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  1. gimmesix

    gimmesix Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life

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    I tried to use a variety of sources to get a feel for the players most likely to be taken in the first round, and what I found was there isn't anything close to a consensus about who belongs in the first round. So here's my attempt at a mock that will appear in our newspaper Thursday morning.

    Feel free to offer any pointers, especially if there is something I've overlooked.

    1. Indianapolis
    QB Andrew Luck, Stanford

    The Colts began planning for this pick, and the rebuild around Luck, as soon as they learned that Peyton Manning would not return last season.
    2. Washington
    QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor

    The Redskins traded four picks, including three first-round picks, to St. Louis to move into position to take one of the top two quarterbacks in this draft.
    3. Minnesota
    OT Matt Kalil, Southern California

    The Vikings badly need to upgrade their line after Charles Johnson was overmatched at left tackle and left guard Steve Hutchinson was released for cap reasons.
    4. Cleveland
    RB Trent Richardson, Alabama

    Former Arkansas Razorback Peyton Hillis (Conway) fell out of favor in Cleveland last year because of how he and the Browns handled his injuries, and instead of getting a long-term deal, he’s now with Kansas City. That leaves the Browns with a big need at running back.
    5. Tampa Bay
    CB Morris Claiborne, LSU

    Despite signing Eric Wright in free agency to start at cornerback, the Buccaneers face uncertainty at the other corner spot because Aqib Talib will go on trial for a felony assault with a deadly weapon charge in June and Ronde Barber is on the wrong side of 30 by six years.
    6. St. Louis
    WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

    The Rams lost their top receiver from last year, Brandon Lloyd, in free agency, and he only led the team with 51 catches, so St. Louis is badly in need of a No. 1 target.
    7. Jacksonville
    DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina

    The only player the Jaguars had with more than four sacks last year was Jeremy Mincey, and Coples appears to be considered the top end available, although some questions about his work ethic could cause him to fall.
    8. Miami
    QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

    The Dolphins lost out to Denver in the Peyton Manning sweepstakes and eventually had to settle on cast-off David Garrard, who was out of football for a year, as their best hope to wrest the starting spot from Matt Moore. It’s hard to see them bypassing Tannehill, even if they have to reach a bit to get him.
    9. Carolina
    DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State

    The Panthers were 25th in run defense last year and defensive-minded Coach Ron Rivera can’t be happy about that or not getting much of a pass rush from anyone other than Charles Johnson.
    10. Buffalo
    OT Riley Reiff, Iowa

    The Bills lost their starting left tackle to Philadelphia for the second time in three years, with Demetrees Bell following former Arkansas Razorback Jason Peters to the Eagles, and don’t really have a replacement on the roster.
    11. Kansas City
    ILB Luke Kuechly, Boston College

    The Chiefs are badly in need of an inside linebacker to pair with Derrick Johnson, and Kuechly is considered a top-10 prospect on many draft sites.
    12. Seattle
    CB Stephen Gilmore, South Carolina

    Brandon Browner led all NFC cornerbacks in penalties last year, and the Seahawks could definitely use an upgrade to pair with Richard Sherman.
    13. Arizona
    WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

    The Cardinals haven’t had a complementary receiving threat to Larry Fitzgerald since trading Anquan Boldin to Baltimore in 2010.
    14. Dallas
    S Mark Barron, Alabama

    The Cowboys added Brodney Pool as a free agent to help out at safety, but he appears to be a short-term fix at best in a secondary that was the weakness of the defense last year.
    15. Philadelphia
    OLB Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

    The Eagles addressed their major defensive weakness by trading with Houston for inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans, but still need plenty of help at the outside spots.
    16. New York Jets
    OLB Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

    The Jets need more pass rush from their outside linebacker spots after being led by six from Aaron Maybin last year. Mercilus broke out with 16 for the Illini last year.
    17. Cincinnati
    G David DeCastro, Stanford

    The Bengals found one starting guard option in free agency by signing Travelle Wharton, but still need help on the interior and could add a player considered a top-10 prospect by many draft analysts.
    18. San Diego
    DT Dontari Poe, Memphis

    Poe can play end or nose tackle in San Diego’s scheme and the Chargers have needs at both positions.
    19. Chicago
    G/T Cordy Glenn, Georgia

    The Bears need offensive line help all along the line, but their tackle position might be the greatest need, so it would make sense to add Glenn who has the versatility to play guard and tackle.
    20. Tennessee
    CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama

    The Titans lost starting cornerback Cortland Finnegan in free agency and could replace him with the final sure first-round corner available.
    21. Cincinnati
    DE Chandler Jones, Syracuse

    The Bengals let two of their ends leave in free agency and replaced them with former first-round disappointments Derrick Harvey and Jamaal Anderson (Little Rock Central, Razorbacks).
    22. Cleveland
    WR Kendall Wright, Baylor

    The Browns could pull a surprise and go after the next-best quarterback available, after trying to get in position to draft Robert Griffin III, but adding Wright would bolster a receiving corps with one primary threat, Greg Little.
    23. Detroit
    OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford

    The Lions’ most glaring need is cornerback and they could choose troubled North Alabama star Janoris Jenkins, but character concerns and a 34-year-old starting left tackle make Martin a safer choice.
    24. Pittsburgh
    DE Michael Brockers, LSU

    The Steelers probably would like to add a nose tackle with Chris Hoke gone, but could slide Ziggy Hood over from end or even just play Brockers there because of his size.
    25. Denver
    DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State

    The Broncos were outbid in free agency for Brodrick Bunkley and will need to fill the hole created by his departure. But they will have to choose between Worthy and Penn State’s Devon Still.
    26. Houston
    G/T Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State

    With Fayetteville’s Mike Brisiel heading to Oakland in free agency and tackle Eric Winston being cut, the Texans could use some help on the offensive line. But Houston might go with the safer guard pick, Wisconsin’s Kevin Zeitler.
    27. New England
    OLB Shea McClellin, Boise State

    The Patriots lost one of their top pass rushers, Mark Anderson, in free agency and could turn to the versatile McClellin to fill a need.
    28. Green Bay
    OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

    The Packers have a premier pass rusher in Clay Matthews, but his play regressed last season with offenses able to focus on him because of a lack of help from the other outside linebacker spot.
    29. Baltimore
    ILB Donta Hightower, Alabama

    Tide players go back-to-back as the Ravens begin preparing for the eventual retirement of Ray Lewis with a player who has a similar disposition. Plus, Hightower might be able to help at outside linebacker in the meantime.
    30. San Francisco
    G Kevin Zeitler, Wisconsin

    The 49ers could use one more player to complete its offensive line after platooning at right guard last season and letting both players who started there leave in free agency.
    31. New England
    S Harrison Smith, Notre Dame

    After addressing their pass rush, the Patriots could work on another position of need on the defensive side by adding a safety and allowing Devin McCourty to return to cornerback.
    32. New York Giants
    TE Coby Fleener, Stanford

    The Giants added a blocking tight end by signing Dallas’ Martellus Bennett, but could use a top-notch receiving threat at the position, especially with Jake Ballard expected to miss the 2012 season.

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