Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/4/11

We’ve updated our nfl/”>NFL mock draft order for 2012. We based that order on early season power rankings. In our latest mock update, we’ve also considered team needs and taken them into account. Consider these with a grain of salt though, as we’re only a 1/4 of the way through the season, and many things will change- numerous times.

1. Seattle, Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Sea team needs: QB, DE, OLB, SS, TE

The Seahawks are to being bad at football what white 18-34 year old women are to watching “Grey’s Anatomy.” (See what I did there- a little local pop culture reference.

Yes, Luck was extremely nuts to give up all that money that comes with being the #1 pick. And yes, that’s unprecedented, a #1 overall staying in school. We’ll never know why, we just know he’s going to be the first pick next year. As of now.

Luck as a NFL prospect, possibly the #1 NFL Draft prospect,- his strong arm, excellent read-and-recognitions, quickness and mobility, poise and intelligence on the field or his excellent standing off of it.

In preparation for his match-up with Luck and his Stanford last year, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly discussed what impresses him most about the redshirt quarterback.

“He was hitting the wide field, go route, intermediate, and the thing that really got my attention is his ability to run. I think he had a 50 something yard run for a touchdown. So his ability, his escapability, I didn’t know what it was. I now know what it is. The guy is extremely athletic, as well, and he can run. So he brings a big dimension to the table and not just throwing the football,” Kelly said.

To learn more about Andrew Luck GO HERE

2. St. Louis Rams, Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Stl. team needs: DT, LB, DB, OL

You can say the Browns have bigger needs at other positions but Kalil is one of those franchise building LTs, as he’s one of the best OL prospects to come along in quite some time. We all know QBs are the highest paid, the men who protect the blind side of those signal callers are the next highest paid.

3. Cleveland Browns, Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Cle team needs: OL, RB, LB, DT, SS

The Browns have bigger needs  than tailback, but  Richardson should be a much better pro than his predecessor in Mark Ingram. Richardson can bench press a Buick, power clean a Ford and decline press an Oldsmobile. He’s got DB speed with DL strength.

Richardson also talked about the influence Ingram has had on his career.

“He’ll always have a big role in my life. I try to follow in his footsteps, he’s one of the best running backs I’ve ever seen come through the collegiate level and play the game. He helped me out a lot with my vision, he had great vision. He could stop on a dime and cut real fast, that’s one thing I tried to pick up from him,” Richardson said.

Many runners have influenced Richardson, including Reggie Bush and the Vikings Adrian Peterson.

Richardson is frequently compared to Emmitt Smith, but his physique and running style are more similar to Earl Campbell. He’s also drawn comparisons to Michael Turner the Burner and O.J. Simpson (on the field, not off of it, of course).

To learn more about Richardson go here


4. Minnesota Vikings, Matt Barkley, QB, USC

Min team needs: DT, OLB, QB, OT, OG

This year it looks like there’s a big disparity between the Vikes and the rest of their division, meaning it could be a long season. They have plenty of needs on both sides of the ball, but Donovan McNabb is clearly on his last NFL legs. Time to find his replacement. Is it Christian Ponder? I guess we’ll find out soon enough. We’ll have to, as the Vikes ship is taking on a ton of water.

Barkley has the ideal arm strength, and good size for the NFL game.

For bikini photos of the USC Song Girls (their cheerleaders) swim charity event go here

5. Carolina, Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Car team needs: OL, DB, WR, OLB

It’s been fun watching last year’s #1 overall pick Cam Newton throw for a ton of yards, but the Panthers will end up right back here as long as they keep giving up just as many yards as they throw for.

Kirkpatrick is a big, physical defensive back with speed and agility. He won the Bobby Johns Defensive Back Award and captured the Bart Starr Most Improved Player Award in the spring.

Hightower sung his praises:

“He’s one of those guys who stepped up a lot in trying to be one of those vocal leaders on the team, trying to get everyone amped up and ready to go.”

To learn more about Kirkpatrick GO HERE

6. Kansas City, Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State Spartans

KC team needs: QB, ILB, OT, RB, DT,

K.C. looks like a hot mess right now, and likely to be a top 5 team on draft day.

Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy’s NFL Draft stock is about as high as anyone on the Spartans, or even anyone in the Big Ten. He also has a tattoo that entails everything that makes college football such an awesome game. Go here to see it. Take a closer look and notice the tattoo’s homage to the rivalry with Michigan. What an affront it is to the Wolverines, love it!

To learn more about Worthy go here

7. Miami, Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

Mia team needs: OLB, DT, SS, OL

The Dolphins need versatile play-makers on defense who can generate a rush and drop back in coverage. Their division has some powerful passing games in it.

8. Cincinnati Bengals, Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

Cin team needs: OLB, CB, WR, RB, OG, OC

Time to finally find Chad Ochocinco’s heir apparent. Although the Bungles have so many needs it’s going to be difficult to predict their draft day. Jeffrey is a tour de force, but imagine what he’d be if he had a real QB throwing to him. Stephen Garcia is a joke- perfect embodiment of a 10 cent head, million dollar arm.

9. Indianapolis Colts, Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

Ind team needs: OT, WR, DB, DT, OLB

I’m hesitant to say QB is a need yet for the Colts, but it wouldn’t hurt to take out an insurance policy either way. Peyton will probably never be the same again, and there’s a solid chance he won’t be back next year. Neither Kerry Collins or Curtis Painter are the answer. Jones has put up “video game numbers,” to use a trending term, and he’s going to break most of Sam Bradford’s OU records for passing.

10. Denver, Donte Paige-Moss, DE/OLB, North Carolina

Den team needs: DL, S, CB, RB

The Broncos could use a versatile pass-rusher to augment their defensive front. In recent years, it seems that have to keep winning shootouts.

11. Arizona, Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

Arizona team needs: WR, OL, OLB, S, CB

Zona needs to find more depth and rotation in the athletes who will generate the pass rush from the outside. Their DBs aren’t as weak as they appear sometimes, because they could use more help from pressure up front.

12. San Francisco, Manti Te’o, ILB, Notre Dame

S.F. team needs: LB, FS, OL, QB, RB

When he was a freshman, the 6-2, 245lb LB posted the third-most tackles ever by an Irish rookie; and ranked fourth on ND with 63 stops in 2009. His 2010 season was even better as he had 133 total tackles (most for an Irish defender since 1983), 9.5 for a loss, a fumble recovery and three pass breakups.

His defensive coordinator Bob Diaco described him thusly:

“He’s definitely in the top cut of maturity. He’s just a mature person with a big heart. Always in service, in service to the student body, his teammates, his coaches, helping out his buddies. So when you factor that with his tangible skill set on the field, that’s really a special blend.”

Go here and HERE for more about Teo

13. Jacksonville, Jared Crick, DE/DT, Nebraska Cornhuskers

Jax teams needs: WR, DE, DT, CB, QB, LB

Do not call him the next Ndamukong Suh.

“We have different personalities, Suh is at the big time now, but we’re both humble guys. So that’s a similarity. But when we were playing together, he was more the bigger, stronger guy, more the anchor guy, and I was the quicker guy who would have to beat the 1-on-1 in order for the defensive line to succeed, and that’s still true now,” Jared said.

“I’m still not ever going to be as strong as Suh, or as big as Suh, but I still say that my game’s more on being faster than the offensive lineman and hustling to the ball. Suh and I have a lot of similarities, but the overall concept of our game is completely different and that worked for us.”

go here to learn more on Crick

14. Washington, Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Was team needs: QB, OG, LB, WR

Sexy Rexy might have gotten off to a hot start, but you know that’s not going to last. Grossman’s INTs and losses are coming. Therefore so is his eventual replacement. And it won’t be John Beck

15. Tennessee, Cliff Harris, CB/PR, Oregon

Ten team needs: WR, OL, DE, DB

The Titans could use another weapon in the return game and help in the secondary. Harris is fast- both on the field and in his car. As he was pulled over for going 117 m.p.h. recently.

To learn more with/about Harris go here

For the definitive collection of Hot Oregon Cheerleader pictures go here

16. Dallas, Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

Dal team needs: OL, DB, LB

Alfonzo Dennard is a 5-foot-10, 205-pound senior from Rochelle, Ga who had 4 INTs and 7 PBUs last year. He returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown in the NU regular-season win at Washington. Dennard was good enough to consider jumping to the NFL last season, but obviously elected to return.

He was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last season despite being overshadowed by New York Giants first-round draft pick and teammate Prince Amukamara.

To learn more about Dennard go here

17. Oakland, Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Oak team needs: OLB, S, CB,

The loss of Nnamdi Asomugha in free agency has made the entire Oakland secondary weaker. They can beef up by adding Gilmore who’s coverage and tackling skills will be welcomed in the black hole.

18. Philadelphia  Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

Phi team needs: DE, TE, OG, LB, S

I never thought I’d have the Eagles picking this high, and it could get even worse as Vince Young’s supposed “dream team” is looking like a nightmare right now. Very tough to figure where ILBs will go. They tend to get under-drafted. Kuechly is the real deal though, a very bright spot on a very bad team.

19. Buffalo Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

Buf team needs: LB, DB, OT

I never thought I’d have Buffalo picking outside the top 15, and the way they’re going, they could fall down to the 20s. A very welcome development given all the suffering in upstate New York football lately. You can never have enough pass-rushers, especially when you play the Patriots twice a year.

20. Tampa Bay, Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

T.B. team needs: OL, LB, DB

A heady player and a good guy

21. Houston, Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State

Hou team needs: WR, OT, DB

The Texans are shaping up to be the AFC NASCAR division champ, and the 2012 draft is shaping up to be a great class for OTs. I think the Texans could shore up the big uglies up front and look to do so in April.

22. Chicago Bears, illini-receiver-a-j-jenkins-probably-best-wr-weapon-in-big-ten/”>A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois Fighting Illini

Bears GM Jerry Angelo was in attendance when Jenkins set a new school record with 268 yards receiving in the Illini big come-from-behind win over Northwestern. A.J. is now third in the nation in receiving yards, about half-way through the season.

And have you seen the Bears receiving corps?

Jenkins has shown an amazing ability to both complete a route and re-adjust to the ball on Saturday. He has a knack for corralling anything close to his area that will get nfl/”>NFL scouts saying his name a lot.

Confidence is an essential part to Jenkins’ game, especially because his role model is the legendary Michael Irvin.

“His ego, and the way he carried himself, always wanting the ball,” Jenkins responded when I asked about his role model receiver. And Jenkins’ QB, Nathan Scheelhaase, is well aware of Jenkins’ bravado.

“He’s a confident player, he loves the competition and is willing to go up against any DB in the country I promise you that, so that’s we like throwing to him,” Scheelhaase said of Jenkins.

I actually think A.J. should keep up the brash talk and behavior- that’s what separates a lot of great receivers from good ones. It’s the one position in the league where the Keyshawn Johnson “just give me the damn ball mentality” is truly most productive.

To learn more about Jenkins buckeyes-devier-posey-terrelle-pryors-favorite-target/”>go here

23. San Diego, Vontaze Bufict, LB, Arizona State

S.D. team needs: DE, DB, OLB, OT

The Chargers front seven is aging, and I wouldn’t be surprised  if they kept picking at various positions there for the next couple of drafts. Bufict had one major concern heading into this season-character. Many scouts have wondered about his work ethic. However, now that the season has started, there are no questions at all. He’s been dominant and taken the Sun Devils to a level of relevancy they really haven’t seen since the days of Jake Plummer and Pat Tillman.

24. Cleveland (from Atlanta), Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

The Browns could use some help in the pass rush, and Coples is just the guy to provide it.

25. NY Jets, Brandon Jenkins, OLB/DE, Florida State

NYJ team needs: DE, OLB, DB, OL, WR

The Jets

26. NY Giants, Marcus Forston, DT, Miami

NYG team needs: LB, TE, WR, DT, DE

A good value pick for the Giants, as GM Jerry Reese is as much a value GM as it comes.

27. Pittsburgh  Devin Taylor, DE/OLB, South Carolina

Pitt team needs: WR, OG, TE, OLB, DB

Taylor gives the Steelers some good versatility that could use up front.

28. Detroit Lions, Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa Hawkeyes

The Hawkeyes really know how to produce O Linemen. The big cornfed boys of the Upper Midwest, moving on to another team in the same region. Lions could use more help protecting Stafford. Still WEIRD to see the Lions picking this low!

Det team needs: OL, DB, LB

29. New England Patriots (from New Orleans), Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

NE team needs: S, DL, OLB, OL, WR

Hayward (5-11, 188) should enter the draft with a well-earned reputation as a ballhawk. He seems like a second-round draft pick, but defenders who find the ball and seize often shoot up the charts. Playing in the SEC, and looking good against some of the best receivers will land Hayward in the first round.

30. Baltimore, Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Bal team needs: OLB, DB, C, OT

Blackmon could be better than fellow former Cowboy WR Dez Bryant. This isn’t the Ravens most pressing need, but imagine what Flacco could do pairing this rookie wideout with ANquan Boldin? There’d be a lot less Ray Rice screen patterns that’s for sure!

31. New England Patriots, Jeff Allen, OL, Illinois Fighting Illini

NE team needs: S, DL, OLB, OL, WR

Allen, is yet another in a great line of OLs to come from Champaign to the NFL (Tony Pashos, David Diehl, Jon Asomoah, Brad Hopkins). The Illini switch guards and tackles given the play call. SO there is no true right/left guards and tackles. This versatility will serve him well for the next level.

The Pats line is aging, and not all that gracefully, so they’d be wise to add more depth to the unit, in order to keep that high octane machine of an offense humming

32. Green Bay Packers, Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

GB team needs: C, DB, LB,

Going with a value pick here, After all it is a Ted Thompson pick.

With three alcohol related legal offenses during his time in South Bend, you know character concerns will be front and center. Of course, no story about Michael Floyd is complete without mentioning that the true key to his realization of that enormous potential is staying healthy. Floyd led all FBS wideouts in the nation with a 29.09 yards per catch average and he was tied for the national lead in receiving TDs when he suffered a broken collarbone against Michigan State in ’09.

But last year he only missed one game, and had his true breakout year. When you look at his stats and size, you see what makes him a blue-chip prospect. He’s passed up Golden Tate, Jeff Samardzjia and Tim Brown to claim all the major receiving records in ND history.

For more on Michael Floyd, search the TSB archives. I’ve written about a dozen stories on him.

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