As we get closer and closer to the 2012 NFL Draft, pieces begin falling into place and you can get an idea of where teams are going to go. The first two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft are virtually locked into place with the Indianapolis Colts and the Washington Redskins both picking up quarterbacks.
The real fun part of the 2012 NFL Draft is what the Cleveland Browns will do with the No. 4 overall pick, which will then shape the rest of the Top 10 of the draft.
Hit the jump for my first two-round mock of the 2012 Draft (and probably the only two-round mock I'll do). There is only one trade involved in this, but it's because I feel like it's very likely to happen. Not the specific trade itself, but moving down.
I'm sure there is some glaring player I missed or forgot. Always is.
1. Indianapolis Colts - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
Whatever suggestions and reasons people have come up with for someone else besides Andrew Luck to go to the Colts first overall are moot. The pick is going to be Andrew Luck.
2. Washington Redskins (via trade with St. Louis)- Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Just as the Colts picking Andrew Luck is a lock, the Redskins picking Robert Griffin III is a lock. Griffin is the face and personality that Dan Snyder has been looking for with the talent to match at the quarterback position.
There has been a lot of talk about the Vikings trading out of the No. 3 overall pick so a team can come get Ryan Tannehill and even talk of the Vikings taking Justin Blackmon. I don't think either happens and the Vikings desperately need an offensive lineman to protect Christian Ponder.
4. Cleveland Browns - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
While some feel the Browns could pull the trigger on Ryan Tannehill, I think they might have their eyes set on him later on or another quarterback. The Browns desperately need offensive playmakers and a way to take pressure off Colt McCoy. Richardson would immediately inject both of those for the Browns on offense.
With the Bucs missing out on Trent Richardson, they have to make the aw shucks pick of Morris Claiborne. Kidding aside, Claiborne adds another young corner to the secondary as the Bucs can begin to get ready for the eventual retirement of Ronde Barber and the constant off-field issues of Aqib Talib. Even if Claiborne doesn't start right away, he will get on the field.
The Rams need another wide receiver in their group to help out Sam Bradford, especially after losing their leading receiver from last season in Brandon Lloyd. While conventional "wisdom" pegs Justin Blackmon as the No. 1 WR in the draft, Floyd would seem to fit more what the Rams are looking for.
The Jacksonville Jaguars are trying to get out of the No. 7 spot and could be willing to take less to do so. In this trade, the Jets give up their second-round pick (No. 47 overall) to move from No. 16 to No. 7. With the pick, the Jets take a player who was built to play in Rex Ryan's 3-4 defense. Ingram can be utilized to come from all different angles in the Jets defense and provide that pass rusher they've been looking for.
8. Miami Dolphins - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
The Dolphins luck out and have Tannehill fall in their lap. The Dolphins currently have a pair of "just guys" at the quarterback position on their roster in Matt Moore and David Garrard, but either could manage starting for a while should the Dolphins feel Tannehill is not ready to start right away. This also gives the Dolphins that potential franchise QB they've been looking for since Dan Marino retired.
A bit of a surprise pick, but people who have been watching Fletcher Cox on film will see his explosiveness from the inside and his pass rushing ability. The Panthers have a massive need on the inside of their defensive line and Cox can step in right away and fill that void while also providing some pass rush. Many feel Cox can also play defensive end if necessary on a 4-3 defense.
10 Buffalo Bills - Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
The Buffalo Bills locked up Steve Johnson before free agency and have added Mario Williams and Mark Anderson to their defensive line, giving the Bills the ability to take whatever they want at the No. 10 spot. While a player like Riley Reiff would make sense, Blackmon also adds another viable receiver opposite Johnson and another target for Ryan Fitzpatrick.
The Chiefs have spent a lot of time rebuilding the look of their front seven to make the full transition to a 3-4 defense, but one area that has been lacking for the Chiefs on that front is a legitimate nose tackle. Poe should be able to provide that space eater for the Chiefs early on and as he grows into the position should be a disruptive player on the line down the road.
The Seahawks have been adding versatile defensive lineman to their roster and Quinton Coples fits that billing to a "T". Coples has played all over the the defensive line at North Carolina and can do the same on the Seahawks defense. He can start opposite Chris Clemons or just be used on pass rush packages early in his career, even kicking inside on passing downs.
13. Arizona Cardinals - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Cardinals could go a bunch of different ways in the NFL Draft, but a big area of concern for the Cardinals is on the offensive line. Reiff can start right away for the Cardinals at right or left tackle. There is some concern about his "short arms", but they measure in longer than Joe Thomas' did at the NFL Combine, so it's a bit over stated.
The Dallas Cowboys have been trying to repair their secondary for quite a while and have found a solid starter at safety with Gerald Sensabaugh, but the other spot has been a revolving door/nightmare. Adding a player like Mark Barron gives the Cowboys an instant starter and would allow Sensabaugh to stick to his natural position at free safety.
15. Philadelphia Eagles - Luke Kuechley, LB, Boston College
I feel like if Kuechley is on the board for the Eagles pick, the pick card guy would sprint to the podium. The Eagles have desperately tried to fill their mike linebacker position and Kuechley can step in right away, at any linebacker position really, and shore up part of that corps. Kuechley is just a tackling machine and does an excellent job in coverage and keeping up with tight ends.
16. Jacksonville Jaguars (via trade with New York) - Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
With the Jaguars ability to move back in the draft, they can now better combine need and value. Some may feel this is still a bit high for Mercilus in the first round, but he seems to fit what the Jaguars are looking for in a defensive end. Mercilus has a good jump off the snap and is relentless, but his game still needs refinement. He won't need to be a full-time starter immediately for the Jaguars, but he gives them another pass rusher to work with.
The Bengals could use some help on the defensive line and in the secondary, but DeCastro might prove to be too much value for the Bengals to pass up. DeCasto can play any of the three interior offensive line positions at a high level and should start immediately for the Bengals, who are building around quarterback Andy Dalton.
The Chargers have been trying to find another pass rusher since Shawn Merriman was popped for PEDs and them subsequently injured and dumped. Upshaw might not be the most explosive pass rusher in the draft, but he's a technician and has a relentless motor. He's a power player who will also help out the Chargers in the run game.
The Bears could go a lot of different ways at pick No. 19 including offensive line or wide receiver, but a player like Gilmore will be tough for the Bears to pass on. The Bears could use help in the secondary, especially consider the division they play in. Gilmore offers length and speed at the corner position and should be able to help the Bears right away.
The Tennessee Titans biggest need heading into the offseason was at defensive end, but with the addition of Kamerion Wimbley that need falls down the list a bit. The Titans will also need to replace a starting cornerback, having lost Cortland Finnegan in free agency. Alabama's Dre Kirkpatrick would seem to fit nicely for the Titans here and should be able to start out of the gate.
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
The Bengals pick up another offensive playmaker to pair with last year's first-round pick A.J. Green and continue to build around quarterback Andy Dalton. While the Bengals could look at a cornerback here, the best corner available comes with a long rap sheet that the Bengals are trying to get away from.
22. Cleveland Browns - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Browns added an offensive weapon in Trent Richardson early and add another piece to their offensive line in tackle Jonathan Martin. Joe Thomas is locked in on the left side and Martin should be able to compete right away for the starting right tackle position.
The Lions have needed help on their offensive line for ages and Cordy Glenn is a player who can come in right away and compete for four different offensive line positions. Glenn can play right and left tackle, as well as kick insider and play either guard position.
Another Alabama player comes off the board as the Steelers inject some more youth into their defense. Adding Hightower to the Steelers linebacker group would give them a starter out of the gate and another versatile linebacker in their 3-4 look.
While Brockers has had a lot of hype leading up to the NFL Draft, his value is still around this point in the first round. The Broncos need to add players to the interior of their defensive line and Brockers would seem to fit in perfectly.
The Texans have been looking for a receiver to mold across from Andre Johnson to be his eventual replacement. Hill would seem like a perfect fit in the Texans offense, offering a down the field threat and a guy who has a massive catch radius. Hill is raw in regards to route running, but he won't need to be the focus of the Texans offense and will have time to grow.
27. New England Patriots - Nick Perry, OLB/DE, USC
The Patriots defense is more of a hybrid than a set 3-4/4-3 base, even more so than in the past. One area the Patriots desperately need is in the pass rushing department. Perry is an athlete who has speed and can get to the quarterback, but his best fight might be standing up and moving around to rush the passer.
This is kind of the new "surprise" pick for the Packers, but it just makes a ton of sense. The Packers need help opposite Clay Matthews in their 3-4 defense, and many people feel that Ted Thompson is "smitten" with McClellin and it's easy to see why when you watch him on film.
The Ravens have a hole at the interior of the offensive line and Konz is the perfect blend of need and value for the Ravens in the late first round. Konz can come in right away and start at either guard or center for the Ravens.
While the cliche pick for the 49ers here is for Harbaugh to pick up his former college tight end in Coby Fleener and pair him with Vernon Davis, the 49ers really need outside threats to help out Alex Smith. Rueben Randle didn't produce a ton in college, but the word around NFL circles is that scouts love his ability and upside. Randle would seem like a natural fit in the 49ers offense.
31. New England Patriots - Kendall Reyes, DL, UConn
Once again the Patriots have a chance to add a pass rusher to their hybrid defensive front. Reyes is an explosive player who should be able to generate a pass rush for the Patriots at defensive end in either a 3-4 or a 4-3 look.
32. New York Giants - Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
The Giants don't have many glaring needs on their team, but the left tackle position is an area of concern. The Giants lost Kareem McKenzie and their projected starting tackles right now are William Beatty and James Brewer. Beatty has been solid when he's actually on the field, but has missed 18 games the past two seasons and Brewer has yet to play a down. Adams can come in and compete for both tackle positions.
33. St. Louis Rams - Devon Still, DT, Penn State
34. Indianapolis Colts - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
35. Minnesota Vikings - Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
36. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
37. Cleveland Browns - Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Brian Quick, WR, App State
39. St. Louis Rams (via trade with Washington) - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
40. Carolina Panthers - Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
41. Buffalo Bills - Josh Robinson, CB, UCF
42. Miami Dolphins - Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
43. Seattle Seahawks - Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
44. Kansas City Chiefs - Amini Silatolu, G/OT, Midwestern State
45. Dallas Cowboys - Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
46. Philadelphia Eagles - Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
47. Jacksonville Jaguars (via trade with New York) - A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
48. New England Patriots - Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame
49. San Diego Chargers - Jared Crick, DL, Nebraska
50. Chicago Bears - Jeff Allen, OL, Illinois
51. Philadelphia Eagles (via trade with Arizona) - Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
52. Tennessee Titans - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
53. Cincinnati Bengals - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
54. Detroit Lions - Bobby Massie, OT, Ole MIss
55. Atlanta Falcons - Brandon Washington, OT/OG, Miami
56. Pittsburgh Steelers - Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama
57. Denver Broncos - Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
58. Houston Texans - Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
59. New Orleans Saints - Forfeited
60. Green Bay Packers - Trumaine Johnson, DB, Montana
61. Baltimore Ravens - Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
62. New England Patriots - Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette
63. New York Giants - Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson