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Max’s mock draft

1.    Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, quarterback, Stanford — The Colts replace Peyton Manning with the NFL’s best pro-style passer since ... Peyton Manning.

2.    Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, quarterback, Baylor — The Redskins paid a pretty penny for the right to draft Griffin, but the Heisman winner looks like he has the talent and maturity to be worth it.

3.    Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, offensive tackle, USC — I’m not buying the talk that the Vikings are looking elsewhere with this pick. I think it has been set in stone for months.

4.    Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, running back, Alabama — Richardson is as sure a bet at running back as Luck is at quarterback.

5.    Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, cornerback, LSU — Though the Bucs’ need at corner isn’t as pressing as it was before free agency, Claiborne is the best player on the board and could be the heir apparent to Ronde Barber.

6.    St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, wide receiver, Oklahoma State — The Rams would have taken Blackmon even if they still had the second pick.

7.    Jacksonville Jaguars: Michael Floyd, wide receiver, Notre Dame — Jacksonville
wanted Blackmon, but they will settle for the fast-rising Floyd.

8.    Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, quarterback, Texas A&M — A risky pick, but with Mike Sherman in Miami, this is a logical landing spot.

9.    Carolina Panthers: Fletcher Cox, defensive tackle, Mississippi State — Not the best tackle available but the best fit at the three-technique for the Panthers.

10.    Buffalo Bills: Riley Reiff, offensive tackle, Iowa — The Bills fill their glaring need at tackle with the solid, high-floor Reiff.

11.    Kansas City Chiefs: Dontari Poe, defensive tackle, Memphis — The workout warrior could play a Vince Wilfork role at nose tackle for the Chiefs.

12.    Seattle Seahawks: Luke Kuechly, middle linebacker, Boston College — The Seahawks get a steal in Kuechly to be the anchor of their linebacker corps.

13.    Arizona Cardinals: Melvin Ingram, outside linebacker/defensive end, South Carolina — Arizona has some solid players at outside linebacker in their 3-4 scheme, but no top talent like Ingram.

14.    Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, safety, Alabama — Barron gives the Cowboys the playmaker at a safety they have lacked for a few years.

15.    Philadelphia Eagles: Quinton Coples, defensive end, North Carolina — Philly can afford to make a value pick here, and there is no one left with more talent than Coples.

16.    New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, outside linebacker/defensive end, Alabama — The Jets can reload their aging 3-4 defense with Upshaw, who is best suited to play linebacker in the pros.

17.    Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Brockers, defensive tackle, LSU — The Bengals could use an interior defensive line upgrade, and the talent-laden Brockers would fit with their habit of taking boom-or-bust players.

18.    San Diego Chargers: David DeCastro, offensive guard, Stanford — The Chargers were used to having a top-notch guard in Kris Dielman. Without Dielman, they will move quickly to replace him with another guard.

19.    Chicago Bears: Stephon Gilmore, cornerback, South Carolina — Gilmore has been rising on draft boards recently and would be a perfect fit for the Bear’s thin secondary.

20.    Tennessee Titans: Janoris Jenkins, cornerback, North Alabama — The ultra-talented but troubled former Florida player could be an ideal replacement for Cortland Finnegan if he keeps his head on straight.

21.    Cincinnati Bengals: Kendall Wright, wide receiver, Baylor — The Bengals need another weapon to take pressure off A.J. Green, and Wright could fit the bill.

22.    Cleveland Browns: Cordy Glenn, offensive tackle, Georgia — The Browns could stand to bolster their line with the massive Glenn to help Richardson.

23.    Detroit Lions: Dre Kirkpatrick, cornerback, Alabama — The cornerback run continues with the talented Kirkpatrick, who could team with Chris Houston to give the secondary some stability.

24.    Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, inside linebacker, Alabama — Hightower is a logical replacement for James Farrior.

25.    Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy, defensive tackle, Michigan State — Worthy is both the best player left on the board and a perfect upgrade at the three-technique.

26.    Houston Texans: Stephen Hill, wide receiver, Georgia Tech — The Texans can always use another receiver to pair with Andre Johnson and gear up for a playoff run.

27.    New England Patriots: Chandler Jones, defensive end, Syracuse — With the Patriots experimenting with the 4-3, Jones’ versatility could make him a logical pick.

28.    Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, outside linebacker/defensive end, USC — The last time the Packers filled a hole at outside linebacker with a USC product, it worked out pretty well. Why not try again?

29.    Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, center, Wisconsin — A product of the massive Wisconsin offensive line, Konz is the clear-cut top center this year and a logical successor to Matt Birk.

30.    San Francisco 49ers: Kevin Zeitler, offensive guard, Wisconsin — The second Wisconsin lineman in a row to be drafted, Zeitler could slide into the starting right guard slot from day one.

31.    New England Patriots: Amini Silatolu, offensive guard, Midwestern State — A small-school prospect with a huge upside, Silatolu could sit for a season before taking over for Brian Waters in the future.

32.    New York Giants: Lavonte David, outside linebacker, Nebraska — The Giants have the luxury here of taking the best player available.

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