2 Round NFL Mock DraftPosted: January 13, 2012
Well I have gathered enough information to publish another mock draft. This one is of the two round variety. Anywhere you see a ? next to team needs, that means I still need help with those teams. Once I gather all that information, I can begin expanding the draft to 3 and 4 rounds.
1. Indianapolis (2-14) – Team Needs: QB, OG, OC, 2CB, WR, SS, TE, DE, LB, RB – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – This is an absolute no brainer and no explanation is really needed.
2. St. Louis (2-14) – 2OT, 2WR, 2OLB, FS, CB, DT, OC, RB, FB – Matt Kalil, OT, USC – This pick is basically a no brainer. The Rams will consider Justin Blackmon but a franchise LT is more important and more valuable than a franchise WR.
3. Minnesota (3-13) – LT, CB, WR, S, OG, 2LB, DT, FB, RB3 – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State – If Kalil is taken by the Rams, this pick will also be a no brainer. Blackmon is a beast and would give Jake Locker a franchise WR.
4. Cleveland (4-12) – QB, WR, RT, DE, CB, OLB, RB, OG, FS, DT, K – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor – Again, another no brainer. If Blackmon is off the board, the Browns will have to take the 2nd best QB in the draft and someone that fits perfectly in Pat Shurmur’s West Coast offense. He has great accuracy, is very mobile, and has great intelligence.
5. Tampa Bay (4-12) – 2CB, 2LB, RT, WR, OC, RB, LG, FB, DT, QB, K – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU – Another easy pick. The Bucs biggest need is finding a CB and Claiborne is the best CB in the draft class and could be better in coverage than Patrick Peterson was in coverage.
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6. Washington (5-11) – QB, WR, LG, ILB, RT, CB, NT, TE, OC, SS, K, Rush LB – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama – Ah and here is where it gets tricky. What do you do if you’re the Redskins and you can’t trade up to get Robert Griffin? Do you reach and take Tannehill? Do you select Alshon Jeffery to give your QB a franchise WR? Do you reach for David DeCastro or Luke Kuechly? So many options but I think the best one is to take a franchise, lockdown corner to build your defense around. No way is this the Redskins biggest need but he is the BPA and would help the Redskins compete in a pass happy division and converence.
7. Jacksonville (5-11) – QB, WR, 2CB, DE, FS, RT, P, OC, LB – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina – Jeffery is a phenomenal talent but had an awful year due to bad QB play. However, he is still capable of being a #1 WR. He would give Blaine Gabbert a real #1 WR.
8. Miami (6-10) – QB, RT, Rush LB, NT, FS, RG, CB, TE, DE, ILB – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford – Talking a RT at #8 overall might seem crazy but there is no QB worth the pick and any Rush LB would be a reach. Martin is the BPA and would give whoever their QB is a fantastic trio of OL.
9. Carolina (6-10) – DT, CB, LB, RT, 2S, RG, WR, K – Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa – In this scenario, the Panthers are stuck in a situation where their top 3 needs to not match the BPA on the board. However, they can use this pick to upgrade their RT situation as Reiff is one of the top OTs in this class.
10. Buffalo (6-10) – 2 Rush LB, WR, LT, CB, QB, DE, TE, K, ILB – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama – The Bills need to spend multiple picks improving their pass rush and starting the draft off with Upshaw would be a great start. He has a good set of pass rushing moves and is very athletic.
11. Kansas City (7-9) – QB, RT, NT, CB, OG/OC, TE, RB, Rush LB, ILB – Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska – If the Chiefs don’t pony up the money to resign Brandon Carr, they will need another starting CB. Dennard is a phenomenal man-coverage corner and has the potential to be a Pro-Bowler in this league.
12. Seattle (7-9) – QB, RDE, OG, DT, LDE, CB, RB – Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina – Coples is the best DE in this draft class and fills a big need for the Seahawks. There are no QBs worthy of the pick so addressing their next biggest need with the BPA is a great option.
13. Arizona (8-8) – RT, WR, RG, ILB, DE, Rush LB, CB, QB, NT, K, P – Mohammed Sanu, WR, Rutgers – The Cardinals would look long and hard at DeCastro here but Sanu would give them an awesome WR to pair with Fitzgerald. Remember how good the Cardinals were when they paired Fitzgerald with Boldin. If Kolb could step his game up, they could become an elite offense again.
14. Dallas (8-8) – CB, DE, OLB, OG, OC – David DeCastro, OG, Stanford – DeCastro is the top OG to come into the draft in the last few years and even though the Cowboys have bigger needs at CB and DE, there are no players on the board worthy of the pick.
15. Philadelphia (8-8) – LB, DT, CB, S, WR, TE – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College – The Eagles need to address the LB spot at least once, if not twice in this draft. Starting off with Kuechly would give them a fantastic talent that knows how to make plays.
16. New York Jets (8-8) – OLB, RT, FS, SS, WR, DE – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois – The Jets need to address their pass rush with a good, pass-rushing, 3-4 OLB. Mercilus is a phenomenal athlete and combines that with a good set of pass rushing moves.
17. Cincinnati – from Oakland (8-8) – CB, RB, OG, ??? – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – The Bengals have some great young talent on the offensive side of the ball, but they need a franchise RB. Richardson has every feature that a franchise RB should have and will be a great player for the Bengals.
18. San Diego (8-8) – OLB/DE (pass rush), OG, ??? – Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn State – The Chargers need to spend at least one pick on a pass rusher and Still is a very good pass rusher at the 3-4 DE spot.
19. Chicago (8-8) – OG, OC, CB, ??? – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina – Gilmore has a ton of talent and could be a great NFL player. He has to work on zone coverage a little bit and I almost made Chase Minnifield the pick here due to that fact but Gilmore has more upside than Chase.
20. Tennessee (9-7) – DE, OLB, ??? – Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina – Brown is the top 4-3 OLB in the draft and Tennessee is in desperate need. Brown is good in coverage and is an above average blitzer and should be able to start right away.
21. Cincinnati* (9-7) – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama – With their second pick in the first round the Bengals could look to add to their CB talent. Leon Hall is very good and Nate Clements is good but old. Jenkins should provide them with a new, young talent that could become a lockdown corner.
22. Cleveland – from Atlanta* (10-6) – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame – Cleveland got their franchise QB earlier and now needs a franchise WR. Floyd will give them just that and will give the Browns a player that is incredibly versatile. Landing a franchise QB and WR is exactly how the Bengals started their rebuilding process and the Browns will hope to have the same success with that strategy.
23. Detroit* (10-6) – CB, LT, DE, OC, ??? – Brandon Jenkins, DE/OLB, Florida State – The Lions have four glaring needs and Jenkins is the BPA at those needs. He is a fantastic pass rusher and will play DE in the Lions 4-3 system.
24. Pittsburgh* (12-4) – OG, ILB, NT, S, K, CB, OT, QB, RB – Peter Konz, OG/OC, Wisconsin – The Steelers top 3 needs are all glaring but the position where the Steelers are hurting for talent the most it OG. Konz is the top center prospect and the #2 guard prospect in the draft and would likely start right away at LG.
25. Denver* (8-8) – CB, RB, LG/RT, DT, WR – Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia – Denver has Champ Bailey but he is getting older and will retire soon. Minnifield is an awesome zone corner and an above average man corner. He can make plays on the ball and has great instincts.
26. New York Giants* (9-7) – ILB, OG, DT, WR, ??? – Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State – Burfict might be the most talented LB in the draft but he has some character concerns to go along with that talent. However, Jerry Reese might decide to take the gamble on the uber-athlete and hope that the strong locker-room the Giants have can keep him focused.
27. Houston* (10-6) – CB, WR, NT, S, ??? – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor – Wright is an awesome talent and pairing his speed and shiftiness with Andre Johnson might make this Houston offense the best in the AFC. Wright’s value is boosted due to his abilities as a kick and punt returner.
28. San Francisco* (13-3) – WR, CB, DE/OLB, DT, ??? – Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin – The 49ers need to give Alex Smith a franchise WR. Toon has great size and hands and above average speed and should be a good target for Smith or Kaepernick.
29. Baltimore* (12-4) – ILB, OC, LT, FS, OG, WR (big), CB – Donta Hightower, ILB, Alabama – The Ravens need to find a replacement for Ray Lewis and Hightower can be just that. He is not the greatest athlete but he plays tough, is great in the run game, and is a good pass rusher.
30. New England – from New Orleans* (13-3) – WR, CB, DT, OLB, ??? – Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC – The Patriots need to shore up their awful defense and adding a pass rush is the easiest way for them to fix their pass D. Perry is a phenomenal pass rusher and is great value at this point.
31. New England* (13-3) – Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson – Thompson is a good interior DL prospect and would fit in the 4-3 sets that the Patriots run. He can get some pressure from the interior and would help the rest of the front 7 by requiring a double team.
32. Green Bay* (15-1) – OLB, RB, CB, S, ??? – Mark Barron, S, Alabama – The Packers defense went from top of the league to bottom of the league in just one season. They need to improve on all 3 levels of the defense and adding Barron, who can play either safety spot, is great value.
- · Atlanta -> Cleveland: Julio Jones
- · New Orleans -> New England: Mark Ingram
- · Oakland -> Cincinnati: Carson Palmer
- · Oakland -> New England: Joseph Barksdale and Taiwan Jones
- · Arizona -> Philadelphia: Kevin Kolb
- St. Louis (2-14) – OT, 2WR, 2OLB, FS, CB, DT, OC, RB, FB – Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina – The Rams need to give Bradford a franchise WR and Jones can be just that.
- Indianapolis (2-14) – OG, OC, 2CB, WR, SS, TE, DE, LB, RB – Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia – The Colts need to improve their interior OL to protect Luck/Manning.
- Minnesota (3-13) – LT, CB, S, OG, 2LB, DT, FB, RB3 – Kelechi Osemele, OG/OT, Iowa State – The Vikings won’t find a franchise LT here but they can improve the OG spot.
- Tampa Bay (4-12) – CB, 2LB, RT, WR, OC, RB, LG, FB, DT, QB, K – Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma – The Bucs need two LBs and Lewis is the BPA. He is a good pass rusher and his most likely fit is at OLB.
- Cleveland (4-12) – WR, RT, DE, CB, OLB, RB, OG, FS, DT, K – Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State – The Browns have an awesome LT but they need an upgrade at RT. Adams is a great talent that could end up in the 1st round so this is great value.
- Jacksonville (5-11) – QB, 2CB, DE, FS, RT, P, OC, LB – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M – The Jags need to bring someone in to compete with Gabbert. Tannehill has all the tools but just needs to get more consistent.
- Washington (5-11) – QB, WR, LG, ILB, RT, NT, TE, OC, SS, K, Rush LB – Nick Foles, QB, Arizona – The Redskins can’t go into next year with the same QBs as last year and Foles is the best QB available. He has a good arm, makes good reads, and has good accuracy. He just needs to become more consistent.
- Carolina (6-10) – DT, CB, LB, 2S, RG, WR, K – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State – The BPA also is the Panthers biggest need. Cox is a great 3 down DT that can do it all.
- Buffalo (6-10) – Rush LB, WR, LT, CB, QB, DE, TE, K, ILB – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina – The Bills could double dip on the rush LB in the first two rounds. Ingram is the BPA and would give the Bills a vaunted duo of rookie pass rushers.
- Miami (6-10) – QB, Rush LB, NT, FS, RG, CB, TE, DE, ILB – Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall – Curry is a great pass rusher and with no QBs worthy of this pick, the Dolphins can address their next biggest need.
- Seattle (7-9) – QB, OG, DT, LDE, CB, RB – Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin – Like the Dolphins, the Seahawks can address their 2nd biggest need with the BPA. Zeitler excels in the run game but is also a pretty good pass blocker.
- Kansas City (7-9) – QB, RT, NT, OG/OC, TE, RB, Rush LB, ILB – Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis – Poe is the top NT in the draft and fills one of the Chiefs biggest needs.
- Dallas (8-8) – CB, DE, OLB, OC – Billy Winn, DE, Boise State – No CBs are worth this pick and Winn is one of the top players available. He fills a big need at DE and is a perfect fit for a 3-4 Defense.
- Philadelphia (8-8) – DT, CB, S, WR, TE – Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State – The Eagles have great DEs but need to improve at DT. Worthy is the BPA and could end up being a pro-bowler.
- New York Jets (8-8) – RT, FS, SS, WR, DE – Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia – The Jets could use improvement at both safety spots and Rambo’s athleticism makes him a great ballhawk. He will need to improve in coverage but the talent is there.
- New England – from Oakland (8-8) – WR, CB, ??? – Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa – The Patriots need a WR to pair with Welker and Branch. McNutt is a big target that could be a very good #2 WR.
- San Diego (8-8) – Rush LB, OG, ??? – Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford – The Chargers need to improve the pass rush and Thomas will do just that. He is a good fit for a 3-4 OLB and is good value.
- Chicago (8-8) – OG, OC, ??? – Ben Jones, OC, Georgia – The Bears must take an interior OL early in the draft and Jones is the best one left.
- Philadelphia – from Arizona (8-8) – CB, S, WR, TE – Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State – The Eagles need an improvement at the open safety spot next to Nate Allen and Martin is the last good safety left in the draft.
- Tennessee (9-7) – DE, ??? – Andre Branch, DE, Clemson – The Titans need a player to try and replace Babin and Branch can be just that.
- Cincinnati* (9-7) – OG, ??? – Ryan Miller, OG, Colorado – The Bengals need an upgrade at RG and Miller is a fantastic pass blocker. He needs to improve as a run blocker but the talent and potential are there.
- Detroit* (10-6) – CB, LT, OC, ??? – Nate Potter, OT, Boise State – The Lions need a LT of the future and Potter can be that. He has all the tools to be a great player but needs to put it together.
- Atlanta* (10-6) – TE, ????? – Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson – The Falcons need a replacement at TE and Allen is the BPA and the best TE in the draft. He is an awesome receiver and an above average blocker.
- Pittsburgh* (12-4) – ILB, NT, S, K, CB, OT, QB, RB – Alameda Ta’amu, NT, Washington – Ta’Amu is the 2nd best NT in the draft and with no ILBs worth the pick, the Steelers can fill their 2nd biggest need. They may give Lamar Miller a strong look here as you won’t be able to tell if Mendy can come back after his injury.
- Denver* (8-8) – RB, LG/RT, DT, WR – Lamar Miller, RB, Miami – The Broncos need a franchise back and Miller is exactly that. He is the BPA and has the tools to be great.
- New York Giants* (9-7) – OG, DT, WR, ??? – Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati – Wolfe is an awesome athlete and the best pass rushing DT in the draft. Reese would love to land this kid here.
- Houston* (10-6) – CB, NT, S, ??? – Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama – Chapman is the best NT available in this draft for the Texans scheme and getting him here is good value.
- San Francisco* (13-3) – CB, DE/OLB, DT, ??? – Bruce Irvin, OLB/DE, West Virginia – Irvin is a great pass rusher and pairing him with Brooks and Smith would give the 49ers a great trio of pass rushers.
- Baltimore* (12-4) – OC, LT, FS, OG, WR (big), CB – Michael Brewster, OC, Ohio State – Birk is old and bad and the Ravens need a replacement. Brewster has tons of talent and could be that replacement.
- New Orleans* (13-3) – CB, DE, DT, ??? – Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington – I am not aware of the Saints needs but I know their pass D struggled this year. Adding Trufant could help that weakness. Trufant excels in zone coverage.
- New England* (13-3) – CB, ??? – Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech – Hosely is a phenomenal talent and fills a need at corner. He excels in man coverage, which is exactly what the Patriots need.
- Green Bay* (15-1) – OLB, RB, CB – David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech – The Packers have average RBs in Starks and Grant but landing a talent like Wilson this late in the 2nd round might be tough to pass up. He can come out of the backfield as a receiver and seems like a perfect back for the Packers.