2012 NFL Mock Draft featuring the Tar Heel Inside Scoop

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16. New York Jets:                Mark Barron, Strong Safety, Alabama
If there were another running back with first round talent on the board at this point, I believe that the Jets would look to add a potential star back to their roster. However, the only player of that caliber is Trent Richardson, who should be selected far before the 16th pick. Taking that into consideration, the Jets will more than likely look to improve the defensive side of the ball by adding Mark Barron to their secondary.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (from Oak):    Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, South Florida
The Bengals defensive unit played at a surprisingly high level last season, and I believe that the team will look to add to the talent via the NFL draft. Janoris Jenkins is one of the most talented players in the draft this year, but character issues have caused his stock to fall. Considering the Bengals recent tolerance for players with poor characters, it seems logical that the team will happily take the value pick when their number is called.

18. San Diego Chargers:            Courtney Upshaw, Linebacker, Alabama
After a very disappointing 2011 NFL season, the San Diego Chargers are looking to rebound in 2012. After the defense took a fall after the loss of defense coordinator Ron Rivera, it stands within reason that the team will look to once again sure up the unit. Drafting Courtney Upshaw with the 18th overall pick would add depth to the line backing core and help sure up the defense as a whole.

19. Chicago Bears:            Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame
In the event that Michael Floyd is available when the Chicago Bears go on the clock, selecting him would be a no brainer for the franchise. Over the last several years, the Bears have developed a reputation for having one of the worst receiving corps in the league.  Adding a player of Floyd’s caliber would no doubt help fix that stigma.

20. Tennessee Titans:            Luke Kuechly, Linebacker, Boston College
Last season, the Tennessee Titians played surprisingly well, and came close to earing a postseason berth. Because the defensive was the key to this success, it seems like the team will look to expand on their strongpoint. In the event that the Eagles pass on Kuechly (which I anticipate they will in favor of Melvin Ingram), the Boston College linebacker would serve well as a member of the Titians.