Andrew Luck is going to be the first player off the board at the 2012 NFL Draft. You don't need a mock expert to tell you that. What a mock draft can tell you, however, is that several more Stanford players are going to be among the first ones chosen, showing just how loaded the team has been over the last few seasons. With Luck as their quarterback, the team was already dangerous enough, but how about the rest.
In a new mock over at the Pewter Report, the Kansas City Chiefs are selecting Stanford guard David DeCastro with the eleventh pick. Eric Dellaratta writes, "It will be very hard for the Chiefs to pass up on the big Stanford offensive lineman. DeCastro is one of the most dominant guards to enter the draft in a long time. He’s extremely athletic and is a bulldozer in the ground game. DeCastro has even been compared to All-Pro offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson."
This comes after the Jacksonville Jaguars select offensive tackle Jonathan Martin at No. 7: "Jacksonville needs to help out Blaine Gabbert in any way they can. They need a receiver badly, but there are none that are worth the seventh overall selection in this mock. Drafting a tackle like Martin would take some of the heat off of Gabbert."
Tight end Coby Fleener is also chosen at No. 42 in the second round, but could be a reach in the late first by a team enamored enough with him.