as a sophomore redshirt he goes here because the Eagles need a right tackle. I expect Fluker to be a top 5 pick in 2013.
14. San Diego Chargers Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Justin Blackmon would be a great #2 wide receiver option across from Vincent Jackson. I saw one mock draft have Blackmon go #1 overall. Blackmon is not the best wide receiver in this draft, but has done enough to solidify his status here.
15. Detroit Lions Vontaze Burflict MLB Arizona State Burflict has top 10 talent and since he’s the best available player at this point it is safe to say the Detroit Lions will draft him.
16. Cleveland Browns Luke Kuechly MLB Boston College Kuechly had 158 tackles and is being considered as a top 20 talent. I wanted to give the Browns another pass rusher, but the best pass rusher is Donte Paige Moss and he’s a 3-4 player at right outside linebacker.
17. St. Louis Rams Trent Richardson RB Alabama Even though the Rams should upgrade their guards before drafting a running back the guards are top 25 picks at best. Richardson is a top 20 pick so your getting good value by taking Trent Richardson with this pick.
18. Chicago Bears Alphonzo Dennard CB Nebraska Chicago needs a #1 corner to keep #1 wide receivers like Greg Jennings, Percy Harvin, and Calvin Johnson in check. The Bears have quality corners, but no premium #1 corner along with 3 excellent #1 wide receivers that they have to go up against twice a year.
19. Pittsburgh Steelers David DeCastro RG Stanford Pittsburgh may have the talent to get back to the playoffs if Starks stays healthy while keeping Ike Taylor. I’m not sold on the team chemistry with Harrison throwing teammates under the bus. From a fans perspective this is a minor speed bump. From an critics perspective this is a team with not just one player who has had a major offseason distraction your talking about multiple players with all the headlines surrounding Pittsburgh.
I honestly would not be shocked if Pittsburgh picked anywhere between picks 19 and 31. The only positive thing I can guarantee a Steelers fan is that Mike Wallace will overtake Hines Ward as the teams #1 wide receiver this season. Wallace had more receiving yards than Hines last year. Hines won Dancing with the Stars and got a DUI while Wallace is being considered a top 5 receiver in fantasy football leagues. Another reason I like Wallace in 2011 is because the Steelers want to throw more while running less and Mike Wallace has not created headlines off the field which makes him a dangerous sleeper.
Super Bowl losers struggle to regain their edge and usually regress the following year because the only place you can go is down from that point. Plus the Steelers have been all talk this offseason so I’m not buying the hype from their players at this point.
David DeCastro makes sense at right guard plus he looks much better in black and gold than Mike Pouncey. DeCastro will fit in right next to Maurkice at right guard in Pittsburgh.
DeCastro is projected lower in the draft than Pouncey. I love David DeCastro’s intangibles and pass blocking skill set as a right guard which is why Pittsburgh needs him.
Plus the Steelers hinted had the Dolphins passed on Mike Pouncey they had a deal in place with Washington where they would trade up for Mike Pouncey so I get the feeling guard will be the direction Pittsburgh goes in during round 1.
20. New England Patriots from New Orleans Saints Donte-Paige Moss 3-4 LOLB North Carolina New England needs a pass rusher and the value of Donte Paige Moss is too good to pass up on.
21. San Francisco 49ers Cliff Harris CB Oregon San Francisco takes Cliff Harris and grooms him to be a #1 cornerback of the future.
22. Tennessee Titans Michael Brewster C Ohio State Michael Tennessee needs a center and Michael Brewster is the only center projected to go in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft.
23. Dallas Cowboys Jared Crick 3-4 RE Nebraska Dallas failed to upgrade the 3-4 right end position. The Cowboys need to draft a 3-4 end plus Jared Crick fits the bill.
24. New York Jets Baker Steinkuhler 3-4 LE Nebraska The Jets drafted 2 of their 3 long term starters at the 3-4 defensive line. Now the Jets get that final starter up front.
25. Kansas City Chiefs Mike Adams LT Ohio State Kansas City needs offensive line depth. The Chiefs lean for the left tackle in Mike Adams over the right tackle in Bobbie Massie.
26. Cleveland Browns from Atlanta Falcons Brandon Jenkins RE Florida State Jennings had 13 sacks for Florida State last season. He would be a great right end to pair up with Jabaal Sheard who could move over to left end. Plus if you ever decide to switch to 3-4 you got two players in place who could adjust to the scheme.
27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Chase Minnifield CB Virginia Tampa Bay will research the cornerbacks in this draft class on an extensive basis.
28. New England Patriots Kheeston Randall 3-4 RE Texas Kheeston Randall could become a starter as a 3-4 end down the road in New England. Randle is more than capable of being a 5 technique end for the New England Patriots.
29. Houston Texans Robert Lester FS Alabama The Texans have a strong safety in Bernard Pollard with a backup in Shilo Keo. Glover Quinn will struggle at free safety so Houston drafts his replacement here.
30. New York Giants Kelechi Osmele LG Iowa State The New York Giants could address a long term answer at left guard. Osmele has the talent to be a guard in round 1.
31. Baltimore Ravens Manti Teo 3-4 MLB Notre Dame Teo could be a steal in round 1 for the Ravens if he falls this far. Ray Lewis won’t be around forever and the Ravens need to groom his successor. Teo can be a 4-3 outside linebacker at the weak side and the strong side or he can play the middle linebacker role in the 3-4. That’s exactly the kind of ability Ray Lewis had coming out of Miami as a rookie.
32. Green Bay Packers Devin Taylor 3-4 ROLB South Carolina Devin Taylor or as I like to call him D.T. is 3-4 right outside linebacker who could play across from Clay Matthews. D.T. racked up 7.5 sacks and 8 swatted passes in 2010.
33. Washington Redskins Bobbie Massie RT Ole Miss The Redskins will draft Bobbie Massie if he falls to round 2. They need a right tackle who can compliment Andrew Luck. Massie may even overtake Trent Williams as the Redskins left tackle. Williams has not stepped up and many people question Washington’s decision to pass on Williams to take Okung. Okung allowed fewer sacks last season and Okung got his team to the playoffs as a left tackle.
Previous Pick Jeff Fuller WR Texas A/M
34. Miami Dolphins Dwayne Allen TE Clemson Dwyane Allen has pro bowl potential. He may not declare this season if he is an underclassmen, but this is where Allen should go since Miami will need to build around Matt Barkley.
35. Carolina Panthers Travis Lewis ROLB Oklahoma James Anderson plays the strong side with Jon Beason playing middle linebacker. Carolina needs a weak side linebacker. Zach Brown is the top outside linebacker in the draft at strong side linebacker while Lewis is the top weak side linebacker in this draft.
Carolina needs a weak side linebacker so they opt for Travis Lewis over Zach Brown. The Panthers will know more about local prospect Zach Brown than any other team so you really cannot second guess their decision here.
Previous Pick Zach Brown LOLB North Carolina
36. Arizona Cardinals Nick Foles QB Arizona The Cardinals new regime will want a developmental quarterback behind Kevin Kolb in case they get him by trade. Nick Foles has the upside and potential to be a good quarterback plus the risk is worth the reward on Nick Foles in round 2.
37. Buffalo Bills Courtney Upshaw 3-4 ROLB Alabama Buffalo will add Courtney Upshaw a teammate of Dareus at Alabama to be the pass rusher for the Bills. Upshaw recorded 7 sacks for the Crimson Tide last season.
Previous Pick Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State
38. Cincinnati Bengals Marcus Forston DT Miami FL Cincinnati had to draft a defensive tackle in 2011 and they didn’t. I feel like Marcus Forston is the kind of player that the Bengals would draft.
39. Seattle Seahawks TJ McDonald SS USC Pete Carroll drafts a former USC player with this pick.
40. New England Patriots from Oakland Raiders Mohammed Sanu WR Rutgers Wow Sanu is a deep threat wide receiver that New England should have obtained in this years draft and he fits in perfectly with Bill Belicheck’s scheme with his route running ability.
Its really a 3 horse race between Mohammed Sanu, Jeff Fuller, and Michael Floyd to be the top receiver selected after Alshon Jeffery and Justin Blackmon. Based on long term potential I like Sanu the best among these three receiving prospects because of his hands, speed, route running, and intangibles.
41. Jacksonville Jaguars Eddie Whitley FS Virginia Tech Jacksonville needs a free safety and Eddie Whitley provides good value in round 2.
42. Indianapolis Colts Jeff Fuller WR Texas A/M Jeff Fuller has the hands, speed, and size of a #1 receiving target. Fuller would make a great #1 wide receiver for Landry Jones in the NFL.
Previous Pick Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma
43. Denver Broncos Morris Claiborne CB LSU Denver considered drafting Patrick Peterson. In 2012, they get his teammate Morris Claiborne.
44. Minnesota Vikings Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Michael Floyd rejoins his teammate Kyle Rudolph in Minnesota. The Vikings need to find a wide receiver to compliment Percy Harvin if Sidney Rice leaves.
Previous Pick Travis Lewis ROLB Oklahoma
45. Philadelphia Eagles Levy Adcock RT Oklahoma State Philadelphia gets the right tackle who would step in as Michael Vick’s blindside at right tackle.
46. San Diego Chargers Brandon Lindsey 3-4 ROLB Pittsburgh I don’t need to go in detail about how bad the San Diego Chargers need that 3-4 pass rusher.
Previous Pick Courtney Upshaw 3-4 ROLB Alabama
47. Detroit Lions Tanner Dawkinson LT Kansas Detroit finally gets Matthew Stafford a blindside. If he doesn’t work out at left tackle you can move him to a #3 tight end because he used to play tight end.
48. Cleveland Browns Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma Ryan Broyles is not my definition of a can’t miss #1 wide receiver, but he can compliment Greg Little as a part of the Cleveland Browns receiving core.
Previous Pick Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
49. St. Louis Rams Kevin Zietler RG Wisconsin The Rams draft a right guard to make it easier for their running backs because the Rams lack a left guard or a right guard who can open up the running lanes while pass blocking effectively.
50. Chicago Bears Knile Davis RB Arkansas Davis can be an effective running back. Davis should be a late first round pick, but is well worth drafting as a rotational back if he falls this far. Knile Davis rushed for 1,322 yards, 13 rushing touchdowns, and averaged 6.5 yards a carry. So much for Ryan Mallet. Mallet had an excellent supporting cast at Arkansas.
I am not sold on Davis as a pro back, but he should have some kind of impact in the Chicago Bears backfield.
51. Pittsburgh Steelers Donta Hightower 3-4 MLB Alabama Stevenson Sylvester is a special teams player at best plus Farrior is declining. Pittsburgh drafts a 3-4 middle linebacker with this pick.
Donta Hightower is 6 foot 4 250 pounds and runs a 4.85 40. He can be very effective for Pittsburgh and their 3-4 scheme which he plays at Alabama if he can stay healthy.
52. New Orleans Saints Ray Ray Armstrong SS Miami FL New Orleans drafts Ray Ray Armstrong as a strong safety. He can play strong safety or cornerback.
53. San Francisco 49ers Billy Winn 3-4 LE Boise State The 49ers need a 3-4 left end who can play across from Justin Smith. Billy Winn of Boise State is a good pickup in round 2. He can play the 5 technique or the 3 technique.
54. Tennessee Titans Andre Branch LE Clemson Branch can play on either side of the defensive line. Tennessee should add Branch to their defensive line to play him next to Derrick Morgan at defensive end if they cannot retain Jason Babin.
55. Dallas Cowboys Casey Hayward CB Vanderbilt Hayward had 6 interceptions for Vanderbilt and really stepped up this year for the Boston Bruins.
56. New York Jets Shayne Skov 3-4 ROLB Stanford Skov can play the inside or the outside at pass rusher. He plays middle linebacker in the 3-4 at Stanford, but he might move to the outside once he becomes a pro. The 7 sacks along with Skov’s ability to rush the quarterback tempts teams to move him from inside linebacker to outside linebacker in the 3-4.
Previous Pick Brandon Lindsey 3-4 ROLB Pittsburgh
57. Kansas City Chiefs Nate Potter RT Boise State Nate Potter is the best available right tackle at this point. Kansas City has 5 players on their offensive line depth chart. Kansas City needs to draft bookend tackles for depth. Then they can get a running back for depth in round 1 in 2013 to continue their system of running the football effectively.
58. Atlanta Falcons Michael Egnew TE Missouri The Falcons draft a tight end who can be the successor to Tony Gonzalez.
Previous Pick David Paulson TE Oregon
59. Tampa Bay Buccaneers LaMichael James RB Oregon Tampa Bay drafts LaMichael James as their #2 back to LeGarrette Blount this late in round 2 obtaining premium value with this pick.
60. New England Patriots Desmond Trufant CB Washington New England always takes a cornerback in the first 2 rounds. Even though its not what the Patriots should do its now become a matter of what the Patriots will do. Its been 2007 since the Patriots did not draft a corner in the first two rounds.
Previous Pick Ryan Lindley QB San Diego State
61. Houston Texans Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama Houston is stacked at cornerback. There just adding more secondary depth by taking the best player available.
62. New York Giants Chris Polk RB Washington I’m not high on Da Rel Scott. Chris Polk is a player who could be a sleeper. I think the Giants take a shot on Polk with a late 2nd round pick.
63. Baltimore Ravens Ricky Wagner RT Wisconsin Wagner can play right tackle or or left tackle. Baltimore drafts Ricky Wagner and plugs him into the right tackle spot next to Michael Oher.
64. Green Bay Packers Kendall Reyes 3-4 RE Connecticut With Cullen Jenkins gone and Johnny Jolly being arrested, Green Bay can draft Reyes and move Lawrence Guy to the 3-4 left end spot.
65. Washington Redskins William Vlachos C Alabama Washington will need a center to snap the football to Andrew Luck. Washington drafted the receivers for Luck in 2011 so they can get him his center prospect here in round 3.
Previous Pick Elvis Fisher RT Missouri
66. Miami Dolphins Vinny Curry 3-4 LOLB Marshall Curry can compete with Koa Misi for the starting job at the 3-4 left outside linebacker spot.
67. Carolina Panthers David Paulson TE Oregon Carolina drafts David Paulson the Oregon tight end to obtain some depth at tight end. Jeremy Shockey is aging and he won’t be around forever.
Previous Pick Colby Fleener TE Stanford
68. Arizona Cardinals Cordy Glenn LG Georgia Cordy Glenn is a special prospect and would fill the hole that Alen Faneca left open at left guard when he retired from the Arizona Cardinals. Glenn also has the pass blocking that Alen Faneca had early in his career before his pass blocking ability faded away later in his career.
Previous Pick William Vlachos C Alabama
69. Buffalo Bills Kirk Cousins QB Michigan State Kirk Cousins has an understanding of Chan Gailey’s NFL spread offense. Cousins also has the rocket arm to combat the windy city of Buffalo. Cousins is a good quarterback prospect in round 3 if Buffalo sees a more enticing player available besides quarterback Kirk Cousins.
Previous Pick Jerry Franklin 3-4 ROLB Arkansas
70. Cincinnati Bengals Cyrus Gray RB Texas A/M I believe the Bengals draft a running back at some point in 2012 who becomes the main rusher in Cincinnati. The current Baylor back they drafted in 2011 is not a long term answer. I’m not saying Cyrus Gray is a long term answer, but he’s a major upgrade over who the Bengals took in 2011.
If their is a new regime in place I would not be surprised if the Bengals drafted a new quarterback for the new regime. I don’t think that quarterback would go in the 3rd round because the Bengals have too many needs to fill at this point.
71. Seattle Seahawks Ryan Tannenhill QB San Diego State Seattle needs a developmental quarterback for the future with no depth behind Charlie Whitehurst at quarterback.
Previous Pick Greg Childs WR Arkansas
72. Oakland Raiders Coryell Judie CB CB Texas A/M Judie notched 4 interceptions for Texas A/M and ran a 40 time under 4.4 seconds during one his Spring Drill sessions at Texas A/M.
Previous Pick Ryan Miller RG Colorado
73. Jacksonville Jaguars Jullian Miller LE West Virginia Jacksonville drafts a defensive end that can play across from Aaron Kampman.
74. Indianapolis Colts Donnie Fletcher CB Boston College Fletcher can play in a Tampa 2 scheme that the Colts run plus he plays man to man coverage very well.
Previous Pick Kenny Tate SS Maryland
75. Denver Broncos Tydreke Powell DT North Carolina Denver double dips at defensive tackle adding more depth to the defensive tackle position.
76. Minnesota Vikings Brandon Thompson DT Clemson Thompson can be used for depth. Plus Minnesota may move Christian Ballard to defensive end so adding some depth does not hurt if your the Minnesota Vikings.
77. Philadelphia Eagles Ben Jones C Georgia The Philadelphia Eagles need a center for the future. Ben Jones provides good value as a center for the Eagles in round 3.
78. San Diego Chargers Elvis Fisher RT Missouri Elvis Fisher is a better fit at right tackle than Matt Reynolds because he fits the Chargers pass blocking scheme.
Previous Pick Matt Reynolds RT BYU
79. Detroit Lions Nico Johnson ROLB Alabama Like his teammate Courtney Upshaw, Nico Johnson can play in any linebacker scheme in the 4-3 or the 3-4. He provides tremendous value for the Detroit LIons if he slips to the 3rd round.
Previous Pick Janoris Jenkins CB Northern Alabama
80. Cleveland Browns Brandon Boykin CB Georgia The Browns draft Brandon Boykin as a cornerback in case neither Sheldon Brown or Buster Skyrne step up to claim that #2 cornerback role.
Previous Pick Donnie Fletcher CB Boston College
81. St. Louis Rams Sean Spence ROLB Miami FL Sean Spence can come into St. Louis and become an effective weak side linebacker complimenting James Laurinitus.
Previous Pick Cordy Glenn LG Georgia
82. Chicago Bears Ronnell Lewis LOLB Oklahoma Ronnell Lewis is one of the better strong side linebackers in this draft.
Previous Pick Juron Criner WR Arizona
83. Pittsburgh Steelers Alameda Ta amu NT Washington I’ve seen him go to Pittsburgh in mock drafts as a late first round pick. Ta amu is a 6 foot 3 330 pound nose tackle who could rotate into the lineup behind Casey Hampton. Ta amu could replace Hampton down the road.
84. New Orleans Saints Matt Reynolds RT BYU If Charles Brown and Jonathan Stinchcomb struggle at offensive tackle New Orleans will need an offensive tackle who can start out at right tackle and possibly move to left tackle down the road.
Previous Pick Andrew Dalko LT Florida State
85. San Francisco 49ers Andrew Dalko LT Florida State Olson should be a backup offensive tackle that was a three year starter at offensive tackle at Northern Illinois. Olson would be a perfect backup to former MAC All American Joe Staley who has had injury issues at left tackle the last few years.
Previous Pick Trevor Olson LT Northern Illinois
86. Tennessee Titans Dwight Jones WR North Carolina Dwight Jones could step in and be a great complimentary #2 wide receiver for Kenny Britt. Locker needs a #1 target. Nate Washington does not trust Locker while Kenny Britt isn’t getting any reps with Locker.
Previous Pick Tony Dye SS UCLA
87. Dallas Cowboys Jerry Franklin 3-4 LOLB Arkansas Jerry Jones is an Arkansas alumnus and Dallas needs a pass rusher for depth on the strong side to challenge Anthony Spencer for that starting outside linebacker spot across from DeMarcus Ware. Jerry Franklin is an excellent fit for the Cowboys 3-4 scheme in round 3.
Previous Pick Delano Howell SS Stanford
88. New York Jets Greg Childs WR Arkansas New York needs a wide receiver and Greg Childs is the best player available at this point.
Previous Pick Devier Posey WR Ohio State
89. Kansas City Chiefs Juron Criner WR Arizona The Chiefs get a permanent slot receiver so that Dexter McCluster can focus mainly on special teams.
Previous Pick Trumaine Johnson FS Montana
90. Atlanta Falcons Ryan Miller RG Colorado This pick will be used in case Atlanta does not bring back Harvey Dahl. When the lockout ends and Atlanta decides to bring back Dahl let me know in the comments page so I can update this mock draft.
Previous Pick Coryell Judie CB Texas A/M
91. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Tank Carder MLB TCU Tank Carder can play the WILL, MIKE, or SAM at linebacker just like Mason Foster who will anchor the weak side. Tank Carder will be the middle linebacker with Tampa only needing a Sam linebacker before they are serious NFC Contenders.
Previous Pick Nico Johnson LOLB Alabama
92. New England Patriots Kenny Tate FS Maryland There is no guarantee that Brandon Meriweather returns. Kenny Tate can play strong safety, free safety, or even outside linebacker in the 3-4 if he bulks up because he is such an effective blitzer. Two way safeties who can play strong or free safety while blitzing well are usually the type of safeties that Bill Belicheck pursues.
93. Houston Texans Ryan Van Bergen 3-4 LE Michigan Houston drafts a 3-4 end for depth with this 3rd round pick despite having two starters in Antonio Smith and JJ Watt.
94. New York Giants Aaron Henry FS Wisconsin Aaron Henry is the best player available at this point based on value and the Giants usually draft for value.
Previous Pick David Molk C Michigan
95. Baltimore Ravens Tony Dye SS UCLA The Baltimore Ravens draft a strong safety here for depth in the 3rd round.
Previous Pick Tank Carter 3-4 MLB TCU
96. Green Bay Packers Delano Howell SS Stanford Atari Bigby is off the Packers. While Peprah did a nice job filling in for Bigby I feel like Delano Howell could provide some depth at strong safety and may even challenge Charlie Peprah for the starting strong safety spot down the road.
Previous Pick Stephen Good RG Oklahoma
Previous Pick Stephen Good RG Oklahoma