Blogging Dirty’s 2012 NFL Mock Draft – Version 9

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22. Cleveland Browns (From Atlanta) : Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

As i said earlier in this mock, Cleveland need a new QB. If Luck or Griffin are not options with their first pick, Ryan Tannehill will be in play with their 2nd first round pick. Tannehill is on the rise primarily due his impressive physical skills, I will be very interested to see how he performs at the combine.

23. Detroit Lions : Alfonzo Dennard, CB, Nebraska

Corner is obviously the area that needs an upgrade the most. In the last two Lions games their defense conceded over 1000 yards in the air to Matt Flynn and Drew Brees. Alfonzo Dennard is a player, I can’t quite figure out at the moment. He sits at the end of the first for now, but I would like to see how he performs in the pre draft workouts.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers : Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia

It always seems like the Steelers need help along their offensive line. Glenn has had a nice year at Georgia blocking for Aaron Murray and would slot nicely next to dominant young center Maurkice Pouncey.

25. Denver Broncos : Devon Still, DT, Penn State

I think everybody presumed that Denver would take Marcell Dareus last year until about a few days before the draft when Von Miller suddenly rose up draft boards. The need for an inside presence is still there and Devon Still, while nowhere near as talented as Dareus could still help fill that gap.

26. Houston Texans : Mark Barron, S, Alabama

The Texans have started to plug up the holes in their secondary. They fill another void by taking Barron a talented safety from Alabama.

27. New England Patriots (From New Orleans) : Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

Whichever scheme the Patriots choose to use in the future, whether it be a 4-3, 3-4 or a multiple defense, Mericulus would fit and give the Patriots a dynamic edge pass rusher.

28. Green Bay Packers : Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC

A surprise that Perry came out as a Junior, but would be a very good selection for the Packers giving them a source of pass rush opposite former USC grad himself Clay Matthews.

29. Baltimore Ravens : Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

With Matt Birk retiring, there is a massive void at center for the Ravens. Konz is worthy of a first round pick and this selection seems a perfect fit.

30. San Francisco 49ers : Reuben Randle, WR, LSU

While Crabtree is improving, the 49ers could certainly give Alex Smith more weapons to play with. Randle started the season very well, but tailed off ending in the disastrous BCS game.

31. New England Patriots : Michael Brockers, DT/DE, LSU

The Patriots need to invest in their defense with their two first round picks. Brockers would add to the defensive line and hopefully produce enough to improve the 31st ranked defense.

32. New York Giants : Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

While the Giants have done a ok job protecting Eli, they need to look for the future and with David Diehl getting up there in age, Mike Adams presents a very nice option.

Second Round

53. Atlanta Falcons : Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma

I am getting on board with the idea that the first pick should be spent on a pass rusher. Alexander is a versatile athlete that could play in the 4-3 or 3-4 whichever Nolan decides to use. He has a variety of pass rush moves and would be an excellent addition to the Falcons. Note: Atlanta have selected two players from Oklahoma under the current regime Curtis Lofton and Dominique Franks.

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