17. Cincinnati Bengals: Alabama CB Dre Kirkpatrick
Kirkpatrick adds a physical element to the Bengals secondary. He’s got the ability to press off the line, make plays in zone and consistently tackle the ball carrier. Plus, he has the size to handle some of the bigger wideouts in the AFC North.
18. San Diego Chargers: LSU DT Michael Brockers
Brockers is as talented as any defensive lineman in the draft and is capable of maturing into a real game changer up front. He’s got the ability to play all over the Chargers defensive line early and offers them a lot of versatility in their 34 front.
19. Chicago Bears: Illinois DE Whitney Mercilus
The Bears love to go defense in round one and getting a talent like Mercilus in the middle of the first has to be considered a steal. There are some rough spots to his game, but he adds another pass rushing threat to the Bears defense on third down.
20. Tennessee Titans: Georgia OL Cordy Glenn
Glenn is a powerful body who can maul defenders in the run game and more than hold his own inside vs. the pass. A potential Pro Bowl-caliber option at guard who should be an ideal power player for the Titans.
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21. Cincinnati Bengals: Boise State RB Doug Martin
Martin is one of the “hot” names right now and has really done a nice for job himself all post-season. The Bengals could use some youth at the running back spot and Martin is an ideal fit for the physical NFC North.
22. Cleveland Browns: Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden
If the Browns are unable to get their QB in the top ten, don’t be shocked to see them take their second pick in round one and nab their QB of the future.
23. Detroit Lions: Ohio State OT Mike Adams
As long as quarterback Matthew Stafford is healthy the offense is going to score points. Therefore, bringing in an athlete capable of protecting his blind side is becoming a major need in Detroit.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Wisconsin OL Peter Konz Konz has the ability to play both center and guard at the next level and gives the Steelers a real upgrade inside.
25. Denver Broncos: Penn State DT Devon Still
He’s not the most dynamic of pass rushers. However, he’s a big, strong kid with a good get off, long set of arms and knows how to play the run. He’s a potential anchor inside who can push the pocket and give the Broncos a guy they can win with inside.
26. Houston Texans: Baylor WR Kendall Wright
Wright might be the draft’s top vertical threat and has the ability to open up a lot of options for the Texans offense down the field.
27. New England Patriots: Alabama SS Mark Barron
New England has had to piece together their secondary this year, but in terms of talent they could certainly use an upgrade at a number of spots. Barron is a smart, instinctive safety with good ball skills, can play in the box and be effective bumping/running with tight ends underneath.
28. Green Bay Packers: Boise State LB Shea McClellin
He’s got the ability to play both inside and out for the Packers and brings the kind of motor, intensity and relentless as a pass rusher they are looking for.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Alabama ILB Dont’a Hightower
Hightower is a “plus” run defender who can be used as a blitzer inside or a pass rusher off the edge. Is the kind of talent the Ravens could use inside as an eventual replacement for Ray Lewis.
30. San Francisco 49ers: Georgia Tech WR Stephen Hill
Hill is going to need to become a more consistent route runner. However, at 6-5 he showcases some natural short-area quickness to his game and knows how to go up and get the football vertically. He’s one of the draft's elite size/speed combos at the receiver spot and his stock is on the rise.
31. New England Patriots: Southern Cal DE/OLB Nick Perry
Perry has worked out well all post-season and is a versatile 43 DE or 34 OLB prospect who could line-up all over. His versatility on third down gives the Patriots even more options in pressure situations.
32. New York Giants: South Carolina CB Stephon Gilmore
Getting a tall, physical defensive back who displays a natural feel in zone and can go get the football makes some sense for the Giants at the back end of round one.
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