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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Patriots Get Safety Help

With the 31st pick in the 20912 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots select Harrison Smith, safety, Notre Dame.

Having drafted Nick Perry a few picks previous, the Patriots now make perhaps a small reach to fill a team need at safety and grab Smith. The Pats like smart guys on their defense and in Smith they get a guy who is not only smart but very athletic. He isn't the fastest guy on the field, but he has great anticipation and energy, which more than makes up for it.

The New York Giants are now on the clock with the final pick in the first round.

Previous Picks:

1. Indianapolis Colts: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

3. Minnesota Vikings: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

4. Cleveland Browns: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

6. St. Louis Rams: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

7. Jacksonville Jaguars: Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

8. Miami Dolphins: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

9. Carolina Panthers: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

10. Buffalo Bills: Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

11. Kansas City Chiefs: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi

12. Seattle Seahawks: Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

13. Arizona Cardinals: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

14. Dallas Cowboys: Mark Barron, S, Alabama

15. Philadelphia Eagles: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

16. New York Jets: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

17. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Floyd, WR, Note Dame

18. San Diego Chargers: Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

19. Chicago Bears: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

20. Tennessee Titans: Stephon Gilmore, CB,South Carolina

21. Cincinnati Bengals: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

22. Cleveland Browns: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

23. Detroit Lions: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Dont'a Hightower, LB, Alabama

25. Denver Broncos: Dontari Poe, DT, Memphis

26. Houston Texans: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

27. New England Patriots: Nick Perry, OLB, USC

28. Green Bay Packers: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama.

29. Baltimore Ravens: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

30. San Francisco 49ers: Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin

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