With NFL free agency looming and the 2012 NFL Draft approaching, mock drafts are appearing everywhere with each writer taking their own opinion of who respected NFL teams will make millionaires. Breaking this down into a few segments, we will take every five draft picks and help examine and explain why each pick was made.
1. Indianapolis Colts – Andrew Luck, QB – Stanford
The Colts are already showing more and more interest in the possibility of shopping Peyton Manning around. With that being said, a new field general will be needed. Luck seems to be the most NFL ready quarterback and will likely be the successor to the Manning franchise.
2. Washington Redskins (Trade w/ Rams) – Robert Griffin III, QB – Baylor
The Redskins trade this years first and second round picks, as well as next years first for the Rams first round pick. With this trade, the Skins’ are now in position to draft Griffin, the 2012 Heisman Trophy winner. Coach Shanahan is a groomer of new quarterbacks. Once Griffin is in place, Shanahan will have the best athlete at quarterback that he has ever seen.
3. Minnesota Vikings – Ryan Kalil, OT – USC
The Vikings are in need of a lot of positions. However, with Christian Ponder having one year under his belt and Adrian Peterson coming off an injury, the Vikes will need to add to their protection. Ryan Kalil is best option in the draft and will start right away.
4. Cleveland Browns – Riley Reiff, OT – Iowa
Although they failed to make a play for Robert Griffin, look for the Browns to dabble in the Free Agency market for a QB. The lack of play for Griffin allows the Browns to keep both first round picks and they begin supplementing their new QB with help on the line. Though not as highly touted as Kalil, Reiff is a big-bodied player who is able to move.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Morris Claiborne, CB – LSU
While many feel the Bucs will go for Alabama back, Trent Richardson, many also forget the Buccaneers have a lack luster secondary. Claiborne was a proven performer in a tough SEC conference, and will immediately break into the lineup. Claiborne will provide youth and reassurance for a secondary that already consists of an aging Ronde Barber.
Free agency is beginning and all draft possibilities are subject to change because of surprise additions. The next article however will continue to look into the Mock draft with picks 6-10.