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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Andrew Luck Leads Class

A completely insane blogger - and I mean that in a great way - at Behind The Steel Curtain already has a two-round (!!!) 2012 NFL Mock Draft. Obviously, with the entire college football season yet to be played and the 2012 NFL Draft order yet to be determined, this is all in the just-for-fun stage right now. But it's still a helpful way of familiarizing yourself with the potential top 2012 draft picks.

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Unsurprisingly, quarterback Andrew Luck goes first overall - Luck was widely considered to be the likely top pick in the 2011 class before he decided to return to Stanford. After that come USC quarterback Matt Barkley and tackle Matt Kalil. The Steelers, at No. 32 (which means they won the 2012 Super Bowl - heh), pick BYU offensive lineman Matt Reynolds:

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Reynolds has a lot of potential at LT but will need a year or two to develop. Luckily, [Max] Starks will still be under contract through 2013 I believe, so Reynolds will have time to develop.

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That might be an issue for Steelers fans who howled about the possibility that the team would take Danny Watkins in the first round this year - I can't find an official listing of Reynolds' age, but for whatever it's worth, Wikipedia says he was born in 1987 (having done a mission in Germany). That would make him 24 or 25 at the time of the draft.

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In the second round, the Steelers take Washington nose tackle Alameda Ta'Amu, which makes sense given that the Steelers will need to look for a replacement for Casey Hampton at some point, and they didn't address that need in the 2011 draft.

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Ta’amu will probably end up going much higher but I have not seen anything to warrant it. He is a good project to develop behind Casey Hampton.

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Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.