2012 NFL Mock Draft: 17-32, 1/16

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17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland)- CB Alfonzo Dennard, Nebraska

If the Bengals can land Dennard it would be a huge addition to their secondary. Dennard is a smart physical corner, who should be able to adjust quickly to the NFL game. He would fill one of Cincy’s biggest needs and really shore up that secondary.

18. San Diego Chargers- WR Kendall Wright, Baylor

The Chargers can go in a number of different directions here, but I think they might look wide receiver. While they could look at a big target like Floyd or Jeffery, Wright could be the best receiver on the board. He possesses top notch speed, and great hands and should be an instant impact guy for Rivers and San Diego.

19. Chicago Bears- C Peter Konz, Wisconsin

Konz will continue to upgrade the Bears offensive line.

The Bears offensive line has been a joke, and while it should be better next year with the return of 1st round pick (and Konz’s college teammate) Gabe Carimi, they need a lot more help.

20. Tennessee Titans- DE Melvin Ingram, South Carolina:

The Titans pass rush from the ends is an absolute joke and needs to be addressed this offseason. Ingram is one of my favorite players in this draft and is someone who I really think is going to become a star. He has a non-stop motor and should quickly improve Tennessee’s pass rush to the point of respectability.

21. Cincinnati Bengals- RB Lamar Miller, Miami:

The Bengals need to find a RB as Cedric Benson is really just league average at this point. Miller would give the Bengals a dynamic playmaker, and if they did resign Benson for a year, a pretty impressive backfield. Miller could be a big play guy in this offense, and will give Andy Dalton another weapon to work with.

22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta)- WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame

The Browns need to find another target for their new quarterback, and Floyd is the best receiver on the board. Him and Little could team up to give the Browns to big play targets. Combine them with Griffin and you have the makings of a pretty devastating passing attack.

23. Detroit Lions- CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama

After getting torched in both Week 17 by Matt Flynn and the playoffs by Drew Brees the Lions need to upgrade their secondary. Jenkins is the top corner on the board here, and would give Detroit a playmaker in their secondary. While the Lions will at least look at the top offensive linemen available, that will probably be their focus in the 2nd and 3rd rounds.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers- G/T Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State:

The Steelers need to find a way to protect Ben Roethlisberger next year if they want to win the big games. While NT, ILB and CB could all be considered, I think the offensive line is the first thing that needs fixed. Osemele is a good fit for Pittsburgh, because he’s versatile enough to play both inside and outside, and is advanced enough to start right way.

25. Denver Broncos- DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State:

The Broncos still need help along both of their lines, with defensive tackle being a more primary need. The Broncos tackles played solid this year, but they could use that singular dominant presence in the middle. That is where Worthy comes in. Worthy flashes the potential to be an absolute force in the middle, and figures to be both a top level pass rusher and run stopper.

26. Houston Texans- WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina:

Jeffery would complement Andre Johnson very well for Houston.

The Texans should look to give Matt Schaub a welcome back gift with this draft pick. Jeffery would be a nice complement to Andre Johnson, and would move Kevin Walter to the slot (where he is a better fit). A Jeffery-Johnson combo could be extremely dangerous, and could be the final cog to their offense.

27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans)- DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson

The Patriots need to find another interior defensive lineman as Vince Wilfork can’t be the only force in the middle. Thompson is a good fit for the Patriots versatility as he can play in either a 4 man or 3 man defensive line.

28. Green Bay Packers: OLB Nick Perry, USC-

Adding a pass rusher has to be key for the Giants this season and Perry has worked his way into first round consideration. I’m not as high on Perry as some others, but I believe he’s a solid pick here and can really bolster that Packers defense.

29. New York Giants- OT Mike Adams, Ohio State

The Giants offensive line got old in a hurry this season, which should prompt New York to focus on rebuilding it this offseason. Adams would be a nice step in that process, as he has the ability to play early on. Some might view this a little high for Adams, but I think he could really shine at the Senior Bowl/Combine, and should work his way into the end of the first round.

30. Baltimore Ravens- ILB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State

Burfict’s temper could get him to fall somewhat in this draft, but I see the Ravens not letting like his slip by. And honestly it would be a good fit, because Burfict can learn the position from a true star, Ray Lewis, who has the ability to take control of the locker room.

31. San Francisco 49ers- G Cordy Glenn, Georgia

The 49ers don’t have a lot of weaknesses, but their biggest one is along their offensive line. Glenn could either play guard or if Anthony Davis doesn’t improve, he could become the RT.

32. New England Patriots: OLB/DE Whitney Mercilus, Illinois

The Patriots need to add a pass rusher as well, as they look to expand their defense. Now it is very likely they will attempt to trade back with one of these picks, but if they stay here they should focus on the defensive side of the ball.

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