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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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tfunk 03-06-2012 04:55 pm (total posts: 1)
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you said the vikings would not have to surrender a 1st round pick for Mike Wallace but that's not true he was given a first round tender by the Steelers. the vikings would have to give up the #3 overall pick to sign him
Arthur Digbee Sellers 03-06-2012 04:43 pm (total posts: 2)
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Looks like Randy Moss will have several interested teams after him after lighting it up in a workout for the Saints. You are wrong about him Walt
arnie 03-06-2012 02:47 pm (total posts: 1)
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whats the point of this? you havent taken salary cap into consideration at all. No way the steelers can afford Soliai.. no way cleveland pay for manning. brandon lloyd if he goes anywhere is going to the pats.

This is stupid
erik 03-06-2012 02:07 pm (total posts: 1)
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the giants dont have a hole @LG..Kevin Boothe is legit..Walt youre a a giants game before you make stupid uninformed comments
Kev 03-06-2012 01:00 pm (total posts: 1)
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LOL @ Manning going to Cleveland!!!!

So if Minnesota signed Wallace, they would give up a 2nd because they dont have a 1st??? is that right?
Walter hates Gabbert 03-06-2012 12:34 pm (total posts: 2)
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Show a little more bias in your Gabbert hate why don't you? Remember when you tried saying how great Jimmy Clausen was as well?
Walter hates Gabbert 03-06-2012 12:34 pm (total posts: 2)
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Show a little more bias in your Gabbert hate why don't you? Remember when you tried saying how great Jimmy Clausen was as well?
What if? 03-06-2012 12:34 pm (total posts: 1)
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What if it snowed in California?
Steve 03-06-2012 12:25 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Giants would never take a average Guard in that situation, over resigning Terrell Thomas. He gives them one of the best pair of starting Cornerbacks in the league.
Adam Godwin 03-06-2012 12:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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Carolina is going to rock all yalls asses next year. The Cam Newton is going to rise!!!!!!!!!!
bp87 03-06-2012 12:06 pm (total posts: 1)
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Actually the Texans will resign Chris Myers in real life. That is what they are working on right now and it looks like Mario will be the one left out. If you were in Houston you would know that but you just make claims that are have no truth to them
GongKong 03-06-2012 12:04 pm (total posts: 1)
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Peyton Manning on Browns *frothy drools*

Real life intervened, now just upset I have to watch Seneca throw a ball into the ground and McCoy scan the field to underthrow a not open WR/TE hybrid for a pick six
Arthur Digbee Sellers 03-06-2012 11:58 am (total posts: 2)
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Fun? Yes. Pointless? Yes, that too. The team's at the top of the draft have no shot at landing these guys. How about you predict what team the top free agents will go to, and for how much.
@anon 03-06-2012 11:47 am (total posts: 1)
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You're an idiot. Go back and read this article again, and this time use your commonsense.
Randall Flagg 03-06-2012 10:56 am (total posts: 1)
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Lardarius Webb????

You know the youngest shutdown corner in the NFL? The guy who arguably played the best of any defensive back this season?

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