FINAL: 2012 NFL Mock Draft

If the Redskins select Baylor's Robert Griffin III, he could be playing his fifth NFL game against the Falcons. Photo Credit: AP

If the Redskins select Baylor's Robert Griffin III, he could be playing his fifth NFL game against the Falcons. Photo Credit: AP

FLOWERY BRANCH – Before we move on to my final mock draft, I’d like to thank all of the front office folks and scouts around the league who spoke to us at the NFL combine and after, all of our draftniks out there especially Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, Charles Johnson, Gil Brandt, Bucky Brooks and Nolan Nawrocki for helping us decipher the talent in this draft class.

Yeah, I’m off the hook this year since I don’t have to project a pick for the Falcons in the first round. I have Cleveland taking Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright with the pick they received from the Falcons.

In the second round, the Falcons will take the best linemen available. If you know who that is, go to Las Vegas right now.

If you need to prep some more for the draft, go to the DRAFT CENTRAL link. All of our position-by-position stories are Top 5 rankings available.

I saved this little story from Brian Billick for you all. I titled it, “Are you a Thug? Or are you stupid?”

Billick: “I’ve told this story a million times. I’ll tell it again.

We had a young man at the combine. We had our 60 interviews, it was late in the process and you’re tired. We have the information on these guys. I’m sitting with the kid and looking at his rap sheet and there’s nothing really serious, but enough stuff to know this guy

(had some issues.) So, I said ‘you’re tired, I’m tired let’s cut to the chase.’ Are you a thug or are you stupid? Which is it? He said, ‘Are those

my only options?’ I said, ‘well you’re not stupid.’ OK. I will tell you this kid went on played 10 years in the NFL and never had an issue.

“So the toughest thing is what are the issues. Young people tend to do stupid things. Do you have a sense he understands he has to change his behavior? Is he willing to have the people around him now change his behavior? Going forward is this an ingrained part of his character or did he just do some stupid things? If it’s the latter, you can be optimistic about the NFL and what’s at stake for him will help sort that out. If it’s an innate part of the character, that’s where you don’t want to make that mistake.”

I’m just start laughing every time I read it.

I think the moral of the story is young people do stupid things. But if they can learn from them, they can play 10 years in the NFL.

Drum roll please.

Here’s my Final 2012 NFL Mock Draft.

1. Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, LT, Southern California

4. Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Buccaneers: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

6. Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jaguars: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

8. Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

10. Bills: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

11. Chiefs: Riley Reiff, LT, Iowa

12. Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

13. Cardinals: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

14. Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

15. Philadelphia: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

16. Jets: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

17. Bengals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

18. Chargers: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

19. Bears: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

20. Titans: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

21. Bengals: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

22. Browns: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

23. Lions: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia

24. Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

25. Broncos: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

26. Texans: Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois

27. Patriots: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

28. Packers: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

29. Ravens: Bobbie Massie, LT, Mississippi State

30. 49ers: Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

31. Patriots: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

32. Giants: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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46 comments Add your comment

ATL Fan

April 25th, 2012
3:40 pm

And number 55?

ATL Fan

April 25th, 2012
3:41 pm

…the player to be named later?

ATL Fan

April 25th, 2012
3:41 pm

I haven’t got my plane ticket for Vegas.

hardbodiii

April 25th, 2012
3:42 pm

No point of posting this without posting the ATLANTA FALCONS PICK!!! I

Hardbodiii

April 25th, 2012
3:43 pm

No point of posting this without the ATLANTA FALCONS pick!!! I mean it is their site.

Marcus

April 25th, 2012
3:44 pm

DOL,

Nice list, but I guess we have to opt for the far-flung web-based mock drafts to prognosticate the #55 pick. :)
I agree, best lineman available, and which ever side of the ball he is on, our 3rd round pick will be another lineman on the opposite line of scrimmage. The pressure is off picking a DB, now that Asante is in the mix.
why don’t you do a 1st round mock of NFL “sideline entertainment”?

ATL Fan

April 25th, 2012
3:46 pm

Since you have Bobbie Massie going to the Ravens, my guess would be Mitchell Schwartz.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 25th, 2012
3:47 pm

Marcus — Maybe next year.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 25th, 2012
3:49 pm

ATL Fan – I’m going to probably do the second round tomorrow, but I’m checking out if Amini Silatolu is going to be there or if it’s Schwartz. Down to those two guys. However, both might not be there and then I’m stomped.

Red Pants

April 25th, 2012
3:54 pm

I’m a Broncos fan and I’m confused by your logic with their selection. Why would they draft a TE in the 1st when they signed Jacob Tamme and Joel Dreesen in the off season and drafted 2 TE’s last year?

ATL Fan

April 25th, 2012
3:55 pm

D. Led,
Thomas Dimitroff has always said that he wants versatility on the O-line. Amini Silatolu looks like he would fit that bill.

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April 25th, 2012
4:07 pm

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hbcuclassics

April 25th, 2012
4:44 pm

Falcoons Easy Button 2012 2.0

55. Bobbie Massie, OL, Ole Miss
84. Zebrie Sanders, OL, Fla. State
157. Chris Rainey, RB/WR, Fla.
192. Traded to Eagles for CB, A.Samuel
229. Ryan Davis, DE/OLB, Bethune
249. Ryan Lewis, OLB/SS, Bethune

PMC

April 25th, 2012
4:46 pm

If Luke Kuechly is Brian Urlacher fine.

I’m sorry, I know the guys that watch tape love him but I can’t get… Sean Lee, Keith Brooking etc etc out of my head.

He’s a 7 yards down field kind of tackler in the ACC. He’s not a playmaking beast even if he’s good in coverage.

He’s not going to be THAT much better than Sean Lee or Curtis Lofton is he?

I just don’t believe the hype.

PMC

April 25th, 2012
4:46 pm

Sure wish we had taken Ziggy Hood when you picked him DLed.

hbcuclassics

April 25th, 2012
4:50 pm

Ryan Lewis, Bethune-Cookman, Sr., 6-1, 220 – On an excellent Bethune-Cookman defense, Lewis led the way with 81 tackles last season. He’s a complete linebacker. His quickness allows him to close against the run, but he also defends well against the pass. Last season, he had 17 tackles for loss, five sacks, four interceptions for 136 yards in returns, three passes breakups, four quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. Now that’s versatility.

hbcuclassics

April 25th, 2012
4:54 pm

Ryan Davis, DE/OLB, Bethune-Cookman: Davis has watched his game take off the past two seasons, most recently totaling 21.5 tackles for loss and 12 sacks last season. He’s a natural pass rusher who is tough to stop off the edge, and offers the versatility to play several positions on the defensive front. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Arizona Cardinals are two teams intrigued by Davis’ talents.

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Dennis

April 25th, 2012
6:32 pm

Where there has ever been an option, has Mel Kiper ever gotten anything right? I don’t think so.

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dom

April 25th, 2012
6:57 pm

I’m warming up to Amini Silatolu D-Led. Much prefer him to Schwartz. Could really bring back some nasty attitude to that unit – put the “offensive” back in our offensive line.

Big Ray

April 25th, 2012
7:46 pm

Silatolu over Schwartz. We can’t make a Baker 2.0 pick.

But I can’t believe you’re not even considering Kelechi Osemele.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 25th, 2012
9:33 pm

Big Ray – Kelechi is long gone by 55.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 25th, 2012
9:38 pm

dom — Just hearing that he might be long gone.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 25th, 2012
9:48 pm

PMC – Yep, Ziggy is going to be a player for the Steelers.

RedMountain

April 25th, 2012
10:15 pm

No way anyone should take Dontari Poe in the first round. I would love to see Bengals take DeCastro, but it is unlikely he would be there and Lewis likes guys from Georgia so Cordy Glenn is a more likely choice though they will probably go CB/S/DL

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dom

April 26th, 2012
3:08 am

D-Led – I have seen him ranked all over the place so nothing would surprise me with Silatolu. Some draft analysts rate him higher than Zeitler and going in the first round, while others think the small-school factor and some other question marks will see him go much later than the Falcons #55 pick. I know there’s a lot of good guards in this draft but am finding it hard to believe so many will go in the first round, with all the other needs teams have. Will be interesting.

usbummer

April 26th, 2012
9:26 am

Browns: #4, WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State and #22, QB Brandon Weeden, Oklahoma State. And the duo lives on.

ATLJBO

April 26th, 2012
10:12 am

D-Led…. Brandon Brooks ?

Sly Ty

April 26th, 2012
10:57 am

DLED, please ban “Ben,” his posts are unrelated to the post topics. I mean we are in the age of texting LMAO, WTF, etc… Why is this guy so worried over nothing, why am I even writing about a jealous guy named Ben?

Barack Romney

April 26th, 2012
11:44 am

Who cares… What about #55

Kurt Loder

April 26th, 2012
11:46 am

Falcons pick Sammy Hagar at 55….get it 55

Tommy Maddox

April 26th, 2012
11:53 am

But Sammy can’t drive 55.

What did ever happen to Kurt Loder?

Chucktown38

April 26th, 2012
1:01 pm

The falcons are strong with the Schwartz. May the Schwartz be with you .

hbcuclassics

April 26th, 2012
2:30 pm

Falcoons Easy Button 2012 2.0

55. Bobbie Massie, OL, Ole Miss
84. Zebrie Sanders, OL, Fla. State
157. Chris Rainey, RB/WR, Fla.
192. Christian Thompson, S, SC State
229. Ryan Davis, DE/OLB, Bethune
249. Traded to Eagles for A. Samuel

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Gnome Chompsky

April 26th, 2012
3:33 pm

“yourself” is a compact word. Bunch of word smiths on here

Mudcat

April 26th, 2012
4:21 pm

Osemele if he’s there, otherwise, Bobby Massey at LT.

DR. FALCON

April 26th, 2012
4:27 pm

GOOD JOB, LEDBETTER! BUT, I GOT THE CHARGERS SELECTING COEDY GLENN. THEY NEED A LT, IN THE WORSE WAY! I GOT THE STEELERS, SELECTING DONTARI POE. CASEY HAMPTON IS 35, AND COMING OFF KNEE SURGERY. NOTE: THE CHARGERS CAN ALSO GO WITH KENDALL WRIGHT OR STEPHEN HILL, TO REPLACE V. JACKSON!

DR. FALCON

April 26th, 2012
7:38 pm

BEN YOU ARE TO HARD ON D-LED! LIGHTEN UP! YOU CAN QUESTION HIS KNOWLEDGE, AND HISTORY OF THE ATLANTA FALCONS, (SOME OF US GO BACK TO THE ’70s WITH THIS TEAM), BUT DON’T QUESTION HIS INTELLIGENCE! IT’S JUST A BLOG, NOT A DISSERTATION FOR WORLD PEACE!

OHIOdirtybird!!!!

April 27th, 2012
4:44 am

Here is do drafting the best OT on the board!!

Corey Glenn

April 27th, 2012
8:19 am

I wanna be a Falcon!,, Make it happen!!!!!!!!!!

Flo=Ri-Duh

April 27th, 2012
10:42 am

Trades can really screw up a mock draft. Look for Falcons to trade up in 2nd round to get an OL….. hopefully Cordy Glenn.

JSin

April 27th, 2012
2:28 pm

Congrats, DLed…you got four right

hbcuclassics

April 27th, 2012
2:33 pm

Is it just me or has the NFL screwed up the draft?
4 days of this? What a colossal waste of time…
Barely, could find time on a Sat/Sun now T/F/S/S?…really???

Clearly, desperate to maximize programming for the network…
But they’ve diminished/diluted the product/audience…
Rather than watch live, just catch up on internet, ESPN, etc…