Don Banks at SI.com has released his third mock draft of 2012(new window). This edition has Luck, Griffin, and Kalil in the 123 spots, as nearly every mock does, but then it gets weird.
The Browns aren't taking TR at 4... neither are the Bucs at 5.. or the Rams at 6.. how is the second coming of Jesus in cleats getting past all these teams? Oh yeah, he's a RB and no one cares about RBs anymore.
Banks looked into his crystal ball and made a decision for the Bengals that is ridiculous. Nigh-unprecedented. As much of a long shot as Mike Brown hiring real NFL scouts... oh..With the 17th pick and 53rd picks in the 2012 draft the Cincinnati Bengals select Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama. The Cardinals move down and get Cordy Glenn. The Bengals still have their 21 pick, so they nab Dre Kirkpatrick. Stephon Gilmore went at 20 to the Titans.
I have 2 major problems with this draft:
1) Trent Richardson isn't an extra 2nd round pick better than Doug Martin, Lamar Miller, etc. The value we can get at 53 is significant. Very few teams have real needs at RB, simply because there are a lot of good ones out there now and most teams don't even use feature backs anymore. The league is all about passing now, so left tackles and pass rushers and shutdown corners are infinitely more valuable. No one in the league would rather have Adrian Peterson than Darelle Revis, given a choice between the two. It's just not how the game is played anymore. There will be, at most, 3 RBs off the board when we select at 53. Richardson for sure, probably Wilson, possibly Martin or Miller. We still can get the best of the remaining. Maybe I'm in a minority here, but I'd MUCH rather have Doug Martin and our pick at 17 than just Trent Richardson.
2) When did Ryan Tannehill become a top 10 prospect? He looks like an early third rounder to me. He's athletic, but his arm strength is pretty low for an NFL QB. When he tries to throw deep he's rarely accurate. Even knowing his shortcomings, he's still not terribly smart with the ball. He's played less than 2 full seasons at QB in his life, has never showed the ability to go through his progressions and find the open man, and has no deep passing ability. How is that a top 10 pick? Lots of people didn't like Blaine Gabbert last year, but he looked worlds better than Tannehill.