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.