Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/26/12

In recent weeks their have been countless mock drafts, each claiming this is best or worst case scenario.  Well, I have another mock draft for you. However, unlike previous versions, I am throwing caution out the window, and adding a little spice to this one.

You want one more draft day deal? I've got two more for you.

You want surprises, I've got that too.

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Draft day is upon us, and no one, not even the Mel Kipers and Todd McShays of the world know what is going to happen. But, if I was a betting man(I am not), this is how I see the first round playing out:
 

  1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford- The Colts have already informed Luck he will be the first overall selection in this April’s Draft, but, even so, Indianapolis still takes a good five minutes to get the pick in to commissioner Roger Goodell. Experts agree he might be the surest prospect at the quarterback position, but what type of talent Indy surrounds him with will ultimately determine Luck’s fate.
     
  2. Washington Redskins(From St. Louis Rams)- Robert Griffin III- The Redskins get an individual who may be the draft’s most dynamic playmaker. If he can stay healthy, Griffin could have an even more productive season than Cam Newton did in 2011.
     
  3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (trade with Minnesota)-Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU- The Vikings sent out Pre Draft signals they were after Claiborne, and the Bucs bit big time. Tampa gave up its first round selection this year, a first rounder next season, and a second rounder in 2013 in order to obtain the rights to the third overall pick, selecting the All-American Claiborne. There were many who felt that the Bucs would go for Richardson here, but Tampa Bay felt this was a more pressing need.
     
  4. Cleveland Browns- Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama- The Browns shopped this pick around but ultimately did not find a trade partner willing to give up what they were asking for in return. The Browns settle for Richardson, whom experts agree is the most explosive back in the year’s Draft class. Richardson will be immediate help for a Browns’ run game that was absolutely dreadful in 2011, amassing only four rushing TDs.
     
  5. Minnesota Vikings (from a draft day trade with Tampa Bay)- Matt Kalil, OT, USC- The Vikings get the left tackle the coveted all along in this process, plus an additional first and second rounder in next year’s draft. The Vikings are lauded for pulling off the best draft day deal of 2012.
     
  6. St. Louis Rams- Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State- The Rams finally add a weapon for Sam Bradford. New coach Jeff Fisher hopes that the acquisition will help Bradford regain the form he had in his rookie season.
     
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina- Despite having an offense that ranked last in the league in yards gained in 2011, the Jags decide to upgrade their pass rush by signing one of the better ends in college football last season. A bit undersized for the position, he could be asked to move to linebacker.
     
  8. Miami Dolphins- Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M- The ‘Fins make the Aggie gunslinger the third quarterback taken in the first round. Following the selection Mel Kiper, Jr. and Todd McShay can once again be seen getting into a heated discussion about the merits of selecting such a raw prospect this high.
     
  9. Carolina Panthers- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina- The Panters hope that Coples will bring the same production to this position that another Tar Heel alum did-the departed Julius Peppers. Although his off the field issues are no longer an issue, both McShay and Kiper believe this pick to be a bit of a reach.
     
  10. Buffalo Bills- Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame- Many would prefer the Bills to go defense with this pick, but Floyd, considered the most polished route runner in the draft, offers an instant upgrade to an otherwise average Buffalo wide receiver corps.
     
  11. Kansas City Chiefs- Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College- The former Eagle is a tackling machine and a perfect in Romeo Crennel’s 3-4 defense.  While not having blazing speed, Kuechly’s intensity is bound to remind many in KC of the late Derrick Thomas.
     
  12. Seattle Seahawks- Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis- The Hawks get another run stuffing tackle to add to their stable. Although they would have loved to have either Coples or Kuechly at this spot, they were forced to go with the best player available at this point, which just so happened to be Poe.
     
  13. Arizona Cardinals-David Decastro, OG, Stanford- The Cardinals get presumably the best guard in this year’s draft, which is the best news Kevin Kolb has heard in quite some time.
     
  14. Dallas Cowboys- Mark Barron, S, Alabama- The Cowboys get a guy believed to be the best safety in the draft; Rob Ryan is licking his chops after realizing he will have Mike Adams and Mark Barron in the same defensive backfield.
     
  15. Philadelphia Eagles- Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State- The Eagles are estatic that the former Bulldog defensive lineman was still on the board when they were up to pick. Cox should be an upgrade to what was an average run defense last season.
     
  16. New York Jets- Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse- Considering the state of the Jets’ wideouts, they would have loved to landed Floyd here. They will settle for upgrading their pass rush by selecting the quietly flying under the radar Jones.
     
  17. Cincinnati Bengals- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford- The Bengals may have more pressing needs, but they were very impressed with Fleener, the favorite target of Andrew Luck. Fleener is listed as a tight end, but with Jerome Simpson facing possible jail time, the Bengals may move him to WR.
     
  18. San Diego Chargers- Michael Brockers, DT, LSU- The Chargers get an immediate upgrade to their 20thranked rush defense by selecting the former Tiger lineman.
     
  19. Chicago Bears- Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa- The Bears originally had their sights set on Jonathan Martin, but, when Reiff fell they jumped at the chance to get the No. 2 prospect at his position.
     
  20. Tennessee Titans- Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama- Kirkpatrick is the third cornerback taken in the first round, as Mike Munchak was absolutely thrilled with the physicality he brings to the position.
     
  21. Cincinnati Bengals(From Oakland Raiders)- Doug Martin, RB- Boise State- The Bengals did sign BenJarvus Green Ellis already, but they understand he is not an every down back. Cincinnati loves the versatility the former Boise State Bronco brings to the position as well.
     
  22. Cleveland Browns(From Atlanta Falcons)- Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia-The Browns flirted with the idea of taking Stephen Hill of Georgia Tech here, but they decided to add depth to the o-line instead. The depth at receiver allowed them to pick up a quality receiver in the second round.
     
  23. Detroit Lions- Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama- The Lions upgrade their pass rush after Kirkpatrick was taken by the Titans and Jenkins’ character issues shied them away from him.
     
  24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois- The Steelers add another pass rusher to the mix to replace the outgoing James Farrior.
     
  25. Denver Broncos- Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama- Those who say that Peyton won’t have the defense in Denver to contend have been warned. One more strike and you’re out.
     
  26. Houston Texans- Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor- The Texans add the perfect complement to Andre Johnson. Wright is the ideal slot receiver, and will more than fill the void left by the departed Joel Dressen.
     
  27. New England Patriots (from the New Orleans Saints)- Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame- The Patriots attack their biggest weakness in 2011-their secondary.
     
  28. Green Bay Packers-Shea McClellin, LB, Boise State- Although his size makes him somewhat of a question mark, the Packers think he’ll be just fine alongside Clay Matthews.
     
  29. Baltimore Ravens- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin- The Ravens select the successor to the aging Matt Birk.
     
  30. San Francisco 49ers- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech- Although not a very polished receiver, the Niners love the athleticism of the former Yellow Jacket. At the very least he is a big play safety net for Alex Smith should the Randy Moss experiment fail.
     
  31. Atlanta Falcons(trade with New England)- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State- The Falcons trade back into the first, giving New England their second round pick in ’12, a second round pick in 2013, and a third round pick in 2014. The Falcons deemed him ‘Worthy’ of such a trade; only time will tell if he actually is.
     
  32. New York Giants- Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska- The defending champs add depth to a defense that was, by most accounts, average in 2011.



 



PLAYERS: Trent RichardsonAndrew LuckRoger GoodellRobert GriffinCam NewtonMorris ClaiborneMatt KalilJustin BlackmonSam BradfordJeff FisherMelvin IngramRyan TannehillMel Kiper Jr.Todd McshayJulius PeppersLuke KuechlyRomeo CrennelDontari PoeDavid DeCastroKevin KolbMark BarronRob RyanMike AdamsFletcher CoxCoby FleenerJerome SimpsonRiley ReiffJonathan MartinDre KirkpatrickMike MunchakDoug MartinCordy GlennStephen HIllWhitney MercilusJames FarriorCourtney UpshawKendall WrightAndre JohnsonHarrison SmithClay MatthewsPeter KonzMatt BirkAlex SmithRandy MossJerel WorthyLavonte DavidBenJarvus Green-Ellis
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