2012 NFL Mock Draft: Predictions for Rounds 2 and 3

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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Predictions for Rounds 2 and 3
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Upshaw was an appalling miss last night. Who gets him now?

Round 1 of the 2012 National Football League draft is in the books.  I hope it lived up to all of the drama, intrigue, suspense and revelry for each of you.  It sure did for me.  There was also an added emotion for me in the form of disappointment over how many teams evaluated and chose poorly in my estimation.

How about Bruce Irvin to the Seattle Seahawks with the 15th selection?

There were eight first-round draft-day trades.  Did the Dallas Cowboys overpay to move up eight picks in order to choose Morris Claiborne and, either way, will he be enough to catapult them back to the playoffs?

With the initial stanza out of the way, the savvy fanalyst knows that the meat-and-potatoes selections on day two are the nourishment that can feed the value of an organization's draft class for the ensuing four- to five-year window.

Not only can impact starters (Eric Weddle, Marshall Yanda, Jermichael Finley) be found in this area of the class, but also crucial early-career depth that contributes to a playoff-qualifying or even championship-winning team.

Whet your appetite for Friday's draft action in the following eight slides that mocks every pick in Rounds 2 and 3, priming you for some of the famous players that fell out of Round 1, great values who will outproduce their draft slots, as well as picks that fill needs or serve as high-risk/high-reward plays at this point.

*I will not be predicting trades in this exercise.

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