2012 NFL Mock Draft V4.0: Picks 16-23 (Gallery)
16. New York Jets: Courtney Upshaw
Upshaw was key to a championship-quality Alabama defense, and he’ll be an ideal fit for a Rex Ryan defensive unit that needs another pass rusher.
17. Cincinnati Bengals: Janoris Jenkins
CB, North Alabama
The Bengals obviously have a need at cornerback, and Jenkins is the third best available in this draft. Character concerns are something to think about here, but Cincinnati never actually lets character issues deter them from making questionable decisions.
18. San Diego Chargers: Whitney Mercilus
The Chargers need a pass rusher and Mercilus will be the best one available at this point in the draft. His great Combine showing is just icing on the cake.
19. Chicago Bears: Michael Floyd
WR, Notre Dame
With Brandon Marshall coming to town, clearly the Bears don’t need another wide receiver. That being said, Floyd is the second best player at his position available in the draft and would be an absolute steal here.
20. Tennessee Titans: Nick Perry
The Titans were terrible at pass rushing last year and selecting Perry would be a good way of dealing with that problem. There are some questions regarding whether Perry is a first round-type player, but given that he perfectly addresses a need for Tennessee, it’s hard to envision him slipping past this spot.
21. Cincinnati Bengals: David Wilson
RB, Virginia Tech
This is a little higher than most have Wilson going, but running back is Cincy’s second biggest hole after cornerback. A great Combine may have etched this pick in stone for a very impressionable Bengals management team.
22. Cleveland Browns: Jonathan Martin
Martin would be the best player available at this point, and an O-Line upgrade is nothing for the Browns to sneeze at.
23. Detroit Lions: Stephon Gilmore
CB, South Carolina
The Lions have a huge, massive hole at cornerback. Gilmore would be the best corner available at this juncture, and a solid Combine probably put him over the top in a lot of people’s minds. Seems like a perfect match, any which you want to look at it.