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2012 mock NFL Draft

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1. Indianapolis – Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford – It’s already been announced. Expectations couldn’t be higher for Luck.

2. Washington – Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor – If this pick doesn’t work out, the Redskins are crippled for the next three years, minimum.

3. Minnesota – Matt Kalil, OT, USC – Vikings have done a good job of making people believe they might take Morris Claiborne. Unless a team throws its next two drafts at Minnesota, they take Kalil.

4. Cleveland – Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama – The best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson. The Browns have to take him.

5. Tampa Bay – Morris Claiborne, CB, LSURonde Barber is near the end. Aqib Talib will probably end up traded or in jail.

6. St. Louis – Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State – The Rams had nine touchdown receptions last season.

7. Jacksonville – Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame – Floyd’s stock is rising and the Jaguars need a playmaker.

8. Miami – Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M – There could be a surprise here, but going into Thursday’s draft, Tannehill seems like the guy Miami will take.

9. Carolina – Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State – Panthers need the best defensive player available. They get him here.

10. Buffalo – Riley Rieff, OT, Iowa – Bills should take him, but if they don’t, Rieff doesn’t get drafted in the top 15.

11.   Kansas City – Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College – If Kuechly falls out of the top ten, the Chiefs won’t let him get any further.

12. Seattle – Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina – Seahawks need a playmaker on offense, but there are none here. They take the next best thing.

13.   Arizona – David Decastro, OG, Stanford – Not a sexy pick for the Cardinals, but one they need.

14.   Dallas – Mark Barron, S, Alabama – If someone else wants Barron, they need to trade ahead of Dallas.

15.   Philadelphia – Michael Brockers, DT, LSU – The Eagles need a guy inside.

16.   Jets – Quinton Coples, DE, UNC – Rex Ryan is the kind of coach who can get Coples’ motor running.

17.   Cincinnati – Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina – Bengals secondary is the only glaring weakness on the team.

18. San Diego – Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama – Chargers need another pass rusher.

19.   Chicago – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford – If this offensive line doesn’t improve, Jay Cutler might not play football much longer.

20.   Tennessee – Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama – The secondary struggled with Cortland Finnegan. Certainly needs an upgrade now that he’s gone.

21.   Cincinnati – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia TechAJ Green is great, but he won’t be able to do much if he’s double or triple teamed.

22.   Cleveland – Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor – Colt McCoy needs weapons. He should get them in this year’s draft.

23.   Detroit – Janoris Jenkins, CB, N. Alabama -Detroit has become an environment guys like Jenkins can come into and succeed.

24.   Pittsburgh – Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama – Steelers’ defense is growing old and they can begin re-loading with Hightower.

25.   Denver – Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis – If Poe falls this far, he’s going to Denver.

26.   Houston – Cordy Glenn, G/OT, Georgia – Texans lost both starters from the right side of its offensive line.

27.   New England – Nick Perry, DE, USC – Perry just seems like a Belichick-type player to me.

28.   Green Bay – Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois – Packers had 19 fewer sacks in 2011 than they did during their 2010 Super Bowl season.

29.   Baltimore – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin – Current center Matt Birk will be 36 before training camp starts.

30.   San Francisco – Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin 49ers have a solid roster, but could use a replacement at guard after losing Adam Snyder to Arizona in free agency.

31.   New England – Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame – Patriots need someone, anyone, to help its secondary.

32.   NYG – Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss -Mike Adams’ failed drug test helps Massie jump into the first round.  

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