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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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... 09-15-2011 05:04 pm (total posts: 4)
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Why are you mocking defensive linemen to the Browns? The pass rush wasn't the problem in the Browns game against the Bengals. It was the depleted offensive line and poor discipline from an extremley young team. The Browns need a RT, a linebacker and a receiver in the first two rounds next year. Not defensive linemen.
Roy 09-15-2011 04:14 pm (total posts: 8)
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I love the Chiefs pick and completely agree with you Walt.
M-Dogg 09-15-2011 03:13 pm (total posts: 1)
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Trent Richardson to Denver in the 1st makes alot of sense and this is the first time i've seen it. John Fox wants to run the football and their depth at RB leaves alot to be desired. You know people tend to forget that Minnesota goes best player available. I see OT in almost every mock but if Matt Kalil is gone I don't think that'll be the pick. Vontaze Burfict is an absolute beast and one of the best players in the Draft. Even if they retain Henderson Burfict has the ability to play the other OLB position opposite Greenway IMO and wow that'd make their LB core scary good. I could see them targeting either Jeffrey or Michael Floyd with their first round pick too. Harvin is a great WR for them but he just isen't a #1 WR. They need a bigger guy who can stretch the field and if they had one of those 2, Harvin, Peterson, and their two talented TEs they'd be set at the impact positions for a long time. I dunno if I like the Colts going OT. I think Indy is going to panic. We all know for sure now that there nothing without Manning and theres a chance he's done for good and an even better chance that he'll never be the same cuz of this injury. If their drafting that early I say grab Barkley while you can.
Lidowns 09-15-2011 02:03 pm (total posts: 3)
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Happy to see Blackmon ahead of Jeffrey for the first time! J.B. has that special kind of can't-miss talent. Also, I hate to say I told you so about Nate Colorado the offense was a shotgun accompanied by a 5 step drop after that....He will easily go down as the best LT in this previous class.
Vince 09-15-2011 01:52 pm (total posts: 10)
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Bruce Irvin in the first round and before Courtney Upshaw? I'd love to hear the reasoning behind that.
Wharthog 09-15-2011 12:31 pm (total posts: 7)
28     15

Miguel Lobsterbush?

Jetssuck 09-15-2011 11:44 am (total posts: 1)
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So the Dolphins pass up Landry Jones but take Foles in round 2?
The same Dolphins that have been rdiculed for drafting 3 QBs in 3 straight rounds 2s (2007-2009) while passing on higher-rated prospects in round 1?
The same Dolphins who will supposedly be helmed by a new head coach?
Those Dolphins will pass up a sure-thing blue chipper to take Arizona's Nick Foles?
Me thinks you phoned that one (and some others in round 2) in Walt.
Baker 09-15-2011 11:19 am (total posts: 5)
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I'm going to stop reading this garbage website if I see one more mock with a DT in the top 2 rounds. The Browns have Rubin and Taylor locked up until 2014 and lack playmakers.

CB-Sheldon Brown is over the hill
RT-couldn't protect McCoy
DE-couldn't get outside pressure(Middle was great)
WR-need more weapons
LB-very week group even overrated Jackson
Tommy 09-15-2011 10:46 am (total posts: 1)
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So no team from the afc south makes the playoffs?
AJT 09-15-2011 10:11 am (total posts: 11)
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I disagree Browns Fan. I too love my browns but the need for depth is a major concern. I like the selection of Coples,DE UNC with their first pick and the best available DT with the pick coming from the Falcons; projected to be later in the first round.(I have a man crush on Jared Crick... STUD).

As I stated before, NO WAY the Browns take a CB in the second round. Look for the best available LB come off the board with the browns 3rd draft pick.
Browns Fan 09-15-2011 09:36 am (total posts: 1)
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No way Browns take a DT. They just signed Athaba Rubin to a 3 year deal. He lead all Defensive Lineman (including DE's) in tackles last year
Colts 09-15-2011 08:39 am (total posts: 3)
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Need a WR. Wayne, Garcon and Gonzales are all in a contract year and it is no better than even-money that any of them will be re-signed. Even if they do take another OT (doubt they will) in the first round, they would not pass of Jeff Fuller in the second in favor of a Safety.
Lions fan 1 09-15-2011 08:00 am (total posts: 3)
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Walt....second round needs some work my friend. As for the Lions...Zack Brown and Ben Jones? Brown is decent but LB is decent enough and I dont know if Jones is good enough for a second round grade....CB and OL need to be addressed by capable players. Step your game up. No way Lions dont resign Tulloch
Zorbac 09-15-2011 05:19 am (total posts: 1)
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In this 2 round draft...
are you telling me that Kelechi Osemele
is going to fall to the 3rd round?????
@vagdestroyer 09-15-2011 12:31 am (total posts: 3)
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Not that there's anything wrong with that...

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