It's hard to go a day (much less a few hours) without someone putting out a new 2012 NFL Mock Draft for us to ogle. Thursday's edition is from SB Nation's NFL Draft site Mocking The Draft, and it has the Florida teams stocking up on offensive lineman. After a fairly predictable top four, they have the Buccaneers going with LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne, while also noting that he is an underclassman who has yet to declare. Here is their rationale.
Aqib Talib is a great talent at CB, but he has obvious and significant character issues. It remains to be seen if their new coach will want to deal with Talib's problems. Ronde Barber is near retirement. Claiborne can be the cornerstone on an otherwise awful defense.
After that, they project a little bit of a run on offensive lineman, including Iowa tackle Riley Reiff to the Jaguars. Here is their rationale.
Despite spending some recent high picks on OL, the Jaguars are shaky up front. As their fans found out last year, Blaine Gabbert doesn't handle pressure all that well. To build up his confidence and let him mature as a passer, the Jags need to build a better wall in front of their young signalcaller. Reiff isn't the most athletic OT you'll find, but he has terrific strength and a high football IQ. He will test well at the Combine and solidify himself as a surefire Top 10 pick
Finally, they have the Dolphins taking Stanford tackle Jonathan Martin, a junior tackle from Stanford who has already declared for the draft. Here is their rationale.
While a QB is probably atop the Dolphins' draft day wishlist, both of the top options and the backup plan are off the board. Shifting gears, they grab an immediate upgrade to their RT spot in Martin. The Dolphins were stuck with Marc Columbo at RT last year and needless to say, it didn't produce the desired results. Martin, who plays with a mean streak, is as solid of a run-blocker as you'll find in this draft. He will help pave the way for 2011 2nd round RB Daniel Thomas
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