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Friday, March 02, 2012



11. Chiefs -- Memphis nose tackle Dontari Poe

Opposing C-USA coaches feared Poe only enough to vote him second-team all conference as a junior, but human beings who weigh 346 pounds and move like this one don't last long on NFL draft boards. Poe is an absolute mammoth of a man with incredible brute strength (Combine-best 44 bench press reps), essentially a bigger, faster version of B.J. Raji with a cleaner off-field history. The interior D-Line is a need spot for Kansas City, as Kelly Gregg is expected to retire.

12. Seahawks -- Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon

The Seahawks may not envision receiver as a weak spot entering late April, but they'll face an interesting dilemma should Blackmon, Kendall Wright, and Michael Floyd all be available at No. 12. Blackmon's measurables are certainly not top-ten caliber, and his possession-style game tape is similar to Julio Jones' coming out of Alabama with two fewer inches, 13 fewer pounds, and a (likely) inferior forty time. There's still a good chance he'd be Seattle's highest rated player. Sidney Rice is coming off double shoulder surgeries, Golden Tate has mostly underwhelmed, and Mike Williams is an offseason release candidate after fracturing his left ankle and fibula last December.

13. Cardinals -- Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff

Reiff was one of the Combine’s "fallers," measuring in with guard-like 33 1/4-inch arms and showing mediocre to below average strength (23 bench press reps). Reports out of Indianapolis had some teams projecting Reiff as a left guard or right tackle only. Reiff still fits the Russ Grimm mold as a more productive and efficient blocker than measurables indicate. The Cardinals plan to keep Levi Brown, but need a tackle to start opposite him. Reiff could play either the left or the right side.

14. Cowboys -- Alabama outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw

Dallas is expected to place the franchise tag on Anthony Spencer, but a long-term commitment won't be necessary if the team steals Upshaw near the end of the top 15. A versatile, high-motor pass rusher, Upshaw was also impressively durable (zero missed games due to injury) and productive (35.5 tackles for loss, 16.5 sacks) during his Alabama career. College teammate Dre Kirkpatrick would also be given consideration here, but Upshaw is the higher-rated draft prospect.

15. Eagles -- USC defensive end Nick Perry

After retaining DeSean Jackson with the franchise tag, the Eagles are without a singular pressing need. Pass rushers are always welcomed by the organization, though, and Perry fits the Philly mantra as an explosive sack artist who flies off the edge. The Eagles can't count on knee-troubled former first-round pick Brandon Graham, and Darryl Tapp may be released ahead of his April 11 roster bonus. Perry would give the Birds another wave rusher behind Jason Babin and Trent Cole.

16. Jets -- Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd

The Jets are thirsty for playmakers, so Baylor's Kendall Wright, Boise's Doug Martin, and LSU's Rueben Randle should all generate consideration at the 16th pick. Wright may be too much like Santonio Holmes, however, while Martin could be considered a reach. Randle is perhaps too raw. Floyd is a polished possession receiver with a deceptive vertical game and experience at all three receiver spots. Notre Dame's all-time leader in TD catches (37) is also dynamite in the red area.

17. Bengals -- Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright

Make no mistake: Wright's 4.61 "official" forty time will not cost him. He'll run 4.4s at Baylor's Pro Day and be drafted in the top-20 picks. The Bengals can supplement their offensive arsenal with the top downfield playmaker in the draft, pairing Wright with A.J. Green to give Andy Dalton arguably the most promising receiver duo in the AFC. While David DeCastro and Dre Kirkpatrick are also worthy of pick No. 17, the opportunity to draft Wright is simply too appealing to pass up.

18. Chargers -- Stanford guard David DeCastro

DeCastro would be drafted higher if he didn't play one of football's least valued positions, and he still might be. In this scenario, though, the Chargers couldn't afford to let the draft's best interior O-Lineman slip through their hands. LG Kris Dielman announced his retirement on Thursday, and the team's run blocking was already becoming a soft spot. DeCastro can offer a quick remedy.

19. Bears -- Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick

The Bears may prefer one of the top three wideouts to fall to No. 19, but Michael Floyd's 4.47 forty time in Indianapolis hurt their chances. At least according to Chicago's coaching staff, the offensive line isn't as big a weakness as the media claims it to be. The Bears are in danger of losing two of their top three cornerbacks to free agency, while top CB Charles Tillman is getting up there in age. An aggressive tackler with plus size, Kirkpatrick would start at left corner in Week 1.

20. Titans -- Georgia guard Cordy Glenn

Glenn made a strong case to stay at tackle in the pros by showing rare athleticism for a 6-foot-6, 346-pound behemoth at the Combine. He has left-tackle length with 35 3/4-inch arms. But Glenn would play guard in Tennessee, replacing free agent RG Jake Scott. Titans brass has stated that upgrading the interior line's run blocking is its top offseason priority. Glenn would immediately be the team's best guard, and he could kick outside to tackle in the event of a David Stewart injury.

21. Bengals -- South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore

The Bengals will think long and hard about a corner at No. 17, but a fine fallback option awaits should Cincinnati bypass Kirkpatrick for an offensive difference maker. Gilmore was the SEC's third best cornerback last season, and possesses raw speed (4.40) superior to both Kirkpatrick and Claiborne. Physical and rangy (6'0/190, 31-inch arms) with plenty of playmaking ability, Gilmore patterns his game after Al Harris as a press-man corner. Fitting defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's style of play, Gilmore wouldn't struggle to turn aging Nate Clements into a reserve.


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