2012 NFL Draft: 1-16 10/15
Round 1, Picks 17-32, Draft Blog, NFL Draft Page
1. Miami Dolphins– QB Andrew Luck, Stanford-
The Dolphins weren’t exactly on fire this season before Chad Henne went down, so now their season looks even more grim. The only positive is they get to land the ‘next great quarterback’ in Andrew Luck. Given their need and pursuit of a signal caller of late, this is the easiest selection they will ever make.
2. Indianapolis Colts– QB Landry Jones, Oklahoma–
Curtis Painter has done a nice job for the Colts so far, but they are still losing games. The Colts need to highly consider drafting Manning’s replacement here, and I think if any of the top three guys are still on the board here, Indy goes with the QB. This is probably the best fit for Jones, as he gets to learn under Peyton Manning, and he goes to one of the few offenses that is pass heavy with a lot of shotgun and spread formations. Jones should me more comfortable in those sets, quickening the time it takes for him to become a viable starter.
3. Denver Broncos- WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina-
Brandon Lloyd is an impending free agent, and he might not look to stick around with the Broncos in the midst of a rebuilding effort. While Denver has some other interesting young receivers, they could use a weapon like Jeffery for Tebow to grow with (hopefully). Jeffery is arguably the best receiver to come out since Calvin Johnson, and should be a major weapon for the Broncos.
4. Carolina Panthers- WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.-
The Panthers will find out this season if they have the weapons in place to run their offense, but I’m guessing that they will come up just short. Given the amount of money they spent this offseason, I don’t see them being able to afford a top flight WR next year. Blackmon will give Newton a big play weapon and eliminate that excuse going forward.
5. Seattle Seahawks- QB Matt Barkley, USC–
Pete Carroll wasn’t able to trade for his first QB at USC, Carson Palmer, this offseason, but that should allow him to draft his last, Matt Barkley. Carroll only had one year with Barkley, but he did recruit him so he knows his strengths and weaknesses. Barkley gives Seattle their QB of the future and if he develops a very bright future. I think he is more of a risk than some, but if anyone can get him to succeed it should be Carroll.
6. St. Louis Rams– OT Matt Kalil, USC-
Sam Bradford and the Rams are struggling this season, but it has little to do with Sam Bradford. The Rams receivers are dropping balls left and right, while the offensive line has allowed Bradford to be the most pressured quarterback in the league. He’s taking far too many hits this year, which is just not acceptable if the Rams are ever to become a serious contender. Kalil could lineup from day one at LT shifting Roger Saffold over to the right side and Jason Smith to the interior.
7. Kansas City Chiefs– DE Quinton Coples, UNC-
The Chiefs could use a pass rusher, and Coples is an absolute steal at this spot. He is probably the 2nd best player in this class, but given team’s needs or their preference for QB’s and WR’s he could fall. He’d be a huge addition for the Chiefs and could team up with Hali to give them a great pass rush.
8. Jacksonville Jaguars- CB Alonzo Dennard, Nebraska-
Jacksonville could go in a couple directions, but I think adding a top flight corner makes by far the most sense. Dennard has big time potential and could end up being a true shutdown guy. He is exactly what Jacksonville needs considering they play the Colts and Texans four times a year.
9. Minnesota Vikings- OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford-
This could be a rough year for the Vikings, but the good news is it should put them in prime position to draft a LT to protect their QB of the future in Ponder. Martin is an absolute stud LT and a great option here for Minnesota. Adding him will make Adrian Peterson‘s job (assuming he resigns) a whole lot easier and that is exactly what the Vikings need.
10. Cleveland Browns- OLB Zach Brown, UNC-
It is odd to draft a non-pass rushing OLB in the top 15, but not unprecedented. Brown is a guy who deserves to be drafted this high, and the Browns are a team with zero talent in their linebacking corps. This seems like a great fit and can help make the Browns defense become a force in the AFC North.
11. Arizona Cardinals- ILB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona St.
The Cards need to shore up their defense, and while they have a good basis they need another impact player, which is exactly what Burfict projects to be. He’s a local product, which always helps, who has made a name for himself as the next great inside linebacker. Burfict has the tools to become an All-Pro, and is a great pick here for the Cards.
12. Cincinnati Bengals– CB Dre Kirkpatick, Alabama-
I’m not yet ready to put the Bengals in the playoff hunt despite their 3-2 record, but they are also no longer looking like a bottom 10 team either. Cincinnati has a need going forward for a shut down corner, and should be quite happy nabbing Kirkpatrick at this spot. They could look to add some help upfront, but Kirkpatrick is the top corner on the board making him a good value pick.
13. Chicago Bears- CB Morris Claiborne, LSU-
The Bears could (and probably should) go for an offensive lineman here, but they also have a serious need at cornerback as well. Right now Chicago has been torched by just about every quarterback they’ve faced this season, and that is a big problem when you have four games against the Packers and Lions every year. Claiborne is arguably as good as Patrick Peterson last year and he was a top 5 selection.
14. Tennessee Titans– WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame-
The Titans need to find another viable starting receiver opposite Kenny Britt, and Floyd is a good value pick at this spot. He’s a nice big target with deceptive speed, and good hands. He gives Jake Locker another weapon to grow with, and Tennessee insurance in case Kenny Britt isn’t a long term fit (given either the injury issues or the trouble with the law).
15. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta)– RB Trent Richardson, Alabama-
The Falcons are reeling right now, which isn’t good considering they have already given up their 1st and 4th rounders to the Browns. The Browns could go a number of ways here, but Richardson might be too good to pass up. The Browns look to be in the middle of a bad contract battle with Peyton Hillis, which means they are likely in the market for a running back. Richardson has established himself as the best of the bunch and a smart pick here for Cleveland.
16. Philadelphia Eagles- DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson-
The Eagles could go a number of different areas, but right now their biggest question mark is DT. The Eagles run defense could use a complete tackle like Thompson. He’d be a great third tackle for the Eagles, and really finalize that defensive line. Linebacker is also another possibility, but Thompson could be hard to pass up.