Category Archives: NFL draft

Post-draft thoughts

We contributed to National Football Authority’s draft coverage throughout the NFL Draft weekend. Here’s our draft coverage:

Jaguars wide receiver Justin Blackmon (right) meets QB Blaine Gabbert, via jaguars.com

Jaguars trade up for Justin Blackmon

Panthers select Luke Kuechly

Five surprises of the first round

10 surprises from the second & third rounds

Five draft losers

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FR: 2012 NFL Mock Draft

I usually write up a long mock draft piece, but since I’m going to be on the radio in upstate South Carolina

Andrew Luck

Andrew Luck (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

on Monday afternoon, I figured I’d go ahead and post my mock draft order. Watch for more details and opinions leading up to the draft on Thursday.

UPDATE: We’ve included links to some Tweets and links for more context on these picks.

  1. Indianpolis Colts – QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
  2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis Rams) – QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
  3. Minnesota Vikings – OT Matt Kalil, USC
  4. Cleveland Browns – RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
  6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington Redskins) – WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
  7. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse
  8. Miami Dolphins – QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
  9. Carolina Panthers – DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State

10. Buffalo Bills – WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

11. Kansas City Chiefs – DT Michael Brockers, LSU

12. Seattle Seahawks – MLB Luke Kuechly, Boston College

13. Arizona Cardinals – DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

14. Dallas Cowboys – CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina

15. Philadelphia Eagles – DT Dontari Poe, Memphis

16. New York Jets – OG David DeCastro, Stanford

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland Raiders) – S Mark Barron, Alabama

18. San Diego Chargers – OL Cordy Glenn, Georgia

19. Chicago Bears – OT Riley Reiff, Iowa

20. Tennessee Titans – CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama

21. Cincinnati Bengals – DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons) – WR Kendall Wright, Baylor

23. Detroit Lions – DE Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

24. Pittsburgh Steelers – DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State

25. Denver Broncos – MLB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama

26. Houston Texans – OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints) – OLB Shea McClellin, Boise State

28. Green Bay Packers – OLB Andre Branch, Clemson

29. Baltimore Ravens – C Peter Konz, Wisconsin

30. San Francisco 49ers – WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech

31. New England Patriots – CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama

32. New York Giants – RB Doug Wilson, Boise State

One more link: Colts/Coby Fleener (at 34?)

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Why Quentin Coples isn’t overrated

For National Football Authority, we break down the draft stock of North Carolina DE Quinton Coples. While many analysts are saying Coples is overrated, we discuss why he is a top-20 pick and which teams will be the best fit for his skills and background. Click here to read all about it.

DE Quinton Coples, via si.com

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Is Jim Irsay Tweeting Colts draft strategy?

For National Football Authority, we try to break down Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s Tweets (key word: try) to see what it tells us about the franchise’s draft strategy. Click here to read all about it.

Colts owner Jim Irsay, via latimes.com

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How seriously are Colts considering RG3?

For National Football Authority, we break down recent rumors that the Indianapolis Colts may prefer Robert Griffin III to Andrew Luck with the first overall pick. Is RG3 moving above Luck, or are the rumors just the typical pre-draft noise? Click here to read all about it.

Robert Griffin III, via kcentv.com

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Will the Carolina Panthers draft Dontari Poe?

For National Football Authority, we break down the Panthers’ defensive tackle needs and how they may address them in the draft. Will they pick Memphis DT Dontari Poe, who is the most impressive physical specimen? Or will they go for a less flashy option such as Fletcher Cox from Mississippi State or Michael Brockers from LSU? Click here to read our analysis.

DT Dontari Poe at the combine, via bostonherald.com

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Can Colts land Coby Fleener?

For National Football Authority, we break down whether the Colts can will have enough luck (sorry) to draft Stanford TE Coby Fleener at the beginning of the second round. If the Colts can’t pair Fleener with his college quarterback Andrew Luck, who is the other tight end option worth consideration? Click here to read all about it.

Coby Fleener, via aolnews.com

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