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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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HawksFan 09-16-2011 04:20 am (total posts: 1)
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Hey Walter,
Just my opinion, but it's actually going to go round 1 QB round 2 DT (3 tech) for the Hawks.
Alex 09-16-2011 02:28 am (total posts: 1)
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Miguel Lobsterbush is a great name.
darnell 09-16-2011 02:11 am (total posts: 2)
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seattle needs an edge rusher more than they need a cb with that early 2nd rounder. brandon browner so far is pretty good, locked up braylon in week 1.
rovibe 09-16-2011 12:52 am (total posts: 3)
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I get it that it's hard to do mocks without knowing each team's backup situation. That said, there's no way the Vikings go ILB in the 1st round. EJ Henderson is still playing at a high level, and his backup is a 2009 draftee who has played well when called upon. Instead, I'd bet the farm they go o-line first, and specifically, left tackle. There are 4 or 5 high prospects at tht position, and the Vikings were just ranked the worst offensive line in the NFL after week one, something that no Vikings fans are surprised by... I'm calling it now - LT in the 1st, WR in the 2nd.
Jeff 09-15-2011 11:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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Okay, the we gave the Bengals that game Walt. We played a sloppy penalty ridden game, had a horrible punter gift wrapping field position, and it took one, once in a lifetime monumental coaching F-Up to beat us.... But sure second pick overall... I mean I am pretty sure things are going to tighten up. Then again the Browns weren't going to make any adjustments or anything...
DH 09-15-2011 09:57 pm (total posts: 8)
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Floyd to the Bears in round 1, please. And I'd prefer to wait a little longer on a DE, but I could see it in the 2nd if Woot can't play.
WTF! 09-15-2011 09:10 pm (total posts: 1)
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Hey Walt! If the 49ers traded a couple of draft picks to move up in the second round in the 2011 NFL Draft to select Colin Kaepernick then why would they give up on him after only one season in which he will likely not play very much. YOU ALWAYS give up on players way too soon.You're very narrow minded with your picks sometimes.You need to think outside your little box.Most players need time to develop.But according to you if they are not pro bowl caliber players instantly then they should be replaced.Thank God you ain't a coach.
joe 09-15-2011 08:54 pm (total posts: 2)
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Does nobody outside of Cleveland know that the Browns have a pretty damn good DT in Rubin? DT depth is needed absolutely, but not a first rounder.
Brittfar 09-15-2011 08:40 pm (total posts: 1)
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If the Vikings don't pick a lineman in the first two rounds, might as well slot them for the first pick in the 2013 draft.
Kyle 09-15-2011 08:00 pm (total posts: 5)
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Someone smart enough to mock the Lions for an interior Lineman somewhere in the first 2 rounds.
I expect we'll see Tulloch resigned sometime this season giving the Lions 4 solid young(er) LB's to grow together. Tulloch, Durant, Levy, Carpenter.

We still have ZERO options for the future at OG and OC. While Sims (LG) will be around for awhile I can't see Raiola coming back next season and Peterman (RG) may not make it to the end of this season. Some plan for the future has to come soon.
Ian 09-15-2011 07:54 pm (total posts: 19)
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There are too many great wide outs in this class. Blackmon.. Fuller.. Sanu.. Jeffreys.. and Floyd.. There are five 1st round wide outs in my estimation.
broncofan 09-15-2011 07:52 pm (total posts: 2)
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i could see denver drafting either a qb or dt in the first two rounds and a rb later
broncofan 09-15-2011 07:44 pm (total posts: 2)
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walt denver aloud 190 yards against the raiders they need a new dt and on offense they could be targeting rb and qb
You're clueless 09-15-2011 05:59 pm (total posts: 7)
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Blackmon had a DUI as well. On the field, I'll take Floyd over Blackmon. At the very least it's close and Floyd is a top 15 pick, easily. I'll gladly place a bet that Floyd is taken in the top 15 in the draft this year.
scott 09-15-2011 05:49 pm (total posts: 1)
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When or where do u prodict that Kellen Moore is going to go in 2012??

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