2012 3 Round Mock Draft: Andrew Luck all but guarenteed to be a Colt

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This is Reggie’s updated three round mock draft. Leave a comment and let us know what you think.

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1. Indianapolis Colts                   Andrew Luck             QB           Stanford

There is no way that Bill Polian and Colts can pass this type of player up.  I love Peyton Manning and I think he can be productive for 1-2 more years.  Perfect grooming time for Andrew Luck and allows him to prosper without the amount of pressure he would face in his rookie season as a starter.


2. Minnesota Vikings            Matt Kalil                  OT            USC

It is apparent the Vikings most pressing need is rebuilding the OL.  Kalil would be a welcomed present which would also improve the guard spot since Johnson is a decent OG.  I still think the Vikings have to upgrade the interior but the OT duo is set with Loadholt and Kalil.


3. Jacksonville Jaguars            Justin Blackmon       WR           Oklahoma State

Jaguars are in a bad spot…do they throw away Gabbert and take a much better QB in Barkley?  Stay tuned…for now I give Gabbert a #1 weapon that can stretch the defense.  With Jones Drew and Blackmon, Gabbert will have no more excuses.


4. Arizona Cardinals   Jonathan Martin        OT            Stanford

Cardinals are not as bad as you might think.  If Kolb can develop and the OL improves this team could push for the NFC West next season.  Martin would help a ton by moving Levi Brown to RT and giving the Cardinals solid OT play.


5. Washington Redskins          Matt Barkley              QB           USC

What giving up on Grossman/Beck combo already?  If Shanahan wants to succeed he knows he needs a QB.  I think Barkley will appeal to him with his athleticism, strong arm, and brash attitude.  Plus I am no longer certain that Luck is that much better than Barkley.  Luck is clearly #1 but Barkley and Griffin are close.

6. Carolina Panthers                   Morris Claiborne      CB           LSU

Allowing over 100 yards receiving to Reggie Wayne and allowing the Colts and Lions to brutalize you despite being in a funk is all the proof you need that the secondary is the Panthers biggest problem.  Claiborne is a special talent that will start the healing.


7. St. Louis Rams                         Trent Richardson      RB           Alabama

No OL, WR, or DB worth this spot.  Jackson is a stud but is wearing down and could use a replacement/partner to help out.  With Richardson the Rams could really churn out the yards and open things up in the passing game.


8. Miami Dolphins                       Robert Griffin           QB           Baylor

Dolphins are competitive and you have to give some credit to Sparano.  That being said his time is done as is Chad Henne.  Dolphins win streak cost them Andrew Luck but they can still get Griffin who should excite a dwindling fan base.    Besides a highly intelligent, athletic, and accurate QB sounds eerily familiar to a QB playing in GB right now….doesn’t it?


9. Cleveland Browns                  Landry Jones           QB           Oklahoma

Colt McCoy is a good backup QB.  He is too limited to be a fulltime starter.  Jones would fit in well in the West Coast Offense and would give the Browns a legitimate QB with a much higher ceiling.  Holmgren does not have a ton of time and will be impatient to replace McCoy as he should be.


10. Philadelphia Eagles             Quinton Coples        DE            NC

Eagles defensive front seven is just a weak, undersized group.  DE’s are able to get pressure but are being blown off the line against the run.  Coples would fix this and would slide into DT on passing downs…This unit will get tons of sacks next season.


11. Kansas City Chiefs          Riley Reiff                                OT            Iowa

Chiefs miss out on the 4 quality QB’s in this draft.  With that being said the OL could use some upgrading.  Pioli loves smart, physical prospects…perfect description of Reiff.  Would move Albert to RT or RG making the Chiefs OL a very solid unit.


12. Buffalo Bills                            Courtney Upshaw     OLB         Alabama

I think the last 1st round Crimson Tide defender had a positive influence on this defense.  Why not more??  Bills have no pass rushers in the LB unit.  Upshaw gives them one and is versatile enough to line up in many different positions.


13. Seattle Seahawks             Alfonzo Dennard       CB           Nebraska

Since Dennard has gotten healthy he has shown Shut Down CB potential.  His physicality, size, speed, and technique are all well above average.  Seahawks have glaring holes at CB and with Trufant likely leaving in FA it is imperative the Seahawks get some talent at CB.


14. San Diego Chargers           Brandon Jenkins      DE/OLB    FSU

Jenkins is a maddening talent.  He has great size and athleticism but has not produced a ton this year.  He has had moments but this pick is about upside.  He gets a ton of attention and that frees up everyone else.  I think he is a better 3-4 OLB than a 4-3 DE.  Chargers need pass rushers.


15. Tampa Bay Buccs            Dre Kirkpatrick         CB           Alabama

Buccs have let it be known that their secondary needs to be upgraded.  With Dennard and Claiborne already chosen; Kirkpatrick is the best of the rest and worth this spot.  Kirkpatrick has good size and strength and could play both CB and FS much like Malcolm Jenkins from a few years ago.  If Kirkpatrick had better hands he would be gone by now…still he upgrades the position.


16. Tennessee Titans                Whitney Mercilus      DE            Illinois

After viewing a lot of Mercilus film…I believe him to be a quality one year wonder.  He is a Jason Paul Pierre…not a Jamaal Anderson as Charlie Campbell put it from Walterfootball.com.  His work against Mike Adams and Ricky Wagner opened my eyes.  Whitney has good strength and a bevy of pass rush moves.  I shudder to think what kind of production this kid will have once he gets some more experience.


17. Denver Broncos                   Devon Still                               DT            Penn State

Broncos defense is the bigger reason for the Broncos success.  I know Tebow is playing well but their defense is shut down lately.  If the Broncos want a repeat performance than they will need to upgrade their DL.  Still is a monster at getting behind the line of scrimmage…he is the inside disruptor that will complement Miller and Dummerville’s outside presence.


18. New York Giants             Vontaze Burfict         MLB         Arizona State

Wow….it is hard to gauge this kid.  He has elite physical skills that are offset but his attitude.  Meet the Suh of this year’s class.  NFL is cracking down and that might mean a slide for Burfict.  Still, after the combine I think people forget this and start to drool over his potential.  Giants love high potential picks (Jason Paul Pierre, Linval Joseph, Marvin Austin) so I don’t think they can resist the next potential Ray Lewis.


19. New York Jets                       Alshon Jeffrey           WR           SC

Jeffrey better have a good bowl game and an even better off season workout.  I do not like this kid: I think he is lazy, out of shape, and slow.  That doesn’t cut it in the NFL.  The Jets would be one the few teams to take a flyer on this kid in Round 1.  Sanchez needs better red zone threats on offense.  Jeffrey could be special…will he put in the work to be special is the real question?



20. Detroit Lions                    Barrett Jones            OL            Alabama

When you need to upgrade 4 positions on the OL you take a kid who can play 4 positions.  Jones is a swiss army knife on the OL.  He could replace Peterman, Cherlius, or Backus.  I know eventually he will be the LT but for the meantime I think he takes over RT.  Great player, leader, and athlete.


21. Cleveland Browns (T)      Michael Floyd           WR           ND

Browns just drafted Landry Jones and now you must get him some weapons since the Browns currently have none.  Floyd is a true game changer that has all the tools: size, speed, hands, and a nasty disposition when the ball is in the air.



22. Cincinnati Bengals              Janoris Jenkins       CB           N Alabama

Bengals have lots of holes in the secondary, it is the only real weakness on this Bengal team.  Jenkins will team with Leon Hall to give the Bengals a sound CB duo.  Now the Bengals can turn their attention to the safety and RB position.


23. Chicago Bears                       Peter Konz                               C              Wisconsin

Chicago once again turns to their Midwest brother, Wisconsin, to help their OL.  With Carimi at RT and Konz at C the OL is no longer a weakness.  This pick also allows Garza to move back to OG.


24. Houston Texans                    Alemeda Ta’Amu        NT            Washington

Texans scored a huge steal with JJ Watt last season.  He is making the Texans DL look very sound.  The Texans can make their DL dominate if they had a big, bodied NT to protect the LB units.  Amu gives them that wide body.  He is also surprisingly nimble for his size.


25. Pittsburgh Steelers       David DeCastro        OG           Stanford

Steelers OL have built on the OL in the past two drafts.  Selecting Center Maurkice Pouncey and RT Marcus Gilbert have gone a long ways to making this unit respectable.  David DeCastro will sandwich between the two and make the Steelers OL a truly gritty, talented bunch.


26. Dallas Cowboys              Chase Minnifield       CB           Virginia

Cowboys defense could use an upgrade of talent in this year’s draft.  The talent overhaul begins with Minnifield.  Minnifield is an under rated prospect who has the makings of a shut down CB.  Good size/speed combo is complemented by great instincts and smarts.


27. Cincinnati Bengals (T)     Zack Brown              OLB         NC

I know Zack Brown shouldn’t fall this far…but in this mock he did.  Nothing he has done but just couldn’t find a place for him once the Eagles took Coples.  Either way the Bengals get a great player and Zack Brown and Janoris Jenkins is a good haul in Round 1.


28. San Francisco 49ers         Dwight Jones           WR           NC

With a possession WR in Crabtree, middle weapon in Davis…the 49ers need a deep threat.  Dwight Jones would complement this duo and give the 49ers an offense that can put some points on the board.


29. New England Pats (T)        Ronnell Lewis          DE/OLB    Oklahoma

Ronnell Lewis is a risk/reward prospect.  Lewis could be the next James Harrison or the next Gholston.  If Lewis achieves his potential he would team with Mayo to give the Patriots 2 Pro Bowl LB’s in the 3-4.  Patriots need more talent in the front 7.


30. New England Patriots        Marvin McNutt           WR           Iowa

This kid is sick.  When I watch him I sometimes think he might be the best WR in this draft…I am not joking.  I would not be surprised if GM’s come to that conclusion on draft day.  Patriots get a steal here and a player who will fit their team perfectly….plus he gets to play for Brady…lucky!!!


31. Baltimore Ravens                Manti Te’o                 ILB           ND

Ravens need youth in their defense.  Perhaps most importantly in LB units which the Ravens always have one of the top units in the NFL.  Ravens finally get a prospect who can replace Lewis without a huge drop off.  Te’o is a stud who is meant to play in a 3-4 system.


32. Green Bay Packers            Vinny Curry              OLB         Marshall

Packers need more of a pass rush if their defense is going to improve.  Teams simply roll coverage towards Matthews without fear of anyone else.  Curry could take advantage of this type of situation.  Curry is a great fit in the 3-4 scheme and could give the Packers another 10+ sack LB.

Round two on the next page

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