2012 NFL Mock Draft: Two-Round Projections with Updated Order

Matt MillerNFL Draft Lead WriterJanuary 8, 2012

2012 NFL Mock Draft: Two-Round Projections with Updated Order

0 of 33

    ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 02: Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks makes a catch during the Capitol One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 2, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
    Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

    It's time to update our two-round 2012 NFL mock draft with an updated draft order thanks to the wild-card round of the playoffs in the bag.

    The Indianapolis Colts seem poised to make Andrew Luck the No. 1 overall pick. The top underclassmen have declared their intentions, putting names like Alshon Jeffery, Justin Blackmon and David DeCastro very high in this version of the mock draft.

    A lot can change in a week. Find out what's changed since last Sunday night in this two-round mock draft.

1. Indianapolis Colts

1 of 33

    Andrew Luck, Quarterback, Stanford

    It's all but certain that Andrew Luck will be the choice of the Indianapolis Colts when they are officially placed on the clock. Ignore those who are clamoring for a trade, or saying the team won't put Luck and Peyton Manning on the same team. Those people are wrong.

    Luck is hands-down the best prospect I've ever scouted, and that's a sentiment shared around the NFL. Luck is a slam-dunk selection for Indianapolis.

2. St. Louis Rams

2 of 33

    Justin Blackmon, Wide Receiver, Oklahoma State

    It's worth noting that I fully expect this pick to be traded when the actual NFL draft rolls around in April. It's too early to predict a trading partner or compensation though, so for now the pick stays in St. Louis and the Rams draft the wide receiver Sam Bradford so badly needs.

    A healthy St. Louis in 2012 would be greatly enhanced by a threat at receiver like Justin Blackmon. Look at the impact A.J. Green has had on the Cincinnati Bengals as a model for what Blackmon could do to help Bradford and the Rams.

    Blackmon went off in Oklahoma State's bowl game, showing the hands and separation to make an impact early in the NFL. He's the total package for an offense that needs a dependable threat to attack the secondary with.

3. Minnesota Vikings

3 of 33

    Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC

    The Minnesota Vikings have the young quarterback to lead this team (Christian Ponder), and the workhorse running back (Adrian Peterson) to carry the load. What they don't have is a franchise left tackle.

    Yes, it's shocking, but Charlie Johnson isn't getting it done on the left side.

    Matt Kalil is not on the same level as Jake Long or Joe Thomas as far as prospects go, but he's a massive upgrade over Charlie Johnson. Kalil would be an opening-day starter on Ponder's left side and allows Minnesota to focus its later picks on improving the talent in the secondary and at wide receiver.

4. Cleveland Browns

4 of 33

    Trent Richardson, Running Back, Alabama

    No, the Browns won't select a quarterback in the first round. At least not this year. Team president Mike Holmgren has said the Browns will go after a quarterback to compete with Colt McCoy, so expect them to look to free agency.

    At running back, Peyton Hillis was average in his contract year, Montario Hardesty can't stay off the trainer's table and Chris Ogbonnaya is a good backup but nothing more than a spot starter.

    Running back is a need in Cleveland, and an early one. 

    With two first-round picks (thanks, Atlanta), the Browns can select the best back in the class (and in many classes prior)—Trent Richardson of Alabama. The Heisman-caliber back has torn through SEC defenses for two seasons and is ready to assault the NFL.

5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

5 of 33

    Morris Claiborne, Cornerback, LSU

    Veteran cornerback Ronde Barber is nearing the end of a great career and may not return. Losing Barber will hurt a defense that's very young and looking for leadership. Even with Barber back for 2012, the team needs to draft a cornerback. 

    Starting opposite Barber is Aqib Talib, who is one more off-field issue away from being shipped out of town.

    Claiborne has quietly emerged as the country's best cover man. He has elite coverage ability and will be an instant star in Tampa Bay on an improving defense.

6. Washington Redskins

6 of 33

    Robert Griffin III, Quarterback, Baylor

    The Washington Redskins have proven over the past few weeks just how badly they need a new quarterback. Rex Grossman and John Beck just can’t get it done.

    Mike Shanahan has built a good offensive line and defense in Washington—now he needs his quarterback.

    In the past, Shanahan has targeted athletic quarterbacks who can get outside the pocket and make plays. He likes players who aren’t afraid to take chances but have the accuracy to pick apart a defense underneath. John Elway and Jay Cutler are his type of players.

    Griffin may not be an Elway-level quarterback, but he’s as good a prospect as Cutler was when Shanahan nabbed him to be his starter in Denver.

    Full disclosure: Washington will most likely have to move up to get Griffin. It's highly unlikely he's still on the board at No. 6 overall. I do expect Washington to lead the trade talks to move up and get RG3.

7. Jacksonville Jaguars

7 of 33

    Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver, South Carolina

    Not every fan will like this pick, but they will once Alshon Jeffery helps save Blaine Gabbert.

    Young quarterbacks need a good wide receiver they can depend on. Cam Newton has Steve Smith. Andy Dalton has A.J. Green. Gabbert needs Jeffery.

    Alshon had a very good showing this season even if his production was down thanks to very bad quarterback play. Not everyone is sold on Jeffery, but count me in the camp who see Alshon as a future All-Pro wide receiver.

8. Carolina Panthers

8 of 33

    David DeCastro, Offensive Guard, Stanford

    The Carolina Panthers would love to see Morris Claiborne, Justin Blackmon or Alshon Jeffery here. They just miss out, but in return they get a player ranked higher than any offensive guard I've scouted in the last decade.

    Adding David DeCastro at guard would solidify an underrated offensive line. With DeCastro between Jordan Gross and Ryan Kalil, the Panthers would quickly have a top-five left side of their line.

    DeCastro is an accomplished right guard at Stanford who is comfortable pulling, trapping and working with a mobile quarterback. He'll be able to step immediately into a starting spot with the Panthers and should be a rookie Pro Bowler.

9. Miami Dolphins

9 of 33

    Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa

    No team is hurt more by the decision of Matt Barkley to return to USC than the Miami Dolphins. With Barkley out of the draft, the Dolphins will sit at No. 9 and find no quarterback of value on the board. Without Barkley in the draft, Miami may go the route of a free-agent quarterback.

    Assuming the Dolphins go after a Matt Flynn-like starter in free agency, they can use this selection to fix the offensive line. 

    Riley Reiff would be a great addition if they can't draft a quarterback here. He would step in at right tackle, where Vernon Carey leaves via free agency, and become an instant starter and an upgrade.

    Reiff compares very well to Nate Solder from the 2011 draft class.

10. Buffalo Bills

10 of 33

    Courtney Upshaw, Outside Linebacker, Alabama

    I know many of you will want a left tackle here and Jonathan Martin is on the board, but Demetrius Bell can be very good if healthy.

    Getting a pass-rusher is something Buffalo has struggled to do for years. Shawne Merriman was a bust at outside linebacker and now the team is playing with out-of-position inside 'backers on the edge. The 2012 draft is weak on pass-rushers, but Courtney Upshaw has the exciting blend of athleticism and playmaking skill to warrant a Top 10 pick.

    Upshaw will step in and be an immediate starter, with the task of attacking Tom Brady twice each season. He has Terrell Suggs-like talent and athleticism. Bills' fans should love this selection.

11. Seattle Seahawks

11 of 33

    Whitney Mercilus, Defensive End, Illinois

    The Seattle Seahawks played themselves out of a chance to draft a quarterback in the first round and were hurt by decisions from Matt Barkley and Landry Jones to return to college. 

    Instead Seattle will look to improve their defensive line and the pass rush by adding the NCAA's sack leader, Whitney Mercilus. The addition of Mercilus will immediately add speed and athleticism to an exciting young defense.

    Mercilus gives Pete Carroll some flexibility. Red Bryant could be moved to defensive tackle. Chris Clemons and Mercilus could split time. No matter how you work it, this adds a new wrinkle to the Seattle defense.

12. Kansas City Chiefs

12 of 33

    Vontaze Burfict, Inside Linebacker, Arizona State

    Drafting an inside linebacker who probably needs some sort of medication for anger issues may seem like a gamble at No. 11. Ask the Baltimore Ravens how they feel about having drafted a sketchy middle linebacker with character issues in the first round of the 1996 NFL draft.

    There were many knocks on Ray Lewis coming out of Miami. There are more on Vontaze Burfict, but the upside is there.

    Pairing Burfict, whose violent hits have marked college football for the last two seasons, with the athletic Derrick Johnson would be epic. Romeo Crennel will want to toughen up his defense. This is a way to do it.

13. Arizona Cardinals

13 of 33

    Jonathan Martin, Offensive Tackle, Stanford

    The Arizona Cardinals have been down this road before. With the No. 5 overall pick in the 2007 draft, the Cardinals were hoping to draft a tackle to protect then-franchise quarterback Matt Leinart. They used the selection on Levi Brown.

    Brown, like Leinart, has been a bust. Even though he’s still starting at left tackle, Brown is the worst left tackle in the league this season. And that’s not just conjecture. Pro Football Focus ranks Brown as the worst tackle in the NFL this season.

    The Cardinals will hope things are better this time around by selecting a player our own Jon Dove thinks is the best left tackle prospect in the class.

14. Dallas Cowboys

14 of 33

    Dre Kirkpatrick, Cornerback, Alabama

    The Dallas Cowboys toyed with the idea of drafting a cornerback last year, but instead struck gold with right tackle Tyron Smith and running back DeMarco Murray. This time around, they'll look to the defensive side of the ball.

    Dallas seems unhappy with Mike Jenkins and Terence Newman, opening up at least one spot in the secondary at cornerback. It's not out of the question to think Dre Kirkpatrick could also be an elite prospect at free safety.

    Kirkpatrick has had a great season for one of the best defenses in college football. He'll make an easy transition to the NFL, especially in a scheme that lets him play off the ball in a zone scheme.

15. Philadelphia Eagles

15 of 33

    Michael Floyd, Wide Receiver, Notre Dame

    The Philadelphia Eagles were supposed to field the best team money could buy this season. Instead, they are on the verge of a coaching change if they don't make the playoffs in 2012.

    With DeSean Jackson's contract expiring and Steve Smith failing to make an impact, the Eagles will be desperate to add a consistent threat for Michael Vick. Michael Floyd has the body type and run-after-catch skills to be very dangerous in Andy Reid's offense.

    This is an area where Philadelphia could also look at linebackers, but no player fits the bill in a 4-3 defense this early.

16. New York Jets

16 of 33

    Nick Perry, Outside Linebacker, USC

    The New York Jets have so many needs that it would almost be easier to tell you what they don’t need. They won’t draft a quarterback, left tackle, middle linebacker or cornerback—that much is certain. Any other position is wide open.

    The biggest need in New York is for a pass-rusher. The team has struggled with free agent Calvin Pace and never got a return from Vernon Gholston or Bryan Thomas here. It’s time to try again.

    Nick Perry is a player I expect to rise up draft boards quickly this year. He's thick, very quick off the ball and has a nose for the backfield.

17. Cincinnati Bengals (Oakland Raiders)

17 of 33

    Cordy Glenn, Offensive Guard, Georgia

    Bobbie Williams has been one of the more underrated guards in football, but the 35-year-old guard is both a free agent and injured. It's unlikely he returns. The team could also use an upgrade over left guard Nate Livings.

    Glenn is a massive lineman with great footwork and the girth to be a major factor in the run game. Glenn has played left tackle at Georgia this season but has the massive body type and strength to be a great fit on the huge Cincinnati Bengal offensive line.

18. San Diego Chargers

18 of 33

    Mike Adams, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State

    At left tackle, Jared Gaither has played very well since being picked up off the street and may earn himself the starting job next season if he's re-signed. Longtime starter Marcus McNeill has serious injury issues that will likely force his retirement.

    Fixing the problem at left tackle is the focus of this pick. Adams is a fast-rising prospect who will catch the eye of NFL scouts with exceptional agility and strength at the position. He's big, has great reach and is quick enough to punch and slide with NFL pass-rushers.

19. Chicago Bears

19 of 33

    Zach Brown, Outside Linebacker, North Carolina

    Outside linebacker may not seem like the biggest need in Chicago, but at this spot there's not an ideal No. 1 wide receiver or a true left tackle prospect.

    One thing is certain, and that's you never know if Lance Briggs is happy with his contract or not. Briggs could force the Bears to move him this summer. The team would also like to upgrade opposite Briggs.

    Zach Brown plays outside linebacker at UNC, and he projects very well to the outside linebacker position in a 4-3 defense like the one in Chicago. He's fast, instinctive and has the ability to track sideline-to-sideline.

20. Tennessee Titans

20 of 33

    Melvin Ingram, Defensive End, South Carolina

    The Tennessee Titan defense has been solid all season, but they rank sixth-worst at sacking the quarterback. The defensive tackles are solid, but bringing in speed and power at defensive end is needed.

    Derrick Morgan, the team's last first-rounder at defensive end, has been a bust and may discourage the front office from pulling the trigger on another defensive end.

    Outside of drafting a cornerback to replace Cortland Finnegan—should he leave in free agency—no other selection makes sense for the Titans.

21. Cincinnati Bengals

21 of 33

    Lamar Miller, Running Back, Miami (FL)

    After an early exit from the playoffs where their lack of a run game was exposed, the Cincinnati Bengals will use their first-rounder to look to find a change-of-pace back to pair with (or replace) Cedric Benson next season.

    Miami's Lamar Miller is the best of the backs left on the board—he ranks as my No. 9 overall player right now.

    Miller is a capable runner, receiver and return man. He's bringing the three "Rs" to Cincinnati, where a speed back is needed to complement Benson's bruising style of play.

22. Cleveland Browns (from Atlanta Falcons)

22 of 33

    Kendall Wright, Wide Receiver, Baylor

    With their first pick the Cleveland Browns grabbed their workhorse running back to fuel the offense. With their second pick they will look to continue adding to the O.

    Their second-rounder from last year, Greg Little, has some potential, but outside of him there is no one worth building around at wide receiver. Colt McCoy needs help, and it should come in the form of a first-round wide receiver.

    Kendall Wright would give Cleveland a legitimate No. 2 wide receiver to work opposite Little, who had a good enough rookie season to think he's a true option at No. 1.

23. Detroit Lions

23 of 33

    Peter Konz, Center, Wisconsin

    The Detroit Lions would love to find a left tackle on the board, but no player of value is on the board. This means Detroit will move on to need No. 2.

    Some may say a cornerback or even a running back would be the better pick. I disagree.

    Wisconsin's All-American center Peter Konz hasn't yet declared for the 2012 NFL draft, but once he does, he'll carry a first-round grade.

    General manager Martin Mayhew generally drafts for the best player on their board, but Dominic Raiola's career is nearing the end. Detroit could look to upgrade at center through the draft if a player as talented as Konz is on the board with pick No. 23.

24. Pittsburgh Steelers

24 of 33

    Dontari Poe, Nose Tackle, Memphis

    Casey Hampton has been one of the best nose tackles in the NFL over the past decade, but his time is wearing out. The Pittsburgh Steelers have spent two of their last three first-round picks drafting future starters at defensive end. They will round out their new defensive line with the selection of Dontari Poe this year.

    Poe is a massive body with the strength to command a double-team from the center-guard combination. He's also quick enough to shoot the gap and makes plays in the backfield.

    Poe has the talent and body style to have a career similar to Sione Pouha of the New York Jets.

25. Denver Broncos

25 of 33

    Stephon Gilmore, Cornerback, South Carolina

    If you're new to this space, you'll be glad to find that I'm a big fan of Stephon Gilmore. The Denver Broncos will be too.

    Champ Bailey has to retire eventually. When he does the team needs an elite cover man ready to step in for him. If Denver doesn't go defensive tackle in Round 1, cornerback makes the most sense.

    Gilmore is the best on the board, and his ability as a returner and cornerback will have the team ready to sign him up.

26. New York Giants

26 of 33

    Luke Kuechly, Inside Linebacker, Boston College

    The New York Giants have a fierce defense, but they could use more speed and more coverage ability from their linebackers. The team needs a big upgrade in the middle. Luke Kuechly is a great fit at inside linebacker in this system.

    Kuechly is a major tackling machine, but he will have to play behind a defensive line that can help protect him from traffic. There's even a possibility he would make the move to outside linebacker once in the NFL.

27. Houston Texans

27 of 33

    Nick Toon, Wide Receiver, Wisconsin

    The Houston Texans, if healthy, should be considered Super Bowl contenders in 2012. To make those dreams a reality, Houston needs to find and develop options at wide receiver other than Andre Johnson.

    Jacoby Jones has been a fine No. 2 receiver, but the team needs a burner in the slot who can stretch a defense and create mismatches. 

    Nick Toon isn't a big mismatch due to speed, but he's a smart route runner and someone who can great problems due to his crisp change of direction and sure hands.


28. New England Patriots (from New Orleans Saints)

28 of 33

    Devon Still, Defensive End, Penn State

    This draft pick is made with the thought that the New England Patriots will go back to their popular 3-4 defense.

    Still has potential as he can play both defensive end in a 3-4 defense or defensive tackle in a 4-3 scheme. We all know Bill Belichick loves his versatility, and Still brings a ton. If New England stays with a 4-3 front, Still would step in at the three-technique position next to Vince Wilfork.

    With two first-rounders this year, expect New England to actually use this pick and potentially trade the other.

29. Baltimore Ravens

29 of 33

    Chandler Jones, Defensive End/Outside Linebacker, Syracuse

    The Baltimore Ravens could look at multiple positions here, but the team has a solid draft history: They find talent that fits their system. Chandler Jones fits their system.

    Jones has ability to stay down as a defensive end or stand up as an outside linebacker. He brings speed and violence to the position. 

    The Ravens won't want to lose Jarrett Johnson at outside linebacker, but they could live without him. Johnson has been brilliant this season and will command big money on the open market. If he leaves, Jones makes even more sense at outside linebacker.

30. San Francisco 49ers

30 of 33

    Alfonzo Dennard, Cornerback, Nebraska

    Carlos Rogers has been a top-five free-agent signing this season. The 49ers will want to offer him a three- to-four-year deal this summer and hope he's interested in returning. Even with Rogers back for another season, drafting for depth and more talent opposite Rogers is an early need.

    Alfonzo Dennard is the best senior cornerback in this class. He doesn't have great size, but Dennard makes up for it with strong play off the line and a great leaping ability. He's tough against the run and in press coverage and would be a great fit in the 49ers scheme.

31. New England Patriots

31 of 33

    Ronnell Lewis, Outside Linebacker, Oklahoma

    When the New England Patriots have two first-round selections, Bill Belichick has never traded the first of those picks. The second, he's not afraid to move. 

    Chances are this pick will not belong to New England by the time the pick comes up on the clock, but should Belichick buck history and decide to hold on to the selection, the team could do worse than adding a pass-rushing threat like Ronnell Lewis.

    Lewis is a true boom-or-bust prospect. He flashes great athleticism and ideal measureables for the 3-4 defense, but he's also been hurt off and on. A solid medical at the NFL Scouting Combine will help.

     


32. Green Bay Packers

32 of 33

    Chris Polk, Running Back, Washington

    There may be other needs bigger for the Green Bay Packers, like cornerback, but this pick brings the most value.

    Ryan Grant may re-sign with the team, but there's the off chance he leaves or isn't wanted back. Alex Green hasn't shown anything in his rookie season, and James Starks is a complementary back only. Chris Polk has legitimate feature-back skills.

    Polk is big, strong, fast and one hell of a receiver out of the backfield. He's the perfect dual threat for the very flexible Green Bay offense. 

    If this were a pick in the NBA, David Stern would outlaw it on the grounds that it's unfair to the other teams.


Round 2

33 of 33

    Pick 33 - St. Louis Rams

    Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State

    Notes: Jerel Worthy gives the St. Louis defense an immediate impact and upgrade at defensive tackle. He's the presence the team needs in the middle of their defense.


    Pick 34 - Indianapolis Colts

    Brandon Thompson, Defensive Tackle, Clemson

    Notes: The Colts find a second rookie starter in Thompson, the ideal three-technique defensive tackle for their defense.

     

    Pick 35 - Minnesota Vikings

    Jared Crick, Defensive Tackle, Nebraska

    Note: Crick is a first-rounder if healthy, but a torn pectoral muscle could hurt his draft stock.

     

    Pick 36 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers

    Mohamed Sanu, Wide Receiver, Rutgers

    Note: If the Buccaneers want to rediscover Josh Freeman, they need to give him help at wide receiver.  

     

    Pick 37 - Cleveland Browns

    Brandon Washington, Offensive Guard, Miami (FL)

    Note: Brandon Washington left Miami early, but he's ready for the NFL. He's big, fluid and athletic. He's a rookie starter at right guard. 

     

    Pick 38 - Jacksonville Jaguars

    Vinny Curry, Defensive End, Marshall

    Note: The lack of a pass rush on the edge limited the Jaguars' defense in 2011. Curry has Elvis Dumervil or Robert Mathis-style talent. 

     

    Pick 39 - Washington Redskins

    Mark Barron, Strong Safety, Alabama

    Note: If LaRon Landry chooses to leave town, the Redskins will need to make major upgrades. Barron would be that upgrade.

     

    Pick 40 - Miami Dolphins

    Nick Foles, Quarterback, Arizona

    Note: The Dolphins missed out on a quarterback in Round 1, but land a potential rookie starter with Nick Foles. 

     

    Pick 41 - Carolina Panthers

    Quinton Coples, Defensive End, North Carolina

    Note: Greg Hardy hasn't been the impact the team hoped he would be at left end. Coples can play left end and, in a worst-case scenario, play some defensive tackle.

     

    Pick 42 - Buffalo Bills

    Orson Charles, Tight End, Georgia

    Note: Buffalo gives Ryan Fitzpatrick help at tight end instead of drafting a potential replacement for him. 

     

    Pick 43 - Kansas City Chiefs

    Zebrie Sanders, Offensive Tackle, FSU

    Note: Sanders has played both left and right tackle at Florida State. He's an immediate upgrade over Barry Richardson on the right side

     

    Pick 44 - Seattle Seahawks

    Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Michigan State

    Note: No quarterback in Round 1 means Pete Carroll finds his future franchise quarterback in the second round.  

     

    Pick 45 - Dallas Cowboys

    Robert Lester, Free Safety, Alabama

    Note: Lester hasn't declared yet, but when and if he does he'll be the No. 1 free safety prospect in the class. 

     

    Pick 46 - Philadelphia Eagles

    Lavonte David, Outside Linebacker, Nebraska

    Note: Speed on defense is a major need for Philadelphia. David, combined with Mark Barron, will immediately fix problems on the Eagle defense. 

     

    Pick 47 - New York Jets

    Billy Winn, Defensive End, Boise State

    Note: A big-bodied end with the strength to line up opposite Muhammad Wilkerson at end in the Jets' 3-4 defense. 

     

    Pick 48 - New England Patriots (from Oakland Raiders)

    Jamell Fleming, Cornerback, Oklahoma

    Note: Fleming is a fast-rising player on draft boards. He's an ideal fit at cornerback in the New England scheme.

     

    Pick 49 - San Diego Chargers

    Andre Branch, Outside Linebacker, Clemson

    Note: Replacing the rotation opposite Shaun Phillips is a need. Antwan Barnes is at best a situational player. Branch is an every-down starter.

     

    Pick 50 - Chicago Bears

    Andrew Datko, Offensive Tackle, FSU

    Note: Jay Cutler will be back in 2012, but if the Bears want to make another run at the Super Bowl they need better protection. Datko was a first-round talent before injury. 

     

    Pick 51 - Philadelphia Eagles (from Arizona Cardinals)

    Dwayne Allen, Tight End, Clemson

    Note: The Eagles have surprisingly few needs. Getting an athletic pass-catcher at tight end would help out the Philadelphia passing game immensely. 

     

    Pick 52 - Tennessee Titans

    Kelechi Osemele, Offensive Guard, Iowa State

    Note: The Titans' interior offensive line needs remade. Osemele has an NFL body and is ready to start. 

     

    Pick 53 - Cincinnati Bengals

    Jayron Hosley, Cornerback, Virginia Tech

    Note: Cincinnati missed Leon Hall in the playoffs. They really miss Johnathan Joseph. Hosley helps both areas. 

     

    Pick 54 - Atlanta Falcons

    Coby Fleener, Tight End, Stanford

    Note: Tony Gonzalez has one season left in him. Fleener doesn't fill an immediate need, but few players left on the board would help Atlanta right away.

     

    Pick 55 - Detroit Lions

    Bobby Wagner, Outside Linebacker, Utah State

    Note: The Lions' defense is good, but they found out they're not ready to stand up against an elite offense. Getting faster at outside linebacker is a major step in the right direction.

     

    Pick 56 - Pittsburgh Steelers

    Chase Minnfield, Cornerback, Virginia

    Note: Tim Tebow is still completing deep balls against Pittsburgh. They need help at cornerback.  

     

    Pick 57 - Denver Broncos

    David Wilson, Running Back, Virginia Tech

    Note: Willis McGahee looked good in 2011. Wilson gives the team speed and a true backup who can stretch a defense. 

     

    Pick 58 - New York Giants

    Nate Potter, Offensive Tackle, Boise State

    Note: William Beatty hasn't stuck at left tackle yet. Nate Potter has the skills to play tackle or possibly guard. 

     

    Pick 59 - Houston Texans

    Sylvester Williams, Nose Tackle, North Carolina

    Note: Williams hasn't entered the draft yet, but if he does he'll become a top nose tackle prospect. He's a logical replacement in the middle of the defense.

     

    Pick 60 - New Orleans Saints

    Keenan Robinson, Outside Linebacker, Texas

    Note: Keenan Robinson brings something the Saints don't have right now: speed on defense.

     

    Pick 61 - Baltimore Ravens

    Kevin Zeitler, Offensive Guard, Wisconsin

    Note: Ben Grubbs will hit free agency this summer and is expected to ask for big money. If he goes, Zeitler would be an instant impact replacing him at left guard.

     

    Pick 62 - San Francisco 49ers

    Jarius Wright, Wide Receiver, Arkansas

    Note: The 49ers will need a wide receiver after cutting Braylon Edwards and with Josh Morgan coming off IR and becoming a free agent. 

     

    Pick 63 - New England Patriots

    Brian Quick, Wide Receiver, Appalachian State

    Note: Quick has the size and hands to be the outside wide receiver the New England Patriots need to draw attention away from their inside game.

     

    Pick 64 - Green Bay Packers

    Fletcher Cox, Defensive End, Mississippi State

    Note: Fletcher Cox isn't as high on my board as others. I see him filling a role similar to B.J. Raji here—moving around between end and tackle.