2012 1st Round NFL Mock Draft

By Editorial Staff
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17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oakland) —Cordy Glenn, OG Georgia; While the Bengals have great young talent at all the skill positions, the offensive line situation is a mess, all of the starting guards are free agents, bringing in a young gun like Glenn will help solidify the line for years to come.

18. San Diego Chargers –Mike Adams, OT Ohio St; Adams was one of the best linemen at the Senior Bowl, and has the potential to become an immediate starter at left tackle, if Marcus McNeill is unable to.

19. Chicago Bears –Trent Richardson, RB Alabama; There has been no contract talks between Forte and the Bears front office as of late, but by adding Richardson will certainly give the Bears more leverage during negotiations with Forte on a long term contract.

20. Tennessee Titans –Brandon Washington, OG Miami; Chris Johnson’s production or lack of will lead the Titans front office to take a serious look at their interior line. Washington has the strength as an interior blocker and is adept at moving defenders off the ball. Good pick here for the Titans

21. Cincinnati Bengals — Janoris Jenkins, CB North Alabama; The Bengals went offense in last seasons draft and it payed big dividends with Dalton & Green, they will go defense in the first round this year and grab Jenkins who made a showing at the Senior Bowl and has all of the skills to complement Leon Hall in the starting lineup

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta) —David Wilson, RB Virgina Tech;The Browns are unsure of the future of Peyton Hillis in Cleveland, with taking Justin Blackmon with the #4 pick, backing that pick up with Wilson who is a home-run threat with speed and explosiveness should be all that’s needed to take the pressure off of Colt McCoy and the passing game.

23. Detroit Lions –Devon Still, DT Penn ST; With the status of  free agent DE Cliff Avril, the Lions may need to look at their defensive line again in the first round,  Still is a huge defensive tackle and will command double-teams in the middle which will allow players like Vanden Bosch and Ndamukong Suh the freedom to continue to dominate their opponents quarterbacks.

24. Pittsburgh SteelersWhitney Mercilus, DE Illinois; According to Bucky Brooks of nfl.com, some people have labeled Mercilus as a one-year wonder, but this past season at Illinois he led the nation in sacks with 16, 9 forced fumbles and 22.5 tackles for loss and won the Ted Hendricks Award is being compared with the likes of Dwight Freeney and Richard Dent.

25. Denver BroncosMohamed Sanu, WR Rutgers; If the Broncos expect Quarterback Tim Tebow to meet VP Operation John Elway’s expectations, they need a #1 receiver on their roster, something Denver didn’t have last season. Sanu was bigger and stronger than most of the defenders he faced in college and will have the ability to move the ball down the field on the next level also.

26. Houston Texans –Fletcher Cox, DT Mississippi ST; Houston will need to look at another defensive player with this pick, with DE/LB Mario Williams contract situation unsettled, which may lead to him signing somewhere else this off-season. Cox played DE & DT in college and his versatility will be a major asset at the next level.

27. New England Patriots (from New Orleans) —Melvin Ingram, OLB South Carolina; This guy’s stats weren’t that great leading up to his senior year, but he brought his game up for the Gamecocks his senior season, he has the versatility to play OLB or DE even the DT position depending on the scheme.

28. Green Bay Packers –Nick Perry, OLB USC; If the Packers can find magic with another linebacker who has a motor like Clay Mathews, they will be set for years to come. Perry played defensive end in college, but will be undersized for that position in the NFL unless he plays in a hybrid type of system. Good pick here for the Packers.

29. Baltimore Ravens –Vontaze Burfict ILB, Arizona ST; With age starting to slow down Ray Lewis, Burfict would be a great apprentice for that role, he’s big, athletic and has a mean streak that will allow him to fit right in with the way the Ravens play on defense.

30. San Francisco 49ers –Ashon Jeffery, WR South Carolina; Although his junior season was a disappointment, Jeffery is athletically built and was an impact receiver against great SEC talent, i think he will compliment TE Vernon Davis well in the 49er’s passing offense.

31. New England Patriots –Alfonzo Dennard, CB Nebraska: The Patriots were ranked dead last in pass coverage last season, enough said about this pick. Dennard played in the shadow of Prince Amukamara through out his college career, but he’s physical and has the ability to grow into the same kind of corner back as Amukamara at this level.

32. New York Giants –Peter Konz C Wisconsin; Fewer organizations are better at building their team in the trenches than the Giants do, but Konz really is the total package, with a mix of physical tools that will allow him to help the Giants pass protection and run game for decades to come.

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