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Continued: Mark Craig's mock draft

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  • Last update: 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 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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Atlanta 2
Philadelphia 3 FINAL
NY Yankees 1
Detroit 5 FINAL
Baltimore 4
Toronto 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Cincinnati 2 FINAL
Cleveland 4
San Diego 3 FINAL
Seattle 4
Chicago WSox 6 FINAL
Los Angeles 4
Kansas City 13 FINAL
Texas 2
Oakland 9 FINAL
San Francisco 2
Wisc-Milwaukee 0 FINAL
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Arizona 6 FINAL
Colorado 3
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Indiana 105
Phoenix 105 FINAL
Orlando 100
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Toronto 112
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Boston 85
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Brooklyn 91
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Minnesota 85
Detroit 85 FINAL
New Orleans 88
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Miami 100
Philadelphia 118 FINAL
Oklahoma City 123
Memphis 102 FINAL
Houston 100
Sacramento 85 FINAL
San Antonio 112
Milwaukee 93 FINAL
Golden State 102
Portland 98 FINAL
LA Clippers 93
Ottawa 3 FINAL
Winnipeg 1
NY Rangers 1 FINAL(OT)
Detroit 2
Pittsburgh 1 FINAL
Colorado 3
Montreal 1 FINAL
Anaheim 3
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Presbyterian 61
Campbell 64 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 72
Liberty 70 FINAL
UNC-Asheville 80
Ohio State 77 FINAL
Penn State 67
Maine 66 FINAL
Albany 83
Duquesne 81 FINAL
Fordham 66
George Washington 67 FINAL
George Mason 51
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LSU 63
Notre Dame 71 FINAL
Louisville 59
SE Missouri St 74 FINAL
Morehead State 79
St Francis-PA 73 FINAL
Mount St Marys 58
Hartford 63 FINAL
New Hampshire 67
Wagner 68 FINAL
Robert Morris 91
Long Island 70 FINAL
St Francis-NY 79
La Salle 50 FINAL
Saint Josephs 55
Providence 79 FINAL
Seton Hall 66
UCF 45 FINAL
South Florida 74
Binghamton 57 FINAL
Stony Brook 62
UMBC 39 FINAL
Vermont 66
Sacred Heart 85 FINAL
Bryant 91
Richmond 56 FINAL
Massachusetts 53
Wake Forest 51 FINAL
Duke 94
Purdue 66 FINAL
Michigan State 72
Miami-Florida 67 FINAL
Pittsburgh 63
St Bonaventure 64 FINAL
Saint Louis 48
New Mexico St 69 FINAL
TX-Pan American 48
Houston 68 FINAL
Tulane 63
Howard 62 FINAL
NJIT 71
TCU 70 FINAL
Oklahoma State 82
Cincinnati 56 FINAL
Tulsa 47
USC 74 FINAL
UCLA 85
Miss State 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Utah State 53 FINAL
Wyoming 76
St Johns 67 FINAL
Marquette 51
SIU Edwardsville 66 FINAL
Eastern Ill 78
Air Force 66 FINAL
Fresno State 68
Nebraska 57 FINAL
Illinois 69
Colorado State 78 FINAL
Nevada 62
Boise State 68 FINAL
San Jose St 51
San Diego St 60 FINAL
UNLV 58
Oregon 65 FINAL
Oregon State 62
UC Santa Barbara 98 FINAL
Hawaii 90
Toledo 64 FINAL
Northern Ill 68
Wake Forest 69 FINAL
Boston College 53
Eastern Illinois 35 FINAL
UT Martin 68
Austin Peay 69 FINAL
SIU-Edwardsville 72
Virginia Tech 57 FINAL
NC State 56
Massachusetts 55 FINAL
St Bonaventure 49
Auburn 71 FINAL
Florida 49
Penn State 63 FINAL
Indiana 68
Clemson 53 FINAL
Georgia Tech 80
Davidson 63 FINAL
La Salle 74
Loyola-Maryland 46 FINAL
Lafayette 58
Boston U 48 FINAL
Colgate 58
Coll of Charleston 58 FINAL
James Madison 107
Delaware 76 FINAL
Elon 77
Drexel 58 FINAL
Northeastern 42
Hofstra 75 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 76
Towson 56 FINAL
William & Mary 68
Miami-Ohio 55 FINAL
Akron 67
Ball State 85 FINAL
Central Michigan 69
Buffalo 55 FINAL
Bowling Green 47
Western Mich 65 FINAL
Eastern Michigan 74
Ohio U 69 FINAL
Kent State 56
Youngstown St 62 FINAL
Cleveland State 73
Illinois-Chicago 54 FINAL
Wright State 74
Alabama 56 FINAL
Vanderbilt 66
Detroit 60 FINAL
Milwaukee 56
Purdue 58 FINAL
Wisconsin 56
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