Now that we know which underclassmen are declaring and returning to school this mock draft will give you a better idea of who I got picking where in my 2012 Mock Draft. It is way too early to predict the 2012 NFL Draft, but my next update will be after the Senior Bowl since a lot people think the 2012 NFL Draft will be better than the 2011 NFL Draft. The third update will be sometime after the NFL Draft in April or May. I’m just putting certain teams in my draft order based on how I believe they rank at the end of next season.
1. Oakland Raiders Matt Barkley QB USC The Oakland Raiders select Matt Barkley #1 overall in 2012. Oakland does not have a first round pick in 2011 and Matt Barkley would be a huge upgrade over what the Raiders currently have at quarterback with Jason Campbell and Bruce Gradkowski. 2011 First Round Pick No First Round Pick
2. San Francisco 49ers Andrew Luck QB Stanford Jim Harbaugh drafts the quarterback he coached at Stanford here with the 2nd overall pick in the NFL Draft. 2011 First Round Pick Prince Amukamara CB Nebraska
3. Detroit Lions Jonathan Martin LT Stanford Detroit finally drafts a left tackle to protect Stafford and establishes themselves as a playoff contender.
4. Seattle Seahawks Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Dre Kirkpatrick is a can’t miss prospect he is a 6 foot 3 cornerback. The last cornerback that tall was Mel Blount. 2011 First Round Pick Corey Luiget DT Illinois
5. Buffalo Bills Matt Kalil LT USC Buffalo needs a left tackle and Kalil is a can’t miss prospect. 2011 First Round Pick Nick Fairley 3-4 RE Auburn
6. Carolina Panthers Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State Carolina needs a defensive tackle. I gave the Panthers Jarvis Jenkins in round 4 of my mock draft, but that is not enough. Worthy can change the dynamic of the Panthers defensive line. 2011 First Round Pick AJ Green WR Georgia
7. San Diego Chargers Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina The San Diego Chargers hit the jackpot here. Norv Turner is fired and the Chargers draft Alshon Jeffery. 2011 First Round Pick Akeem Ayers 3-4 LOLB UCLA
8. Houston Texans Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Justin Blackmon would have been a first round pick this year, but since he decided to return to school Blackmon will likely get selected in the top 10. 2011 First Round Pick Von Miller 3-4 ROLB Texas A/M
9. New York Giants Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina The Giants players are tired of head coach Tom Coughlin. Somehow I see this team responding by losing games and finishing last in the NFC East. 2011 First Round Pick Stephen Paea DT Oregon State
10. Cleveland Browns Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame With Floyd returning to Notre Dame Cleveland will likely have to trade down on day 2 to land a good receiver. Michael Floyd will become Colt McCoy’s #1 option in terms of receiving targets. 2011 First Round Pick Adrian Clayborn RE Iowa
11. Arizona Cardinals Nick Foles QB Arizona Arizona will hire a new coach if they do not win the division in 2011. Nick Foles is a hometown prospect and new regimes mean new quarterbacks. 2011 First Round Pick Robert Quinn 3-4 ROLB North Carolina
12. Washington Redskins Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma Washington will need a receiver for their new quarterback to throw to. 2011 First Round Pick Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri
13. Minnesota Vikings Janoris Jenkins CB Florida The Vikings have needed a cornerback for a very long time now. Minnesota finally gets their cornerback. 2011 First Round Pick Jake Locker QB Washington
14. Cincinnati Bengals Terrell Pryor QB Ohio State The Bengals will need a quarterback if Palmer screws up again. They may be tempted to draft Terrell Pryor. 2011 First Round Pick DaQuan Bowers LE Clemson
15. Indianapolis Colts Landry Jones QB Oklahoma Peyton Manning will turn 36 in March of 2012. Teams who host the Super Bowl never make the playoffs so if the Colts miss the playoffs and if Manning is still playing Indianapolis will draft his successor here. 2011 First Round Pick Nate Soldier LT Colorado
16. Miami Dolphins LaMichael James RB Oregon LaMichael James is a running back who can play a dynamic role in Miami’s future as a running back. 2011 First Round Pick Ryan Mallett QB Arkansas
17. Chicago Bears DJ Fluker LT Alabama Chicago’s offensive line has a lot of holes to fill and Fluker has the technique to be an effective offensive lineman for Chicago. 2011 First Round Pick Mike Pouncey C Florida
18. Kansas City Chiefs Vontaze Burfict 3-4 MLB Arizona State Vontaze Burfict is a 3-4 middle linebacker who can get the job done by executing key tackles. Burfict is the best available here. 2011 First Round Pick Aaron Williams CB Texas
19. Tennessee Titans Travis Lewis ROLB Oklahoma Travis Lewis is an elite 4-3 right outside linebacker. Lewis seems like the type of outside linebacker who will make big plays. 2011 First Round Pick Cam Newton QB Auburn
20. Philadelphia Eagles Michael Brewster C Ohio State Michael Brewster is an elite talent at the center position and Philadelphia could use a center that does not allow so many sacks. Brewster is a player who can get the job done in that department. 2011 First Round Pick Ras I Dowling CB Virginia
21. Jacksonville Jaguars Janzen Jackson FS Tennessee Jacksonville needs a free safety and Janzen Jackson may be the right player for the Jaguars in the long run. 2011 First Round Pick Ryan Kerrigan LE Purdue
22. Denver Broncos Mante Teo 3-4 MLB Norte Dame Denver adds a 3-4 middle linebacker like Monte Teo and makes their defense legit. 2011 FIrst Round Pick Patrick Peterson CB LSU
23. Atlanta Falcons Nick Perry RE USC Atlanta needs a right end when Jonathan Abraham retires. I like Nick Perry as a 4-3 right end. 2011 First Round Pick Jonathan Baldwin WR Pittsburgh
24. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Blake DeChristopher RT Virginia Tech Tampa Bay needs a right tackle and Blake DeChristopher has the tools to be an elite right tackle. 2011 First Round Pick Cameron Heyward LE Ohio State
25. Pittsburgh Steelers Donta Hightower 3-4 MLB Alabama James Farrior may be an elite middle linebacker in the 3-4 scheme, but Larry Foote is aging and Steven Sylvester is only good for special teams. Pittsburgh will need a 3-4 middle linebacker to play across from Timmons in 2012. 2011 First Round Pick Gabe Carimi LT Wisconsin
26. Dallas Cowboys Mark Barron SS Alabama Mark Barron is exactly the kind of player that Dallas will select in 2012. 2011 First Round Pick Marcell Dareus 3-4 RE Alabama
27. St. Louis Rams Desmond Trufant CB Washington St. Louis needs a shutdown corner and Desmond Trufant can become that shutdown corner for the Rams.
28. New England Patriots Devier Posey WR Ohio State Devier Posey can be a big play receiver for New England and the Patriots may select Posey here. 2011 First Round Picks Mark Ingram RB Alabama and Anthony Costanzo LT Boston College
29. New York Jets Jack Crawford 3-4 ROLB Penn State New York needs a 3-4 right outside linebacker for the long run and Crawford can become that player. 2011 First Round Pick JJ Watt 3-4 RE Wisconsin
30. New Orleans Saints Bernard Pierce RB Temple Bernard Pierce has all the tools to become a quality back for the New Orleans Saints in the NFL. 2011 First Round Pick Drake Nevis DT LSU
31. Baltimore Ravens Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers Mohamed Sanu could become the next Kenny Britt and would be a great flashy speedy route runner for Joe Flacco to throw to. 2011 First Round Pick Allen Bailey 3-4 LE Miami FL
32. Green Bay Packers Adrian Robinson 3-4 LOLB Temple Green Bay can move Clay Matthews to the 3-4 ROLB position and draft his replacement at left outside linebacker in the 3-4 scheme.