Since we can't get into the draft rooms to see every team's board, we checked with those who have a strong knowledge of each NFL team, the writers assigned to cover them. Patriots Football Weekly polled beat reporters from every NFL city and compiled a 2012 mock draft with their opinions and comments.
The following Writers' Mock Draft appears in the April 11th edition of Patriots Football Weekly on newsstands now.
|1.||Indianapolis Colts||Andrew Luck||QB||Stanford||Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star||WR, DT, TE, DB|
|Writers Comments: |
With Peyton Manning gone, Jim Irsay sees Luck as Manning II. All Luck has to do is pick up where Manning left off. Good Luck (pun intended).
|2.||Washington Redskins||Robert Griffin III||QB||Baylor||David Elfin, * |
106.7 The Fan*
|T, ILB, S, CB|
|Writers Comments:The Redskins traded first-rounders in 2012-14 and their second-rounder this year to move up because they haven't had a franchise QB in 70 years.
|3.||Minnesota Vikings||Matt Kalil||T||USC||Kevin Seifter, ESPN.com||DB, DL, OL|
|Writers Comments:The Vikings need a left tackle and Kalil is the best player in the draft after Luck and Griffin. Hard to ignore that combination.
|4.||Cleveland Browns||Justin Blackmon||WR||Oklahoma State||Mary Kay Cabot, Cleveland Plain Dealer||QB, OL, DB|
|Writers Comments:The Browns need some weapons on offense to help young Colt McCoy and Blackmon is widely regarded as the best wide receiver in the draft.
|5.||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Morris Claiborne||CB||LSU||Pat Yasinskas,ESPN.com||DB, LB, OL|
|Writers Comments:Ronde Barber is likely in his final season and Aqib Talib could face prison time. The Bucs have a chance to add an elite cornerback and will jump.
|6.||St. Louis Rams||Trent Richardson||RB||Alabama||Jim Thomas,St. Louis Post-Dispatch||WR, DB, OLB, G|
|Writers Comments:Steven Jackson remains an elite back but Richardson may be the best RB prospect since Adrian Peterson. Rams are also open to trading down.
|7.||Jacksonville Jaguars||Melvin Ingram||DE||South Carolina||Tania Ganguli,Florida Times-Union||WR, C, S|
|Writers Comments:The Jaguars pass rush has improved but still needs improvement. Ingram is an athletic and versatile pass rusher who could aid that area.
|8.||Miami Dolphins||Quinton Coples||DE||North Carolina||Ben Volin,Palm Beach Post||QB, WR, DB, OL|
|Writers Comments:The Dolphins could very well go with quarterback Ryan Tannehill here but the athletic Coples gives the defensive front a much needed boost.
|9.||Carolina Panthers||Luke Kuechly||ILB||Boston College||Darin Gantt,ESPN 730 AM||DT, OT, CB, WR|
|Writers Comments:Panthers will try hard to trade down from this spot. If not, take a sure impact player. Kuechly could allow them to move Jon Beason to WLB.
|10.||Buffalo Bills||Jonathan Martin||T||Stanford||Chris Brown,Buffalobills.com||OL, LB, DB|
|Writers Comments:Some might call it a reach, but a three-year starter at LT in a pro-style offense who protected a future NFL franchise QB is just what Buffalo needs.
|11.||Kansas City Chiefs||Ryan Tannehill||QB||Texas A&M||Adam Teicher,Kansas City Star||NT, WR, S|
|Writers Comments:Chiefs don't have obvious holes to fill, so they're free to take best player. Tannehill gives them a fallback if Matt Cassel fails to establish himself.
|12.||Seattle Seahawks||Nick Perry||DE||USC||Danny O'Neil,Seattle Times||DL, LB, OL|
|Writers Comments:Pass rush is Seahawks biggest need. This is higher than most expect Perry to go, but his speed makes him a great fit. Seahawks would love Kuechly.
|13.||Arizona Cardinals||David DeCastro||G||Stanford||Darren Urban, * |
|WR, T, LB|
|Writers Comments:Cards could go a couple different ways. I could see Michael Floyd or Cordy Glenn. They also could go pass rusher if one falls and can play OLB in 3-4.
|14.||Dallas Cowboys||Mark Barron||S||Alabama||Todd Archer, ESPNDallas.com||DE, CB, DT, OLB|
|Writers Comments:The Cowboys added Brodney Pool in free agency but only for one year. Jason Garrett's only pro day this year was to Alabama.
|15.||Philadelphia Eagles||Fletcher Cox||DT||Mississippi State||Dave Spadaro, * |
|RB, WR, S|
|Writers Comments:He is too versatile to pass up and he helps the Eagles improve the middle of their defense in front of new MLB DeMeco Ryans.
|16.||New York Jets||Courtney Upshaw||OLB||Alabama||Rich Cimini, ESPNNewYork.com||WR, T, S|
|Writers Comments:The Jets No. 1 need is pass rush. Upshaw also would be heir apparent to OLB Bryan Thomas, who is back on a one-year contract.
|17.||Cincinnati Bengals||Cordy Glenn||G||Georgia||Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com||CB, WR, OLB|
|Writers Comments:Bengals don't have a history of taking guards early but they're looking to add depth to their offensive line and are really open to taking anything.
|18.||San Diego Chargers||Whitney Mercilus||DE/OLB||Illinois||Michael Gehlkin, San Diego Union-Tribune||SS, OL|
|Writers Comments:Mercilus becomes the latest measure to improve NFL's worst third-down defense since 1995. Mercilus led nation 16 sacks and nine forced fumbles.
|19.||Chicago Bears||Michael Floyd||WR||Notre Dame||Brad Biggs, * |
|DT, DE, DB|
|Writers Comments:Bears are expected to focus on the defensive line but with some of the top prospects off the board Floyd could be too tempting to pass up.
|20.||Tennessee Titans||Michael Brockers||DT||LSU||Jim Wyatt, The Tennesseean||DE, CB, OL, LB|
|Writers Comments:The Titans have greater needs at end, but they won't reach. Brockers is a game-changer who could make an immediate impact on defense.
|21.||Cincinnati Bengals||Lamar Miller||RB||Miami||Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com||CB, WR, OLB|
|Writers Comments:Jay Gruden is looking to go with a rotation in the backfield and would like to add a piece to go with BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Miller would be a good fit.
|22.||Cleveland Browns||Mike Adams||T||Ohio State||Mary Kay Cabot, * |
Cleveland Plain Dealer*
|QB, OL, DB|
|Writers Comments:The attempts to improve the offense continue with an effort to bolster the offensive line. Adams and Joe Thomas could be solid bookends for years.
|23.||Detroit Lions||Stephon Gilmore||CB||South Carolina||Chris McCosky, * |
|RB, DB, LB|
|Writers Comments:This would be a dream scenario for the Lions. The best available player matches their biggest positional need.
|24.||Pittsburgh Steelers||Dontari Poe||DT||Memphis||Scott Brown, * |
|ILB, T, G|
|Writers Comments:With Casey Hampton in the last year of his contract and on the way out, the Steelers need some help inside up front. Poe is the perfect need/value pick.
|25.||Denver Broncos||Dre Kirkpatrick||CB||Alabama||Mike Klis, Denver Post||DL, WR, DB|
|Writers Comments:With Peyton Manning on board to bolster the offense, the Broncos need some help on the other side, and Champ Bailey isn't getting any younger.
|26.||Houston Texans||Stephen Hill||WR||Georgia Tech||John McClain, * |
|OLB, T, G|
|Writers Comments:Starting WRs Andre Johnson and Kevin Walter, both of whom are 6-3, will turn 31 before the season. They're looking for another big WR to develop.
|27.||New England Patriots||Janoris Jenkins||CB||North Alabama||PFW Staff||DL, DB, WR|
|Writers Comments:Jenkins brings some pretty significant baggage to the NFL but there's no denying his talent. He's the best player available and fills a huge need.
|28.||Green Bay Packers||Kevin Zeitler||G||Wisconsin||Bill Huber, * |
|OLB, S, DE|
|Writers Comments:With Mercilus and Perry off the board, the pass rush will have to wait. Zeitler, a dominant guard, will be groomed to be the center of the future.
|29.||Baltimore Ravens||Peter Konz||C||Wisconsin||Aaron Wilson, * |
Carroll County Times / Scout.com*
|OL, WR, PR|
|Writers Comments:The Ravens have Matt Birk, but he's 35 and year-to-year at this stage. Konz is an athletic, technically sound blocker who's big enough to play left guard.
|30.||San Francisco 49ers||Kendall Wright||WR||Baylor||Dan Brown, * |
San Jose Mercury News*
|CB, OL, WR|
|Writers Comments:Even after adding veterans Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, the 49ers are looking to upgrade WR corps that had just one catch in NFC title game.
|31.||New England Patriots||Jerel Worthy||DT||Michigan State||PFW Staff||DL, DB, WR|
|Writers Comments:The Patriots are always a threat to move out of the round at this point but athletic interior d-linemen like Worthy aren't easy to find.
|32.||New York Giants||Riley Reiff||T||Iowa||Ralph Vacchiano, New York Daily News||RB, TE, MLB, WR|
|Writers Comments:The Giants didn't bring back Kareem McKenzie and David Diehl will be 32. It's unlikely Reiff will be there but he's a guy they can build their line around.
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