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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Round 3

Last update: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 3:30 p.m. Changes in all 7 rounds.
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The order of this 2012 NFL Mock Draft is based on the real 2012 NFL Draft Order.

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington
    The Colts are switching to a 3-4, and because the old regime favored smaller defensive linemen, the only player who can step in at nose tackle is 310-pound Antonio Johnson.


  2. St. Louis Rams: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
    The Rams picked up Cadillac Williams and Jerious Norwood, but both players flopped. A successor for Steven Jackson (and in the short term, insurance in the event of an injury) is still needed.

    Jeff Fisher discussed how much he still values running backs recently, so there's a good chance he'll take one early in the 2012 NFL Draft.

    Pick change; previously Dwight Bentley, CB

  3. Minnesota Vikings: Trumaine Johnson, CB/FS, Montana
    It shouldn't surprise anyone if the Vikings make multiple upgrades to their secondary in the 2012 NFL Draft. Antoine Winfield, who has missed at least six games in three of the previous five years, turns 35 in June. The disappointing Chris Cook has legal issues. Cedric Griffin, meanwhile, was just released. There are also two holes at safety.

  4. Cleveland Browns: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
    The Browns have to obtain a quarterback at some point. They can't go into the 2012 season with just Colt McCoy.

  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Terrell Manning, OLB, N.C. State
    The Buccaneers can't go into the 2012 season with Quincy Black and Adam Hayward as their two starting outside linebackers.

  6. Washington Redskins: Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma
    Washington should look into adding an insurance policy at right tackle because Jammal Brown can't seem to get healthy. His hip injury just won't go away.

  7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State
    The Jaguars will have to spend a Round 2-4 selection on a defensive end if they don't pick Melvin Ingram at No. 7.

    Pick change; previously A.J. Jenkins, WR

  8. Buffalo Bills: Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
    The Bills paid a ton of money to Ryan Fitzpatrick last season, so they need to find him some help across from Steve Johnson. Neither Donald Jones nor David Nelson is a capable No. 2 wideout. Brian Quick is a receiver who seems like a great fit for Chan Gailey's offense.

    Pick change; previously James Brown, OT



  9. Miami Dolphins: Brandon Brooks, G, Miami of Ohio
    The Dolphins need two upgrades on the offensive front - one at right tackle and another at guard. John Jerry, a third-round pick in 2010, has never played well. Some competition should be added.

  10. Miami Dolphins: Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
    Another weapon for Ryan Tannehill. The Dolphins acquired this selection by trading away Brandon Marshall. Why not take a receiver to replace him?

  11. Kansas City Chiefs: Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama
    The Chiefs really need a nose tackle and a guard. They could go Dontari Poe in Round 1, and then Kevin Zeitler in Round 2. However, I have them selecting David DeCastro, so Alameda Ta'amu and Josh Chapman would be possible solutions the following day.

  12. Seattle Seahawks: Nigel Bradham, LB, Florida State
    The Seahawks are desperate for linebacker help. If they can't get Luke Kuechly at No. 12 or Mychal Kendricks in the second round, they'll consider someone like Nigel Bradham at this spot.

    Pick change; previously Chris Polk, RB

  13. Houston Texans: Nick Toon, WR, Wisconsin
    The Texans won't draft a receiver in the first round, but they'll definitely be searching for one on Day 2.

  14. New York Jets: Brandon Taylor, S, LSU
    Safety is a huge need for the Jets. Eric Smith is terrible, while the newly signed LaRon Landry can't be relied upon to stay healthy; many teams passed on him in free agency because of his Achilles.

  15. San Diego Chargers: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
    The only running backs on San Diego's current roster are Ryan Mathews, Curtis Brinkley and fullback LeRon McClain. Mathews hasn't been able to stay healthy, so the Chargers will look into spending an early selection on some insurance.

  16. Chicago Bears: Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette
    The Bears were able to re-sign Tim Jennings, but they still need help at cornerback. Dwight Bentley is one of the top players available.

    Pick change; previously Jamell Fleming, CB

  17. Arizona Cardinals: Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
    The Cardinals could be looking at a receiver here if they don't take Michael Floyd at No. 13 overall. They need to bring in someone to take some attention away from Larry Fitzgerald.

  18. Dallas Cowboys: Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
    The Cowboys signed Brandon Carr to bolster their secondary, but they'll still consider a cornerback in the middle rounds of the 2012 NFL Draft for depth purposes.

    Pick change; previously Ron Brooks, CB

  19. Tennessee Titans: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
    Cortland Finnegan is gone. The Titans don't need a starting corner, but they have to replenish depth.



  20. Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Washington, G/OT, Miami
    As mentioned in Round 1, the Bengals will be looking for some help at guard. The disappointing Jacob Bell is currently slated to start.

  21. Atlanta Falcons: Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette
    The Falcons will probably find a successor for Tony Gonzalez sometime this offseason. Ladarius Green is a good fit in this spot.

  22. Detroit Lions: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina
    How many years has it been since the Lions have had great cornerback play? Five? Ten? Ten thousand? For the sake of the fans, I hope the front office addresses this need.

  23. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chris Polk, RB, Washington
    Coming off a torn ACL, Rashard Mendenhall will be entering his contract year in 2012. The Steelers should have an alternative option at the ready just in case they decide not to retain Mendenhall.

    Pick change; previously Bernard Pierce, RB

  24. Denver Broncos: Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
    Tim Tebow-san is gone, so I imagine that John Kreese Elway and Johnny Lawrence Fox will be looking for a young quarterback to groom behind Peyton Manning.

  25. Philadelphia Eagles: Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
    The Eagles signed Demetress Bell as insurance for Jason Peters, but that was essentially a 1-year contract. They should probably spend an early pick on a developmental tackle just in case Bell busts and Peters can't return to form.

  26. New Orleans Saints: Billy Winn, DE/DT, Boise State
    The Saints found their nose tackle in Brodrick Bunkley, but they still need a pass-rushing presence in the interior of their defensive line.

  27. Green Bay Packers: Josh Kaddu, DE/OLB, Oregon
    The Packers will definitely consider a rush linebacker at No. 28 overall. If they don't take one there, someone like Josh Kaddu could suffice in Round 3.



  28. Baltimore Ravens: Cam Johnson, DE/OLB, Virginia
    As good as the Ravens' defense is, they only have one player who can consistently get to the quarterback. Both Pittsburgh and Baltimore will consider Cam Johnson in Round 3.

  29. San Francisco 49ers: Jared Crick, DE/DT, Nebraska
    The 49ers take one of the top players available to fill their need for defensive end depth behind Justin Smith and Ray McDonald.

  30. New England Patriots: Markelle Martin, S, Oklahoma State
    Bill Belichick can't seriously be considering starting Steven Gregory at safety. He almost has to draft someone at that position in the first few rounds.

  31. New York Giants: Cyrus Gray, RB, Texas A&M
    Running back isn't New York's biggest need, but it could certainly be addressed at this spot. Ahmad Bradshaw has yet to prove that he can carry the load for a full season. Brandon Jacobs, meanwhile, was released earlier this offseason.

  32. Oakland Raiders: Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion
    The Raiders just lost Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson, so they'll have to replenish depth. Listing Shawntae Spencer as a starter is pretty sad.

    Pick change; previously Mike Martin, DT



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bruce wayne 09-20-2011 07:32 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.49 (total posts: 6)
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i really wanna draft kirk cousins for the redskins but i think they will draft an offensive lineman in the first round to protect him. i think it will be riley reiff
hello? 09-20-2011 01:40 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.120 (total posts: 5)
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i've brought this up to you several times but your crush on Robert Lester's seven or eight ints last year is unreal. You listened to me once this year and swapped your safety picks in the 1st round from Lester to Barron like you should have. Now they are both in the 3rd?!(and you have the nerve to have them picked back to back with Barron coming in second again) Unless the average NFL GM IQ drops 50 points I can't see this happening. Barron did what Lester did in his soph. year and is in his third year helping LEAD annually one of the best defenses in the nation. Who do you think Lester takes his orders from on the field after Saban? That's right Mark Barron. Who was on the national championship team? That's right Mark Barron, not Robert Lester(although he will probably get his this year). THAT IS ALL. CONTINUE.
Apex_Assassin 09-20-2011 11:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx.154 (total posts: 2)
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Considering Carolina doesn't have a 3rd rd pick, they would be better off to take Kirkpatrick in rd 1 & Broyles in rd 2 if the draft played out like this. I wouldnt be suprised to see them reach for DT Forston in the 2nd though. They did it last year & are still severely lacking depth at the position. They have allowed 28 & 30 in the first 2 games. Rivera is a defensive coach & knows his defense must improve. It is a passing league & I want the best CB, especially considering his size, speed & pedigree. Capt Munnerlyn is a nickel & Gamble is not a #1. Taking Kirkpatrick kills 2 birds with one stone.
hgm 09-20-2011 10:43 am xxx.xxx.xxx.209 (total posts: 1)
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no way niners will take another young QB in early rounds if O-line can
J. 09-20-2011 03:31 am xxx.xxx.xxx3.86 (total posts: 1)
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Who said no one knew who Russel Wilson was until now?

The dude was a former All-ACC First Team QB.

This is nothing new.
lions4real 09-20-2011 01:20 am xxx.xxx.xxx.217 (total posts: 1)
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I don't mind the draft you have but I'm actually thinking center round one. Brewster is my pick simply because Doms going to be 33 and in his finally year. IMO Brewster is an instant upgrade and has started since he was a freshman. Another reason is he's 6'4 over 300lbs and jones reminds me too much of what we have already an undersized weak lineman. In rd 2 if we could land a claiborn from LSU that would exeptionl. Obviously detroit would have to move up day 2 to get him. In rd 3 bpa or olineman.
Nick 09-20-2011 12:02 am xxx.xxx.xxx.108 (total posts: 2)
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Browns fan...and I like their picks. But I don't think they'll be picking second overall. Thier schedule is so easy that won't happen. No Steelers or Ravens until week 13.
Connor P 09-19-2011 07:44 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.156 (total posts: 70)
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I like the Browns picks, however here are the picks I think the Bengals will make:
1. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
2. LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
3. Robert Lester, S, Alabama
4. LB or OL
Justin 09-19-2011 06:56 pm xxx.xxx.xxx47.4 (total posts: 2)
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What happened to Greg Reid?
iCARNACKi 09-19-2011 12:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.142 (total posts: 1)
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Mark Barron and Nate Potter dropping to the 3rd round? Really?!

I can see the need for the Browns to get a penetrator at DT but I think it would be a massive mistake to target one in the first two rounds when there are far more pressing needs... LB, DE and potentially QB.

Rubin & Taylor are both good players and Taylor has even shown glimpses of being able to wreak havoc in the backfield. Could they do with a pass rushing DT? Yes. Is it a priority? No way.

Chase Minnifield is my favorite CB in the draft, if he drops to the 2nd round, I'd be very surprised.

Ryan Lindley?
jack sprat 09-19-2011 07:57 am xxx.xxx.xxx.130 (total posts: 1)
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I like Ben Jones to Detroit. However, I wouldn't be surprised if they have him back-up both OG and C for a year. Dom's a team guy, a leader, and a guy who's lasted this long mostly on smarts and hard work. He's likely to understand and appreciate the opportunity to build a bridge to the team's future successes.
Jordan k 09-19-2011 07:50 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.75 (total posts: 5)
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Hey zach brown I want him and Brandon Thompson on the giants we need a te Wr ol mlb
Nick 09-19-2011 04:08 am xxx.xxx.xxx.215 (total posts: 1)
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David, this is nothing racist. Think about what you just said. Why didn't people know about cam newton and collin caepernik until the end of the season. um a juco kid and the nevada qb. RG3 is good, but he is not first or second round talent yet. he will stay for his senior year. and as for Wilson, i love watching him play. and he may become a first or second round pick. but no one know where he came from, all of a sudden he's on wisconsin and having great stats. this is early season, and those qb's stated in this mock are seasoned vets at their schools. they also were thought highly of last year with great size. no suprises, they were good enough for the draft but stayed.early mocks aren't perfect, and if the word was law then we'd see many more bust go through than already. I mean you don't hear me screaming that there isn't a singal white runningback or reciever i can recall from the list. it is what it is. both make great qb's but positions do have a flow to them for a majority. Again no reason to throw out a racism card just to do it.
David 09-19-2011 12:33 am xxx.xxx.xxx.105 (total posts: 4)
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Funny how all these mock drafts in September contain only QBs of certain color in the first 2 rounds but when actual season is over, there are Cam Newtons, Collin Caeperniks also reach towards the top and some big names fall off. These mock drafts are based on hope and wishful thinking than actual reality. Landry Jones will never be a first round pick! How come there is no mention of Robert Griffin 3, Russell Wilson !
Nateyb24 09-18-2011 09:45 pm xxx.xxx.xxx28.7 (total posts: 3)
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Yes please! Suck for Luck Seahawks that should be our mission this year. Next Arron Rodgers imo without the NFL stats to back it up.





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