1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
If it weren’t official before last week, it is now. Luck will be suiting up for the Colts from day one with some pretty hefty expectations to carry. The Colts top priority will be surrounding Luck with some weapons at key spots, most notably tight end.
2. Washington Redskins – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
The Redskins traded up with the assumption that they could land RGIII at No. 2. This pick is official as we will get to see the dynamic Baylor QB in the Nation’s Capital in 2012. Griffin has a host of weapons to play with including newly inked WR Pierre Garcon. Garcon isn’t a true No. 1 but is one of the top vertical threats in the game. It just so happens that Griffin throws the prettiest deep ball in this draft.
3. Minnesota Vikings – Matt Kalil, OT, USC
Rick Spielman has officially killed my 100% certainty that Kalil will be a Viking. He appears dead set on trading down and has even warped my mind with thoughts of Morris Claiborne to the Vikes. I have mocked Kalil to the Vikes since the draft order became official and it’s too late to look back now. I fully expect the Vikings to use all the allotted time to make this selection as we will all be sitting on the edge of our seats.
4. Cleveland Browns – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
I can officially say that I’m 100% certain that Trent Richardson is this pick unless the Browns get “wowed” by a trade offer. I don’t expect that to happen, so I’m feeling good about this one. TR is the exception to the rule when it comes to early picks on RB’s and has a very bright future. Colt McCoy should be jumping up and down in his living room with this selection…at least until the Browns are on the clock at 37.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
His former DB coach is in Tampa, Aqib Talib is on the trading block, and he’s the last of the sure things. Those factors make me feel pretty comfortable that Claiborne will be the name on TB’s card. This one shouldn’t take much time to turn in.
6. St. Louis Rams – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St.
Justin Blackmon makes a ton of sense here but I don’t see him being the pick here. Jeff Fisher has a history of taking DT’s high and it continues in his first season in St. Louis. Cox is a dynamic 3T that immediately upgrades the middle of the STL defensive line. Read the rest of this entry » «2012 NFL Mock Draft – Four Rounds of Draft Fun»