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Profetta’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft – September 30 Update

Posted by Brad On September – 29 – 2011

Miami is the winner in Profetta's latest release of his 2012 NFL Mock Draft

1. Miami Dolphins- Andrew Luck QB Stanford   Just as with Carolina and John Fox last year, the lousy team with the lame-duck head coach lands the #1 overall pick. There are a few teams that are less talented than the Dolphins, but even fewer that are in as much disarray (or in a division as unforgiving as the AFC East). After taking a cursory glance at Miami’s remaining schedule, the only game I even thought about penciling a “W” next to was the Week 7 matchup at home vs. the Broncos…and even that’s iffy. (Miami will be coming off of a Monday Night matchup at the Jets, while the Broncos will be coming off of a bye.)

There might be greater needs along the Dolphins’ depth chart than at QB, but the selection of Luck at #1 overall is simply a foregone conclusion. Luck is the most promising prospect since Peyton Manning and would be a deluxe upgrade from impending free agent Chad Henne. Beyond the obvious positional upgrade, the selection of Luck would provide great hope for the future in Miami, where a frustrated and increasingly disinterested fanbase has tired of a mediocre product and the parade of so-so passers that have taken turns under center since the retirement of Dan Marino.

2. Indianapolis Colts- Matt Barkley QB USC   The Colts’ current QB situation is so dire that they should seriously consider taking Jeff George up on his recent comeback proposal.

The losses to Cleveland and Pittsburgh could have been wins with merely sereviceable performances by Kerry Collins/Curtis Painter, but both QBs were atrocious. Recently re-signed journeyman Dan Orlovsky is not the answer. I just don’t see any way this team gets more than three wins, even in the weak AFC South. The recent losses of defensive captain Gary Brackett and starting safety Melvin Bullitt to season-ending injuries doesn’t help matters. The Colts are just having one of those “Murphy’s Law” kind of seasons.

There will be great debate as to whether the Colts should select Manning’s heir or a franchise LT like Matt Kalil or Jonathan Martin near the top of the 2012 NFL Draft. Sentimentality aside, I’m of the opinion that pinning your hopes on a QB (no matter how legendary) who will be 36 in March and has neck/back issues problems worthy of stem cell solutions just isn’t good business. The Colts can avoid the $28 million bonus Manning is due in 2012 simply by releasing him before late February. The uncerimonious release of Manning obviously wouldn’t be popular around Indy, but rarely does a NFL Draft crop boast three potential franchise QBs (four, if Robert Griffin III keeps it up). The Colts should take advantage of the rare opportunity to transition from one franchise QB to another.

Following three pristine performances, Barkley reverted back to his old form in USC’s PAC-12 opener against Arizona State, often holding on to the ball too long and forcing the ball into coverage, while turning it over three times. He also continued his disturbing trend of folding in the fourth quarter. I won’t bury him based on one game, but let’s just say that this pick could just as easily be Landry Jones or RG3. Barkley will never be confused with Manning, but he’s at least on par with rookies Jake Locker and Blaine Gabbert, and could allow the Colts to remain competetive in the post-Manning AFC South.

3. Seattle Seahawks- Robert Griffin III QB Baylor   RG3′s early season performance is becoming impossible to ignore. (As many TDs as incompletions through three games…are you serious?!) While I’m sure that Griffin will cool off as Baylor’s BIG 12 season unfolds, his vastly improved accuracy and pocket awarness, in concert with his great athleticism and arm strength, make him a Heisman contender and a strong candidate to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. (Keep in mind that he’s already earned his degree.) Griffin has plenty of great tape and should make a mockery of the Combine, so we may see a Newtonesque rise up draft boards during the predraft process.  Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell prefers a mobile QB, so Griffin could get the nod over the (relatively) mechanical Landry Jones if the Seahawks are given the choice of the two come next April.

The Vick/Newton comparisons are inevitable, but pay them no mind. Griffin (6-2/225), a member of the Baylor track team, is a top-notch athlete, but isn’t as explosive as Vick or as big as Newton. However, he’s more refined and has better accuracy than both at similar stages of their careers. Unlike Vick and Newton, Griffin’s intelligence and character will never come into question. If anything, comparisons to Aaron Rodgers would be more apt.

4. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil OT USC   The Vikings are finding out the hard way that Charlie Johnson is a guard disguised as a left tackle. Their recent interest in the morbidly obese Max Starks only confirms their desperation to upgrade this position. It already looks like a lost season in Minny, so if a QB is going to take a beating, it might as well be a  washed-up stopgap like Donovan McNabb. Rookie Christian Ponder is the future under center. If his injury history at Florida State is any indication, the Vikes better find a top-shelf blindside protector…pronto. Kalil is a premier, low-risk LT prospect, a la Joe Thomas and Jake Long, with good size, great athleticism and even better fundamentals. His experience in a pro-style system and NFL bloodlines are gravy. Plug ‘n’ play.

5. Kansas City Chiefs- Jonathan Martin OT Stanford   It will be very interesting to see what GM Scott Pioli chooses to do with this pick. Matt Cassel simply isn’t the kind of QB that can take his team to the Super Bowl, so a potential franchise QB like Landry Jones would seem the logical choice. However, history shows that Pioli is adept at mining late round QB gems, so if he’s not sold on Jones, he could address the OT position in the first round and target an intriguing late-round passer like Florida’s John Brantley.

Few college O-lineman are performing better than Jonathan Martin right now. Well-rounded, smart and consistent, he could step in at LT and allow Branden Albert to move to the right side or inside to guard.

I think that folks may be overreacting to the Chiefs’ early season struggles just a bit. This isn’t an awful team, just a team that’s had the wind taken out of it’s sails due to a rash of major injuries. With an improved O-line and a return to health from Jamaal Charles, Eric Berry and Tony Moeaki, the Chiefs could bounce right back in 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Updated NFL’s Future 2012 NFL Mock Draft

Posted by Brad On August – 11 – 2011

1.  Buffalo Bills – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

The Bills lost rather than gained this offseason which will hurt a roster that is already depleted of talent.  Andrew Luck is a once in a lifetime prospect that Buffalo will not pass on even though QB is the least of their worries.  They need a LT, help in the defensive backfield, and still need front seven impact players.  Sorry, Buffalo fans but I’m predicting a miserable finish in 2011 and the first pick in my 2012 NFL mock draft.  But the good news is that you are the proud winners of the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

2.  San Francisco 49ers – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The marriage of Jim Harbaugh and Andrew Luck almost came true but Buffalo’s 2-win season ruined it for 49er fans.  I think the 49ers stay away from QB with second round pick Colin Kaepernick showing promise unless Luck is there for the taking.  The 49ers have some stop gaps at the CB position but not a true shutdown CB.  Kirkpatrick has the size, speed, and skills to make his way to the second pick in the 2012 NFL mock draft.

3.  Washington Redskins – Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

I know, the Redskin brass all would have taken John Beck with the whatever pick in whatever draft.  A 3-4 win season should remind them why they didn’t (or anyone) take Beck that high.  The Redskins did a nice job of picking up talent in free agency (albeit overpaid for some but it’s Dan Snyder) but that won’t equal anymore wins for the ‘Skins.  Jones has all the physical tools of being a big time QB in the NFL and will tempt the 49ers in the 2 hole but falls to Washington.  If Washington passes on QB help in the 2012 NFL Draft it will go down as an epic failure on Mike Shanahan’s “vaunted” resume.

4.  Cincinnati Bengals – Matt Kalil, T, USC

Cincinnati has one of the most underrated tackles in the NFL with Andrew Whitworth but their line is in need of an overhaul.  They will give this season for Andre Smith to get it together and remain healthy.  After another season of mediocrity he will be moved to guard.  They can move Whitworth to RT or play Kalil at RT to begin with but Kalil has elite skills and will be an immediate upgrade to the Bengals OL.

5.  Miami Dolphins – Matt Barkley, QB, USC

I will be the first to admit that I’m not high on Barkley right now.  This pick is assuming he takes a leap forward in 2011 to elite collegiate status.  Big if.  This organization is in flux and needs a new face to give it life.  Fans are chanting for Kyle Orton…you know it’s bad.  Barkley is athletic, has adequate arm strength but needs to work on accuracy down the field.

6.  Tennessee Titans – Quentin Coples, DE, North Carolina

Tennessee lost Jason Babin in free agency and are left with unproven Derrick Morgan and Jason Jones as starters.  Coples brings the physicality and athleticism to the position to make an immediate impact on a front seven that is deplete of talent.  The Titans failure to address the offensive line in the 2011 NFL draft and free agency will have to be taken care of early in the 2012 NFL Draft also.

7.  Seattle Seahawks – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

I love the skills Gilmore brings to the field and have him higher ranked than most.  I think he’s an elite corner in the NFL and capable of playing day one.  Seattle is faced with starting Walter Thurmond and Marcus Trufant in 2011 and will lose Kelly Jennings after this season.  They have very little depth and need a legitimate #1 corner.  Trufant will be more effective as the teams number 2 corner. Read the rest of this entry »

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