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Default Re: Sporting News Russ Lande 3/01 Mock

3/12 Update

1. Indianapolis Colts. Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
The Colts made it clear they are in a complete rebuilding mode by releasing so many veterans. Luck can lead them like Peyton Manning did when he came to Indy.

2. Washington Redskins (from St. Louis). Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
Washington pays a huge price to move up, but if Griffin becomes the premier quarterback we believe he will become, then this will be the move that turns around the Redskins.

3. Minnesota Vikings. Matt Kalil, OT, Southern Cal
With the top two picks settled, the Vikings know they can get Kalil to protect Christian Ponder's blindside for the next decade.

4. Cleveland Browns. Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
By making a strong attempt to trade up, the Browns made it clear they don't believe in Colt McCoy, so they reach a little bit and grab Tannehill to build around him.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Ronde Barber is debating whether to play another season and Aqib Talib has had numerous off-field incidents, so the Bucs grab Claiborne to be their shutdown cornerback.

6. St. Louis Rams (from Washington). Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
The Rams knew they would get one of the top four players on their board. Blackmon gives Bradford an elite target to upgrade their passing attack.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars. Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Sources have told us that Jacksonville is determined to upgrade its pass rush. Ingram is the most polished outside pass rusher in the draft.

8. Miami Dolphins. Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Dolphins' offensive line needs an infusion of young talent. Martin is an elite athlete who can be a good right tackle if he can play with more intensity on every snap.

9. Carolina Panthers. Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
Carolina's run defense was terrible in 2011. While Brockers is not going to be a gap-shooting playmaker, he will be an excellent two-gap run defender.

10. Buffalo Bills. Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
With the Bills switching back to a 4-3 scheme they must get defensive ends who can pressure the quarterback. Coples is a powerful athlete with great upside as an edge rusher.

11. Kansas City Chiefs. Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
The Chiefs aren't happy with their offensive line. While Reiff has issues, GM Scott Pioli trusts Kirk Ferentz, who coached Reiff at Iowa and believes he can be a good right tackle from Day 1.

12. Seattle Seahawks. Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
The Seahawks wants to upgrade at quarterback, but with no prospects worth taking this high, they grab Floyd to be their No. 1 receiver with big-play potential.

13. Arizona Cardinals. Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
The Cardinals must better protect their quarterback and reportedly leaning toward releasing offensive tackle Levi Brown because of salary cap constraints. Adams has great size at 6-7 with long arms and good athleticism.

14. Dallas Cowboys. Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
The Cowboys' secondary struggled in recent seasons. Kirkpatrick is 6-2, 186 pounds and has elite talent, but is he raw. He could develop into the high-end cornerback they desperately need.

15. Philadelphia Eagles. Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
The Eagles haven't selected a linebacker in the first round since Andy Reid became coach, but Kuechly is a special talent who has excellent coverage skills to go with natural football instincts.

16. New York Jets. Devon Still, DT, Penn State
The Jets must add young talent to their defensive line. Still has the strength, long arms and quick-twitch athleticism to be a defensive end in their 3-4 scheme.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland). Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
It's unlikely the Bengals will come up with the money to pay free agent Cedric Benson, so they jump at the chance to draft the best running back to come into the NFL in recent years.

18. San Diego Chargers. Nick Perry, OLB, Southern Cal
The Chargers struggled to pressure the quarterback in recent years. After an excellent junior season, Perry could be the man to change that playing opposite Shaun Phillips.

19. Chicago Bears. David Decastro, G, Stanford
Jay Cutler took a ton of punishment in 2011. Decastro will start as a rookie at guard and could eventually make the move to right tackle because of his athleticism.

20. Tennessee Titans. Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis
The Titans' interior run defense hasn't been the same since losing Albert Haynesworth. At 346 pounds, Poe is huge defensive tackle with rare initial quickness and athleticism to perfectly fill that role.

21. Cincinnati Bengals. Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Nate Clements has been in the NFL more than a decade. Leon Hall is coming off season-ending Achilles' tendon surgery. The Bengals grab Boykin, whose explosive playmaking ability and return skills will enable him to make an impact as a rookie.

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta). David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
We don't expect the Browns to re-sign Peyton Hillis. Wilson is an elusive back with the explosive burst through holes. He also has speed to take plays the distance.

23. Detroit Lions. Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
Kyle Vanden Bosch is 33 and the Lions struggled to consistently pressure the quarterback in 2011. Mercilus would back up Vanden Bosch and Cliff Avril in 2012 and then take over in 2013.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers. Alameda Ta'Amu, NT, Washington
Casey Hampton is near the end of his career and is coming of an injured ACL. Ta'Amu's performance at the Senior Bowl showed he can be an anchor nose tackle in a 3-4 defense.

25. Denver Broncos. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
The Broncos' defense made big strides in 2011, but the interior line could use a playmaker like Cox.

26. Houston Texans. Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
The search for a big-play receiver opposite Andre Johnson seems to be an unending journey. The Texans finally solve that problem by drafting Randle.

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans). Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
The Patriots' defense struggled in 2011 and a big reason was its inability to pressure the quarterback. Upshaw would be the physical run defender and pass rusher who fits the scheme.

28. Green Bay Packers. Andre Branch, OLB, Clemson
Clay Matthews needs help rushing the passer and Branch is the dynamic athlete who would fit in perfectly on the opposite side.

29. Baltimore Ravens. Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Baltimore could use an injection of young talent on the defensive line. The Ravens have had success with gifted players with consistency issues similar to Worthy.

30. San Francisco 49ers. Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
For the 49ers' offense to become a well-rounded unit, it must add speed and playmaking ability at the receiver position. Wright has both.

31. New England Patriots. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
In an effort to continue to upgrade their defense, the Patriots grab Jenkins. He has the special physical skills to be a shutdown cornerback.

32. New York Giants. Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
After releasing Brandon Jacobs and with Ahmad Bradshaw coming off surgery, the Giants are thin at running back. Martin is a strong inside runner with good receiving skills and is solid in pass protection.
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