Todd McShay’s initial 2012 mock draft is out. He uses what would be the current draft order. It’s an Insider file but we’ve receiver special permission to share AFC South details.
1) Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
McShay: “Luck is a once-in-a-generation quarterback prospect, and Colts legend Peyton Manning will be 36 next season and is coming off multiple neck surgeries. Given the financial implications, it looks like the smart decision is to draft Luck and part ways with Manning.”
Kuharsky: I don’t see any way around keeping and using the first pick in the draft on Luck. At season’s end, let the dominoes begin to fall.
5) Jaguars -- Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
McShay: “The Jaguars have a pressing need at defensive end, and while Coples is not a speed rusher, his blend of size, power and quickness allows him to be a productive pass-rusher (17.5 sacks the last two seasons) and disruptive against the run.”
Kuharsky: It will be tough to see them go defense, but this is a definite possibility. Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon is on the board in this scenario, and while McShay doesn’t see him as a true Top 10 pick, if the Jaguars like him and haven’t hit a home run at receiver in free agency, he might be too tough to pass up.
14) Titans -- Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
McShay: “Three of the Titans' top nine tacklers are from the 2011 draft -- LBs Akeem Ayers and Colin McCarthy and DT Jurrell Casey -- but Tennessee is still looking for reinforcements on that side of the ball. Given Branch's quickness, motor and strength, he is a perfect fit at right DE opposite former first-round pick Derrick Morgan. Tennessee also has a huge need at wide receiver, and this would be a good time to draft a young playmaker if Blackmon were to fall.”
Kuharsky: It’s a shame the Titans need defensive line help. If Morgan was panning out and Jason Jones was effective after a move from tackle, they could turn elsewhere. But end is a definite need.
26) Texans -- Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
McShay: “Sanders isn't a massive mauler, but he is a perfect fit for the Texans because of his versatility -- he played both tackle spots at FSU and could move inside to guard if necessary -- and his experience in a zone-blocking scheme with the Seminoles.”
Kuharsky: He might be a great pick for depth on the line. But the team’s solid on the front line with Duane Brown and Eric Winston and could do more to help themselves immediately at another spot if they see talent at defensive tackle or receiver.