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2012 NFL Mock Draft: John Jenkins The Local Highlight Of A Falcons-Free First

The Atlanta Falcons needn't spend too much time worrying about the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft, as they've already spent away their No. 1 pick as a part of the Julio Jones trade. Still, it's fun to take a look at one of the year's first 2012 mock drafts, compiled by draft expert Brian Galliford -- especially one that features a brand-new Georgia Bulldogs recruit.

JUCO transfer DT John Jenkins is expected to do big things in Athens this year: own what had been a hacked-together nose tackle spot in 2010, free up DeAngelo Tyson to play his natural DE position, set converted safety and headgear collector Alec Ogletree loose at LB ... It's nice to see a national audience is paying attention to the big DT as well, as he's expected to be picked in next year's first round in this very, very early mock.

Impressively premature? Oh, of course. That's the whole point. Here, he goes No. 28 to the New England Patriots, a pick they acquired from the New Orleans Saints in a trade for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram. No pressure, big fella.

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