Here is your Buffalo Wins official 2012 Mock Draft. To keep it simple with this mock draft, I made no trades, and went up till Buffalo’s second round pick (41). Some surprises here, but then again not really. You will notice I don’t have Mike Adams (OT Ohio State) in the top 41. I think he is the drafts biggest slide. The off the field problems at Ohio State and the recent drug issues at the combine will dictate his fall. So without any further adieu:
1. Colts – Andrew Luck, QB Stanford – I don’t think an explanation is needed here. As long as Luck doesn’t throw to the Venus on a Spider Y 3 Banana (If you watched the Gruden Quarterback Camp on ESPN, you’ll get the reference if not google the video), he’ll be just fine.
2. Redskins – Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor – RGIII takes his heisman trophy, dog tag necklaces, and his fancy socks to Washington. Bills will see both Luck & Griffin this season. Luck in the regular season and Griffin in his first ever NFL game in August.
3. Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT Southern Cal – Miami will do what they feel is reasonable to get here and take Tannehill. But I think the Vikings stay put. When a franchise OT is staring you in the face, you grab him.
4. Browns – Trent Richardson, RB Alabama – Best running back in the draft taken by a team that is just as desperate for a play maker and superstar. Richardson would fit that mold. Could Tannehill go here?
5. Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, DB LSU – Ronde Barber isn’t getting any younger. The NFC South has Drew Brees, Matt Ryan and Cam Newton. Tampa takes the best corner in the draft.
6. Rams – Justin Blackmon, WR Oklahoma St – Everything I’m reading is that Blackmon may not be a lock for St Louis, but Bradford needs weapons, and this team is desperate for a play maker at WR (Torry Holt and Issac Bruce are a long time ago) Blackmon would be a great fit. But this where the draft can get dicey if they pass on Justin.
7. Jaguars – Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi State – I think the Rams are going to give Fletcher a hard look, but don’t see him getting past Jacksonville. Fletcher is the highest rated DT in a draft where DT is deep. Immediate contributor for Jacksonville.
8. Dolphins – Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M – Miami is DESPERATE for a quarterback. If St Louis & Jacksonville both pass on Justin Blackmon, he could very well land in South Beach. Who will get him the ball? That’s another story. If Tannehill is here for Miami, I just can’t see them passing on him.
9. Panthers – Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame – Newton gets a big play maker to pair with Steve Smith. If Carolina passes on Floyd, I can see a fall all the way down to the lower teens (Bengals?). Stephon Gilmore is also an option at nine.
10. Bills – Stephon Gilmore, DB South Carolina – Buddy Nix was on WGR on April 19th. In that interview he spoke very highly of Gilmore and Dre Kirkpatrick. If Gilmore is gone (which he could be, his stock is rising) look for Buffalo to grab Dre Kirkpatrick but I’m going with Gilmore here. Gilmore at 6’1 would come in and compete for the starters job immediately. What a nice pairing of Aaron Williams and Stephon Gilmore. Two tall physical corners. Luke Kuechly? Maybe. But remember last years first three picks were all players who played below the Mason Dixon line. Nix covets the South.
11. Chiefs – Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College – The top rated linebacker goes to team whose head coach will know exactly what to do with him.. (Romeo Crennel for those scoring at home)
12. Seahawks – Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB Alabama – Once projected to the Bills by some, the Seahawks get a player I absolutely love. Seattle needs rush help and Upshaw fits what they’re looking for.
13. Cardinals – Riley Reiff, OT Iowa – Cardinals need a tackle and take the second best tackle on the board. We all know he is projected by some to go to Buffalo, but I don’t think that’s going to happen.. obviously.
14. Cowboys – Mark Barron, S Alabama – Hard hitting safety who will fit nicely in Rob Ryan’s defense. Jerry Jones really likes Barron and everything I’ve been reading points to Mark landing in Jerry’s Palace.
15. Eagles – Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina – The red flags on Coples are known, questionable motor etc, but Philadelphia is another team that needs pass rushing help. The ceiling on Coples is high but again the work ethic is what has teams worried.
16. Jets – Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB South Carolina – Michael Brockers or Dontari Poe are also prospects the Jets may like. But all the things I have read is that they are high on Melvin. The Jets may even be tempted to move up to grab him. What about a trade with Buffalo? Jets take Ingram or Upshaw at 10, and Buffalo falls back here for Cordy Glenn?
17. Bengals – David DeCastro, G Stanford – Bengals need help upfront and DeCastro is the best interior lineman in the draft.
18. Chargers – Dre Kirkpatrick, DB Alabama – With Marcus McNeil gone the obvious pick here is an OT (Cordy Glenn, Mike Adams, Jonathan Martin) but I’ll go against the grain and say AJ Smith takes BPA and selects Dre. *shrugs*
19. Bears – Jonathan Martin, T Stanford – Chicago needs help and depth up front and Martin is an excellent place to start. Will got solid value for where they are picking him.
20. Titans – Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB Illinois – The run on pass rushers continues. Mercilus can go anywhere from here all the way down to pick 31 to the Patriots. He is raw, but very talented. Tremendous upside and worth a top 20 pick for a team like Tennessee.
21. Bengals – Kendall Wright, WR Baylor – Bengals get their guy at 17 and now grab another weapon for Andy Dalton. AJ Green & Kendall Wright would be a nice tandem for the Bengals offense.
22. Browns – Brandon Weeden, QB Oklahoma State – Some Browns fans.. Well maybe ALL Browns fans will laugh at this pick but the Browns need a quarterback. After passing on Tannehill earlier to get their star running back, the Browns snag Weeden. His age is the biggest thing against him, but I love him as a prospect. He is a winner and he can flat out sling it.
23. Lions – Cordy Glenn, OT/G Georgia – Lions need help upfront. Played mostly guard in college, but has the foot work and the athletic ability to make the move to tackle if need be.
24. Steelers – Dont’a Hightower, LB Alabama – Hightower would be the fifth player from Alabama taken in the draft. Four of them on defense. James Farrior is 36 years old. Dont’a Hightower is a tad younger and would be a nice transition from Farrior.
25. Broncos – Michael Brockers, DT LSU – Brockers in some early mocks was going high as pick 8. Denver needs a defensive tackle and if my mock plays out and Brockers lands to them at 25, it would be an absolute coupe for Denver. The more notable draft gurus believe he can be a stud in the right situation.
26. Texans – Dontari Poe, DT Memphis – He has been compared to Haloti Ngata in the way that he can move. Another steal if this pans out. Wade Phillips loves big nose tackles and that’s where Poe would end up in Houston. (Sleeper Pick: Rueben Randle WR LSU)
27. Patriots – Shea McClellin, DE/OLB Boise St – Mike Vrabel 2.0. New England needs help on the defensive side of the ball and I believe Shea will be the pick here or at 31. The better bet? New England trades one of these two picks for ANOTHER first round pick in 2013.
28. Packers – Devon Still, DT Penn State – Defense is the theme here in the first round. Still can come in and fit the 3-4 personal that Green Bay plays. Powerful player who has the arm length and athleticism to line up at defensive end. A lot of scouts felt Devon was the best defensive tackle in the nation in 2011.
29. Ravens – Kevin Zeitler, G Wisconsin – A smart player, and a physical blocker who would help replace Ben Grubbs who signed with New Orleans in free agency. Wisconsin breeds offensive lineman. Peter Konz, Center from Wisconsin also an option here.
30. 49ers – Stephen Hill, WR Georgia Tech – The MVP of the NFL Combine in February. Dazzled scouts with his speed and hands. The 49ers signed Randy Moss and Mario Manningham this offseason, but my research shows that the only WR signed after 2013 is Michael Crabtree. Sitting behind Manningham and Moss should help Hill grow into quality player and a legit weapon for Alex Smith.
31. Patriots – Kendall Reyes, DT UConn – Again would it surprise anyone if they traded out of this spot? Patriots bolster the defense again after grabbing McClellin with the 27th pick. Reyes is another guy who can play either tackle or end in a 3-4 scheme. Look for him to make the move to end in his second year. I also considered Vinny Curry from Marshall in this spot, but I think he falls somewhere in the middle of Round 2.
32. Giants – Nick Perry, DE/OLB USC – Nick Perry falling into the Giants lap would be a nice pick. Would be a nice developmental player for the Giants who can sit behind Justin Tuck and Jason Pierre Paul, learn the system and be a factor in 2013.
33. Rams – Lavonte David, LB Nebraska
34 Colts – Jerel Worthy, DT Michigan State
35 Vikings – Rueben Randle, WR LSU
36 Bucs – Doug Martin, RB Boise St
37 Browns – Brian Quick, WR Appalachin St
38 Jaguars – Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama
39 Rams – Coby Fleener, TE Stanford
40. Panthers – Andre Branch, DE Clemson
41. Bills – Brock Osweiler, QB Arizona State – If the draft falls like this and both Osweiler and Mike Adams are on the board, the fair bet is to say Adams would be the pick. Both tackle and QB are deep in this draft in my opinion. Maybe the Bills draft Adams here and take Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles, or Russel Wilson later in the draft? However my thinking is that Buffalo really likes Brock. He is tall, has incredible arm strength and in my mind is the perfect QB to sit behind Fitz for 2-3 years. The inability to draft and develop a quarterback has gone on long enough. Time to make it happen.