2012 NFL Mock Draft: Pac-12 QBs Highlight Top 10

Sean McGarveyContributor IIMay 2, 2011

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Pac-12 QBs Highlight Top 10

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans rolls out of the pocket against the Oregon Ducks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    In the 2011 NFL draft, four quarterbacks were selected in the first round. While this number is a bit higher than average, none of the quarterbacks taken are as hyped or talented as those in previous or future years. The 2012 NFL draft class could prove to be one of the best in a long time. The draft order is based on my 2011 season predictions.

1. Arizona Cardinals (3-13): Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

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    MIAMI, FL - JANUARY 03:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrates after he threw a 38-yard touchdown pass in the fourth quarter against the Virginai Tech Hokies during the 2011 Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium on January 3, 2011 in Miam
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    Had Andrew Luck decided to enter the draft in 2011, he would have almost definitely ended up a Carolina Panther. Next year, assuming he decides to enter the draft, he should be the No. 1 overall pick. The Cardinals held out on drafting a QB in 2011 and will probably be in need come 2012. 

2. Cincinnati Bengals (3-13): Matt Kalil, OT, USC

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    LOS ANGELES - NOVEMBER 29:  Matt Kalil #75 of the USC Trojans looks on against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish on November 29, 2008 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.  USC won 38-3.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
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    As of right now, Matt Kalil is the best lineman in the 2012 Draft Class. Look for him to be a very early pick. 

3.Tennessee Titans (4-12): Justin Blackmon, WR, OSU

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    STILLWATER, OK - SEPTEMBER 05:  Wide receiver Justin Blackmon #81 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys warms up before the college football game against the Georgia Bulldogs at Boone Pickens Stadium on September 5, 2009 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Cowboys defe
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    Blackmon is big, strong and fast. Last season, he made a mockery of Big-12 defenses. Any quarterback would love to have this receiver catching his passes.

4. Washington Redskins (4-12): Matt Barkley, QB, USC

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    LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 30:  Matt Barkley #7 of the USC Trojans rolls out of the pocket against the Oregon Ducks at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on October 30, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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    While we still don't know whether or not Donovan McNabb will be a Redskin in 2011, it is almost certain he won't be in 2012. The Skins will need a QB and Barkley should suffice. 

5. Carolina Panthers (4-12): Courtney Upshaw, DT, Alabama

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 02:  Courtney Upshaw #41 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    I wouldn't be surprised to see the Panthers trade down to get a Running Back, but for now, I have them getting the best defensive lineman available in Courtney Upshaw 

6. Seattle Seahawks (5-11): Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 01:  Landry Jones #12 of the Oklahoma Sooners throws the ball against the Connecticut Huskies during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Peters
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    Landry Jones is a solid quarterback who already runs a pro-style offense in Oklahoma. He should be one of the first QBs selected in 2012.

7. Minnesota Vikings (5-11): Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

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    PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Jonathan Martin #55 and Richard Sherman #9 of the Stanford Cardinal celebrate after they beat the Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    The Vikes took a risk on a franchise QB in 2011 with Christian Ponder. If he's going to succeed in the NFL, he's going to need some protection. 

8. Denver Broncos (5-11): Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - OCTOBER 16:  Dre Kirkpatrick #21 of the Alabama Crimson Tide against the Ole Miss Rebels at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Champ Bailey is getting old and Denver is going to need someone who can cover a No. 1 receiver. 

9. Buffalo Bills (6-10): Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

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    TUCSON, AZ - DECEMBER 02:  Quarterback Nick Foles #8 of the Arizona Wildcats throws a pass under pressure from Junior Onyeali #97 of the Arizona State Sun Devils during the college football game at Arizona Stadium on December 2, 2010 in Tucson, Arizona.
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    While Ryan Fitzpatrick is a solid NFL QB, he isn't the future of the Bills offense. They will most likely be looking for a good QB early in 2012 and Nick Foles is really good.

10. Miami Dolphins (6-10): Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

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    PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  Running back Trent Richardson #3 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs for an 11-yard gain after a catch as cornerback Aaron Williams #4 of the Texas Longhorns tackles him in the second quarter of the Citi BCS National Championship
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    The Dolphins held out on picking a RB in 2011 so they will be short in that category this year. Look for them to draft the best back available in 2012. 

Picks 11-20

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    NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Terrelle Pryor #2 of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks to pass against the Arkansas Razorbacks during the Allstate Sugar Bowl at the Louisiana Superdome on January 4, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Kevin
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    11. Cleveland Browns (6-10): Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan St.

    12. San Francisco 49ers (7-9): Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

    13. Jacksonville Jaguars (7-9): Ashlon Jeffery, WR, S. Carolina

    14. New York Giants (7-9): Kirk Cousins, QB, MSU

    15. Dallas Cowboys (7-9): Jared Crick, DT, Nebraska

    16. Kansas City Chiefs (8-8): Vontaze Burfict, LB, ASU

    17. Oakland Raiders (8-8): Terrelle Pryor, QB, OSU

    18. Houston Texans (8-8): Donte Paige-Moss, DE, UNC

    19. Chicago Bears (9-7): Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

    20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-7) Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma

      

Picks 21-32

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    GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 10:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks runs down field against the Auburn Tigers during the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 10, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jonathan
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    21. Detroit Lions (9-7): Stephon Gilmore, CB, S. Carolina

    22. San Diego Chargers (9-7): Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame 

    23. New York Jets (10-6): Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

    24. St. Louis Rams (10-6): Travis Lewis, LB, Oklahoma

    25. Indianapolis Colts (10-6): Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas

    26. New England Patriots (From New Orleans (10-6)): Manti Te'o, LB, Notre Dame

    27. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6): Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida

    28. Pittsburgh Steelers (11-5): Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall

    29. Baltimore Ravens (10-6): Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas

    30. Green Bay Packers (11-5): Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

    31. Cleveland Browns (From Atlanta (11-5)): LaMichael James, RB, Oregon

    32. New England Patriots (12-4): Cliff Harris,CB, Oregon

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