Mark Craig's mock draft

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 25, 2012 - 11:29 PM

How many NFL mock drafts does it take before one's head explodes into a pile of draft-day clich├ęs that sound like a mixture of Herm Edwards and Mel Kiper Jr.?

How many NFL mock drafts does it take before one's head explodes into a pile of draft-day clichés that sound like a mixture of Herm Edwards and Mel Kiper Jr.?

We aren't sure, but here's another one. Read on at your head's expense.

Don't be surprised if you hear a loud bang followed by a three-day continuous loop of the following comments:

"He's a football player."

"He plays downhill."

"He plays well in space."

"He's a blue-collar guy."

"He's a blue-chipper."

"He's a lunch-pail guy."

"He's got tremendous upside."

"The game is won at the line of scrimmage."

"The game is won in the trenches."

"He was the best player available."

"He's a steal in this round."

"He's the complete package."

"He has all the tools."

"He brings a lot to the table."

And the best one of all ...

"He was the highest-rated player on our board."

1 COLTS

The pick: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Whaddaya know. Got one right.

2 REDSKINS

The pick: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

According to Google, 33,700,000 mock drafts just started 2-for-2. Now let the swings and misses begin.

3 VIKINGS

The pick: Matt Kalil, LT, Southern Cal

A good, solid blue-chip pick. But can he cover Brandon Marshall and Megatron?

4 BROWNS

The pick: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

Cleveland passes on Ryan Tannehill, virtually guaranteeing him of a successful NFL career.

5 BUCCANEERS

The pick: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

Bucs pull first shocker. With Morris Claiborne on the board, fans might go with "Boo!" instead of "Luke!"

6 RAMS

The pick: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

St. Louis gets three No. 1s and two No. 2s to move down from No. 2. And it still gets the player it wanted? That Christmas Eve victory at Washington keeps looking worse for the Vikings.

7 JAGUARS

The pick: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

Jags need a receiver and a pass rusher, but Claiborne will be too good to pass at No. 7.

8 DOLPHINS

The pick: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

With Dan Marino set to turn 51 on Sept. 15, the Dolphins try to replace him. Again.

9 PANTHERS

The pick: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Carolina got its QB last year. Now its awful defense needs a guy to knock down the other teams' QBs.

10 BILLS

The pick: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

One of these millennia, the Bills are going to make the playoffs. They add a cover corner to their new pass rush.

11 CHIEFS

The pick: David DeCastro, G, Stanford

Kansas City tends to go boring in the first round. So we'll give them the No. 1 guard here. Yawn.

12 SEAHAWKS

The pick: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

Seattle needs a stronger presence in the middle and will pounce on the best defensive tackle in the draft.

13 CARDINALS

The pick: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina

Larry Fitzgerald is pushing for Michael Floyd here, but Arizona can't pass as Ingram falls to them.

14 COWBOYS

The pick: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

After boosting the cornerback position in free agency, Dallas lands the best safety higher than some expected.

15 EAGLES

The pick: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Defense is a possibility, but coach Andy Reid loves him some big fellas up front on offense.

16 JETS

The pick: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

Any son of Buddy Ryan can't live with the fact that last year's team leader in sacks had only six of them.

17 BENGALS

The pick: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

If there's one place that isn't concerned about character issues, it's Cincinnati, home of the red flag.

18 CHARGERS

The pick: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

Not a household name, but he fits a 3-4 defense that needs to increase its pressure on QBs.

19 BEARS

The pick: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

How weird is it to say the Bears don't need a receiver or a quarterback? Time to rebuild the D.

20 TITANS

The pick: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

Not happy with the pass rushers left on the board, Tennessee decides to replace Cortland Finnegan.

21 BENGALS

The pick: Courtney Upshaw, LB/DE, Alabama

Coach Marvin Lewis wants to focus on the defense, so third Crimson Tide defender gets the call.

22 BROWNS

The pick: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

Cleveland adds another playmaker in hopes that it helps Colt McCoy end a long streak of QB failures.

23 LIONS

The pick: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

Detroit hasn't drafted this low in 20 years. Twenty. It took DE Robert Porcher No. 23 in 1992.

24 STEELERS

The pick: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

The O-line is patched together and the defense is old. Pittsburgh needs help for 35-year-old Casey Hampton.

25 BRONCOS

The pick: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

Andrew Luck gets Peyton's old job. Peyton gets Luck's old target.

26 TEXANS

The pick: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

With Mario Williams now in Buffalo, Houston needs a pass rusher.

27 PATRIOTS

The pick: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

The fifth Crimson Tide player taken has the versatility to be a strong defensive puzzle piece for Bill Belichick.

28 PACKERS

The pick: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

Ted Thompson stays in the state to give Aaron Rodgers his center of the future beyond Jeff Saturday.

29 RAVENS

The pick: Mike Williams, OT, Ohio State

Baltimore's O-line needs tending to. With Konz off the board, they turn to LT Bryant McKinnie's heir apparent.

30 49ERS

The pick: Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern (Texas) State

With a strong and deep roster, the 49ers take a chance on a small-school player to help a pretty good O-line.

31 PATRIOTS

The pick: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

Vince Wilfork turns 31 this season. Adding Worthy and Hightower makes Pats stronger up the middle.

32 GIANTS

The pick: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

Super Bowl champs have the luxury to take a gamble on the 6-4, 215-pounder with the 4.36 speed.

  • 2012 nfl draft mark craig's mock draft When: First round, 7 p.m. Thursday; second and third rounds, 6 p.m. Friday; fourth through seventh rounds, 11 a.m. Saturday

    Where: Radio City Music Hall in New York • TV: ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network • Rules: Teams have 10 minutes to make first-round picks, seven for second- and third-round picks and five for the other rounds.

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Detroit 69 FINAL
Philadelphia 89
Portland 94 FINAL
Cleveland 99
Sacramento 102 FINAL
Toronto 119
Boston 98 FINAL
Minnesota 110
Dallas 94 FINAL
Houston 99
Denver 93 FINAL
New Orleans 85
Brooklyn 102 FINAL
Atlanta 113
Oklahoma City 92 FINAL
New York 100
Charlotte 86 FINAL
San Antonio 95
LA Clippers 94 FINAL
Utah 89
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Phoenix 56
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New Jersey 2
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Washington 4
Chicago 2 2nd Prd 17:48
Los Angeles 2
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UCF 62
Winthrop 75 FINAL
Coastal Carolina 68
Lafayette 59 FINAL
Colgate 54
Northeastern 60 FINAL
Drexel 65
Wake Forest 76 FINAL
Florida State 82
Rhode Island 64 FINAL
Fordham 63
Delaware 82 FINAL
James Madison 88
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Marquette 70
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Richmond 86
SMU 63 FINAL
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Hartford 66 FINAL
Stony Brook 72
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Vermont 44
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William & Mary 100
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Longwood 64
Radford 84 FINAL
Char Southern 77
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Loyola-Maryland 0
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Notre Dame 77
Texas Tech 36 FINAL
Oklahoma 81
Oregon State 55 FINAL
Arizona State 73
Morehead State 82 FINAL
Austin Peay 69
Drake 69 FINAL
Bradley 57
Lehigh 62 FINAL
Bucknell 68
Rice 48 FINAL
Houston 59
Missouri State 57 FINAL
Illinois State 67
Loyola-Chicago 47 FINAL
Wichita State 58
Nebraska Omaha 64 FINAL
South Dakota St 86
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Southern Ill 52
Louisville 81 FINAL
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Georgia Tech 70 FINAL
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NC State 57
Indiana 67 FINAL
Purdue 83
Kansas 64 FINAL
TCU 61
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Arizona 75
Air Force 56 2nd Half 4:20
San Jose St 46
Stanford 29 1st Half 2:28
Washington 22
Rider 56 FINAL
Siena 49
Dayton 76 FINAL
Richmond 62
Eastern Kentucky 53 FINAL
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Saint Louis 0
UMBC 71 FINAL
Binghamton 55
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Ohio U 72
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East Carolina 32 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 87
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Kent State 63 FINAL
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UT Martin 64 FINAL
Tennessee St 58
Eastern Michigan 56 FINAL
Western Mich 83
Bucknell 61 FINAL
Lehigh 76
Indiana 57 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Colgate 56 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Fordham 66 FINAL
Davidson 45
Duquesne 76 FINAL
St Bonaventure 64
George Mason 66 FINAL
VA Commonwealth 70
Detroit 59 FINAL
Youngstown St 58
Army 0 Postponed
Boston U 0
Loyola-Maryland 0 Postponed
Holy Cross 0
SMU 58 FINAL
Tulsa 74
Oklahoma St 54 FINAL
Kansas State 52
West Virginia 57 FINAL
Texas Tech 73
Denver 56 FINAL
South Dakota 82
Northwestern St 46 FINAL
Central Arkansas 63
Austin Peay 67 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 87
Kansas 61 FINAL
Iowa State 56
Bowling Green 50 FINAL
Northern Ill 67
Penn State 64 FINAL
Minnesota 75
San Jose St 80 FINAL
Air Force 83
Boise State 82 FINAL
Colorado State 83
Utah State 51 FINAL
Wyoming 86
San Diego State 50 FINAL
Fresno State 57
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UNLV 66
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