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With Super Bowl XLVI in the books, (congrats to the Giants) the 2011/2012 NFL season is now officially over. But fear not football fans as the NFL Draft is the next big event on the NFL calender.

The Draft will take place at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. This will be the 77th annual NFL Draft.

It gives NFL teams the opportunity to select the best available players from college football. It is split into seven rounds with 254 total picks.

The first round begins on April 26th. The second and third rounds of the Draft will take place on April 27th. The fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh rounds will conclude the Draft on April 28th.

The selection order is based on each team’s win-loss record from the previous season. Now without further ado, here is my Mock Draft.

1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford.

Pick analysis: Colts use the first overall pick to replace Peyton Manning.

2. St.Louis Rams- Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State.

Pick analysis: Rams select Blackmon and give Sam Bradford a target to throw to.

3. Minnesota Vikings- Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC.

Pick analysis: Vikings select Kalil to protect Christian Ponder’s blindside.

4. Cleveland Browns- Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Baylor.

Pick analysis: Browns must select RG3 since Colt McCoy is not their future at quarterback.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Morris Claiborne, Cornerback, LSU.

Pick analysis: Bucs fill a need as Aqib Talib and Ronde Barber are both unlikely to return.

6. Washington Redskins- Dont’a Hightower, Middle Linebacker, Alabama.

Pick analysis: Redskins select Hightower to replace London Fletcher.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver, South Carolina.

Pick analysis: Jags hope Jeffery will help Blaine Gabbert and their poor passing game.

8. Carolina Panthers- Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State.

* Both teams are tied and selection will be decided by a coin toss.

Pick analysis: Panthers select Still to anchor their defensive line.

9. Miami Dolphins- Nick Perry, Defensive End, USC.

* Both teams are tied and selection will be decided by a coin toss.

Pick analysis: Dolphins get a pass rusher in Perry to play alongside Cameron Wake.

10.  Buffalo Bills- Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama.

Pick analysis: Bills will hope Upshaw can provide some much needed pass rush.

11. Kansas City Chiefs- David DeCastro, Guard, Stanford.

* Both teams are tied and selection will be decided by a coin toss.

Pick analysis: Chiefs select the best interior lineman available in DeCastro.

12. Seattle Seahakws- Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama.

* Both teams are tied and selection will be decided by a coin toss.

Pick analysis: Seahawks get Richardson to either partner with or replace Marshawn Lynch.

13. Arizona Cardinals- Jonathan Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford.

Pick analysis: Cardinals select Martin to help protect Kevin Kolb.

14. Dallas Cowboys- Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama.

Pick analysis: Cowboys will ignore his off-the-field issues and hope his talent shines through.

15. Philadelphia Eagles- Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State.

Pick analysis: Eagles select Worthy to provide toughness on their defensive line.

16. New York Jets- Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

Pick analysis: Jets will hope that Reiff will help them turn around their disappointing running game.

17. Oakland Raiders- Whitney Mercilus, Defensive End, Illinois.

Pick analysis: Raiders select Mercilus and immediately improve their defensive.

18. San Diego Chargers- Peter Konz, Center, Wisconsin.

Pick analysis: Chargers get Konz to anchor their offensive line and hopefully improve the running game.

19. Chicago Bears- Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame.

Pick analysis: Bears will finally give Jay Cutler a target to throw to.

20. Tennessee Titans- Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama.

Pick analysis: Titans select the best defensive player available in Kirkpatrick.

21. Cincinnati Bengals- Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina.

Pick analysis: Bengals get Ingram to add another pass rusher on their impressive defense.

22. Atlanta Falcons- Zach Brown, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina.

Pick analysis: Falcons will hope that Brown can provide some pressure off the edge alongside John Abraham.

23. Detroit Lions- Stephon Gilmore, Cornerback, South Carolina.

Pick analysis: Lions select a cornerback in the hopes of turning around their awful pass defense.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers- Jared Crick, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska.

Pick analysis: Steelers get Crick to play alongside Ziggy Hood and Cameron Heyward on the defensive line.

25. Denver Broncos- Kendall Wright, Wide Receiver, Baylor.

Pick analysis: Broncos will hope that Wright will provide some speed on the outside.

26. Houston Texans- Cordy Glenn, Offensive Guard, Georgia.

Pick analysis: Texans select Glenn to sure up their aging offensive line.

27. New Orleans Saints- Mark Barron, Safety, Alabama.

Pick analysis: Saints will hope that Barron will be the eventual replacement for Roman Harper.

28. Green Bay Packers- Luke Kuechly, Middle Linebacker, Boston College.

Pick analysis: Packers select Kuechly to add to their impressive linebacking corp.

29. Baltimore Ravens- Dontari Poe, Defensive Tackle, Memphis.

Pick analysis: Ravens get another big defensive lineman to play alongside Haloti Ngata and Terrence Cody.

30. San Francisco 49ers- Alfonzo Dennard, Cornerback, Nebraska.

Pick analysis: 49ers select Dennard to sure up their secondary.

31. New England Patriots- Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina.

Pick analysis: Pats get a versatile defensive lineman who can play at both tackle and end.

32. New York Giants- Vontaze Burfict, Middle Linebacker, Arizona State.

Pick analysis: Giants select a talented but lazy player in Burfict.

So that’s my first Mock Draft.

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Thanks for reading.

Written by podgeoh92

February 10, 2012 at 9:28 am

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