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2012 mock draft, take four

Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck,

NFL football draft prospects Andrew Luck, left, of Stanford, and Robert Griffin III, of Baylor, attend a reception during their visit to the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Wednesday, April 25, 2012. The college stars are preparing for the NFL draft Thursday night at Radio City Music Hall. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)


1. Colts: Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford.

This is one of two picks we know for sure.

2. Redskins: Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor.

This is the other.

3. Vikings: Morris Claiborne, cornerback, LSU.

This looks like the probable pick if the Vikes can’t trade out.

4. Browns: Trent Richardson, running back, Alabama.

Cleveland takes the best player available at No. 4.

5. Bucs: Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina.

Some pro evaluators rate Gilmore ahead of Claiborne.

6. Rams: Matt Kalil, tackle, USC.

St. Louis can’t pass on the franchise left tackle.

7. Jaguars: Justin Blackmon, receiver, Oklahoma State.

Jacksonville shores up its receiver corps with this pick.

8. Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Texas A&M.

Picking Tannehill gives G.M. Jeff Ireland some job security.

9. Panthers: Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State.

Carolina addresses its biggest need on both sides of the ball.

10. Bills: Mark Barron, safety, Alabama.

Teams seem to envision Barron as a Sean Taylor type.

11. Chiefs: Dont’a Hightower, linebacker, Alabama.

Hightower is a thumping “Ted” linebacker with versatility.

12. Seahawks: Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Boston College.

Seattle prides itself on defense, and Kuechly is a safe pick.

13. Cardinals: Riley Reiff, tackle, Iowa.

Cardinals line coach Russ Grimm will love Reiff’s game.

14. Cowboys: Michael Brockers, defensive tackle, LSU.

Brockers will play five-technique end in Dallas’ system.

15. Eagles: Chandler Jones, defensive end, Syracuse.

Teams are smitten with Jones’ length and non-stop motor.

16. Jets: Melvin Ingram, linebacker, South Carolina.

Coach Rex Ryan isn’t worried about Ingram’s short arms.

17. Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama.

Kirkpatrick is a younger version of Nate Clements.

18. Chargers: David DeCastro, guard, Stanford.

The Bolts stop DeCastro’s slide near the end of the teens.

19. Bears: Whitney Mercilus, defensive end, Illinois.

Mercilus is relentless, and plays a need spot in Chicago.

20. Titans: Cordy Glenn, guard, Georgia.

Tennessee is emphasizing improved interior run blocking.

21. Bengals: Courtney Upshaw, defensive end, Alabama.

The Bengals’ defensive staff scores its coveted pass rusher.

22. Browns: Michael Floyd, receiver, Notre Dame.

Floyd falls, but he addresses a big weakness in Cleveland.

23. Lions: Jonathan Martin, tackle, Stanford.

The Lions have had eyes for Martin since January.

24. Steelers: Dontari Poe, defensive tackle, Memphis.

Pittsburgh pounces on this massive, high-upside project.

25. Broncos: Doug Martin, running back, Boise State.

Denver is in win-now mode, and Martin is NFL ready.

26. Texans: Kendall Wright, receiver, Baylor.

The game tape is too good for Wright to fall any further.

27. Patriots: Shea McClellin, linebacker, Boise State.

McClellin’s versatile, high-effort profile is a great fit here.

28. Packers: Bruce Irvin, linebacker, West Virginia.

Irvin is a sub-package rusher, but he flies off the edge.

29. Ravens: Rueben Randle, receiver, LSU.

He’ll be Ozzie Newsome’s highest-rated player at this point.

30. 49ers: Amini Silatolu, guard, Midwestern State.

The Niners do well with mauling, small-school guards.

31. Patriots: Brandon Boykin, cornerback, Georgia.

Boykin is a difference maker in the slot and on returns.

32. Giants: Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina.

The rich get richer when Coples slides to the champs.