In our 2012 NFL Mock Draft, the highlighted players are among the best the Senior Bowl has to offer:
1. Indianapolis Colts—Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
2. St. Louis Rams—Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State
3. Minnesota Vikings—Matt Kalil, OT, USC
4. Cleveland Browns—Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor
5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
6. Washington Redskins—Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
7. Jacksonville Jaguars—Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
8. Carolina Panthers—Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame
9. Miami Dolphins—Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
10. Buffalo Bills—Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
There are questions about his initial burst, but no 3-4 OLB prospect is better prepared to make an impact immediately than Upshaw. There's a good chance he'll look like a man amongst boys in Mobile.
11. Kansas City Chiefs—Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
12. Seattle Seahawks—Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Still has jumped up draft boards after an impressive senior season that saw him make 17 tackles for losses and 4.5 sacks. A big performance at the Senior Bowl could give him a chance at being the first defensive lineman off the board in April.
13. Arizona Cardinals—Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
14. Dallas Cowboys—Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
15. Philadelphia Eagles—Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College
16. New York Jets—Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
17. Cincinnati Bengals—Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois
18. San Diego Chargers—David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
19. Chicago Bears—Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
20. Tennessee Titans—Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
Ingram has the body of a 4-3 defensive end but the burst of a 3-4 outside linebacker. By next fall, he'll likely be keeping his hand in the dirt in a 4-3. Ingram is still a borderline first-rounder, so a solid showing in Mobile is important.
21. Cincinnati Bengals—Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor
In the process of helping quarterback Robert Griffin III win the Heisman, Wright put his name on the first-round map. He's a guy that can win in the slot but will also make the big plays down the field. I expect him to make a big splash at the Senior Bowl.
22. Cleveland Browns—Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Adams could make himself a lot of money in Mobile. While he's projected as a mid-to-late first rounder, he could push himself up the boards with a good performance against some of the elite pass rushers.
23. Detroit Lions—Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska
24. Pittsburgh Steelers—Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia
Glenn might get some looks at tackle in Mobile, but his position in the NFL will likely be Guard. Still, dominating performances at either position can help solidify his spot among the first 32 picks.
25. Denver Broncos—Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
26. New York Giants—Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama
27. Houston Texans—Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
28. Baltimore Ravens—Vontaze Burfict, LB, Arizona State
29. New England Patriots—Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
30. San Francisco 49ers—Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
31. New England Patriots—Mark Barron, S, Alabama
32. Green Bay Packers—Nick Perry, OLB, USC
Other big names at Senior Bowl: QB Russell Wilson (Wisconsin), QB Nick Foles (Arizona), RB Vick Ballard (Miss. State), WR Nick Toon (Wisconsin), C Mike Brewster (Ohio State), DE Vinny Curry (Marshall), DT Brandon Thompson (Clemson), OLB Nigel Bradham (Florida State), CB Brandon Boykin (Georgia), S Antonio Allen.
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