2012 NFL Mock Draft 3.0

The trade of the No. 2 overall pick has shifted the draft board

Originally Published: March 7, 2012
By Mel Kiper Jr. | ESPN Insider

Editor's note: This has been updated to reflect the trade of the No. 2 overall pick.

With the big trade that gets the Redskins in position to take the No. 2 pick, I've updated the mock. As far as the trade, credit can be shared. Washington made a move they think will shift the future of the franchise; if they're right, they'll survive the cost. The Rams have claimed an incredible amount of value for a pick they really didn't want. And give Cleveland a little credit here. They won't pick at No. 2 overall, but given where the franchise is, they simply couldn't have exceeded the price Washington paid.

As always, feel free to quibble in the comments.

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Indianapolis Colts

Record: 2-14

* Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

No change here, even with the change to the future of Peyton Manning. Luck was going to land with the Colts; it was only a matter of whether he'd be serving an apprenticeship. I'm interested to see if he gets a deal done well before the draft so he can dive into the playbook. You know the scouting report. Arm strength, talent, size, smarts, leadership, intangibles -- it's all there. Luck is currently working hard out in Palo Alto to further refine his talents.

Washington Redskins (from Rams)

Record: 5-11

* Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

The Redskins will get their man. The price was pretty extraordinary, but if you think you're drafting the future of your franchise at the quarterback position, it's a price you pay. I've said before that I think RG3 will be capable to start in Week 1, and I'll assume that's the plan for the Redskins. The expectations will be high.

Minnesota Vikings

Record: 3-13

* Matt Kalil, OT, USC

This is one I'm going to stick with. I've liked the pick since the first mock, and I don't see a reason to change. Minnesota needs an upgrade at left tackle, and Kalil is the rare one who could step into that position right away at the NFL level. There's a lot of talk about which quarterback will go where right now, but this pick is about keeping Christian Ponder upright for the Vikings. They won't know what they have unless they can block for him. And it's obvious this will help the running game, too.

Cleveland Browns

Record: 4-12

* Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma St.

Cleveland won't get RG3, but I think Blackmon will be there at this spot, and they'll get a big-time talent and something their offense desperately needs. The obvious question is what they'll do at QB, but I think they could be active in free agency in that regard. Blackmon's pro day was a success, and he quieted some questions about his speed. He'll be a great fit in the offense.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Record: 5-11

* Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

This is one more I'm sticking with. Richardson could land here despite the presence of LaGarrette Blount, and depending on how his workouts go, I can see a team trading into this position to take him. Great running teams need more than one good back, and Richardson is superior to Blount. Further, if the Bucs are going with a best player available at this spot, Richardson fits the bill. I can also see the Bucs taking a close look at cornerbacks, which brings the next guy on the board into play, but I like Richardson here until I get a clear signal they're going another direction.


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