The Stanford Cardinals had quite the season in 2011 and they program will see their best draft day in history in 2012 because of it. With three players -- quarterback Andrew Luck and offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro -- all projected to go in the first round, the Cardinal should be well represented on draft night. Most believe Luck will end up with the Indianapolis Colts, but what about Martin and DeCastro? The latest mock draft from SI.com gives some insight.
1. Indianapolis Colts -- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford
A lot could change in Indy between now and April. By the time the Colts are called to the podium they'll know about Peyton Manning's future and will either draft Luck or trade the pick. Luck could end up in a tough spot. He'll say the right things, but he wants to play right away, so co-existing with Manning would be difficult. If Manning leaves, Luck will face huge expectations and be surrounded by very little talent.
13. Arizona Cardinals -- Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
The Cardinals want to see their investment in quarterback Kevin Kolb pay off and will try to bolster the offensive line. Expect them to let veteran offensive tackle Levi Brown go in the offseason.
14. Dallas Cowboys -- David DeCastro, OG, Stanford
The Cowboys need help in the defensive secondary, but may not be in a good spot to get an elite cornerback here. Therefore they'll will go with the best player available.
The thought of Luck as a Colt is all-but-guaranteed right now, while the selections for both Arizona and Dallas make sense. Both clubs need help up front to protect their quarterbacks and there will be plenty of skill position players available in the later rounds to take a chance on. The Cardinals and Cowboys were on the cusp of the playoffs in 2011 and a strong draft could propel both into the postseason next year.