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NFL mock draft

By Adam Teicher, McClatchy Newspapers –

Chiefs beat writer Adam Teicher sizes up the April 26-28 NFL draft.


1 Indianapolis

QB Andrew Luck, Stanford

Colts hope he has a career like their previous quarterback.

2 Washington

QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor

Washington traded up to draft Heisman Trophy winner.

3 Minnesota

T Matt Kalil, USC

Vikings need to improve their offensive line; great place to start.

4 Cleveland

QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M

Browns missed on attempted trade for RG3, settle for next-best thing.

5 Tampa Bay

CB Morris Claiborne, LSU

Bucs eventually will need to replace Ronde Barber at corner.

6 St. Louis

WR Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma St.

Rams need a playmaker, and this guy certainly qualifies.

7 Jacksonville

DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina

Think Tamba Hali. Specialty is rushing the quarterback.

8 Miami

WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

Dolphins wanted Tannehill but would be happy with this big target.

9 Carolina

DT Dontari Poe, Memphis

Loads of potential here for team in need of interior-line help.

10 Buffalo

T Riley Reiff, Iowa

Bills need left tackle. Chiefs would take a look if he’s still there at No. 11.

11 Chiefs

LB Luke Kuechly, Boston College

Would be immediate defensive boost. Very athletic.

12 Seattle

LB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama

Equally skilled against the run as he is against the pass.

13 Arizona

G David DeCastro, Stanford

Part of the big line that protected this year’s top overall pick.

14 Dallas

RB Trent Richardson, Alabama

Cowboys opt for backfield help, make Richardson first RB selected.

15 Philadelphia

DT Michael Brockers, LSU

Rush defense gets a boost here. His 6-5, 322-frame is NFL-ready.

16 New York Jets

DE Quinton Coples, North Carolina

Plenty of ability, but some scouts worry about his motor.

17 Cincinnati

CB Dre Kirkpatrick, Alabama

Needed insurance with DB Leon Hall coming off injury.

18 San Diego

CB Stephon Gilmore, S. Carolina

Chargers could plug him in opposite Quentin Jammer.

19 Chicago

T Jonathan Martin, Stanford

Another one of the road-graders who blocked for Luck.

20 Tennessee

WR Kendall Wright, Baylor

Somebody had to haul in all those passes from RG3.


DE Nick Perry, USC

Has ability to get after the quarterback, which Bengals could use.

22 Cleveland

WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech

Early-entry junior led the nation in yards per catch.

23 Detroit

CB Janoris Jenkins, N. Alabama

Character concerns (run-ins with law), but talent is tantalizing.

24 Pittsburgh

T Cordy Glenn, Georgia

A true brute at 6-6, 345 pounds. Big Ben would be his biggest fan.

25 Denver

DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State

With QB Peyton Manning in the fold, the focus turns to the defense.

26 Houston

TE Coby Fleener, Stanford

Has all the tools to be solid NFL tight end: 6-5, 240 and 4.5 speed.

27 New England

LB Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

Started just one year (he’s a junior) but can sure rush the passer.

28 Green Bay

S Mark Barron, Alabama

Plenty athletic but coming off double-hernia surgery this offseason.

29 Baltimore

LB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama

Ex-teammate calls him “a freak who can play any position.”

30 San Francisco

C Peter Konz, Wisconsin

Left Badgers after junior year. Big (6-5, 315), strong and smart.

31 New England

CB Trumaine Johnson, Montana

Four-year starter for Grizzlies picked off 15 passes as senior.

32 New York Giants

DT Devon Still, Penn State

Giants’ D gets even tougher. Was Big Ten defensive player of year.

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