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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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bills fan 03-07-2012 04:04 pm (total posts: 1)
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a corner would be nice to.
OTHC_HUBIE 03-07-2012 02:30 pm (total posts: 1)
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if everyone wants something this site to be like all others then go to the other sites. I for 1 love the idea cause it is different, and who cares if the player doesnt fit into the cap its fun.
As a Bills fan id like a corner in the FA draft like Finnegan that way we would only get beat and not blown away
Corey D 03-07-2012 10:20 am (total posts: 1)
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I think the Panthers should get mario williams to replace Thomas Davis causing from what ive seen he doesn't look like he is going to get healthy any time soon.
But on the other hand they do need a CB so I understand the decision to sign Carr.
buccaneersbg 03-07-2012 07:00 am (total posts: 1)
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BUCS sign Vincent Jackson, with draft or FREEee(5 YEARS $55 mil.)
Steve 03-07-2012 04:30 am (total posts: 1)
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I wouldn't mind seeing my Packers land veteran DT / DE Cory Redding, so long as the contract is for two or three years and relatively inexpensive.

However, I have a better idea. At least I think it is a better idea.

GM Ted Thompson should go after former Dolphins NT Paul Soliai. At age 28, he has plenty left in the tank and his contract demands should be well within the very tight Thompson's budget.

On the field this would allow NT / DE B. J. Raji to play more DE in our 3-4 scheme, thus allowing him to make more plays behind the line of scrimmage. This might be one of those two for one deals. Sign one player, but in reality gain an upgrade at two positions. Veteran DT / DE Ryan Pickett is great in the locker room and is solid against the run, but he can't get to the QB anymore and he is injury prone. If Pickett plays 12 games a season that is a big number for him. On the other side is the trio of C. J. Wilson, Jarius Wynn and another injury prone DL - Mike Neal.

For reasons that are obvious to all Packers' fans - an upgrade of talent and depth must be found in 2012 via Free Agency, the Draft or a trade. We can not have a defense in 2012 like we had in 2011.
In MY dreams 03-07-2012 04:26 am (total posts: 1)
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@In UR dreams: then why would you bother clinking on the link. It's not like it's tricking you - it was called the Free Agency Mock Draft. What else did you think it would be?
heyit'schad 03-07-2012 12:13 am (total posts: 1)
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The Bills have Seattle's 5th round pick from the Marshawn Lynch trade.
In UR dreams 03-06-2012 11:27 pm (total posts: 1)
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This is stupid! Just do a Top 50 free agent list and predict where they will go like how other sites do with all sports.
This Guy 03-06-2012 10:08 pm (total posts: 1)
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The cowboys will not sign over-rated cb Carlos Rogers. He's horrible. He can't cover ANY elite receivers. He's in a whack division.
Bob 03-06-2012 08:40 pm (total posts: 1)
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Dallas are definitely not in win now mode. They are rebuilding, which is why they dumped most of their overpaid vets last year and will continue this year with guys like Newman. The JG era has started, and it looks like it will revolve around a new core of players like Lee and Smith, rather than old vets.
SteelersFootballx6 03-06-2012 07:58 pm (total posts: 1)
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@Whoa, whoa, whoa, I can't figure it out either. The Steelers tendered Wallace with a 1st round pick, and he's restricted which means we can match their price.What gives?Unless Minnesota is an exception to that somehow, #17 is not going anywhere with all the other talented and much easily acquired FA WRs available.
Evans 03-06-2012 06:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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@Mr Know it all- You read the article, didn't you? That's the point.
Mr. Know IT all 03-06-2012 05:52 pm (total posts: 1)
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This is the stupidest idea ever.

Everyone on here doesn't get what he's doing.

He's doing it like a NFL draft. The 32 teams (in draft order) take the best available player that fits their needs.

So it's like the draft the player doesn't get to pick where they go the team picks the player they need best on their draft position. So the Colts have the 1st pick so they get to choose the best player that fits their needs (Free Agent) not the other way around.

Again, STUPID! Because this won't happen in real life.
@tfunk 03-06-2012 05:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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he meant they wouldn't have to give up a first round selection in this fake free agency mock draft dude.
Whoa, whoa, whoa 03-06-2012 05:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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How do you figure Minnesota gets Mike Wallace without having to give up their pick?

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