There is little suspense and drama at the top of the 2012 NFL Draft. The first two picks (Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III) are locked in for the most part, and except for some late smoke screens, it appears that the number three pick is wrapped up too (Matt Kalil). The fun begins at number four where the Browns could go a number of directions. They can take a solid runner in Trent Richardson, a receiving threat in Justin Blackmon, or a corner in Morris Claiborne that they can pair with Joe Haden. There is even a chance that the annual late gaining QB is selected in Ryan Tannehill. Pick number four is where the fun begins, but there are plenty of picks that are up in the air. Let’s have a look around the web at some mock drafts and see what sticks out…
Looking at mock draft databases, it reinforces the though even more that the top few picks of the draft seemed wrapped up. Over at Sports Jabber’s Mockdraft Database, the last 44 mocks that have been updated read the same for the top three (Luck, Griffin III, Kalil).
Rob Rang at CBS Sports shuffles some picks up by giving the Browns Ryan Tannehill. This was a hot projection for a while, but has tapered off in recent weeks. It could still certainly happen. One thing for sure is that the Browns set themselves up nice with that trade with the Falcons last year that landed them another first rounder.
Many mock drafts follow suit on the next few picks with Richardson, Claiborne, and Blackmon coming off the board. This makes the Jaguars pick at #7 another turning point in the draft that can take it in a few different directions.At CNN/SI, Peter King throws a curve at the Jacksonville pick by projecting that they select Stephon Gilmore. Vinny Iver sees them going with Fletcher Cox to stuff up the middle of the defensive line. At NFL.com, Chad Reuter agrees with Gilmore, while the other mockers are looking at Melvin Ingram for the Jags.
Of the NFL.com mockers, Reuter has the most picks that don’t appear to be with the mainstream. For example, Michael Floyd to the Bills (we did that a few weeks ago), Chandler Jones to the Bengals at #17, Riley Reiff to the Jets, Nick Perry to the Chargers, and Andre Branch to the Lions.
Like Don Banks projects at CNN/SI, Coby Fleener could show up in San Francisco. This is suggesting more of a dual tight end threat rather than replacing Vernon Davis.
It’s Insider content, but Todd McShay does a rundown with a few different scenarios for each team. The Rams, Chiefs, Jets, Cowboys, Patriots (327), and Ravens all have five scenarios. Stuff could happen. Mel Kiper plays GM for each team for three rounds as well. If you don’t have Insider, go get it at Amazon with an ESPN The Magazine subscription.
Evan Silva at Rotoworld has the Rams passing on Justin Blackmon and going with Fletcher Cox. The Dolphins reap the benefits of Blackmon.
The NFL Draft Dog has the Cowboys going with David DeCastro and letting Mark Barron go to the Eagles.
The Giants always seem to be in a position where someone can fall to them. Scott Wright at Draftcountdown.com has Jonathan Martin doing it this year.
Our 2012 NFL Mock Draft will be updated to three rounds and the return of commentary this week as we had into the final stretch.
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