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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Round 4

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. St. Louis Rams: Sean Spence, OLB, Miami
    The Rams are really thin at linebacker, so they'll probably spend multiple draft picks replenishing depth and/or finding future starters.


  2. Indianapolis Colts: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
    The Colts will be begging for Andrew Luck to get injured if they don't find an upgrade over Winston Justice at right tackle.

  3. Minnesota Vikings: Senio Kelemete, G/OT, Washington
    For Christian Ponder's sake, I hope Rick Spielman knows that he needs to make two upgrades to the offensive line.

  4. Houston Texans: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
    The Texans lost Joel Dresseen. Tight end isn't a big need, but they may spend a mid-round pick on some competition for Garrett Graham.

  5. Cleveland Browns: Chase Minnifield, CB/KR, Virginia
    It's safe to say that Cleveland fans would love this pick, as Chase Minnifield's father, Frank, was a four-time Pro Bowler for the team in the 80s.

    The Browns spent a mid-round pick on Buster Skrine, but he didn't play much as a rookie. With Sheldon Brown turning 33 soon, they'll need another talented cornerback to compete for the starting job across from Joe Haden. You can never have enough talented defensive backs in the NFL.

  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
    The Jaguars will either spend a first-round pick on a receiver or they'll use multiple selections in Rounds 2-5 on the position. I can't say it enough - Gene Smith needs to find help for Blaine Gabbert.

    Pick change; previously Tyrone Crawford, DE

  7. Washington Redskins: Robert Turbin, RB, Utah State
    Robert Turbin is a great fit for Mike Shanahan's offense. Shanahan loves using mid-round picks on running backs.

  8. Miami Dolphins: Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina
    Yeremiah Bell was a cap casualty this offseason, so the Dolphins will need a replacement. Unfortunately, this safety class is so thin that they can only hope that someone like Markelle Martin works out.



  9. Carolina Panthers: Jaye Howard, DT, Florida
    The Panthers have a huge need in the interior of their defensive line. They spent a pair of third-round picks last year on defensive tackles Sione Fua and Terrell McClain. Fua wasn't that bad as a rookie, but McClain was awful, constantly getting abused against the run.

  10. Buffalo Bills: James Brown, OT, Troy
    The Bills want a left tackle with length, so here they go. Buddy Nix needs to find someone who can provide competition for Chris Hairston.

    Pick change; previously Olivier Vernon, DE

  11. Seattle Seahawks: Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
    If the Vikings can use a second-round pick on Toby Gerhart with Adrian Peterson on the roster, then Seattle sure as hell can draft a runner here even though Marshawn Lynch has been re-signed. Lynch's running style makes him vulnerable to injury, so the Seahawks need depth at the position.

    Pick change; previously Tony Bergstrom, OT

  12. Kansas City Chiefs: Ryan Steed, CB, Furman
    Even when the Chiefs signed Stanford Routt, they reportedly were trying to retain Brandon Carr. They could spend a mid-round pick on a cornerback for depth/future purposes.

  13. Denver Broncos: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
    John Fox loves utilizing multiple running backs. Knowshon Moreno can't stay healthy and isn't very good anyway. Willis McGahee is nearing the end of his career, and he wore down at the end of the year.

  14. Washington Redskins: Keith Tandy, CB, West Virginia
    Depending on where they plan on using newly signed Cedric Griffin, the Redskins will need depth at either cornerback or safety.

  15. San Diego Chargers: Tavon Wilson, S, Illinois
    The Chargers had a huge hole at strong safety last offseason, and they decided to take a chance on Bob Sanders. That didn't pan out too well, so A.J. Smith will have to find another upgrade to his beleaguered secondary.

  16. Chicago Bears: Keenan Robinson, OLB, Texas
    The Bears have a couple of aging linebackers who need successors. Keenan Robinson projects as a great fit into Lovie Smith's defense.

  17. Arizona Cardinals: Omar Bolden, CB, Arizona State
    The 49ers added a bunch of receivers this offseason, so the Cardinals could counter with a mid-round cornerback. Arizona has shown lots of interest in local product Omar Bolden.

  18. Dallas Cowboys: Ryan Broyles, WR/PR, Oklahoma
    Laurent Robinson signed with the Jaguars, so the Cowboys have some room at the receiver position.

  19. Philadelphia Eagles: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona
    It's very possible that the Eagles will spend a Day 2 (or early Day 3) selection on a quarterback despite the recent addition of Trent Edwards. Go to my 2012 NFL Free Agents Recap page for more.

  20. Tennessee Titans: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
    The Titans just signed Kamerion Wimbley (and drafted Melvin Ingram in this mock), but that doesn't mean they're finished upgrading the defensive line. They still need help on the interior next to Jurrell Casey because Sen'Derrick Marks struggled last year.

    Pick change; previously Joe Adams, WR



  21. Cincinnati Bengals: Marcus Forston, DT, Miami
    The Bengals lost two defensive linemen in free agency, so they may look to replenish depth in the middle rounds.

  22. Detroit Lions: Trenton Robinson, S, Michigan State
    Amari Spievey was brutal all year, and he saved his worst performance for the postseason loss at New Orleans.

  23. Cleveland Browns: James-Michael Johnson, LB, Nevada
    The Browns re-signed Chris Gocong and D'Qwell Jackson. That leaves just one more linebacker position to be addressed.

  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Hebron Fangupo, NT, BYU
    Casey Hampton tore his ACL in January, so the Steelers may think about bringing in a new nose tackle.

  25. Denver Broncos: Marvin Jones, WR, California
    Peyton Manning needs someone to throw to besides Demaryius Thomas. Marvin Jones is great value in the middle of the fourth round.

  26. Houston Texans: George Iloka, S, Boise State
    The Texans haven't selected a defensive back yet. They may think about bringing in competition for Glover Quin.

  27. New Orleans Saints: Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas
    Will Smith probably won't be around after 2012 unless he has a terrific season (unlikely because he could be suspended for eight games) so the Saints should obtain a possible successor.

  28. Green Bay Packers: Coryell Judie, CB, Texas A&M
    There aren't many cornerbacks in this draft class who fit Green Bay's system. One of the rare ones who actually does is Coryell Judie.The Packers will have to spend a high selection on a corner soon. Charles Woodson, 36 at some point during the 2012 campaign, isn't going to be around much longer.



  29. Buffalo Bills: Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami
    The Bills should add depth behind newly signed Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. An insurance policy for the sporadic Anderson wouldn't hurt either.

    Pick change; previously Tank Carder, LB

  30. San Francisco 49ers: Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami
    It wouldn't hurt to add a receiver in the first few rounds. The 49ers need insurance once the Randy Moss experiment inevitably fails.

  31. New England Patriots: Trevin Wade, CB, Arizona
    You can never have enough talented cornerbacks. Considering the state of the Patriots' secondary, it'll be a surprise if they don't draft one early, especially if they want to use Ras-I Dowling or Devin McCourty at safety - something that may have to happen considering the lack of talent at that position in this class.

  32. New York Giants: Josh LeRibeus, G, SMU
    I would expect the Giants to spend at least two selections on offensive linemen. They need some depth on the interior for the present, and a successor for David Diehl in the near future.

  33. Minnesota Vikings: Shaun Prater, CB, Iowa
    More secondary help for the Vikings, who really need to concentrate on upgrading this area.

  34. Oakland Raiders: Michael Egnew, TE, Missouri
    Kevin Boss is gone, so the Raiders need a new tight end.

    Pick change; previously Chris Greenwood, CB

  35. Baltimore Ravens: Gino Gradkowski, G/C, Delaware
    The Ravens need interior line help because Matt Birk won't be playing much longer, while Ben Grubbs defected for New Orleans in free agency.

  36. New York Giants: Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
    The Giants lost a couple of cornerbacks in free agency, so they'll have to replenish depth.

  37. Green Bay Packers: Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego State
    The Packers will be losing Matt Flynn this offseason, so they'll have to find a new backup for Aaron Rodgers.

  38. Green Bay Packers: Tom Compton, OT, South Dakota
    Green Bay needs to think about acquiring tackle depth because Derek Sherrod's leg injury is putting his 2012 season in jeopardy. Chad Clifton was also released.

  39. Minnesota Vikings: Rishard Matthews, WR, Nevada
    The Vikings may spend two fairly early selections on receivers considering the lack of talent they have at the position. Jerome Simpson is no lock to stay out of trouble.

  40. Dallas Cowboys: Philip Blake, C, Baylor
    Phil Costa and Kevin Kowalski aren't starting-caliber centers in the NFL. An upgrade is needed here.



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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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