Andrew's 2012 NFL Mock Draft





1. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Already announced by Colts GM Ryan Grigson. Mark it down.

2. Washington Redskins - Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Mark this down - When it's all said and done, RG3 will be better than Andrew Luck. I'd take him first without hesitation. I love this guy.

3. Minnesota Vikings - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Facing Aaron Rodgers, Matt Stafford, and Jay Cutler will kill you if you don't have a good pass defense. Claiborne's the first step.

4. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Best player available and best fit. Could be Rookie of the Year.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Matt Kalil, OT, USC

When you have a top 10 pick, you have to take the best player available. Offensive line isn't a need for Tampa Bay, but Kalil is the best player there and he'll make a strength even stronger.

6. St. Louis Rams - Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.

A weapon for Sam Bradford, who doesn't have any at all.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Coples has the highest upside of any pass rusher in the draft, and Jacksonville needs all the help they can get on the D-line.

8. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

He has to sit for a year, but it's finally time for the Dolphins to get a franchise QB. If his former college coach and an NFL QB guru can't help Tannehill, the Dolphins might be in trouble for another 10 years.

9. Carolina Panthers - Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.

The Panthers need help on the D-line, and Cox is the surest thing in this draft at that position.

10. Buffalo Bills - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

With Floyd on one side and Stevie Johnson on the other, the Bills offensive should develop even further under Ryan Fitzpatrick.

11. Kansas City Chiefs - Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

The Chiefs need help on defense and Kuechly might be the most consistent prospect coming out in years.

12. Seattle Seahawks - Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

Seattle will take Tannehill if he drops, but in this scenario, he doesn't.

13. Arizona Cardinals - David DeCastro, G, Stanford

I think DeCastro should go higher because he's the best offensive lineman in this draft. He's mean, nasty, and consistent. He'll fit in perfectly with O-line coach Russ Grimm in Arizona.

14. Dallas Cowboys - Mark Barron, S, Alabama

The Cowboys are apparently high on Barron and will be thrilled if they don't have to trade up to get him.

15. Philadelphia Eagles - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

The Eagles could go a lot of different directions here, but Reiff is the best lineman available and his blue-collar approach should fit well in Philly.

16. New York Jets - Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Rex Ryan won't be able to help himself here. He sees another Haloti Ngata in Poe, who didn't do much at Memphis but looked like a superhero at the Combine.

17. Cincinnati Bengals - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

With Leon Hall on one side and Kirkpatrick on the other, the Bengals should be set at corner for years to come. And we know they don't shy away from guys who have character issues.

18. San Diego Chargers - Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

Upshaw may fall, but the Chargers would be stupid not to scoop him up. They need a pass rush and Upshaw was dominant in Tuscaloosa.

19. Chicago Bears - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

A speedy WR to pair with newly acquired Brandon Marshall should give the Bears a formidable offense along with Jay Cutler and Matt Forte.

20. Tennessee Titans - Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Gilmore will step in and try to replace Cortland Finnegan who left for St. Louis.

21. Cincinnati Bengals - Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

The Bengals already got a corner, so a pass rusher is next on the priority list. Mercilus is one of the best available in this class.

22. Cleveland Browns - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

The Browns desperately need help at right tackle and Martin should be able to start there from day 1.

23. Detroit Lions - Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia

The Lions offensive line is getting old and isn't all that good anyway, so Glenn should be able to provide some protection for Matt Stafford.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

Hightower screams Dick LeBeau. He'll fit in perfectly in Pittsburgh.

25. Denver Broncos - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

The Broncos will be thrilled to see Brockers fall this far. He could end up being the steal of the first round if he plays to his potential. Plus, Denver needs help on the D-line in the worst way.

26. Houston Texans - Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

The Texans are still looking for an upgrade opposite Andre Johnson, and Hill's speed and size would definitely provide that.

27. New England Patriots - Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC

As long as the Patriots don't trade down, they'll have to take a pass rusher. Perry should fit in with Bill Belichick's scheme, plus as a Packer fan, I hope they don't take Shea McClellin.

28. Green Bay Packers - Shea McClellin, OLB, USC

Line him up across from Clay Matthews and go from day 1. With Nick Collins' release, the Pack could also look for a safety in which case they could trade down from this spot.

29. Baltimore Ravens - Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

It seems like the Ravens have been looking for help at receiver for forever, and they still haven't found it. Maybe Randle can be the guy.

30. San Francisco 49ers - Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma St.

I hear Jim Harbaugh likes Brandon Weeden, and I don't think he'll be able to help himself when he sees him there at this point. He may take over for Alex Smith next year if Smith doesn't perform.

31. New England Patriots - Jerel Worthy, DT/DE, Michigan St.

The Pats will still need more of a pass rush up front, and Worthy is versatile enough to play every down whether the Pats go with their 4-3 or 3-4 schemes.

32. New York Giants - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Corner isn't necessarily a need for the Giants, but Jenkins is the best player available and they don't really have any shut-down guys there. He definitely has the potential to fill that role.

Andrew's Green Bay Packer Mock Draft (Rounds 1-4)

Round 1
Shea McClellin, OLB Boise St. (6'3" 260)


McClellin's been rising quickly up draft boards the last week or 2 and is now being mocked to Green Bay in lot of scenarios, mine being one of them. The Packers obviously need to improve their pass rush as I outlined in my Packer Draft Preview last week, and McClellin will most likely be available at pick 28 and will look nice opposite Clay Matthews. McClellin lacks the elite athleticism that some of the other pass rushers in this draft have and will need some work transitioning from DE to OLB in the NFL, but he's an extremely hard worker and has an insane motor, two qualities Packer fans love in Matthews. He's also a down home, small town kind of guy from Idaho and has a Green Bay kind of personality.

Other Possibilities:
Peter Konz, C Wisconsin
Devon Still, DT Penn St.
Harrison Smith, SS Notre Dame

Round 2
LaMichael James, RB, Oregon (5'8" 194)


Yep, you read that right. I think the explosive, heisman-trophy candidate from Oregon will be donning the green and gold next season. Ryan Grant will not be returning, which leaves the Packers with injury-prone James Starks and last year's third round pick Alex Green, who missed his entire rookie season with an injury. Running back will be a position GM Ted Thompson will have to address, and unless he continues his free agent "binge" he'll have to do so in the draft. James would add a whole new threat to the Packers offense as an explosive runner and good pass catcher out of the backfield. Just think what Darren Sproles did for New Orleans when he arrived.

Other Possibilities:
Kendall Reyes, DE Connecticut
Ronnell Lewis, OLB Oklahoma
Trumaine Johnson, CB/S Montana


Round 3
Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia (5'10" 183)


Minnifield is the son of a coach and a very smart, versatile cornerback, something the Packers value. He is good in man but better in zone coverage, has decent ball skills, and is a solid tackler. He also returned some punts for UVA.

Other Possibilities:
Dwayne Allen, TE Clemson
Ben Jones, C Georgia
Brock Osweiler, QB Arizona St.

Round 4
Michael Brewster, C, Ohio St. (6'4" 310)


Brewster was a four-year starter at a big time program and was an All Big 10 performer multiple times. He had a down season as a senior, which is why he'll probably fall to around this spot, but he's smart, durable, an pretty athletic on top of his experience. The Packers will need a long-term replacement at center because this is most likely Jeff Saturday's last season.

Other Possibilities:
Markelle Martin, S Oklahoma St.
Nick Foles, QB Arizona
Antonio Allen, S South Carolina

Andrew's Green Bay Packers 2012 NFL Draft Preview

Here's another NFL Draft post, this time giving Green Bay fans some idea of which positions are a need and which prospects the Pack will be looking at come draft time. Look for my 4-round Green Bay Mock Draft coming within the next few days, where I'll let you know which players I think the Packers will be selecting with their picks in rounds 1-4.


Needs
Defensive end - After losing Cullen Jenkins last year to Philadelphia, the Packers had high hopes for 2010 2nd round pick Mike Neal out of Purdue. Neal can't seem to stay healthy, however, and is now suspended for the first four games of this season for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Jarius Wynn filled in decently for most of the year, but he's clearly not the long term answer. The Packers could definitely use an upgrade at the DE position, preferrably someone who can rush the passer.

Outside linebacker - Packer fans have been clamoring for a rush linebacker opposite All-Pro Clay Matthews, and maybe this is the year GM Ted Thompson finally pulls the trigger on that position in the first round. The Packers pass rush was clearly a huge problem throughout last season, and they'll have to upgrade it somewhere in the defense. Whitney Mercilus from Illinois, Nick Perry from USC, and Andre Branch from Clemson all fit the mold of a college defensive end who can make the move to OLB in a 3-4 scheme. Erik Walden may not be back this season and the combination of Vic So'oto, Brad Jones, and Frank Zombo aren't good enough to get the job done.

Secondary - Charles Woodson has been a beast for Green Bay since he arrived, but he'll turn 36 during the season. Sam Shields is young and still improving, but is he really ready to fill in as a starter if Woodson or fellow starter Tramon Williams go down? Pat Lee has signed with the Raiders and Jarrett Bush is completely worthless as a cover man. We saw nothing from Davon House last year, though that was mostly due to injuries. On top of the questions at CB, no one knows whether or not All-Pro safety Nick Collins will return to football after the neck injury he sustained last year. The Packers are going to need depth in the secondary and possibly a starter at safety.