2012 NFL Mock Draft: Will Andrew Luck Be the Top Pick in 2012?

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Will Andrew Luck Be the Top Pick in 2012?
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We all thought the Carolina Panthers won the Andrew Luck sweepstakes when they finished with the worst record in 2010. Stanford head coach Jim Harbaugh left for the San Francisco 49ers, but Luck surprisingly stayed in college.

We’ve seen highly touted quarterbacks appears as locks to the top the draft one year, only to back to college and cost themselves the honors. Matt Leinart and Jake Locker quickly come to mind in recent years, and although they were still drafted in the top 10, they cost themselves the No. 1 spot.

Now, the race is back on.

The 2012 quarterback class will be far superior to 2011’s, which saw Cam Newton go No. 1 overall to the Panthers. USC’s Matt Barkley and Oklahoma’s Landry Jones are both breathing down Luck’s neck. Will the best quarterback prospect in the nation fall victim to two vultures eying his perch?

It is never too early to look ahead to the next crop of NFL superstars. In light of the current lockout, college football is still expected to have a remarkable and exciting season. We have immense talent to watch hone their crafts heading into the 2012 NFL draft. Once again, we expect many underclassmen to enter the draft.

Still, all eyes are on the terrific quarterback trio. All three men are expected to make a run at the coveted Heisman trophy. Like Newton last year, whichever star wins the trophy could very well see themselves land atop the draft.

With a fresh draft order for 2012, which team will win the sweepstakes to draft one of the top three quarterbacks? More importantly, will Andrew Luck be the top pick?

1. Washington Redskins: Andrew Luck, Stanford QB
17. San Diego Chargers: Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State LB
2. Carolina Panthers: Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina WR
18. Detroit Lions: Cliff Harris, Oregon CB
3. Tennessee Titans: Quinton Coples, North Carolina DE
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Trent Richardson, Alabama RB
4. Jacksonville Jaguars: Matt Kalil, USC OT
20. Indianapolis Colts: Luke Kuechly, Boston College LB
5. Miami Dolphins: Landry Jones, Oklahoma QB
21. St. Louis Rams: Marcus Forston, Miami (FL) DT
6. San Francisco 49ers: Dre' Kirkpatrick, Alabama CB
22. Houston Texans: Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska CB
7. Cincinnati Bengals: Jonathan Martin, Stanford OT
23. New York Giants: Dont'a Hightower, Alabama LB
8. Oakland Raiders: Matt Barkley, USC QB
24. New England Patriots (via New Orleans): Jared Crick, Nebraska DL
9. Arizona Cardinals: Donte Paige-Moss, North Carolina DE/OLB
25. Kansas City Chiefs: Courtney Upshaw, Alabama OLB
10. Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff, Iowa OT
26. New York Jets: Travis Lewis, Oklahoma OLB
11. Seattle Seahawks: Jerel Worthy, Michigan St. DT
27. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta): Manti Te'o, Notre Dame LB
12. Cleveland Browns: Jayron Hosley, Virginia Tech CB
28. Pittsburgh Steelers: Chase Minnifield, Virginia CB
13. Denver Broncos: Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina CB
29. Philadelphia Eagles: Zach Brown, North Carolina OLB
14. Minnesota Vikings: Brandon Jenkins, Florida State DE
30. Baltimore Ravens: Ray-Ray Armstrong, Miami (FL) S
15. Chicago Bears: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State WR
31. New England Patriots: Devin Taylor, North Carolina DE/OLB
16. Dallas Cowboys: Janoris Jenkins, CB
32. Green Bay Packers: Andre Branch DL
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