Well, I had some spare time the past 2 weeks and decided to feed my draft bug by doing a little 2012 mock draft, nothing too fancy just using projected needs due to age, contracts and skills. I will assume that teams will take the players Walter Cherepinsky gives them in the 2011 mock draft as well (probably more accurate than me). I will use the current WalterFootball power rankings as the basis of my draft order.
Cleveland Clowns - (2010 Joe Haden CB - 2011Marcel Dareus DE)
St Louis Rams - (2010 Sam Bradford QB- 2011 AJ Green WR)
Kansas City Chiefs - (2010 Eric Berry S- 2011 Jake Locker QB)
Seattle Seahawks - (2010 Russell Okung LT + Earl Thomas S- 2011 Ryan Mallett QB)
Detroit Lions - (2010 Ndamukong Suh DT + Jahvid Best RB- 2011 Gabe Carimiri LT)
Oakland Raiders - (2010 Rolando McClain ILB - 2011 No First Rounder)
Denver Broncos - (2010 Tim Tebow QB +Demaryious Thomas WR - 2011 Cameron Heyward DE)
Buffalo Bills - (2010 CJ Spiller RB - 2011 Andrew Luck QB)
Jacksonville Jaguars - (2010 Tyson Alualu DT - 2011 Patrick Peterson CB)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - (2010 Gerald McCoy DT - 2011 Robert Quinn DE)
Arizona Cardinals - (2010 Dan Williams NT - 2011 Joseph Barksdale LT)
Chicago Bears - (2010 No First Rounder - 2011 Julio Jones WR)
Washington Redskins - (2010 Trent Williams OT - 2011 Johnothan Baldwin WR)
Cincinnatti Bengals - (2010 Jermaine Gresham TE - 2011 Marvin Austin DT)
New York Giants - (2010 Jason Pierre Paul DE - 2011 Jurell Casey DT)
Pittsburgh Steelers - (2010 Maurkice Pouncey C - 2011 Allen Bailey DE)
Atlanta Falcons - (2010 Sean Wetherspoon OLB - 2011 Greg Romeus DE)
Carolina Panthers - (2010 No First Rounder - 2011 Jared Crick DT)
New England Patriots - (2010 Devin McCourty CB - 2011 Mark Ingram RB + Adrian Clayborn DE)
Tennessee Titans - (2010 Derrick Morgan DE - 2011 Prince Amukamura CB)
San Francisco 49ers - (2010 Antony Davis OT + Mike Iupati OG - 2011 Von Miller OLB)
Philadelphia Eagles - (2010 Brandon Graham DE - 2011 Aaron Williams CB)
Miami Dolphins - (2010 Jared Odrick DE - 2011 Deunta Williams FS)
Houston Texans - (2010 Kareem Jackson CB - 2011 DeAndre McDaniel SS)
Dallas Cowboys - (2010 Dez Bryant WR - 2011 Rahim Moore FS)
Green Bay Packers - (2010 Bryan Bulaga LT - 2011 Ras-I-Dowling CB)
New York Jets - (2010 Kyle Wilson CB - 2011 Jack Crawford OLB)
San Diego Chargers - (2010 Ryan Matthews RB - 2011 Michael Floyd WR)
Minnesota Vikings - (2010 No First Rounder - 2011 Travis Lewis OLB)
Baltimore Ravens - (2010 No First Rounder- 2011 Brandon Harris CB)
Indiannopolis Colts - (2010 Jerry Hughes DE - 2011 Anthony Costanzo LT)
New Orleans Saints - (2010 Patrick Robinson CB - 2011 Sam Acho DE)
So, here goes my 2012 Mock Draft (GULP)
- Cleveland Browns - Blaine Gabbert QB Missouri, they currently lack a franchise signal caller. Their only hope is currently Colt McCoy (LOL) and by 2012 he will have failed leaving a gaping hole to fill, Blaine Gabbert, a 6-5 240 QB who runs a 4.5 40 will blow people away with his athleticism and his passing ability, scarily good upside to this kid.
- St Louis Rams - Nick Perry DE USC, is already starting to live up to the hype in Los Angeles, collecting 8 sacks in very very limited action in 2009. Could be the next great DE prospect. St Louis will seemingly be set on offense with LT (Jason Smith) QB (Bradford) and WR (Green) so will invest in a defense lacking in playmakers.
- Kansas City Chiefs - Nate Potter LT Boise State, they could go in many different directions here, the only positions that don't need plugging are DE, FS, QB and LG. Potter provides a blindside protector for the newly brought in Jake Locker.
- Seattle Seahawks - Rueben Randle WR LSU, they need to surround new franchise quarterback Ryan Mallett with some new weapons to play with as they currently have very little in the way of young talent at the WR position.
- Detroit Lions - DaQuan Bowers DE Clemson, a special athletic talent who will look like a surefire first rounders at just his measureables but has yet to live up to the expectations of him. The Lions decide to add to a poor defensive line.
- Oakland Raiders - Terrelle Pryor QB Ohio State, an absolute perfect match!!! He has such an awesome set of measurables and he seems to be getting the passing down, Al Davis goes for a JaMarcus Russell type of pick trying to FINALLY get his franchise QB. (Jason Campbell is not the answer for them)
- Denver Broncos - Kerry Murphy NT Alabama, the Broncos are going to need to continue to add to a weak D Line that does not show much promise in the youth department, the key to a 3-4 defense is the NT position as shown by the best 3-4 D's around (Pittsburgh and BMore) This is assuming that Tebow can work it out soon.
- Buffalo Bills - DJ Fluker LT Alabama, they need to protect the left side if newly acquired Andrew Luck, Fluker has been anchoring a beastly rushing attack while still proving to be more than adequate in passing situations.
- Jacksonville Jaguars - John Brantley QB Florida, they need to find a stable complement to MJD and replace the soon to be out of contract Garrard, Brantley is a "real" QB prospect from Florida and will become the heir apparent to Garrard.
- Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Marion Brown WR Georgia, Josh Freeman has yet to be provided with a reliable weapon at WR, they drafted 2 WR's this year but they do not project as true number one receivers, Marion Brown projects as just that, he will be able to show more ability against the second CB's of rivals thanks to AJ Green.
- Arizona Cardinals - Matt Barkley QB USC, underrated QB prospect from a school that has produced some notable quarterback busts over the past few years.(See Matt Leinart) The Cards decide to finally move on from Kurt Warner and grab a future franchise QB.
- Chicago Bears - Bobby Massie LT Ole Miss, the consensus top OT prospect for that 2013 draft, he will be able to declare as a Junior and will likely do so to avoid damaging his stock if he produces another solid season as Michael Ohers replacement. The bears finally get a blindside protector to keep Cutler off his ass.
- Washington Redskins - RJ Washington DE/ OLB Oklohoma, the Redskins decide to add a dominant OLB prospect to their fledging 3-4 defense. Washington is in my opinion the best prospect for conversion to OLB in the 2013 draft.
- Cincinnati Bengals - Dion Lewis RB Pittsburgh, the Bengals currently are reasonably set at the RB position but Benson will likely start to wear down soon and is not really a huge home run threat as a runner. Dion Lewis is a homerun threat as a runner and had an absolutely amazing start to his career with Pitt in 2009.
- New York Giants - Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama, the Giants will be hurting at the CB position soon if they cannot get some consistent play out of oft injured and inconsistent Aaron Ross and Terrell Thomas. Kirkpatrick has great size and speed with good ball skills, he could well become the top CB prospect in the 2012 draft.
- Pittsburgh Steelers - DeAndre Brown WR Southern Mississippi, the Steelers have no way of telling if Hines Ward will continue to be an ageless wonder, he surely has to decline sometime, couple that with the failure of Limas Sweed and the lack of another tall receiving option Brown makes perfect sense for them. He was having an absolutely huge true freshman season for the eagles setting every receiving record possible until he suffered a horrendous leg break in a bowl game against Troy, he is just starting to get back to a semblance of his old speed making him a huge threat again.
- Atlanta Falcons - Don'ta Hightower ILB Alabama, the Falcons are struggling at the linebacker position all around, they added a good OLB in Wetherspoon and helped to mask the problem with Romeus at DE. Hightower is a good anchoring playmaker in the middle for the defense and he can be a leader for the team that is also needed on a young squad.
- Carolina Panthers - Kyle Rudolph TE Notre Dame, they have their franchise QB in Moore (or Clausen) they have a great running attack and they have a reliable WR in Steve Smith, however they currently lack anything else aside from him. Rudolph can come straight in and be a dynamic tight end who can also help to block for Stewart and Williams.
- New England Patriots - Aldon Smith DE Missouri, the Patriots are trying to get younger on defense and in my opinion the key to any 3-4 defense is having a relentless pass rusher on the outside, something the Patriots currently lack. Smith is a terror off the edge with a very quick twitch and a good set of pass rush moves.
- Tennessee Titans - Robert Sands FS West Virginia, the titans do not have many holes at this point, they have good young players at all the skill positions on offense and mainly need to build on the defense, they have a hole at FS and Sands presents good value. A physical freak at FS (something the Titans have targeted recently) he is good enough to cover WR's and physical enough to play on the line.
- San Francisco 49ers - Nick Foles QB Arizona, the 49ers are in need of a franchise QB to supply the good weapons they have (Davis and Crabtree) and a much improved O-line with a very good defense. Foles provides a good prototypical body type who excels at securing the ball and works with a good run game, exactly the kind of player the Mike Singeltary would want at the QB position.
- Philadelphia Eagle - James Wilson OG Florida, the Eagles are getting older on the offensive line at all positions and need to grab a player who can provide versatility and power to the line. Wilson is the type of lineman the Reid loves, a big mauling player with good enough feet to anchor the pass game.
- Miami Dolphins - Ryan Broyles WR Oklohoma, the Dolphins are still ruing letting Wes Welker move on to New England, they currently do not have much, if any depth at the WR position behind Brandon Marshall. Broyles is exactly the player that the Dolphins hoped Ted Ginn Jr would be, an electrifying return man who could be the YAC guy on offense.
- Houston Texans - JacQuizz Rodgers RB Oregon State, even after drafting Ben Tate in the 2009 draft the Texans could use a complimentary back for his power. Rodgers is an electrifying playmaker who can score any time he touches the ball, add that to the great passing attack and pounding of Ben Tate and the Texans seem unstoppable.
- Dallas Cowboys - Kawann Short NT Purdue, the Cowboys seem to be very well stacked at most positions heading into this draft, however age is starting to show on the defensive line with Jay Ratliff pushing 32 by 2012, it will be time to draft his successor. Short is a NT in the mold of Ratliff, more of a pass rusher and quicker than your average NT.
- Green Bay Packers - Manti Te'o ILB Notre Dame, the Packers are currently set at ILB but with age going against Nick Barnett and AJ Hawk being a FA in 2011 the Packers could need help in 2012. Manti Te'o is the best player on my board at this point due to his great athleticism and play diagnosing ability.
- New York Jets - Dontari Poe NT Memphis, the Jets do not currently have anyone to play the Nose if Kris Jenkins goes down, he is currently 31 which would make him 33 by 2012 and in need of replacement. Dontari Poe is a similar kind of player to Jenkins, his huge size and surprising athleticism make him a first rounder.
- San Diego Chargers - Matt Kalil OT USC, the Chargers do not currently have a dominant offensive line, with Marcus McNeil being a below average starter at LT, the Chargers can get a double upgrade here by selecting Kalil to play LT and move McNeil over to RT making the offensive line dominant again.
- Minnesota Vikings - Dayne Crist QB Notre Dame, the Vikings can't plan on having Brett Favre quarterback their team forever, they need to move on eventually and Dayne Crist will provide a smart QB who has a good arm and can play early behind a good Viking offensive line.
- Baltimore Ravens - Derek Wolfe DE Cincinnati, the Ravens will have a hole at DE soon, with Trevor Pryce likely retiring before 2012 arrives and only a handful of young guys to support Haloti Ngata, they decide to draft the physical specimen from Cincinnati, Wolfe, he is a 3-4 who is not a liability on passing downs meaning he provides great value.
- Indianapolis Colts - Mike Brewster C Ohio State, the Colts are not very good along the offensive line as it is, with the ageing Jeff Saturday likely to decline soon, he will likely either be gone by 2012 or be unserviceable. Brewster is a top center prospect who can anchor the Colts line much as Saturday has for the past 10 years.
- New Orleans Saints - Ryan Willams RB Virginia Tech, the Saints do not currently have a RB who can efficiently carry the load for all 16 games of a season. Williams profiles as an every down back at the NFL level who can be the weight bearer that Deuce McCallister was for the Saints allowing Reggie Bush to do what he does best.
Owwwww my head hurts now.