#17 – Cincinnati Bengals: CB Dre Kirkpatrick (Alabama)

Team Needs (CB, G, WR, SS, DL, RB ) / Draft Strategy: Their best CB Leon Hall tore his Achilles’ tendon in November and could end up on the PUP list (miss first 6 games). Adding depth to the O-line (especially at the OG position) could be addressed early in the draft.

The Bengals boast a solid run blocking OL but OG Bobbie Williams is a free agent and Nate Livings (signed with Dallas) was the weak link on the Cincinnati’s O-line.

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Key Offseason Adds: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (New England), S Reggie Nelson resigned, CB Jason Allen (Houston)

Key Offseason Losses: DE Frostee Rucker (Cleveland), DE Jonathan Fanene (New England)

Pick Analysis: Every year there are a couple of players who are drafted below where their talent alone would dictate. That is the case with Janoris Jenkins.  We like the skill set fo Jenkins more than Kirkpatrick but the Bengals seem to be turning the page on the knucklehead philsophy (Chris Henry, Pac-Man Jones, Cedric Benson etc.)?- Kirkpatrick is the safer pick with much less baggage.

 At 6-foot-3, 192 pounds, the Bama CB has the size and leaping ability to play against NFL WRs. In three seasons, he had only three interceptions (all in 2010) but his experience in the Saban defense and prowess in press coverage will translate well for a Bengal secondary looking to return to elite status. The addition of Kirkpatrick will begin to fill the void left when Jonathan Joseph signed with Houston last offseason.

Dre Kirkpatrick Highlights

Other Possible Picks: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, WR Kendall Wright, OL Mike Adams

#18 – San Diego Chargers: SS Mark Baron (Alabama)

Team Needs (ROT, 3-4 NT, G, 3-4 DE, S, RB/TE/WR depth) / Draft Strategy: The San Diego defense needs to address the LB corps as well as an aging secondary (CB Quentin Jammer will be 33). The Chargers O-line has battled injuries at multiple positions and an overhaul is in the works following the release of Marcus McNeill (missed 12 games past two seasons).

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Key Offseason Adds: WR Robert Meachem , OT Jared Gaither resigned, FB Le’Ron McClain , SS Atari Bigby

Key Offseason Losses: WR Vincent Jackson (Tampa), RB Mike Tolbert (Carolina), OT Marcus McNeill (cut)

Pick Analysis: Finding a safety to pair with Eric Weddle is needed and Barron could be a best player available pick as well as his draft stock is on the rise. Playing in Nick Saban’s defense will have Barron NFL ready and he’s shown outstanding range and an ability to play the pass and run. Barron is a hard-hitting playmaking safety that clearly worked on his coverage ability prior to his senior season.  In 2010 he struggled in coverage but has put it altogether in 2011 and sits as the #1 ranked safety in this class. He is coming off hernia surgery that kept him out of post season workouts but he looked good at his recent Pro Day and would be great value if he slides outside the top 15 picks.

Mark Baron Highlights

Other Possible Picks: DT Dontari Poe, OL Mike Adams, OL Cordy Glenn

#19 – Chicago Bears: OT Mike Adams (Ohio State)

Team Needs (LOT, TE, G, DE, DT, CB) / Draft Strategy: The Bears O-line has struggled to protect the QB in recent memory. LT J’Marcus Webb allowed a ridiculous 12 sacks and was flagged for 14 penalties in 2011.

WR Johnny Knox could be in danger of missing the entire 2012 season (back injury) so adding a WR or TE to pair with Brandon Marshall could be a priority in the early rounds as the Bears look to keep up with the high flying offenses in Green Bay and Detroit.

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Key Offseason Adds: RB Michael Bush (Oakland), WR Brandon Marshall (trade with Miami for two third-round picks)

Key Offseason Losses: S Brandon Meriweather (Washington)

Pick Analysis: At 6′ 8″ 320 lbs, Adams has the frame to play either tackle position at the next level. His footwork is above average but he can get lost in space when zone blocking. Despite off the field issues at Ohio State (one of five players suspended to start the 2011 season), his athleticism/versatility has him climbing the charts.

Mike Adams Highlights

Other Possible Picks: WR Kendall Wright, TE Coby Fleener, OL Cordy Glenn

#20 – Tennessee Titans: DT Dontari Poe (Memphis) 

Team Needs (S, CB, TE, DE, G/C, LB ) / Draft Strategy: The Titan O-line needs a major overhaul as they struggled mightily to open holes for CJ2K last season. The free agent signing of former Viking LT Steve Hutchinson is a step in the right direction. RG Jake Scott is a free agent and LG Leroy Harris is not starting material. 

The Titans will also need to address the loss of CB Cortland Finnegan but the O-line is a more pressing need if they expect to get the ground game led by CJ2K back to elite status. Adding a  pass rushing DE/DT is also needed as DT Karl Klug led the Titans with 7 sacks in 2011.

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Key Offseason Adds: DE Kamerion Wimbley (Oakland), OG Steve Hutchinson (Minnesota),  

Key Offseason Losses: CB Cortland Finnegan (St Louis), DT Jason Jones (Seattle)

Pick Analysis: Poe made 30 starts for Memphis during his three-year career and is labeled by some as the best true Nose Tackle in this class. In 2011, he totaled 33 tackles (18 solo stops), and was third on the team in tackles for a loss (8). He’s a disruptive force in the interior of the D-line that have shown an ability to rush the QB. Despite his impressive combine some question his tape which could drop him outside the top 15 (could go as early as #9 to Carolina).

Dontari Poe Highlights

Other Possible Picks: S Mark Barron, CB Dre Kirkpatrick, CB Janoris Jenkins, DE Nick Perry

#21 – Cincinnati Bengals : OT Cordy Glenn (Georgia)

Team Needs (CB, G, WR, SS, DL, RB) / Draft Strategy:  We have the Bengals addressing their secondary with the 17th overall pick (CB Dre Kirkpatrick).  The Bengals defense also lacks a dominant pass rusher and adding an explosive player to the D-line is needed.

Adding depth to the O-line (especially at the OG position) could be addressed early in the draft. The Bengals boast a solid run blocking OL but OG Bobbie Williams is a free agent and Nate Livings (also a free agent) was the weak link on the Cincinnati’s O-line.

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Key Offseason Adds: RB BenJarvus Green-Ellis (New England), S Reggie Nelson resigned, CB Jason Allen (Houston)

Key Offseason Losses: DE Frostee Rucker (Cleveland), DE Jonathan Fanene (New England)

Pick Analysis: Adding the 6-5, 345 pound behomoth would be solid value later in round 1. He totaled 50 starts at Georgia, including 28 at left guard, 18 at left tackle and four at right guard. His athleticism is evidenced by the fact that he weighed in as one of the bigger O-line prospects yet still ran a very impressive 4.96 forty time at the combine. He’s best suited to play inside at the NFL level and has displayed elite strength and above average footwork throughout his collegiate career.

Cordy Glenn Highlights

Other Possible Picks: S Mark Barron, OL Mike Adams , WR Kendall Wright / Stephen Hill, DE Courtney Upshaw

#22- Cleveland Browns: WR Kendall Wright (Baylor)

Team Needs (RB, WR, ROT, QB, OLB, DE) / Draft Strategy: With the 4th overall pick we project that the Browns will take RB Trent Richardson filling one of the team’s glaring offensive needs.

Apparently they are willing to go another season with Colt McCoy under center but taking a QB of the future is a must at some point in this draft. RB Montario Hardesty has battled injuries and WR Greg Little is a #2 option at best.

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Key Offseason Adds: DE Frostee Rucker

Key Offseason Losses:  RB Peyton Hillis (Kansas City)

Pick Analysis: Rookie WR Greg Little (North Carolina) struggled with a case of the Butterfingers but he did show decent upside as a potential #2 WR at the NFL level. WR Kendall Wright set a Baylor school record for all-purpose yards (1,657) – 1,572 receiving, 46 rushing, and 39 returning punts. Wright topped 100 yards 9 times in his senior season. The 5’10, 190 pounder would be a solid playmaking addition to a Browns offense in desperate need of offensive fire power.

Kendall Wright Highlights

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Other Possible Picks: OT Mike Adams, OLB Shea McClellin

#23 – Detroit Lions: OT Jonathan Martin (Stanford)

Team Needs (CB, SS, LOT/G, DE, LB (depth), C, RB) / Draft Strategy: Bolstering a pass defense that struggled (especially in the playoff loss to New Orleans) should be priority #1 in the draft. Detroit’s defense allowed 239 YPG through the air (26 TDs:21 INTs).  The loss of the burnable CB Eric Wright was addition by subtraction.

LT Jeff Backus was resigned but he’ll be 35 when the season starts and is coming off offseason surgery (torn biceps muscle) – protecting Matt Stafford’s blind side will need to be addressed.

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Key Offseason Adds: ILB Stephen Tulloch resigned, OT Jeff Backus resigned, RB Kevin Smith resigned

Key Offseason Losses:  CB Eric Wright (Tampa)

Pick Analysis: Rolling the dice on CB Janoris Jenkins would fill a major need but with the recent news of Marijuana charges against multiple Lions – not sure they can afford to add another character concern. Keeping Matt Stafford on the field for a full 16 games is a must for the Lions playoff hopes. ’Moose’ Martin (6-6, 304) protected Andrew Luck’s blind side in Stanford’s Pro Style offense. He’s labeled as a better run blocker for now and will need to improve his strength to transition to LT at the NFL level.  His draft stock is limbo following a mediocre pro day: 40-yard dash (5.33), bench press (20), vertical (30″) and broad jump (8’8″).  Once considered as a top 15 pick- Martin would be a solid value for Detroit at this spot.

Jonathan Martin Highlights

Other Possible Picks: CB Dre Kirkpatrick/Janoris Jenkins, OT Cordy Glenn

#24 - Pittsburgh Steelers: ILB Dont’a Hightower (Alabama)

Team Needs (G/ROT, 3-4 NT, ILB, RB, DB depth, OT depth) / Draft Strategy: The Steel Curtain defense needs an infusion of youth. The Steelers had the #1 pass defense and #8 run defense in 2011 but they only generated 35 sacks.

LT Max Starks tore his ACL in the playoff loss to Denver and could miss the start of the season. The Steelers allowed 42 sacks in 2011 and an upgrade at the LT/LG positions are need to keep Big Ben off the trainer’s table.

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Key Offseason Adds:  none

Key Offseason Losses:  cut ILB James Farrior , cut DE/DT Aaron Smith

Pick Analysis: Hightower has had success both as a run stuffer and a pass rusher and excels both inside and outside in a 3-4 defense. Hightower’s stock is on the rise after a dominant performance in the National Championship game against LSU. He served as the signal caller for the Alabama defense and the physical in-the-box defender would be a solid pick for a Steelers defense in need of a youth infusion at the all important LB position in their 3-4 defense.

Don’t’a Hightower Highlights

Other Possible Picks: OL Mike Adams, DT Dontari Poe / Jerel Worthy / Kendall Reyes, ILB Dont’a Hightower , CB Dre Kirkpatrick / Janoris Jenkins

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