2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft: Recapping The First Round

Roger Goodell Reacts to the 2012 SB Nation writers mock draft first round results. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

The first round of the 2012 SB Nation NFL Writers Mock Draft is in the books. For old timers like me (a.k.a., SB Nation bloggers who have been around since 2006), I always find mock drafts of this kind fun, educational, and entertaining. They're fun in the sense that it is just cool to make draft picks for your own team. Educational in that you learn from the other writers what they think their teams are lacking. Finally, it's entertaining to see readers freak out over some of the more controversial picks (OMG! Mike Adams at No. 10! No friggin way that happens!)

Truth is, the real draft will end up being a heck of a lot more nuts than this mock, and the very same people who freak out over wacky mock draft selections end up rationalizing the completely boneheaded ones their favorite teams make in the actual one.

In the end, it's all in good fun.

Round two of the 2012 mock draft will start today. As always, Dan Kadar of MtD deserves a ton of credit for organizing, planning, and implementing this.

Here's the first round recap:

1. Indianapolis Colts - Stampede Blue
Andrew Luck | Quarterback | Stanford: "Make no mistake, Luck is being drafted to replace [Peyton] Manning, not to simply succeed him. Luck’s success will be critical in helping the Colts franchise establish a true connection with the Indianapolis community." -Brad Wells
2. Washington Redskins - Hogs Haven
Robert Griffin III | Quarterback | Baylor: "Well, Washington finally has a franchise QB. Redskins fans have had to endure TWENTY different starting quarterbacks since the glory years including such names as Jeff George, John Beck, Heath Shuler, Jeff Hostetler, Tony Banks, Patrick Ramsey...I think my point is clear." -Kevin Ewoldt
3. Minnesota Vikings - Daily Norseman
Matt Kalil | Offensive tackle | Southern California: "The Vikings have some youth in their secondary and at wide receiver that they could potentially develop, but the one thing that we know for sure is that the Minnesota Vikings absolutely, positively can not go into the 2012 NFL season with Charlie Johnson as their starting left tackle." -Chris Gates
4. Cleveland Browns - Dawgs By Nature
Justin Blackmon | Wide receiver | Oklahoma State: "I’m not making excuses for quarterback Colt McCoy, but the only way he is going to have a chance at getting better this coming season is if he has better talent around him. That’s where Justin Blackmon comes in." -Chris Pokorny
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Bucs Nation
Morris Claiborne | Cornerback | LSU: "All of this means the Bucs must find a long-term, reliable starter at cornerback at some point in the next year, and Morris Claiborne could easily fit the bill." -Sander
6. St. Louis Rams - Turf Show Times
Trent Richardson | Running back | Alabama: "Richardson can be a feature back or a one-two punch with Jackson. The offense can use the pairing to create mismatches and draw the attention of defenses, which would ideally free up some space on the field for their receivers." -Ryan Van Bibber
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Big Cat Country
Quinton Coples | Defensive end | North Carolina: "Picking Coples at 7th overall has become the cliché, boring pick for the Jaguars, but with Morris Claiborne off the board, it’s really the only player that makes sense." -Adam Stites
8. Miami Dolphins - The Phinsider
NFL TEAM
Ryan Tannehill | Quarterback | Texas A&M: "Taking Tannehill here may not be a popular choice among Miami Dolphins fans. He’s a reach at the eight spot, and I would agree with many fans that he may not be worth taking here. But, the Dolphins need a quarterback, and he’s the top one left on the board." -Kevin Nogle
9. Carolina Panthers - Cat Scratch Reader
Fletcher Cox | Defensive tackle | Mississippi State: "There is no question the Panthers will look to bolster the defense with this draft and that starts up front at DT where the Panthers were terrible at stopping the run last year." -Jaxon
10. Buffalo Bills - Buffalo Rumblings
Mike Adams | Offensive tackle | Ohio State: "Yes, Adams is highly inconsistent and has some red flags. No, he is not franchise-caliber. But he’s experienced, had very strong performances against top competition, and would be playing in a Bills offense that emphasizes getting the ball out of Ryan Fitzpatrick’s hands as quickly as possible." -Brian Galliford
11. Kansas City Chiefs - Arrowhead Pride
Riley Reiff | Offensive tackle | Iowa: "The Chiefs are stunned when they see Reiff, considered by many to be a better prospect than Mike Adams (No. 10 to Buffalo), still available with the 11th pick. This is a best player available type of situation and the Chiefs select Reiff knowing full well they have two NFL starters already on the offensive line." -Joel Thorman
12. Seattle Seahawks - Field Gulls
Courtney Upshaw | Outside Linebacker | Alabama: "Seattle needs a DE/OLB hybrid to fit into a scheme that uses a lot of 4-3 and 3-4 concepts. Essentially they need a player who can read well in space, provide solid run support and most of all get to the quarterback. Courtney Upshaw and Melvin Ingram are the ideal candidates for this role and in this scenario, the Seahawks have the luxury of both being available." -Rob Staton
13. Arizona Cardinals - Revenge Of The Birds
NFL TEAM
Jonathan Martin | Offensive tackle | Stanford: " The offensive line is clearly the Cardinals’ greatest need. With both David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin on the board, the decision is tough. DeCastro could be an elite guard. Martin has great film, but has one glaring weakness -- his weakness (lack of strength). In the end, Martin is the guy to go with because the Cardinals seek a tackle, especially someone who could play left tackle." -RotB
14. Dallas Cowboys - Blogging The Boys
NFL TEAM
David DeCastro | Offensive guard | Stanford: "The Cowboys interior offensive line was a problem last season, and with the release of Kyle Kosier at guard last week, the position is truly in flux. Dallas did pick up a couple of veteran guards in free agency, but the future of the position is still in question. Enter David DeCastro, who many scouts have said is the best guard prospect to come along since Steve Hutchinson." -Dave Halprin
15. Philadelphia Eagles - Bleeding Green Nation
Luke Kuechly | Middle linebacker | Boston College: "Now that the Eagles have traded for DeMeco Ryans, every mock drafter on the planet has seemingly checked linebacker off the list for the Eagles and moved on. Not me. If you watched the Eagles at all last season, you’d know their problems at LB were more than just the man in the middle." -Jason Brewer
16. New York Jets - Gang Green Nation
Melvin Ingram | Outside linebacker | South Carolina: "Rumors are swirling that Ryan wants to change that and add a difference maker at outside linebacker and loves Ingram. It makes sense. He loves to move his pass rushers all over, and Ingram lined up at linebacker, defensive end, and defensive tackle at South Carolina." -John Butchko
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland Raiders) - Cincy Jungle
Stephon Gilmore | Cornerback | South Carolina: "Gilmore is a talented, mature and team-oriented corner who could contribute right away and take over as a starting cornerback down the road opposite of Leon Hall." -Josh Kirkendall
18. San Diego Chargers - Bolts From The Blue
Mark Barron | Safety | Alabama: "The scouts over at Bolts From The Blue have been watching Barron closely since the beginning of the 2010 season. He’s shown himself to a be a good playermaker, great at diagnosing plays and very good in run support." -Wonko
19. Chicago Bears - Windy City Gridiron
Michael Floyd | Wide receiver | Notre Dame: "At one point, there were concerns that Floyd’s lack of speed could be an issue heading into the Draft, but registering a 4.47 forty yard dash during his Pro Day laid that issue to rest. Floyd is a very physical receiver, and loves to go up and fight for the football, something that has been sorely lacking in Chicago for several seasons." -Dane Noble
20. Tennessee Titans - Music City Miracles
Dre Kirkpatrick | Cornerback | Alabama: "The Titans need help at almost every spot on defense. Most people believe they will take the best defensive player available, and Dre Kirkpatrick is just that in this scenario." -Jimmy
21. Cincinnati Bengals - Cincy Jungle
Cordy Glenn | Offensive guard | Georgia: "Cordy Glenn could jump in and start from day one and give the Bengals one of the better offensive lines they’ve had in the last few years. If that offensive line could keep Andy Dalton protected and open holes for BenJarvus Green-Ellis, the Bengals could find themselves pushing for a spot in the playoffs again in 2012." -Josh Kirkendall
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons) - Dawgs By Nature
Kendall Wright | Wide receiver | Baylor: "The concept of drafting both Blackmon and Wright is one that says, "let’s just start over at receiver already." For several years now, the Browns’ group of wide receivers has been regarded as one of the worst in football." -Chris Pokorny
23. Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit
Janoris Jenkins | Cornerback | North Alabama: "There are definitely several character concerns surrounding Jenkins, but the Lions have a very strong locker room, especially on defense. There are a lot of leaders on the team who would take Jenkins under their wing, and he is talented enough to select, even with the concerns." -Sean Yuille
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Behind the Steel Curtain
Dont'a Hightower | Middle linebacker | Alabama: "James Farrior is old. Real old. It’s a wonder the 36-year old quarterback of Dick LeBeau’s defense has been able to play at as high a level as he has in recent years, but it’s about time to pass the torch." -Michael Bean
25. Denver Broncos - Mile High Report
Michael Brockers | Defensive tackle | LSU: "From what I’ve been told, the Broncos would like to trade down if they can, so this would be the ideal scenario to do so. However, it’d be very tough to pass on the talent that Michael Brockers possesses. He is my top-ranked DT this year, and I think he’s going to be an absolute stud in the NFL." -Sayre Bedinger
26. Houston Texans - Battle Red Blog
Dontari Poe | Defensive tackle | Memphis: "Lost in the Texans’ defensive improvement last season was that the defense was still weak up the middle against the run, which shouldn’t surprise anyone who has ever seen Shaun Cody or Earl Mitchell play. Enter Dontari Poe. While Wade Phillips does not normally use a NT with 2-gap size, he’s done so when the talent was available (Ted Washington, Jamal Williams)." -Tim
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans Saints) - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Whitney Mercilus | Defensive end | Illinois: "While some are labeling Mercilus a "one year wonder," there’s no denying his talent or explosion as a pass rusher. He is relentless getting after the quarterback, and is always playing all-out in effort (unlike another prospect I considered, Penn State DT/DE Devon Still)." -Greg Knopping
28. Green Bay Packers - Acme Packing Company
Devon Still | Defensive tackle | Penn State: " The Packers are one of those teams that can truly go best player available. With that in mind, it was fair and away Still, who also happens to be a good fit for their 3-4 front. There was no defensive tackle in the nation that played better than Still in 2011." -Dan Kadar
29. Baltimore Ravens - Baltimore Beatdown
Kevin Zeitler | Guard | Wisconsin: "Ironically, the choice here was between Zeitler and his Wisconsin teammate, center Peter Konz. Konz is leaving college after his junior year and has been recovering from a dislocated ankle that kept him out of the second half of the 2011 season, and disappointed at the Combine in the bench press, putting up only 18 reps. Zeitler, which had 32 reps at the Combine, is a mauler while Konz is more of a wall-off blocker, which is not what the Ravens need in putting a lot of emphasis on the running game." -Bruce Raffel
30. San Francisco 49ers - Niners Nation
Stephen Hill | Wide receiver | Georgia Tech: "Stephen Hill is a very raw prospect, but the 49ers are in a position where they can develop him without rushing him. At the same time, his performance at the Combine and his YAC this past season show a guy who can make significant contributions at the next level. The 49ers are looking for Moss to stretch the field, but if the veteran receiver shows his age, Hill could be the guy who can stretch things out." -David Fucillo
31. New England Patriots - Pats Pulpit
NFL TEAM
Kendell Reyes | Defensive tackle | Connecticut: " While the Patriots could very well trade out of one of their two first round spots, they have a pressing need to add talent at the 5-technique position this draft. While Brandon Deaderick, Jonathan Fanene, and Ron Brace can start as needed, none have a very high ceiling. Kendall Reyes would offer that for the Patriots." -Greg Knopping
32. New York Giants - Big Blue View
Peter Konz | Offensive center | Wisconsin: "Konz doesn’t fit the seeming need for an offensive tackle, but he is the best offensive lineman and best value left on the board. Giants GM Jerry Reese is all about value, so Konz is the choice. Besides, he could end up starting at left guard." -Ed Valentine
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