2012 NFL Mock Draft: Editor's Edition

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16. New York Jets
OG Cordy Glenn
Georgia

The Jets have watched their line slowly fade into decay and could really use some fresh blood on it. Glenn is the second best guard in the draft and has great size at 6’5″, 348 pounds. He’s played a lot of positions on the line during college, which is always a bonus. His last position was at tackle but his lack of athleticism will push him inside to play at one of the guard positions.

Other possible picks: DE Nick Perry

 

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland)
CB Alfonzo Dennard
Nebraska

The Bengals have a pretty solid team that’ll only get better with age. Dennard gives the Bengals a solid pair of corners, putting him across from Leon Hall. Reports of his work at the Senior Bowl have been really up and down, depending on who you’re asking and what play they saw. He should still end up being a first round selection and will be a decent corner, though the best are already off the board.

Other possible picks: C Peter Konz

 

18. San Diego Chargers
OLB/DE Melvin Ingram
South Carolina

The Chargers defense hasn’t quite been the same since the departure of Shawne Merriman. Phillips is aging and the Chargers could find a great linebacker in Melvin Ingram, who can also split time at DE.

Other possible picks: DE Nick Perry

 

19. Chicago Bears
WR Kendall Wright
Baylor

He doesn’t have the height that you’d really like to see in a receiver you’re taking in the first round but he’s got great hands and the speed to stretch defenses. The Bears have got to give Cutler a serious receiver to throw to, as the whole Roy Williams experiment failed, as most expected. Kendall Wright could give the Bears a serious DeSean Jackson type of playmaking receiver.

Other possible picks: WR Michael Floyd

 

20. Tennessee Titans
S Mark Barron
Alabama

They need a playmaking DE right here and could very well take Nick Perry but he’s a little small for Gray’s scheme. He occasionally get swallowed up by blockers. The Titans could also use some help on the offensive line but are notoriously stingy with the picks they spend on offensive lineman. Peter Konz would be a great pick here, but they’ll probably pass on him. All of the Titans starting safeties are set to be free agents, though they’ll probably bring back Babineaux. Griffin is likely to leave via free agency so they’ll need another guy back there and Barron’s the top rated safety in the draft. He’s got great size, being 6’2″ and 218 pounds. He’s a playmaker and the Titans will have to take a hard look at him.

Other possible picks: C Peter Konz, DE Nick Perry, DE Whitney Mercilus

 

21. Cincinnati Bengals
C Peter Konz
Wisconsin

The Bengals get a great pick here with Peter Konz. They get an awesome center that can only make their offense work that much better and protect their young franchise QB Andy Dalton.

Other possible picks: WR Michael Floyd

 

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta)
WR Michael Floyd
Notre Dame

Wanna make a QB better? Give the man a good receiver to throw to. I don’t think the Browns are gonna give up on Colt McCoy yet. The whole Peyton Hillis ordeal made the Browns locker room a mess this season and that definitely translated onto the field. Colts didn’t have much to throw to with Greg Little falling off hard after a decent start to the season. Floyd would give McCoy a big target to hit at 6’3″ and 224 pounds.

Other possible picks: DE Whitney Mercilus

 

23. Detroit Lions
DE Whitney Mercilus
Illinois

With most of the offensive lineman worth a first round pick gone, the Lions will look to add another young guy to their defensive line. Vanden Bosch isn’t getting any younger and Whitney should be a good replacement who can be thrown into a DE rotation with Bosch and Avril.

Other possible picks: OLB Zach Brown

 

24. Pittsburgh Steelers
DT Dontari Poe
Memphis

The Steelers have a few needs but this is the one most easily address with most of the big defensive playmakers off the board. Poe is the biggest DT tackle in the class, being 6’5″ and 350 pounds. He’s got a good motor and can should be able to transition into the NT position for the Steelers, though it may take a little time. He’s got a lot of upside and could be a great pick.

Other possible picks: OLB Zach Brown

 

25. Denver Broncos
DT Michael Brockers
LSU

The Broncos would’ve liked for Barron to fall to them here, but seems as he’s gone they’ll address the defensive line. The Broncos were 22nd against the run in 2011, allowing over 126 yards a game. Adding a solid DT to the line should help with that. Brockers often requires double teams and doesn’t bend. He also shows good instinct at getting after the running back. This is a solid pick for the Broncos.

Other possible picks: DE/OLB Nick Perry

 

26. Houston Texans
DE/OLB Nick Perry
USC

The Texans get a steal here. After letting Mario Williams go in free agency they get a nice replacement in Perry. Perry can rush the passer as well as drop back in coverage and should fit well into DC Phillips scheme.

Other possible picks: WR Mohamed Sanu

 

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans)
WR Mohamed Sanu
Rutgers

The Patriots have a lot of offensive weapons, but they’re gluttonous whores. They also have a few older guys who could use some replacement (Branch, Chad Johnson). They notoriously go BPA and Sanu seems to fit the bill. He’s got long arms and sure hands. Sanu’s got good football instincts and could be a nice fit for the Patriots.

Other possible picks: OLB Zach Brown

 

28. Green Bay Packers
OLB Zach Brown
North Carolina

The Packers don’t have any real glaring holes. They could use a safety, but there’s not really any worth taking at this pick. Their linebacker depth is a little shallow so they’ll feel good taking Brown. He’s not very large but makes up for that in speed and strength.

Other possible picks: OT Jonathan Martin

 

29. Baltimore Ravens
DE/OLB Andre Branch
Clemson

The Ravens don’t have any huge holes but could benefit from getting a younger guy who can play DE or OLB. Branch has a lot of speed and is a pretty good sized guy at 6’5″, 260 pounds. He could be quite effective at getting to the QB if used correctly.

Other possible picks: OT Jonathan Martin

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