Two-Man NFL Mock Draft
By Ken Zalis and Matt Zenitz
PressBox reporters Ken Zalis and Matt Zenitz share their predictions for the 2012 NFL Draft, with Zenitz making the odd picks and Zalis taking the even picks. Both weigh in on what the Ravens will do at No. 29.
• Also See: Joe Platania's Official 2012 First-Round Mock Draft
1. Indianapolis Colts-- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
This appears to be all but a lock at this point.
2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis) -- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
If Indy decided on RG3, Washington would happily grab Luck.
3. Minnesota Vikings -- Matt Kalil, OT, USC
There are rumors that the Vikings are leaning toward passing on Kalil, most likely in favor of LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, but Kalil just makes too much sense here. Minnesota needs help on the offensive line, especially at left tackle and Kalil is the top left tackle prospect in this year's draft.
4. Cleveland Browns -- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
Richardson fills a need and we have him rated as the third-best player in the draft.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Claiborne satisfies a need for a team with serious question marks at the cornerback position. Ronde Barber is aging and Aqib Talib, despite being talented, is probably just one more off-the-field incident away from being cut loose.
6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington) -- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
Quarterback Sam Bradford needs weapons, and if Trent Richardson is already taken at No. 4, Blackmon would be an easy pick for the Rams.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars -- Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina
The Jaguars need a defensive end and Ingram is a proven, productive player with a knack for the big play. Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff and Notre Dame WR Michael Floyd would also fill needs, but both are slight reaches at this point.
8. Miami Dolphins -- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Arkansas
Miami needs a franchise quarterback. Although Matt Moore was not all bad, the position could use an upgrade.
9. Carolina Panthers -- Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Cox would help improve what was a porous Panthers run defense last year, while also providing the team with a talented interior pass rusher.
10. Buffalo Bills -- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
This pick was debated in length in the Bills' war room. Floyd and David Decastro were also considered, but Decastro is a better guard than tackle and Floyd still seems a tad early here. Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick needs to be protected and Reiff would do that well.
11. Kansas City Chiefs -- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
Nose tackle and middle linebacker are bigger needs, and both of those are more premium positions than offensive guard, but DeCastro, who has Steve Hutchinson-like potential, is the best player available at this point. He would help to upgrade what is currently an average group of interior offensive linemen.
12. Seattle Seahawks -- Luke Kuechly, ILB, BC
The top need for Seattle is the linebacker position and Kuechly fits the bill perfectly with David Hawthorne gone to the Saints.
13. Arizona Cardinals -- Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
The Cardinals' top need is right tackle and Glenn is a mountain of a man, as well as a surprisingly good athlete for his size. His stock has been on a steady rise after impressive showings at both the Senior Bowl and the NFL Scouting Combine. Arizona is also in the market for a pass rusher, as well as another weapon at wide receiver, so keep an eye on players such as Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw and Notre Dame’s Floyd with this pick as well.
14. Dallas Cowboys -- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
The Cowboys addressed the safety position in free agency so Mark Barron will have to wait in the green room a bit longer. The size and speed of Poe are without question. He would instantly fill the role of interior lineman which Dallas desperately needs.
15. Philadelphia Eagles -- Mark Barron, S, Alabama
Philadelphia has used second-round picks on safeties each of the last two years, but Barron is the best player available at this point and will upgrade the strong safety spot where Jaiquawn Jarrett disappointed as a rookie last year.
16. New York Jets -- Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
It would be an understatement to say that the Jets need to generate a pass rush. Aaron Maybin helped at the end of last season, but he is a specialist. Upshaw is a more complete player who can get to the opposing quarterback.
17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders) -- Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina
The Bengals need an upgrade opposite Leon Hall and Gilmore would provide just that.
18. San Diego Chargers -- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
It's a passing league, and although the Chargers have a nice set of cornerbacks, you can never have too many of them in the NFL.
19. Chicago Bears -- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
Coples underachieved as a senior last season and there are questions about his work ethic and effort. Yet he is still a talented pass rusher with a ton of upside who would also fill a great need for Chicago.
20. Tennessee Titans -- Nick Perry, DE, USC
Again, the NFL is a passing league, and you have to either get your hands on the ball or the quarterback. Perry will be there to cause havoc on Luck, Matt Schaub and company for years.
21. Cincinnati Bengals -- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
Cincinnati has A.J. Green on one side, but has a big hole on the other. Speedy and dynamic Wright would help to fill that.
22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta) -- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Browns must protect the quarterback better and Martin would be a huge upgrade for Cleveland.
23. Detroit Lions -- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Jenkins has had some serious red flags and multiple off-the-field issues, but Detroit's biggest need is at corner. Jenkins may be the draft's most talented cornerback not named Morris Claiborne.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers -- Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
Hightower just seems to fit need and scheme for Pittsburgh. He would get plugged in as the starter from day one.
25. Denver Broncos -- Michael Brockers, DL, LSU
The Broncos are in need of help in the middle of their defensive line. Brockers may still be raw, but he has an impressive physical skill set. He's good against the run and has big upside.
26. Houston Texans -- Michael Floyd, WR, ND
Place Floyd with Andre Johnson and Schaub would feel as if he were dreaming.
27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints) -- Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State
With Andre Carter still recovering from a serious knee injury and Mark Anderson departed as a free agent, the Patriots are in obvious need of a pass rusher. McClellin is an underrated player, one who has been moving up the boards during the weeks leading up to the draft.
28. Green Bay Packers -- Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
There are not many needs for Green Bay and we'd love to have an OT to drop here, but instead, we will give the defense more of a pass rush. Jones has all of the tools to bring the pressure off the edge.
29. Baltimore Ravens (KZ) -- Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State
When people compare a player to all-world guard Larry Allen, you have to take notice. Silatolu plays strong and mean and is exactly the type of lineman you'd expect in the AFC North. Unless the Ravens trade down with wide receivers and inside linebackers being so deep in the draft, the offensive line is the target.
29. Baltimore Ravens (MZ) -- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Konz would provide the Ravens with flexibility, giving them a player capable of playing guard in the short term, while also providing a long-term answer at center. Baltimore would love either Hightower or Upshaw to slip to this pick, but that's unlikely to happen. Don't be surprised, though, if the Ravens explore trading up for one of those two players. Wide receiver Stephen Hill could also be an option.
30. San Francisco 49ers -- Stephen Hill, WR, GT
You can't argue with the measurable, and Hill lit up the combine. He played in a run-based offense in college, but he has the hands and talent to be a big-time threat in the NFL.
31. New England Patriots -- Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
A versatile player, Reyes would be a nice fit for the Patriots who operate out of both the 3-4 and the 4-3. New England could also use an infusion of young talent along the defensive line, something the addition of Reyes would provide.
32. New York Giants -- Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
The G-men could go in any direction here, but with Brandon Jacobs no longer around and Ahmad Bradshaw dealing with some injury concerns, Martin makes too much sense. He is a versatile back who could excel in the passing game at the NFL level.
Posted April 24, 2012