2012 NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17-32
17. Cinci Bengals (via Oakland)
Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama (Scouting Report)
The Bengals pass defense is going to get even better. Kirkpatrick’s length makes up for a few flaws in technique, but there is no denying his ability to help in run support. Adding Kirkpatrick this late would be a steal.
18. San Diego Chargers
Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa (Scouting Report)
I’ve watched every game of Riley Reiff’s college career. Reiff has the skills to be a standout at either LT, RT or guard in the NFL – a team like the Chargers should snatch him up and plug him in.
19. Chicago Bears
Michael Brockers, DT/DE, LSU (Scouting Report)
There are only so many guys on the planet as big as Michael Brockers (6-5/322) that have the potential to play 3-4 defensive end and 4-3 DT. Brockers should be able to contribute on run downs immediately, while after a year or two he should be able to develop into a 3-down lineman.
20. Tennessee Titans
Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College (Scouting Report)
Kuechly has answered nearly every question put before him – both in the classroom and on the football field. Jerod Mayo is probably his ceiling, which means he might not make a ton of impact plays, but he will be an incredibly solid player that makes everyone around him better.
21. Cincinnati Bengals
Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama (Scouting Report)
I love Upshaw as a prospect – he has been in our top fifteen picks for months. Unfortunately, some of his short-comings are starting to show. He doesn’t have ideal size nor is he an incredibly fluid athlete. While that might keep him out of the top ten, the Bengals could really have a fun time using Upshaw in multiple positions in the front seven.
22. Cleveland Browns
Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor (Scouting Report)
You can talk about Wright’s “slow” combine time all you want, but if you cue up a Baylor game, you’ll see Wright behind cornerbacks all game long. Adding one more talented weapon in Cleveland might be enough to let them turn the corner.
23. Detroit Lions
Amini Silatolu, OL, Midwestern State (Scouting Report)
Division II players don’t get drafted in the first round unless they are absolutely dominant. Silatolu has the ability to prosper at guard from day one with his physical style of play.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers
Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia (Scouting Report)
It is debatable whether Glenn will be a better pro inside or at tackle. What’s not debatable is that he has had the best “post-season” of all offensive linemen in the 2012 NFL Draft. The Steelers could really use a versatile lineman going into the 2012 season.
25. Denver Broncos
Devon Still, DL, Penn State(Scouting Report)
When Devon Still is on, he is the best defensive lineman in the 2012 NFL Draft. When he isn’t, he looks like he would have a tough time starting in college. If the Broncos can harness his size and ability, they will be very happy with the impact Still has on their defense.
26. Houston Texans
Rueben Randle, WR, LSU (Scouting Report)
Randle is an enigmatic receiver that could be a perennial Pro Bowl player or a Chad Jackson-esque bust. If he stays motivated and tuned in, he could be a special deep threat for the Texans.
27. New England Patriots (via New Orleans)
Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, Syracuse (Scouting Report)
Jones is an interesting prospect that a team can mold into a 3-4 OLB, 3-4 DE, 4-3 DE, Elephant, etc… He is raw, but certainly has talent. Bill Belichick could have a lot of fun with Jones.
28. Green Bay Packers
Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC (Scouting Report)
Perry is an incredibly explosive athlete/edge rusher that could give some help to Clay Matthews. He can play 4-3 DE and has the athleticism to play 3-4 OLB.
29. Baltimore Ravens
Shea McClellin, LB, Boise State (Scouting Report)
McClellin has shown the ability to play DE, OLB and ILB. That sort of versatility and his ability to rush the passer will get him drafted very early.
30. San Francisco 49ers
Kevin Zeitler, OG/C, Wisconsin (Scouting Notes)
Adding Zeitler would make the 49ers even more physical up front. He might be the best run blocker in the entire draft.
31. New England Patriots
Vinny Curry, DE/OLB, Marshall (Scouting Report)
Curry has the potential to play either as a 4-3 DE or a 3-4 OLB. His motor and football savvy will allow him to overcome merely “above-average” physical traits.
32. New York Giants
Doug Martin, RB, Boise State (Scouting Report)
Doug Martin is the most complete back in this draft not named Trent. His blocking, running, catching and intangibles should make him the second back taken. He doesn’t have the homerun ability of Lamar Miller, but Martin will be ready to contribute on day one for New York.
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