Mock Draft 2012

Con un placer enorme, les presento el primer artículo del analista Guillermo Azuara, estudiante de Ciencias de la Comunicación, quien a sus 18 años es un experto en información de la NCAA y de la NFL, está en inglés porque así está publicado el original en la página Draft Countdown  y lo pueden ver aquí, sin más, me llena de orgullo dejarlos con el trabajo inicial -en Tipsdrills´s blog– de mi hijo más pequeño.

Mock Draft 2012
Guillermo Azuara

This is my first mock draft and I tried to make it a little different from others so read it with an open mind.
Hope you enjoy it.

1 Indianapolis (2-14) Andrew Luck QB Stanford
The Colts once again get the oportunity to draft “the best QB prospect in decades” so they take it. There’s some speculation that they might get RGIII instead, but that’s not going to happen, Luck is the “safest prospect” in the draft and if you’re picking number 1, you go for the sure thing.

2 St. Louis (2-14) Riley Reiff OT Iowa
Sam Bradford almost got killed last season due to the lack of protection, thus only playing 10 games. With the guys that drafted Jason Smith and Roger Saffold now gone (and with Jason Smith likely being cut) they get a guy who cant protect the teams most valuable player.
Matt Kalil is the consensus number 1 tackle prospect at the time, but Riley Rieff is a more complete player with the higher upside, so the Rams take a gamble here.

3 Minnesota (3-13) Matt Kalil OT USC
Christian Poder played considerably well his rookie season, but if the Vikings want him to become the franchise QB to compete with the likes of Stafford, Rodgers and Cutler (what a division for QB’s!) they HAVE TO PROTECT HIM.
The Vikings also have huge problems in the secondary, but i believe that injuries and coaching (it’s incredible that a profesional team failed to run a cover2 scheme) are at fault.

4 Cleveland (4-12) RGIII QB Baylor
Yes, I know some Browns fans want to give Mccoy an opportunity, “see what he can do with some actual weapons around him”, but they must absolutely NOT pass on a potential franchise QB at this spot.
They are $19’210,840 under the cap, they can get some weapons in Free Agency, what you can’t get in FA is a franchise QB, so they pull the trigger.

5 Tampa Bay (4-12) Morris Claiborne CB LSU
A match made in heaven, best talent at a position of need.
Morris Claiborne is not the athlete that Patrick Peterson is, but he is a better pure cover corner with a ton of ability andd is a playmaker.

6 Washington (5-11) Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State
With none of the top QB’s available, the Redskins take the best talent on the board.
Justin Blackmon is a great wide receiver who will make his QB’s (whoever this may be) job easier.

7 Jacksonville (5-11) Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
The Jaguars have needs at QB, WR and CB; but the top guys have been taken so they go after another position of need in a pass rusher. With Aaron Kampman playing in only 20 games the last 3 seasons, Matt Roth and Jeremy Mincey being a free agents, pass rusher makes a lot of sense.
Whitney Mercilus will benefit from the success that JPP and Aldon Smith have had for their teams, and will be taken much higher than people expect.

8 Miami (6-10) Courtney Upshaw DE/OLB Alabama
The Dolphins have only one player (Cameron Wake) who can consistently pressure the quarterback. Upshaw is a proven guy with plenty of experience in a pro style 3-4 defense, being a disruptive force in an Alabama defense for the last two seasons totallying 30.5 TFL’s, 14.5 sacks, 6 FF and 96 tackles.

9 Carolina (6-10) Kendall Wright WR Baylor
Kendall Wright adds an instant spark to the Panthers, as a receiver or special team player. Also can you imagine? Wright learning from Steve Smith.
I know the Panthers have many needs on the defensive side of the ball, but they have invested two picks at DT (Terrell McClainand Sione Fua) and with the CB position being so deep in the draft, they take the playmaker to match with Cam Newton for many years to come.

10 Buffalo (6-10) Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
The Bills find great value at number 10, adding a great prospect to an already talented defensive line.
Quinton Coples has all the talent in the world but needs to be more consistent and play motivated, because he won’t be able to out power or out run players at the NFL level.

11 Kansas City (7-9) Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M
Matt Cassel, Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi uhmmmmmmmm yeah, if Romeo Crennel wants to keep his job he’ll need to do something about the QB position.
The Chiefs are a young and talented team, who have had some great drafts in years past, but they’re going nowhere with the most mediocre set of qb’s in the league.

12 Seattle (7-9) Devon Still DT Penn State
More pressure from the interior of the line is needed as Chris Clemons was the only guy who could put pressure on the passer last season. Still had 55 tackles with 17 tackles for a loss, 4.5 sacks last season.

13 Arizona (8-8) Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
The Ariona Cardinals made a huge investment in Kevin Kolb, both in draft picks and money, so they must find a way to protect him. Levi Brown is a bust, and I don’t even know who the other starting tackle is, what I do know is that Jonathan Martin is a great tackle prospect who is an excellent run blocker and also very good protecting the QB.

14 Dallas (8-8) Dre Kirkpatrick DB Alabama
Help at defensive back is what the Cowboys need. Having Abram Elam, Gerald Sensabaugh and Terrence Newman is not good, they’re old and mediocre at best. With the addition of Kirkpatrick they get an upgrade at either position, even if he doesn’t turn out as a corner, he can change his position and be a succesful safety.

15 Philadelphia (8-8) Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona State
NFL coaches are arrogant, so they’ll take a chance on a guy with great upside and “coachable” issues (overpursuing, being overly agressive), over a guy that’s very solid but unspectacular like Luke Kuechly.

16 New York Jets (8-8) Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
Big body wideout for Mark Sanchez, if the jets want him to succeed they need to give him weapons to throw to.
Alshon Jeffery is a very good player who suffered from horrid QB play, but he gave a great show in hiss last collegiate game by totally dominating Alfonso Dennard a 1sr round talent.

17 Cincinnati – from Oakland (8-8) Trent Richardson RB Alabama
Oh what a pleasant surprise for the Bengals, they get to choose a top 10 talent at number 17 and is also a position of need. This team has a bright future in front of it with great young players at crucial positions: Andy Dalton, A.J. Green, Jermaine Gresham and now they add a potentially great running back.
Trent Richardson is a great talent, but the running back position has taken a backseat compared to others because you can find good players in later rounds, this is why he falls so much.

18 San Diego (8-8) Nick Perry DE/OLB USC
Larry English is a bust and Shaun Phillips is getting old, so the Chargers need to get someone who can pressure the QB.
Nick Perry is a high risk/high reward type player, he may be the next great pass rushing OLB or he could be out of the league in 3 years. The Chargers take a gamble due to his high ceiling.

19 Chicago (8-8) Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame
Jay Cutler needs protection and someone to throw to, they choose the 2nd. Floyd has excellent size, speed, quickness and body control, they’re getting the receiver with the most potencial but fells for “carácter concerns”.

20 Tennessee (9-7) David DeCastro G Stanford
Chris Johnson struggled mightly at the begining of the season, if they want him to succeed they need to give him some help in the interior of the line. With Mike Munchack (former lineman) as head coach, this pick will undoubtedly be an o-liner.
The Titans get my favorite player in the entire draf the guy just dominates at the point of attack totally controling defensive tackles, hits the second level with autority and is the best pulling guard i have seen at the collegiate level. The best guard prospect in a long time.
21 Cincinnati* (9-7) Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
Letting Jonathan Joseph go was a big mistake, so the bengals make up for it by taking the best talent available at the position.
Janoris Jenkins had a great, consistent week at the Senior Bowl surpassing Alfonzo Dennard as the number 3 defensive back in the draft.

22 Cleveland – from Atlanta* (10-6) Mike Adams OT Ohio State
When you have Lamarr Woodley and Terrell Suggs in your division you need not only one, but two good tackles.
Protection is paramount in a QB’s development, and if the Browns want RGIII too succeed they have to take care of him.
23 Detroit* (10-6) Luke Kuechly LB Boston College

The Lions finally reached the playoffs last season but they are far from a complete team. There are needs at LT, C, CB and SS, but as we know the Lions don’t draft for need and will take the best talent available, so Luke Kuechly it is.
Kuechly is a great linebacker with great instincts, tackling technique and plenty of experience. He is also a bit of a stat compiler and does not make many great, game changing plays, so he falls a bit.

24 Pittsburgh* (12-4) Peter Konz C Wisconsin
This selection was the toughest to make, the Steelers have MANY needs from everywhere on the O-line to ILB, CB and NT. I finally decided to give them my best available player in Peter Konz. Konz is a big, tough and well coached player who is ready to be a starter day one.
With this selection you move Maurkice Pouncey to either guard spot and mightly improve the interior of your line.

25 Denver* (8-8) Michael Brockers DT LSU
It was pretty aparent that the Broncos were not ready to play against New England and that they didn’t belong in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. We also learned that in order to beat the elite QB’s in the league you need to put pressure up the middle, Brady just had to take one step forward in order to avoid Elvis or Von, and with no push from the interior he had all night to go through his reads and destroy the Broncos. /rant
Michael Brockers is a great, young talent and many people believe he will be a top ten pick this april. I don’t know about that, even with all of that NFL talent around him, he didn’t produce like a top ten pick should, and also with Glenn Dorsey and Tyson Jackson both being dissapointments i think NFL teams will think twice about taking an LSU lineman.

26 Houston* (10-6) Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
The Houston Texans were one of the pleasant surprises of the 2011 season, they finally put the pieces together and make it to the playoffs. This team has very few needs and NT is one of them.
Jerel Worthy is an inconsistent player, but when he turns it on the man is extremely disruptive. He fits right in Wade Phillips one gap 3-4 defense as a penetrating force in the interior of the line.

27 New England – from New Orleans* (13-3) Melvin Ingram DE/OLB South Carolina
Andre Carter and Mark Anderson are free agents and even if they resign them, passing on a talent like Melvin Ingram woud be a mistake. The Pats miss the days when they had Willie Mcginest and Mike Vrabel putting pressure on the QB and a homegrown player like that is needed.
Melvin Ingram is an excellent pass rusher with a great motor and production, but he falls due to measurables. The Patriots welcome him with open arms and the rich get richer.

28 Green Bay* (15-1) Fletcher Cox DT Mississipi State
As many other teams the Packers only have one player to put pressure on the opposing QB, fortunately for Green Bay Fletcher Cox is a great inside pass rusher with plenty of talent.
Maybe Cox is not the best fit as a 3-4 defensive end, but he can play as a three tech in nickle packages to start his carreer as he grows into his frame.

29 Baltimore* (12-4) Dont’a Hightower LB Alabama
Ray Lewis is getting old and won’t play forever, Jameel Mcclain is a nice two down thumper but far from a complete player and Jarret Johnson is a free agent. Linebacker is position of need for the Ravens.
Dont’a Hightower is a very good player who can play inside and outside linebacker and even as a defesive end in some situations. He is a perfect Baltimore pick being very experienced and clean off the field.

30 San Francisco* (13-3) Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers
The 49ers are a great team with just one pressing need: wide receiver. Michael Crabtree and Ted Ginn are not the answer and the team takes a chance on a safe player with their first.
Sanu had a monster 2011 season recording 115 catches for 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns, showing the ability to be a number 1 WR at the NFL level.

31 New England* (13-3) Alfonzo Dennard CB Nebraska
Playing Julian Edelman (former collegee QB!) at defensive back tells you that the Pats need help on that unit.
Alfonzo Dennard takes a bit of fall due to a bad Senior Bowl week, but he is very talented and Bellichick can do wonders with talented players.

32 New York Giants* (9-7) Dwayne Allen TE Clemson
Both of the Giants’ tight ends got hurt during the Super Bowl, even if they recover they can be upgraded.
Dwayne Allen caught 50 receptions for 598 yards and eight scores and was a red-zone nightmare, he is a great addition to an already crowded offense.

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