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Default Re: SI's Don Banks pre Combine Mock

26 WR Kendall Wright Baylor Sr. 5-10 190
Robert Griffin's favorite target helped himself considerably by running in the 4.4s at the Bears' pro day this week, far better than his 4.61 at the combine. The Texans could use a right tackle to replace the released Eric Winston, but most of the first-round tackles are gone and Wright is the kind of playmaker Houston needs opposite Andre Johnson.

27 LB Dont'a Hightower Alabama Jr. 6-4 269
(From New Orleans). Hightower is a versatile and instinctive player who seems ready-made for the New England defense, and we know Bill Belichick and Nick Saban look for the same kind of players and trust each other's judgment.

28 DE/OLB Andre Branch Clemson Jr. 6-5 260
With the Packers losing center Scott Wells to St. Louis, Wisconsin center Peter Konz still has to be on Green Bay's radar screen in this slot. But I would imagine the Packers think finding a play-making 3-4 outside linebacker prospect is more difficult than replacing Wells.

29 S Mark Barron Alabama Sr. 6-2 218
The Ravens could jump on Konz given Matt Birk's advanced years and Ben Grubbs' departure to New Orleans, but I can't imagine they'd think twice if Barron falls all the way to No. 29. The loss of safety Tom Zbikowski to the Colts in free agency only makes the case for Barron even stronger.

30 WR Stephen Hill Georgia Tech Jr. 6-4 215
The signing of both Randy Moss and Mario Manningham means the 49ers are no longer desperate at receiver, but imagine if they could land a blazer of a deep threat like Hill, whose 4.3 at the combine made everyone sit up and take notice. Alex Smith got over his hurt feelings and re-signed in San Francisco because he knew what was good for him.

31 DT Jerel Worthy Michigan State Jr. 6-3 310
With the Patriots taking Alabama inside linebacker Dont'a Hightower at No. 27, they can fill another front-seven need with Worthy, one of the many defensive tackles with first-round grades. Worthy could play in the Patriots' D-line rotation initially and perhaps develop into Vince Wilfork's successor down the road a bit.

32 OT Bobby Massie Ole Miss Jr. 6-6 316
Well why not get Eli Manning a potential starter at right tackle who also happens to be a fellow former Rebel? Massie is right on the verge of a first-round grade, and at 6-6, 316 pounds, he has outstanding size and reach by NFL standards. If the Giants surprise us and go running back, Miami's Lamar Miller and Boise State's Doug Martin are the names to keep an eye on.


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