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SB Nation Arizona Mocks The 2012 NFL Draft 1st Round

The writers of SB Nation Arizona mock the first round of the NFL Draft

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: 49ers Upgrade O-line With Former Badger

With the 30th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers select Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin.

The 49ers are the defending NFC West champions. There defense was great. Their offense wasn't bad with Jim Harbaugh making fans believe in quarterback Alex Smith, who is back in the fold. They've bolstered their wide receiver spot and have two solid tight ends. They're deep at pretty much every position, so the key for SF is to go with best player available that they feel need when the Niners' turn to pick comes, and that player is... offensive guard Kevin Zeitler from Wisconsin.

The Niners' war room realizes that choosing a guard in the first round is rare, but this draft has some first-round talent at the position and Zeitler played at run-oriented Wisconsin, where he went to back-to-back Rose Bowls. At 6-4 and 314 pounds, Zeitler is viewed as a perfectionist at his position and can bulldoze. He'll fill a hole the 49ers have at guard and should blend in well with a coach with a Big 10 background.

Pass or run, Zeitler is a solid option as a blocker and has late first-round/early second-round talent. He's a player at a need position for San Francisco, and SF doesn't need help at most positions.

The New England Patriots are on the clock. Jess Root will make their selection.

Previous Picks:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

16. New York Jets: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Floyd, WR, Note Dame

18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

19. Chicago Bears: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore, CB,South Carolina

21. Cincinnati Bengals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

25. Denver Broncos: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

26. Houston Texans: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

27. New England Patriots: Nick Perry, OLB, USC

28. Green Bay Packers: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama.

29. Baltimore Ravens: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Steelers Add To Deadly LB Corps

With the 24th pick of the 2012 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

The Steelers once again led the league in total and scoring defense in 2011, and the key to their annual success is the play of their linebackers in Dick LeBeau's 3-4 scheme. LaMarr Woodley and James Harrison bring the pressure from the outside, and inside linebacker Lawrence Timmons is developing into a Pro Bowler. However, their weak link was fellow inside 'backer James Farrior, who was released at the ripe old age of 37 after having lost a step or two.

That one hole in the defense is perfectly filled by Hightower. A beast at 6'2", 265 pounds, he is the type of ferocious playmaker that can thrive in the Steelers' scheme and become a starter from Day One. His tremendous leadership skills--he was a two-time team captain at Alabama--will also help fill the void left by Farrior.

Consideration also will be given to addressing the offensive line, but with Adams and Glenn already taken, the black and gold can not pass up on Hightower.

The Denver Broncos are now on the clock. Cody Ulm will be making their selection.

Previous Picks:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

16. New York Jets: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Floyd, WR, Note Dame

18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

19. Chicago Bears: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore, CB,South Carolina

21. Cincinnati Bengals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Detroit Lions Fill Need With CB Jenkins

With the 23rd pick of the 2012 NFL draft, the Detroit Lions select Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama.

Their offense set except for perhaps a need for some help at running back, in recent years an unsettled spot for the Lions, Detroit should look long and thoroughly at its secondary and get some talent at cornerback. If the pass rush can't get to Aaron Rodgers, maybe the defensive backs can pick him off a little more often.

Chris Houston is already in and Jacob Lacey was a free agent pickup from Indianapolis, but Janoris Jenkins is a real talent who could make an immediate impact. Jenkins comes with some baggage -- he's had run-ins with the law and apparently makes no bones about his pastime of smoking marijuana -- but could be a steal at this pick in the draft.

Jenkins is 5-10, 192 pounds, but he's faced the best of the best in the SEC even though he had to transfer to North Alabama after being dismissed from the Florida program after three arrest and a failed drug test. He's had 4.4-40 type of speed, isn't afraid to mix it up with bigger receivers and could be the most talented player at his position in the draft.

Jenkins is good enough to start in the NFL, but the Lions will have to have done their homework on him and decide he's worth the risk in the first round. Will character issues supersede a need for playmaking ability at the position, or will the Lions be able to overlook those and take a chance that could pay major dividends?

The Pittsburh Steelers are now on the clock. Brad Denny will make the pick.

Previous Picks:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

16. New York Jets: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Floyd, WR, Note Dame

18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

19. Chicago Bears: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore, CB,South Carolina

21. Cincinnati Bengals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR Baylor

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Tennessee Titans Bolster Secondary

With the 20th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans select Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

The Titans are a team built around the idea a strong and stingy defense, but they recently lost their best and most accomplished defender when cornerback Cortland Finnegan signed with the St. Louis Rams. This leaves a major void that the team should address in Round One.

With their pick, the take Gilmore, a very gifted and physical player that should be able to step into the starting lineup right away. He has excellent size at 6'0" and 190 pounds to complement very good speed and excellent coverage abilities that were forged in the fires of SEC football.

Despite being the third cornerback taken, Gilmore has Pro Bowl-caliber potential and should provide a lift to last year's 18th ranked defense.

The Cincinnati Bengals are now on the clock. Ryan Bafaloukos will make the pick

Previous picks:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

16. New York Jets: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Floyd, WR, Note Dame

18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

19. Chicago Bears: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: The Dallas Cowboys Bolster Backline At No. 14

With the 14th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys select Mark Barron, Safety, Alabama

The Dallas Cowboys have a large need at guard, and Stanford's David DeCastro is a candidate here to make it back-to-back Cardinal offensive linemen taken. Had the Chiefs not taken defensive tackle Fletcher Cox three picks ago, he also could have made a viable option.

However, in the end, a player of Mark Barron's ability will be too much to pass up.

The Cowboys ranked 23rd in the NFL against the pass in 2011, and while they did sign Brandon Carr to fill Terrance Newman's shoes at cornerback, their backline leaves much to be desired.

Barron is a dynamic playmaker from the safety spot, with the toughness and size (6'1", 213 pounds) to be a force against the run, but also fast and athletic enough to be an asset in coverage. He is the latest in the new wave of versatile safeties, and should make a great toy for defensive coordinator Rob Ryan to play with.

The Philadelphia Eagles are now on the clock. Ryan Bafaloukos will make the selection.

Previous picks:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina.

10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: The Seattle Seahawks Select Hybrid Defensive Player At No. 12

With the 12th overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks select Melvin Ingram, DE/LB, South Carolina.

The Seattle Seahawks seem to always be in need of a pass rusher, but somehow, their defense -- full of overachievers, castoffs and youngsters -- manages to come together nicely and not be a consistent detriment to the team.

With a new quarterback in the fold -- prized free agent Matt Flynn -- and some rising talent plus veteran Sidney Rice at wide receiver and of course, Marshawn "Beast Mode" Lynch running hard for his Skittles, the Seahawks offense looks to be on the upswing. The offensive line could use some help but not this early in the draft.

Linebacker and defensive line are the areas of biggest need for the Seahawks, and Melvin Ingram can play both. He's versatile enough to be a rush linebacker coming off the edge, or move inside to defensive tackle in situations.

The Seahawks could use the depth and youth, if nothing else. But they don't have a great success rate when it comes to drafting pass-rushing ends (see Lawrence Jackson, Baraka Atkins, Anton Palepoi).

The team also values versatility and Ingram does offer that in his skills set. He's a proven sack artist from his days at South Carolina and, having been recruited as a linebacker, shouldn't be as much of a liability when it comes to pass coverage.

Ingram appears to be a pretty safe pick for the Seahawks at No. 12. This was a top-10 defense in the NFL last season, but in the lower half of the league in sacks, so he can help.

The Arizona Cardinals are now on the clock. Jess Root will make the selection.

Previous picks:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina.

10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers' Pick, According To SB Nation Arizona Writers

With the fifth pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU.

After an incredibly disappointing and underachieving season in which they went 4-12 and fired head coach Raheem Morris -- once touted as a top young coach in the NFL -- the Bucs look to be rebuilding under new coach Greg Schiano. They have holes to fill in a number of areas, and one of those is the secondary, where an impact player like Morris Claiborne from LSU can pay instant dividends.

Ronde Barber, the ageless veteran corner, is back after signing a one-year contract. Tampa also added former Lions CB Eric Wright (four interceptions in 2011) in free agency to shore up the position. With uncertainty surrounding the status of Aqib Talib, who has legal matters to deal with, Claiborne is the shut-down corner type who can come in and start right away, or at least play a major role on a defense that ranked dead last in points allowed in the NFL and was 30th in total yards per game allowed at 394.4.

Claiborne will be the safe and solid pick with his good speed, outstanding man-to-man coverage skills, absence of character issues and ability to return kicks and punts. He's 5-11, 188 pounds, but plenty of other corners his size and smaller have gone on to some big things in the NFL. Claiborne comes from a national powerhouse of a college program and played alongside Arizona Cardinals star Patrick Peterson, so you know that LSU secondary was top-notch when they were there.

The Bucs need help across the board and they might be tempted to go after big-time receiver Justin Blackmon, but the defense seems to be more of an immediate concern for Schiano and his staff. It's too early a pick to choose a running back, and this is a big year for quarterback Josh Freeman, who needs to bounce back.

The St. Louis Rams are on the clock. Bryan Gibberman will make the selection for them.

Previous picks:

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
  2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
  3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC
  4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: SB Nation Arizona Mocks The Draft And The Washington Redskins Select...

With the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins select...Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

What the top of the 2012 NFL Draft lacks in drama and suspense, it makes up for with incredible talent and potential.

It was not too long ago that the only question surrounding this season's first pick was what color tie Andrew Luck would wear on draft day. However, Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III has built upon his Heisman Trophy winning season with an impressive lead up to the draft, and now there are a growing number of top NFL minds who think Griffin could be the superior prospect.

The Washignton Redskins certainly hope so. They made a blockbuster trade with the St. Louis Rams, giving up three first round picks in order to jump up to the second spot in order to draft Griffin.

Griffin's amazing physical talents would be a fit in most any offense. With a powerful and accurate arm up top, and 4.3 speed with his legs, Griffin has skills that put Michael Vick to shame. However, where he separates from other noted physical freaks is with his tremendous intelligence, football IQ and maturity, making him more of a No. 1A selection than a No. 2.

He joins a Redskin team coming off a brutal campaign with Rex Grossman and John Beck at the helm, so Mike Shanahan and Redskin fans everywhere have to be ecstatic about this selection.

Next up: the Minnesota Vikings are on the clock, with their pick coming from Ryan Bafaloukos

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