Andy Lipari’s Mock Draft

Here is Rochester sports writer Andy Lipari‘s 2012 mock NFL draft. Want to tell him what you think? E-mail him at alipari27@gmail.com or find him on Twitter @alipari27

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB Stanford– Obviously.
  2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor– See explanation above.
  3. Minnesota Vikings: Morris Claiborne, CB LSU. Minnesota decides the corner is worth more than the OT, Matt Kalil. Almost every pick 3-10 could be traded as well.
  4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB Alabama– The Browns are guaranteed to have Richardson or Justin Blackman when they pick. Richardson is the better of the two.
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College– Tampa would hate to see Claiborne go to the Vikings because he’s what they need. Kuechly has been shooting up draft boards and he can play any LB position.
  6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma State– Not a difficult pick. This gives Sam Bradford a much-needed big time weapon.
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Stephon Gilmore, CB South Carolina– This is a swing pick in this draft. Jacksonville needs help in the secondary and Gilmore is the next best corner after Claiborne.
  8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M– The Dolphins need a quarterback and Tannehill is the third QB behind the big two.
  9. Carolina Panthers: Mark Barron, S Alabama– The player rising up draft boards the most in the draft goes to a team that needs a lot of defensive help. He’s the playmaking safety that can also cover tight ends. With Jimmy Graham in the division, that’s a huge help.
  10. Buffalo Bills: Matt Kalil, OT USC– If Kalil does drop to Buffalo, they couldn’t get the card in fast enough with his name on it. The pick fills Buffalo’s biggest need with the best OT in the draft. It’s also wishful thinking here from a Bills fan.
  11. Kansas City Chiefs: David DeCastro, G Stanford– Kansas City takes the best interior lineman to shore up the offensive line.
  12. Seattle Seahawks: Chandler Jones, DE Syracuse– Jones is another player shooting up draft boards. Seattle needs to upgrade the end position and Jones fits that need. They only had 33 sacks a year ago. The brother of Jon “Bones” Jones should like taking down quarterbacks.

  1. Arizona Cardinals:  Riley Reiff: OT, Iowa– Arizona needs help at offensive line. Reiff brings versatility since he could play either tackle position or guard. He’s seen as an excellent run blocker.
  2. Dallas Cowboys: Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi State– Cox helps the Cowboys’ defense that struggled in Rob Ryan’s first year as defensive coordinator. They would love if Barron to fall to them though.
  3. Philadelphia Eagles: Dontari Poe, DT Memphis– After an impressive combine, Poe showed how athletic he can be at the DT position. Philly was average against the run a year ago and Poe could help shore up the middle of the defensive line.
  4. New York Jets: Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina– The Jets are very thin at outside linebacker and Ingram fits that need. He’s one of the best athletes and pass-rushers in the draft and allow the Jets more options rushing the passer.
  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Alabama- This seems to be a popular pick. The Bengals have two first round picks (17, 21) and could use another corner to go along with the signing of Terence Newman this off-season.
  6. San Diego Chargers: Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame– A solid replacement for Vincent Jackson, giving Philip Rivers another weapon to throw to. Floyd is long and go get the ball, just like Jackson.
  7. Chicago Bears: Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina– Coples would be a nice bookend with Julius Peppers on the other side of the defensive line. They were only 19th in sacks last year even with Peppers.
  8. Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus, DE Illinois– Like a lot of teams, the Titans had trouble rushing the passer, ranking 31st with only 28 a year ago. Mercilus is a pure pass-rusher that will help the defense.
  9. Cincinnati Bengals: Cordy Glenn, OL Georgia– Glenn could play tackle but the Bengals will have him at guard. Not a pretty pick but one that fills a need.
  10. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR Baylor– Cleveland adds another playmaker after taking Trent Richardson earlier. Wright is a threat to stretch the field.
  11. Detroit Lions: Jonathan Martin, OT Stanford– Martin is a solid pass protector that can play either tackle position. Matt Stafford will appreciate this pick.
  12. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’A Hightower, LB Alabama– He could play any linebacker position but the Steelers will probably have him play inside linebacker. He can get after the quarterback and is stout against the run.
  13. Denver Broncos: Michael Brockers, DT LSU– Denver has the pass-rushers but they were 22nd against the run last season. Brockers is a steal at 25 and helps the run-stopping problem.
  14. Houston Texans: Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech– When did the Texans become a running team? They could use another receiver on the outside to make that offense scarier than it already is. This guy is a freak:

 

  1. New England Patriots: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB Boise State- We all know the changes of the Patriots staying at their pick are slim, but if they do, they pick McClellin. New England needs an upgrade at the outside linebacker position.
  2. Green Bay Packers: Peter Konz, C Wisconsin- The Packers could use depth on the interior offensive line. Konz could become the center when the newly acquired Jeff Saturday moves on.
  3. Baltimore Ravens: David DeCastro, G Stanford– Baltimore also could use depth on the interior offensive line. DeCastro is the best available.
  4.  San Francisco 49ers: Kevin Zeitler, G Wisconsin– The run on guards continues. Zeitler gives the 49ers depth at the position.
  5. New England Patriots: Harrison Smith, S Notre Dame- New England was 31st in pass defense and need an upgrade at safety.
  6. New York Giants: Coby Fleener, TE Stanford– Fleener is the best tight end in the draft. Just another weapon for Eli manning to throw to.

 

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