With less than three hours until showtime, I’m sure you’ve read/listened to 1,000 of these things. Well, here’s 1,001. With the 29th pick in the NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select…
…at least read the rest of them first. Come on, people.
Without further ado, Joe Giglio’s 2012 Mock Draft:
1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: The best QB prospect since Peyton Manning.
2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: Dynamic talent. Great head on his shoulders, too.
3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC: Christian Ponder won’t have a fighting chance to develop without protection fromClay Matthews, Julius Peppers and Cliff Avril.
4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Enough with the chatter about why picking a running back this high is a poor allocation of value. Richardson makes the Browns better.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: New Bucs coach Greg Schiano won’t care much about his Wonderlic score if he can take away throwing lanes from Drew Brees, Matt Ryan, and Cam Newton.
6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: He doesn’t have to be 6’5” to dominate this league. Watch what he did to collegiate defenses in open space and tell me this kid isn’t a big time player.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi St: This is a prime spot for a trade down for Jacksonville, especially if Dallas or Philadelphia are insistent on moving into the top 10 for an impact defensive player.
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M: Stephen Ross gets his franchise quarterback. Dolphin fans hope it’s the right one.
9. Carolina Panthers: Stephen Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: Best defender on the board for a team that sorely lacked the ability to stop anyone last season.
10: Buffalo Bills: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: Stevie Johnson and Floyd will give Ryan Fitzpatrick great weapons to work with on the outside.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College: A sleeper team to rebound from an injury plagued 2011 adds a stud linebacker to their already stout defense.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: Justin Tuck 2.0 helps out the pass rush in Seattle.
13. Arizona Cardinals: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia: Every year there’s a pick or two that make sense for no real reason. This is one of them.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama: After adding Brandon Carr in free agency, Dallas completes an overhaul of talent in the secondary with the best safety in the class.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU: He brings some toughness to blend with the finesse of Jason Babin and Trent Cole on the defensive line.
16. New York Jets: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: Rex Ryan still hasn’t found that true standout rusher in New York. Coples could be that off the bat.
Continue to next page for picks 17-32, including the Ravens selection at No. 29…