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11. Arizona Cardinals: QB Logan Thomas: The Arizona quarterback situation is not one to be proud of when dealing with players like John Skelton and Kevin Kobb. Eventually, receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd will get fed up, therefore want a new quarterback. Enter Logan Thomas.
18. New Orleans Saints: OT Barrett Jones: Not much has been going well for the Saints, but the worst loss in terms of the roster in 2011 was the loss of guard Carl Nicks. I believe no one could do a better job of protecting Drew Brees than 6'5", 310 pound offensive lineman Barrett Jones.
25. Cincinnati Bengals: WR Terrance Williams: AJ Green is a future star, but Andy Dalton needs other weapons. Adding Terrance Williams will not only take away the double team from AJ, but improve the passing game as a whole.
1. Minnesota Vikings: QB Matt Barkley: Christian Ponder will have improved in 2012, but not enough to resurrect this franchise. With Barkley available, it is hard to turn down the Heisman front runner.
2. Cleveland Browns: DE Sam Montgomery: Cleveland may have finished second overall in pass defense, but they did not fair well when defending the run. At 6'4", Sam Montgomery will make opposing offenses run the ball up the middle due to his ferocious mentality.
3. Jacksonville Jaguars: QBTyler Wilson: Jacksonville would have loved to select Matt Barkley, but now that he is off the board, they will settle with quarterback Tyler Wilson. Wilson will have proved he can compete in the SEC, and therefore deserves a top 5 pick.
4. St. Louis Rams: WR Robert Woods: In two consecutive drafts, the St. Louis Rams missed out on a rookie wide receiver. First, it was Julio Jones, then Justin Blackmon, and even Michael Floyd. However, Robert Woods will give Sam Bradford a lethal weapon at the receiver position.
5. Indianapolis Colts: DE Barkevious Mingo: The Colts rebuilt their offense in last year's draft, so now it is time to improve their defense. Barkevious Mingo is a fabulous all around pass rusher, and will be a superb defensive end when along side Dwight Freeney.
6. Miami Dolphins: DE/OLB Jarvis Jones: The biggest need entering 2012 is to fill the hole at defenseive end. Cameron Wake appears to be the lone pass rusher on this team, and if they wish to do better than 25 overall in pass defense, Jarvin Jones is the correct choice.
7. St. Louis Rams: OT Taylor Lewan: Now that St. Louis has taken a wide receiver, there next biggest need is an offensive lineman. For a team who ranked dead last in sacks allowed, offensive lineman Taylor Lewan has the size necessary to succeed in the NFL.
8. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NT Star Lotulelei: Tampa Bay did a great job of addressing their offense in 2011. Now, they must improve their 32 rush defense, and they can start by drafting nose tackle Star Lotulelei.
9. Oakland Raiders: CB David Amerson: Ever since Nnadmi Asomghu left town, Oakland has not filled the hole by their star corner. Now, the Raiders have the opportunity to draft a youthful defensive back by the name of David Amerson, who tied the ACC interception record in 2011.
10. Tennessee Titans: DE Jackson Jeffcoat: There is absolutely no depth behind the Tennessee pass rush, one who ranked 31st in sacks. Jackson Jeffcoat is 6'5" and 235 pounds, the perfect size for any defensive end. Hopefully, he can be a key factor in the Titans success by 2013.
12. Kansas City Chiefs: DT Johnathon Hankins: Kansas City is a pretty well rounded team, but they have trouble blowing past opposing team's offensive lines. Both the pass rush and rush defense struggled in 2011, and not much should change in 2012. Nose tackle Johnathon Hankins should be able to improve the two related issues.
13. Seattle Seahawks: WR Keenan Allen: Matt Flynn is clearly a hit or miss signing, but is likely to hold down the starting job for the next few years. Flynn will not have the same wide receivers as he did in Green Bay, and therefore the Seahawks will need to take immediate actions. What better way than to draft wide receiver Keenan Allen?
14. New York Jets: S Eric Reid: Often overlooked by football scouts and fans, Eric Reid is a spectacular safety, who can add youth to an aging secondary. Both Laron Landry and Yeremiah Bell are past their prime, so Reid appears to be the perfect pick.
15. Carolina Panthers: OT D.J. Fluker: For a team who will rely heavily on their offense, it will be important for Carolina's offensive line to protect their stars. D.J. Fluker's size allows him to overpower defensive lineman, and is the perfect man to shield Cam Newton.
16. San Diego Chargers: WR Justin Hunter: With both Vincent Jackson and possibly Malcolm Floyd gone (free agent in 2013), the Chargers need to find long term replacements. Sadly, Hunter suffered a season ending ACL tear in 2011, and there is no guarantee he can return to full strength. In the short span he was healthy for, this Tennessee wide receiver led the nation in yards per game, and can be a star in the NFL.
17. Buffalo Bills: CB Johnthan Banks: Though Buffalo drafted corner back Stephon Gilmore last April, another shutdown corner wouldn't hurt. Johnthan Banks is an extraordinary all around defender, and will only improve over time.
19. Dallas Cowboys: S T.J. McDonald: The Cowboys took several steps towards improving their pass defense, starting by drafting corner back Morris Claiborne. Now, they can upgrade the secondary even more by selecting safety T.J. McDonald of USC.
20. Denver Broncos: WR Marquess Wilson: It is clear John Elway wishes to build a franchise around his new quarterback in Peyton Manning. With Marquess Wilson still available, it is hard to believe they will pass on a lethal, 6'4" wide receiver.
21. Pittsburgh Steelers: ILB Manti Te'o: Manti Teo's 2011 campaign (128 tackle, 13.5 tackles for loss) earned him a spot on the Second Team All American squad. Pittsburgh has an aging defense, and someone like Te'o would bring youth to the linebacker position.
22. Philadelphia Eagles: CB Tyrann Mathieu: The Eagles have proven they are not afraid to take chances in the draft, especially when taking Fletcher Cox with the 15th overall pick. Tyrann Mathieu is an extraordinary athlete, but is not the tallest corner back at 5'9". In fact, if the Eagles believe no other teams will take him, they might trade down 6 or seven spots and draft the LSU star later in the first round.
23. Atlanta Falcons: DE Alex Okafor: The Atlanta Falcons do not have many weaknesses, but one thing they can fix is the number of sacks. It may not be last in the league, but if they were to add Okafor, the number of sacks would rise, and the number of passing yards allowed would fall.
24. Chicago Bears: RB Marcus Lattimore: After what looks to become a disappointing 2012 campaign from Matt Forte, the Bears organization will try to find either a back-up or even a replacement. Marcus Lattimore is the best running back in college football, and somehow falls to 24 on this list. Chicago will be eager to add the Heisman nominee.
26. Baltimore Ravens: DE/OLB Sean Porter: Injured Raven Terrell Suggs may be an inside linebacker, but the Ravens could easily move Sean Porter away from outside linebacker.
27. Houston Texans: OT Chris Faulk: The Texans were hoping to draft a right tackle in last year's draft, but did not until the later rounds. Now, they have the chance to take LSU lineman Chris Faulk, a great first round pick.
28. Detroit Lions: DT Kawann Short: A superbly gifted offense based in Detroit needs some work on the defensive side of the ball--especially the run defense. Defensive tackle Kawann Short will stop the run, and from time to time sack the quarterback.
29. San Francisco 49ers: OT Luke Joekel: San Francisco spent much of their off season adding wide receivers for quarterback Alex Smith. The 49ers ranked 25th overall in sacks allowed, so improving their offensive line will be the most important step towards a Super Bowl.
30. New York Giants: S Tony Jefferson: The Giants ranked third overall in sacks last season, but their pass defense ranked 29th. This means the one thing they need to upgrade is their secondary, and therefore draft Tony Jefferson.
31. New England Patriots: CB Johnny Adams: New England somehow managed to reach the Super Bowl even with an atrocious pass defense. One of the youngest (and weakest) secondary's in the league should improve with more experience, and drafting another cornerback will add to this team's potential.
32. Green Bay Packers: DE William Gholston: The Green Bay Packers defense was one of the biggest surprises in 2011. The sack count dipped from 47.0 to 29.0, which also has to do with the large sum of passing yards allowed per game. William Gholston will be a great pass rusher along side linebacker Clay Mathews.