2012 NFL Mock Draft: Who Goes Where And Why

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Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck, Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-US PRESSWIRE

The Senior Bowl is over and the scouts, as well as the personnel from every NFL team, have had a chance to look at the best college prospects headed into the 2012 draft in “real’ time. As is always the case some hurt their draft stock, while others improved their standing — 2012 NFL mock draft time.

For now though the harshest judgement will be reserved for after the combine when these NFL hopefuls get poked, prodded, measured, and judged as they attempt to score a higher draft grade — which equals a larger pay check in the NFL.

The biggest story line in the league currently is the status and future of four-time MVP quarterback Peyton Manning, who missed th entire 2011 season after under going neck surgery in the spring last year.

Manning’s health is somewhat of a question mark, and the Colts — under the new management of GM Ryan Grigson — may have to cut him given that he is set to make a $28 million dollar roster bonus this March.

Peyton may have already played his last down in an Indianapolis uniform as the Colts hold the first overall pick after their 2-14 season, and the consensus is they will use that pick to select Stanford QB Andrew Luck.

Rumor has it that Irsay and Grigson have already made the decision to re-build without Manning on the roster, so it looks like just a matter of time until he is released into free agency.

The New Orleans Saints have no first round pick in this years draft after swapping it to get back into last years draft to select Alabama running back Mark Ingram with the 28th pick.

Last year in the draft there was an amazing run on quarterbacks in the first round — Cam Newton (1), Jake Locker (8), Blaine Gabbert (10), Christian Ponder (12) — all were off the board in the blink of an eye.

Will the same thing happen this year? It’s always possible, but for sure Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, and Ryan Tannehill won’t make it through the first round.

Other quarterbacks such as Nick Foles and Brock Osweiler are on the cusp of a first round selection depending on just how bad certain teams may want these young prospects on their rosters given the string of recent successes with “plug-and-play” rookies.

2012 is a bad year for safeties it seems as there is really only one pure safety prospect that currently carries a first round grade, and that’s Alabama strong safety Mark Barron.

It will be interesting to see how teams play this, and if there will be a run on corner’s, as they show up in abundance with first round designations this year.

As the league shifts continually to more passing and less running defenses are responding by running much more nickel and dime formations to defend the pass.

Three, four, five, and even six good corners are almost a necessity in today’s NFL, and they come at a premium.

Each Who Dat Dish mock draft is featured in the DC Pro Sports Report, WalterFootball.com, Sports Jabber, hailredskins.com and fftoolbox.com mock draft databases. Each site keeps track of a huge number mock drafts all over the web

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Tags: 2011 NFL Draft 2012 Nfl Draft Andrew Luck Mark Ingram Matt Kalil New England Patriots New Orleans Saints Peyton Manning Robert Griffin III Ryan Tannehill Trent Richardson

  • AliKiraRhodes

    i guess the atlanta falcons dont exist…….

  • Keith Null

    @AliKiraRhodes

    The Falcons traded away their first round pick this year to trade up last year and select wide receiver Julio Jones. Just like the Saints, who traded this years first round pick to select Mark Ingram, Atlanta will have to wait later in the draft to start selecting.

  • AliKiraRhodes

    Realized it after I posted lol

  • Keith Null

    @AliKiraRhodes

    No worries, thanks for commenting!

  • Cornerss

    “Ryan Tannehill”

    #9? Haha. You are nutz.. Your going to make him a top 10 pick after one season as the starting qb. The guy was a wr the year before. No way Miami drafts him that high.

  • Keith Null

    @Cornerss

    Tannehill’s stock shot up after his senior bowl performance. He won’t be graded poorly because of limited playing time, but his upside as a quarterback Remember Mark Sanchez? Remember Jimmy Graham’s “one” year of football at Miami? Seems he turned into quite the tight end in the NFL, and whether your pro Sanchez or not, the guy has not done a bad job leading the Jets. Teams that need quarterbacks will not hesitate to pull the trigger in the first round to get one, that was proven last year in the draft. Now more than ever it’s easier for a team to take a “risk” in the first round. Why? Because when the new labor agreement was put in place a rookie wage scale was established. No longer will top 15 picks get monster contracts, but much more reasonable pay checks more inline with teams expectations of what a rookie should be making.