This Week In Mock Drafts

So, we already know that the 2011 NFL Draft is over and that we are now less than a year away from the 2012 NFL Draft.

You probably thought I was crazy last week talking about the 2012 NFL Draft. Well, I guess I’m crazy as I’m back for another installment of ‘This Week In Mock Drafts.’ And I’m not the only one. There are plenty of people out there working hard on their 2012 NFL mock drafts.

So, I’ve decided that I’m going to keep this feature going until I run out of mock drafts to write about and by then the 2012 mock draft season will be in full bloom and you’ll all be thanking me for be an obsessive, crazy, mock draft fiend.

Let me say ‘you’re welcome’ in advance.

All right, enough of that. Are you ready for some 2012 NFL mock draft talk? I bet you are.

This week we’ll be taking a look at FOXSports.com’s Peter Schrager. Less than two weeks ago he came out with a complete first round 2012 mock draft. The one thing about mocking the draft so early is that we don’t know the order of the draft. So prognosticators are left guessing as to what teams will suck, which will be mediocre, who’ll be in the middle of the pack, and who’ll be in the super bowl.

With the first pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, Schrager went with Andrew Luck, the quarterback out of Stanford, going to the Seattle Seahawks. Luck’s going to be the man most people will have on top of their draft board from now until the draft actually takes places. Whether or not he stays there is another thing. There’s no question that if Luck had come out this year he would have been the number one overall pick, not Cam Newton. But Luck decided to stay another year at Stanford. We all saw how that worked out for Jake Locker, who was Andrew Luck, before Andrew Luck was Andrew Luck.

Since this is a New England Patriots blog, let’s skip ahead to what Schrager says about the Pats. The one thing we do know about Bill Belichick and the Patriots is that they once again have two first round picks in the draft thanks to a 2011 draft day trade with the New Orleans Saints.

With the Saints’ first round pick, predicted by Schrager to be the 28th overall pick, the Patriots will select DE/OLB from North Carolina, Donte Paige-Moss. And with their own pick, at 30 overall, according to Schrager, they’ll take Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu. Addressing their needs at pass rushing and giving Tom Brady another weapon to throw to seem like reasonable picks to me. Nothing really too out of the ordinary with Schrager’s 2012 mock draft.

Another thing that is revealed from Schrager’s mock draft is that he thinks the Green Bay Packers will repeat as Super Bowl champions and beat the Indianapolis Colts in the big game as he has Green Bay and Indy picking 31 and 32, respectively. And he thinks that the Patriots will make it to AFC Conference Finals, losing to the Colts. That’s a lot to predicate this early in the year. I guess we’ll have to wait until the next season is played to see if any of is predictions come true. Or if his mock picks will be the same now and in the future, when they truly matter.

Click here if you’re interested in seeing Schrager’s full mock draft.

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