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2012 Backward NFL Mock Draft: Picks 17-32

Last update: Friday, April 17, 2012.

This is our fourth-annual backward mock draft. It's what it sounds like: What would the 2012 NFL Draft look like if the order were reversed? Whom would the Giants take with the first pick? My annual Backward NFL Mock Draft is listed below.

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  1. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama
    Courtney Upshaw is a popular pick for the Jets. They need an upgrade at the rush linebacker position, and Upshaw is considered by some to be a prospect worthy of the No. 16 overall pick.


  2. Philadelphia Eagles: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M
    There are rumors that the Eagles will trade up for Ryan Tannehill, so they'd love to land him without moving anywhere. They need a long-term solution at the quarterback position, and being able to obtain Tannehill would be Andy Reid's ticket to yet another extension.

  3. Dallas Cowboys: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
    The Cowboys are reportedly interested in Dontari Poe and SEC defenders. Dre Kirkpatrick definitely makes sense. Dallas signed Brandon Carr this offseason, but needs a third corner for 2012. Mike Jenkins will be a free agent next spring, so Kirkpatrick can start in 2013 and beyond.

  4. Arizona Cardinals: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
    Conventional wisdom says that Jonathan Martin would be the pick in this spot, but the front office reportedly doesn't like him. Cordy Glenn is a superior consensus prospect and a better fit for Arizona's blocking scheme anyway.



  5. Seattle Seahawks: Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
    It's been pretty well publicized that the Seahawks are interested in adding a pass-rusher early in the 2012 NFL Draft. No. 12 is too early for Whitney Mercilus, but not in a backward order.

  6. Kansas City Chiefs: Kendall Wright, WR/KR, Baylor
    This was a really tough pick because the top players available don't really make sense for the Chiefs. Kendall Wright wouldn't be a bad selection. He'd be pretty dangerous out of the slot, giving Kansas City three dynamic wideouts, assuming both he and Jonathan Baldwin pan out.

  7. Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
    This is a fairly obvious fit. Jonathan Martin has been discussed as a potential option for the Bills at No. 10 overall, so they would definitely take him in this position of the backward order. Selecting Martin with the 10th pick would be a reach, but this is the right range for him.

  8. Carolina Panthers: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
    Another obvious fit. The Panthers desperately need defensive tackle help, and Michael Brockers is the top prospect available. I think I mocked Brockers to Carolina in one update prior to the Combine. Things changed when Brockers disappointed in Indianapolis while other players at the position thrived, but Brockers would fit the Panthers' range in a backward order.



  9. Miami Dolphins: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State
    I thought about Brandon Weeden here, but the Dolphins have a similar quarterback in Matt Moore (reliable veteran-type without much upside). Miami can select a pass-rusher instead. They desperately need someone to get to the opposing passer across from Cameron Wake. Shea McClellin is a fast riser, and it seems like he's moved ahead of Nick Perry.

  10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
    Chandler Jones is another prospect who is quickly moving up the consensus draft board. Mel Kiper, Todd McShay, Adam Schefter and Mike Mayock all believe he'll be a first-round pick. The Jaguars are looking for a pass-rusher and receiver. Jones is the top prospect available out of those two positions.

  11. St. Louis Rams: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
    The Rams aren't getting as good of a wideout in this scenario, but they should still be happy with Stephen Hill, who has immense upside. Sam Bradford is praying for some help at the receiver position.

  12. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
    I have this pick in the second round of my 2012 NFL Mock Draft. My reasoning: Doug Martin would be a perfect complement. Drawing comparisons to Ray Rice, Martin excels in receiving and blocking. He'd be a great second-round late-first-round addition for the Buccaneers.



  13. New England Patriots: Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn State
    New England's third pick in the backward mock matches up to the No. 31 selection in my real mock. Devon Still fits the range and would offer an upgrade at a dire position of need up front.

  14. Minnesota Vikings: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
    For the sake of Viking fans, I hope the rumors that Rick Spielman doesn't like Matt Kalil aren't true. If they are, perhaps he'll target Mike Adams atop Round 2 - unless, of course, his ultimate goal is to ruin Christian Ponder's career. That doesn't seem too far-fetched, actually.

  15. Washington Redskins: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
    The Redskins are a team that could use Brandon Weeden, as Rex Grossman is too sloppy with the football. Weeden was actually discussed as a second-round option for them prior to the Robert Griffin trade.

  16. Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
    Poor Colts. They miss out on Andrew Luck, and their top quarterback option is either Brock Osweiler or Kirk Cousins. Rather than reach for either here, they can attempt to grab one of them in Round 2 and provide a weapon for their new signal-caller with this selection. Unfortunately, they can't match up Coby Fleener with Luck. It's a good thing the NFL Draft doesn't operate this way.

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Suspenders Man 04-17-2012 06:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.149 (total posts: 1)
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I like thath your doingth thingsth backwardths, Walt. Thaths nith. BTW I lefth my thuthpenderths on your bedroomth floorth.
Joe N. 04-17-2012 05:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.200 (total posts: 1)
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You forgot to take into account that in this scenario the Colts probably keep Peyton and the Broncos are stuck with Tebow.
Tom 04-17-2012 04:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx7.23 (total posts: 1)
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You have entirely too much time on your hands.

Apparently, so do I, since I read this crap.....
Matt 04-17-2012 04:17 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.204 (total posts: 1)
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what is the point of this?
BobbyBrown 04-17-2012 03:34 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.143 (total posts: 1)
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If cleveland wouldnt trade for #2 in a real draft what makes you think they would trade for #2 in this scenario?
John 04-17-2012 03:03 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.61 (total posts: 2)
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I like what he did with trades, it makes sense, SF would get Luck, that would be scary!
John 04-17-2012 03:02 pm xxx.xxx.xxx8.61 (total posts: 2)
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I like what he did with trades, it makes sense, SF would get Luck, that would be scary!
Jim 04-17-2012 02:59 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.210 (total posts: 1)
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The Packers would take Claiborne over Richardson no question. Charles Woodson is nearing the end and playmaking press corners are nearly impossible to come by these days. Drafting Richardson would take the ball out of Aaaron Rodgers' hands more often as well. They can get a solid back to pair with James Starks in Rounds 2-4.
FlatField 04-17-2012 02:52 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.48 (total posts: 1)
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A backward mock draft with trades? What a nerd.
Eric 04-17-2012 02:48 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.21 (total posts: 1)
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this would be a dream draft for the Patriots hahah!!!
Hey Walt 04-17-2012 12:21 pm xxx.xxx.xxx0.88 (total posts: 1)
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Please don't predict a trade in a backward mock, then there is no point. I usually enjoy stuff like this, but that kind of screws it up. Please change it.
Joe T. 04-17-2012 12:10 pm xxx.xxx.xxx6.66 (total posts: 1)
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The Colts would still have Peyton Manning if the draft operated this way. Ironically, they would probably be much better off if that were the case.
Connor P 04-17-2012 12:05 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.178 (total posts: 1)
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I don't get why everyone is so high in Gilmore. He's no better than a Day 2 prospect that has risen because of the combine. I'd take Claiborne, Kirkpatrick, and Jenkins over him any day.
Jimmy Freeze 04-17-2012 11:56 am xxx.xxx.xxx4.19 (total posts: 1)
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With #2 pick...I would firmly believe BB would pick RG3, and trade Brady for the kings ransom...It would line the Pats up for another 15 yrs of dominance, and they'd have extra picks.

I would hope they would trade him to the Jets for Revis,and 2 #1's...In that Case, the Pats would get RG3 for the future, Revis instead of Claiborne (better), 2 more 1sts this year, and an extra 1st next year...

Plus, Brady vs the Pats 2x per season for the next 3 years would be the biggest media spectacle ever. BB traded Bledsoe to Buffalo...why not Brady to the Jets!
Andrew 04-17-2012 10:35 am xxx.xxx.xxx.240 (total posts: 1)
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I'd love it if Buffalo traded back and took Martin anyways...





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