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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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St. Louis - LP: A. Wainwright 1 FINAL
Pittsburgh - WP: J. Locke 3
Texas - WP: C. Lewis 12 FINAL
Seattle - LP: E. Ramirez 4
Washington 3 Top 4th Inning
Philadelphia 2
Tampa Bay 3 Top 6th Inning
Baltimore 1
Boston 2 Top 7th Inning
Toronto 1
NY Yankees 8 Bottom 4th Inning
Detroit 0
Atlanta 3 Bottom 6th Inning
NY Mets 1
Chicago Cubs 2 Top 5th Inning
Cincinnati 6
Cleveland 0 Top 3rd Inning
Chicago WSox 0
Minnesota 0 Top 4th Inning
Kansas City 0
Oakland 0 Bottom 2nd Inning
Houston 0
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 8:10 PM
San Diego - O. Despaigne
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw 8:40 PM
Arizona - W. Miley
Miami - H. Alvarez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - H. Santiago
Colorado - F. Morales 9:15 PM
San Francisco - T. Hudson
Atlanta 8/28/14 5:00 PM
Jacksonville
Detroit 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Buffalo
Indianapolis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Kansas City 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Green Bay
NY Jets 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Philadelphia
St. Louis 8/28/14 6:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Pittsburgh
New England 8/28/14 6:30 PM
NY Giants
Washington 8/28/14 6:30 PM
Tampa Bay
Baltimore 8/28/14 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Chicago 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Cleveland
Denver 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Dallas
Minnesota 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tennessee
San Francisco 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Houston
Arizona 8/28/14 9:00 PM
San Diego
Seattle 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Oakland
(21) Texas A&M 8/28/14 5:00 PM
(9) So Carolina
Wake Forest 8/28/14 6:02 PM
ULM
Boise State 8/28/14 7:00 PM
(18) Ole Miss
Tulane 8/28/14 7:00 PM
Tulsa
Temple 8/28/14 8:15 PM
Vanderbilt
Rutgers 8/28/14 9:00 PM
Washington St
Weber State 8/28/14 9:30 PM
(19) Arizona State
BYU 8/29/14 6:00 PM
Connecticut
(6) Jacksonville St 8/29/14 6:30 PM
(8) Michigan State
Bowling Green 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Western Ky
TX-San Antonio 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Houston
Colorado State 8/29/14 8:00 PM
Colorado
UNLV 8/29/14 9:30 PM
Arizona
Penn State 8/30/14 7:30 AM
UCF
Troy 8/30/14 11:00 AM
UAB
(7) UCLA 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Virginia
Western Mich 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
(5) Ohio State 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Navy
Appalachian St 8/30/14 11:00 AM
Michigan
Ga Southern 8/30/14 11:30 AM
NC State
Boston College 8/30/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
West Virginia 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(2) Alabama
Rice 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(17) Notre Dame
(10) South Dakota St 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(24) Missouri
Fla Atlantic 8/30/14 2:30 PM
(22) Nebraska
California 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Marshall 8/30/14 2:30 PM
Miami-Ohio
UC Davis 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(11) Stanford
Arkansas 8/30/14 3:00 PM
(6) Auburn
(16) Clemson 8/30/14 4:30 PM
(12) Georgia
Liberty 8/30/14 5:00 PM
(23) North Carolina
Ohio U 8/30/14 5:00 PM
Kent State
Louisiana Tech 8/30/14 6:00 PM
(4) Oklahoma
Idaho 8/30/14 6:00 PM
Florida
Stephen F Austin 8/30/14 6:10 PM
(20) Kansas State
Fresno State 8/30/14 6:30 PM
(15) USC
Southern Miss 8/30/14 6:30 PM
Miss State
Texas-El Paso 8/30/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico
North Texas 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Texas
(1) Florida State 8/30/14 7:00 PM
Oklahoma State
(14) Wisconsin 8/30/14 8:00 PM
(13) LSU
South Dakota 8/30/14 9:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(25) Washington 8/30/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Utah State 8/31/14 6:00 PM
Tennessee
SMU 8/31/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
Miami-Florida 9/1/14 7:00 PM
Louisville
D.C. 9:30 PM
Los Angeles
Ottawa 8/29/14 6:30 PM
Montreal
Winnipeg 8/31/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Toronto 9/1/14 12:00 PM
Hamilton
Edmonton 9/1/14 3:30 PM
Calgary
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