2012 NFL Mock Draft: Week 4

Analysis on the first half of the first round.

1. Kansas City Chiefs - QB Andrew Luck, Stanford. I bet Andrew Luck can complete a pass when he throws a hat on his head. Yeah, I know I used that joke a couple days ago but it's just hilarious to me. The competition for the Suck for Luck Bowl is fierce, with Kansas City, Seattle, Denver, Cincinnati, Miami and more all viable candidates.

2. Seattle Seahawks - QB Matt Barkley, USC. Nothing new to report here. Tarvaris Jackson is still terrible and Charlie Whitehurst is so bad that he still hasn't seen the field. Pete Carroll is obviously very familiar with Barkley, who is having a good season for an average Trojans team.

3. Jacksonville Jaguars - DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina. Dante Paige-Moss may be struggling mightily, but the same can't be said for Coples, who is the best pass rusher in this class. The Jaguars have holes virtually everywhere on their roster, so they can take the best player available and a need will most likely be filled. A guy who can get to the quarterback has been on the top of their list for years.

4. Indianapolis Colts - OT Matt Kalil, USC. Bill Polian has worked hard to rebuild the offensive line. It is more important then ever with Peyton Manning's injury woes. With Manning the window isn't quite closed yet, and Kalil will give him that blind side protection he has needed since Tarik Glenn retired.

5. Denver Broncos - OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford. This pick came down to Martin and Trent Richardson to me. Thanks to all of Josh McDaniels horrible picks, this team is starved for talent on offense. John Fox's Carolina Panthers were at it's best when they had two first round pick tackles as bookends on the line. A stud offensive tackle is harder to find then a stud running back, so they go with Martin here, who can slide right into the right side.

6. Cincinnati Bengals - RB Trent Richardson, Alabama. The Bengals are glad Denver chose Martin. They continue to add high draft picks to the young up and coming offense. Richardson is one of those true every down backs that come along every few years along the lines of Adrian Peterson and Darren McFadden. Running backs aren't chosen high often, unless they can do it all. Richardson can, and Bengals fans should rejoice that they don't have to suffer through Cedric Benson anymore.

7. Arizona Cardinals - CB Morris Claiborne, LSU. Is this a reach? Probably. But have you watched any Cardinals games this year? Probably not, but let me tell you that this secondary is among the all time worst. No hyperbole, you can tell that after three games. Claiborne joins former LSU teammate Patrick Peterson as they try to reshape a terrible secondary.

8. Miami Dolphins - QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma. The Dolphins can't pussy foot around the quarterback position anymore. They have failed with multiple second round picks and trades. Tony Sparano is clearly in over his head and will probably lose the locker room and his job soon. A new regime will come in and want to get his own guy behind center. Jones doesn't have the natural ability that Chad Henne has, but he is a much smarter quarterback.

9. Minnesota Vikings - WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina. I think Jeffery is definitely a top five talent, but with the way this mock shaped up, he slipped to the number nine spot. The Vikings have the choice of Jeffery and Justin Blackmon. I think they should go with Jeffery, who has the size and skills another former Gamecock wideout had for the Vikings. He isn't having a great statistical season, but that is because Stephen Garcia is terrible and the team is understandably leaning on stud running back Marcus Lattimore. Jeffery is a stud.

10. St. Louis Rams - WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. If the Rams have Blackmon staring at them in the face they have to pull the trigger. Like I have said seven trillion times in this blog, a team drafting a young quarterback needs to surround him with weapons. And the likes of Greg Salas and Lance Kendricks aren't going to cut it. They finally land Bradford a legit #1 weapon. Blackmon is having another monster year for the Cowboys.

11. Carolina Panthers - CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama. Speaking of what I said above, the Panthers just miss out on giving Cam Newton a great weapon. So they instead go with best player available that fills a position of need. I think Vontaze Burfict is the best on the board, but the Panthers are still very deep and talented at linebacker, even with Thomas Davis probably not playing another down. The Panthers cornerbacks are average and there is absolutely no depth. Kirkpatrick is a big, strong corner who could climb up into the top five with good workouts.

12. Cleveland Browns - LB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona St. Best player available is the way to go for a team that is starved for talent. Burfict might fit better at middle linebacker but he has the skills to play on the outside as well. He will form a great duo with now healthy monster D'Qwell Jackson.

13. Tennessee Titans - MLB Manti Te'o, Notre Dame. The run on linebackers continues. Barrett Ruud is holding down the middle linebacker spot until someone better comes along. Te'o is much much better. He is built like a tank and can do everything on the football field. Despite his size, he has the speed to play in a 4-3 scheme.

14. Chicago Bears - WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
15. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons) - DE Brandon Jenkins, Florida St.
16. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
17. Washington Redskins - OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
18. San Diego Chargers - DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
19. Philadelphia Eagles - DT Jared Crick, Nebraska
20. Buffalo Bills - OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
21. San Francisco 49ers - C Mike Brewster, Ohio St.
22. Dallas Cowboys - CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech
23. Oakland Raiders - CB Cliff Harris, Oregon
24. New York Jets - DE/OLB Devin Taylor, South Carolina
25. New York Giants - OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina
26. Houston Texans - CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama
27. Detroit Lions - OT/OG Kelechi Osemele, Iowa St.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers - NT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington
29. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints) - OG David DeCastro, Stanford
30. New England Patriots - CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
31. Baltimore Ravens - OT Andrew Datko, Florida St.
32. Green Bay Packers - DE/OLB Shayne Skov, Stanford

Jonathan Carrano

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