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Last update: Friday, April 20, 2012.

THIS IS NOT A 2012 NFL MOCK DRAFT. Click the link to see my real 2012 NFL Mock Draft. This is a 2012 NFL Not Draft - a compilation of popular mock picks that, in my opinion, will not happen. For the record, I was wrong about three things in my 2011 Not Mock (which means they did happen).

2012 NFL Not Draft: Picks 1-16

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: David DeCastro, G, Stanford
    David DeCastro seems like a very logical pick for the Bengals because they need a guard. The problem is that DeCastro is unlikely to fall to No. 17. He has the potential to be the best guard in the NFL over the next decade, so he's way too talented to make it past the Chiefs at No. 11, Cardinals at No. 13 and Cowboys at No. 14.

  2. San Diego Chargers: Any Offensive Lineman
    A.J. Smith is stubborn. He won't admit that Norv Turner sucks at coaching, and he refuses to spend a first-round pick on an offensive lineman. In fact, the last time San Diego as a franchise took an offensive lineman in the first round was all the way back in 1986 (James FitzPatrick, No. 13 overall). The Chargers need help up front, but Smith is going to stick with his strategy and select blockers later in the 2012 NFL Draft.

  3. Chicago Bears: Any Offensive Lineman
    I'm going to double up on "any offensive lineman." I really don't see the Bears going that direction unless teams are completely stupid and let David DeCastro fall to them, which I don't see happening. Offensive line coach Mike Tice is the best in the business, so Chicago can let him get the most out of inferior talent while upgrading another area on the roster.

  4. Tennessee Titans: Any Offensive Lineman
    Head coach Mike Munchak said that he will not be selecting an offensive lineman in Round 1. Like me, Munchak is a Penn Stater, and Penn Staters do not lie about anything. So, as you can see, Munchak will not pick Peter Konz or any other blocker with the 20th pick.

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Mike Wallace, WR, Steelers
    Using this pick to obtain Mike Wallace is such a logical move. The Bengals need a receiver, and Wallace is better than anyone they can get at this spot. Cincinnati has the space to pay Wallace, and making such a move would really hurt its arch rival. So, why won't the Bengals sign Wallace? Well, the scuttlebutt is that all of the NFL teams have an unwritten agreement that all restricted free agents are off limits. One word: lame.

  6. Cleveland Browns: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
    Stephen Hill won the vote here in the 2012 Reader NFL Mock Draft, but I don't see that pick happening. This is a bit early for Hill, so he'd be a reach. I also can't imagine Mike Holmgren taking such a raw receiver in the first round. I imagine he'll want someone more prepared for his West Coast system.

  7. Detroit Lions: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
    Two reasons, one not being as strong as the other. The obvious one seems to be that both Mikel Leshoure and Nick Fairley were arrested for marijuana-related incidents this offseason, so drafting Adams would be a terrible PR move. However, Anwar Richardson of M Live reported that pot will not factor into Detroit's decision-making. Here's what will: Is the player they're drafting the top prospect on the board? The Lions stay true to their rankings, which probably means that they won't be interested in Adams at No. 23. I can't imagine him being the best player available.

  8. Pittsburgh Steelers: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
    I've been asked about a possible Doug Martin-to-Steelers scenario because of Rashard Mendenhall's injury. I doubt it'll happen. Pittsburgh doesn't reach for needs and instead stays true to its draft board. I highly doubt that Martin would be one of their top two or three players available.

  9. Denver Broncos: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
    Here's another spot where Stephen Hill's raw route running will hurt him. Peyton Manning undoubtedly wishes for another talented receiver to throw to besides Demaryius Thomas, but given his age, he'll want someone who can contribute right away.

  10. Houston Texans: Any Offensive Lineman
    The Texans lost right tackle Eric Winston and guard Mike Brisiel in free agency, but they're not going to grab a replacement at No. 26 overall. They run a zone-blocking scheme and truly believe in their system. They're confident they can plug mid-rounders into the lineup and have them perform really well.

  11. New England Patriots: Luke Kuechly, OLB, Boston College
    There's no way in hell that Luke Kuechly falls to No. 27 - he's just way too talented - but maybe some people think that the Patriots will want to trade up for him as a replacement for Gary Guyton, who signed with the Dolphins recently. Well, it's not going to happen because Kuechly's agent is Tom Condon, whom Bill Belichick hates with a passion.

  12. Green Bay Packers: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
    I've received a couple of e-mails telling me to mock Janoris Jenkins to the Packers because Ted Thompson will realize the value. I'm sure Jenkins would be intriguing to the fans, but he's just not a good fit for the system. Also, if the Lions are serious about not considering marijuana to be a factor in their decision-making, then Jenkins is not dropping past them at No. 23 because he'll be the best player available.

  13. Baltimore Ravens: Any Rush Linebacker
    The Ravens could always take a rush linebacker if they love one enough, but it's not as much of a need as many project it to be. Yes, Jarret Johnson is gone, but Paul Kruger is ready to step in. Kruger, a second-round pick in 2009, had 5.5 sacks last year despite playing limited snaps. He's also good in run support.

  14. San Francisco 49ers: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
    The 49ers could take a receiver at this spot, but I don't think it'll be Rueben Randle. I don't have anything connecting San Francisco away from the LSU wideout, but I don't think Randle is a first-round prospect. His tape against elite cornerbacks is terrible. He did nothing in two matchups against Dre Kirkpatrick. Like most of the other Tiger receivers, Randle figures to be a bust.

  15. New England Patriots: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
    Another "not" spot for Janoris Jenkins. I've seen him linked to the Patriots on various publications, but Greg Bedard of the Boston Globe wrote about a week ago that he would be shocked if New England drafted the troubled corner. I don't really have anyone else to tab as a "not" pick in this spot, so I'll trust Bedard on this one.

  16. New York Giants: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
    Coby Fleener is popularly mocked to New York, but Peter King pointed it out - Giants' tight end coach Mike Pope won't want the Stanford product because blocking is a weakness of his. Pope isn't interested in tight ends who can't block, no matter how great they are at catching the football.

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Ben 04-23-2012 07:23 pm (total posts: 1)
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ok seriously everyone saying things

"No Kalil??!?!"

"Stephen Hill Twice?!?!?"


did you not read what this is? this is the list of alternate choices Most commonly attributed to the corresponding team, whom he feels will not go there!

so its screwy in the top 5 where so many picks are all but locked in, and the idea works better later in the draft wher teams are more likly to have numerous possible options that seem to make some sense...but I think the general idea here "contrary to popular belief, Team X would pass on this player even if they are available"

hence the non appearance of Kalil...he's not going to get past the Vikings (despite the Claiborne rumors..which is why HE is listed for Minnesota) but even if he one who could even remotely consider a tackle would pass on him
Michael Calamia 04-21-2012 03:16 am (total posts: 1)
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Vaughn Moore you're an idiot. Lets talk about your recent bust like Kareem Jackson. Dm is terrible. Upsize doesn't have the size of a 4-3 end and the coverage ability for a 3-4 backer can you say Vernon gholston? Kirkpatrick will be suspended a few times for weed. The only legit players are Richardson and hightower the rest is garbage. Claiborne is going to be an animal in the NFL. He offers shutdown ability and returns. There IS. A reason he is the CONCENSUS #1 Cb in the draft. Brooks brockers and Taylor will be fine in the NFL bank on it. Hard for a receiver to look good with no qb! Randle will be just fine with someone actually worth running routes for.
Vaughan Moore 04-21-2012 01:32 am (total posts: 1)
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Reuben Randle will end up being a huge bust in the NFL. Did he have a single season over 1,000 yards? I also think every single LSU prospect will be a huge bust in the NFL, with the exception of Michael Brockers (whom I have going to Philadelphia at #15) and Ron Brooks (4th-5th round prospect sleeper whom I have going to the Bills in the 5th). On the flip side, Alabama has enormous skill and talent. Trent Richardson to me is a no-brainer at #4 for the Cleveland Browns. He has no flaws. DeQuan Menzie is a true sleeper who was overlooked by some of the other big name prospects in that defensive backfield, including Dre Kirkpatrick (whom I have going to Cincinnati at #17) and Mark Barron (whom I have going to the Cowboys at #14). The Crimson Tide is stocked with talent, while the Tigers are mostly made up of a bunch of NFL busts (again, with the exception of Brockers and Brooks). Talk about overrated.
TheOUTLAW 04-20-2012 06:54 pm (total posts: 1)
21     36

Stephen Hill going 22 and 25. Now that takes talent.
SanDiegoOnionTrib 04-20-2012 04:44 pm (total posts: 1)
22     22

An article on Walter and his web site:
JJ 04-20-2012 04:16 pm (total posts: 1)
50     90

No Matt Kahlil?
@Nice... 04-20-2012 03:17 pm (total posts: 1)
20     22

OH SNAP!!! You tok the words right off of my keyboard!!!LOL...Too soon?
Andy F 04-20-2012 02:52 pm (total posts: 1)
32     20

Surprised to see Jenkins as a Not for the Patriots. They drafted Aaron Hernandez and Brandon Spike, both of whom played at Florida under Urban Meyer and both of whom were rumored to have smoked weed in college (much like Jenkins). Yes, Jenkins got arrested but that was after Meyer left as coach. If he drops, I wouldnt be at all surprised if the Patriots drafted him.
Nice... 04-20-2012 01:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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"Head coach Mike Munchak said that he will not be selecting an offensive lineman in Round 1. Like me, Munchak is a Penn Stater, and Penn Staters do not lie about anything."
Only that one time where everybody in PSU lied about little boy rape.
ironduke 04-20-2012 12:33 pm (total posts: 1)
55     45

This is just as likely to be true as the real mock drafts.
Jake 04-20-2012 11:58 am (total posts: 1)
19     27

For the Jets, Poe should have been the 'not' pick. Peter King mocked the Jets taking Poe with the 16th pick and it's insane. He doesn't fit our biggest needs (pass rusher, safety, wide receiver) and he's not far and away the BAP at 16 (no matter how the draft goes down).
Really?! 04-20-2012 11:14 am (total posts: 1)
180     23

Good thing this isnt a mock draft because it would be freaking sad if Matt Kalil fell out of the 1st round.
larry 04-20-2012 10:56 am (total posts: 1)
50     17

rich cimini a good jets source i dont know whether to laugh or cry
stopped reading when 04-20-2012 08:19 am (total posts: 1)
137     20 said Rich Cimini knows the Jets as well as anyone.

Anyone that follows the Jets knows that if Cimini says something then the opposite is more than likely true - so look to see Floyd be the pick if he is there.
Darknight 04-20-2012 06:52 am (total posts: 1)
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It's actually refreshing to see you Not mock Fleener to the Giants and you hit it on the nail. I don't think it's an absolute definite. I think positional value would be a bigger reason for not selecting Fleener.

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