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2012 BTSC Community Mock Draft

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 32 -- New York Giants Select Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

The Super Bowl Champion New York Giants are probably going to sit at the bottom of the 1st round and just let the board come to them. Which highly-rated talent has slid into their laps in this scenario?

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 31 -- New England Patriots Select Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

Is it a foregone conclusion that the Patriots will trade their second 1st round pick to someone for another 1st rounder in 2013? What if they actually stay put and have to make a pick?

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 30 -- San Francisco 49ers Select Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

With very few holes in their roster and a strong coach at the helm, the future is very bright for the San Francisco 49ers.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 29 -- Baltimore Ravens Select Devon Still, DT, Penn State

Heading into the 2012 draft, the Baltimore Ravens do not really have a bevy of needs that have to be addressed. Ravens director of player personnel, Eric DeCosta, even stated himself that this was a "Depth Draft" for Baltimore, entailing that they want to reload those role player spots behind the starters.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 28 -- Green Bay Packers Select Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State

Do they go with a defensive lineman to play end in their 3-4? Or do they go with an outside linebacker to play opposite Clay Matthews?

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 27 -- New England Patriots Select Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

There probably is no better proof that the Patriots are a system-oriented team than the fact that it would probably be a great challenge to find another team that made it all the way to the Super Bowl, played competitively, and yet could probably draft any defensive position and it would be in some way a position of need.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 26 -- Houston Texans Select Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

Andre Johnson's injuries exposed the Texans' passing game to be reliant on him to function, though their carousel of quarterback injuries didn't help either.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 25 -- Denver Broncos Select Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

Quite simply, the Broncos have a marked lack of high-end talent/young potential on their depth chart at defensive tackle.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 24 -- Pittsburgh Steelers Select Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

Well Steeler Nation, for those of you who debate Need versus Best Player Available, or disagree on how much "need" actually weighs into the Steelers draft board, you can put all that talk to rest for a year.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 23 -- Detroit Lions Select Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

Let's turn to the board and see who's left: a group consisting primarily of defensive line prospects, which will be of great interest to Head Coach Jim Schwartz - who loves his pass rush.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 22 -- Cleveland Browns Select Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

The primary needs remaining on the Browns' draft board at this point are QB and RB, but they could get much better value here by nabbing a falling talent and waiting to address QB/RB at the top of the second round.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 21 -- Cincinnati Bengals Select Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

The Cincinnati Bengals have the luxury of two first round picks - allowing them the option of specifically filling a need with one pick and going best-player-available with another.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 20 -- Tennessee Titans Select Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

After looking over the Titans roster, there's really not many needs on this team. They're solid everywhere, so this pick came down to two players...

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 19 -- Chicago Bears Select David DeCastro, G, Stanford

If any NFL team could have benefited from a lock-out shortened schedule the most this season, it would've been the Bears - who were sitting at 7-3 before sustaining the first of two devastating injuries.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 18 -- San Diego Chargers Select Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC

It's no secret that this is a make or break year for both Chargers HC Norv Turner and GM AJ Smith, who is also referred to in some circles as "The Lord of No Rings".

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 17 -- Cincinnati Bengals Select Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia

The Bengals took a huge step in the right direction last year thanks to the play of Andy Dalton and A.J. Green. However, they are still a few pieces away from being a major threat in the brutal AFC North - though we've got one of the potential pieces right here.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 16 -- New York Jets Select Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

The New York Jets have had an offseason of interesting acquisitions, including a guy that likes to tweet Hulk-ed out pictures of himself, a former professional rugby player, and that guy that Peyton replaced in Denver. Who else will they add to their offseason carnival?

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 15 -- Philadelphia Eagles Select Mark Barron, S, Alabama

To be a great team in 2012, Philadelphia does not need a great defense. They merely require one that can hold on to leads late in games.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 14 -- Dallas Cowboys Select Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Jerry Jones likes just about anything shiny.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 13 -- Arizona Cardinals Select Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Last year the Cardinals, aka Steelers West, hit big on Patrick Petersen and hope to do it again. They could use another pass rusher, O-line help and a true #2 WR. Since Michael Floyd and Melvin Ingram are off the board, this pick is focusing on the third need.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 12 -- Seattle Seahawks Select Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

Before free agency, QB would've easily been the Seahawks biggest need. But now that the Matt Flynn show will presumably take over in Seattle, what should they do with their top pick?

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 11 -- Kansas City Chiefs Select...

The Chiefs 2011 season was effectively over before it even began - losing second-year stand-outs Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki before the season even began, and former All-Pro RB Jamaal Charles to an ACL injury in Week 2. They could go in quite a few directions with their 1st round pick.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 10 -- Buffalo Bills Select Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

The Bills shored up their pass rush in free agency - arguably their biggest need last season - with the additions of Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, so do they now go for an offensive lineman, cornerback, or receiver with their 1st round pick? Check out how they used the 10th pick overall in our community mock draft.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 9 -- Carolina Panthers Select Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

The Carolina Panthers need some serious help on the defensive side of the football. In 2011, Carolina struggled to stop both the run and the pass. They gave up the eighth most rushing yards, the ninth most passing yards, and the fifth most total yards in the NFL last season.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 8 -- Miami Dolphins Select Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

The story of the 2012 offseason for the Dolphins sounds familiar: openly shopping to replace someone who is still around. Except instead of now ex-coach Tony Sparano, it's Matt Moore who had to sit idly as the Dolphins unsuccessfully pursued Peyton Manning, Matt Flynn, et al.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 7 -- Jacksonville Jaguars Select Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

I've got to go with logic and the BPA with need. I like the player´s work ethic and focus, in addition to the ferocity he has on the field.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 6 -- St. Louis Rams Select Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

Following a 2-14 season and no playoff appearances since 2004, it doesn't take a rocket surgeon to realize the Rams have multiple needs. In the end, new Head Coach Jeff Fisher's historical drafting philosophy and partiality for defensive linemen won out.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 5 -- Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

With the decision coming down to offense or defense, the choice is simple. When Blaine Gabbert and the Jaguars drop 41 on your defense, something is wrong.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 4 -- Cleveland Browns Select Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

The Browns are the first team in this draft where their choice is not obvious, and thus it will have repercussions felt by the next half dozen or so teams. This pick comes down to four players in my opinion: J. Blackmon, M. Claiborne, T. Richardson and R. Tannehill.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 3 -- Minnesota Vikings Select Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Most Steeler fans delight in lambasting their OL, and not without cause. But if they were to really watch the Vikings OL for a quarter or two for comparison's sake, Chris Kemoeatu might have his own sandwich at Primanti’s.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 2 -- Washington Redskins Select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 2 -- Washington Redskins Select Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft Pick No. 1 -- Indianapolis Colts Select Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

It came down to the wire, but the first overall pick in the BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft is Stanford QB Andrew Luck. It really was not as easy a pick as most would think.

BTSC 2012 Community Mock Draft -- Final Selection List and Instructions

Notes and an FAQ for participating in BTSC's 2012 Community Mock Draft

Behind the Steel Curtain 2012 Community Mock Draft -- Select A Team!

BTSC will be running the 2012 iteration of their community mock draft - which team would you like to draft for?