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16 | New York Jets
A maturity transplant for Santonio Holmes (below) would be a start. The Jets are likely to bring the ill-suited captain back because he's owed $7.75 million in guaranteed money. After that, Rex Ryan needs to invest in a quality safety. I'd recommend hard-hitting free agent Michael Griffin, of the Titans. And if the Colts do release Manning, New York might consider signing him, though they have major cap problems and the former MVP would be a tough fit.
17 | Oakland Raiders
The Bengals have this pick, via the Carson Palmer trade, but we'll diagnose the Raiders anyway. They made a good start by putting former Green Bay scout Reggie McKenzie in charge of their rudderless front office. Free agency will have to be a priority, because Oakland doesn't have a pick in the draft until a likely compensatory choice at the end of round 3.
18 | San Diego Chargers
General manager A.J. Smith's last three drafts have not been good, and the Chargers sorely need a pass rusher. They also require help on the left side of the offensive line; tackle Marcus McNeill and guard Kris Dielman are nearing the end of the road. Acquiring reliable replacements for both will be vital to QB Philip Rivers's success in 2012.
19 | Chicago Bears
They started the offensive-line overhaul with first-round tackle Gabe Carimi in 2011. They have no choice but to pick another tackle this time, with J'Marcus Webb having allowed 24½ sacks in the last two seasons.
20 | Tennessee Titans
The Titans need to avoid being pillaged in free agency; Finnegan and Griffin would be huge losses in the secondary. After that, they could use a physical wideout, such as the Chargers' Jackson, in free agency or the draft, as well as a sideline-to-sideline linebacker.