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2012 NFL Free Agent Draft: Picks 17-32

Posted Tuesday, March 6, 2012.

I did this last year, and I thought it would be pretty fun to do it again. It's what it sounds like - if free agency occurred in a draft format, who would be the top picks? I've excluded all the free agents who are either restricted or franchised, with the two exceptions being Mike Wallace and DeSean Jackson, for obvious reasons.

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2012 NFL Free Agency Draft: Picks 1-16

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Brandon Lloyd, WR, Rams. Age: 31.
    Jerome Simpson does two things in his life: He makes acrobatic leaps into the end zone and gets arrested. He's done in Cincinnati, so the Bengals will have to find a new No. 2 wideout for Andy Dalton.

    I should note that I wasn't sure whether to slate the Raiders or Bengals in this spot. If Oakland gets to "draft" a free agent, it might go with center Chris Myers to replace Samson Satele.


  2. San Diego Chargers: Marques Colston, WR, Saints. Age: 29.
    The Chargers lose Vincent Jackson in this scenario, so they'll be searching for a new No. 1 wideout. There's a chance Marques Colston could be a product of Sean Payton's system, but I'm sure he'll do fine with Philip Rivers (Frey).

  3. Chicago Bears: Jared Gaither, OT, Chargers. Age: 26.
    The Bears won't be spending a first-round pick on another offensive tackle, but if they could get a proven blocker like Jared Gaither, I think they would do it. Protecting Jay Cutler is the No. 1 priority.

  4. Tennessee Titans: Red Bryant, DT, Seahawks. Age: 28.
    Jurrell Casey had a dynamic rookie year, but the Titans don't have any every-down player capable of starting next to him. Sen'Derrick Marks isn't very good, while Karl Klug is just a pass-rushing specialist.



  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Bush, RB, Raiders. Age: 28.
    The Bengals have been linked to Michael Bush in free agency, so why not slot him to them in this free agency mock draft? I think Bush is a bit overrated, but he would undoubtedly be an upgrade over Cedric Benson.

  6. St. Louis Rams: Mario Manningham, WR, Giants. Age: 26.
    The Rams need many things - one of which is a top-notch receiver for Sam Bradford. Mario Manningham could easily be a bust free-agent signing, but St. Louis is desperate.

  7. Detroit Lions: David Hawthorne, ILB, Seahawks. Age: 27.
    David Hawthorne isn't as good as Stephen Tulloch, but he would be a capable replacement in a back seven currently lacking in talent.

  8. Pittsburgh Steelers: Paul Soliai, NT, Dolphins. Age: 28.
    Casey Hampton's great career is coming to an end. The Steelers wouldn't hesitate to grab a relatively young nose tackle to be Hampton's replacement.



  9. Denver Broncos: DeSean Jackson, WR, Eagles. Age: 25.
    It's late enough for a team to take a chance on DeSean Jackson. Tim Tebow has underrated deep accuracy, so it would be fun watching him airing it out to the former Eagle wideout.

  10. Houston Texans: Chris Myers, C/G, Texans. Age: 30.
    I'll let the Texans re-sign Chris Myers. They probably won't be able to retain him in real life because he'll get a large contract elsewhere, but this is not real life (in case you couldn't tell).

  11. New England Patriots: Kendall Langford, DT, Dolphins. Age: 26.
    What I wrote in my 2012 NFL Mock Draft applies: Here's one of many front-seven upgrades the Patriots will need to make. With Albert Haynesworth gone, they need to address the front line.

  12. Green Bay Packers: Cory Redding, DE/DT, Ravens. Age: 31.
    Like the Patriots, the Packers need to address the defensive end and rush linebacker positions. Cory Redding is the top option available who makes sense for Green Bay.



  13. Baltimore Ravens: Dan Connor, ILB, Panthers. Age: 26.
    Ozzie Newsome wants a successor for Ray Lewis. How about Dan Connor? He's young and talented, and unless the Steelers pass on Dont'a Hightower, Newsome won't be able to find his next blue-chip inside linebacker.

  14. San Francisco 49ers: Pierre Garcon, WR, Colts. Age: 26.
    The 49ers are desperate for receiver help. It's either Pierre Garcon or Reggie Wayne, but the former is younger and has much more upside at this point.

  15. New England Patriots: Reggie Wayne, WR, Colts. Age: 33.
    Doesn't this seem like something Bill Belichick would do? He has a penchant for signing older receivers because his offense is so complex. Unlike Chad Ochocinco and Torry Holt, Reggie Wayne still can play at a high level. He's not the receiver he used to be, but he can still be a very effective No. 2.

  16. New York Giants: Evan Mathis, G, Eagles. Age: 30.
    The Giants can plug their hole at left guard while taking a player away from the hated Eagles.



    2012 NFL Free Agency Draft - Next 10:

  17. St. Louis Rams: Jason Jones, DT, Titans. Age: 26.
  18. Indianapolis Colts: Sione Pouha, NT, Jets. Age: 33.
  19. Minnesota Vikings: Demetrius Bell, OT, Bills. Age: 28.
  20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Richard Marshall, CB, Cardinals. Age: 27.
  21. Cleveland Browns: Tracy Porter, CB, Saints. Age: 26.
  22. Jacksonville Jaguars: Terrell Thomas, CB, Giants. Age: 27.
  23. Washington Redskins: Alex Smith, QB, 49ers. Age: 28.
  24. Carolina Panthers: Laurent Robinson, WR, Cowboys. Age: 27.
  25. Buffalo Bills: Andre Carter, DE, Patriots. Age: 33.
  26. Miami Dolphins: Mike Brisiel, G, Texans. Age: 29.

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wow 03-15-2012 12:01 am xxx.xxx.xxx1.55 (total posts: 1)
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this all has to be a joke.....
seahawks4life 03-14-2012 10:42 am xxx.xxx.xxx.203 (total posts: 1)
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What? The Seahawks don't need another lineman they are getting Mario Williams and possibly Matt Flynn and id be scared if I were you other teams we have 30million cap room we could do some damage in this free agency don;t get your hopes up people
Trey mICK 03-11-2012 02:24 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.215 (total posts: 1)
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THIS PART IS STUPID!!!!
Raiders? 03-11-2012 01:01 am xxx.xxx.xxx.162 (total posts: 1)
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Just because they only have two picks in the real draft shouldn't get them kicked out of this fake one
seth 03-10-2012 10:51 pm xxx.xxx.xxx05.5 (total posts: 1)
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you have the broncos picking deseanjackson he was franchised by the eagles.what a joke?you better update this thingy because payton manning is going to the broncos
MPjeffryred 03-10-2012 02:29 pm xxx.xxx.xxx2.89 (total posts: 1)
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I see you have the Saints losing two starters and I agree with that. But, you do not have them signing any free agents. With the loss of draft picks looming in the "bountygate" situation, it seems you have not done your homework. Why is that??????? Have a bias against the Saints????
jo 03-09-2012 03:47 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.225 (total posts: 1)
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hey josmere u write like emmett smith
josmere taylor 03-09-2012 02:01 pm xxx.xxx.xxx43.2 (total posts: 1)
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get tullock cause he has more experience and he's more tuffer tooooo
Chris 03-09-2012 11:45 am xxx.xxx.xxx23.3 (total posts: 1)
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Really? I don't want Colston in SD he is one of the laziest WR in the NFL. Chargers will re-sign V.Jackson or Sign Reggie Wayne. And Manning will never ever be in a Browns Jersey.
Leonard 03-09-2012 02:06 am xxx.xxx.xxx.241 (total posts: 1)
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Red Bryant is not a DT. Never had any success there. He is a 5 tech DE.
Peyton to Browns? 03-08-2012 06:41 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.251 (total posts: 1)
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Is this a joke site? Why would Peyton go there? He can choose his team, and you really believe he will go to Cleveland.
The average fan can make better guesses than this site. Did you just start watching football.. So sad!
Godspeed 03-08-2012 06:08 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.130 (total posts: 1)
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No way Dallas goes after Rodgers. They will be going big this FA period. Silent in years past, JJ is going for the big Bang this year. Mario Williams, Brandon Carr has already agreed in principal to wear the Star, his boy-hood dream, a Guard or Safety, maybe a NT like Soliai. If they do not get Soliai, they will grab Poe at 14, if they do and don't grab a Safety in FA, they pick Barron at 14...

But JJ is going to get at least the top player available at 2 different positions. Bank on it!
dAb 03-08-2012 10:14 am xxx.xxx.xxx31.7 (total posts: 1)
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I understand this is make believe but it could at least be current. DJac was tagged a week ago.
M 03-08-2012 12:24 am xxx.xxx.xxx.188 (total posts: 1)
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As a Bucs fan, Tulloch is already on my ''wish list.'' Most people hereabouts want Lofton from Atlanta, But Tulloch is a bit better and more of a three-down 'backer.
Ax 03-07-2012 11:13 pm xxx.xxx.xxx.184 (total posts: 1)
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Peyton Manning should go to the Houston Texans, and I know Matt Schaub is there, and Schaub is a very good quarterback, but it is Peyton Manning. If he goes to Houston I believe that Reggie Wayne would follow him. That means the there offense would be Andre Johnson, Reggie Wayne, Arian Foster, and Peyton Manning with that defense. They would be the front runner to win the Super Bowl.



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