Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Fifth Quarter Mock Draft with Analysis April 24, 2012

Check out the latest mock draft complete with analysis.

Round 1
Andrew LuckQB Stanford
Solid starter the first day of the season is just what the Colts ordered with the release of long time QB Peyton Manning earlier in the year. There has been enough written about this guy to fill the internet. Just remember one thing, the Colts will finish behind the Titans and the Texans in the division.
Washington  F/STL
Robert Griffin IIIQB Baylor
The Shanahan's need that franchise quarterback to bring home that elusive trophy. Goodbye Grossman, hello RGIII. What more could Washington want? He's an explosive playmaker hat will fit in well with the Redskins scheme. Naked bootlegs will be the first play that RGIII practices for the Redskins.
Matt KalilOT Southern Cal
The Vikings have been saying a lot of things over the last few days....I take their news this way...why on earth would any NFL team talk about who they are going to draft at such an important position? More importantly, why would they talk about who they are NOT going to pick. This smells distraction to get a team lower that them to trade up to take a player in the Vikings spot. This would allow the Vikes to drop back and still get their guy, Kalil for trading into the Rams spot at 6. If no one wants their spot, they still take Kalil.
Trent RichardsonRB Alabama
It's been said, the quarterbacks best friend is a great running game. Without a solid running back, the Browns will have another unproductive year on offense. They won't take a wide out in this spot because opposing defenses can double team the receiver, and the Browns will be forced to run the ball. With Richardson, Colt McCoy just became a game manager QB to allow the Browns to be close in the 4th to win the game.
Tampa Bay 
Morris ClaiborneDC LSU
The Bus have moved their longtime pro cornerback to safety this offseason and haven't added another cornerback. Does that tell you something? It tells me, they've been planning on picking up a corner in the draft. If they can't do it with this pick, they may do it with their second round pick and select Janoris Jenkins if he's around. Fortunately, they can take Claiborne at number 5.
St. Louis 
Justin BlackmonWR Oklahoma State
The Rams have many holes to fill on this mediocre roster. If they can't trade back in the draft for more picks, they will take a wide out at this spot. It worked out that Justin Blackmon was available, and the Rams pulled the trigger. They need his ability to make big plays to give Sam Bradford a quality weapon for many years.
Michael FloydWR Notre Dame
Here's one of our first reaches of the draft. New Jags coach Mike Mularkey was a part of the Falcons when they traded multiple picks for Julio Jones. Mularkey saw it work for Atlanta with Julio for a productive season so he's going to roll the dice because he needs some weapons for Gabbert in order to help produce a productive offense.
Ryan TannehillQB Texas A&M
Do you really think the Miami Dolphins are fine with their quarterback situation? If a team doesn't trade ahead of the Dolphins in the draft to take Tannehill, the Dolphins will take Ryan at the number 8th spot. Look at the facts, Dolphins need a franchise QB and their coach was Tannehill's coach in college. This is the best situation for Tannehill also. This is the same coach that converted Ryan from WR to QB.
Fletcher CoxDT Mississippi State
The Panthers need a run stuffer to get Cam the ball back. The Panthers lack depth in the middle of the line, so they will grab Fletcher Cox to help fill this void. Ron Rivera is a defensive minded coach, so he will lean on what he knows and go with defense for the first pick.
David DeCastroOG Stanford
The D-Line looks set with the free agent acquisitions and the Bills really need another wide receiver, but they can't take a gamble and reach for a player this high in the draft. Therefore, the Bills will take a strong offensive linemen in that will create big holes in the running game and will give Fitzpatrick more time in the pocket.
Kansas City 
Luke KuechlyIB Boston College
A bit of a surprise here; the Chiefs will take a solid inside linebacker in Kuechly that will immediately contribute to the defense.
Quinton CoplesDE North Carolina
The Seahawks need a play maker that will disrupt the opposing offense QB and force mistakes. Coples could be a major bust, but the Seahawks feel the reward is worth the risk at number 12 overall.
Riley ReiffOT Iowa
The Cardinals lucked out that Reiff was available at the 13th overall selection. The Cardinals need a strong offensive tackle to help protect their investment in QB Kevin Kolb. This is a great pick for a up and coming team post Kurt Warner.
Stephon GilmoreDC South Carolina
The Cowboys have been needing a cornerback for a couple of years. This year, they take the opportunity to select Stephon Gilmore to contribute to the team. He's a solid pick from South Carolina that made some big plays against quality opponents. This pick will help the Boys cover Victor Cruz on those deep out routes.
Michael BrockersDT LSU
The Eagles traded to get a quality linebacker from the Texans, so that need was filled in free agency. Look for them to pick a defensive lineman in the first round to help build a quality defensive front.
New York 
Andre BranchDE Clemson
The Jet's like Andre's explosiveness and his quick first step. They draft him at number 16 overall to put him at a outside linebacker to rush the passer. Look for him to contribute early as a rotational player to rush the passer like Aldon Smith did last year for the 49ers.
Cincinnati  F/OAK
Mark BarronSS Alabama
The Bengals need to keep adding quality players. They like the potential in Mark Barron and feel that he can be in strong contention for a starting spot going into the season. Mark can make a difference all over the field and the Bengals need a dynamic safety to match the likes of Troy Polamalu and Ed Reed within their division.
San Diego 
Courtney UpshawOB Alabama
The Chargers made a good run at the end of the year, but the defense needs the most help in the draft. Look for San Diego to pick a dynamic outside linebacker in Courtney Upshaw to fill the need immediately on the defense. This move could cause some concerns for Peyton Manning down the stretch at the end of the season.
Whitney MercilusDE Illinois
The Bear want someone opposite of Peppers on their defensive line, so they pick up a talented DE from Illinois. This can cause some major issues within the NFC North if the Bears can reach the QB with four players.
Jonathan MartinOT Stanford
Martin is a steal at 20 for a quality offensive tackle. Second year coach Munchack loves offensive lineman and this pick should help create some space for RB Chris Johnson.
Dre KirkpatrickDC Alabama
With their second pick in the first round of the draft, the Bengals will again focus on the defensive backs. This selection will be on Dre Kirkpatrick from Alabama. He has great cover ability and should be a impactful player. There is just one question mark; why didn't he have more interceptions?
Cleveland  F/ATL
Stephen HillWR Georgia Tech
Here's another reach. The Browns are still focused on helping the quarterback position. The head coach knows how important weapons are on a quality offense. With this pick, the Browns will pickup Stephen Hill to give Colt a target in the field.
Cordy GlennOG Georgia
Cordy Glenn is a versatile lineman that can play guard or tackle. He can step in and take a tackle spot or fill in as needed on the line. This will help the Lions run game and keep Mathew Stafford upright.
Melvin IngramDE South Carolina
The Steelers are always looking for good outside linebackers to train into their system. Look for Melvin to contribute part time and then start to challenge the starters towards the end of the year with playing time. This is a smart pick by Pittsburgh with a quality player at a value position.
Devon StillDT Penn State
Look for the Broncos to trade back in the draft to acquire more picks. I don't think they will pick here because most if not all of the players they asked to visit Denver prior to the draft were high to mid second round players. If they don't move back, look for them to draft the most explosive player and this will be Devon Still.
Dontari PoeNT Memphis
Wade Phillips is looking for defensive players to make an impact on his defense. Dontari Poe can be a bust, but Wade should be able to put him on the line and coach him to make smart plays.
New England  F/NO
Nick PerryDE Southern Cal
The Patriots are looking for more help on their defense. The offense pushed their team to the Super Bowl last year; just imagine if they could have sacked Eli more in the game. The Patriots would be the defending champions. Nick Perry adds to the Patriots a solid play maker.
Green Bay 
Zach BrownOB North Carolina
Zach Brown and Mathews looking at opposing quarterbacks spells trouble for the NFC North. The Packers are set on offense and could spend this pick on offensive line backups, but you don't draft someone in the first round not to make an impact, and Zach Brown adds that difference maker on the other side of the field from Clay Mathews.
Dont'a HightowerIB Alabama
This could be the pick that replaces Ray Lewis. Dont'a is a two year captain from Alabama that is a strong leader and can learn from the best in the business. This is a smart pick by Ravens.
San Francisco 
Coby FleenerTE Stanford
We've seen this coming for a while; why not reunite a offensive threat with great measurables and upside in Coby Fleener with his old coach? Looks like the 49ers could have a one/two receiving and match up nightmare threat at tight end with Vernon Davis and Coby Fleener.
New England 
Mike AdamsOT Ohio State
With Matt Light retiring, the Patriots will move Nate Solder from right tackle to left tackle and draft another rookie in the first round to fill the hole on the line. The rookie they draft will be Mike Adams from Ohio State. Look for him to fill a similar role that Nate Solder did last year.
New York 
Kendall WrightWR Baylor
The Giants need help at running back and wide receiver. With the running back position falling in the latest drafts, the Giants will focus on wide receiver with the last pick in the first round. They like the play making ability of Kendall Wright from Baylor and he will be a good contributor for the Giants in his first year. The defending Super Bowl champs may have lost a couple of weapons in the offseason, but through free agency and the draft, they will add some great play makers.

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