A very early 2012 mock draft

1.
Cincinnati Bengals
Andrew Luck
QB Stanford
If they land Gabbert or Newton obviously this won’t happen, but Luck would still go No. 1 – it’s just a matter of who trades up for him.
2. Carolina Panthers Quinton Coples DE North Carolina
Coples needs to build upon his 2010 season for this to happen, but he has Julius Pepper-type potential.
3. Arizona Cardinals Matt Kalil OT USC
If they don’t land Newton or Gabbert this could be a quarterback, but assuming they get a QB this year they’ll need to upgrade the offensive line in 2011.
4. Miami Dolphins Trent Richardson RB Alabama
Mark Ingram is good, but Richardson is elite. Probably the best running back to enter the draft since Adrian Peterson.
5 Denver Broncos Vontaze Burfict LB Arizona State
Burfict is an elite athlete who could probably play inside or outside in a 4-3 scheme like Denver’s.
6. Buffalo Bills Jonathan Martin OT Stanford
The Bills desperately need a franchise left tackle. They aren’t getting one this year, which means a guy like Martin should be high on their list in 2012.
7. Washington Redskins Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama
Kirkpatrick isn’t quite in Patrick Peterson’s class, but he could come off the board just as high in 2012.
8. Minnesota Vikings Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
Justin Blackmon received more attention in 2010, but Alshon Jeffery is the truly elite receiver in next year’s class.
9. San Francisco 49ers D. Paige-Moss LB North Carolina
Donte Paige-Moss plays defensive end at UNC, but has the athleticism to be an elite pass rusher at linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.
10. Cleveland Browns Andre Branch DE Clemson
Conceivably, the Browns could end up with two Clemson defensive ends in consecutive years – Bowers this year and Branch in 2012.
11. Tennessee Titans Matt Barkley QB USC
The Titans seem like one of the teams likely to address their QB need with a veteran this year and find their new franchise QB in the draft in 2012.
12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Alfonzo Denard CB Nebraska
Some people will tell you that Denard is even better than Prince Amukamara. Either way, they both figure to be high draft picks in consecutive years.
13. Seattle Seahawks Devin Taylor DE South Carolina
Coming off an eight-sack sophomore year, Taylor has the elite physical tools to become a superstar with a breakout junior year.
14. Houston Texans Cliff Harris CB Oregon
The Texas have the worst secondary in the league, and without a full free agency period this offseason they may not be able to do much to fix it.
15. Jacksonville Jaguars Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina
2012 has the potential to produce a very deep class of cornerbacks. Gilmore is one of four or five that enter year with 1st-round potential.
16. Oakland Raiders Brandon Jenkins DE Florida State
Jenkins is undersized, but with another 14-sack performance like he had in 2011 he could play his way into the top 10.
17. New York Giants Luke Kuechley LB Boston College
Tough, physical, smart linebacker who reminds me of James Laurinaitis. Could play mike or sam in a 4-3 scheme like the Giants.
18. Kansas City Chiefs Ryan Broyles WR Oklahoma
Oklahoma’s all-time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns. A smaller, faster receiver to compliment Dwayne Bowe.
19. Detroit Lions Manti Te’o LB Notre Dame
A physical freak in the Rey Maualuga mold. Could play inside or outside in a 4-3 scheme – probably strong-side in Detroit.
20. Chicago Bears Riley Reiff OT Iowa
Reiff is only a junior but has started all but two career games, most at left tackle. Comparisons to Robert Gallery are inevitable, but Reiff is a much better athlete.
21. St. Louis Rams Mohamed Sanu WR Rutgers
Sanu will have to answer questions about his speed, but he clearly has the size and play-making ability of a No.1 receiver.
22. Dallas Cowboys Michael Brewster C Ohio State
Brewster could be a rare center to go in the 1st round, following in the footsteps of former Buckeye Nick Mangold who has developed into a star with the Jets
23. San Diego Chargers Vinny Curry LB Marshall
Curry may enter the 2011 season as the nation’s most under-the-radar star. He had 12 sacks as a junior, including two against Ohio State.
24. New York Jets A. Armstead DE USC
Armond Armstead is moving to DT this year, but has the prototypical size and athleticism of a 3-4 end – similar to Cameron Heyward.
25. New Orleans Saints Janoris Jenkins CB Florida
Jenkins is a four-year starter who was a potential 1st-round pick this year. Questions about speed are only thing that could keep him out of 1st round.
26. Baltimore Ravens Jared Crick DT Nebraska
Crick was overshaddowed by Ndamukong Suh early in his career, but made a name for himself with 10 sacks in 2010.
27. Indianapolis Colts Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
Worthy is a junior, entering his third year as the star of the Spartans defensive line. He’s registered four sacks in each of his first two years.
28. Philadelphia Eagles Chase Minnifield CB Virginia
Son of former Browns All Pro corner Frank Minnifield is poised for a breakout senior year after six interceptions as a junior.
29. Pittsburgh Steelers Don’ta Hightower ILB Alabama
Hightower failed to live up to lofty expectations in 2010, but I expect big things from him in his second year as a starter.
30. Atlanta Falcons Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
Brown is an elite athlete who was reportedly clocked at 4.28 in the 40. He would be a great fit at weak-side linebacker in Atlanta.
31. Green Bay Pakcers Knile Davis RB Arkansas
Davis is poised for a breakout year as Arkansas should feature a more balanced attack following the departure of Ryan Mallett.
32. New England Patriots C. Upshaw OLB Alabama
Courtney Upshaw registered seven sacks in 11 games in 2010, his first year as a starter. Expect big things from him as a senior.
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