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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Final SB Nation Mock Before Free Agency

The NFL Combine is over, and NFL Free Agency is about to open up. That will totally change the look of the upcoming NFL Draft because teams will be able to sign players to fill holes they might have ben targeting early round picks to fill. So the guys at SB Nation just released one final 2012 NFL Mock Draft before Free Agency messes it all up. Morris Claiborne performed well enough at the combine that he is now out of reach for the Bucs. As a result, they take Alabama running back Trent Richardson.

You rarely see running backs in the draft this good, not since Adrian Peterson. Richardson's stock should only rise after his March 27 pro day. This is a good addition for Tampa Bay's offense.

Next up is Quinton Coples to the Jaguars at No. 7, a pick that has been pretty consistent over the past few weeks.

Coples stays in this spot again this week because he is the best pass rusher in the draft. His future is on the outside in a 4-3, which is perfect for the Jaguars. If they can get Jeremy Mincey re-signed and plug some holes in their secondary, Jacksonville's defense could net them a few more wins this season.

Finally the Dolphins, who take a little bit of a chance on LSU defensive lineman Michael Brockers.

Brockers represents an unknown. He offered only a "meh" performance at the Combine, but he was an integral part of one of the best defensive fronts in college football. The Dolphins are moving to a 4-3 defense. Brockers gives them a solid presence in the middle, but they have to develop him as a pass rusher to justify a top-10 pick.

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