The 2012 NFL Draft seemed to have settled down into an almost sure thing until a couple of rumors surfaced during the night between Tuesday and Wednesday. Now what seemed to be nearly set in stone is completely jumbled. Below is the latest 2012 NFL mock draft considering these rumors:
No surprise here; the Colts made an official announcement on Tuesday that Luck will be their choice with the top pick in the draft. Smart move.
With Luck for sure going to Indy, the Redskins will take Griffin, who’s already talked to the media about competing with Rex Grossman for the starting job in Washington. Yeah, right.
ESPN’s Todd McShay said early Wednesday morning the Vikings are more interested in Claiborne than USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil, who has been their pick in nearly every mock draft since December. This will definitely shake things up inside the rest of the top 10, regardless of whether Minnesota trades the No. 3 pick, which it put on the block Tuesday afternoon.
The Browns desperately need a playmaker and the departure of Peyton Hillis to Kansas City leaves a huge hole at running back, so Cleveland’s obvious choice here is Richardson.
The Buccaneers will be most affected by Minnesota’s change of heart since Claiborne has been on their radar for quite some time. Tampa Bay still needs help in the secondary and Barron has been climbing draft boards like crazy lately, so he goes at No. 5.
While Kalil will be tempting for the Rams, they need a playmaking receiver to keep their offense from being so one-dimensional. Blackmon is the surest receiver prospect since Calvin Johnson, so St. Louis can’t go wrong here.
The Jaguars are the true wild card in the top 10 picks of this year’s draft because they could easily go in several different directions. However, Kalil at No. 7 is a steal and he’s definitely the best player available at this point. For a team that’s already made an upgrade at receiver with the signing of Laurent Robinson, taking a surefire offensive lineman is a smart move.
While this one has been suspected for a while, it was all but made official late Tuesday night when the Jaguars stated they “know” the Dolphins will take Tannehill. Considering the fact we already knew that, we’ll go ahead and put it in stone.
The Panthers didn’t expect Ingram to fall into their lap at No. 9, but the shakeup between the Vikings, Buccaneers and Jaguars makes the South Carolina defensive end an easy choice here.
The Bills make a tough decision to pass on a receiver here and draft more protection for Ryan Fitzpatrick to try and prevent him from throwing 23 interceptions again this year.
Kansas City is really just sitting at #11 waiting to see what falls its way and Kuechly fills a hole for the chiefs.
Larry Fitzgerald has spoken and the Cardinals are listening. He wants Floyd in Arizona, so that’s what will happen.
The shakeup in the top 10 gives Dallas a lucky break as Cox falls to No. 14 to a Cowboys team that desperately needs help on the defensive line.
Most mock drafts have the Eagles taking a defensive lineman at No. 15 and Poe is an intriguing candidate after the incredible numbers he put up at the NFL Combine.
The Jets want a stud pass-rusher and Upshaw is just that. While Ingram is New York’s top target, Gang Green decides to stay put at No. 16 and take Alabama’s incredible talent.
The Bengals need a solid young cornerback and who better for Cincinnati to draft than a guy with a little bit of legal trouble in his background?
The Chargers need help on their offensive line and DeCastro is a solid choice this late in the first round.
The Bears want a solid pass-rusher to line up opposite Julius Peppers and Mercilus is exactly that. He’s a steal at No. 19.
The departure of Cortland Finnegan to St. Louis left a huge hole in Tennessee’s secondary, but the Titans will fill it by taking the best overall cornerback in the draft.
#21 – Cincinnati Bengals select Stanford OT Jonathan Martin
Many believe Martin is the better offensive lineman from Stanford in this draft and the Bengals won’t pass on him with their second pick in the first round.
#22 – Cleveland Browns select Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden
The Browns come away with a stellar first round by taking the true second-best passer in the draft at No. 22.
The Lions have three stellar defensive linemen already and the addition of Branch makes Detroit’s front four arguably the best in the business.
Hightower has been called the “perfect fit” for the Steelers since decided to enter the draft after the Crimson Tide won the national title. Pittsburgh obviously agrees.
The Broncos’ offense is set with the addition of Peyton Manning, so Denver now turns its attention to making its defense capable of keeping up with Manning’s fast-paced style of play.
The Texans need another solid receiver to bolster their incredible passing attack and Wright is the best receiver available at No. 26.
Everyone knows the Patriots are going pass-rusher with their first pick and Brockers isn’t supposed to slide this far, but the earlier shakeup makes the No. 27 pick an ideal one for all involved.
The Packers’ Achilles heel in 2011 was their defense. Perry is an excellent choice this late in the first round and he’ll likely make an immediate impact in Green Bay.
The Ravens are looking to bolster their defensive line to get their defense back to where it once was and Jones is the right man for the job.
A team that has no glaring needs bolsters a slightly weaker position by taking McClellin, who is considered a late-round “flyer.”
Many thought the Patriots were crazy for taking two tight ends in the 2010 draft, but New England will prove its genius once again this year by drafting two players of the same position within six picks of one another.
The defending champs may have signed Martellus Bennett in free agency, but they were smart enough to only sign him to a one-year deal. Meanwhile, they need a real tight end for their long-term success and Fleener is the surest thing there is in this draft.