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2012 mock draft, take one

Robert Griffin III

Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III gives a thumbs up as he participates in Baylor football pro day Wednesday, March 21, 2012, in Waco, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)


1. Colts: Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor.

In an upset, the Colts opt for the most gifted quarterback in the draft.

2. Redskins: Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford.

Mike Shanahan settles for a still-elite prospect at the game’s premier position.

3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, tackle, USC.

Left tackle is Minnesota’s biggest need, and Kalil is a top-three talent.

4. Browns: Morris Claiborne, cornerback, LSU.

The Browns may reach for offense, but Claiborne is the best player left.

5. Bucs: Trent Richardson, running back, Alabama.

LeGarrette Blount alone won’t cut it for Greg Schiano’s run-first approach.

6. Rams: Justin Blackmon, wide receiver, Oklahoma State.

The new regime wants its top wideout to dominate after the catch.

7. Jaguars: Melvin Ingram, defensive end, South Carolina.

Able to play almost anywhere, Ingram is the draft’s most versatile rusher.

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

After whiffing on free agent QBs, the Fins reunite Tannehill with Mike Sherman.

9. Panthers: Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina.

Coples teams with Charles Johnson to give Carolina a terrific end tandem.

10. Bills: Riley Reiff, tackle, Iowa.

The Bills were free agency “winners,” but they still need offensive line help.

11. Chiefs: Dontari Poe, defensive tackle, Memphis.

K.C. has been willing to reach for defensive linemen under G.M. Scott Pioli.

12. Seahawks: Whitney Mercilus, defensive end, Illinois.

Mercilus must clean up his technique, but he is a relentless outside rusher.

13. Cardinals: Cordy Glenn, tackle, Georgia.

Glenn fits the Russ Grimm mold at 346 pounds with an efficient game.

14. Cowboys: Courtney Upshaw, defensive end, Alabama.

He’s an upgrade on Anthony Spencer, whom Dallas reluctantly franchised.

15. Eagles: Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina.

The Eagles are prepared to part with Asante Samuel; Gilmore replaces him.

16. Jets: Michael Floyd, receiver, Notre Dame.

Floyd improves the Jets’ odds of making good on their QB investments.

17. Bengals: Kendall Wright, receiver, Baylor.

Wright is the best player left, giving Cincy a dynamic bookend for A.J. Green.

18. Chargers: David DeCastro, guard, Stanford.

DeCastro would solidify a San Diego line that is promisingly getting younger.

19. Bears: Nick Perry, defensive end, USC.

Defensive coordinator Rod Marinelli will love Perry’s burst off the edge.

20. Titans: Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State.

Cox is an impact interior rusher with room to improve as a run stuffer.

21. Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama.

Some teams like Kirkpatrick at safety, but he’d be a press corner for the Bengals.

22. Browns: Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech.

Not just a workout freak, Hill is a natural hands catcher with elite separation skills.

23. Lions: Jonathan Martin, tackle, Stanford.

He would push Gosder Cherilus as a rookie and eventually succeed Jeff Backus.

24. Steelers: Mike Adams, tackle, Ohio State.

Adams is far from polished, but it’s no secret that the Steelers are high on him.

25. Broncos: Devon Still, defensive tackle, Penn State.

Denver declines to pass on the the most productive interior defensive lineman left.

26. Texans: Rueben Randle, receiver, LSU.

Houston didn’t address receiver in free agency, so it pounces on Randle’s potential.

27. Patriots: Michael Brockers, defensive tackle, LSU.

Brockers can’t rush the passer, but has a bright future as a five-technique, 3-4 end.

28. Packers: Peter Konz, center, Wisconsin.

The homegrown talent would be Scott Wells’ successor in Green Bay.

29. Ravens: Coby Fleener, tight end, Stanford.

He’d be Baltimore’s version of Jimmy Graham as a playmaking “Joker” tight end.

30. 49ers: Doug Martin, running back, Boise State.

The Niners were forced to re-settle for Alex Smith, so they’ll keep running the ball.

31. Patriots: Brian Quick, receiver, Appalachian State.

Flying under the radar, Quick has tools to develop into a future No. 1 receiver.

32. Giants: Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Boston College.

Inside linebackers aren’t drafted early, but Kuechly fills a big need in New York.