FINAL MOCK DRAFT
Posted: April 25, 2012
The 2012 NFL Draft is finally here. It’s a long process, and it all comes down to one weekend that will determine the lives of 253 of the top collegiate football players in the country.
We all know who the top-two draft picks are going to be, Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck and Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. Luck will be the first pick by the Indianapolis Colts, and Griffin III will head to the Washington Redskins. After those two picks, it all starts with the Minnesota Vikings, and there are a few possibilities with the third overall pick; will they pick Southern California offensive tackle Matt Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, or will they trade the pick and acquire extra selections to help along their rebuilding project?
In my previous mock draft, I produced a three-round version to give fans an idea of what could potentially happen. Obviously, the draft is a fluid process, and prospects move up and down boards daily. There are a few surprise selections in my final mock draft, but overall I’ve tried to remain as consistent as possible.
I’m proud to say that I’ve mocked the first six picks the exact same way (order and team) since January; I even projected the St. Louis Rams/Redskins trade in January. Now, how those picks unfold on draft day is unknown, but it’s a major element that I’ve remained consistent with throughout the draft process.
With that being said, here’s my final forecast of the first 32 selections in the 2012 NFL Draft. I hope you all enjoy the projections and Thursday night’s draft.
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Chris Steuber has covered the NFL and NFL Draft for multiple media outlets over the last decade, and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, including: The Colin Cowherd Show, NFL Network's Path to the Draft and Daily News Live on Comcast SportsNet (Philadelphia)... full biography