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2012 NFL Draft: Recapping Picks 21-25 In Round One

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Stampede Blue is covering the 2012 NFL Draft from Radio City Music Hall in New York City April 26th-28th.

21. New England Patriots (via Cincinnati Bengals) - Pats Pulpit
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Chandler Jones | Defensive end | Syracuse: The Patriots defense wasn't anything to write home about last season and after losing Mark Anderson to the Bills, their pass rush needed some serious help. Bill Belichick sees that in Jones, overlooking a knee injury in 2011.
22. Cleveland Browns (via Atlanta Falcons) - Dawgs By Nature
Brandon Weeden | Quarterback | Oklahoma State: A 29-year-old rookie? No big deal. I like this pick a lot and expected it. Colt McCoy is not the quarterback the Browns are looking for. You add Trent Richardson to move the chains and Weeden to give you a quarterback with prototypical talent and a gunslinger mentality. Oh, and as Jon Gruden likes to say, he's a winner.
23. Detroit Lions - Pride Of Detroit
Riley Reiff | Offensive tackle | Iowa: Versatile tackle that has played all over the line. Matt Stafford needs protection in the North and Reiff can provide that.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers - Behind the Steel Curtain
David DeCastro | Guard | Stanford: Another great, safe pick for the Steelers after selecting Maurkice Pouncey in 2010. DeCastro is the safest of safe picks. Extremely polished and NFL ready, DeCastro will be starting in year one. He's ridiculously quick off the ball and was initially viewed as a possible top ten selection. Yes, he's that good.
25. New England Patriots (via Denver Broncos) - Pats Pulpit
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Dont'a Hightower | Inside linebacker | Alabama: Hightower is another physical specimen that comes out of Nick Saban's system and is NFL-ready. Some have even compared his skill set to that of his new teammate Brandon Spikes. Hightower isn't an athletic freak, but he is polished and fundamentally sound. I hate to say it, but I like this pick.