First Round Grades and Updated Team Needs

With the first round of the draft completed, here are my initial grades for each of the first 32 picks. In addition, I’ve included the updated team needs for each team. This should provide a good indication of where the teams are likely to go in next couple of days.

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck QB, Stanford

GRADE: A

You can’t give anything less than an A to Indy. Taking the best QB prospect since Peyton Manning to replace Peyton Manning.

Remaining Needs: WR, G/C, NT, CB, TE, LB

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III QB, Baylor

GRADE: A

The Redskins deserve an A for recognizing that there are only two franchise QBs in this draft and going after the last one.

Remaining Needs: RT, CB, S, ILB, G/C

3. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson RB, Alabama

GRADE: B+

This would have been an A if they hadn’t traded up. Giving up 4th, 5th, and 7th round picks to move up one spot is just bad business. Even if a team was trying to jump them for Richardson, they lost too much to justify it. That said, Richardson is a great fit and should be productive for the Browns.

Remaining Needs: WR, RT, QB, DB

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Stock Rising – Stock Falling

With just 24 hours to go before the NFL Draft comes around, I will give you a quick break down of who has seen their stock rise and fall in the past week or so. 

Stock Rising:

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Knowing the 2012 Guard Prospects

Editors Note: This is a great, great post by a new author of mine. If you have any questions for him, let him know in the comments. 

The Guards position is becoming more and more important in today’s NFL.Some of the best rushing teams and best O-lines in league history have had elite guard. A guy like Carl Nicks, or Ben Grubbs can instantly improve the play and toughness of the offensive line. Below is a ranking and analysis of the top guard prospects of the 2012 draft class. This post will also include projected draft position and links to their play. Many of these players have potential to be impact players in the NFL. Without further delay here are the top ten offensive guard prospects of the 2012 NFL Draft.

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Second Round Draft Prospects I love more than you

The strength of this year’s draft class is in the middle rounds. This year’s class features numerous starters and potentially very, very good players in the second and third round range. This post will look at some second round prospects that I like for the Steelers but also just in general in terms of prospects I like.

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Analyzing the Guard Class

This year’s offensive guard class is loaded with good players from top to bottom and has possibly the best guard prospect in the past ten years to top it off. After the jump see all you need to know about this fantastic class of guards.

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2 Round Mock

Finally got a 2 Round Mock done. I sprinkled in a few trades but this is more conservative than my last. Enjoy.

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck QB, Stanford

Pretty much a foregone conclusion at this point.

TRADE: St. Louis Rams trade #2 pick to Washington for their 1st, 2nd and conditional 2013 2nd round pick.

2. Washington Redskins (from Rams): Robert Griffin III QB, Baylor

This is one of the more predictable trades I can remember as Washington moves up to get RG3. The 2013 pick will become a 1st round pick if RG3 leads them to the playoffs.

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil OT, USC

The Vikings couldn’t be happier to see someone trade up for RG3 because then it means they get Kalil. He fills a big need and will protect Christian Ponder for the next 10 years.

4. Cleveland Browns: Justin Blackmon WR, Oklahoma State

I’m going on the record now, the worst thing the Browns could possibly do is to trade up for Robert Griffin. He will just be another talented young QB with no weapons to work with that will FAIL MISERABLY. Taking an elite receiver like Blackmon will actually give whoever their QB is a chance.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne CB, LSU

Tampa is in a good situation here since its unlikely any defensive players are taken in the top 4. Claiborne fills the biggest need for the Bucs and is the top talent available who’s not Trent Richardson.

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Ranking the 2012 Draft Prospects by Position – Offensive Guards

Today I will continue ranking the 2012 NFL Draft prospects. This post will look at the guards of the 2012 NFL Draft. I am also pleased to announce that within the next week, I will introduce two new writers to the site. They are both very, very knowledgeable and will provide the site with some different types of posts.

1. David DeCastro, Stanford – DeCastro is the best guard prospect to come around in a long time and he has the potential to be a top 3 or 4 guard in the NFL. He should likely be a top 15 draft pick.

2. Peter Konz, Wisconsin – While Konz is the #1 center prospect, he is also the #2 guard prospect in the class. He has great feet, is very strong, and has all the intangibles. He should be a first round draft pick, and possibly top 20.

3. Cordy Glenn, Georgia – Glenn has all the tools to be a great guard but he needs to work on finishing blocks and playing to the whistle. He still has tons of talent and that should keep him in the first two rounds of the draft.

4. Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin – What Zeitler lacks in athleticism, he makes up for in toughness and dedication. He is an excellent pass blocker and is good at pulling. He seems like a 2nd to 3rd round draft pick at this time.

5. Brandon Washington, Miami – Washington has tons of athleticism, finishes blocks, plays to the whistle, and is loaded with potential. He decided to leave Miami and enter the draft and it makes sense. He should be a 2nd to 3rd round draft pick in April.

After the jump, see the rest of the guard prospects

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2 Round NFL Mock Draft

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.

Round 1

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.

After the jump see the rest of this mock draft

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One Round NFL Mock Draft

Anyways, here is my first mock draft for 2012 and it will be of the one round variety. Why only one round? Because I need you guys to help me with something. As of know, I really only know the team needs for 5 to 10 teams. Wherever you see a ? down below the jump, that means I don’t know those teams needs. If you guys could, I would greatly appreciate it if you could list the teams needs in order of greatest importance to least importance in the comments section. Once I have all the teams needs filled out, I will move on to 4 or 5 round mock drafts.

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Updated Position Rankings – OGs/OCs

Sorry for the lack of multiple posts per day over the last two days. Tomorrow I will post the mock draft and Saturday, I will post an NFL Game of the Week. Sunday is my rest day and we will get back to the position rankings Monday.

Offensive Guards:

1. David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: DeCastro is an excellent run blocker and an above average pass blocker. He is a late first round prospect at this point.

2. Brandon Washington, OG/OT, Miami: Washington is playing LT right now but his game fits that of a guard in the NFL. He is a very good pass blocker and a good run blocker but will need to adjust to the guard spot in the NFL. He is an early second round pick right now.

3. Cordy Glenn, OG, OT/OG, Georgia: Glenn is a good pass blocker that is playing LT right now. He has a good skill set to play guard in the NFL and I think he will be a second round pick.

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