2012 NFL Mock Draft V4.0: Picks 8-15 (Gallery)
8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill
QB, Texas A&M
It seemed all but etched in stone that the Dolphins would have a quarterback by now. With every potential option off the table, though, it appears as though Tannehill is the only tangible pick for a team (apparently) desperately looking to upgrade at quarterback.
9. Carolina Panthers: Dontari Poe
A ridiculous Combine showing has made Poe a guaranteed top 15 pick. The fact that he would fill a huge need for the Panthers is just icing on the cake.
10. Buffalo Bills: Quinton Coples
DE, North Carolina
In theory, the Mario Williams signing should mean that the Bills shore up other areas with this pick. Given the talent that will be on the board at this point, however, it would make a lot of sense to pair up Williams and Coples to form arguably the fiercest pass rushing tandem in the league.
11. Kansas City Chiefs: Luke Kuechly
LB, Boston College
The Chiefs certainly don’t need another linebacker, but right around this pick teams start scouting for the best players available on the board. K.C. would probably take Coples if he dipped this low, however, with him gone Kuechly will be the logical choice.
12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram
DE/OLB, South Carolina
The Seahawks wanting a pass rusher is no secret. Couple that with the fact that Ingram shouldn’t even still be on the board at No. 12, and you get what will be a steal for Pete Carroll and Co. this late in the proceedings.
13. Arizona Cardinals: David DeCastro
The Cardinals want to shore up their offensive line in this draft, and DeCastro is far and away the best guard prospect available. This is a no-brainer.
14. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick
The Cowboys desperately need to boost their secondary, and Kirkpatrick is generally accepted as the second best corner in this draft. He has NFL size, he’s athletic and the arrest that was supposed to be some indicator of him being prone to bad behavior proved to be nothing more than a distraction.
15. Philadelphia Eagles: Fletcher Cox
DT, Mississippi State
Having brought DeMeco Ryans into the fold this past week, Philly is no longer in the market for a linebacker. Adding Cox seems like an Andy Reid-esque move here, and it makes sense given that he’d be the best prospect available at this point anyway.