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2012 mock draft, take three

Andrew Luck

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2012 file photo shows Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck posiung during the NFL combine, in Indianapolis. A person with direct knowledge of the situation says the Indianapolis Colts are taking Luck with the No. 1 pick in next week’s NFL draft. (AP Photo/Marc Serota, File)


1. Colts: Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford.

Owner Jim Irsay has had his “heart set” on Luck for months.

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

Washington gets its first franchise QB since Joey Sunshine.

3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, tackle, USC.

The posturing Vikes do what most people expect them to do.

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

Cleveland drafts a means to move the chains on offense.

5. Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, cornerback, LSU.

The Bucs won’t miss on the first pick of the Greg Schiano era.

6. Rams: Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State.

St. Louis opts for a dynamite pass rusher over receivers.

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

He gives the Jags a physical bookend for Laurent Robinson.

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

Owner Stephen Ross finally gets the quarterback he covets.

9. Panthers: Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina.

Carolina drafts a local kid to complement Chris Gamble.

10. Bills: Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama.

Three corners go in the top-ten picks in this mock draft.

11. Chiefs: Luke Kuechly, linebacker, Boston College.

New Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel loves Kuechly.

12. Seahawks: Dont’a Hightower, linebacker, Alabama.

Hightower is a thumping inside ‘backer with versatility.

13. Cardinals: Riley Reiff, tackle, Iowa.

The Cards will take the best offensive lineman available.

14. Cowboys: Mark Barron, safety, Alabama.

The Cowboys struggle to keep secrets; they love Barron.

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

The long-armed Jones would be Philly’s left end of the future.

16. Jets: Melvin Ingram, defensive end, South Carolina.

Ingram becomes Rex Ryan’s new Adalius Thomas.

17. Bengals: Michael Floyd, receiver, Notre Dame.

This receiver-rich draft causes Floyd to slip down a bit.

18. Chargers: David DeCastro, guard, Stanford.

G.M. A.J. Smith can’t pass on the draft’s best guard.

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

Rod Marinelli loves Mercilus’ relentless playing style.

20. Titans: Michael Brockers, defensive tackle, LSU.

Brockers gives Tennessee a true run plugger up the gut.

21. Bengals: Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina.

If Coples falls -- and he well may -- Cincy will catch him.

22. Browns: Kendall Wright, receiver, Baylor.

Cleveland gets a field stretcher after solidifying its backfield.

23. Lions: Cordy Glenn, tackle, Georgia.

Detroit needs to get younger and more athletic up front.

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

Poe can be brought along slowly behind Casey Hampton.

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

Tailback is quietly Denver’s primary offensive weakness.

26. Texans: Nick Perry, defensive end, USC.

Houston jumps at the chance to add an explosive edge rusher.

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

Bill Belichick will love McClellin’s versatility at a need spot.

28. Packers: Courtney Upshaw, linebacker, Alabama.

Clay Matthews uses speed; Upshaw rushes with power.

29. Ravens: Amini Silatolu, guard, Midwestern State.

Silatolu is a mauling run blocker in the Mike Iupati mold.

30. 49ers: Stephen Hill, receiver, Georgia Tech.

The Niners showed a ton of interest in this vertical wideout.

31. Patriots: Devon Still, defensive tackle, Penn State.

McClellin brings outside pressure; Still brings it up the middle.

32. Giants: Rueben Randle, receiver, LSU.

G.M. Jerry Reese drafts the best player available at 32.