2012 NFL Mock Draft Willy- Round 1, 17-32,
17. Cincinnati Bengals (via Oakland)- CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina:
-The Bengals could go in a couple of different directions here, but corner is probably their biggest need. Gilmore is moving up draft boards and is a nice fit here.
18. San Diego Chargers- DT Dontari Poe, Memphis:
The Chargers could use a boost to their defensive line. The positive with Poe is he can play both the 5 tech and the NT position.
19. Chicago Bears- SS Mark Barron, Alabama:
-The Bears could look at some defensive ends, or even a WR to pair with the newly acquired Brandon Marshall, but they also need help in their secondary and adding a safety like Barron could be huge.
20. Tennessee Titans- DE Nick Perry, USC:
The Titans need to find a major boost to their pass rush and could target Perry here in the first round. Tennesse could look at WR or CB as well, but defensive end appears to be their biggest need right now.
21. Cincinnati Bengals- C Peter Konz, Wisconsin:
-The interior of the Bengals offensive line is a bit weak, and could use a stabilizing force. Konz could be that young stud center that grows with Dalton and is the linchpin of this team for the next 10 years.
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta)- WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame :
-The Browns should look to land a top WR to go with Greg Little. Floyd is a very talented receiver, with great size and physicality. Him and Little would give Cleveland the makings of a very good young receiving corps (that hopefully they will be adding a quarterback to throw to the pair later).
23. Detroit Lions- OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford:
The Lions have some serious offensive line questions plaguing them this offseason and Martin would answer one of them. Matt Stafford should be lobbing the Lions hard for this pick, and I can’t see them passing him up.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers- ILB Don’ta Hightower, Alabama:
-The Steelers could look to move back here and stockpile picks, but they will highly consider adding a top inside linebacker to replace James Farrior.
25. Denver Broncos- DT Fletcher Cox, Miss. State:
-The Broncos could look at some other areas, but I think grabbing the top DT on the board makes sense given the loss of Broderick Bunkly.
26. Houston Texans- WR Kendall Wright, Baylor:
The Texans could go rush linebacker, but if adding a WR complement to Andre Johnson has to be a priority. Wright is a nice fit next to Johnson, given that he is one of the top deep threats in this draft.
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans)- DE/OLB Andre Branch, Clemson:
-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 Branch 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- DT Devon Still, Penn State:
The Ravens lost Cory Redding in free agency and they could use another force along that defensive line to pair up with Ngata. Baltimore has bigger needs at this point, but Still is too much of a value to pass up.
30. San Francisco 49ers- WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech:
The 49ers have added a couple receviers already, but this pick is more about the future. Hill has elite potential, but is very raw and might need a year or two, which is a good fit for the Niners.
31. New England Patriots: CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama:
-The Pats need to upgrade their secondary and Jenkins could be a steal if his off the field issues check out. With the extra draft picks the Pats can be a bit more risky and take Jenkins.
32. New York Giants- TE Coby Fleener, Stanford:
-The Giants need to find a starting caliber TE, and Fleener is the top guy in the draft. He could be a perfect addition to the Giants potent offense and make a big impact as a rookie.