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RICHARDSON'S MOCK
 

Each and every year THE HUDDLE REPORT takes the mock drafts of every legit source on the web and compounds them into a best of the best mock contest. You get scores for having a guy predicted in the first round, and more points for having a guy go at the projected spot (not to team but to draft spot). Here is my submission for 2012 which will look a little different than my mock draft. I also am part of the HR's top-100 big board contest as well which I will be putting out soon!

 
1) Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

No question here. I still think that the Colts would have potentially benefited more by trading the pick for a kings ransom and drafting a guy to develop behind Manning, but Andrew Luck isn't a bad option.
 
2) Washington Redskins (from STL): Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

Another no brainer here. The Skins traded everything to get Griffin, so hopefully they use their late picks wisely.
 
3) Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC


This has become such a no brainer pick that I am starting to doubt it. The team really needs a force like Kalil, but that doesn't mean that they think the same way.
 
4) Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Mike Holmgren has never been part of a team that has taken a QB in the first round. He did however do well with a runner from Alabama by the name of Shaun Alexander. I know it is WAY to early for a runningback, but there really aren't a lot of top-4 options this year.

5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

This is an obvious pick given the fact that the team is loaded at receiver, but I wouldn't be shocked to see the team throw a hug wild ball here. For now I've got to go with Claiborne.

6) St Louis Rams (From WAS): Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

This pick should feel like a no brainer with Justin Blackmon, but I am just not sold on it. I mocked Dontari Poe here about a month ago, and in my final mock I think the team goes with the very hot Fletcher Cox. Jeff Fisher also doesn't draft offensive linemen early.

7) Jacksonville Jaguars: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Gene Smith NEVER drafts the guy that is penciled in, but if Blackmon is here then he would deserve his pink slip to pass on him. No matter what I don't think the team goes with Melvin Ingram who is being penciled in here way too much.

8) Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Miami

It only makes sense for the Dolphins to take a former WR as their QB. The team really messed up this offseason and they need to take Tannehill if he is here. The question is whether or not Mike Sherman wants the team to draft the guy that got him fired by underachieved by winning 3 fewer games than expected.

9) Carolina Panthers: Luke Kuechly, MLB, Boston College

Kuechly has so much buzz about him that I think he is a huge top-10 threat. The defense needs a leader to command the troops, and Kuechly is a perfect candidate. Sure Melvin Ingram might be the easy pick here, but there is going to be a team that wants Kuechly that much.

10) Buffalo Bills: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

The pick here should be for Riley Reiff, but the Bills are one of those teams that just don't drop many early pick on offensive tackles. I think this pick will come down to Melvin Ingram to create a monster pass rush, or Stephon Gilmore with the pick. I'm going with Gilmore.

11) Kansas City Chiefs: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis


The Chiefs have a lot of needs to address, and getting Poe here might fill their biggest hole. The Chiefs under Pioli have always had a visit from their first round pick which theoretically rules out Kuechly and DeCastro, but I don't see those guys being out of the picture.

12) Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

The pass rusher from the other USC just might be the weapon that the Seahawks have been missing.
 
13) Arizona Cardinals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

This is a bit of a luxury pick, but getting the a guard at this level is worth it here.
 
14) Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

The Cowboys desperately need safety help, and getting a do-it all kind of guy would be the perfect weapon for a team that has been a secondary away from a top defense for awhile.

15) Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Brocker's draft stock ranges all over the place, but it seems hard to believe that his potential won't get him drafted pretty close to this spot.

16) New York Jets: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Sure this is a bit of a luxury pick, but the team really needs a major upgrade at RT. The team needs a pass rusher and some receivers, but the draft is fairly deep at both spots.

17) Cincinnati (From Oak): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame


I don't think the Bengals need a receiver as much as others do, but if a guy like Floyd falls then I think they very well could pull the trigger on him.

18) San Diego Chargers: Shea McClellan, DE/LB, Boise State

The Chargers never pick who you think they should which is why have them taking Shea McClellan a bit too early.

19) Chicago Bears: Quinton Coples, DE, UNC

The Bears were pushing for a guy like Mario Williams to play across from Peppers. Coples is no Super Mario, but he might be a beary good pick.

20) Tennessee Titans: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The Titans need to find a replacement at corner and Kirkpatrick is a tough guy with good experience.

21) Cincinnati Bengals: Cordy Glenn, OG/T, Georgia

The Bengals need to add some depth on their offensive line, and getting a versatile guy like Glenn will let them play around a bit.

22) Cleveland Browns (from ATL): Nick Perry, DE, USC

I hate giving a team two players from the same team, but when there are so many players from one team it can be hard. I think the Browns will keep their sensors open for a pass rusher and Perry has a lot of potential.

23) Detroit Lions: Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama 

I have mocked a lot of different guys this year to the Lions, and I'm not sold that any of them will ever be on the team. For my final mock I am going with the biggest name left on the board which is Courtney Upshaw. Personally if the draft fell this way I would run up to the stage and grab Jonathon Martin or Peter Konz with the pick, but the team just doesn't value offensive lineman as highly in the draft as other teams.

What about Janoris Jenkins? It is definitely possible, but I think the team will shy away early on from taking a character risk.

24) Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, MLB, Alabama

This pick makes too much sense for the Steelers. The team cut James Farrior to save cap space, and there is always a chance that the Ravens will be looking for a young force inside.

25) Denver Broncos: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor


There are a lot of teams that are reportedly shying away from Wright because he doesn't seem to be as fit as he could be. But I think there will still be a few teams that will love his top notch potential to achieve in the league.

26) Houston Texans: Chandler Jones, DE/LB, Syracuse

I have preaching a receiver to the Texans for years, and they have never pulled the trigger. I would love to see what a guy like Stephen Hill could do next to Andre Johnson, but the Texans are bound to go defense (again) with this pick. 

27) New England Patriots (From NO): Jonathon Martin, OT, Stanford


The Pats typically draft guys that they visit with before the draft, which surprises me (this year) because they haven't met with many guys. After the loss of Light though they may opt to take a steal like Martin here.

28) Green Bay Packers: Whitney Mercilus, DE/LB, Illinois

The Packers have got to turn up their defensive pressure if they want to compete in their tough division again. It is also notable that the other three teams in the division will be looking to significantly help their offensive lines in this draft.

29) Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, OC (OG), Wisconsin

The team needs some depth inside, and Konz would be a perfect fit at guard until Matt Birk retires.

30) San Francisco 49ers: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Sure the team could go a few other ways here, and tight end Coby Fleener is a popular pick here, but the team would be much better getting a guy that could potentially start right now at corner instead of a TE2. Stephen Hill is another option, but I just don't see the team going receiver here with so many vets on the roster.

31) New England Patriots: Derek Wolfe, DT (DE), Cincinnati

I personally think that this is way too early for Wolfe, but a lot of the top scouts really like him as a top-40 pick. The Pats have had a few visits with Wolfe, and seem to have some real interest in him.

32) New York Giants: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

The Giants often go with the best guy on their board, and the best guy left on my board is Stephen Hill who is filled with potential. He also fills a need too with the recent loss of Mario Manningham and with the span of injury prone receivers on the roster.