2012 NFL Mock Draft : Huddle Report Warm-Up

Posted by Brad On April – 21 – 2012
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18. San Diego Chargers – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

I’m not sure about this fit as I think Upshaw fits best as a base end.  The Chargers need someone to pressure the QB and Upshaw has shown a knack for that.  It will be tough for them to pass if he’s on the board at 18.

19. Chicago Bears – Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

The Bears join two North Carolina DE’s.  Coples slides because of concerns about his work ethic but I can’t see him sliding past 19.

20. Tennessee Titans – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

I think this one is three points if it’s on the board.  Kirkpatrick fills a major need and offers a very good value.  Kirkpatrick gives them a physical corner to replace Cortland Finnegan.

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Nick Perry, DE, USC

Cincinnati fans may not be fans of this one but I like the fit in this defense.  The Bengals young duo at DE is a bit inconsistent and could use a consistent force at the position.

22. Cleveland Browns – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

The Browns have to add a playmaker at the WR position.  Wright body fat, lack of conditioning (alleged) will not factor in on draft day.  Wright offers the vertical threat the Browns have needed and should open up the middle of the field for Greg Little.

23. Detroit Lions – Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

The Lions need to start thinking long-term at the DE position.  Cliff Avril’s contract situation could get ugly and KVB isn’t an effective player at this point in his career.  Mercilus is a pass rush specialist that may need a year to develop into a guy that can be a factor on three downs in the NFL.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama

The Steelers sorely need a talent upgrade on the OL. If I were making this pick it would be Cordy Glenn but the Steelers put a lot of stock on their ‘backers.  Hightower gives them an immediate starter next to Lawrence Timmons.

25. Denver Broncos – Doug Martin, RB, Boise St.

This one is nuts…I know.  Jerel Worthy is still on the board and should/could be the pick.  But the Broncos need some insurance for Willis McGahee and Martin is a great value at 25.

26. Houston Texans – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

The Texans are in great position to take the risk on Stephen Hill.  Hill is a physcial freak that could form a dangerous combination with Andre Johnson in a couple of years.

27. New England Patriots – Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, Syracuse

Jones versatility should make him the selection if he’s still on the board at 27.  I don’t value Jones this high but there seems to be a lot of buzz that he may not make it out of the top 20.

28. Green Bay Packers – Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise St.

This pick is a gimme three points if it plays out this way.  McClellin reminds me of Clay with is ability to bend off the edge and turn speed to power in the blink of an eye.

29. Baltimore Ravens – Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia

Glenn’s versatility to play guard or tackle will be major selling point for Ozzie Newsome.  They are really thin on the offensive line with one starting quality guard on the current roster which should make this pick an easy one if Glenn is available.

30. San Francisco 49ers – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

Jon Goodwin isn’t getting any younger and Konz’s ability to slide to guard will intrigue the ‘Niners.  Konz could lock down the RG spot until Goodwin calls it a day in SF.

31. New England Patriots – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Let’s face it one of NE’s picks is getting traded.  If they keep both of these picks they can afford to take a risk on Jenkins.  The Pats haven’t been shy about taking on high risk, high reward players.  Janoris fits that bill and fills a need if he pans out.

32. New York Giants – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

The Giants need to fill Kareem McKenzie’s hole on the right side.  Coby Fleener would look nice in this offense but finding a guy that can start on the right side may take precedence.

  • Anyone

    no cordy glenn?

    • bradc11

      Yes, my last minute changes weren’t saved last night, he’s up now to Baltimore

  • Bex_R1986

    Great mock as always.

    Does the rumours of the Raven’s not being to keen on Konz sway you a little, or do you chalk that down as smoke screen? I’ve let it affect me and mocked Adams there instead, but I may go back to Konz again for the final version.

    Also, I read those 49ers rumours too, but went for Glenn instead of Zeitler. If Davis continues to struggle at RT, Glenn has the versatility to switch with him - Glenn at RT and Davis moving to RG.

    Does this Huddle Report allow trades? If so do you plan to put some in to your final submission?

    • bradc11

      My apologies, I made last minute changes that I didn’t save and publish. It’s updated now with Glenn to BAL and Konz to SF. I think BAL takes Konz if Glenn isn’t on the board…or they go defense and take a Harrison Smith type.

      • Bex_R1986

        Interestingly, the Ravens haven’t had Glenn in for a visit, at least that’s known, whereas they did with other interior linemen Konz, Gradkowski (who’s definitely on the rise to a early day 3 pick), Brandon Brooks and Brad Jones,

  • Ilbeedgreen1030

    poe doesnt fit the wide9 in philly hes a fourth rd talent that boosted his stock enough to warrant a mid/late second rd pick.the guy did nothing impressive in the 3years he started at memphis vs weak conf usa opponents he does a few things that can be coached away like not track the ball but u dont take a project at 15 the second round is for project with upside.if he goes in the first hell be a bust

  • CSNinerFan

    I think the Niners are higher on Zeitler than Konz. Kevin’s been practicing C quite a bit this off-season, which would fit right into the Niner’s situation. He could upgrade RG now, then take over as C when Goodwin declines. I also believe the Ravens will take Konz with their 1st pick…they want a replacement for Matt Birk.

    • bradc11

      It really was a tough call for the Niners. I originally had Zeitler there but went with Konz after I gave Glenn to the Ravens. I don’t think the Niners can go wrong with either one as both would fit their man, power blocking scheme.

  • ATG84

    I can definitely see Poe sliding. He had a great combine and has tons of potential, but if one looks at the game film on him, you will see that he was “casper the friendly ghost” during his time at Memphis.

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