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Kevin O'Donnell's 2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0

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1. Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck, QB Stanford.

This is a slam dunk, lock. Luck will likely be signed by the Colts before Indy officially goes on the clock on April 26th. Physically, Luck is just as athletic as Cam Newton. The Stanford grad matched Newton's marks during February's NFL Combine.

Luck is a once in a decade type for player. His only real weakness, doesn't have super strong arm. Makes up for that with every other intangible.

There are instant comparisons to the legend he's replacing, but Luck is no Peyton Manning. Luck is mobile and his game resembles Aaron Rodgers more closely.

2. Washington Redskins, Robert Griffin III, QB Baylor.

The Redskins mortgaged their future to land the new face of their franchise. The gave up three first round picks and a second round pick to get a quarterback that's electric.

RG3 will be the NFL's next "superstar". He's a high character guy with a rocket arm to match his blazing speed. Playing at Baylor didn't face many top defenses and didn't take a whole lot of snaps from under center.

Tthe Redskins will adapt their offense to fit what he does best, and they should have better offensive numbers than Luck.

3. Minnesota Vikings, Matt Kalil, OT USC.

The Vikings fill a major hole in their offense with the best left tackle coming out of college. At 6'-6'', 295. The Vikings can play Kalil on the leftside and not worry about that position for the next decade.

He comes from great stock: his older brother plays with Carolina. He's NFL-ready with the strength to decleat defensive ends.

Other possibility: Justin Blackmon, WR Okla. St.

4. Cleveland Browns, Justin Blackmon, WR Okla. St.

Colt McCoy desperately needs a target to throw to, and Blackmon is a ProBowl type receiver. Not a big guy, but has the ability to jump out of the stadium. He's an Anquan Bolden type of player, but better. A game changer that wants the ball with the game on the line.

Discussions around the NFL have the Browns leaning towards taking Trent Richardson, RB Alabama. Richardson grabbed the Browns attention during Alabama's Pro Day when he sent Browns Running Back Coach Gary Brown flying during a blocking drill.

If Cleveland goes from Richardson, this drastically changes the Bucs' plans.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Trade Down!

Especially if Richardson goes to Cleveland. I believe the best move for the Bucs would to be to trade back in the draft. Move somewhere between 12th and 15th and select the best middle linebacker on the board, Boston College's Luke Kuechly.

This guy loves football, has a huge heart for the game. He's a great tackler that lead BC for the last two years, and is one of the most productive defensive players in college.

Kuechly set ACC and school records for career tackle totals with 532 stops. His great instincts make up for size and speed. At 6'3", he has room to add more muscle.

He played around 235 during his senior year. With one of the league's worst defenses, the Bucs need a stud in the middle.

By trading back, Bucs would pick up an extra second round pick. They then could get Oregon Runningback LaMichael James and a top cornerback.

If they stay at 5. First choice, Trent Richardson, RB Alabama is the guy. But he could very well be gone. During Alabama's Pro Day, Richardson proved his he nearly fully recovered from his minor knee surgery.

He was clocked in the 40 yards dash from 4.45-4.49. Greg Schiano wants to run the ball first and will not tolerate a running back that turns the ball over.

Richarson fumbled just once in his college career. In 3 seasons with the Tide, Richardson rushed for 3,130 averaging 5.8 yards per carry.

Richardson is a compact back, might remind Schiano of Ray Rice. He's the best back to come out since Adrian Peterson. Explosive, powerful and very balanced. He is an instinctual player who is patient with great cutting ability. He is good enough to stay on the field on 3rd down with good hands. The Bucs lined him up in the slot during his Pro Day.

If they Bucs can't trade down, they will go for Morris Claiborne, CB LSU. The concern here is that Claiborne looked average at the NFL combine.

He ran a 4.5 40 and red alarm, with a vertical jump of 34 inches. Andrew Luck had a 36. For a shutdown corner, Claiborne is light, weighs 188 pounds.

Reports that he scored a 4 on the Wonderlic exam out of a possible 50. Bucs would do better to go with Richardson, but again may not have the choice.

Claiborne drastically improved his 40 time during LSU's Pro Day, 4.33 and 4.37 on both of his runs. But another problem with Claiborne is that he underwent wrist surgery this past month. Not sure how serious it is, but he may not be fully ready for training camp.

6. St. Louis Rams, Justin Blackmon, WR Okla. St.

If Cleveland passes and goes with Richardson. The Rams get the most explosive offensive player in this years draft. The Bucs would grab him if they hadn't just signed Vincent Jackson.

If Blackmon is gone, Rams turn to Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina.

Pass-rush specialist. With defensive-minded Jeff Fisher now in charge in St. Louis would be very surprised if he passes on this rare-athlete. Playing on a fast carpet in St. Louis, Ingram could easily rack up double-digit sacks in his rookie year.

Other possibilities: Trent Richardson, RB Alabama, if he slips or Riley Reiff, OT Iowa.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars, Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina, if he slides to them.

If not, Riley Reiff, OT Iowa. The Jags are in great need of a right tackle. At 6' 5", 315 pounds, Reiff is the 2nd best tackle on the board. A good fit for Jags. He's a dependable pass blocker and is solid with the run. Has the ability to step right in and start.

Other possibilities: Morris Claiborne, CB LSU or Michael Floyd, WR Notre Dame.

8. Miami Dolphins, Ryan Tannehill, QB Texas A&M.

With Mike Sherman now the offensive coordinator with the Dolphins, now why Miami passes on Tannehill. He's Miami's long-term solution. Tannehill changed from a gunslinger to solid field general under Sherman.

Other possibilities: Morris Claiborne, CB LSU or Dontari Poe, DT Memphis.

9. Carolina Panthers, Fletcher Cox, DT Miss. State.

Cox is the creating the biggest buzz right now and has worked him self into the Top 10. This is the number one need for the Panthers, who are soft in the middle.

10. Buffalo Bills, Dontari Poe, DT Memphis.

Poe is a tackle that can fill the middle. At 6'3", 346 its going to get around. Consistent defender who has great size, strength, athletic ability, and understanding of the game. Panthers need an upgrade in the middle of their line.

Other possibilities: Michael Floyd, WR Nortre Dame or Luke Kuechly, LB Boston College.

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