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2012 NFL Draft Goals

Posted April 10, 2012.
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What does every team need to accomplish in the 2012 NFL Draft? We'll look at each team's goals on this page, as well as possible selections for each squad. Also see how the goals are being addressed in the 2012 NFL Mock Draft (will be updated tomorrow).
  1. Indianapolis Colts
    Peyton Manning is gone, so the Colts are starting over. Andrew Luck will obviously be the No. 1 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, so Indianapolis needs to build around him. Early selections should be spent on a receiver, a tight end and an offensive lineman. The Colts also need 3-4 personnel because they are moving to that scheme. They've addressed some of those areas in free agency (though a nose tackle is still needed), so their efforts must be spent on constructing a strong supporting cast to help Luck become the perennial Pro Bowler everyone expects him to be.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Andrew Luck, QB
    2. Coby Fleener, TE
    3. Alameda Ta'amu, NT
    4. Juron Criner, WR

  2. Washington Redskins
    The Redskins are in the same position as the Colts, only with a better defense and running game. Robert Griffin will the choice at No. 2, so Washington needs to provide him with a target and protection. The Redskins have the personnel to contend for a playoff spot with quality quarterbacking, so they must do everything in their power to make Griffin's transition to the NFL as smooth as possible. The secondary must also be addressed.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Robert Griffin, QB
    3. Casey Hayward, CB
    4. Tommy Streeter, WR
    4. Nate Potter, OT

  3. Minnesota Vikings
    Minnesota has so many needs, but the front office has to prioritize acquiring support for Christian Ponder. The No. 12 overall selection in the 2011 NFL Draft has absolutely nothing to work with outside of Percy Harvin, an injured Adrian Peterson and a raw Kyle Rudolph. The offensive line is in shambles, and it must be addressed immediately. The secondary is also a mess.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Matt Kalil, OT
    2. Harrison Smith, SS
    3. Brandon Boykin, CB
    4. Marvin McNutt, WR
    4. Jaye Howard, DT
    4. Shaun Prater, CB

  4. Cleveland Browns
    No one wants to play for the Browns, per certain reports. Whether you believe them or not, there's no denying that this Cleveland team doesn't appear as though it's going anywhere. There's no franchise quarterback, while the offense as a whole lacks play-makers. The 2012 NFL Draft will be all about bolstering the scoring unit.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Trent Richardson, RB
    1. Kendall Wright, WR
    2. Mike Adams, OT
    3. Brock Osweiler, QB
    4. Chase Minnifield, CB
    4. Travis Lewis, OLB

  5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers
    Raheem Morris said it before he was fired - the offense lacks play-makers. Josh Freeman really struggled in 2012 for various reasons, one of which was a miserable supporting cast. Vincent Jackson was added in free agency, but he's not enough. The back seven of the defense also needs to be fixed.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Morris Claiborne, CB
    2. Doug Martin, RB
    3. Tank Carder, LB

  6. St. Louis Rams
    The Rams are in the same exact position as the Vikings: They have tons of holes and a young quarterback with a terrible supporting cast. Jeff Fisher must help Sam Bradford to prevent the Oklahoma product from becoming the next David Carr. I've seen some mocks project Fletcher Cox to St. Louis at No. 6 overall, but selecting a defensive tackle over Justin Blackmon would be disastrous.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Justin Blackmon, WR
    2. Mike Adams, OT
    2. Kendall Reyes, DT
    3. LaMichael James, RB
    4. Marvin McNutt, WR

  7. Jacksonville Jaguars
    Jacksonville has a playoff-caliber defense and running game. It's just too bad that its quarterback situation is so miserable. If Blaine Gabbert continues to struggle, Gene Smith will be fired because he traded up for him last April. The smart move would have been to admit the mistake and attempt to move up for Robert Griffin, but that ship has sailed. Thus, Smith's only move is to give Gabbert the best supporting cast possible.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Michael Floyd, WR
    2. Kevin Zeitler, G
    3. Cam Johnson, DE
    4. Joe Adams, WR

  8. Miami Dolphins
    Just like no one wants to play for the Browns, NFL players are avoiding the Dolphins. The owner is not a football guy, while the general manager asks prospects if their mother is a whore. This Miami franchise is in complete disarray and needs help everywhere, particularly on offense. Improving the pass rush is also a must.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Michael Floyd, WR
    2. Vinny Curry, DE/OLB
    3. Marvin Jones, WR
    3. James Brown, OT
    4. Ryan Lindley, TE

  9. Carolina Panthers
    The Panthers have their franchise quarterback in place. Now, they have to build around him and improve their defense. Upgrades can be acquired at almost every position on the stop unit.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Michael Floyd, WR
    2. Kendall Reyes, DT
    4. Josh Norman, CB

  10. Buffalo Bills
    Buffalo spent a ton of money this offseason revamping the defensive line. It also gave lots of cash to Ryan Fitzpatrick during the 2011 campaign. Upgrading Fitzpatrick's supporting cast is crucial at this point, especially considering that his left tackle recently signed with the Eagles. The cornerback position must also be addressed.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Riley Reiff, OT
    2. Josh Robinson, CB
    3. Marvin McNutt, WR
    4. Ryan Lindley, QB
    4. T.Y. Hilton, WR

  11. Kansas City Chiefs
    Excluding the obvious hole at quarterback, the Chiefs have two positions of weakness: interior offensive line and nose tackle. Luckily for them, they may have a choice between David DeCastro and Dontari Poe at No. 11. There are also second-round prospects at those positions (Kevin Zeitler, Alameda Ta'amu) who could be available.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. David DeCastro, G
    2. Alameda Ta'amu, NT
    3. Dwight Bentley, CB
    4. Josh Kaddu, DE/OLB

  12. Seattle Seahawks
    Seattle filled its need at quarterback by signing Matt Flynn, so the front office can now concentrate on upgrading the front seven. The pass rush is lacking, while the linebacking corps is in shambles. Like the Chiefs, the Seahawks can upgrade both areas in the first two rounds because there will be prospects at those positions available at both selections.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Luke Kuechly, ILB
    2. Vinny Curry, DE
    3. Chris Polk, RB
    4. Tony Bergstrom, OT-G

  13. Arizona Cardinals
    Upgrading the quarterback position is out of the question because the Cardinals just paid Kevin Kolb's $7 million option bonus. They'll have to bolster his offensive line and receiving corps instead. A pass-rusher is also needed across from Sam Acho.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. David DeCastro, G
    3. Jeff Allen, OT
    4. Josh Kaddu, DE/OLB

  14. Dallas Cowboys
    Jerry Jones said that he's done upgrading the offense after signing Nate Livings and Mackenzy Bernadeau. The thing is, neither Livings nor Bernadeau is a legitimate starter in the NFL, so maybe Jones will still select David DeCastro if he's available at No. 14. I don't see him being there anyway, so Dallas will likely focus on improving its porous defense.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Dontari Poe, NT
    2. Ronnell Lewis, DE/OLB
    3. Jamell Fleming, CB
    4. Philip Blake, C

  15. Philadelphia Eagles
    The Eagles don't really have many needs, so they can afford to take the best player available at almost every pick. Areas that still need to be upgraded are strongside linebacker, strong safety and cornerback depth. A big receiver and a successor for the current starting quarterback should also be considered.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Fletcher Cox, DT
    2. Bobby Wagner, OLB
    2. Juron Criner, WR
    3. Brock Osweiler, QB
    4. Ryan Steed, CB

  16. New York Jets
    The Jets have lackluster play-makers on offense and a declining defense featuring very few players who can get to the quarterback consistently. Rex Ryan can only pray that Michael Floyd falls to him so he can obtain a No. 1 receiver for Tim Tebow, but he'll likely have to spend his first few selections on upgrades for his stop unit.

    Ideal 2012 NFL Draft (First Four Rounds):
    1. Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB
    2. Harrison Smith, SS
    3. Marvin Jones, WR

    Go to 2012 NFL Draft Goals: Picks 17-32

    Sorry for cutting this into two halves; I've received complaints about load times and putting the mock draft on two pages saves bandwidth.

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Michael Scarn 04-10-2012 04:15 pm (total posts: 1)
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Mike Adams is going to be a busy man playing for both the Rams and Browns.
Neil 04-10-2012 04:03 pm (total posts: 1)
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So Mike Adams is going to both the Browns and the Rams??
Matt 04-10-2012 04:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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So nobody is going to target Tannehill first 4 rounds??? I have difficulty buying that!
andres 04-10-2012 03:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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The bengals wont trade for wallace he wants too much money
Jason 04-10-2012 03:43 pm (total posts: 1)
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You have Jake Bequette, DE going to both the Raiders and the Saints ???
Eric Decker 04-10-2012 02:53 pm (total posts: 1)
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What about me and Tamme
Talented guy 04-10-2012 02:10 pm (total posts: 3)
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Marvin Jones is playing for 2 teams in the AFC east! How the hell is he pulling that off....Jets and Phins
@ shocked 04-10-2012 02:09 pm (total posts: 3)
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Sorry, but Osemele will not be there in the 3rd. Browns draft does look solid though, I agree.
Holy Shiznit 04-10-2012 02:08 pm (total posts: 3)
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Ryan Steed is a bad mofo, he is playing for the Broncos and Eagles.
negatory 04-10-2012 01:44 pm (total posts: 1)
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tim tebow will not be the jets starter. 2 out of 3 years sanchez brought the jets to the AFC title game, fix the oline and get him some help at WR and with upgrades on defense, he will be fine.
Shocked 04-10-2012 01:30 pm (total posts: 1)
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Wow. I'm stunned. The browns ideal mock isn't bad. I actually agree with most of what you stated. A friend and I did this exact same thing for the browns recently and what we came up with was:

1. Trent Richardson, RB
1. Kendall Wright, WR
2. Mike Adams, OT
3. Kelechi Osemele, OG
4. Chase Minnifield, CB
4. Travis Lewis, OLB

If you change Osweiler to Osemele I completely agree. I don't think the browns will/should take a QB in the first 3 rounds. Although I don't like the idea of Colt starting for us for another year, I think it would be stupid to waste a 2nd or 3rd rounder on a guy that has a very little chance of becoming a franchise QB.
Kyle 04-10-2012 12:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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Why isn't Janoris Jenkins on here? Is he going undrafted17
Everything is Shiney 04-10-2012 11:24 am (total posts: 1)
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I would cum rainbows if the Steelers first 4 picks went like that. I doubt Osemele falls to them in the 2nd though, and the lack of NT's will drive up Baptiste and I don't think he falls past the 3rd round.
Supernova 12 04-10-2012 10:29 am (total posts: 1)
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The Bill's draft board should look something like this,

1st- 1)Kuechly 2)Floyd 3)Rieff 4)Decastro

2nd-1)Mike Adams 2)Alshon Jeffery 3)Sanders 4)Fleener 5)Brown 6)Alfonzo Dennard 7)Sanu

3rd- 1)Quick 2)Bradham 3)Mcnutt 4)Osweiler
5)Criner 6)Brown 7)Toon 8)Spence

4th- 1)Charles 2)Minnifield 3)Potter 4)Green 5)Brewster 6)Menzie 7)Lewis 8)Streeter 9)Datko 10)Burflict

I wouldn't mind the Bills taking a chance on former projected first round picks like Datko and Burflict, but it probably won't happen, which is probably a good thing.

I would say the best draft that actually has a shot at happening for the Bills out of these prospects is

Thank You
Paul Patriot 04-10-2012 10:11 am (total posts: 2)
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Seems like the pats are loaded in the draft every year

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