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Chris Lewis has been the co-host of the Fantasy Forum for 19 years. He likes to say he started when he was 12, but we know better.
Originally born in NY (Long Island), Chris has been in the Phoenix metro area for 22 years and is an Arizona State Sun Devil alum. While he still roots for his hometown teams, the local squads have gained his loyalty over the years, and he has been a D-Backs season ticket holder since day 1 (and has remained so despite having to see Bauer every game).
Hi folks- we've been lucky enough the last few years to be able to talk to some of the most "inside" people around the country to put together a MOCK DRAFT on the Fantasy Forum. These are the beat writers, bloggers and columnists from around the country...the folks that really know their teams and their tendencies.
Unfortunately, thanks to the great success of our local hockey team (tune in tomorrow night to ALL the Coyotes ROUND 2 coverage right here in XTRA Sports 910!), we haven't had a show the last few weeks, so we couldn't have a mock draft show. So I tried to get in touch with everyone around the country to put on Twitter (@chrislewisxtra) and here on our blog. I was able to get the first 26 picks from experts around the country.
Rules? No trades allowed here. Otherwise, the folks were asked to select who they thought the team would take.
So here you go: the WRITER MOCK DRAFT 2012, with comments from the writers, and my thoughts on the last few picks of the first round at the bottom.
#1: Colts select QB Andrew Luck- Phillip B. Wilson (@pwilson24) of the Indianapolis Star (blogs.indystar.com/philb) says "It's never been much of a secret. Colts were sold on him from day one."
#2: Redskins select QB Robert Griffin III- Mike Jones (@MikeJonesWaPo) of the Washington Post (www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/football-insider) says "Mike Shanahan and his staff believe the Baylor quarterback will fit perfectly into their system and will give Washington its first franchise quarterback since Joe Theismann."
#3: Vikings select OT Matt Kalil- Dan Wiederer (@StribDW) of the Star-Tribune (www.startribune.com/vikings) comments: "The Vikings need help on their OL, WR and DB. But the draft depth of those latter two positions will allow them to still land WR and DB playmakers in Rounds 2-4. That makes Kalil, a can't miss LT, the safest and smartest pick."
#4: Browns select RB Trent Richardson- Nate Ulrich (@nateulrichABJ) of the Akron Beacon-Journal (www.ohio.com/browns) says "Browns need to select the best offensive player available, and it's Richardson. His powerful running style and ability to make plays as a receiver would give the Browns' offense a much-needed boost right away."
#5: Bucs select CB Morris Claiborne- Luke Easterling (@NFLDraftReport) of theDraftReport.com says "With Richardson off the board, this is obviously an easy call. Especially if the rumor about the Bucs shopping Talib has merit, and if the team indeed moves Barber to safety (he's been trying the position out at mini-camp this week) this pick becomes the perfect balance of need and value"
#6: Rams select WR Justin Blackmon- this pick was taken as a consensus of the mock drafts around STL. Need to get weapons for QB Sam Bradford to continue his development.
#7: Jaguars select DE Melvin Ingram- Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) of the Florida Times-Union (www.jacksonville.com/jaguars) says "They're hoping to trade down, but if they can't Ingram fills the need for another pass-rusher at a position that isn't very deep this year. That means the Jaguars probably won't be able to get a quality pass-rusher in later rounds like they might be able to with the very deep defensive tackle class"
#8: Dolphins select QB Ryan Tannehill- David J. Neal (@davidjneal) of the Miami Herald (www.miamiherald.com/sports/football/) says "they haven't picked a QB in the first round since Marino and don't want the protests to turn into riots"
#9: Panthers select DE Quinton Coples- Joseph Person (@josephperson) of the Charlotte Observer (www.charlotteobserver.com/sports/nfl/carolina-panthers/) was kind enough to help up out and make this pick.
#10: Bills select CB Stephon Gilmore- Brian Galliford (@buffalorumblings, buffalorumblings.com) says "I believe that South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore would narrowly beat out Georgia OT Cordy Glenn to be Buffalo's pick. Buffalo is a hard team to project, but GM Buddy Nix spoke glowingly of Gilmore this past week."
#11: Chiefs select LB Luke Kuechly- Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) of the Kansas City Star (www.kansascity.com/sports/chiefs/) selected the prolific production of this Boston College inside LB for KC. I think the Chiefs will be ecstatic if he drops this far.
#12: Seahawks select LB Courtney Upshaw- Nick Eaton (@njeaton) of the Post-Intelligencer (blog.seattlepi.com/football/) says "With the other pass-rushers already taken, I'd go with Courtney Upshaw for the Hawks. He's got a lot of passion and can make nasty-good hits. Wouldn't be too surprised if Seattle chooses to trade down — they're in fairly good shape after an impressive free-agency."
#13: Cardinals select OT Reilly Reiff- Kent Somers (@kentsomers) of the Arizona Republic (www.azcentral.com/members/Blog/KentSomers/) says "Wow, tough choice there between Reiff and Floyd. I've taken Floyd in mocks last week when this has come up. I'm changing my mind, however, and saying Reiff." Breaking news! Of course, this was two days ago...so we'll give Kent the benefit of the doubt either way!
#14: Cowboys select DT Fletcher Cox- got extra help on this one, but they both agreed: Rainer Sabin (@DMNRainerSabin) of the Dallas Morning News (dallasnews.com) and KD Drummond (@bloggingtheboys and bloggingtheboys.com) both selected Cox. Sabin says "looking for a pass rusher and Cox could provide pressure as an end in Dallas' 3-4 scheme."
#15: Eagles select S Mark Barron- Jason B (@bleedinggreen) of SB Nation Philly (bleedinggreennation.com) says "The Eagles need better safety play then they got last season and while they have recent high picks who could grow into the role, Barron is solid value here and could start day one. Plus, if the draft actually played out like this, he might be very well be the best player left on the board."
#16: Jets select DE Chandler Jones- Jake Steinberg (@steiny31) of TheJetsBlog.com says "Jones has long arms and a good build. He is great off the snap which allows him to get around the offensive tackle. He is an unquestioned leader and shows true grit and passion on the field. He shows some nice power off his bull rush. Jones has a ton of potential thanks to the ability to grow into his frame and use his size."
#17: Bengals select WR Michael Floyd- Joe Reedy (@joereedy) of the Cincinnati Enquirer (www.cincinnati.com/bengals) points out that "Offense needs a second receiver to help take the load off A.J. Green."
#18: Chargers select DE Whitney Mercilus- Kevin Acee (@UTKevinAcee) of the SD Union-Tribune (www.utsandiego.com/news/sports/chargers/) says "They need pass rush and can afford to just send him after QB & let him learn."
#19: Bears select WR Kendall Wright- XTRA Sports own Mike Jack Bauer (@mikejackbauer), when asked why the Bears would make this pick says "Why? Because they are stupid. I would pick Jonathan Martin or Cordy Glenn. But Lovie loves Wright."
#20: Titans select CB Dre Kirkpatrick- John Glennon (@glennonsports) of the Tennessean (www.tennessean.com/section/SPORTS) says "Titans lost CB Cortland Finnegan to free agency, but Kirkpatrick would combine with Jason McCourty and Alterraun Verner to form a strong trio in the defensive backfield. Titans might even consider moving him to safety at some point."
#21: Bengals select DT Michael Brockers- thanks to Joe Reedy for making both of the Bengals picks. Will be interesting to see if they keep both of them tonight.
#22: Browns select WR Stephen Hill- Nate Ulrich of the Beacon-Journal helped us with both Browns picks, and points out that "Browns are desperate for help at receiver, and Hill would satisfy their need for speed at the position."
#23: Lions select OT Cordy Glenn- Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) of the Detroit Free Press (www.freep.com/section/sports01) made this pick for the resurgent Lions. LT Backus is getting up in years...Glenn could play inside until Backus hangs it up.
#24: Steelers select G David Decastro- Lance Williams (@steelradio) of Steel Curtain Radio guided me in the direction of guard on this one, and I think he is right. I had trouble communicating to him who was available, and he had another guard chosen, but Decastro is clearly the top rated guard, the Steelers could use help on the interior, and I think they would jump on the Stanford G. So as the person who writes this blog, I'm going with Decastro! Either way, check out Lance's podcast at http://www.facebook.com/groups/steelcurtainradio/ for all things Steeler.
#25: Broncos select DT Dontari Poe- Sayre Bedinger (@milehighreport and milehighreport.com) says "With the players available, I would look to first trade down, but as of right now I think the Broncos would select Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis. Despite his lack of production statistically, he is a massive DT prospect with excellent athletic ability, and a solid fit for John Fox and Jack Del Rio's defense."
#26: Texans select OT Jonathan Martin- John McClain (@mcclain_on_NFL) of the Houston Chronicle (http://blog.chron.com/ultimatetexans) stepped up last minute and made the pick for the Texans. More protection for the somewhat injury prone Matt Schaub.
So that is it. Although I do want to say the Shalise Manza-Young of the Boston Globe (@shalisemyoung) has been very supportive of the show every other year and if she had more notice I'm sure would have helped!
If I had to guess on the last few picks of the round...I would guess:
#27 Patriots: Shea McClellin of Boise State is moving up fast...have also heard maybe Nick Perry of USC.
#28 Green Bay: Donta' Hightower- the best defender left on the board, and they need defense.
#29 Ravens: Peter Konz- interior lineman for team that has taken hits recently on the O-Line
#30 49ers: Kevin Zeitler- OG. Another big horse of a blocker for the Niners ball control offense
#31 Patriots: Notre Dame S Harrison Smith
#32 Giants: a lot of people have Stanford TE Coby Fleener...but I think if it falls this way they will take RB Doug Martin of Boise State. Jacobs is gone...Bradshaw has been hurt...Martin could be a stud in their offense.
That's it: thanks again to all who helped put this together...follow these people on Twitter and you will know WAY more about the NFL than you do now.
See you tonight out at R.T. O'Sullivan's in Mesa (Stapley and US60) for the NFL Draft Party...I'll be there with Mike Jurecki, Dan Bickley and a cast of thousands.
-Chris Lewis @chrislewisxtra