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The Shutdown Corner ‘Final Countdown’ mock draft: Picks 17-32

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17. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame -- The Bengals understood that the best way to make your rookie quarterback look better is by pairing him with an elite rookie receiver. Having that out of the way with the Andy Dalton and A.J. Green picks in 2011, don't be surprised if the Bengals go back to the well and grab Floyd, who would present opposing defenses with a lot of option anxiety and make Green even more uncoverable.

18. San Diego Chargers: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State -- The Chargers' front seven has gone from tight to light in the last few years, especially in the pass rush (Shaun Phillips aside.) McClellin, who many believe has Clay Matthews-level upside, would be a great fit for a Chargers team running multiple fronts. McClellin can play the edge as an end, but he might be an even better outside linebacker.

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19. Chicago Bears: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa -- Former line coach and current offensive coordinator Mike Tice loves tough guys, and even though the Bears have Gabe Carimi on the roster, don't be surprised if Tice and new GM Phil Emery see Reiff's spit-and-polish style and see him as a natural fit. May be better on the right side in the NFL, but it's not out of the question to take a right tackle in the first round anymore.

20. Tennessee Titans: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama -- With Cortland Finnegan off to St. Louis, the Titans need a physical DB who can play the run as well as deal with the back half of coverage. Kirkpatrick is a very good man corner, and he's expert enough in blitzes and run fits to be the Titans' kind of player.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Quinton Coples, DL, North Carolina -- The Bengals love to take shots on high-risk athletes with questions about on or off-field elements, and Coples fits the bill. He's got ridiculous size and speed, but the game tape doesn't always show that. Marvin Lewis could count on defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer coaching Coples up and turning that raw potential into production.

22. Cleveland Browns: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse -- With five picks in the top 100, the Browns are in a spot to avoid specific needs and go BPA more than anyone else. They hit big on Phil Taylor and Jabaal Sheard last year, and if they added Jones to that front, dealing with Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco and Andy Dalton twice this year might be a bit less of a chore.

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23. Detroit Lions: Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia -- The Lions really need help in the secondary, but the run game is also an issue, especially with recent injuries to their backs. The Millen-era Lions struck out with big man Gosder Cherilus, but Glenn is more of a pure move for his size, and he could play right guard or right tackle.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, ILB, Alabama -- Pittsburgh already has Lawrence Timmons inside, but it's easy to also see Timmons as James Harrison's eventual replacement. What they need is an interior thumper in the James Farrior mold, and Hightower fits the bill.

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25. Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State -- With Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil on staff, the Broncos have no trouble when it comes to outside pressure. But they need better run support and a tackle who crashes the guards inside. Worthy was a constant pain in the ass for offensive linemen, and he can hold the point as well as shoot gaps.

26. Houston Texans: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford -- I almost put Baylor's Kendall Wright here because I'd love to see Wright's deep speed in Houston's power offense. But as much as Gary Kubiak loves to put his tight ends and interior receivers in different formations, it will be tough for him to resist Fleener's versatility and red zone production.

27. New England Patriots: Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama -- Jenkins has red flags all over the place but the Patriots have a bigger red flag -- it's called their pass defense. Jenkins is worth the risk.

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28. Green Bay Packers: Whitney Mercilus, OLB, Illinois -- The Packers need two things in their front seven -- run support, and a dance partner in the pass rush for Clay Matthews. Mercilus is versatile enough to provide both.

29. Baltimore Ravens: Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State -- With power running at a premium in Baltimore, and Ben Grubbs gone to New Orleans, the Ravens take everyone's favorite small-school sleeper to fill the gap.

30. San Francisco 49ers: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor -- In Jim Harbaugh's second year with the Niners, expect the offense to become a bit more explosive. Now that everyone's on the same page, it's time to get the ball downfield, and few can do it better that RGIII's favorite target at Baylor. Randy Moss is a maybe. Kendall Wright is a definite.

31. New England Patriots: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford -- Harbaugh's old team sees its fourth draftable player go in the first round, as Martin is tasked to replace the retired Matt Light -- or Nate Solder if Solder heads over from the right side.

32. New York Giants: Bobby Massie, RT, Mississippi -- The Giants are slowly re-tooling what used to be the game's best offensive line, and Massie would be a great fit for a team that loves fundamentally sound mashers with a nasty streak. Massie is an underrated right tackle prospect who played well against the NCAA's best defenses.

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