The 2012 NFL draft is three weeks away, and though most teams have solidified their draft boards barring a few tweaks after prospects visit, the “silly season” of draft rumors is really starting to heat up.
Need an example? How about the rumblings that the Colts are undecided about the first pick?
But hey, I love mock drafts as much as you do, so allow me to contribute to the silly season with my third mock draft of the offseason. And remember, these are called “mock” drafts for a reason. Try not to take them too seriously.
1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford. The Colts say Robert Griffin III won’t visit Indy. Why should he waste his time? They’re taking Luck.
2. Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor. Washington is already going gaga for Griffin. So have analysts such as Jon Gruden and Merrill Hoge.
3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC. The Vikings need upgrades at receiver and cornerback but it would be foolish to pass on the draft’s top tackle.
4. Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. The value of running backs dominates the Richardson discussion, but they can find a wideout later.
5. Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU. Who cares about Wonderlic scores? Can he learn the defense and can he play? That’s what matters.
6. Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State. The Rams desperately need a star wide receiver to help young QB Sam Bradford find his way.
7. Jaguars: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame. Ideally, the Jaguars would trade down and take Floyd, but will he last through the top 10 picks?
8. Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M. On paper, this looks to be a no-brainer, but I can’t say for sure if the Dolphins actually like this kid.
9. Panthers: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State. Five or six defensive tackles could go in Round 1, but it’s unclear which teams favor whom.
10. Bills: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa. They boosted their pass rush in free agency and lack a QB for the long haul, but tackle is their greatest need.
11. Chiefs: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College. The Chiefs could go with a defensive tackle here or select Kuechly, a tackling machine in college.
12. Seahawks: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina. Coples is a top-10 talent in the eyes of most draftniks and he would fill a need in Seattle.
13. Cardinals: Cordy Glenn, OT/G, Georgia. This monstrous man played left tackle and both guard spots in college. They’ll stick him somewhere.
14. Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama. Despite signing Brandon Carr in free agency, the Cowboys are still lacking at cornerback.
15. Eagles: Mark Barron, S, Alabama. There has been a void in the Eagles secondary since they let Brian Dawkins walk a couple of years ago.
16. Jets: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina. Rex Ryan’s defense, while still pretty good, took a step back last season compared to 2010.