Friday, April 27, 2012
2012 NFL Mock Draft: 2nd Round
33. St. Louis Rams: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: After finishing as runner's up on Justin Blackmon and Michael Floyd in the first round, the Rams almost have to go WR here. Hill could be the best wide receiver in this year's draft.
34. Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: They say that tight ends are a rookie quarterback's best friend, and none could be better than Andrew Luck's favorite target at Stanford.
35. Baltimore Ravens: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama: The Ravens love Upshaw, and are hoping that their former defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano passes on him at #34 now that he is the head coach in Indianapolis.
36. Denver Broncos: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State: See Baltimore above, replace offensive line with defensive line, drop the reference to Chuck Pagano...okay, I should have just typed it.
37. Cleveland Browns: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU: Wanting to make sure that they did not lose out on the quarterback they coveted, the Browns grabbed Brandon Weeden with their second pick in the 1st Round. Now is time to complete their 2012 draft class triplet.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina: The Jaguars covet WR Stephen Hill. Since the Rams will be hard pressed to give up the 33rd pick, Jacksonville probably should have traded back into the first round to get him.
39. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Martin, T, Stanford: While he may take a year or so to bulk up, the Rams could find their left tackle, which would allow Rodger Saffold to move to the his natural position on the right.
40. Carolina Panthers: Devon Still, DT, Penn State: After passing on an interior lineman in the first round, Carolina can continue to focus on upgrading their defense.
41. Buffalo Bills: Cordy Glenn, T/G, Georgia: Drafting a left tackle here makes so much sense, I fully expect GM Buddy Nix to pass on Cordy Glenn and select a player at another position instead.
42. Miami Dolphins: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers: Now that the Dolphins have decided on their new quarterback, they need to find him a go-to receiver. Mohamed Sanu of Rutgers projects as Brandon Marshall, but without the baggage.
43. Seattle Seahawks: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina: Having drafted Bruce Irvin in the first round, Zach Brown would combine with him to significantly upgrade the Seahawks speed on defense. I'm not sure that either one can play football, but at least they can suck fast.
44. Kasas City Chiefs: Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska: Having missed out on Luke Kuechly in the first round, the Chiefs find the next best playmaker at the LB position.
45. St. Louis Rams: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: The Rams are definitely sniffing running backs, and LaMichael James would be an ideal compliment to power back Steven Jackson. Of course, with his history of domestic violence, St. Louis still might find it too soon after the Lawrence Phillips era.
46. Philadelphia Eagles, Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: Having traded nickle back Asante Samuel, the Eagles are a strong organization that can gamble on Jenkins' off the field issues given his tremendous cover skills.
47. New York Jets: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State: Assuming the Jets are satisfied with Adams' off the field questions, they find their answer at right tackle for Wayne Hunter.
48. New England Patriots: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana: The Patriots are said to be very interested in Trumaine Johnson at cornerback. He may even project as an ideal strong safety given his size and ability to tackle.
49. San Diego Chargers: Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State: The Chargers need to replace Kris Dielman at guard. While Amini Silatolu of Midwester State is a bit of an unknown commodity, he may end up being the best at his position behind David DeCastro in this year's draft class.
50. Chicago Bears: Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss: Having drafted a pass rusher to play opposite Julius Peppers, the Bears can give Mike Tice another piece to work with on the offensive line.
51. Philadelphia Eagles: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State: The Eagles are looking for a back-up signal caller, and are said to be enamored with Cousins, who has every intangible that a coach could ever ask for...They almost make up for his propensity to throw interceptions in key situations.
52. Tennessee Titans: Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama: The Titans likely would have considered Upshaw in the first round had they not elected to go with a wide receiver in Kendall Wright.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami: Having improved their offensive line by draft guard Kevin Zeitler, the Bengals will look to add some sizzle at the running back position to hit those holes.
54. Detroit Lions: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia: The Lions filled one need by drafting T Riley Reiff in the first round, now they absolutely have to address the hole they have at cornerback. Boykin may be undersized, but he is an established playmaker who stands out when he's on the football field.
55. Atlanta Falcons: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State: The Falcons are looking for an upgrade at LT over Sam Baker.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alameda Ta'Amu, NT, Washington: Having grabbed David DeCastro to solidify the interior of their offensive line in the first round, the Steelers grab a NT in Alameda Ta'Amu to solidfy the interior of their defensive line in the second round.
57. Denver Broncos: Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State: While the Broncos now have Peyton Manning, they need to give him the back-up he never had in Indianapolis. Brock Osweiler has the skills to eventually develop into a starter, but needs seasoning, making playing understudy to Manning an ideal situation.
58. Houston Texans: Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State: The Texans need help on the right side of their offensive line.
59. Green Bay Packers: Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn: The Packers need a five-technique DE, and would have probably considered Reyes in the first round had they not gone with an outside pass rusher.
60. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: The Ravens get their target on the interior of their offensive line even after trading out of the first round.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson: With Dwayne Allen of Clemson, the 49ers can set up a two-tight end attack that is starting to trend in the NFL to take advantage of undersized safeties.
62. New England Patriots: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson: Thompson is a disruptive pass rusher who is ideally suited for new England's need at the five-technique.
63. New York Giants: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson: The Giants value pass rushers, and need to consider Osi Umenyiora's replacement.