2012 NFL Mock Draft: Last Minute Edition

A very last second mock draft. No formatting and robably has spelling errors, but whatever. Just wanted to squeeze one out before draft time tonight. Once the first trade goes down this mock, and all others, will be rendered completely useless.

1. Indianapolis Colts - QB Andrew Luck, Stanford. This pick has been officially announced.

2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis Rams) - QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor. No drama here either. The Skins didn't trade up to take anyone but Griff.

3. Minnesota Vikings - OT Ryan Kalil, USC. Eh? So the Vikings are perhaps serious about taking Claiborne over Kalil? I still can't see it. I think it is a huge smokescreen to get the Bucs to trade up. If Claiborne and Richardson are gone then Tampa is in a tough spot. I think there is about a 50.3% chance the Vikings are going to take Kalil over Claiborne. I think it would be a terrible move if they went the other way, but that is why they are picking in the top three.

4. Cleveland Browns - RB Trent Richarsdon, Alabama. Browns will take Richardson or Claiborne in that order. No need for them to move out of this spot.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CB Morris Claiborne, LSU. Tampa has to be sweating. If Richardson and Claiborne are both gone, they could trade down with Buffalo and still draft someone like Fletcher Cox or Luke Kuechly.

6. St. Louis Rams - WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St. Blackmon is the only guy who makes sense for me here. This is a weak draft, so even though Blackmon doesn't have the greek god physique of other top ten wideouts, he is the best here. St. Louis has to stop pussyfooting around and give Bradford some help already.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars - DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi St. Not neccessarily because I think the Jaguars will take Cox (no homo) but because I think this is where Cox goes. DT's often rise right before the draft and Cox will rise this year (no homo). Jacksonville would be wise to trade down if they can because they have far bigger needs then defensive tackle.

8. Miami Dolphins - QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M. As a Dolphins fan I am trying to like this pick, but I just can't do it. I would much rather have someone like Melvin Ingram or Michael Floyd. But 99% chance this will be the pick, so I might as well accept it.

9. Carolina Panthers - CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina. With Cox off the board I think Gilmore is the player who makes the most sense. He is a local guy and the Panthers really need some playmaking from their mediocre secondary. Gilmore is another late riser who should be gone within the first 12 picks.

10. Buffalo Bills - WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame. Floyd is getting some big time buzz and it would really not surprise me if he is gone by the 6th pick to the Rams. If a team wants Floyd they might have to trade up to here because the Chiefs and Cardinals would love to have him.

11. Kansas City Chiefs - OG David DeCastro, Stanford. The Chiefs are set at pretty much every position at quarterback. The quarterback position is so bad though that they are picking 11th. Kuechly would not fill a need whatsoever. I'll go DeCastro, who is no ordinary guard. The Chiefs offensive line should actually be pretty good next year.

12. Seattle Seahawks - LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College. The Seahawks linebacking group is suddenly very thin. Kuechly does not have amazing talent but this is a pretty weak linebacker class, so if you want a starter, you better take this guy early.

13. Arizona Cardinals - DE/OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina. The Cardinals want to upgrade their offense but with no Floyd or DeCastro around they go defense. I like Ingram as a fit better in a 3-4, so I hope a team that runs that scheme drafts him. Arizona does not really have anyone at outside linebacker.

14. Dallas Cowboys - S Mark Barron, Alabama. The Cowboys had kind of given up on the hope that Barron would be available here, but in this mock he falls. Dallas gladly scoops him up.

15. Philadelphia Eagles - DT Michael Brockers, LSU. Andy Reid loves to have about 10 defensive lineman to rotate in and out. I can't see the Eagles seriously considering a trade up to get Fletcher Cox, but they should be able to take Brockers here.

16. New York Jets - DE/OLB Chandler Jones, Syracuse. The Jets have three big needs, in this order. Outside linebacker. Right Tackle. Wide Receiver.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders) - DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina. The Bengals don't care about character concerns. Carlos Dunlap has similar size and question desires, and he looks like a fine pickup. Coples could make a good running mate.

18. San Diego Chargers - DE/OLB Shea McClellin, Boise St. I think the Chargers really want to target a pass rusher here. With Jones and Ingram gone they reach for McClellin. He was invited to the draft so I don't think he lasts past the first round.

19. Chicago Bears - DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois. I had Coples here in my previous mock, but he is gone. The Bears want to add a pass rusher to pair with Peppers, and they get the last guy worthy of a pick around this spot.

20. Tennessee Titans - CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama. Kirkpatrick seems to be slipping a bit but I can't see Tennessee passing up on a chance to land a talent like him.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - WR Kendall Wright, Baylor. Not only do the Bengals add a receiver opposite AJ Green, but they make sure division rival Cleveland does not.

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons) - OG/OT Cordy Glenn, Georgia. I think the Browns will go offense with most of their picks. With Wright gone, they go with Glenn, who they can plug at either tackle or guard.

23. Detroit Lions - CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama. I have a feeling Jenkins will be a first round pick. He is a better prospect then Jimmy Smith, who still found his way into the first round. The Lions always go with best talent available, and it is also a guy who fills a major need. Several teams at the bottom of the first round, like the Patriots and 49ers, could be looking at Jenkins as well.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers - MLB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama. I think Poe's stock has taken a big hit after the allure of his combine wore off. The Steelers will be able to choose between Poe and Hightower here. I'll go with Hightower since Casey Hampton still has another year or two left.

25. Denver Broncos - NT Dontari Poe, Memphis. The Broncos really need someone to plug the middle. Even though Poe might be a better fit in the 3-4, he would be a monster upgrade here.

26. Houston Texans - TE Coby Fleener, Stanford. Sure, Fleener can't block but who cares? He is basically a 240 pound receiver out there. The Texans are going for it all, so they can afford a luxury pick that gives Schaub another weapon.

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints) - DE/OLB Vinny Curry, Marshall. I think the Patriots will draft Shea McClellin if he is here, but I think they like Curry if he is gone. Either way, it should be a pass rusher.

28. Green Bay Packers - DE/DT Devon Still, Penn St. The Packers could go a number of directions here. You have Harrison Smith, you have Courtney Upshaw, or you have some defensive linemen.

29. Baltimore Ravens - OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama. I think Upshaw could fall out of the first round due to the fact that he isn't really that much of a pass rusher. The Ravens lost Jarrett Johnson so they have an opening.

30. San Francisco 49ers - WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech. Hill is a project who won't produce right away, but the Niners are deep enough they can afford to be patient.

31. New England Patriots - QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma St. No, the Patriots won't select Weeden. But there is about a 750% chance they will trade out of this spot. I think a trade with the Browns would make a ton of sense.

32. New York Giants - RB Doug Martin, Boise St. The Giants are a pretty deep team so they can afford the luxury pick here.

Jonathan Carrano

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