NFL Draft 2012: Andrew Luck Will Be No. 1 Pick In NFL Draft

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Mike Mayock Mock Draft Has Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro, Coby Fleener, Jonathan Martin First Rounders

The Stanford Cardinal are going to enjoy an impressive accomplishment tomorrow night when several of their players are projected to get picked in the first round overall. They have three to four players likely to get picked, with two of those players almost dead locks to stay there.

Mike Mayock of NFL.com believes that four Stanford football players will be picked (check the link to see the video explanations from Mayock attached to each draft pick). Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts is being shooed in as the first pick overall to the Indianapolis Colts.

Not a whole lot of suspense with pick No. 1. Let's be patient in Indianapolis. This kid will be successful. I think it comes down to emotional toughness.

Then three more Cardinal are getting drafted later on. David Decastro ends up going next at the 21st overall pick to the Cincinnati Bengals.

I had Cincy go defense at No. 17, so now I'll have the Bengals address the offense. DeCastro is a plug-and-play guard. DeCastro significantly upgrades Cincinnati's athleticism at guard, as he is the best pulling guard in this year's draft.

Only a few picks later, there goes tight end Coby Fleener with the 26th overall pick to the Houston Texans.

Would I rather have the fourth-best wideout or the best tight end? Fleener's a vertical threat, and the Texans are a zone-run team, which will protect him in the running game. I think it's a great fit.

Finally, it's offensive tackle Jonathan Martin who wraps up opening day of the 2012 NFL Draft, ending up with the New York Giants.

What a great job general manager Jerry Reese does. The Giants are a "best athlete available" team. They could use a tackle, however, and Martin could play on either side of the line. He also allows the Giants to keep David Diehl inside.

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Mel Kiper Final Mock Draft Has Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Chiefs, Coby Fleener To Texans

Mel Kiper released his latest mock (click here to view the entire draft if you have an ESPN Insider account), and three Stanford football players in the first round.

Quarterback Andrew Luck is going to the Indianapolis Colts with the first overall pick. Open and shut case here.

This we've known since the Colts wrapped up the NFL's worst record. I think where we're all really intrigued is what the Colts decide to do at No. 34. Do they go with an offensive piece (WR, TE) to help Luck, or do they try to shore up a defense that has huge needs in a couple spots? I think right now I'd be more inclined to help my young QB, but we'll have to see how the value falls.

Offensive guard David DeCastro has long been considered the second best talent in the draft, and he goes with the eleventh pick to the Kansas City Chiefs.

I have guard down as a top need for the Chiefs, and DeCastro will fix that problem immediately. This is as elite as you'll get from this position. He's the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson, and is the kind of player who improves your running game overnight. Not a tough call.

It's not offensive tackle Jonathan Martin who ends up being the final of the three picks. But tight end Coby Fleener

The Texans now have a void at tight end, and Fleener is the best one in the class. Houston's offense really needs an effective tight end, but not just in an underneath role. Fleener is a great one because he has the size and quickness to work underneath against linebackers, but also the straight-line speed of a receiver to stretch the field in the seam and on the edges. I like the fit.

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NFL Draft 2012: Andrew Luck Era Set To Begin In Indianapolis

The Indianapolis Colts and their fans spent the last 15 years watching Peyton Manning tear defenses to shreds and break some of the most historic records in NFL history. Now armed with the first pick at the 2012 NFL Draft, the Colts will select Andrew Luck, who many believe is the best college quarterback prospect to come out since Manning in the late 1990s.

It almost seems unfair, doesn't it? For a franchise that won very little leading up to the 2000 season, their decade of dominance has a great chance to be continued with Luck at the helm. He is everything you hope for in a quarterback and a No. 1 overall pick; while never cocky, he always remains confident in himself and his teammates on the field. His arm strength is remarkable and he showed he is capable of making every required throw at Stanford while running a pro-style offense.

Yes, there will be growing pains at times. The Colts could very well end up with the worst record once again next season and be in a similar position at the 2013 Draft, but at least they will have their quarterback of the future. You would be hard pressed to find a scout that doesn't absolutely love Luck's game. And even if they do find a chink or two in his armor, they're likely nitpicking at that point.

On Thursday night, Andrew Luck will officially become a Colt, taking over for arguably the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. Get ready, football world. You couldn't write something this good.

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NFL Draft 2012: Stanford's Andrew Luck Will Be No. 1 Pick In NFL Draft

It's official.

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be the no. 1 pick in the NFL Draft on Thursday, says Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson.

This news isn't quite the shock of the century but it's always good to finally end any inkling of speculation by publicly putting it out there that the Colts know who their guy is and that's Luck.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano said Luck will join the team's offseason conditioning program after he graduates on June 7.

It is widely known but not yet official that the Washington Redskins will follow the Luck pick with the selection of Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III. But after that is anybody's guess as the Minnesota Vikings could go a number of ways at no. 3.

At least for now, all Stanford Cardinal and Colts fans can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Luck can start preparing to fill the shoes left by the departed Peyton Manning.

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NFL Draft 2012: What Team Will Draft David DeCastro?

Stanford's David DeCastro is a first round pick, but does anybody know where he will land?

Though there is little doubt that DeCastro is the best offensive guard available in the 2012 draft, the majority of mock drafts currently have him landing outside of the first ten picks.

First, the Kansas Chiefs at No. 11 is a possible destination for DeCastro. The team's official website is currently holding a contest for fans to predict the team's first three picks — DeCastro is the leading vote-getter. CBS Sports' Rob Rang and Dane Brugler both have DeCastro going to the Chiefs.

The Arizona Cardinals, the very next team after the Chiefs could grab DeCastro at No. 12. SB Nation's Ryan Van Bieber has simple reasoning in his latest mock draft:

Arizona's line needs help all over. DeCastro is far better than any offensive tackle prospect on the board after Kalil.

Another possibility is the Dallas Cowboys at No. 14. If DeCastro falls to the Cowboys. A recent report by Sports Illustrated's Peter King reveals the Cowboys could be deciding between DeCastro and Alabama safety Mark Barron. If the Cowboys do pass on DeCastro, it will be because they can upgrade at offensive guard in later rounds.

What if he gets pass the Cowboys? The New York Jets at No. 16 might be looking at DeCastro to replace right tackle Wayne Hunter.

DeCastro is considered one of the best guard prospects in years, but the buzz in league circles is that the Jets could draft him as a right tackle to replace Wayne Hunter. That would go against conventional thinking. DeCastro has the frame to play right tackle, but he lacks the athleticism and arm length (33 inches) to excel at the position, according to ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay. (Via: ESPN New York)

ESPN's draft experts currently have DeCastro dropping out of the top 15. Both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay has him going to the Cincinnati Bengals at No. 17.

David DeCastro 2012 NFL Draft Profile (via sbnnfl)

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck Should Be Picked In That Order, According To Greg Cosell

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is already a shoo-in to be the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Indianapolis Colts have pretty much all but confirmed that they will take Luck with their pick and make him their quarterback of the future.

The question is will the Colts be in better hands with Luck, or taking the other potential franchise quarterback in Robert Griffin III from Baylor? Greg Cosell of NFL.com has been watching both of these quarterbacks on tape, and RGIII is the guy he thinks the Colts should take.

1. Indianapolis (I know they are taking Andrew Luck but that’s not important for this exercise): My highest rated quarterback is Robert Griffin III. Projecting college quarterbacks to the NFL demands an understanding of the attributes needed to play on Sunday. I presented those earlier this week. My conclusion: Griffin is a superior arm talent and better natural passer than Luck. This debate will rage for a long time, but that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it.

Cosell seems to think that the Washington Redskins are the more natural fit for Luck's talents.

2. Washington: There are similarities between the offense Mike and Kyle Shanahan run, and the Houston Texans offense of Gary Kubiak. Andrew Luck fits very well into that scheme. He’s a bigger, more physical and more talented Matt Schaub, with the same kind of short to intermediate passing efficiency and more athleticism to get outside the pocket on designed rollouts. Luck would be outstanding in that offense.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Chiefs, Jonathan Martin To Lions

DraftTek releases their latest mock for the 2012 NFL Draft, and three Stanford Cardinal players could very well be picked in the first round. All of them were critical cogs to Stanford's success the past few seasons, and they'll be sorely missed next year.

Quarterback Andrew Luck is a dead lock to get picked first overall by the Indianapolis Colts.

So Indy really does know who they are going to take with pick #1 in next week's NFL Draft. "Finally" have decided. GASP. Wink, wink. We all know who the guy was all along. Jim Irsay wants Peyton Manning 2.0, and that's Andrew Luck. GM Ryan Grigson will be tasked with building around that centerpiece at QB. His legacy (and job) are on the line now, and he knows it. Relishes it. Jim Irsay calls for Luck over RG3, but Grigson gets credit (or blame) for all the rest to come after that first pick.

The remaining two Cardinal that should be picked are offensive lineman. Offensive guard David DeCastro was taken 11th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs' choices appear to be between David DeCastro and Luke Kuechly. Either would be fine choices. The best bet is that the Chiefs take David DeCastro. The draft is deeper at guard, but DeCastro is the better value. He will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years, more than likely at a multiple Pro Bowl level. A DeCastro pick would be similar to the Eric Berry choice. The positional value is not the highest, but the player value is.

Finally, offensive tackle Jonathan Martin gets picked 23rd overall by the Detroit Lions.

At Stanford Jonathan Martin succeeded in a run-heavy/pro-style scheme that projects him to be (at worst) a quality starter at the next level. In Detroit, Martin could step right in for Gosder Cherlius, upgrading the position and allowing Cherilus to leave as a UFA in 2012. It is also possible that Martin could compete for the LT position once Jeff Backus decides to retire. The Lions need to beef up the offensive line and this pick would go a long way in answering the question "Where's the beef?"

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Chiefs, Jonathan Martin To Bears

The Stanford Cardinal could have as many as four first round draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft.

DraftTek released their latest mock, and they have the Colts taking Luck with the number one overall pick. Surprise, surprise! Check out these posts from Luck here (Part I, Part II, Part III).

For those wanting to see Andrew Luck with a knowledgeable QB coach, look no further than the recent episode of Jon Gruden's Camp, featuring Luck. Luck discusses the tensile strength of iron as opposed to the compressive strength of concrete. Oh, and X's and O's too. The latter, for him, is like talking about cutting grass. It's almost that simple for him. Fortunately for Indianapolis, they'll be first in line to grab him on April 26th.

The Chiefs ended up taking a road grader in the offensive guard DeCastro.

Will Scott Pioli trade up for Ryan Tannehill? He may, but it would be very much out of character. The Chiefs should take David DeCastro. He is by far the best player available and the best Guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson. He will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years, more than likely at a multiple Pro Bowl level. When the floor for a player is a few Pro Bowls, you don't walk, you run that card to the podium!

The Bears try to find another pass protector for Jay Cutler by picking offensive tackle Jonathan Martin with the 19th overall pick.

At 6'5, 315, Martin is the kind of "road grader" teams look for to anchor the left side of the line. A consistent performer (2-time All-Pac12), Martin is the rare line prospect who excels as a blocker in both the passing and running games. He is quick out of his stance, and shows excellent balance and lateral movement to mirror defenders and maintain the pocket. Chicago would be foolish to commit to a 7th round sieve like Webb with a talent like Martin on the board.

Coby Fleener also gets picked in this mock. By the 49ers. Again.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Chiefs, Jonathan Martin To Lions

At this point, patterns are starting to emerge on mock draft boards as players and teams seem to match up better than others.

One pattern that hasn't changed much since the beginning of this process: Three Stanford players will be heading to NFL homes in the first round, and Andrew Luck ends up on the Indianapolis Colts. Ryan Van Bibber's latest mock draft for SB Nation reveals that much.

Andrew Luck needs to find a better press agent. One of the more polished quarterbacks to come out in a long time, and you have to wait for Jim Irsay to say something obtuse to put Luck back on the radar.

David DeCastro goes next, as the offensive guard will end up going at 11 to Kansas City.

The Chiefs are probably going to lose Casey Wiegmann, 38, to retirement, leaving a void in the middle of their offensive line. DeCastro flopped in snapping the ball during his pro day trial, so Rodney Hudson may be the one snapping this year. Snap struggles aside, DeCastro has elite level talent. The Chiefs' line may be the envy of the league this year.

Next comes Jonathan Martin, who the Detroit Lions snap up with the 23rd pick.

The Lions need youth and depth on the outside. Pundits are divided on Martin, who once was considered the second-best tackle in the draft. In Detroit, he can work behind Jeff Backus for a year or take over when Gosder Cherilus becomes more than they can handle.

A fourth Stanford player could also get picked in the first round. Click here to find out who.

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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 4.0: David DeCastro To Bengals, Jonathan Martin To Lions, Coby Fleener To Giants

Andrew Luck isn't the only top draft pick that could be picked from the Stanford Cardinal. Three other Stanford players could end up in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Two of Luck's protectors in offensive guard David DeCastro, and offensive tackle Jonathan Martin, plus his versatile tight end Coby Fleener.

Mel Kiper released his latest mock drafts (which you can view if you have an ESPN Insider account), and he has all three ending up in the first round of the NFL Draft along with Luck.

DeCastro goes to Cincinnati, a team that has had their eye on him for awhile.

We've seen interior lineman come off the board in similar spots over the last two years to great results, and DeCastro would be no exception. An immediate help to the run game, he's strong but agile and will help shore up a Bengals rushing attack that has to do more to create positive down and distance situations.

Martin ends up in Detroit to protect Matthew Stafford.

The Lions can't go wrong with either the best corner or tackle option here. In this scenario, Martin fits what they'll be looking for to bring the O-line up to par. An athletic tackle, he should develop into a great pass protector for Matthew Stafford. Jeff Backus has played forever, the Lions have enough pieces elsewhere and must target the line.

And Fleener goes to a team that needs a tight end.

The best tight end on the board, Fleener has the speed to be used off the line, where he can become a matchup problem and further diversify an already strong passing attack. Fleener has great hands, fantastic route-running ability and will become a big threat in the red zone. The Giants also need offensive line help, or could target a linebacker here, but Fleener fits.

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Mel Kiper Mock Draft: Andrew Luck To Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck of the Stanford Cardinal continues to be the best possible option for any team to pick at quarterback. Luck is a top signal-caller who has great pocket presence and accuracy, excellent measurables and arm strength, and definitely can hit all areas of the field without fail.

The biggest question is whether Luck will be the first one drafted. Robert Griffin III is a worthy adversary for the top pick in the draft, although it's likely he'll end up second overall. But both have their advantages if they're picked first.

Mel Kiper's latest mock draft files this report, which you can view if you have an ESPN Insider account ($). Seems that Kiper is secure in having Luck being the number one pick.

No, the knowledge that Luck will be doing a private workout with the Colts doesn't change my thinking here. His pro day was as good as expected -- meaning, very good -- and Luck has little left to prove before draft day. I'll be interested to see if he and the Colts get something done contractually before the draft to further diffuse any suspense.

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2012 NFL Todd McShay Mock Draft: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Bengals, Jonathan Martin To Bears

The Stanford Cardinal have plenty of pro-ready players coming off another solid season, and they should be drafted early on.

Todd McShay of ESPN released his latest mock draft (you can view the full thing if you have an Insider account by clicking here). Like just about everyone, he has Andrew Luck going first overall.

An outstanding pro day workout, which confirmed Luck's ability to make all the throws and quieted questions about his arm strength, has cemented his status as the top overall prospect and the best choice for the Colts as they begin the post-Peyton Manning era.

McShay also has the Colts drafting Luck's teammate early int he second round with the 34th pick, tight end Coby Fleener.

McShay has the two Cardinal offensive linemen going later in the draft. David DeCastro goes first with the Bengals with the 17th pick.

DeCastro is the No. 12 overall prospect on our board but falls a bit because of positional value. He would be a great addition for the Bengals in front of young QB Andy Dalton.

Jonathan Martin gets picked 23rd.

The Lions put the franchise tag on DE Cliff Avril, and Kyle Vanden Bosch will be 34 this season, so now is the time to add an edge rusher to make sure their defensive line will remain a devastating force for years to come. Mercilus has quickness and a knack for big plays, but he is still developing and this would be a good situation for him.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Seahawks, Jonathan Martin To Giants

The Stanford Cardinal was a highly successful football team last year because of the amazing talent they had on their team. Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation releases his latest mock draft for 2012, and it has FOUR Stanford football players being picked in the first round. We discuss three of them here.

Andrew Luck gets picked first, again. The Indianapolis Colts just can't pass up on a sure thing, can they?

In the weeks ahead, I expect there to be a healthy debate about whether or not the Colts will flip the order and take Griffin first. Luck, the best quarterback to come out in a long time, has been guaranteed to be drafted first for so long, that our short attention spans forget just how good he is because we are not bombarded with daily reminders.

David DeCastro ends up being picked 12th by the Seattle Seahawks. Who better to lead block for Marshawn Lynch than one of the best guard prospects in recent memory?

It seems odd to see another offensive lineman in the draft for Seattle, but they did a pretty solid job of fixing other areas in free agency. They need someone to replace Robert Gallery. DeCastro is a rare specimen at guard, a guy who might be one of the league's best by October.

Jonathan Martin is dropping nearly out of the first round, though. The New York Giants pick him last.

The victim of a poor workout at his pro day, Martin provides some youth and upside to the Giants' offensive line.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck Still Awaiting Word From The Colts

The 2012 NFL Draft is now a mere month away, and it is safe to say Andrew Luck is all but assured of being the number one overall pick. Crazy things can happen, but given the context of his college career and his strong performance in the months leading up to the draft, anybody other than Andrew Luck at the number one pick would be a huge upset.

Naturally, current mock drafts continue to project Luck in the top spot. SB Nation released their latest NFL Mock Draft and addressed the point of how a short attention span makes it so easy to forget how good Luck is. Robert Griffin III put together a fantastic 2011 season and has been lights out in the draft process, but Luck has matched him step for step the last three months. SB Nation's Colts blog agrees that Luck remains the pick as they selected him first overall in the 2012 SB Nation blogger mock draft.

Andrew Luck made an appearance on the Dan Patrick Show and indicated he had not received word yet that he would be selected first overall. As Michael David Smith indicated in the post, it is likely just a matter of time before this is made a bit more official. The contract negotiation will not be a significant issue given the rookie salary cap, but I would imagine Indianapolis would like to get their top pick signed, sealed and delivered.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Chiefs, Jonathan Martin To Lions

Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro and Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin are near dead certainties to be drafted in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. The question is where?

We all know where Luck will end up. He's either going to be the first pick, with a small chance at being the second pick. DraftTek has more.

The media horde and all the decision-makers gathered at Palo Alto for the Pro Day of Andrew Luck. EXCEPT the Colts head coach and GM. Possible sign that Indy has suddenly veered off their expected choice and go RG3 with the #1 selection in April? Doubtful. Hard to believe that Irsay would split with HOF'er Peyton Manning to take a shot at RG3 with a shift in thinking at the very last second. Luck ripped it into a stiff wind during the entire workout. Colts go with Luck.

DeCastro is moving up the boards and inching toward the top ten. DraftTek has him going 11th to the Chiefs.

With Eric Winston in the fold, DeCastro makes a ton of sense here. Athletically, he is a top 5 talent. He is considered the best Guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson and will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years, more than likely at a multiple Pro Bowl level. An offensive line of Albert, DeCastro, Hudson, Asamoah and Winston would serve notice that the Chiefs are looking to run the ball first. Newly signed RB Peyton Hillis and Jamaal Charles would be estatic.

Martin is sliding just a bit down the board, falling to 23rd to the Lions.

This is a dream pick for the Detroit Lions who need to start re-investing in their offensive line sooner rather than later. Jeff Backus is re-signed, but isn't a sure thing due to a torn bicep. Jonathan Martin isn't the phenomenal prospect some were making him out to be, but he's been a solid blocker in pro-style offense at Stanford and could step right in and push for reps at either tackle position in Detroit.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro To Chiefs, Jonathan Martin To Lions

The latest mock draft has been posted over at Draft Tek and there is at least one move regarding a former Stanford Cardinal player that is a little surprising.

Of course there is no change in that Andrew Luck remains the consensus choice to be selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the No. 1 overall pick.

In a move that has been predicted by some other analysts, Draft Tek opines that former Stanford guard David DeCastro will be selected No. 11 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs.

With Eric Winston in the fold, DeCastro makes a ton of sense here. Athletically, he is a top 5 talent. He is considered the best Guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson and will lock down an offensive line spot for ten plus years, more than likely at a multiple Pro Bowl level. An offensive line of Albert, DeCastro, Hudson, Asamoah and Winston would serve notice that the Chiefs are looking to run the ball first. Newly signed RB Peyton Hillis and Jamaal Charles would be estatic.

In perhaps his lowest positioning to date in a mock draft, the evaluators at Draft Tek believe that left offensive tackle Jonathan Martin will be selected as the No. 23 overall pick by the Detroit Lions.

This is a dream pick for the Detroit Lions who need to start re-investing in their offensive line sooner rather than later. Jeff Backus is re-signed, but isn't a sure thing due to a torn bicep. Jonathan Martin isn't the phenomenal prospect some were making him out to be, but he's been a solid blocker in pro-style offense at Stanford and could step right in and push for reps at either tackle position in Detroit.

It's certainly an interesting pick, if nothing else. We will have to wait until the 2012 NFL Draft to find out how accurate these predictions are.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck To Colts, Jonathan Martin To Bills, David DeCastro to Chiefs

CBS Sports' Rob Rang has compiled his latest mock draft and to no one's surprise, has Andrew Luck slotted in the number one spot. Says Rang:

Indianapolis Colts at #1:

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck wasn't quite as athletic in drills or magnetic during the interview process as Robert Griffin III but if the Colts are committed to building their team around a conventional pro-style attack, it is virtually impossible to imagine a scenario in which the Stanford product isn't their choice.

Now, interestingly, Rang has a couple more former Stanford offensive linemen going back to back before we even get into the teens. In this mock, he's got Jonathan Martin heading north to upstate New York.

Buffalo Bills at #10:

Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: The Bills have needed help at offensive tackle since Jason Peters was traded to the Eagles. At 6-5, 312 pounds, Martin has the size and athleticism to handle playing right away and he can handle pressure -- he should be accustomed to it after protecting Andrew Luck's blindside for the past three seasons. By practicing against the 3-4 defense daily at Stanford, Martin could be favored by a Bills' scouting staff that knows any rookie tackle is going to have their hands full facing the talented front sevens featured in the AFC East division.

Heading to the podium directly after his teammate is guard David DeCastro, who'll could have the opportunity to run block for Jamaal Charles, Peyton Hillis, and Dexter McCluster.

Kansas City Chiefs at #11:

David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: The addition of veteran Eric Winston could prove to be a coup for the Kansas City Chiefs but the former Houston Texans' standout might not be the only new face up front should the top of the first round play out as it does in this mock. Left guard remains an area of concern and DeCastro has earned comparisons by scouts to former All-Pros Steve Hutchinson and Steve Wisniewski for his gritty, physical play. Don't think GM Scott Pioli would invest a first-round pick in a guard? He did in 2005 as part of the Patriots, nabbing another All-Pro in Logan Mankins.

A pretty impressive first round this would be for the Cardinal if it plays out this way, with three players chosen in the top-11 picks. Make sure you head over to Rang's mock draft to see where else he's projected the nation's top players as they head to the NFL.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Cardinals, Jonathan Martin To Bears

The Stanford Cardinal are very likely to have three draft picks in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. Ryan Van Bibber has released his latest mock draft for SB Nation, and surprise, surprise Andrew Luck is at first.

What else is left to say about this pick? No pressure, kid.

The big question is who comes next: David DeCastro, the incredible offensive guard, or Jonathan Martin, the solid offensive tackle?

Mock drafts are starting to lean DeCastro's way because, well, DeCastro is one of a kind. Martin is an offensive tackle, and a pretty good one, but he's not as dominant a wrecking ball as DeCastro is on the inside, who powered up the Stanford run game the last two seasons despite the Cardinal possessing only average to mediocre running backs.

In this draft, DeCastro goes to Arizona at 13.

The Cardinals signed two offensive linemen in free agency, bringing back Levi Brown and adding Adam Snyder. Neither are very good. Drafting DeCastro gives them a blue chip protector who should be a yearly contender for the league's best guard.

Martin ends up with Chicago at 19.

Chicago stunned the world and mock drafters alike when they sent a pair of third-round picks to the Dolphins for Brandon Marshall. It reunites Jay Cutler with a receiver he knows well. Now they have to think about keeping Cutler upright. Martin may not slip this far in the draft, but the way things have played out in free agency takes some of the teams more desperate for tackle help out of the mix.

To talk about Luck and the Colts, head on over to Stampede Blue. To discuss DeCastro and the Cardinals, go to Revenge of the Birds. To learn more about Martin and the Bears, check out Windy City Gridiron. Head to Mocking the Draft to talk up mock drafts in general.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Chiefs, Jonathan Martin To Lions

Could there be four Stanford Cardinal players taken in the first round in the NFL Draft? It's a high probability.

A dead certainty to be drafted either first or second is Andrew Luck. Drafttek's latest mock has him going to the Indianapolis Colts with the first overall pick.

Colts front office making moves in free agency to shore up OL, sending Luck the message that Indy is ready for him at QB. If Colts snag Fleener at TE, all but wideout position will be set on offense for Luck to start his Colts career. Rick McGlothlin, Colts Analyst


The Kansas City Chiefs find an offensive line stalwart for the near future to power their run game in David DeCastro with the 11th pick.

#11 would be the highest OG ever selected in the NFL Draft . . . but DeCastro is no ordinary OG! The Chiefs need to strengthen the interior of their OL, whether it's moving Albert inside and grabbing a tackle . . . or leaving him at OT and drafting DeCastro.

The Detroit Lions pick up an offensive tackle to further protect Matthew Stafford with the 23rd pick.

While the Lions have been talking with Geoff Schwartz and Marcus McNeill, and hoping to retain Jeff Backus, they clearly need help on the offensive line. Martin can play on either side of the line and would (finally) be a longterm solution.

Jim Harbaugh would reunite with his old tight end Coby Fleener on the 49ers.

WR priority is reduced, but Morgan to DC may change that. Fleener is grabbed in round 1. He is another weapon familiar with the Harbaugh offense, that should pair well with Vernon Davis. Fleener will take advantage of the more open passing middle with Moss on the outside.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Jonathan Martin To Chicago Bears In First Round

The 2012 NFL Combine has shaken up a lot of the prior mock drafts and evaluations of the top college football players that will be entering this year's NFL Draft. The unwavering evaluation, of course, is that Andrew Luck remains the No. 1 overall pick and will wind up with the Indianapolis Colts. Let's take a look at one of the other Stanford Cardinal players who worked alongside Luck for years.


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The first post-Combine mock draft has been released by Draft Tek. Chicago Bears analyst TGersey theorizes that Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin could go to the Bears in the first round, as the No. 19 overall pick.

After a scintillating performance at the NFL Combine, M. Floyd has become a commodity that the top half of the draft can no longer allow to slide by, leaving the Bears without a legitimate WR to select. Substandard performances by M. Sanu and K. Wright have rendered their chances of becoming true #1 WRs questionable. Enter LT Jonathan Martin. At 6'5, 315, Martin is the kind of "road grader" teams look for to anchor the left side of the line. A consistent performer (2-time All-Pac12), Martin is the rare line prospect who excels as a blocker in both the passing and running games. He is quick out of his stance, and shows excellent balance and lateral movement to mirror defenders and maintain the pocket. Some may call this pick unnecessary, considering Tice's constant praising of J'Marcus Webb as the Bears' starter, but Chicago would be foolish to commit to a 7th round sieve like Webb with a talent like Martin on the board.

This pick seems a bit low, especially considering the strong showing that Perry put forth at the Combine. We will have to wait and see how all plays out.

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NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck To Colts, Jonathan Martin, David DeCastro First Round Picks

The 2012 NFL Draft is right around the corner and the Stanford Cardinal will be well-represented with as many as four players going in the first round. It appears that Andrew Luck, Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro are all locks for the top-15 picks or so, while tight end Coby Fleener appears to be right on the cusp of being a first round selection. The latest mock draft from FOX Sports has all four players going in the first round. Let's take a look:

Luck goes No. 1 overall to the Colts:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: I've read a lot of articles and tweets over the past couple days suggesting that RG3 "won" the combine this weekend in Indianapolis. I'm not quite sure what that means, though.

Andrew Luck's still the consensus top pick in the 2012 NFL Draft and everyone I've spoken to still has the Stanford star and former high-school valedictorian as the top-rated quarterback on their draft boards.

Martin makes his way into the top-10 and heads to Miami:

Though Iowa tackle Riley Reiff is the second-rated tackle on a lot of pundits' boards right now, I actually like Martin as a future pro a bit more.

With Jake Long locked in at left tackle and Mike Pouncey the center for the long-term future, the Dolphins could do a lot worse than plugging Martin in at right tackle.

DeCastro heads south to the Cardinals:

13. Arizona Cardinals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: What the Cardinals do with both Levi Brown and their quarterback situation will greatly influence their first-round selection this year. They've passed on going with an offensive tackle the past three drafts and I think they do so again this time around.

Instead of reaching on a tackle, look for Arizona to bolster the interior of its offensive line, adding a mauler like DeCastro in the middle. Lost in a lot of the Andrew Luck and Jonathan Martin draft buzz this year was the season DeCastro had at guard for Stanford.

And Fleener heads to Pittsburgh and Ben Roethlisberger:

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: I'm sticking with this one. Fleener's a first-round talent and Pittsburgh seems like an awfully good place for him.

If the success of Rob Gronkowski, Jimmy Graham, Aaron Hernandez and Vernon Davis showed us anything this season, it's that a dynamic tight end can make a good offense into a great one.

Heath Miller's had a great run in Pittsburgh, but Fleener would be a tremendous addition to the already potent Steelers offense. Andrew Luck's top target at Stanford, Fleener is a 6-6, 240-pound athletic big man who could make an immediate impact on the next level.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, Jonathan Martin To Chiefs, David DeCastro To Cowboys

Andrew Luck is the top rated quarterback in the 2012 NFL Draft. Jonathan Martin could be one of the top three offensive tackles drafted. David DeCastro is probably going to the be the first offensive guard off the board. And they were all Stanford Cardinals last year! Pretty crazy, huh?

In Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation's latest mock draft, all three were selected high in the first round. Luck is again headed off to the Indianapolis Colts with the first pick. However, there might be some trepidation with Robert Griffin III starting to soar.

Peyton Manning divorce ... blah, blah, blah. This pick has been preordained. Or has it? Could the Colts throw everyone a curve ball and draft Robert Griffin III ahead of Andrew Luck? The possibility exists, though nobody seems to think that would happen. Keep an eye on what's coming from Jim Irsay's Twitter account.

Martin goes to a team that still needs protection against pass rushers, the Kansas City Chiefs. He might end up high because of his raw physical talent.

Illness kept Martin from going through all the workouts at the Combine. He did manage to struggle through position drills. Conventional wisdom says Riley Reiff should go before Martin, but the Iowa tackle's measurements, particularly his shorter wingspan, raised some concerns. Martin could emerge as the better tackle prospect. Adding Martin would give the Chiefs a very good offensive line.

DeCastro ended up with the Dallas Cowboys, because they'll probably fulfill their other needs in free agency. Dallas is a team that could use some offensive line help to unleash their running attack.

Dallas might fill their cornerback needs in free agency, targeting either Brandon Carr or Cortland Finnegan. If they do, they would be under no pressure to grab one in the first round of the draft. DeCastro matches need and draft spot as one of the more promising interior linemen since Steve Hutchinson.


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NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro, Jonathan Martin Looking For Strong Showing At NFL Combine

The Stanford Cardinal featured one of the best offensive lines in college football last season and two of their players will see their hard work rewarded at the 2012 NFL Draft. David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin are both currently projected as mid-first round picks and could use a strong showing at this week's NFL Combine to boost their stock even more. They will both arrive in Indianapolis on Wednesday and begin a multitude of tests, interviews, workouts and other various things throughout the week.

The latest mock draft from SB Nation has the two Stanford standouts being selected in the first round.

The first is Martin, who would be heading west to Kansas City:

11. Kansas City Chiefs, Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

Martin is another prospect who could earn way more attention after this week. Attention or not, he is a talented prospect that would upgrade the Chiefs offensive line. An improved front five would also help the team bluff its way through one more year of Matt Cassel at quarterback.

DeCastro would be heading south to play in the same stadium he played the Fiesta Bowl in:

13. Arizona Cardinals, David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

DeCastro might be the best offensive lineman in the draft behind Matt Kalil. He is, however, a guard, a position less hyped than outside pass protectors. Either way, Arizona needs help, and with Reiff and Martin off the board, DeCastro is their next best pick. The question on everyone's mind between now and April is whether DeCastro will be picked higher than this.

Both teams undoubtably need help up front to protect their quarterbacks and have been linked to Martin and DeCastro in recent weeks. A big week at the 2012 NFL Combine could increase their stock even more and a potential top-10 selection is not out of the question.

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NFL Combine 2012: Event Schedules, Player Report Dates And More

The NFL Combine is always one of the more entertaining events of the offseason for both fans and players, and this year figures to be no different. College athletes from all around the country will be reporting to Indianapolis this week as they prepare to raise their draft stock in any way possible with a strong showing in workouts and interviews with various coaches and front office members.

Here is a complete list of all the events taking place this week and when the players will be reporting:

Group 1 (Special Teams, Offensive Linemen), Group 2 (Offensive Linemen), Group 3 (Tight Ends)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012 - Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Friday, February 24, 2012 - NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, PK/ST Workout, Interviews
Saturday, February 25, 2012 - Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis

Group 4 (Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers), Group 5 (Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers), Group 6 (Running Backs)

Thursday, February 23, 2012 - Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Friday, February 24, 2012 - Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Saturday, February 25, 2012 - NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis

Group 7 (Defensive Linemen), Group 8 (Defensive Linemen), Group 9 (Linebackers)

Friday, February 24, 2012 - Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Saturday, February 25, 2012 - Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Monday, February 27, 2012 - Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis

Group 10 (Defensive Backs), Group 11 (Defensive Backs)

Saturday, February 25, 2012 - Travel to Indianapolis, Registration, Hospital Pre-Exam & X-rays, Orientation, Interviews
Sunday, February 26, 2012 - Measurements, Medical Examinations, Media, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Monday, February 27, 2012 - NFLPA Meeting, Psychological Testing, Interviews
Tuesday, February 28, 2012 - Workout (timing, stations, skill drills), Departure from Indianapolis

The 2012 NFL Combine will feature a ton of talent and fans will finally get to catch a glimpse of the players their favorite team may draft come April. Enjoy it.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Stanford's Jonathan Martin To Cardinals, David DeCastro To Chargers

The 2012 NFL Draft is still quite a ways away, but every mock draft, analyst and sportswriter in the country has known for nearly a year that Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck will be the overall No. 1 pick, sending him to the Indianapolis Colts. Luck, however, has a couple of Stanford teammates that are also projected to go in the first round of this year's draft.

In the latest mock draft over at Draft Tek, Eugene Stasak suggests that the Arizona Cardinals could select Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin in the first round, as the No. 13 overall pick.

As we've been saying since we started doing CMDs for this year, Arizona absolutely must take the best offensive lineman available here. Levi Brown has proven that he wasn't worth the fifth overall selection in 2007 as he's simply not a starting caliber left tackle. That being said, he played well on the right side and also possesses the talents to be a Pro Bowl guard. Starting RT, Brandon Keith, is a free agent. Kevin Kolb and John Skelton are expected to battle it out for the starting job and if either are going to have success, they will need improved protection up front. Drafting Martin would allow the Cardinals to slide Levi to his more natural RT position and let Keith walk in free agency. Martin has spent the last couple years protecting Andrew Luck's blindside and is a fine prospect despite being the 4th best OT.

Meanwhile, also at Draft Tek, Brent Stott predicts that the San Diego Chargers will select Stanford offensive guard David DeCastro as the No. 18 pick.

After assigning the Chargers a big, thumping LB in Dont'a Hightower last week, the DRAFTSIM model decides that David DeCastro is too much of a value to pass up at #18 and slides him in ahead of Hightower. Though I do love the selection of Hightower for the Chargers to shore up the sub-par run defense (as documented in past comments), there's no denying DeCastro's value here, making this the right pick. With the uncertainty surrounding Kris Dielman and the poor performance of Jeromy Clary at RT, DeCastro could immediately shore up either of the guard positions and could even kick out to RT in a pinch. If the Chargers want to decrease the punishment on Philip Rivers throughout the year, the best way to do that is with a potent rushing attack to setup the play action pass. With one of DeCastro's biggest strengths being his ability to clear a hole in the running game, this pick makes a lot of sense.

So many possibilities and plenty of time for more shake-ups before the draft. Stay tuned.

For all news and information regarding the Stanford Cardinal, please visit Rule of Tree. For updates and perspective on the Arizona Cardinals, head on over to Revenge of the Birds. For all things San Diego Chargers, stay tuned to Bolts From the Blue. For complete coverage of the 2012 NFL Draft, check out Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck A Unanimous No. 1 Overall Pick

It may only be the middle of February, but just about everyone in the football world knows who the No. 1 overall pick will be at the 2012 NFL Draft: Andrew Luck. Toss out any rumors or whispers that are supposedly floating around, the Colts are going to take Luck come April 26, regardless if Peyton Manning is a Colt, Dolphin, Cardinal, Seahawk, Jet or paid actor in the latest Sony commercial.

The most recent mock draft from SB Nation agrees with this sentiment.

1. Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

The Colts will draft Luck. Ignore speculation that says otherwise. Luck is a once-in-a-generation prospect that will replace the other once-in-a-generation prospect whose bitter divorce with this team will consume most of the offseason's talk over the coming weeks.

In addition to Luck, it is also very like two of his teammates from Stanford will be selected in the first round.

11. Kansas City Chiefs, Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

What a break for the Chiefs to get Martin with this pick. Martin represents a major upgrade to their offensive line, replacing Barry Richardson. This pick, along with the healthy return of Jamaal Charles and a handful of other key players lost in 2011, could have the Chiefs back in the running for the AFC West.

And for the other:

13. Arizona Cardinals, David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

Arizona needs help all along the front five. Just ask Kevin Kolb. DeCastro has rare talent for an interior lineman. If guards were valued as highly in the draft as tackles, he would be a top 10 pick, and the world should applaud any team that decides to draft him that highly. For now, we will assume the Cardinals grab him.

This is a pretty strong showing from the Stanford Cardinal, and it's players like these three who helped raise the program to the high level it currently sits at.

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NFL Draft 2012: Stanford OT Jonathan Martin To Jaguars In First Round

While Andrew Luck is of course the talk of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Stanford Cardinal will have a couple of other players figuring to be selected in the first round of this year's class of draftees. One of those players is offensive tackle Jonathan Martin.

In their latest mock draft, Walter Football has Martin going to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the first round, as the No. 7 overall pick. Here's their take:

Most mocks have Quinton Coples here. I did three weeks ago. After thinking about it though, Coples doesn't seem like the type of player that Gene Smith would want on his team. Coples' effort as a senior was pretty lacking, and Smith is all about securing high-character guys. Besides, Smith needs to use this selection to help his beleaguered quarterback.

Smith is taking a homoclitic approach to Blaine Gabbert, so he'll be willing to do everything in his power to make sure his young signal-caller succeeds. That means finding weapons and adding blockers. Both are equally paramount because Gabbert completely falls apart at the first hint of pressure, even closing his eyes on occasion when attempting a pass. It's pretty pathetic.

The right side of the offensive line didn't hold up for the Jaguars last year because right tackle Guy Whimper is a sieve. He's a free agent anyway, and Jacksonville's only alternative is someone named Cameron Bradfield. Bradfield did a decent job in two starts as a rookie, but was an undrafted free agent in 2011, so he can't exactly be counted on with Smith's job potentially on the line.

This is one of the highest placements Martin has seen on the mock drafts to date and is the first one I've seen pairing him with the Jags. Definitely an interesting take.

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck To Colts (Surprise!), Jonathan Martin Selected By Chiefs

The Stanford Cardinal had quite the football season in 2011 and they will see numerous players selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. While Andrew Luck has basically guaranteed himself a spot with the Indianapolis Colts, offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro have been linked to just about every team with mid-round picks.

This latest mock draft from NFL Draft Update sees Luck in Indianapolis, Martin going to Kansas City and DeCastro heading to Cincinnati.

1. Indianapolis Colts: QB Andrew Luck, Stanford

As the organization continues to turn the page, the future is going to be set entirely around this selection. A no brainer.

11. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford

Could be a prime spot for the Chiefs to trade down, but if they stand pat Jonathan Martin offers the best value. With the selection, Kansas City holds added flexibility up front and can move around Brandon Albert, who's currently plugged in at left tackle, if they'd like to.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (f/OAK): OG David DeCastro, Stanford

A plug and play, player. DeCastro is a well-rounded blocker with great size. Has all the makeup of a Pro-Bowl guard and one of the safest players in the entire draft. Cincinnati can certainly stand to upgrade the guard spot(s) and right-guard Bobbie Williams will be 36 at the start of the 2012 season.

Tight end Coby Fleener could also hear his name called in the first round, although most feel he will be an early selection on day two. Wouldn't it be something if the Colts took Fleener to help Andrew Luck transition to the NFL?

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, Jonathan Martin To Cardinals, David DeCastro To Bengals

The Stanford Cardinal have three prominent players who should be drafted in the first round of the NFL Draft, and Draft Tek's latest mock board seems to reflect that idea.

Quarterback Andrew Luck will be the number one pick in the 2012 NFL Draft for the Indianapolis Colts unless something very strange happens. You don't really need Draft Tek's analysis here.

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin is placed at the 13th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, as the Arizona Cardinals definitely need a premier talent up front.

Levi Brown has proven that he wasn't worth the fifth overall selection in 2007 as he's simply not a starting caliber left tackle. That being said, he played well on the right side and also possesses the talents to be a Pro Bowl guard. Starting RT, Brandon Keith, is a free agent. Kevin Kolb and John Skelton are expected to battle it out for the starting job and if either are going to have success, they will need improved protection up front. Drafting Martin would allow them to slide Levi to his more natural RT position and allow them to let Keith walk in free agency.

Offensive guard David DeCastro is next with the 17th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, as the Cincinnati Bengals take the beast up front.

With the injury to Bobbie Williams at RG and Nate Livings better suited on a bench as a backup, DeCastro comes to a team where G may very well be the biggest need on the entire team. At 6'5" 312 lbs, DeCastro is a massive, space-eater that blocks well when stationary or pulling. His senior season he played G for a line that allowed only 9 sacks all year long. Watch DeCastro step in day 1 and help keep Andy Dalton clean and improve a run game that struggled mightily down the stretch. - Kyle Green, Drafttek Bengals Analyst

To talk about Luck potentially being on the Colts, go to Stampede Blue. To discuss Martin and how he'd fit with the Cardinals, hit up Revenge of the Birds. To learn more about DeCastro and the Bengals, check Cincy Jungle. To discuss Stanford football players in the NFL Draft, look at Rule of Tree. To learn more about the NFL Draft in general, hit up Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, Coby Fleener To Giants, Other Cardinal In First Round

The Stanford Cardinal had quite the season in 2011 and the program will undoubtably have their most successful draft day to show from it. With as many as four Cardinal projected to go in the first round, Stanford should be very proud of the players to come through their program in recent years. SB Nation recently released their first post-season mock draft and has three players going in the first round.

1. Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Unless you've been living in a Tebow-induced state of semi-rapture, you know the ugly dance going on between the Colts and Peyton Manning. He's leaving town next month, iffy neck and all. Lost in ridiculous cable shouting matches is the fact that the Colts have a new regime. New regimes mean new quarterbacks, especially when the incumbent quarterback is in his mid thirties, coming off major neck surgery and due a gazillion dollars. At the end of the day, the NFL is just a business. Peyton Manning is just another redundancy on the ledger sheet.

13. Arizona Cardinals, Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

The Cardinals mortgaged a chuck on their future for Kevin Kolb. They might have gotten fleeced, but sticking him behind a mound of wet paper towels for protection didn't help. Reports indicate that they plan to let Levi Brown walk. Martin would fill that void ... and then some.

32. New York Giants, Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

It's hard to imagine the Giants offense getting another weapon in the passing game, but adding a sure-handed tight end would add another dimension to their offense.

The notable omission from the first round is offensive lineman David DeCastro, who is projected by most to be mid-to-late first round pick.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Jonathan Martin To Cardinals, David DeCastro To Bengals, Coby Fleener To Giants

Could the Stanford Cardinal actually manage to land four first round draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft? Andrew Luck is a dead certainty to go number one, but there are three other candidates who are likely to be picked anywhere in the next 31.

Jonathan Martin is a bona fide tackle who could be drafted anywhere behind Luck. Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation has the Cardinals picking him 13th.

The Cardinals mortgaged a chuck on their future for Kevin Kolb. They might have gotten fleeced, but sticking him behind a mound of wet paper towels for protection didn't help. Reports indicate that they plan to let Levi Brown walk. Martin would fill that void ... and then some.

David DeCastro is one of the best pure offensive guards out there, and the Cincinnati Bengals picked him 17th.

I would be shocked if DeCastro really did fall this far. I think he's better than any guard since Steve Hutchinson, and just as capable of changing the dynamic of an offensive line. Nate Livings is a free agent, and they shouldn't think twice about letting him walk.

Coby Fleener is a strong tight end with good pass-catching and run-blocking ability, and the New York Giants will get him with the last pick.

It's hard to imagine the Giants offense getting another weapon in the passing game, but adding a sure-handed tight end would add another dimension to their offense.

To talk about Stanford football players in the NFL Draft, head on over to Rule of Tree. To talk about Martin potentially being picked by the Cardinals, check out Revenge of the Birds. To discuss DeCastro and the Bengals, go to Cincy Jungle. To learn more about Fleener and the Giants, look at Big Blue View. To learn more about the NFL Draft in particular, head on over to Mocking the Draft.

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NFL Mock Draft: Todd McShay Projects Andrew Luck, David DeCastro, Jonathan Martin, Coby Fleener In First Round

The Stanford Cardinal had quite the season in 2011 and will see many of their players be rewarded for their hard work in college once the 2012 NFL Draft comes around. While just about everyone believes Andrew Luck, David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin are locks for the first round, it is tight end Coby Fleener moving up draft boards everywhere. Todd McShay of ESPN recently released his latest mock draft and had all four going in the first round:

Luck - Colts - No. 1

The status of Colts legend Peyton Manning is still up in the air after multiple neck surgeries, and Manning will be 36 years old next season. Meanwhile, Luck is a once-in-a-generation prospect with the physical tools and mental makeup to start from day one. Given the financial considerations involved, the smart decision is to draft Luck and part ways with Manning.

DeCastro - Cardinals - No. 13

This might seem a bit high for a guard, but DeCastro was the most dominant interior offensive lineman in the nation in 2011 and has a chance to develop into one of the elite NFL players at his position. Offensive tackle is also a need area, but DeCastro is a much better overall player than the top available tackle. Cornerback could also be a consideration, but both Janoris Jenkins (North Alabama) and Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama) carry off-field baggage.

Martin - Chargers - No. 19

San Diego needs an upgrade over current right tackle Jeromey Clary, and Martin has starting potential. He's still growing into his body and was not as dominant as I'd hoped when I went back to the 2011 tape, but he still has good run-blocking skills and remains a potential first-rounder.

Fleener - Texans - No. 26

The Texans would rather get a wideout here to complement Andre Johnson, but Rutgers' Mohamed Sanu and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery would be reaches at this point. A difference-maker at tight end would help, though, and Fleener is a reliable target with toughness, a competitive nature and underrated speed/athleticism. He could draw some attention to the middle away from Johnson, and with a deep wideout class Houston could find a quality receiver in the next couple of rounds.

The next few weeks of workouts will be huge for three of these guys. Luck has all but established himself as the top pick, but DeCastro, Martin and Fleener could end up anywhere in the first two rounds.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck, David DeCastro Are First Rounders, Jonathan Martin Is Not

SBNation's latest mock draft has been released and due to some changes up top, and in comparison with other national mock drafts, SBNation's proves just how much the draft is still being deciphered.

One thing that has not changed is the Indianapolis Colts taking Andrew Luck at the top. SBNation's Ryan Van Bibber had this to say about the status of the Colts taking Luck.

"I feel like that there's some preformatted copy to go here, a lorem ipsum for the most obvious pick in the NFL Draft in a long time. The Colts are starting anew, a process that started to get a little last week. There's no clear indication that Manning would be able to play at the beginning of the 2012 season. Luck's the best quarterback prospect since Manning."

At pick no. 13, the Arizona Cardinals are in desperate need to protect their quarterback. Kevin Kolb, John Skelton and whomever else they put back there was running for their lives. In comes Stanford offensive guard, David DeCastro, an instant upgrade.

"Arizona's expensive new quarterback, Kevin Kolb, was nearly ground into dust playing behind a faulty offensive line. They need tackles as well as interior linemen. DeCastro is the best lineman on the board at this point in the draft. He might be the best interior line prospect since Steve Hutchinson. The Stanford product will instantly upgrade the unit."

Whereas CBS Sportsline has offensive tackle Jonathan Martin going as high as no. 11 to the Kansas City Chiefs, he doesn't make the first round in the SBNation mock draft. That alone should give you an idea of how all over the place the draft still stands once you get passed the top picks.

Stay tuned.

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NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck, Jonathan Martin, David DeCastro, Coby Fleener Are First Round Picks

The Stanford Cardinal had quite the season in 2011 and their players will be rewarded for their efforts come draft day. With the 2012 NFL Draft right around the corner, many mock drafts have as many as four Cardinal players going in the first round, including Andrew Luck No. 1 overall to the Colts. In this latest draft update from CBS Sports, Rob Rang has Stanford well-represented in the opening round.

1. Colts:

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: A year ago at this time, it would have seemed ridiculous to think that the Colts would have the No. 1 pick and be drafting a replacement for Peyton Manning. Unless the Colts are somehow assured that Manning will overcome his three neck surgeries to return to an All-Pro level in his 15th NFL season, however, they can't possibly pass up such a "lucky" opportunity to invest in their future.

11. Chiefs:

Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: Like the Miami Dolphins, the Chiefs have individual talent up front. Barry Richardson at right tackle, however, is a weak spot that might be addressed should one of the top three tackles still be on the board. Some scouts think Martin is the most talented pass blocker in the draft. Furthermore, his mobility makes him a natural fit in the Chiefs' current zone-blocking system.

17. Bengals:

David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: The strong play from rookies Andy Dalton and A.J. Green has hidden the reality that the Bengals remain a team that prides itself on running the football. DeCastro is earning comparisons to former Oakland Raider great Steve Wisniewski for his size and physical play.

30. Giants:

Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: The Giants are among the more talented teams in the league but their maddening inconsistency is sure to result in changes in the offseason. One obvious area in which the team could improve would be to add a tight end capable of making big plays down the middle. The 6-6, 250-pound Fleener averaged 20.2 yards per reception for Stanford in 2011, leading the team with 10 touchdowns. Considering the other weapons on this offense, Fleener could make an immediate impact in a similar role as what that the Patriots and Saints run with Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham.

There is little doubt that Luck, Martin and DeCastro will be first round selections, although Fleener has been viewed as more of a second round pick by most mock drafts. It will be interesting to see just how high his stock flies in the coming months. The 2012 NFL Draft will begin on April 26.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Jonathan Martin To Cardinals, David DeCastro To Cowboys

The 2012 NFL Draft is still a ways away, but there is no end to the permutations and possibilities. While everyone seems fairly certain that Stanford Cardinal quarterback Andrew Luck will be the No. 1 overall draft pick, two of his teammates are heavy favorites to also be selected in the first round. Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and offensive guard David DeCastro are drawing attention from several teams.

The latest mock draft at Draft Tek has Martin and DeCastro being selected back-to-back in the first round. Draft Tek predicts that the Arizona Cardinals will take Martin as the No. 13 overall selection. Here is their take:

Arizona left tackle Levi Brown gave up 40 QB pressures and 11 sacks this year. That was good enough to be fourth most in pressures and third most in sacks. Right tackle Brandon Keith fared a little better, giving up five sacks and 24 pressures which put him 31st and 37th in the league, respectively. Offensive tackle is by far and away the biggest need for the Cardinals, who have to provide protection for either Kevin Kolb or John Skelton, no matter who wins the starting job. Jonathan Martin is a guy that was the consensus number two draft-eligible OT in this class when the season started. That being said, he had a bit of a down year, struggling with speed rushers, which has caused him to fall down boards. He's still a top 20 talent in this class though and plays the all-important LT position. After protecting Andrew Luck's blindside, look for Martin to be protecting John Skelton's next year.

Draft Tek suggests that with the very next pick, the Dallas Cowboys will select DeCastro as the No. 14 player.

The pipe dream was fun while we smoked it, but this week CB Kirkpatrick is a top ten pick and there is quite a drop-off in talent to Dennard . . . thus, it's the "People's Choice" Stanford's David DeCastro, the #1 OG in this year's draft class. DeCastro is smart, athletic and possesses a mean streak. The interior of the Cowboy OL definitely needs an upgrade, as the youth conversion project continues. New OC/OL coach Bill Callahan has his OT bookends in Smith and Free but if OG Montrae Holland (UFA) shows up overweight again, the roll call includes the oft-injured Kyle Kosier, Derrick Dockery (UFA), David Arkin (last year's 4th round selection who the coaches say needs to get stronger?) and Bill Nagy (last year's 7th round selection who did not start at Wisconsin due to his affinity for riding scooters) to line up either side of centers Costa and Kowalski. Will Dallas invest yet another 1st round choice on the OL? Looks to me like they have to!

It would certainly be an interesting development if the Stanford teammates were selected back-to-back. We will just have to wait and see how it all ultimately shakes out.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, Jonathan Martin To Dolphins, David DeCastro To Cardinals

The 2012 NFL Draft is just a few short months away and the Stanford Cardinal expect to see numerous players selected in the first round. While most feel Andrew Luck is a consensus No. 1 pick, offensive linemen Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro could find themselves with just about any team in the league. Here is the latest mock draft from FOX Sports and Peter Schrager:

Luck:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck's going to be an Indianapolis Colt. That's not even an issue. The real question is, "What happens to Peyton Manning?" Because of the new collective bargaining agreement rules, it's not a crippling proposition to have both Manning's and Luck's salaries on the books. Would Luck be open to that? Would Manning? As I've been saying since Week 4, what Indianapolis decides to do with Manning this offseason should make for one of the most intriguing personnel moves of all time.

Martin:

9. Miami Dolphins*: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: If Miami can't get an elite QB in the first round, the Dolphins could do a lot worse than locking up another franchise tackle in Martin. Some quarterback - whether it be Matt Moore, a re-signed Chad Henne or a free agent to be named later - would have the amazing luxury of having Jake Long, Mike Pouncey and Martin protecting him for the next decade. Who that quarterback is remains the looming - and most important - offseason question in Miami this offseason. Oh, and finding a head coach, too.

DeCastro:

13. Arizona Cardinals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: The Arizona Cardinals' defense was one of the best stories of the season's second half. The offense struggled mightily, though. Look for Arizona to bolster the interior of its offensive line, adding a mauler like DeCastro in the middle. Lost in a lot of the Andrew Luck and Jonathan Martin draft buzz this year was the season DeCastro has had at guard for Stanford. He'll help open up holes for a run game that hasn't been very good in years.

The 2012 NFL Draft will run from April 26 to April 28. Regardless of where these three end up, Stanford fans should be very proud of the strides their players have made over the last few seasons.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Mel Kiper Has Stanford Trio In Top 15

Mel Kiper released his latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft and as remains par for the course, Andrew Luck is sitting up top at number one to the Indianapolis Colts. The NFL Draft often provides suspense about the top pick with three or four players generally in the mix. This year, however, Andrew Luck remains locked in as the number one guy and there is no reason to think that will change. People will break down his game through his various workouts, but it would be a surprise to see somebody else go number one.

Stanford will send a trio of players to the NFL in the first round with two of Luck's offensive linemen joining him. Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and offensive guard David DeCastro are projected at No. 13 and No. 14 in Kiper's draft. Both have appeared higher and lower at times, but that middle ten or eleven picks seem to be a good potential spot for them. Kiper projects Martin to an Arizona Cardinals team that needs offensive line help badly. He thinks DeCastro would be a perfect for the interior of a Cowboys offensive line trying to get younger.

Here are the top ten in Mel Kiper, Jr.'s mock draft:

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 - Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama
6. Washington Redskins - Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
7. Jacksonville Jaguars - Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
8. Carolina Panthers - Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
9. Miami Dolphins - Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa
10. Buffalo Bills - Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Cowboys, Jonathan Martin To Lions

The Stanford Cardinal had quite the season in 2011 and they will see many of their players have their names called at the 2012 NFL Draft. While there isn't too much question where quarterback Andrew Luck end up, offensive linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin could go just about anywhere in the first round. Here is a look at the latest mock draft of those three Cardinal players, courtesy of SB Nation:

Luck:

1. Indianapolis Colts, Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

There is absolutely no suspense around who the first pick in the draft will be, unless you're just getting out of a Turkish prison after the last 13 years. In that case, welcome back; need the number for my psychoanalyst? This pick is already creating considerable intrigue as speculation runs wild about what the Colts will do with Peyton Manning.

DeCastro:

14. Dallas Cowboys, David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

Finally, some attitude and meanness to the Cowboys interior line. DeCastro should probably be a top ten pick; he is that good. Derrick Dockery will be a free agent after spending the better part of the season injured.

Martin:

23. Detroit Lions, Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

Jeff Backus, 34, is a free agent. Detroit could stand to upgrade their offensive line as it is, and drafting Martin strengthens the outside, helping put Matthew Stafford one step closer to elite status.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck Signs With Wasserman Media Group

Stanford Cardinal QB Andrew Luck will almost-certainly be the No. 1 selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, as every single mock draft out there projects. When he is, the Wasserman Media Group will represent him. Liz Mullen of Sports Business Journal is reporting that Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck is expected to sign with Wasserman Media Group on Tuesday.

Instead of signing with a big-name agency like CAA or Athletes First or a top name like Eugene Parker or Drew Rosenhaus, Luck becomes the first football player with WMG. As Darren Rovell of CNBC points out, Luck will likely be represented by his uncle, William Wilson.

Lucky break for Wilson.

Wasserman Media Group is known largely for the basketball players but also rep the biggest names in American soccer (Landon Donovan, Tim Howard and Hope Solo) and the rising stars of golf (Jason Day, Rickie Fowler, Zach Johnson).

As Rovell also notes, WMG has had a No. 1 pick in the MLB, NBA, MLS and WNBA drafts. With the Colts expected to draft Luck, they can add a No. 1 NFL pick to the list.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, Jonathan Martin To Chiefs, David DeCastro To Bengals, Coby Fleener To Giants

Andrew Luck is almost certainly going to the Indianapolis Colts, who have the number one pick in their back pocket. But could there be as many as three of Luck's teammates joining him in the first round?

Jonathan Martin seems to be the next recruit in line, as offensive tackles definitely have premium value. In the latest mock draft of Rob Rang of CBS Sports, Martin goes 11th to the Kansas City Chiefs to try and fill in a weakness at right tackle. David DeCastro is a little bit further down the board at 17th for the Cincinnati Bengals, who would love to have an interior lineman to try and bulldoze inside and open up the run game to complement the promising Andy Dalton.

A new addition appears to be Cardinal tight end Coby Fleener, who ends up at the tail-end of the first round. Although Jake Ballard has made his share of big catches this season, New York could sure use a big physical and capable tight end who knows how to go down the middle and get big catches. Fleener fits the mold of a guy who could really help out Eli Manning.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, David DeCastro To Chargers, Jonathan Martin To Texans

The 2012 NFL Draft is just around the corner and no fewer than three members of the Stanford Cardinal are expected to be selected in the first round.

It is safe to assume by now that most top analysts have come to an agreement regarding Andrew Luck. Namely, that the Stanford quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up will be selected by the Indianapolis Colts as the number one overall selection. But there are two offensive linemen from the Cardinal that are also drawing a lot of interest from some teams that could use serious O-line assistance in the coming year and beyond. Mock drafting website Draft Tek recently took a look at where these two gentlemen might end up.

First up is offensive guard David DeCastro, who Draft Tek predicts will go to the San Diego Chargers with the No. 17 pick. Here is what Brett Stott of Draft Tek has to say:

After Kris Dielman went down with a concussion in Week 7, the Chargers turned to 3rd year OL Tyronne Green as his replacement which, unfortunately, failed miserably as Green looked over-matched in the passing game and borderline inept in run blocking. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Green was 64/77 in the guard rankings, which is particularly poor considering he only played 555 snaps (a typical starter has over 1000). With the long term health of Dielman in question, the Chargers would be wise to take David DeCastro, who might be the best guard prospect since Steve Hutchinson. Technically sound and very athletic with a good, low base, yet light on his feet. He's also very intelligent and aware, but still has the mean streak to finish strong. DeCastro could step in on Day 1 and replace Dielman if necessary and with a year or two in an NFL weight room, he might just end up the best guard in the league.

Next, Draft Tek predicts that left offensive tackle Jonathan Martin will not be selected until the Houston Texans make their No. 27 overall pick in the first round. They explain:

If Jonathan Martin falls this far in the 1st round, Bob McNair should hire Carl Lewis to sprint the card to the podium - what a perfect fit! Martin at LOT allows incumbent Duane Brown to move inside to his more natural position of OG and 2011 draft choice Derek Newton should be ready to push ROT Eric Winston for a starting position, giving the Texans a pair of talented bookends for the next decade. Martin understands pressure, having protected Andrew Luck's blind side for the past few years, and is athletic with natural bend, lateral agility and good foot quickness. He plays with a wide base which allows him to establish a strong anchor against bull rushes and combines football intelligence with a bit of a nasty, mean streak (which old Long Ball loves in his Big Uglies). This one draft choice improves the Texan OL at more than one position!

It seems unlikely, with this many teams needing offensive line help in 2012, that Martin would still be around that late in the first round, but Draft Tek certainly makes a compelling argument as to the nature of his fit there. It will certainly be interesting to see how this all ends up shaking out.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck No. 1, Jonathan Martin To Panthers, David DeCastro To Jets

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 With The First Pick gives some insight.

Luck:

1. Indianapolis Colts (2-14)-Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford Cardinal

The only pick here. Colts owner Jim Irsay has reportedly already decided on Luck and for good reason. The new G.M. will have to be on board with that decision if he wants to be the Colts general manager.

Martin:

8. Carolina Panthers (6-10) (coin flip)-Jonathan Martin, T, Stanford Cardinal

If both of the top Wide receivers are gone here tackle becomes very likely pick for the Panthers.

DeCastro:

16. New York Jets (8-8)-David DeCastro, G, Stanford Cardinal

The Jets need to improve their offensive line one way or the other. The big problem spot is actually right tackle, but there isn’t a great option at right tackle available at this juncture so they take the best offensive linemen available. DeCastro is perhaps the safest prospect in this draft class. He does everything well, he doesn’t offer great positional value, but is a great player value here.

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.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck No. 1, Jonathan Martin To Dolphins, David DeCastro To Chiefs

Mocking The Draft is already hard at work compiling mock drafts, and this one by writer pick256 heavily favors anyone wearing a Stanford Cardinal uniform. Three of their members are picked up by the 11th pick overall.

There isn't really much else to discuss about Andrew Luck. If the Colts have the number one pick, they will take the Stanford quarterback without hesitation. If the pick gets traded, they will almost certainly take Luck. Not much to rehash there.

Meanwhile, the Miami Dolphins and the Kansas City Chiefs take Stanford prospects Jonathan Martin and David DeCastro for differing reasons. The Dolphins take Martin to fill a big need at right tackle; Marc Columbo is hardly the guy they want protecting their quarterback of the future, who will probably not be available with the ninth pick. The Chiefs also probably want a quarterback, but with Luck and Robert Griffin III probably off the board, that leaves a sure thing in DeCastro, who is one of the best offensive guards you'll probably ever find in a draft.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck To Colts, Jonathan Martin To Cardinals, David DeCastro To Cowboys

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.

Luck:

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.

Martin:

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.

DeCastro:

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.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Stanford's Jonathan Martin, Iowa's Riley Reiff Battle In OT Position Rankings

SB Nation released their latest 2012 NFL Mock Draft and they have bumped Stanford OT Jonathan Martin up one spot from No. 13 (Arizona Cardinals) to No. 12 (Kansas City Chiefs). Both teams could use offensive line help and at this point, if Jonathan Martin were to fall that far, both would gladly scoop up the monster Cardinal offensive tackle.

As is always the case this time of year, there are differing opinions on just where exactly Jonathan Martin will go in the draft. The folks at the Sporting News have him going fifth to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in their most recent mock draft. They reason that the Bucs need some protection for Josh Freeman if he is going to develop into their quarterback of the future.

As the offensive tackle rankings currently stand, USC's Matt Kalil remains the clear-cut number one offensive lineman on the board. After Kalil, Stanford's Jonathan Martin and Iowa's Riley Reiff would appear to be battling for the spot behind him. The SBN mock has Reiff going two spots ahead of Martin while the Sporting News mock has Reiff going five spots after Martin. Mel Kiper has Reiff ranked No. 7 overall and Martin ranked No. 9 overall on his Big Board.

Suffice to say, there is a lot of time for draft boards to change between now and the April draft. A strong Combine performance or a great interview could make the difference as these two are narrowly separated at this point.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Stanford TE Coby Fleener Could Go To Atlanta Falcons In Second Round

The 2012 NFL Draft is fast approaching and the Stanford Cardinal are expected to be well-represented. In addition to the consensus top pick in quarterback Andrew Luck, Stanford has some appealing options on their offensive line who figure to be picked in the first round. But they're not the only ones from Palo Alto who are hoping to go pro.

Stanford tight end Coby Fleener is starting to pop up on more and more mock draft lists. Scott Carasik, the Atlanta Falcons analyst for Drafttek, predicts that Fleener could be picked as the overall No. 56 selection, which would send him to the Atlanta Falcons as their second round pick. Here's was Carasik has to say:

Tony Gonzalez signed a contract extension for "one more" year . . . what a great situation Coby Fleener finds himself in, to learn under the "master" and add another offensive option for the 2012 season. Fleener had over 600 yards receiving in 2011 as a 3rd option in the offense for Andrew Luck and the Stanford Cardinal. He's a very good blocker and fits the Atlanta character and talent mentality. He was a team captain with Luck for the past year and is extremely good at finding holes in the zone just like Tony. With Gonzalez teaching him the refined parts of the position, other options in Julio Jones and Roddy White, and a pro bowl QB, he could be in the best possible situation for a rookie TE.

The Falcons are certainly in need of some offense, as they proved on Sunday when they became the only NFL team to ever score just two points in a playoff game. Fleener, who was one of Luck's favorite targets in the 2011 season, would be a great match for Matt Ryan in Atlanta.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Coby Fleener Predicted To Be Selected In The First Round By At Least One Columnist

The 2012 NFL Draft is approaching in the coming months. Accompanying the class of NCAA players who have announced their draft eligibility comes the expected swell of rampant speculation about where each player will end up.

The Stanford Cardinal figure to be well-represented in the upcoming draft. Along with quarterback Andrew Luck, who seems to be hurtling towards his inevitable No. 1 overall selection by the Indianapolis Colts, a pair of Stanford offensive linemen are expected to be selected in the first round. Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and guard David DeCastro are highly coveted linemen in the 2012 class, with most experts projecting a top-15 pick of either one, or both.

More: Check out SB Nation's latest NFL mock draft.

But Rob Rang of CBS Sports has an interesting take on another Stanford player. In his Wednesday mock draft, Rang projected that Cardinal tight end Coby Fleener would be selected No. 26 of the first round by the New York Giants. This is the first mainstream lists that predicts Fleener would be selected in the first round. He is the only tight end that appears on either of the CBS Sports mock drafts, meaning that Rang pegs Fleener as the top TE in the entire draft.

The Giants are also an interesting choice for a team that would select Fleener in the first round. The speculation prior to this list is that the Giants, like a great many other teams, would look to address their line problems before picking up another young target for quarterback Eli Manning.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck Will Be Selected By The Indianapolis Colts

There has been a lot of speculation over the last few weeks on whether or not the Indianapolis Colts would select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck with the No. 1 overall pick at the 2012 NFL Draft. While the general belief is Luck would become a Colt, a few in the football world have suggested the team should take Robert Griffin III because of his arm strength and ability to run the football.

RG3 potentially makes more sense for the Colts. The team does not have much of a run game at the moment and he would certainly help in that aspect. And while few believe Griffin is ready to start next season, he would have the chance to sit behind Peyton Manning for at least one season and learn the tools of the trade for an NFL quarterback. Should he reach his full potential, an argument can certainly be made that Griffin has a higher ceiling than Luck.

All of this being said, it is sounding more and more likely that there is absolutely no way that the Colts will select anyone other than Andrew Luck with their No. 1 pick. And, honestly, with Luck being the most sure-fire quarterback prospect to enter the draft since Peyton Manning or John Elway, who can blame them?

This certainly seems like the safe and smart move. The Colts are a franchise in transition right now and they cannot afford to strike out with their first round pick like they have for the last few years. It may take a little bit of time, but all signs point to Andrew Luck taking the torch from Peyton Manning and continuing the legacy of quarterback excellence in Indianapolis.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro To Cardinals, Jonathan Martin To Bengals

The Stanford Cardinal are shaping up to be extremely well-represented in this year's 2012 NFL Draft. Beyond the seemingly-inevitable selection of Heisman runner-up Andrew Luck as the number one overall pick and become a member of the Indianapolis Colts, the Cardinal are expected to have two other players selected in the first round.

Offensive linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin are both being predicted for selection within the overall top 20 of the draft. Draft website New NFL Draft has some ideas on where the two players might end up.

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The site predicts that the Arizona Cardinals will select DeCastro with their No. 13 pick in the first round. Here's what the site has to say:

The Cardinals grab a very good Offensive Lineman out of Stanford. Not only can he play both Guard positions but I also believe that he has the ability to play the Right Tackle position. In this 2012 NFL Mock Draft I think the Cardinals could go for a defensive player as well. With that being said I think protecting their QB and helping with the running game is important.

They also suggest that Martin would be an enticing No. 17 pick for the Cincinnati Bengals.

I don't think you can have too many good Offensive Lineman for pass protection as well as running the ball. Additionally I think that the Bengals are a good team and if they continue to build their offensive line they will continue to get better and better with this NFL Mock Draft.

New NFL Draft has DeCastro listed as their No. 1 guard in the 2012 draft. They place Martin as their No. 3 offensive tackle.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Would 49ers Look To Upgrade Their WR Corps With First Pick?

The latest SB Nation mock draft is out and Ryan Van Bibber has, most likely, wisely chosen to project Andrew Luck to go to the Colts with the number one pick. Can't say I disagree with that assessment, though it should get interesting should Luck decide playing behind Peyton Manning for 3+ seasons is not for him. Regardless, after that first pick, the waters get a little murkier. It's still early, obviously, and many things can change between now and Draft day, but Van Bibber has an intriguing prospect projected to the 49ers.

29. San Francisco 49ers, Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

Is this too high for the man who invented "Casual Sexxxy"? Maybe, but the 49ers need another receiver to pair with Michael Crabtree. More: Check out SB Nation's latest NFL mock draft.

Dwight Jones is a very talented receiver that may make his way up some draft boards before Draft day rolls around, and at 29, where the 49ers are projected to pick by Van Bibber, could be a steal. At 6'4, 225, he's the prototypical size for a #1 receiver and as Van Bibber points out, would complement Michael Crabtree quite well.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: David DeCastro, Jonathan Martin Highly Ranked By Mel Kiper, Todd McShay

Wednesday evening, a day after a crushing Fiesta Bowl loss, Stanford Cardinal offensive linemen David DeCastro and Jonathan Martin both made it known that they would be entering the 2012 NFL Draft. It remains to be seen if they officially filed their paperwork, but they are taking their talents to the next level.

The NFL Draft process will take close to four months to shake out, but as it currently stands, both linemen are likely first round picks. Late last month, Mel Kiper, Jr. released his latest Big Board and he ranks Martin No. 9 and DeCastro No. 14. He has Martin as the third offensive tackle behind USC's Matt Kalil and Iowa's Riley Reiff. He has DeCastro as the number one guard, moving him up from No. 17 to No. 14 overall.

Todd McShay released a mock draft in late December, just before Matt Barkley declared his plans to return to USC for another year. In his mock draft, he had Martin going No. 12 to the Kansas City Chiefs and DeCastro going No. 18 to the Cincinnati Bengals with the pick they received from the Oakland Raiders in the Carson Palmer trade.

SB Nation released their own NFL mock draft earlier this week and they actually have DeCastro going ninth to the Miami Dolphins and Martin at thirteenth to the Arizona Cardinals. It goes against some of the conventional wisdom about the two in comparison to each other, but still follows the idea that they could be mid to high first round picks.

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck the Lock for #1, David DeCastro, Jonathan Martin Not Far Behind

The latest SB Nation mock draft is out and Ryan Van Bibber, to no one's surprise, has slotted Andrew Luck to go to the Colts with the number one pick. Per Van Bibber:

"This pick should be fairly obvious by now. Andrew Luck is the first quarterback since Peyton Manning, the man he will eventually replace, that has the status as an unqualified, once-in-a-lifetime first overall pick in the draft. The kid is about as sure of a thing as can be found in the NFL Draft."

After his nearly flawless Fiesta Bowl performance, I don't think I can really argue with that. Van Bibber then adds, correctly:

"The real drama here will be what the Colts do with Peyton Manning, who earns a $28 million bonus as of March 8."

This Peyton Manning/Andrew Luck situation for the Colts is shaping up to be one of the most compelling stories of the offseason, and Luck's forthcoming decision on whether or not to possibly force a trade will be something to watch.

Luck isn't the only Stanford Cardinal to watch for in this year's Draft. His blindside protector, Jonathan Martin, and interior enforcer, David DeCastro, are also projected to be first-round Draft picks and Van Bibber has them going early in his mock.

DeCastro is slated to go at #9 to the Miami Dolphins, and Van Bibber offers this explanation:

"Miami could use help on their offensive line. In the middle, Vernon Carey and Richie Incognito struggled with injuries as well as something called blocking. DeCastro has the makings of a truly elite guard, the kind that get $50 million contracts. With DeCastro, the Phins would even be on the hook for a lot less than that thanks to a budget-friendly new rookie salary schedule. Trading up, perhaps?"

Jonathan Martin comes four slots later, at #13, going to the Arizona Cardinals:

"Arizona came into their own in the season's second half. Their quarterback questions (again) aside, they could use help on the line. Martin is a big improvement, who helps in pass protection and run blocking. They need an upgrade over Levi Brown who is scheduled to make around $18 million in 2012, including a $9.6 million bonus, the last year of his contract."

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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Andrew Luck Slotted First, David DeCastro, Jonathan Martin Go Early

SBNation delivered its first 2012 NFL mock draft and it starts off with one of the biggest surprises in the history of the NFL Draft - it has Stanford's Andrew Luck going no. 1 overall to the Indianapolis Colts.

Oh, wait, nevermind. You already knew that.

Luck's status as the top overall pick has not changed even with the various public discussions concerning whether or not Luck and Peyton Manning can co-exist. At the end of the day, the Colts have a chance to do the same thing they did with Manning - turn a terrible regular season into a promising future with another (hopefully) franchise-caliber quarterback.

But Luck isn't the only Cardinal being mentioned.

Offensive guard David DeCastro is slotted in the no. 11 spot to the Arizona Cardinals and mentions DeCastro as the second-best offensive lineman in the draft. DeCastro could have a big impact on the Cardinals running game and the protection of Cardinals' quarterback Kevin Kolb.

Offensive tackle Jonathan Martin is slotted right behind DeCastro in the no. 12 spot to the Kansas City Chiefs. He can play either tackle spot and will have a similar impact as DeCastro on the Chiefs' running and passing games.

A lot of Cardinal action near the top of the draft this year. Stay tuned for updates.

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