Draft series finale: Top kicking, punting prospects
1. Blair Walsh, Georgia 5/9 ¼, 187 7/FA
2. Carson Wiggs, Purdue 6-0 5/8, 221 7/FA
3. Philip Welch, Wisconsin 6-2 ¼, 206 7/FA
4. Randy Bullock, Texas A&M 5-9 ¼, 205 7/FA
5. Derek Dimke, Illinois 5-10 ¾, 178 FA
1. Bryan Anger, California 6-3 5/8, 208 3/4
2. Drew Butler, Georgia 6-1 1/8, 203 6/FA
3. Shawn Powell, Florida State 6-3 ¾, 248 7/FA
4. Brad Nortman, Wisconsin 6-2 ½, 213 7/FA
5. Brian Stahovich, San Diego State 5-11 7/8, 211 FA
Here's how Green Bay Press-Gazette Packers beat writer Pete Dougherty predicts the first round of the 2012 draft:
1. Indianapolis: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: This has been close to a done deal since last season.
2. Washington: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: If he pans out, he’s worth far more than the cost to trade up.
3. Minnesota: Matt Kalil, T, USC: Vikings also might consider CB Morris Claiborne.
4. Cleveland: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: Browns need help all over on offense, and Richardson is a difference maker.
5. Tampa Bay: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: This the Bucs’ biggest need on defense.
6. St. Louis: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: Rams need help for QB Sam Bradford.
7. Jacksonville: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State: Jaguars also might be thinking DE Melvin Ingram or CB Stephon Gilmore.
8. Miami: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M: New coach Joe Philbin badly needs a long-term QB.
9. Carolina: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU: Other possibilities include LB Luke Kuechly and Gilmore.
10. Buffalo: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: Bills need weapons but almost might consider Kuechly or LT Riley Reiff.
11. Kansas City: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College: If Kuechly is gone, Memphis DT Dontari Poe might be the guy.
12. Seattle: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: Seahawks need a pass rusher, might consider DE Chandler Jones or DE Quinton Coples.
13. Arizona: Riley Reiff, T, Iowa: Georgia G-T Cordy Glenn or a pass rusher possible also.
14. Dallas: Mark Barron, S, Alabama: Might take Brockers if he’s still on the board, or G David DeCastro.
15. Philadelphia: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis: Might take Barron if he’s still available.
16. New York Jets: Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois: Other possibilities are Coples, or Poe if he’s on the board.
17. Cincinnati: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: Also might take Glenn or a CB such as Gilmore or Dre’ Kirkpatrick
18. San Diego: David DeCastro, G, Stanford: Chargers need an outside rusher so probably would take Mercilus if still available.
19. Chicago: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse: Bears could use a more explosive complement to aging Julius Peppers or OL help.
20. Tennessee: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: If Gilmore’s gone, CB Dre’ Kirkpatrick is a good possibility.
21. Cincinnati: Dre’ Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama: Other options include Glenn or a WR such as Kendall Wright or Stephen Hill.
22. Cleveland: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: Glenn and QB Brandon Weeden possibilities also.
23. Detroit: Nick Perry, DE, USC: Needs at OL and DB also, but DE Kyle Vanden Bosch is 33.
24. Pittsburgh: Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama: League consensus seems to be he’s a great fit for Steelers at ILB or OLB.
25. Denver: Devon Still, DT, Penn State: Other possibilities include Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy, or Poe if still available
26. Houston: Cordy Glenn, G-T, Georgia: If Glenn’s gone, T Jonathan Martin or G-T Kevin Zeitler are possibilities.
27. New England: Courtney Upshaw, OLB-DE, Alabama: Also could be looking hard at OLB Shea McClellin.
28. Green Bay: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State: Complete OLB would help open up defensive coordinator Dom Capers’ playcalling.
29. Baltimore: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: Upshaw a possibility if he’s still on the board.
30. San Francisco: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin: 49ers also might go for more offensive playmaking such as WR Stephen Hill.
31. New England: Jerel Worthy, DT-DE, Michigan State: Patriots need defensive help, might also consider OLB Andre Branch or DT Kendall Reyes.
32. New York Giants: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: Super Bowl champs also might look for OL help such as Martin.