17. Bengals -- Baylor wide receiver Kendall Wright
Make no mistake: Wright's 4.61 "official" forty time will not cost him. He'll run 4.4s at Baylor's Pro Day and be drafted in the top-20 picks. The Bengals can supplement their offensive arsenal with the top downfield playmaker in the draft, pairing Wright with A.J. Green to give Andy Dalton arguably the most promising receiver duo in the AFC. While David DeCastro and Dre Kirkpatrick are also worthy of pick No. 17, the opportunity to draft Wright is simply too appealing to pass up.
18. Chargers -- Stanford guard David DeCastro
DeCastro would be drafted higher if he didn't play one of football's least valued positions, and he still might be. In this scenario, though, the Chargers couldn't afford to let the draft's best interior O-Lineman slip through their hands. LG Kris Dielman announced his retirement on Thursday, and the team's run blocking was already becoming a soft spot. DeCastro can offer a quick remedy.
19. Bears -- Alabama cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick
The Bears may prefer one of the top three wideouts to fall to No. 19, but Michael Floyd's 4.47 forty time in Indianapolis hurt their chances. At least according to Chicago's coaching staff, the offensive line isn't as big a weakness as the media claims it to be. The Bears are in danger of losing two of their top three cornerbacks to free agency, while top CB Charles Tillman is getting up there in age. An aggressive tackler with plus size, Kirkpatrick would start at left corner in Week 1.
20. Titans -- Georgia guard Cordy Glenn
Glenn made a strong case to stay at tackle in the pros by showing rare athleticism for a 6-foot-6, 346-pound behemoth at the Combine. He has left-tackle length with 35 3/4-inch arms. But Glenn would play guard in Tennessee, replacing free agent RG Jake Scott. Titans brass has stated that upgrading the interior line's run blocking is its top offseason priority. Glenn would immediately be the team's best guard, and he could kick outside to tackle in the event of a David Stewart injury.
21. Bengals -- South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore
The Bengals will think long and hard about a corner at No. 17, but a fine fallback option awaits should Cincinnati bypass Kirkpatrick for an offensive difference maker. Gilmore was the SEC's third best cornerback last season, and possesses raw speed (4.40) superior to both Kirkpatrick and Claiborne. Physical and rangy (6'0/190, 31-inch arms) with plenty of playmaking ability, Gilmore patterns his game after Al Harris as a press-man corner. Fitting defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer's style of play, Gilmore wouldn't struggle to turn aging Nate Clements into a reserve.
22. Rams (Projected Trade) -- Penn State defensive tackle Devon Still
On both sides of the ball, line play has been a seemingly unfixable deficiency for St. Louis. At the 22nd pick, the Rams would consider both Still and Stanford's Jonathan Martin if the draft plays out as we project. Still is more of a sure thing, and coach Jeff Fisher's defenses have long featured dominant interior performance. Look for the Rams to draft the best offensive player left at No. 33.
23. Lions -- Stanford offensive tackle Jonathan Martin
The Lions plan to re-sign free agent left tackle Jeff Backus, but he's not long for the league going on age 35 and returning from a biceps tear. Contract-year right tackle Gosder Cherilus is coming off another poor season. Martin could give Cherilus a run for his money in training camp while being groomed as Backus' long-term replacement. Boston College's Luke Kuechly could be an enticing alternative should the Lions fail to retain free agent middle linebacker Stephen Tulloch.
24. Steelers -- Ohio State offensive tackle Mike Adams
Adams' soft playing style doesn't fit the Steelers' usual modus operandi, and he's got plenty of weight-room work to do after benching 225 pounds 19 times in Indy. But the Pittsburgh coaching staff consistently gets the absolute most out of offensive linemen, and they may envision a future star in Adams' tremendous physical gifts. In a best case scenario, Adams could develop into the Steelers' left tackle of the future, with Marcus Gilbert on the right side and Willie Colon at guard.
25. Broncos -- Boise State running back Doug Martin
The 2012 defensive tackle class is rising quickly, so much so that the Denver's biggest weakness may not be worth addressing with a reach at No. 25. As Josh Norris has repeatedly mentioned, Martin's game resembles Jonathan Stewart's from the standpoint that he's a built-up running back with versatility to play on all three downs and deceptive, breakaway long speed. Willis McGahee is entering his age-31 season with a long track record of injuries and no value in the passing game.
26. Texans -- LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle
Randle plays faster than his 4.55 official forty suggests. “Unofficially” timed as fast as 4.5-flat in Indy, Randle goes 6-foot-3, 210 and is a defense's worst nightmare in the open field. He averaged 16.8 yards per career reception in the SEC, including a 17.3 mark as a junior in 2011. Randle is ready to start as a No. 2 receiver, and he could be Andre Johnson's long-range successor as Houston's No. 1.
27. Patriots -- LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers
Brockers isn't the athletic pass rusher some outlets have claimed him to be, but he is a powerful run defender ideally suited for "five technique." Put together beautifully for 3-4 teams at 6-foot-5, 322 with 35-inch arms, Brockers could help New England transition back to Bill Belichick's preferred defensive system. Just don't get caught up in the hype of Brockers as a top-20 talent.
28. Packers -- Virginia Tech running back David Wilson
Wilson is a tough, competitive, explosive runner, and his athleticism shows up on the field. Not the least bit fearful of contact, Wilson possesses rare balance and is ready to break tackles in the pros. The Packers would need to refine Wilson's passing-game skills and vision, but he'd add a breakaway rushing element to an offense that lacks it. His game is suited for a one-cut scheme.
29. Ravens -- Wisconsin center/guard Peter Konz
Konz was a three-year starting center at Wisconsin, but NFL teams project him to guard at 6-foot-5 and 314 pounds with 33-inch arms. In Baltimore, Konz would be an immediate replacement for likely outgoing left guard Ben Grubbs. Konz could succeed 36-year-old center Matt Birk in 2013.
30. 49ers -- Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill
Playing in a Georgia Tech offense that ran the ball on 81.8 percent of its plays led to some "focus drops" by Hill, but he displayed reliable hands in Combine drills and maximized his college pass-catching chances. Hill's 29.3 yards-per-reception average led Division I last year, and busted Demaryius Thomas' single-season school record. Hill isn't just a workout freak. He is physical after the catch, consistently creates downfield separation, and would be an ideal bookend in San Francisco for Michael Crabtree, who's proved to be more of a short to intermediate NFL receiver.
31. Patriots -- Appalachian State wide receiver Brian Quick
Quick packs 220 pounds onto his 6-foot-4 frame, and his 34 1/4-inch arms were second longest among wideouts in Indianapolis. Answering questions about his long speed, Quick was timed "unofficially" as fast as 4.48 in the forty-yard dash. Patriots area scouts put a first-round grade on Quick's 2010-2011 tape, and he's every bit worth this pick for a team pursuing a vertical presence.
32. Giants -- Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly
At the Combine, Kuechly ranked among the top-five linebackers in the forty-yard dash (4.58), vertical (38 inches), broad jump (10-foot-3), three-cone drill (6.92), 20-yard shuttle (4.12), and 60-yard shuttle (11.43). Inside linebackers don't typically go high on draft day, but none in this year's class has a better shot to crack the top 32 than the most decorated defender in Boston College history. Kuechly would have no trouble winning a Week 1 starting job for the Super Bowl champs.
Stanford TE Coby Fleener, Miami RB Lamar Miller, North Alabama CB Janoris Jenkins, South Carolina WR Alshon Jeffery, Oklahoma State QB Brandon Weeden, North Carolina LB Zach Brown, Boise State S George Iloka, Nebraska CB Alfonzo Dennard, Michigan State DT Jerel Worthy, Clemson DT Brandon Thompson, Notre Dame S Harrison Smith, Arizona State QB Brock Osweiler, Rutgers WR Mohamed Sanu, UConn DT Kendall Reyes, Clemson DE Andre Branch, Utah State LB Bobby Wagner, Oklahoma CB Jamell Fleming, Nebraska DT Jared Crick, Alabama LB Dont'a Hightower, Georgia TE Orson Charles, Clemson TE Dwayne Allen, Washington DT Alameda Ta'amu, Iowa State T/G Kelechi Osemele, Wisconsin G/C Kevin Zeitler.