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NFL Draft 2012: Second-Round Prospects Who Will Blossom in Pros

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NFL Draft 2012: Second-Round Prospects Who Will Blossom in Pros
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We all know who is slated to land in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, but there are plenty of stars to be found beyond the Top 32.

So much attention is placed on first-rounders, and for good reason, but being a second-round pick isn't exactly something to be ashamed of.

Here's a look at my top second-round picks who I believe will blossom in the NFL.

 

3. Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut

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Kendall Reyes is still a work-in-progress, but he's flashed enough eye-popping plays to show that he can be a dominant player at the next level. He has great quickness, flies to the ball and has the versatility to play multiple spots.

Beyond that, Reyes is a true team player. He was a two-time team captain at UConn and he's an intelligent, coachable prospect. He has the potential to surprise in the NFL.

2. Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

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Most of Janoris Jenkins' drop in draft stock has to do with character concerns, but he said the right things in interviews at the combine and he's a Top-15 talent on the field.

Jenkins may need a veteran-laden team to mature, but it's hard to ignore his ability as a cover corner, as well as his quickness, speed and tackling ability.

There's a chance he gets grabbed in the first round, but it's up in the air at this point.

1. David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

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For many, there is an elite running back in the draft in Trent Richardson, and then there's everybody else. But David Wilson is a dynamic talent who showed at the NFL combine why he figures to translate nicely to the NFL.

Wilson not only recorded a 41-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot broad jump at the combine–tops among running backs–he also ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds.

Wilson is an explosive talent whose balance and creativity in the backfield makes him a potential game-changer in the pros. He still needs to learn patience and taking what the defense gives him, but he has tons of potential.

 

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