2012 Mock Draft – Round 1 – Picks 21-32

21. Cincinnati Bengals Peter Konz – C – Wisconsin Scouting Report
The Bengals have made some big changes to the offensive line this offseason, adding Travelle Wharton and Jacob Bell, and they may not be done yet. Kyle Cook has been an adequate staring center, but Konz offers a significant upgrade. If the plan is to pound the ball inside with Green-Ellis and Scott in 2012, Konz would make a lot of sense here.

22. Cleveland Browns - Kendall Wright – WR – Baylor - Scouting Report
[from Falcons]  I don’t think the Browns have a strong interest in Justin Blackmon, and one reason for that is due to the fact that they’ll have an opportunity to land a receiver at No. 22. Wright would be the perfect complement to Greg Little and could really open things up for the Browns offense.

23. Detroit Lions -  Stephon Gilmore – CB – S.Carolina - Scouting Report
It’s hard to imagine the Lions not drafting a cornerback, even if it means trading up into the top 20. If they’re going to catch Green Bay, they need the pass defense to get it done. There’s a decent chance that either Gilmore or Dre Kirkpatrick will be on the board here, and both would fit well in Detroit.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Dontari Poe – DT – Memphis - Scouting Report
Poe may not fall this far, but if he does begin to slide the Steelers could be interested in trading up. He seems to fit their defensive scheme perfectly, and GM Kevin Colbert loves to fill holes before they open up. They could groom Poe for a year or two behind Casey Hampton.

25. Denver Broncos - Michael Brockers – DT – LSU - Scouting Report
The Broncos must address their defensive line early in this draft, and they should be in position to land a quality tackle here. Brockers and Jerel Worthy would both make sense, but I’ll give the slight edge to Brockers. He has more upside and has the potential to be a dangerous interior pass rusher once he refines his game.

26. Houston Texans – Rueben Randle – WR – LSU - Scouting Report
The Texans have far bigger holes to fill, but when you’re this close to being legitimate contenders, sometimes the right decision to make the luxury pick. Randle will take time to fully develop, but he would add some depth to the receiving corps and take some of the pressure off of Andre Johnson.

27. New England Patriots - Nick Perry – DE/LB – USC - Scouting Report
From New Orleans - The Patriots have needs all over the defensive side of the ball, so I expect them to take the best available player. Perry is among the top available here, and fits their hybrid scheme well. He has he size and athleticism to easily transition between 4-3 end and 3-4 linebacker throughout the game/season.

28. Green Bay Packers – Shea McClellin – OLB – Boise State - Scouting Report
I was skeptical of McClellin’s recent surge up draft boards, but after going back to review some games from 2011 I realized the hype is warranted. McClelling played more of a hybrid end/linebacker role as a senior and make significant strides in his game. He’s a perfect fit at outside linebacker in defense like Green Bay’s.

29. Baltimore Ravens – Jonathan Martin – OT – Stanford - Scouting Report
The Ravens don’t need to fill any glaring holes, so they can sit back and wait for the best available player to fall into their lap. In this scenario, it’s definitely Jonathan Martin, who could potentially play guard early in his career before shifting over to tackle in a year or two to replace Bryant McKinnie.

30. San Francisco 49ers - Amini Silatolu – OG – Midwestern State
The 49ers don’t have many holes to fill, but if the opportunity presents itself to upgrade the right guard position they should jump at the chance. This may be a slight reach for Silatolu, but pairing him with Mike Iupati would give the 49ers two potentially dominant interior run blockers to pave the way for Frank Gore.

31. New England Patriots – Jerel Worthy – DT – Michigan State - Scouting Report
Worthy is a great fit for the Patriots, who need to add depth on the interior line to take some of the pressure off Vince Wilfork. Worthy has the ability to play tackle in the Patriots 4-3 sets, and could shift outside to end in their 3-4 sets. He may also have the size and strength to eventually take over for Vince Wilfork at nose tackle down the road.

32. New York GiantsRiley Reiff – OT – Iowa - Scouting Report
The Giants often settle for the best available player, and with so few holes to fill that will likely be the strategy once again. There seems to be limited interest in offensive linemen in the 1st round this year, meaning someone (Martin, Reiff or Mike Adams) should be available here.

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