The Sean O Diesel 2012 NFL Mock Draft

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November 26, 2011; Columbia, SC, USA; Clemson Tigers quarterback Tajh Boyd (10) drops a pass from a teammate as South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Melvin Ingram (6) defends in the first half at Williams-Brice Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE

7. Jacksonville Jaguars
Melvin Ingram
DE, South Carolina

It’s no surprise to see the Jags taking a defensive end here. If Blackmon was still on the board at this point, I could see them going that route, but now they have to focus on a primary need, and Ingram fills their void at DE very well.

8. Miami Dolphins
Ryan Tannehill
QB, Texas A&M

Tannehill will be a bit of a project quarterback after spending two years as a wide receiver before moving to the position, but the Dolphins are desperate to finally find a suitable replacement for Dan Marino. They’ll take a stab at it here.

9. Carolina Panthers
Quinton Coples
DE, UNC

I really like Coples in this draft. I think he has a great upside. He ran a 4.78 40-yard dash at the combine at 278 lbs. He is explosive off the edge in space and when you play the quarterbacks in the NFC South twice a year, you need a guy that is going to get consistent pressure on them.

10. Buffalo Bills
Riley Reiff
OT, Iowa

At 6’6″, 313 lbs. Reiff is a force on the offensive line, and will fill a major hole for the Bills offense. He will more than likely be plugged in as an opening day starter at LT.

11. Kansas City Chiefs
Fletcher Cox
DT, Mississippi St

Cox is a steal here at 11 overall. He can play defensive tackle and defensive end and will bring more versatility to the Chiefs defensive line early on.

12. Seattle Seahawks
Luke Kuechly
LB, Boston College

Easily the best line backer prospect in a while. Keuchly will be a starter and team leader right away and will help fill a void for Seattle after losing Lofa Tatupu.

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