2012 Final Mock grades: Picked 25 of 32

The Redskins selected Baylor's Robert Griffin III with second pick in the draft. Photo Credit: AP

The Redskins selected Baylor's Robert Griffin III with second pick in the draft. Photo Credit: AP

The Final Mock grades from theHuddleReport.com are in.

In the Final Mock draft, I correctly picked 25 of the 32 first-round picks and seven direct hits.

In theHuddleReport.com final scores, I tallied 39 points (one point for getting the round right and two points for the direct hits) which was tied for 40th.  

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Bob McGinn, my buddy and mentor who showed me the ropes in the Mocking game, had 26 and 10 direct hits (46 points) and finished No. 2 in  theHuddleReport.com 2012 rankings.

Ben Standig of FFToolbox finished first with 27 of the 32 and 12 direct hits (51 points). Well done Ben!!!

The information that leads into the Final Mock comes from countless interviews at the Senior Bowl, the NFL scouting combine with personnel men, agents and more than 200 draft-eligible players.

I finished two points behind ESPN draft Analyst Mel Kiper (27, 7) and one point behind Pro Football Weekly’s Nolan Nawrocki (26, 7). My man, NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock (27, 5) finished 79th.

Here’s a link to the Huddle Report Mock draft report card.

I clearly had the SEC and Big Ten players ranked to high. Three of my seven misses were on SEC players — Courtney Upshaw (Alabama), Cordy Glenn (Georgia) and Bobby Massie (Mississippi State). I whiffed on two Big Ten players — Peter Konz (Wisconsin) and Jerel Worthy (Michigan State).

My other misses were Coby Fleener (Stanford) and Stephen Hill (Georgia Tech).

The seven players who were picked in the first round that I didn’t have were: Bruce Irvin (West Virginia), Brandon Weeden (Oklahoma State),  Nick Perry (USC), Harrison Smith (Notre Dame), A.J. Jenkins (Illinois), Doug Martin (Boise State) and Dave Wilson (Virginia Tech).

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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dean

May 1st, 2012
5:26 am

Let the season begin! What is it? 2 1/2 months to camp?

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robertussen

May 1st, 2012
6:20 am

espn reports the falcons got 3 million in cap space back from vick. do we still have that to spend, or have it already been used?

Glenn

May 1st, 2012
7:06 am

I guess they can all become weather forecasters now…

Woo hoo, look at me; I’m (just a little) better being off my forecast than you are so I’m a better predictor than you are; na-ne-na-ne-boo-boo…

Caleb

May 1st, 2012
7:50 am

Congratulations D-Led, but I must agree with the others…sounds like you are just tooting your own horn.

steven a smith

May 1st, 2012
7:56 am

A. J. Jenkins and Bruce Irvin are the only 2 guys I did not have in my final Mock Draft…Guess i am pretty good as well..Happy Tuesday

Jimmy Crack

May 1st, 2012
8:00 am

I got them all correct except picks #1 & #2.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 1st, 2012
8:22 am

Caleb — I don’t do it often. It’s been about two years since I duly noted that I correctly pick the Falcons selecting Sean Weatherspoon with the 19th pick live on ESPN and the NFL Network!!!!

Falcon James

May 1st, 2012
8:26 am

Nice job DOL!!! I know a lot of time and effort goes into this and you deserve the pat, even if you are the one giving it!! Way to go!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 1st, 2012
8:43 am

Falcons James — Sometimes it’s good to let boss-folks know that we didn’t waste money at the Senior Bowl and the Combine. It’s also good to note that we got some excellent intel for the readers. “Credible, Compelling, Complete.”

Falcons fan

May 1st, 2012
9:24 am

Was there a draft?

PMC

May 1st, 2012
9:25 am

The only one of the 7 I would have even questioned was Nick Perry. He was a 1st rounder out of that group. The rest of them before the draft, I mean unless you had seen someones draft board there’s no way to even guess guys like Bruce Irvin or AJ Jenkins would go.

The Running backs were a suprise too.

PMC

May 1st, 2012
9:26 am

Harrison Smith I guess too since there were really only 2 good safeties.

Nice job though D Led.

bucket

May 1st, 2012
9:54 am

Don’t feel too bad about your first round misses, in my opinion some of those guys were real stretches by teams.

Just saying..

May 1st, 2012
10:07 am

bucket
May 1st, 2012
9:54 am

Don’t feel too bad about your first round misses, in my opinion some of those guys were real stretches by teams.

Totally.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2012
10:33 am

D-Led, I hope you stick around and not replace Mel Kiper.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 1st, 2012
10:33 am

PMC – Thanks!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 1st, 2012
10:34 am

bucket — Thanks for the uplifting words.

Delbert D.

May 1st, 2012
10:41 am

Are the direct hits team and spot taken?

OPEN YOUR EYES

May 1st, 2012
11:27 am

NICE JOB D LED!!! IS THAT YOUR BEST SCORE SO FAR ON MOCKS??

LombardiTrickedMe

May 1st, 2012
12:08 pm

Well done DLed – perhaps NFL Network could use you as an analyst next year? Twice as good as Mayock!

Open Minded

May 1st, 2012
2:16 pm

You deserve a huge raise… perhaps they could cut Luckowitz and give you his salary in addition?

Falcon James

May 1st, 2012
3:46 pm

Great job again DOL! We’re so lucky to have you as our beat writer. I’m truly a big fan. I’d like to meet you one day for a drink if that’s possible.

crackbaby

May 1st, 2012
4:52 pm

Good work, DLed. 40 out of 106 is good.

The NFL draft receives far too much coverage, though. Braves were hot at that time but the local radio boys are blowing hot air about RG3, Nick Saban’s herd, etc. Disappointing.

Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Man

May 1st, 2012
5:21 pm

Darn good job.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 1st, 2012
5:22 pm

crackbaby — Football is King!!! I’ll go see the Braves when the B52s are playing afte the game.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 1st, 2012
5:39 pm

LombardiTrickedMe — You’re too kind.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 1st, 2012
5:40 pm

OPEN YOUR EYES – I had 28 out of 32 a few years bag.

Bravesfansince1961

May 1st, 2012
11:24 pm

Well done DLed! I noticed that all but 2 ahead of you were draft websites, etc, I think only 2 newspaper or other mainline media did better, Well done, buddy.

DR. FALCON

May 2nd, 2012
12:33 am

I MISSED BADLY ON BRANDON BOYKIN! A SPECIAL TEAMS STAR, AND DECENT CB, I HAD BOYKIN GOING IN THE 2ND RD., EASILY! DAMN! A PLAYMAKER!!!

Sid

May 2nd, 2012
2:23 pm

DLed, I remember somewhere before the draft you had Luke Kuechly in the 2nd round, maybe you changed your position.

FalconJim

May 2nd, 2012
2:35 pm

Good job, D-Led!!! Thanks for being our “eyes and ears” on everything Falcons!

Just don’t get the “big-head” on us. Haha!

G Money

May 2nd, 2012
3:00 pm

Jr. Seau found dead

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 2nd, 2012
3:15 pm

FalconJim — I won’t get the big-head!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 2nd, 2012
3:16 pm

Sid — I changed my mind after some more research. I thought Phillly was the only team interested and when they made the Demeco trade I didn’t know where to go with Cool Hand Luke.

cwltank

May 2nd, 2012
10:49 pm

I just sitting here thinling about the Falcons 1st roster cuts. McClure, Ovie, Mier, & Schikkinger.

cwltank

May 2nd, 2012
10:49 pm

Sid

May 3rd, 2012
1:35 pm

D. Orlando Ledbetter May 2nd, 2012 3:16 pm
Sid — I changed my mind after some more research. I thought Phillly was the only team interested and when they made the Demeco trade I didn’t know where to go with Cool Hand Luke.
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