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Greg Cox's 2012 NFL Mock Draft Picks 17-32

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  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Courtney Upshaw, DE, Alabama
    I disagree with Walt a bit on this one. If Upshaw is on the board, which he is here since I don�t have the Jets taking him, the Bengals will not wait until No. 21 to grab him. Rushing the passer is the most important aspect of playing defense in the NFL. They need another impact defensive end for their rotation.

    Pick change; previously Ryan Tannehill, QB

  2. San Diego Chargers: Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois
    It is painfully obvious the Chargers are not the same on defense lately, and their inability to sack the quarterback is a big reason why. All of a sudden the AFC West has gotten away from them, and to reel it back in, they need to improve their pass rush. It will be tempting to go after a cornerback here given the talent available, but addressing the front seven is more pressing.

    For me, it�s either Mercilus or the pick I changed it from, USC�s Nick Perry. Who am I kidding? The Chargers are going to throw all the mocks for a loop by doing something random. I could actually see them taking Alabama�s Dont�a Hightower if he is on the board.

    On a side note, it bummed me out a bit when NFL Network�s Rich Eisen said during the Combine his nickname should be �Ming� and the other guys on the set had no idea what he was talking about. Hopefully everyone reading this gets it.

    Pick change; previously Nick Perry, DE/OLB

  3. Chicago Bears: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse
    Acquiring Brandon Marshall relieves the pressure to take a wide receiver here and signing guard Chilo Rachal gives them another piece to work with on the offensive line. I see a serious run on pass rushers in the middle of round one, even with a talented defensive tackle like LSU�s Michael Brockers on the board. Chicago needs a bookend for Julius Peppers and simply can�t wait. Ability to sack the quarterback drives Jones way up the board.

    Pick change; previously Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB

  4. Tennessee Titans: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU
    If available, I can�t find a reason for the Titans to pass on Brockers. Defensive line is a strength of this draft and they should take advantage of it, even if their preference would be a defensive end. An inside presence always makes life easier on the outside.

    Pick change; previously Stephon Gilmore, CB

  5. Cincinnati Bengals: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
    Surprise! Maybe Cincinnati still doesn�t take either cornerback here. It was a good rookie season for quarterback Andy Dalton, but if this team wants to take the next step, the interior of its offensive line could use a player like Glenn to blow open holes. If the Bengals can improve up front ,it will be easier to plug in a running back to help balance the offense.

  6. Cleveland Browns: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
    As Walt correctly points out regularly, teams drafting a franchise quarterback typically use their next pick to help out that player. In this case, it is a dream scenario to get a quality starter at right tackle here who in other drafts might go in the low teens. Clevelannd would have to pounce on Martin here and protect Tannehill as he develops if the team does pick him at No. 4.

  7. Detroit Lions: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama
    Aaron Rodgers is not going away any time soon. For that matter, neither is Eli Manning, and for the next couple of years, the Lions also have to deal with Drew Brees to reach the Super Bowl. Yes, I just mentioned this franchise and playing for a championship in the same sentence.

    To get there, Detroit needs to cover someone and Kirkpatrick is a step in that direction. As Walt points out, two recent draft picks were arrested for marijuana-related incidents recently, but the charges against Kirkpatrick himself were dropped. The Lions might be willing to take the chance to fill the need.

  8. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama
    As much as the Steelers wanted to deny it, their defense got old in a hurry and it led to their premature playoff exit. Pittsburgh needs to reload, and the best way to do that is to select the best player available for the front seven. This is not a difficult pick for me to mock here or for the team to make on the first night of the draft.

  9. Denver Broncos: Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis
    The defense carried this team into the playoffs, and while the dynamic has changed with the addition of Peyton Manning, Denver's best chance to defend as the AFC West champion is on that side of the ball. As I repeat ad nauseam, it all starts up front, and even with improved play up the middle last year, the Broncos could still use another player for the rotation.

    I know Manning needs more talent around him, but he never had a dominating defense with the Colts, even when they won it all, but his ability to carry a team is in doubt. It�s not a given the Broncos are going to just load him up with help like the Colts always did.

    Poe drops because his production does not match his workout numbers.

    Pick change; previously Devon Still, DE/DT

  10. Houston Texans: Nick Perry, DE/OLB, USC
    Mock drafts are fun until the very end. Then, it becomes time to squeeze as many correct picks as possible and, as everyone knows, those are very hard to come by.

    Most people realize that the Texans desperately need a receiver to draw attention away from Andre Johnson, but it�s not what they will do here. Instead, they jump on a third rush linebacker to team with Connor Barwin and Brooks Reed. I am getting this strange feeling Houston might reach for offensive tackle Bobby Massie out of Ole Miss here. Maybe it�s just indigestion, but if some of the preferred linemen are off the board, it just might happen.

    Pick change; previously Kendall Wright, WR/KR

  11. New England Patriots: Devon Still, DE/DT, Penn State
    I constantly work myself up trying to figure out what the Patriots will do in the draft even though I know I am going to be wrong. Guessing is the best I can do. I know they want to improve up front, and Still is a quality option to help them do it. Boise State�s Shea McClellin is an option, but I�m not sold on the pairing. I think it�s defensive line here.

    Pick change; previously Mark Barron, SS

  12. Green Bay Packers: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB, Boise State
    Ultimately, the need for another pass rusher seems destined to push the Packers towards McClellin. He has been the hot name late in this draft season, and, let�s face it, playing opposite of Clay Matthews is pretty much a dream scenario for anyone whose job it is to sack the quarterback.

    Pick change; previously Peter Konz, C,

  13. Baltimore Ravens: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
    The Ravens like to steal sliding players in the draft and unlike my choice last time, Notre Dame safety Harrison Smith, this is not a bad value. A big receiving target is needed on this roster, and another player to catch some passes period. Why waste the best quarterback in the NFL right?

    On another note, it seemed like Wisconsin center Peter Konz was a logical choice here until someone with a similar name, Peter King, poured water on that fire. I think Baltimore could still take a guard here though and, ultimately, will find a way to draft Georgia�s Ben Jones later on.

    Pick change; previously Harrison Smith, SS

  14. San Francisco 49ers: Kendall Wright, WR/KR, Baylor
    There are times to take a chance in a final mock draft, and this is one of them. I believe Wright goes in the first round, and, while I preferred giving them Hill as I did last time, he is off the board. General Manager Trent Baalke told the media he hoped a player would fall to them in this spot, which leads me away from other possibilities.

    Again, I�m not sure why this pick is ringing true to me, but if Wright�s still on the board, I think they take him.

    Pick change; previously Stephen Hill, WR

  15. New England Patriots: Amini Silatolu, G/T, Midwestern State
    Staring at this board, I think the Patriots would be willing to take just about any deal to move out of the first round, big or small. Staying put, I will give them a different hot name to sneak into the action on Thursday night than my previous mock. They are going to keep the offensive line loaded up until Tom Brady retires because, let�s face it, he isn�t going to get more mobility as he ages.

    Pick change; previously Shea McLellin, DE/OLB

  16. New York Giants: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
    The Giants would be fairly easy to project if the board was known because they pretty much just select the best football player. In this case, I am having trouble. I know I had Jerel Worthy here last time, but if they can address a need with an equivalent talent, it makes more sense to me. I�m not in love with this pick though, and get the feeling I will only hit on about 27 of the players who go off the board Thursday night.

    Pick change; previously Jerel Worthy, DT

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Anank 01-08-2014 03:16 pm (total posts: 1)
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Alyn 01-04-2014 04:47 pm (total posts: 1)
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Comments on: Climate and Meteorological Information Requirements for Water Management A review of isseusPage 6: For the purpose of flood forecasting and warning I would add the requirement of humidity and wind speed. Firstly most methods used in practice utilise soil moisture accounting models which require evaporatranspiration as an input. Also for catchments influenced significantly by snow, these variables can be important for describing snowmelt. Page 8: The number of days after which no skill can be derived for decision making seems very crisp. This is very much dependent on the size of the basin as well as the dominant climatology. In small basins (e.g. 250,000 km2) there may be quite some skill in these longer range predictions. Also dominant processes such as snowmelt may be of significant influence on the predictability of available water resources at longer lead times. I would in any case add some note of this relationship with size of basin, as well as dominant processes.Page 12: In the last line of the 1st paragraph and also in the second paragraph, the argument seems to be given that data should not be shared between agencies and if so only at a cost and under contract. It also suggests that duplication is not necessarily an issue, in lieu of independence of agencies. I am not sure I would fully support this argument and would suggest promoting a more open approach such as the paradigm followed in the US. I believe that a lot can be achieved by sharing data more openly, in particular in developing countries where data ownership is seen as a proxy for power, and in many such countries payment schemes such as also suggested later in the document lead only to virtual inaccessibility to data.Page 29: In the sections on data sharing, rationalisation of networks and modernisation, I would emphasise the importance of seeking to use open standards for data as well as for meta-data. The use of standards (some currently emerging) will greatly enable interchange that has been hitherto difficult. There have been some recent efforts to improve the use of standards in the water resources community – but it would seem that there is much to learn from the meteorological community in this respect. Standards in meta-data are equally important as without this the sharing of the data is often meaningless.In the last section on isseus and applications, it may be relevant to come back to some of the isseus noted in the 2nd section, in particular the difficulties of measuring the primary variables that are used in water resources management. Whilst some of the isseus with remotely sensed data are very rightly mentioned, the opportunity of improving the ground based data is not. In particular in mountainous basins and even more so in mountainous basins with significant snowfall, the characterisation of precipitation is extremely difficult. Point rainfall measurements may be underestimate precipitation by 30-40% in such regions, and I think there are very few cases where the density of the network is adequate to capture the spatial variability of precipitation. Observation of flow (and connected to this management of rating curves) is another key issue, and equally very often neglected.
MarthaWILKINS29 07-12-2012 10:53 pm (total posts: 9)
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Richard35Merle 07-09-2012 06:56 am (total posts: 9)
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Jack 06-29-2012 04:05 pm (total posts: 1)
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they were seeing if they could get the first round and snecod round done in one evening. they want to make the draft a three day event. so this year was a test run to see if they could get it done. and yes they can. next years draft will more then likely take 3 days instead of just 2
Lucinda35MCCARTHY 06-02-2012 03:42 am (total posts: 6)
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LillieDavis34 05-18-2012 08:48 am (total posts: 9)
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Jack Sprat 04-27-2012 12:32 pm (total posts: 1)
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Amen, Greg. It's my hobby. Pretty much year-round, true, but still JUST a hobby. I don't confuse myself with Mel Kiper (I'm not NEARLY as obsessive as that broken-voiced kid whom I first heard in Houston on a morning drive in the spring of 1982), much less Martin Mayhew.
Greg 04-27-2012 01:44 am (total posts: 15)
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I want to let everyone know that the negative comments don't really bother me. I'm happy with my performance I know I could have done better, but under the circumstances I think I did just fine.

One note on Irvin the reason I kept him out was due to red flags. If you read this mock you see how many times I mentioned pass rushers being coveted I wouldn't have put him in R1 but certainly R2. Obviously, as Walt has pointed out numerous times, Pete didn't care.

Take it easy everyone and enjoy days 2 and 3! The draft is supposed to be fun. It's OK to be passionate just realize that there are more important things in life and this is an escape from those burdens we all have.
Gavin 04-26-2012 03:37 pm (total posts: 1)
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At 37, Browns will not take a QB. It will be WR Sanu.. LB Brown / CB Jenkins are good also.

Hosley failed his drug test, so second round is way too early.

Redskins 04-26-2012 03:33 pm (total posts: 1)
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"Griffin has a lot of athletic ability, but will be going to a team short several premium picks and already short on talent relative to its division."

Beat the Giants both games last year. Would have beat the Cowboy both times with anyone other than Grossman/Beck at QB. The only division opponent they struggled with was Philly and still lost a 4 INT game by only 7.

The Redskins defense is very good. The RB/WR are good. The OL needs a little more help but was better than most think last year. QB was the glaring need and it's been addressed.

If it doesn't work out for RGIII, it won't be due to talent relative to the division.
Bolts4Life 04-26-2012 02:28 pm (total posts: 1)
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Ming the Merciless! Flash...AHAAAA...LOL!
James (from Vietnam) 04-26-2012 12:38 pm (total posts: 1)
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Perfect Mock for the Eagles.

If they pull that off I'll be a happy man :)

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