Mock My Mock: NFL Draft Predictions

April 26, 2012 | Joe Giglio

17. Cincinnati Bengals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: Interior lineman aren’t exciting, but blocking Ngata twice a year is a must.

18. San Diego Chargers: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse:
Mike Mayock thinks he might become the best defensive player in the draft.

19. Chicago Bears: Bruce Irvin, DE, West Virginia: “Rising up draft boards” may be a media cliche, but I didn’t hear much about this kid until last week.

20. Tennessee Titans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinios: One year wonder or emerging star?

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama: Kirkpatrick and DeCastro add to a superb rebuilding effort in Cincy.

22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: Richardson and Wright are going to give Colt McCoy a real shot to become something in 2012.

23. Detroit Lions: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa: Like with Nick Fairley in 2011, excellent value slips to an emerging NFC power.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont’a Hightower, MLB, Alabama: He just feels like a Pittsburgh Steeler.

25. Denver Broncos:  Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis: Peyton Manning will take care of the offense. Despite the narrative that they had a good defense behind Tim Tebow, Denver allowed 40+ points five times in 2011.

26. Houston Texans: Ruben Randle, WR, LSU: Andre Johnson needs a complement.

27. New England Patriots: Nick Perry, DE, USC: He’s been compared to Willie McGinest. After losing Andre Carter and Mark Anderson, New England can use someone like that.

28. Green Bay Packers: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State: Clay Matthews needs more help in the pass rush. Just put on the tape of the Giants dismantling of them last January if you disagree.

29. Baltimore Ravens: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: Joe Flacco needs more weapons to succeed on the highest stage. Stephen Hill more than qualifies.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State: Toughness, grit, physicality. Although his college sounds like something out of The Program, Silatolu fits right in with Jim Harbaugh’s program.

31. New England Patriots: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: Belichick and Nick Saban are too close to let this kid slip to the second round. A trade down in order to allow a team to select the 50-year-old Brandon Weeden isn’t out of the question here.

32. New York Giants: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: As they learned last year, Eli Manning can do special things with time in the pocket.

What do you think? Agree? Disagree? Would you like to see Stephen Hill lining up on the outside for Joe Flacco?

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