Skip to main content

Originally published April 25, 2012 at 7:31 PM | Page modified April 26, 2012 at 12:42 AM

  • Share:
  • Comments (32)
  • Print

Danny O'Neil's mock NFL draft

Danny O'Neil's mock draft Seahawks reporter Danny O'Neil predicts how the top 32 picks will go in Thursday's NFL draft: Pick, team Player...

Most Popular Comments
Hide / Show comments
I sure hope the Hawks trade down!!! Not crazy about the players available at 12, and... MORE
Coples has bust written all over him. Never draft a kid who gave a half-ass effort in... MORE
No way Keuchly is there at 12, not even close...besides, I an SOOOO done with taking... MORE


Danny O'Neil's mock draft
Seahawks reporter Danny O'Neil predicts how the top 32 picks will go in Thursday's NFL draft:
Pick, team Player
1. Indianapolis Colts QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
Least surprising draft pick ever. The Colts wouldn't have cut Peyton Manning if they weren't in position to draft a once-in-a-decade kind of QB prospect.
2. Washington Redskins QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
He will be the fourth quarterback Washington has drafted in the first round in the past 20 drafts, most of any team in the league in that time.
3. Minnesota Vikings LT Matt Kalil, USC
The Vikings have done everything but post this pick on to get a deal, but if they make the pick, they need protection for QB Christian Ponder.
4. Cleveland Browns RB Trent Richardson, Alabama
The last time Mike Holmgren used a first-round pick on an Alabama running back, the Seahawks landed a franchise back in Shaun Alexander.
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers CB Morris Claiborne, LSU
The top cornerback in the draft goes No. 5 overall for the second consecutive year.
6. St. Louis Rams WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State
Some see Rams taking DT Fletcher Cox, but St. Louis has used three of its past five draft picks on defensive linemen, and QB Sam Bradford needs weapons.
7. Jacksonville Jaguars DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
Jags would love to get CB Morris Claiborne and could go for CB Stephon Gilmore, but getting the best defensive lineman in this draft is a steal.
8. Miami Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
Can't imagine a team willing to go into next season with a new coach thinking, "You know what, we're good with Matt Moore starting at quarterback."
9. Carolina Panthers DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina
Things worked out pretty well the last time the Panthers picked a defensive end from this school, choosing Julius Peppers No. 2 overall in 2002.
10. Buffalo Bills CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Buffalo really needs an offensive tackle, but the Bills need to get younger in the secondary after bolstering the pass rush in free agency.
11. Kansas City Chiefs LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College
One of the safest drafters in the league, Scott Pioli takes one of the safest players in the draft and plants him right next to Derrick Johnson.
12. Seattle Seahawks DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse
QB Ryan Tannehill would be an option if available, but Seattle showed last year it will follow its own evaluations as opposed to conventional wisdom.
13. Arizona Cardinals OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina
Larry Fitzgerald would like another receiver, but Ingram is too good of a fit for the Cardinals' defense.
14. Dallas Cowboys S Mark Barron, Alabama
Wednesday's big buzz was that Barron would be a top-10 pick, but that could be a ruse to bait the Cowboys into trading up to get the safety they truly covet.
15. Philadelphia Eagles DT Michael Brockers, LSU
Philadelphia has used three of its past five first-round picks on defensive linemen, showing its preference for building from the front of its defense.
16. New York Jets WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
Jets would like to boost their pass rush, but with OLB Melvin Ingram, S Mark Barron and DE Chandler Jones all gone, they take the No. 2 wideout available.
17. Cincinnati Bengals G David DeCastro, Stanford
It takes a heck of a guard to be drafted this high, and that's just what this Bellevue High grad is: a heck of a guard.
18. San Diego Chargers OLB Shea McClellin, Boise State
There isn't a team in the league that loves to draft pass rushers more than the San Diego Chargers, and McClellin fits their specs perfectly.
19. Chicago Bears DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois
DE Nick Perry's speed makes him intriguing here, but the Bears look nearby to find another edge rusher to pair with Julius Peppers.
20. Tennessee Titans CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama
The Titans let Cortland Finnegan walk in free agency, so they've got to find someone to provide some coverage on the outside.
21. Cincinnati Bengals DE Courtney Upshaw, Alabama
The Bengals love to boost the depth of their defensive line, and while some see Upshaw as caught between positions, Bengals see a formidable pass rusher.
22. Cleveland Browns WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech
Tied for the fastest wide receiver among all players at the scouting combine, and he turned 21 just this week.
23. Detroit Lions WR Kendall Wright, Baylor
With the attention that Calvin Johnson demands on the outside, Wright is the kind of player that can feast on the soft underside of opposing coverages.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers DT Dontari Poe, Memphis
Casey Hampton is 35 and coming off an Achilles injury, and his backup retired. Poe provides a big body to plug in the middle of that aging defense.
25. Denver Broncos TE Coby Fleener, Stanford
Broncos love the idea of letting Peyton Manning run their offense, and Manning loves Fleener at tight end.
26. Houston Texans G/T Cordy Glenn, Georgia
Texans could pursue a pass rusher after Mario Williams left in free agency, but Glenn is a versatile lineman to add to a potent running game.
27. New England Patriots LB Dont'a Hightower, Alabama
Bill Belichick loves to take DBs early so Harrison Smith of Notre Dame is an option, but Hightower is the Pats' kind of player.
28. Green Bay Packers OT Riley Reiff, Iowa
The Packers are pinching themselves finding a left tackle like this one at this position in the first round.
29. Baltimore Ravens OT Mike Adams, Ohio State
The Ravens need to prepare for the reality that offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie eats up more than just space on the offensive line.
30. San Francisco 49ers G Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin
The 49ers' well-stocked roster includes one clear-cut starting vacancy right now: right guard. But after picking Zeitler, it won't.
31. New England Patriots DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State
The Patriots have a penchant for trading down so they might not be using this pick; if they do, a cornerback like Trumaine Johnson is a possibility, as well.
32. New York Giants OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
The final pick of the first round is the guy trained to protect the first pick of the round.

News where, when and how you want it

Email Icon

Relive the magic

Relive the magic

Shop for unique souvenirs highlighting great sports moments in Seattle history.



NDN Video