Analyzing 1st round of NFL draft

By Ron Green Jr.

McClatchy Newspapers

Published: Thursday, April 26 2012 11:00 p.m. MDT

The Chargers may have plans to make Ingram an outside linebacker but he has shown the athletic ability to play where needed.

19. Chicago Bears: Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

McClellin played multiple roles for the Broncos with his production increasing each year.

20. Tennessee Titans: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

The Titans were looking for a downfield threat and they found one in Wright.

21. New England Patriots: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse

Considered a third-round pick when he decided to leave Syracuse, Jones made perhaps the biggest jump before the draft.

22. Cleveland Browns: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma St.

The Browns hope they've found an answer at quarterback in Weeden, who produced big numbers at Oklahoma State.

23. Detroit Lions: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

Offensive tackles aren't sexy on draft night but they come in handy when the season gets going.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

The Steelers have a way to finding what they need through the draft and DeCastro seems to fit their style as a rugged, effective interior lineman.

25. New England Patriots: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

The fourth player picked off Alabama's smothering defense, Hightower made an impressive move up draft charts despite a sluggish start last season.

26. Houston Texans: Whitney Mercilus, DE, Illinois

After losing Mario Williams from a superior defensive unit, the Texans moved to re-fortify themselves by drafting a powerful defensive end.

27. Cincinnati Bengals: Kevin Zietler, OG, Wisconsin

Needing help along the offensive front, the Bengals took one of the pieces from Wisconsin's massive offensive line in Zietler.

28. Green Bay Packers: Nick Perry, DE, Southern Cal

The Packers knew they had holes to fill on a defense that was at the bottom of the league rankings last year and they started about it by drafting Perry.

29. Baltimore Ravens: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame

A team known for its defense put another important piece on its roster in drafting Smith.

30. San Francisco 49ers: A.J Jenkins, WR, Illinois

Jenkins turned a breakout 2011 season into a draft spot at the end of the first round.

31. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

Looking for running back help, the Bucs traded up to get in position to draft Martin.

32. N.Y. Giants: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

He can break big runs but he can also go quiet at times.

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