Thursday, March 8, 2012
Updating the Big 12 in NFL mock drafts
By ESPN.com staff
Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay dropped their latest mock drafts on us this week with the combine behind us and the draft coming quickly approaching us next month.
You'll need ESPN Insider to see them both (here's Kiper Jr.) (here's McShay), but here's a look at what they had to say.
With the Rams intent on trading down, this projection is made with the assumption they will pick somewhere between No. 4 and No. 8 overall. Blackmon is the top receiver on the board and would give QB Sam Bradford the kind if perimeter weapon he needs. St. Louis could also opt for help in the secondary with LSU CB Morris Claiborne, and there are even rumblings Alabama RB Trent Richardson could be in play as a complement to Bradford.
Again, this is a player/team match made under the assumption the Browns' considerable resources -- two first-round picks this year, likely a Day 2 pick this year or next -- will allow them to trade up and get Griffin. It will be interesting to see how things play out in free agency and how long Cleveland might bluff, but in the end the smart move is to go get Griffin and lock down the franchise quarterback the team has been looking for since it re-entered the league in 1999 and drafted Tim Couch first overall.
The rest of McShay's draft:
Kiper Jr. has Blackmon and RG3 going in the exact same spots, but also notes that the Rams will likely trade down.
Here's what he wrote about Tannehill, who he has going to the Seattle Seahawks at No. 12:
There's no question that Tannehill's stock was helped when a couple of other QBs opted to stay in college, but his growth curve has been exceptional, and he's a guy you draft with a very high ceiling in mind. Good arm, the athleticism you'd expect from a former wide receiver and with very good instincts for the position, some team will take him in the upper half of Round 1. We know Seattle isn't set on a long-term solution at QB, and Tannehill makes sense as a guy that gets a full year of developmental time.
He also had Wright going No. 26 to the Texans.