2012 NFL Mock Draft: Early Predictions for Round 1

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Early Predictions for Round 1
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Who will win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes?

That is what the 2011 NFL season basically boils down to. Yes, a Super Bowl champion will be crowned, but at the opposite end of the spectrum, anxious eyes will endure a 17-week-long battle for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Luck, by all accounts, is a sure-fire No. 1 overall pick. Analysts said the same thing about Jake Locker before the 2011 NFL draft, but Luck is different; Luck is special. Luck will go first unless the team that’s pegged with the No. 1 pick already has a very good, young quarterback on the roster—which is a high possibility.

Teams not needing a quarterback could line the top of the first round this year, but we will also see teams with established left tackles sitting atop the NFL draft—which is bad news for two of the best left tackle prospects in years, Matt Kalil (USC) and Jonathan Martin (Stanford).

So how will the draft play out? We've taken our NFL power rankings and used them as the order for the first round. Here's how it looks.

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