2012 NFL Mock Draft V4.0: Picks 24-32 (Gallery)
24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower
LB, Alabama - Hightower is the second best inside linebacker in this draft, and he would be a perfect fit for a Steelers defense that will love his versatility.
25. Denver Broncos: Kendall Wright
Peyton Manning will likely call in this pick himself. The Broncos need another receiver, and Wright is a steal at this late juncture.
26. Houston Texans: Vinny Curry
Given the hits that Houston has taken on defense this offseason, it’s puzzling that so many project the Texans taking another wide receiver. Yes, Andre Johnson needs help and has been a little injury prone, but Curry (while admittedly slightly overvalued here) actually fills a hole.
27. New England Patriots: Devon Still
DT, Penn State
Upgrading the defensive line is obviously something that the Patriots want to do in the first round, it’s just a matter of which player they take. If not for the Combine, Still would probably go higher than this – so tally this up as another steal by Bill Belichick and Co.
28. Green Bay Packers: Michael Brockers
The Packers need to address defense with this pick, and Brockers will be the best player available at this point.
29. Baltimore Ravens: Mark Barron
Even with Peter Konz still on the board, Baltimore will jump at the opportunity to select unquestionably the best safety in the draft at spot.
30: San Francisco 49ers: Coby Fleener
The Niners will giddily line Fleener (a fast and athletic beast of a talent) up as yet another option for Alex Smith to throw to next year. This team is set defensively. Now it’s all about getting the quarterback comfortable and ready to make a run at the Super Bowl.
31. New England Patriots: Peter Konz
Everyone has the Patriots taking another defensive player here, but this is too smart of an organization to needlessly reach for a player that could be gotten later. There are no worthy defensive players left that New England could take at this point. Konz doesn’t fill a need, per se, but he’s the best available player and in a weird way he’s a very Patriots-esque pick.
32. New York Giants: Doug Martin
RB, Boise State
The champs need a running back and Martin is as versatile and NFL-ready a running back prospect as you have in this draft. Makes sense in every regard.