It's the final mock draft countdown

It's the final mock draft countdown
April 26, 2012, 2:39 pm
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Finally, the final mock draft. Thefirst 32 picks ofmy two-roundversion (via FFToolbox.com) are presented below, along with thoughts on the Redskins third and fourth round options. Let me not look at another mock until next year...You can find Rich Tandler's final mock draft here.1. IND: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford...It's officially official -Luck is going to the Colts. Let the comparisons to Peyton Manning officially begin.2. WAS: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor...Well, I believe I had this (Redskins moving up for RG3), though not the staggering cost. The Redskins desperately need a quarterback and we love RGIII's potential. If he's a hit, the cost is a non-issue. My biggest concern -are there enough pieces in place to maximize the Heisman winner's potential and keep him both physically and mentally healthy? Those are questions for later.Now, just enjoy RG3 day (though I'm pretty sure I won't be celebrating with a Subway sub. Kinda creepy, right?)3. MIN: Matt Kalil, OT, USC...With the top two picks locked up, the Vikings now "control' the draft and could look to create a market for teams looking to select Kalil, Justin Blackmon, Morris Claiborne or Ryan Tannehill. Otherwise, Kalil is the clear cut best tackle, or at least the blindside protector with the most upside.4. CLE: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama...The Browns lost Peyton Hillis in free agency and (at this point) have not added a single prominent offensive skill player, so they must add a playmaker early in the draft. Even though I am with generally with the trend that passes on backs this early, Richardson gets the nod over Justin Blackmon.5. TB: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU...It's looking like Claiborne or Alabama running back Trent Richardson, whichever one gets past the Browns. Claiborne helps immensely in a division with Roddy White, Steve Smith and the Saints offense.6. STL: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State...Jeff Fisher loves his defensive linemen. Factor in the Rams should land a viable receiver prospect in the second and it just makes sense for them to go with the run-stuffing Cox here.7. JAX: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State...Blaine Gabbert, get happy. Blackmon (6-feet 78 at combine) is more Anquan Boldin than Larry Fitzgerald, but he makes plays after the catch and the Jags lack that dynamic. Team rarely take sub 6-1 receivers in top 10, but hard to ignore the production at OSU. Tempted to go with Melvin Ingram and he could be the call if Blackmon goes to the Rams at six.8. MIA: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M...Hard to imagine, but apparently nobody - at least not quarterbacks - wants to play in Miami. At least the Dolphins can draft one. The quarterback wild card in the first round; some have Tannehill's value soaring into the top 5.9. CAR: Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College...Ranking 25th against the run and with just 31 sacks, the Panthers figure to go front-seven with this pick. Cox is the hope, but Kuechly provides a hard-hitting, sure-tacking presence. Deemed by many the safest defensive player in the draft,10. BUF: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina...Would certainly take Blackmon if he fell this far and Notre Dame's Michael Floyd is a possibility, but all late signs point to the Bills going with a defensive back. Gilmore is this draft's meteoric riser.11. KC: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis...Bummer they miss out on Kuechly, but nose tackle is the Chiefs major need on defense. This week on the FFToolbox podcast, SI.com's Tony Pauline stated Poe is no mere workout warrior, but a talented prospect with legitimate upside. Could see him sliding all the way to 25, but makes sense here.12. SEA: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina...Ingram's potential is scary good as his 11 sacks in the SEC indicates and the Seahawks need another end along the line, thought the former Gamecock might be a better fit in a 3-4.13. ARI: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame...Hard to deny that the Cardinals must upgrade their offensive line, but the premise of Floyd as top 10-15 pick is gaining steam toward. Would make for a devastating receiver combo with Larry Fitzgerald.14. DAL: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama...No matter what weapons the Cowboys have on offense, no matter the number of defensive playmakers they possess, they cannot overcome a craptastic secondary. Barron is the clear-cut top safety and is the call if he makes it this far.15. PHI: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU...Eagles could use an upgrade or at least depth in the middle of their defensive line and Brockers is more run-stuffer than sacker. If Barron is available he gets snapped up here.16. NYJ: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina...Rex Ryan defense needs a perimeter pass rusher. Coples may not be ideal for a 3-4 scheme, but he has an ideal combination of size (6-5) and pass rushing agility. Racked up 17.5 sacks and 30.5 tackles for loss over the past two season with the Tar Heels. Could be a slider, but...17. CIN: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
18. SD: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
19. CHI: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
20. TEN: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
21. CIN: Courtney Upshaw, DEOLB, Alabama
22. CLE: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
23. DET: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
24. PIT: Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
25. DEN: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
26. HOU: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
27. NE: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State
28. GB: Nick Perry, OLB, USC
29. BAL: Whitney Mercilus, DELB, Illinois...Could see the Ravens selecting a guard (Kevin Zeitler) to replace Ben Grubbs and some reports have them adding a receiver early in the draft. Not convincedMercilus lasts this long, but, Ravens go with thebest available scenario if he does. Mercilus led the nation with 16 sacks and forcednine fumbles.

30. SF: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
31. NE: Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame
32. NYG: Coby Fleener, TE, StanfordUnderclassmenFor details on picks 17-32 and the entire second round, click here.Also check out my best bets for the Redskins third-round pick and two fourth-round picksFor those interested in how the "experts" did with their mock drafts, check out this site later this week.