Posted by: nhfalcon | March 7, 2012

The Eyrie’s 2012 NFL Mock First Round v.1.0

1) Colts – Andrew Luck QB Stanford

Indy just released Peyton Manning. Duh.

2) Browns (projected trade with Rams) – Robert Griffin QB Baylor

It’s all but guaranteed that the Rams will trade out of this pick, it’s just a question of with who. Other potential suitors would be the Redskins, Dolphins, or Seahawks. I’m going with Cleveland because they would appear to have more ammo to make the trade with.

3) Vikings – Matt Kalil OT Southern California

Minnesota invested a first round pick in QB Christian Ponder last year, and Charlie Johnson is not the guy you want protecting the franchise’s blindside.

4) Rams (projected trade with Browns) – Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma St.

If QB Sam Bradford – the former #1 overall pick of the 2010 draft – is going to return to the form he showed as a rookie, he’s gonna need more weapons.

5) Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne CB Louisiana St.

Alabama RB Trent Richardson is a possibility here, too, but Tampa needs a shutdown corner more than they need a feature back.

6) Redskins – Riley Reiff OT Iowa

Washington would prefer Luck or Griffin, but with them off the table, it’s too high to go after any other QB in this draft (like Texas A&M’s Ryan Tanneyhill). Improving the RT spot would make life easier for whoever the QB winds up being in D.C.

7) Jaguars – Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina

Jacksonville had next to no pass rush last year, and they could possibly lose DE Jeremy Mincey – their best sack artist – to free agency.

8) Panthers – Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi St

The Achille’s heel to Carolina’s “D” last year was their interior D-line play. Dontari Poe of Memphis and Michael Brockers of LSU are also possibilities here.

9) Dolphins – Jonathan Martin OT Stanford

Like the Redskins, Miami would like to solve their QB problem here, but bolstering the O-line is a need, too.

10) Bills – Courtney Upshaw OLB/DE Alabama

A stand-up LB in college, Upshaw would put his hand in the dirt as a down DE and team with last year’s first-rounder, DT Marcell Dareus, to upgrade Buffalo’s pass rush.

11) Chiefs – Trent Richardson RB Alabama

This is a value pick here. There’s no QB worth taking at this point, nor is there a right tackle (unless KC thinks college OG’s David DeCastro of Stanford or Cordy Glenn of Georgia can play tackle at the pro level). Richardson provides insurance against the loss of Thomas Jones and/or Jackie Battle to free agency and the possibility that Jamaal Charles cannot return to form from missing 2011 with an injury. Don’t be shocked if the Jets try to trade up to get Richardson.

12) Seahawks – David DeCastro OG Stanford

Yet another team that would love a QB but will settle for an O-lineman instead. DeCastro is the best OG prospect to come out of college since Steve Hutchinson.

13) Cardinals – Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame

With no good ORT or 3-4 OLB prospect on the board at this point, Arizona turns to finding a great complement to Larry Fitzgerald.

14) Cowboys – Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama

Dallas HAS to get better against the past, and Terence Newman’s best days are behind him.

15) Eagles – Luke Kuechly MLB Boston College

Middle linebacker is far and away the top need in Philly, and Kuechly is the best “Mike” ‘backer in this draft.

16) Jets – Cordy Glenn OG-OT Georgia

A guard in college, Glenn played well at OLT in the Senior Bowl, and would be asked to replace Wayne Hunter at ORT by the Jets.

17) Bengals (from a 2011 trade with the Raiders) – Kendall Wright WR Baylor

Having an extra first-rounder allows Cincy the luxury of picking up a complement to last year’s first round wide receiver, A. J. Green.

18) Chargers – Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama

Like Terence Newman in Dallas, Quentin Jammer’s best days are in the rearview mirror.

19) Bears – Mike Adams OT Ohio St.

The absolute sieve that their offensive line has become causes Chicago to reach a bit for a left tackle.

20) Titans – Quinton Coples DE North Carolina

Based purely on physical ability, Coples should go in the Top 5. However, questions about his motor and maturity will cause him to slide.

21) Bengals – Mark Barron S Alabama

A nice blend of value and need-filling here.

22) Rams (part of the projected trade with the Browns, who acquired the pick from the Falcons in 2011) – Dontari Poe DT Memphis

Not the biggest need St Louis has, but the value is too good to pass up here.

23) Lions – Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina

A bit of a reach here, but Detroit does need a corner that badly.

24) Steelers – Dont’a Hightower ILB Alabama

The offensive line is a bigger need, but there isn’t a guard or tackle available who’s worth taking at this point.

25) Broncos – Michael Brockers DT Louisiana St.

Just what the doctor ordered for Denver.

26) Texans – Rueben Randall WR Louisiana St.

Should start out as a nice complement to Andre Johnson and then replace him a few years down the road.

27) Patriots (acquired from the Saints in 2011) – Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois

Addressing the pass rush is one of the top needs in New England.

28) Packers – Peter Konz C Wisconsin

As much as Green Bay needs to upgrade its “D,” Konz is the best value here.

29) Ravens – Vontaze Burfict ILB Arizona St.

With no glaring needs, Baltimore takes a chance on Ray Lewis being able to mentor and control the mercurial Burfict.

30) 49ers – Doug Martin RB Boise St.

Frank Gore seems to always be getting nicked up, and just how much tread is left on his tires?

31) Patriots – Brandon Thompson DT Clemson

Continuing to inject youth into the D-line, Thompson would lineup between Mercilus and NT Vince Wilfork.

32) Giants – Zach Brown OLB North Carolina

Brown has too much speed and raw ability to fall much further than this.



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