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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