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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Round 7

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: Matt Conrath, DE/DT, Virginia
    The Colts will be spending a few late-round picks on pieces for their new 3-4.

  2. St. Louis Rams: Tyler Nielsen, OLB, Iowa
    Another linebacker to help St. Louis' depth problems at the position.

  3. Minnesota Vikings: D.J. Campbell, S, California
    Yet another defensive back for the Vikings, who need all the help they can get in that area.

  4. Cleveland Browns: Ernest Owusu, DE, California
    Frostee Rucker and Juqua Thomas-Parker were two pretty weak additions to the defensive front. Help is still needed here.

    Pick change; previously Christian Thompson, S

  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: David Gonzales, OT, Washington State
    The Buccaneers have to find a long-term answer at right tackle. I'm not sure this qualifies, but they might as well try.

  6. Washington Redskins: Jerry Franklin, ILB, Arkansas
    The Redskins currently need depth at inside linebacker. And soon enough, they'll need a successor for London Fletcher.

  7. Indianapolis Colts: Adrien Robinson, TE, Cincinnati
    Another intermediate target for Andrew Luck, who loved working with multiple tight ends at Stanford.

  8. Miami Dolphins: Darius Reynolds, WR, Iowa State
    The Dolphins will probably spend two picks on receivers in the 2012 NFL Draft. It's a dire position of need.

  9. Carolina Panthers: Tim Benford, WR, Tennessee Tech
    The Panthers could target another receiver late in the 2012 NFL Draft. They've shown interest in Tim Benford.

  10. Buffalo Bills: Danny Trevathan, OLB, Kentucky
    Buffalo could use two selections on linebackers considering the lack of depth it has there.

  11. Kansas City Chiefs: Andrew Datko, OT, Florida State
    The Chiefs signed Eric Winson, but they could go after another tackle because Branden Albert is entering his contract year.

  12. Detroit Lions: Vontaze Burfict, ILB, Arizona State
    I know this is another linebacker... but maybe the Lions will just see this as incredible value. They did say that they weren't going to factor in marijuana usage.

  13. Chicago Bears: Dennis Kelly, OT, Purdue
    The Bears are looking at Dennis Kelly, who would fit Mike Tice's blocking scheme perfectly.

  14. Arizona Cardinals: Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas
    The Cardinals need to bring in someone to push Stewart Bradley and Paris Lenon.

    Pick change; previously Christian Thompson, S

  15. Dallas Cowboys: Korey Toomer, ILB, Idaho
    Dallas lost Bradie James, so Jerry Jones will probably use a late-round selection on depth.

  16. Minnesota Vikings: Lionel Smith, CB, Texas A&M
    I'm running out of ways to say that the Vikings need help in their secondary.

  17. Green Bay Packers: Jeremy Lane, CB, Northwestern State
    The Packers have four seventh-round selections, so they'll be doubling up on some positions. Jeremy Lane fits their scheme.

  18. Seattle Seahawks: Josh Bellamy, CB, Louisville
    The Seahawks haven't added a cornerback yet. They may do so in the latter stages this weekend.

  19. San Diego Chargers: Chris Rainey, RB/KR, Florida
    Another running back, but this one serves a different purpose. Philip Rivers (or if you want to be politically correct, Philip Frey) really misses Darren Sproles. Why not spend a pick on a similar-type player?

  20. Tennessee Titans: William Vlachos, C, Alabama
    The Titans signed Steve Hutchinson, but they still need upgrades at right guard and center to maximize Chris Johnson's potential.

  21. Jacksonville Jaguars: Ronnie Cameron, DT, Old Dominion
    Some more defensive line help. The Jaguars have shown interest in this prospect.

  22. Detroit Lions: Bryce Brown, RB, Kansas State
    Bryce Brown was a top college recruit, but flamed out at Tennessee and Kansas State. He's worth a shot in Round 7. The Lions need running back depth considering their lack of depth at the position.

  23. Philadelphia Eagles: Chas Alecxih, DT, Pittsburgh
    The Eagles have a billion picks, so they're going to be doubling up on some positions.

    Pick change; previously Kourtnei Brown, DE (ATL)

  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jerrell Harris, ILB, Alabama
    Another Alabama inside linebacker. This one will provide depth behind the other one.

  25. New York Jets: Cameron Collins, ILB, Oregon State
    Bart Scott won't be around much longer, so Rex Ryan will need to find a successor.

  26. Houston Texans: Randy Bullock, K, Texas A&M
    The Texans don't have a kicker on their roster, so they'll obviously need to find one.

  27. New Orleans Saints: Darrion Weems, OT, Oregon
    The Saints have shown interest in Darrion Weems. That makes sense because they need tackle depth.

  28. Green Bay Packers: Scott Solomon, DE/OLB, Rice
    The Packers really need to upgrade their pass rush.

  29. Baltimore Ravens: Buddy Jackson, CB, Pittsburgh
    The Ravens have only three cornerbacks under contract who saw a good amount of snaps last year. One is Cary Williams, who is coming off hip surgery. Baltimore could use help at corner, and you can never have enough good ones.

  30. San Francisco 49ers: Duke Ihenacho, SS, San Jose State
    The 49ers don't have much depth at safety, so they may use a late-round pick to change that.

  31. Kansas City Chiefs: Jordan White, WR, Western Michigan
    Steve Breaston won't be on the team beyond 2012 because he'll be owed $3.8 million the following season. The Chiefs will need a receiver ready to step in by 2013.

  32. New York Giants: Austin Davis, QB, Southern Miss
    The Giants don't have a young quarterback to groom behind Eli Manning.

  33. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kelvin Beachum, G, SMU
    More depth for Pittsburgh's shaky interior offensive line.

  34. Green Bay Packers: Chase Baker, DE/DT, Boise State
    The Packers have shown interest in Chase Baker, who would provide some depth on the defensive line.

  35. New York Jets: Jeff Adams, OT, Columbia
    The Jets re-signed Wayne Hunter, but they'd be crazy not to bring in some competition for him.

  36. Green Bay Packers: Trevor Coston, ST/S, Maine
    The Packers have tons of seventh-round picks, so they'll be using at least one to primarily bolster their special teams.

  37. New York Jets: Josh Bush, S, Wake Forest
    More safety help for the Jets. They really need help in this area.

  38. Cleveland Browns: Brian Stahovich, P, San Diego State
    Punter Reggie Hodges is coming off a torn Achilles tendon.

  39. Pittsburgh Steelers: Jeremy Jones, CB, Wayne State
    The Steelers haven't added a cornerback yet. They've shown interest in Jeremy Jones.

  40. Cleveland Browns: Steven Baker, OT, East Carolina
    The Browns are really thin at offensive tackle. A very late pick could be used for help even if an earlier one is spent on the same position.

  41. Pittsburgh Steelers: John Hughes, DE/DT, Cincinnati
    The Steelers lost Aaron Smith and won't have Brett Kiesel much longer.

  42. Atlanta Falcons: Kellen Moore, QB, Boise State
    Kellen Moore can challenge John Parker Wilson to be Matt Ryan's backup in the future.

  43. San Diego Chargers: Brad Smelley, TE, Alabama
    Will Antonio Gates ever last an entire season? It's highly likely that Gates will suffer some sort of malady next year, so here's some insurance.

  44. Buffalo Bills: Quentin Saulsberry, C, Mississippi State
    The Bills could stand to find a capable backup behind Eric Wood at center. Colin Brown has just one career start.

  45. St. Louis Rams: Jacquies Smith, DE, Missouri
    I'm sure Jeff Fisher will want to draft a defensive end to add to his rotation.

  46. Indianapolis Colts: Matt Johnson, SS, Eastern Washington
    Mr. Irrelevant provides more help for Indianapolis' putrid secondary. Some competition is needed behind Tom Zbikowski.

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Lucas 09-18-2011 09:39 pm (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (total posts: 1)
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Kelechi Osemele will be a 1st round pick.
Kyle 09-17-2011 08:00 pm (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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 (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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