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21 PATRIOTS Brodrick Bunkley, DT, Florida State Some predict New England will take a linebacker, but in six years, Scott Pioli never has chosen one higher than the fifth round. He has picked three D-linemen in the first round, and this explosive one-gapper will make it four.
22 49ERS Johnathan Joseph, CB, South Carolina "We have to face the Cardinals' Anquan Boldin and Larry Fitzgerald twice," coach Mike Nolan says--reason enough to trade for an extra first-rounder so they could select a corner.
24 BENGALS Donte Whitner, SS, Ohio State They play in a run-oriented division, so they could go with a bigger guy, but the 205-pound Whitner will stick his nose in there, plus he has unlimited athletic ability.
25 GIANTS Tye Hill, CB, Clemson Yes, he's little (5'9", 186), but oh, my, the speed! Try 4.30, which made him the fastest man at the combine. The Giants, whose corner mix is always in flux, never have had a flier like this.
26 BEARS Marcedes Lewis, TE, UCLA What, only one tight end picked in the top 25? Quick, get the next best one on the board, which would be this 6'6 1/2" 261-pounder. Chicago hasn't had a TE-oriented offense since Mike Ditka was a star, but Lewis could change that.
27 PANTHERS LenDale White, RB, USC Ideally, they want to run the ball so much that they need two guys to do the work. A pounder, White fits their style perfectly. He has been acting a little goofy this off-season, but there's never been anything wrong with the way he plays.
28 JAGUARS Chad Greenway, LB, Iowa Scouts say he's "fundamentally sound," which is like saying someone has good table manners. If Greenway is gone, they could go to a tight end ( Georgia's Leonard Pope) or a corner.
29 JETS Manny Lawson, DE-LB, North Carolina The offensive coaches are drooling over the chance to get 6'7 1/2", 336-pound tackle Marcus McNeill, but New York never expected the athletically gifted Lawson to slip this far.