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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.
Next updates: Final (barring major trade in next couple of hours).
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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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Lucas 09-18-2011 09:39 pm xxx.xxx.xxx4.15 (total posts: 1)
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I get a striking suspicion that the Chefs will be picking at #1. Cough... 89-10 ...cough.
Hopefully, they crap the bed and don't take Luck or at least trade out.
INdy 09-18-2011 08:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx9.32 (total posts: 1)
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if Matt Barkley comes out watch the colts not taking him
brady 09-18-2011 03:50 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.234 (total posts: 1)
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i hope the patriots get two irish in the first round, teo and floyd will fit great into bill belichicks scheme
mitch 09-18-2011 03:37 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.234 (total posts: 1)
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theres no way the browns dont draft a RT, WR, or LB in the first three rounds...
LT 09-18-2011 05:20 am xxx.xxx.xxx85.9 (total posts: 1)
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Barkley's not entering the draft. Of course he's going to stay for his Senior year, when he'll actually have the chance of winning something at USC
Chiefer 09-18-2011 02:23 am xxx.xxx.xxx.171 (total posts: 5)
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Like the Chiefs picks, as a USC fan would love Barkley on our team though he's a bit overrated.

When you make a 4th round consider giving the Chiefs Jerry Franklin, he seems like the perfect fit for our SILB position.
AJT 09-17-2011 11:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx3.31 (total posts: 11)
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I am still amazed that you have the Browns selecting two DB's with their first four picks. Dead wrong.
Abe 09-17-2011 10:42 pm xxx.xxx.xxx54.7 (total posts: 1)
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Kelechi Osemele will be a 1st round pick.
Kyle 09-17-2011 08:00 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.63 (total posts: 5)
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I doubt you'll find many Detroit fans who think OT and CB are our biggest areas of need. Think most of us would say OC and OG need to be upgraded the most.
At least OT we have some youth that could pan out (Fox, Hillard). Same thing w/ the CB's. Lots of youngsters that can grow.

ZERo youth and/or depth at the OC and RG spots.
Football's Back... 09-17-2011 06:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx91.3 (total posts: 1)
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Is really not that funny. We don't need to see it 10393084023 times on the site.
Andy Z. 09-17-2011 04:19 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.235 (total posts: 1)
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What a joke this site is. An agent I work with said the top two scouting services, whose product is not available to the public, both have Nick Toon as the #1 ranked WR in the draft. The idiots on this site don't even have him in the top three rounds! Well done, schmucks.
John L 09-17-2011 07:19 am xxx.xxx.xxx7.15 (total posts: 1)
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Writing as a Cincinnati fan, I see them taking a RB in the first round. Sure they have had a couple of busts in Chris Perry and Kenny Irons, but with their defence being young and improving, their offence is the area that has to improve the most. With the offensive line in good shape for the first time in 5 years, (although they could upgrade the guard position, but this isn't worth a first round pick) and key positions being held by recent high draft picks, Green, Dalton, Gresham. The RB position is the logical choice. Benson could get resigned, but that would only be on a one year basis. If no RB is worthy at their spot on the first day, it has to be a DB. A lot of people have been critical of them letting Jonathon Joseph go, but they recently resigned Leon Hall to a multi year deal. I think the reason for this, is that they prefer their DB's to be more physical. That's why the signing of Nate Clements is good for the next couple of years. The second round pick will be the best available offensive lineman, or a first round talent who dropped down the big board because of character concerns. (Some can work out, look at what Carlos Dunlap did last year).
Joe C 09-17-2011 01:36 am xxx.xxx.xxx5.14 (total posts: 1)
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I would love to see the Redskins take a Cornerback very high in the 2012 draft...We haven't done that since Carlos Rogers, and w/ his departure this offseason, I think we need to add quality depth at the position. We definitely loaded up on offensive skill positions in free agency and the draft this year, so it's time to go get a shutdown corner. How about my man Hosely from VT near the end of round 1... (where we'll hopefully be picking from!) HTTR!
Max Pierson 09-17-2011 12:18 am xxx.xxx.xxx.128 (total posts: 1)
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I while i do agree with the Browns getting Quinton Coples there is no chance they go after Worthy. Browns just resigned Athyba Rubin to a three year extension and he led all defensive lineman in tackles last year with 3.5 sacks. i know the sack number isnt high but that is why they will get Coples
Tom 09-16-2011 09:31 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.126 (total posts: 1)
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The Colts absolutely have to snag one of the QB's if they're drafting in the Top 5. I remember the 90's and I'm not willing to go back to that. I'm a huge Peyton Manning fan, he's an iconic figure for our franchise, but five years from now he'll be gone. With a proper replacement we can do the Farve/ Rodgers/ Montana/ Young transition and come out OK. If we don't snag a QB while he have the chance we'll be Miami and Buffalo. They still haven't recovered from Marino and Kelly retiring. It'll be the 90's all over again.





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