2012 NFL Mock Draft: Updated Round 2 and 3 Projections
The first round of the 2012 NFL draft was filled with a ton of surprises. Topping the list was the Seattle Seahawks' selection of West Virginia's Bruce Irvin. He's a talented player, but it would have made more sense late in the second round.
This year's draft class fosters a lot of surprise picks. The second round promises to add more shocking and surprise picks.
The St. Louis Rams have the best opportunity to improve their team in the second round. Keep an eye on this team, because they can make a really big jump next season.
No. 33: St. Louis Rams
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Pick: Stephen Hill, Wide Receiver, Georgia Tech
The St. Louis Rams absolutely need to add some playmakers to the offensive side of the ball. Stephen Hill has the size and quickness needed to develop into a true No. 1 receiver in the NFL. Sam Bradford's development depends heavily on the Rams' ability to add a wide receiver.
Hill is a bit raw, but he boasts enough athletic ability to make an instant impact. He fits in nicely with the other, smaller receivers on the Rams roster.
Adding Michael Brockers in Round 1 forces the Rams to target offense in the second round.
No. 34: Indianapolis Colts
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Pick: Coby Fleener, Tight End, Stanford
Andrew Luck is going to be an excellent NFL quarterback, but that transition will be made easier with Coby Fleener in the mix. Luck's experience at Stanford heavily involved the use of tight ends and play-action. Adding Fleener would make his transition to the NFL easier.
Fleener is a wide receiver in a tight end's body who knows how to make plays in the passing game. The Colts are far from contending, which means making their franchise quarterback comfortable is important.
No. 35: Baltimore Ravens (from MIN)
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Pick: Peter Konz, Center, Wisconsin
If the Baltimore Ravens had selected Peter Konz in the first round, nobody would have questioned the pick. However, adding him in the second round classifies as an absolute steal. The Ravens need an immediate solution at guard and a long-term solution at center.
Konz is not only a heady player, but also a guy who can move defenders off the line. This is a pick that will help the Ravens continue their success in the AFC North.
No. 36: Denver Broncos (from TB)
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Pick: Devon Still, Defensive Tackle, Penn State
This is another pick that would have made sense in the first round. The Denver Broncos need a defensive tackle who can penetrate the pocket. Devon Still is one of the most disruptive defensive linemen in the entire 2012 draft class.
Still will bring the pressure from the middle, and Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil will bring it from the edge. This is a player with first-round talent who slipped to the second round because of the rise of other prospects.
No. 37: Cleveland Browns
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Pick: Alshon Jeffery, Wide Receiver, South Carolina
The Cleveland Browns passed on the opportunity to add Justin Blackmon but still find a playmaking wide receiver in this draft. Alshon Jeffery brings size and leaping ability to a roster that needs a player that can create on his own.
At one point, Jeffery was considered a lock for the top 10. However, his stock dropped because of questions about his dedication to the sport. These concerns might warrant attention, but he's too talented of a player to drop any further.
No. 38: Jacksonville Jaguars
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Pick: Vinny Curry, Defensive End, Marshall
The Jacksonville Jaguars need to come out of this draft with a playmaking wide receiver and a pass-rusher. Adding Justin Blackmon in the first round gives this team a legitimate outside threat. However, adding Vinny Curry in the second round could be the highlight of the Jaguars' class.
Curry is an underrated athlete who excels at pressuring the quarterback. However, his real strength is his ability to anticipate the snap and beat the offensive line off the ball. There's no doubt in my mind that Curry will contend for double-digit sacks every season.
No. 39: St. Louis Rams (from WAS)
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Pick: Lavonte David, Linebacker, Nebraska
Whatever team lands Lavonte David in the second round is getting an elite playmaker. He makes plays all over the field and is always in the right position. David might be undersized, but he'll instantly be one of the best defensive players in the NFL.
Some undersized players struggle in the NFL, but David is both quick enough and savvy enough to overcome the odds. St. Louis would team David with James Laurinaitis to form one of the top linebacker duos in the league.
No. 40: Carolina Panthers
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Pick: Jerel Worthy, Defensive Tackle, Michigan State
The Carolina Panthers need to add talent to the front seven of their defense, and that's exactly what they will accomplish in this draft. Luke Kuechly is a leader and a playmaker, and Jerel Worthy will only increase his productivity.
Worthy can both penetrate the pocket and occupy blockers. He's a multi-dimensional player who can be utilized in any defensive scheme. Cam Newton has enough offensive weapons, and this team will find success because of an improved defense.
Picks No. 41 to No. 51
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41. Buffalo Bills—Rueben Randle, Wide Receiver, LSU
42. Miami Dolphins—Cordy Glenn, Offensive Lineman, Georgia
43. Seattle Seahawks—Bobby Massie, Offensive Tackle, Ole Miss
44. Kansas City Chiefs—Courtney Upshaw, Linebacker, Alabama
45. St. Louis Rams (from DAL)—Lamar Miller, Running Back, Miami (FL)
46. Philadelphia Eagles—Brandon Taylor, Cornerback, LSU
47. New York Jets—Jonathan Martin, Offensive Lineman, Stanford
48. New England Patriots (from OAK)—Janoris Jenkins, Cornerback, North Alabama
49. San Diego Chargers—Mike Adams, Offensive Tackle, Ohio State
50. Chicago Bears—Amini Silatolu, Guard, Midwestern State
51. Philadelphia Eagles (from ARZ)—Zach Brown, Linebacker, UNC
Picks No. 52 to No. 63
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52. Tennessee Titans—Andre Branch, Defensive End, Clemson
53. Cincinnati Bengals—Kendall Reyes, Defensive Lineman, Connecticut
54. Detroit Lions—Josh Robinson, Cornerback, UCF
55. Atlanta Falcons—Billy Winn, Defensive Lineman, Boise State
56. Pittsburgh Steelers—Mychal Kendricks, Linebacker, Cal
57. Denver Broncos—LaMichael James, Running Back, Oregon
58. Houston Texans—Alameda Ta'amu, Defensive Tackle, Washington
59. Green Bay Packers—Trumaine Johnson, Defensive Back, Montana
60. Baltimore Ravens—Brandon Thompson, Defensive Lineman, Clemson
61. San Francisco 49ers—Jamell Fleming, Cornerback, Oklahoma
62. New England Patriots—Mike Martin, Defensive Lineman, Michigan
63. New York Giants—Dwayne Allen, Tight End, Clemson
Picks No. 64 to No. 74
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64. Indianapolis Colts—Bobby Wagner, Linebacker, Utah State
65. St. Louis Rams—Casey Hayward, Cornerback, Vanderbilt
66. Minnesota Vikings—James-Michael Johnson, Linebacker, Nevada
67. Cleveland Browns—Jeff Allen, Offensive Lineman, Illinois
68. Tampa Bay Buccaneers—Kelechi Osemele, Offensive Lineman, Iowa State
69. Washington Redskins—Mitchell Schwartz, Offensive Tackle, Cal
70. Jacksonville Jaguars—Bernard Pierce, Running Back, Temple
71. Buffalo Bills—Nick Foles, Quarterback, Arizona State
72. Miami Dolphins—Orson Charles, Tight End, Georgia
73. Miami Dolphins (from CHI)—Malik Jackson, Defensive Lineman, Tennessee
74. Kansas City Chiefs—Tyrone Crawford, Defensive Lineman, Boise State
Picks No. 75 to No. 85
75. Seattle Seahawks—Zebrie Sanders, Offensive Lineman, Florida State
76. Houston Texans (from PHI)—Mohamed Sanu, Wide Receiver, Rutgers
77. New York Jets—Chris Polk, Running Back, Washington
78. San Diego Chargers—Brian Quick, Wide Receiver, Appalachian State
79. Chicago Bears—Ron Brooks, Cornerback, LSU
80. Arizona Cardinals—Ronnell Lewis, Linebacker, Oklahoma
81. Dallas Cowboys—Joe Looney, Offensive Lineman, Wake Forest
82. Tennessee Titans—Mike Daniels, Defensive Lineman, Iowa
83. Cincinnati Bengals—Josh Norman, Defensive Back, Coastal Carolina
84. Atlanta Falcons—Brandon Brooks, Offensive Lineman, Miami (OH)
85. Detroit Lions—Tommy Streeter, Wide Receiver, Miami (FL)
Picks No. 86 to No. 95
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86. Pittsburgh Steelers—Josh Chapman, Defensive Lineman, Alabama
87. Denver Broncos—Ben Jones, Center, Georgia
88. Philadelphia Eagles (from HOU)—Kirk Cousins, Quarterback, Michigan State
89. New Orleans Saints—Terrell Manning, Linebacker, NC State
90. Green Bay Packers—Jayron Hosley, Cornerback, Virginia Tech
91. Baltimore Ravens—Jonathan Massaquoi, Linebacker, Troy
92. San Francisco 49ers—Marvin Jones, Wide Receiver, Cal
93. Cincinnati Bengals (from NE)—Adam Gettis, Offensive Lineman, Iowa
94. New York Giants—Audie Cole, Linebacker, NC State
95. Oakland Raiders—Cam Johnson, Defensive End, Virginia