Our 2012 NFL Mock Draft has been updated to officially reflect the trade between the Washington Redskins and the St. Louis Rams…even though the trade is not officially official. The Minnesota Vikings are essentially on the clock with the Colts selecting Andrew Luck, followed by the Redskins selecting Robert Griffin III. The mock will move to three rounds within the week.
Given that the number one spot in the 2012 NFL Draft appears to be sealed up with the Indianapolis Colts selecting Stanford Quarterback, Andrew Luck, the hot commodity story of the NFL Scouting Combine and the draft is Baylor’s Robert Griffin III. It is thought that there are Quarterback needy teams, such as Cleveland, Miami, and Washington, that have their eyes on RG3 and are looking at moving into the St. Louis Rams’ number two pick to get him. While he didn’t throw, Griffin put on a fascinating show for those in attendance, both on the field and in the interview room.
“I think I was able to go out there and affirm to the scouts how athletic I am, or impress them even more,” Griffin said Monday. “I was able to show people that I am as advertised. I’m a good guy, I like to make people laugh. I can’t remember a meeting I didn’t go in and we weren’t laughing. You go there and do what you’re supposed to do, create a buzz for yourself.”
The Rams just watched their draft position become more valuable this weekend.
If it were possible, Andrew Luck may have raised his draft stock this weekend with his showing at the NFL Scouting Combine. Luck posted Cam Newton like numbers at the combine (Video). It should not change his stock, as nobody expected him to move from the top spot, but it should make the Colts feel good.
Kirk Cousins, Michigan State QB, is coming into the first round talk at The Sporting News (Video).
Notre Dame WR, Michael Floyd, exceeded expectations with his 40 time.
LaMichael James is hoping his numbers move him up the Running Back boards as well.
The Houston Texans are in the need of a Wide Receiver and LSU WR, Rueben Randal may just be working his way up to their first round position.
Tom Pauline at CNN/SI has a long list of Risers and Fallers from the QB and RB drills. Chris Rainey of Florida tops the list…
Rainey continues to impress NFL decision-makers with his athleticism and the ability to handle several duties on the field. He was the fastest running back in attendance, posting a 40 time in the low 4.4-second area. Rainey later looked fluid, fast and very natural in all areas. He proceeded through the running drills with great balance and was exceptional catching the ball.
Janoris Jenkins is still trying to shake his past.
Quinton Coples, North Carolina Defensive End, is trying to shake his “dogging it” baggage as well since it is about the only thing holding him back.
Morris Clayborne could be a safe pick for the Browns at number four.
In a conference that usually is represented in the first round spotlight by USC on draft day, the Stanford Cardinal is looking to have a personal best in the 2012 NFL Draft. There have been a few occasions in it’s history (1972, 1978, 1992) that Stanford has had two players go in the first round. In 2012 they are looking at three, possibly four names hearing their names announced by Roger Goodell in the first round.
The first selection of the 2012 NFL Draft is as good as done with Andrew Luck going to the Colts. There a couple guys who worked in front of Luck that will also see themselves coming off the board in the first round. Offensive Tackle, Jonathan Martin, could possibly join Luck in the Top 10 to one of those teams looking to protect their QB. Guard David DeCastro is an early first round talent, but given his position he will likely come off the board around the middle of the round.
Joining those them in the first round could possibly be Tight End, Coby Fleener. In this copycat league, we have seen the emergence of the Tight End again the last couple of years, especially in New England. Teams looking to upgrade at the position, or make matchup nightmares for opponents using two solid TEs, may look for the talent in the first round. One team that could target Fleener is the New York Giants (we happen to mock him there in our updated NFL Mock Draft).
With the only real question about the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft being whether or not Andrew Luck will be starting or backing up Peyton Manning, the focus has been on Robert Griffin III and the Cleveland Browns. Most mock drafts that do not include trades having RG3 fall to the Browns at the number four pick, but realistically, they will have more competition than that. Chances are that the Browns use the ammo they have to move up and get RG3 in the two picks before them, all the way to #2 if they want to be safe. ESPN analyst, Todd McShay points out what everyone else is seeing as well…
“If the Browns want him, they need to move up and get him,” McShay said Thursday during a conference call. “I’ll be surprised if he lasts till four, and I’ll be even surprised if he gets to No. 3, because I think that No. 2 pick is up for public auction. I think the Rams are going to get a good deal to move back and can still get a player they want at tackle or wide receiver. And if it’s not Cleveland, then it’s probably going to be Washington right behind them leapfrogging Cleveland to get up to No. 2.”
Staff at NFL.com are debating which players other than Andrew Luck are can’t miss prospects for NFL teams.
At CBS Sports, the debate is over whether or not Ryan Tannehill is a first round prospect.
Wisconsin QB, Russell Wilson, still insists that his height is not an issue. Except that it is if you still need to insist on it.
USC Offensive Tackle, Matt Kalil, takes getting set for the NFL Scouting Combine.
Stanford Guard, David DeCastro is running a draft diary at The Sporting News