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NFL Mock Draft

2012 NFL Mock Draft

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Quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal rolls out to pass the ball in the third quarter of the game against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Eugene, Oregon.

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Updated February 23, 2012
There's a good chance that prospect rankings will be shaken up following the NFL Scouting Combine. For now, though, here's how we see things shaking out. Below is our last 2012 NFL mock draft before the Combine begins.

1. Indianapolis - Andrew Luck, QB Stanford
Would the Colts consider passing on Luck for the more dynamic Robert Griffin III? Luck is generally considered a shoe-in for this pick, but I think the decision is closer than what many believe. Either way, the Colts are fortunate to be going directly from Peyton Manning to another top prospect at the quarterback position.

2. St. Louis - Justin Blackmon*, WR Oklahoma State
Brandon Lloyd was a nice addition to the passing game in 2011, but he may not be back. The team needs to bring in a long-term solution at the position who will be around long enough to build chemistry with young quarterback Sam Bradford. Look for the Rams to move this pick, however, to a team that has the need for a potential franchise QB.

3. Minnesota - Matt Kalil*, OT, USC
The Vikings need help in a lot of areas, particularly their secondary. However, an upgrade over Charlie Johnson at left tackle makes sense and if the Vikings have a shot at the best left tackle in this year's draft, they should take it. Franchise tackles are simply too hard to come by.

4. Cleveland - Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor
Most likely someone will try to jump ahead of the Browns here to get to Griffin before they do, but if he is still on the board here it would be a no-brainer.

5. Tampa Bay - Trent Richardson, RB Alabama
LaGarrette Blount wasn't nearly as effective in 2011 as he had been his rookie year, and Richardson has the skills and prototypical running back size to be a perennial All Pro.

6. Washington - Riley Reiff*, OT Iowa
It wouldn't be surprising to see the Redskins make a play for QB Robert Griffin, but if they hold in the six position they will be forced to look at other areas. With Jamaal Brown struggling to stay healthy over the past few seasons, Washington may look to solidify the position by selecting Iowa's Reiff.

7. Jacksonville - Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina
The Jaguars defensive ends are far from intimidating, so a pass rusher like Coples who is strong against both the pass and the run, should be attractive. South Carolina's Melvin Ingram is a strong possibility as well.

8. Miami - Jonathan Martin* OT Stanford
There has been a lot of talk about Peyton Manning ending up in Miami, assuming the Colts turn him loose. If he does, the Dolphins better be ready to protect him if they want his to stay healthy.

9. Carolina - Michael Brockers, DT LSU
The Panthers have something building on offense, but there are a lot of holes on their defense. Upgrading and adding depth to the cornerback position should be a priority as should be fortifying one of the worst run defenses in the league..

10. Buffalo - Melvin Ingram, OLB/DE South Carolina
The Bills have a lot of pieces in place on the defensive side of the ball, but upgrading their pass rush should be a priority during the offseason.

11. Kansas City - Dontari Poe* NT Memphis
At 6-5 and 350 pounds, Poe has the potential to be a dominating run-stuffer in the NFL who could soon take over for the 35-year-old Kelly Gregg at the nose tackle position.

12. Seattle - Morris Claiborne*, CB LSU
Coming off a back injury and carrying a hefty salary, Marcus Trufant may not be back in 2012, leaving the team with a group of defensive backs that are better suited as backups.

13. Arizona - Courtney Upshaw, OLB Alabama
Both Joey Porter and Clark Haggens are well past their primes, and no one else has stepped up as a potential premier edge rusher. Upshaw has that potential, and can play either standing up or with his hand on the ground.

14. Dallas - Mark Barron S Alabama
Safety has been a weak spot for the Cowboys in recent years, and Barron is the top senior at his position. Seems like a match that was meant to be.

15. Philadelphia - Devon Still, DT Penn State
Philadelphia makes a habit of fortifying their lines early in the draft, and with depth at defensive tackle a concern, it makes sense that they would look toward an interior lineman like Still in the first round. Still is a potential top-10 pick, so he would be a great value here as well.

16. New York Jets - Kendall Wright, WR Baylor
Plaxico Burress put together a nice season for the Jets, but he's 34 years old. Also, Santonio Holmes future with the club is in doubt. Wright lacks ideal size, but has the type of explosive acceleration that is critical in stretching the field.

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