We are now less than a week away from the 2012 NFL Draft and teams are getting prepared for what is always a very big week for NFL teams and fans.
With that said, let's take a look at how things could potentially work out in the upcoming draft.
1) Indianapolis - Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford - The Colts finally have come out and said Luck will be the pick, but this decision was pretty much made a few months ago. Peyton Manning was set free so the Colts could take Luck, who is considered the best prospect at QB since one John Elway. That high praise indeed.
2) Washinton - Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor - The Redskins gave up a bounty of picks to St. Louis to get up to the 2nd spot in the draft to take the Heisman Trophy winner. Smart, talented, athletic and charasmatic, this young man has everything you want in a franchise quarterback.
3) Minnesoata - Ryan Kalil, OT, Southern Cal - The Vikings are openly shopping to pick looking to move down. If not, they need to look to protect 2011 1st round draft pick QB Christian Ponder. Kalil is the best OT in this draft.
4) Cleveland - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama - The Browns got beat out by the Redskins for the right to take RGIII and had no interest in QB Matt Flynn, who signed with Seattle. They could look to take Texas A & M QB Ryan Tannehill, and Mike Mayock of the NFL Network has fallen in love with Tannehill and has said the Browns should take him. That being said, many pundits believe 19 career starts is not enough to justify taking Tannehill this high and Colt McCoy has not had a lot of talent around him to make a sound decision in to whether he can be the quarterback of the future for the Browns. Richardson is considered elite, the best back to come out since one Adrian Peterson.
5) Tampa Bay - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU - CB Aquib Talib is in trouble with the law once again, and it is pretty serious this time. Claiborne is the best defensive back in this draft and his former defensive back coach from LSU is now on the Bucs staff. If Richardson get's past Cleveland, he could be the pick here.
6) St. Louis - Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State - The Rams need a lot of pieces, and got a bounty of picks from Washington. QB Sam Bradford needs some weapons at wide receiver, and Blackmon is considered by many to be the best in this draft.
7) Jacksonville - Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina - This is another team that would be interested in possbilby trading down, and this could be an interesting pick. Gene Smith, the GM likes solid guys, high motor guys, but this may not be Smith decision to make alone as new owner Shahid Kahn could come into play. If he does, Michael Floyd could be the pick, as QB Blaine Gabbert could use some more talented wide receivers. OT Riley Reiff of Iowa could also be a consideration.
8) Miami - Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A & M - I think in the end, Tannehill makes it to Miami and the Dolphins get their young QB of the future. He has only 19 career starts, so even with him being familar with the West Coast offense, he is raw as a QB. Could a team trade up to get him, possibly. Seattle was at his pro day and there is talk about KC possible being interested. But Seattle just made a rather large investment in 26 year old QB Matt Flynn and the Chiefs have major money invested in QB Matt Cassell. I discussed the Browns earlier, and they could surprise and take him at #4. There is some speculation that the Dolphins could trade up to #3 to secure Tannehill, but I just don't see this happening. This teams has holes to fill and trading away multiple picks to take a QB that is not ready to start from Day 1 is not something Jeff Ireland will do in my opinion. With that being said, I would not be stunned if the Dolphins pass on Tannehill. Other possible options are DE Quinton Coples of North Carolina, DE/OLB Melvin Ingram of South Carolina, WR Michael Floyd of Notre Dame and OLT Riley Reiff of Iowa. Trading down is an option also, especially if Tannehill is off the board.
9) Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College - The Panthers take the cleanest player on the board at a position of need as they need an ILB after losing Dan Connor to the Cowboys.
10) Buffalo - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa - The Bills have spent big money addressing their pass rush with the signing of DE Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. The Bills move to the other side of the ball and provide some protection for QB Ryan Fitzpatrick with Reiff, considered by most to be the 2nd OT in the draft behind Southern Cal Ryan Kalil.
11) Kansas City - David DeCastro, OG, Stanford - The Chiefs solidify their offensive line with a player considered the best offensive guard in this draft class in DeCastro. Technically sound and dominant.
12) Seattle - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina - The Seahawks take the talented pass rusher here as he starts to slide due to questions about his motor. If Ryan Tannehill get's past Cleveland and Miami and KC, then surprisingly, Seattle could take Tannehill.
13) Arizona - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford - Cardinals add much need talent to a shaky unit. Martin was Andrew Luck blindside protection while at Stanford.
14) Dallas - Mark Barron, S, Alabama - Barron is the top rated safety in what is a very weak safety class. The one trip Jason Garrett took on a Pro Day in 2011 was to Southern Cal, and they ended up selecting OT Tyron Smith. Garret's only trip this year was to Tuscaloosa.
15) Philadelphia - Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State - The Eagles ended up addressing the lost of OLT Jason Peters with Buffalo OLT free agent Demetrius Bell. They now look to focus on the DL and add a talented DT that has the ability to play both the run and provide pass rush. There is even talk about the Eagles trading up to make sure they got Cox.
16) New York Jets - Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame - The Jets did not bring back WR Plaxico Burress and Santonio Holmes and QB Mark Sanchez ended 2011 on a very bad note. And then the Jets added to what was a very toxic locker room by bringing in QB Tim Tebow in a trade. Point blank, Sanchez needs weapons outside, and while Rex Ryan is a defensive coach, the Jets need to help their young QB.
17) Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina - CB Leon Hall is coming off a season ending injury and Gilmore stock is on the rise. As talented as Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick with out the baggage, not that this tends to worry Cincy. There is some speculation that Gilmore might somehow end up in the top 10.
18) San Diego - Whitney Merciles, OLB/DE, Illinois - The Chargers were putrid in 3rd down defense efficiency, and Larry English has been a bust so far. San Diego needs to improve their pass rush.
19) Chicago - Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor - The Bears acquired WR Brandon Marshall in a trade from Miami, but they will likely be without WR Johnny Knox for a while after suffering a very serious back injury. Wright gives Jay Cutler another weapon.
20) Tennessee - Michael Brockers, DT, LSU - The Titans added Kamerion Wimbley to fortify their pass rush and add talented but raw Brockers to the mix.
21) Cincinatti - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama - CB Leon Hall is coming off a season ending injury and Kirkatrick is a physical and talented CB that can come in and contribute immediately.
22) Cleveland - Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech - The Browns need to add more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball.
23) Detroit - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama - The Lions have a need at cornerback and Kirkpatrick fills a need.
24) Pittsburgh - Donta Hightower, ILB, Alabama - The Steelers need to fill the void at ILB after releasing James Farrior. Hightower is a thumper with size.
25) Denver - Michael Brockers, DT, Louisiana State - The Broncos just lost their best interior DT Broderick Bunkley to New Orleans and need to fill the void.
26) Houston - Rueben Randle, WR, LSU - Texans add another weapon to compliment WR Andre Johnson.
27) New England - Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State - The Patriots just lost DE/OLB Mark Anderson and his 10 sacks to Buffalo and DE/OLB Andre Carter is coming off an injury and was not re-signed. He also had double digit sacks.
28) Green Bay - Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson - The Packers desperately need someone opposite OLB Clay Matthews to generate pass rush pressure.
29) Baltimore - Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama - The Ravens lost OLB Jared Johnson to the San Diego Chargers.
30) San Francisco - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford - The Patriots have made the multiple tight end set work and the 49ers add another weapon in the middle of the field for QB Alex Smith.
31) New England - Mark Barron, S, Alabama - The Patriots added S Stephon Gregory in free agency, but the take the best safety in college in Barron.
32) New York Giants - Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State - The Giants continue to add to the strength of their team, the defensive line. With the possiblity of Osi Umenyiora being traded, this could be the pick.
Dolphins remaining picks
2) Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers - big, physical productive WR that eased concerns running 4.41 & 4.46 at Pro Day.
3) Ladarius Green, TE, Louisiana-Lafayette - Dolphins Jemichael Finley.
3) Bruce Irvin, OLB/DE, West Virginia - Explosive pass rusher with 22.5 sacks in last 2 years with Mountaineers.
4) Ryan Steed, CB, Furman - Has size and speed Dolphins like and 14 career interceptions.
5) Tom Compton, ORT, South Dakota State - Has the size and footwork to play in zone blocking scheme.
6) Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma - Highly productice WR coming off a torn ACL
7) Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina - 7 sacks in 2010, 2.5 in 2011. Talented kid that needs to mature.