2012 NFL Mock Draft: Week 3

I did not have time to finish typing this up, but I might as well post it anyways.

Not a whole lot has changed. Want to give you something interesting to read. So I am going to give a one sentence explanation of my picks then look back at the draft 5 years ago, in 2006, and discuss each teams top draft pick.

1. Seattle Seahawks - QB Andrew Luck, Stanford. It is doubtful Luck will suffer a Jake Locker/Matt Leinart fall. His draft status is pretty much set in stone.

The Seahawks took Miami CB Kelly Jennings with the 31st overall pick. Jennings had a solid Seahawks career, but like Marcus Trufant, started to fall off the last couple of years as the team got worse and worse. He was traded to the Cincinnati Bengals this past offseason.

2. Kansas City Chiefs - QB Matt Barkley, USC. No change here. Matt Cassel might as well retire and enroll at Florida to play for Charlie Weis.

The Chiefs took Penn St. DE Tamba Hali with the 20th overall pick. Hali was a good player from the jump, as he had at least 7.5 sacks in 06, 07 and 09. But once the Chiefs switched to the 3-4, Hali really flourished, as he had 14.5 sacks last year and was rewarded with a monster contract. He is one of the only players on defense worth talking about.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina. The Jaguars need help all over the place and could take best player available.

The Jaguars took UCLA TE Marcedes Lewis with the 28th overall pick. Lewis was a slight reach when he was drafted and had a mediocre start to his career before catching 10 touchdown passes last year. Coincidentally (or not), that was during his contract year. He got a nice fat paycheck and has now hauled in 2 passes in 2 games.

4. Indianapolis Colts - OT Matt Kalil, USC. Bill Polian will want to ride Manning until he can't no more (no homo), so he drafts his new blind side protector.

The Colts took LSU RB Joseph Addai with the 30th overall pick. Addai came out of the gate very well and looked to be the replacement for Edgerrin James the Colts were looking for. As a rookie he ran for over 1000 yards with a 4.8 yards per carry average. But since then injuries and ineffectiveness have really held him back. He is now part of a mediocre platoon with even worse first round pick Donald Brown.

5. Denver Broncos - RB Trent Richarsdon, Alabama. Some may think this is too high for Richardson but I don't. He is one of those rare every down backs that only seem to come out every couple of years. And when they do they are drafted high (Adrian Peterson, Darren McFadden).

The Broncos took Vanderbilt QB Jay Cutler with the 11th overall pick. Cutler's tenuous Broncos career was well documented. But the fact is he is easily the best quarterback out of this class, picked after now backups Vince Young and Matt Leinart.

6. Cleveland Browns - WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina. Jeffery's stats aren't as eye popping as Justin Blackmon's, but I think he is still the top receiver prospect. Spurrier is just smartly running stud Marcus Lattimore 30+ times per game.

The Browns took Florida St. DE Kamerion Wimbley with the 13th overall pick. Drafted to help fill out the new 3-4 defense, Wimbley started off very strong, posting 11 sacks as a rookie. He is a good overall linebacker, able to get to the quarterback and run down the ball carrier. The team traded him to the Raiders in 2010 and he has continued to play well.

7. Cincinnati Bengals - OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford. The Bengals would love Richardson, but instead they draft competition for Andre Smith.

The Bengals drafted South Carolina CB Jonathan Joseph with the 24th overall pick. Joseph formed one of the top cornerback duos in the NFL with fellow first round draft pick Leon Hall. He had his best year in 2009 with 69 tackles and 6 interceptions. He signed a monster contract with the Houston Texans this past offseason.

8. Carolina Panthers - WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. Steve Smith has found his second wind, but the still have nothing opposite him. Maybe the Panthers will want to throw the ball 60 times per game now.

The Panthers took Memphis RB DeAngelo Williams with the 27th overall pick. Williams had his best year in 2008, rushing for over 1500 yards with a 5.5 yards per carry average. That same year Jonathan Stewart ran for 800 yards. The dominant running game helped the Panthers to a 12-4 record. For some reason, Carolina gave him a huge contract this past offseason and has given him the ball 17 times in two games.

9. San Francisco 49ers - QB Landry Jones, Alabama.

10. Minnesota Vikings - CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
11. Miami Dolphins - MLB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona St.
12. Tennessee Titans - MLB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
13. Oakland Raiders - CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
14. Arizona Cardinals - CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
16. New York Giants - DT Jared Crick, Nebraska
17. Washington Redskins - WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
18. Buffalo Bills - MLB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame
19. Dallas Cowboys - CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
20. Chicago Bears - C Mike Brewster, Ohio St.
21. St. Louis Rams - DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan St.
22. San Diego Chargers - DE/OLB Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina
23. Detroit Lions - DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida St.
24. New York Jets - OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
25. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons) - DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina
26. Pittsburgh Steelers - NT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington
27. Philadelphia Eagles - OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina
28. Houston Texans - CB Cliff Harris, Oregon
29. Baltimore Ravens - DE/DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson
30. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints) - OG David DeCastro, Stanford
31. New England Patriots - CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
32. Green Bay Packers - OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma

Jonathan Carrano

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