2012 NFL Mock Draft (Willy): Picks 17-32, 2/4
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17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland)- RB Trent Richardson, Alabama:
The Bengals will be absolutely thrilled if they don’t have to trade up for this draft’s top RB. Cincy needs a playmaker in their backfield to help take the pressure off Dalton, and Richardson is just the answer.
18. San Diego Chargers- WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame:
The Chargers could do a lot worse than have a (Michael) Floyd & (Malcolm) Floyd receiver corps. With Vincent Jackson likely to leave via free agency a major void would be left in the receiving corps. Floyd could fill that void and keep their offense running at full steam.
19. Chicago Bears- DT Devon Still, Penn State:
The Bears might be losing Okoye to free agency, and could use a real top level DT to play alongside Julius Peppers. A three man DT rotation of Still, Stephan Paea and Henry Melton could be pretty devastating.
20. Tennessee Titans- SS Mark Barron, Alabama:
The Titans could be losing both of their starting safties, so replacing them would be a top priority. Barron is the top safety in this class and would be a great addition here for the Titans.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama:
-The Bengals are going to look to land a CB with one of their early round picks and Jenkins is the last first round talent in this class. He’s got good speed and coverage ability, and should do well on a Cincy team that is quickly becoming an impressive defensive unit.
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta)- WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina:
-If they land their QB in Griffin, their next target will probably to land a top receiver for him.
23. Detroit Lions- C Peter Konz, Wisconsin:
The Lions have some serious offensive line questions plaguing them this offseason and Konz would answer one of them.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- G/T Cordy Glenn, Georgia:
-Glenn has looked impressive during the Senior Bowl coverage, and would be a nice addition to a Steelers line that looks to be a mess right now.
25. Denver Broncos- DT Brandon Thompson, Clemson:
-The Broncos could look at some other areas, but I think grabbing one of the top DT’s would be key for them.
26. Houston Texans- WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers:
The Texans need a receiver to complement Andre Johnson, and Sanu would be a nice fit for them. Adding a receiver like Sanu could be huge for this offense and really make them into a balanced attack that is basically impossible to stop.
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans)- DE/OLB Nick Perry, USC:
-The Pats need to focus on defense here and adding a pass rusher is key. Both Andre Carter and Mark Anderson had big years for them, but both are free agents and both are older veterans. Adding some youth here is key, and a player like Perry who could fit either odd or even man fronts is a bonus.
28. Green Bay Packers: OLB Whitney Mercilus, Illinois:
The Packers have to come away from this draft with a pass rusher, and Mercilus is a nice fit here. He’d be a solid complement to Matthews.
29. Baltimore Ravens- ILB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State:
The Ravens can fill McClain’s spot here, and have the heir apparent to Lewis.
30. San Francisco 49ers- G Brandon Washington, Miami:
The 49ers O-line should be bolstered this offseason and Washington is moving up draft boards.
31. New York Giants- LB Don’ta Hightower, Alabama:
The Giants linebacking situation is a bit of an issue. Adding Hightower would be huge and give them an impact guy in that unit.
32. New England Patriots: DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State:
-The Pats interior line is a bit soft after Vince Wilfork, so adding a complementary piece is key.