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2012 mock draft, take two

Andrew Luck

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck throws a pass during Stanford football Pro Day on the Stanford University campus in Stanford, Calif., Thursday, March 22, 2012. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)


1. Colts: Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford.

Just as they did in ’98, the Colts play it safe at No. 1.

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

RG3 will restore Washington as an NFC East contender.

3. Vikings: Matt Kalil, tackle, USC.

Minnesota can’t pass on the best left tackle in the draft.

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

Cleveland must find a way to begin moving the chains.

5. Buccaneers: Michael Brockers, defensive lineman, LSU.

Greg Schiano wants to get more physical in the trenches.

6. Rams: Morris Claiborne, cornerback, LSU.

St. Louis spurns receivers in favor of the draft’s top defender.

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

The Jags pull the trigger to solidify Blaine Gabbert’s supporting cast.

8. Dolphins: Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina.

The Fins will wait for their next second-round quarterback flop.

9. Panthers: Melvin Ingram, defensive end, South Carolina.

Ingram gives Carolina an impact bookend for Charles Johnson.

10. Bills: Riley Reiff, tackle, Iowa.

Buffalo uses its first-rounder on the draft’s second best tackle.

11. Chiefs: Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Texas A&M.

Kansas City can’t pass on Tannehill if he slips past Miami.

12. Seahawks: Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll loves big, press-man corners.

13. Cardinals: David DeCastro, guard, Stanford.

Arizona will use this pick on the best offensive lineman left.

14. Cowboys: Dontari Poe, defensive tackle, Memphis.

It’s no secret that Dallas is high on Poe’s immense upside.

15. Eagles: Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State.

Cox fits line coach Jim Washburn’s scheme as a gap shooter.

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

Floyd’s blocking ability will come in handy for the run-first Jets.

17. Bengals: Mark Barron, safety, Alabama.

He’s a natural replacement for Chris Crocker at strong safety.

18. Chargers: Courtney Upshaw, linebacker, Alabama.

San Diego can finally wash its hands of Larry English.

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

The Bears believe pass rusher is their biggest draft need.

20. Titans: Cordy Glenn, guard, Georgia.

A college tackle, Glenn would kick inside for the Titans.

21. Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama.

This pick may come down to Kirkpatrick vs. Janoris Jenkins.

22. Browns: Brandon Weeden, quarterback, Oklahoma State.

Weeden won’t struggle to defeat Colt McCoy in a camp battle.

23. Lions: Jonathan Martin, tackle, Stanford.

He could start at right tackle and eventually replace Jeff Backus.

24. Steelers: Coby Fleener, tight end, Stanford.

Pittsburgh passes on line help to draft the best player left.

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

Peyton Manning will love Martin’s ability to pick up blitzers.

26. Texans: Kendall Wright, receiver, Baylor.

Wright adds a new dimension to Houston’s vertical pass game.

27. Patriots: Nick Perry, defensive end, USC.

A one-trick pony, Perry slips to the pass rush-needy Pats.

28. Packers: Shea McClellin, linebacker, Boise State.

He gives Green Bay a high-motor bookend for Clay Matthews.

29. Ravens: Rueben Randle, receiver, LSU.

Randle has a realistic chance to be this draft’s best receiver.

30. 49ers: Peter Konz, guard, Wisconsin.

Konz can play guard and center, both need areas in San Fran.

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

The best player left upgrades New England’s interior pass rush.

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

Kuechly drops because inside ‘backers are devalued in the NFL.