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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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Philadelphia 3:30 PM
Washington
San Diego 7:25 PM
San Francisco
Minnesota 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Baltimore 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Detroit 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
Cleveland 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Carolina
Atlanta 12/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Green Bay 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Kansas City 12/21/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 12/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
NY Giants 12/21/14 3:05 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Oakland
Indianapolis 12/21/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Seattle 12/21/14 7:30 PM
Arizona
Denver 12/22/14 7:30 PM
Cincinnati
Utah 101 FINAL
Orlando 94
Charlotte 109 FINAL
Philadelphia 91
Brooklyn 91 FINAL
Cleveland 95
Washington 105 FINAL
Miami 103
Minnesota 98 FINAL
Boston 114
Toronto 110 FINAL
Detroit 100
Chicago 103 FINAL
Memphis 97
Portland 129 FINAL
San Antonio 119
LA Clippers 106 FINAL
Denver 109
Oklahoma City 104 FINAL
LA Lakers 103
Tampa Bay 2 FINAL(SO)
New Jersey 3
Anaheim 2 FINAL
Ottawa 6
NY Islanders 2 FINAL
Detroit 1
Boston 1 FINAL
Winnipeg 2
Dallas 2 FINAL
Calgary 1
Wilberforce 71 FINAL
Youngstown St 92
Jackson State 49 FINAL
Tulane 56
Siena 66 FINAL
Radford 76
Stillman 49 FINAL
Alabama 69
Case Western Reserve 65 FINAL
Bucknell 88
Niagara 62 FINAL
Buffalo 88
SD Christian 46 FINAL
UC Santa Barbara 69
Concordia (MI) 60 FINAL
Central Mich 97
Northern Ill 55 FINAL
Dartmouth 58
North Florida 83 FINAL
Florida A&M 65
Hiwassee 71 FINAL
Gardner-Webb 91
Tennessee St 54 FINAL
Hampton 66
NC A&T 57 FINAL
Kent State 71
Central Penn College 65 FINAL
Liberty 94
Eastern Ky 72 FINAL
Miami-Florida 44
Northern Ky 83 FINAL
Morehead State 60
Northern Ariz 62 FINAL
Norfolk State 81
MD-Eastern Shore 43 FINAL
Old Dominion 60
St Marys-CA 47 FINAL
St Johns 53
Clemson 45 FINAL
South Carolina 68
Tenn Tech 58 FINAL
Tennessee 61
Washington-MD 46 FINAL
William & Mary 86
Bethune-Cookman 46 FINAL
Mercer 67
Furman 78 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 83
South Dakota St 53 FINAL
CS-Bakersfield 49
Milligan 53 FINAL
Lamar 80
LSU-Alexandria 71 FINAL
ULM 76
Southern Utah 57 FINAL
Loyola-Chicago 73
Chattanooga 58 FINAL
Middle Tennessee 68
Seattle 57 FINAL
Minnesota 92
Lipscomb 55 FINAL
Princeton 77
Winthrop 71 FINAL
SE Louisiana 81
Dickinson State 48 FINAL
North Dakota 78
New Orleans 56 FINAL
Southern Ill 52
TX-Pan American 60 FINAL
Creighton 75
Colorado State 85 FINAL
Denver 84
Alabama A&M 49 FINAL
Marquette 83
Ark-Pine Bluff 51 FINAL
Texas Tech 72
Eastern Wash 67 FINAL
California 78
Idaho State 56 FINAL
Utah State 69
Arizona 60 FINAL
Texas-El Paso 55
Hawaii 94 FINAL
Chaminade 63
Nevada 10:00 AM
Louisiana
Utah State 1:20 PM
Texas-El Paso
(23) Utah 2:30 PM
Colorado State
Western Mich 4:45 PM
Air Force
South Alabama 8:15 PM
Bowling Green
BYU 12/22/14 1:00 PM
Memphis
Marshall 12/23/14 5:00 PM
Northern Ill
Navy 12/23/14 8:30 PM
San Diego St
Central Mich 12/24/14 11:00 AM
Western Ky
Fresno State 12/24/14 7:00 PM
Rice
Illinois 12/26/14 12:00 PM
Louisiana Tech
Rutgers 12/26/14 3:30 PM
North Carolina
NC State 12/26/14 7:00 PM
UCF
Ohio Valley 33 FINAL
Youngstown St 84
East Tenn St 48 FINAL
UNC-Wilmington 61
Cal-Irvine 44 FINAL
Purdue 69
Campbell 63 FINAL
Stetson 76
Jacksonville St 70 FINAL
Charleston Southern 43
Louisiana 64 FINAL
Alcorn State 57
Denver 63 FINAL
Wright State 72
Blue Mountain 30 FINAL
Central Arkansas 71
Texas State 51 FINAL
Bethune-Cookman 40
Albany 62 FINAL
Pepperdine 36
TX-San Antonio 53 FINAL
Houston 56
Yale 66 FINAL
Bucknell 73
Northern Colorado 56 FINAL
Fla Gulf Coast 69
Belmont 86 FINAL
Mercer 83
Massachusetts 66 FINAL
Georgia State 71
George Mason 69 FINAL
Winthrop 57
Portland State 33 FINAL
Princeton 104
UCLA 71 FINAL
Samford 52
Mobile 30 FINAL
Alabama State 66
Nicholls 49 FINAL
Texas Tech 76
Toledo 65 FINAL
Nevada 56
UMass Lowell 48 FINAL
(13) Duke 95
St Marys-CA 49 FINAL
Virginia 62
McNeese State 55 FINAL
Rice 57
McMurry 49 FINAL
Houston Baptist 69
NJIT 62 FINAL
Seton Hall 74
(6) North Carolina 65 FINAL
Maine 36
Lafayette 58 FINAL
Stony Brook 60
Siena 62 FINAL
Binghamton 53
Longwood 56 FINAL
Clemson 72
Savannah State 51 FINAL
Florida State 97
(19) Syracuse 72 FINAL
(9) Baylor 74
Buffalo 68 FINAL
Manhattan 58
Canisius 43 FINAL
Michigan 79
Davidson 66 FINAL
NC State 82
Northern Ky 63 FINAL
Delaware 58
Saint Louis 81 FINAL
Austin Peay 86
(25) DePaul 64 FINAL
(2) Connecticut 98
Ohio U 74 FINAL
La Salle 63
Florida Atlantic 60 FINAL
Long Beach St 85
Miami-Florida 65 FINAL
Tulane 70
Miss Valley St 39 FINAL
Memphis 62
Ark-Pine Bluff 56 FINAL
UAB 65
Bowling Green 58 FINAL
Illinois State 54
Arkansas State 78 FINAL
Missouri State 62
ULM 42 FINAL
Wichita State 57
(16) Oregon State 71 FINAL
Southern Ill 55
Pacific 67 FINAL
New Mexico St 62
No Dakota State 79 FINAL
Cal State Fullerton 86
Utah State 92 FINAL
Sacramento St 102
Bethesda (CA) 61 FINAL
Fresno State 83
Utah Valley U 44 FINAL
Montana 68
LSU 78 FINAL
UC Santa Barbara 45
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