2012 NFL Draft Results: 10 Prospects Chosen on Day 2 Who Could Start from Day 1
With the second day of the 2012 NFL draft in the books, we're officially nearing the end of draft season.
While the second and third rounds weren't quite as shocking as the first round, we certainly saw some teams make head-scratching moves. However, there were definitely teams that were able to improve their rosters greatly by selecting prospects who will be able to step in and play instantly.
Here is a look at the 10 prospects chosen on day two who could start from day one.
Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Selected: 35th Pick by Baltimore Ravens
Courtney Upshaw was definitely a first-round talent, but thanks to some interesting picks (Seattle Seahawks), he didn't hear his name called until the second round.
The versatility that Upshaw brings to the field is what will make him so successful from day one in the NFL. He has the ability to play both outside linebacker and defensive end. In Baltimore, the Ravens will likely expect Upshaw to replace Jarret Johnson at outside linebacker.
While Upshaw's overall talent is great, it's the fact that he got drafted by the Ravens that will make him such an impact player as a rookie. Being able to spend an entire offseason with players like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Terrell Suggs and Haloti Ngata will be huge for the development of Upshaw.
Look for Upshaw to be in the thick of the Defensive Rookie of the Year race.
Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Selected: 34th Pick by Indianapolis Colts
While Coby Fleener would have likely been successful wherever he went, the fact that he'll team up with his college quarterback in Indianapolis will be huge for his production as a rookie.
With the Colts losing Jacob Tamme and Dallas Clark in the offseason, they absolutely needed to find a starting tight end, and Fleener was the best at the position in this year's draft. He has some serious growing to do as a blocker, but as a receiver, he could put up gigantic numbers as a rookie.
Not only will Fleener acclimate to the professional game quicker thanks to playing with Andrew Luck, but he could become one of the top tight ends in the league for that same exact reason.
Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia
Selected: 41st Pick by Buffalo Bills
There were some major questions concerning whether Cordy Glenn would be best served as an offensive tackle or guard in the NFL, but with Buffalo, it won't really matter.
Due to the offense that the Bills run where the ball comes out extremely quick on pass plays, Glenn will only need to be able to get initial contact on his man, which he does extremely well. Also, Glenn's overall athleticism and his ability to get out into space and find a defender in the run game will allow him to start instantly for Buffalo.
While Glenn may never become an All-Pro player, he will certainly be a serviceable starter from day one for Buffalo.
Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Selected: 55th Pick by Atlanta Falcons
This might have been the best pick of the entire second day.
Not only will Peter Konz be able to come in and play from day one at either center or guard for the Falcons, but he has the potential be a perennial fixture on the All-Pro team.
Many expected Konz to go in the first round, but the fact that he lasted midway through the second round is just ridiculous. Konz will instantly upgrade the Falcons offensive line, making them one of the best units in the league.
Kelechi Osemele, OG/OT, Iowa State
Selected: 60th Pick by Baltimore Ravens
The Ravens strike again in the second round by drafting a player who will be able to instantly fill the void left by Ben Grubbs heading to the New Orleans Saints in the offseason.
While Kelechi Osemele is still a little raw, he is ridiculously athletic and an absolute mauler in the run game. It wouldn't be a surprise if he instantly becomes one of Ray Rice's best friends.
Osemele will start from day one for Baltimore, and could eventually develop as one of the best offensive linemen in this year's draft.
Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
Selected: 43rd Pick by New York Jets
While it would have been nice to see Stephen Hill get paired with a better quarterback, if there is one thing that Mark Sanchez can do well, it's throw the ball down the field.
This is where the Jets will plan on using Hill extensively. He'll provide New York with another deep-ball threat for Sanchez, and his athleticism and ability to go up and get the ball could turn Hill into Sanchez's favorite target rather quickly.
There are numerous areas for Hill to improve, namely in his route-running ability, but his size, speed and athleticism will definitely allow him to get on the field for New York from day one.
Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Selected: 56th Pick by Pittsburgh Steelers
The Steelers fielded one of the worst offensive lines in the entire NFL, and they used their first two picks in David DeCastro and Mike Adams to improve that unit.
There were some character concerns regarding Adams, specifically a failed drug test before the combine. Had that incident not taken place, Adams probably would have heard his name called in the first round.
Adams is a mammoth of an individual, and while he hasn't shown elite strength, he has enough athleticism and ability to start at right tackle in Pittsburgh right away. He'll team with DeCastro to perform one of the better young tandems on an offensive line in the league.
Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Selected: 39th Pick by St. Louis Rams
Considered by some as the best cornerback in this year's draft, the Rams getting Janoris Jenkins in the second round was an absolute steal.
Of course, Jenkins has major off-field issues, but as a pure player, there is no doubting his talent. One look at how he completely shut down A.J. Green and Julio Jones while playing for Florida, and you know this is going to be a special player as long as he can keep his head on straight.
Being coached by Jeff Fisher will only make Jenkins better, and he could become a shutdown cornerback early in his career.
Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Selected: 51st Pick by Green Bay Packers
Jerel Worthy was one of the most NFL-ready defensive tackles heading into the draft. However, he doesn't have an extremely high ceiling, which is why he dropped into the second round.
With the Packers having a huge need on their defensive line, Worthy should get a chance to start right away. What will make him such an asset to Green Bay is his ability to get after the quarterback. He has great power and agility that allows him to get penetration into the backfield.
Worthy will need to show effort in Green Bay, but as long as he does that, he should produce at a high level during his first year in the league.
Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
Selected: 66th Pick by Minnesota Vikings
Due to the lack of talent in that unit, Josh Robinson will get a chance to start right away for Minnesota at cornerback. He's an elite athlete with a ridiculous amount of speed and quickness to his game.
He'll need to get stronger and improve his footwork, but he'll be able to stick to faster receivers and be a huge help to Minnesota against the deep ball.