We're almost 48 hours away from the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, which means that it's the last chance for people around the Internet to get their Mock picks in so they can say "I told you so" when the draft ends up falling as they have predicted it. The guys over at Mock 101 put out a new mock on Tuesday morning, and it mirrors a lot of other picks from around the Internet. The first selection is Morris Claiborne to the Bucs at No. 5 overall.
Tampa Bay finished #21 in Pass Defense and have given up 12 plays of 40 yards or more. To go along with that, at any minute the Buccaneers could be without starting CB Aqib Talib. The other starting CB Ronde Barber is still playing solid, but he his nearing the end of his career. The Claiborne pick gives the Bucs a shutdown CB in a division with Drew Brees,Cam Newton, and Matt Ryan.
Next up is the Jaguars, who take South Carolina defensive end Melvin Ingram at No. 7.
Jacksonville re-signed Jeremy Mincey, but they wont be enough for the 2012 season. Another pass rusher will need to be obtained and Melvin Ingram could be the guy. Sure, Coples is till available, but his bust factor could be enough to deter the Jaguars. Ingram gives the Jags versatility and ability that they currently lack on defense.
And finally the Dolphins, who answer one of the Draft's biggest questions by taking Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill with the No. 8 overall pick.
Like it or not, Tannehill will go in the 1st round. I wouldn’t take him here, but it’s a good possibility it will happen. After missing out on Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn this offseason, the Dolphins can’t go into 2012 with David Garrad or Matt Moore under center. Tannehill might not start week 1 with those aforementioned in the mix, but he gives the Dolphins some long-term security at the QB spot.