2012 NFL Mock Draft: Easiest Choices for Round 2 Selections
The first round is in the books. The football world is already chiming in with thoughts on the winners and losers of the draft process.
There were no surprises at the top, but once Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III were off the board, the madness began.
There were tons of trades and movement, and much of that changed the second round of the draft.
With the draft order set—for the time being, at least—here are the picks that appear to be no-brainers at this point, within a second-round mock draft.
(Spotlighted teams and players are italicized.)
33. St. Louis Rams: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
The Rams did not address the WR position at all in the first round. They traded back and took DT Michael Brockers at No. 14.
They still need to get Sam Bradford a big-time target. Stephen Hill has the talent and size to be that guy. His lack of collegiate production landed him here.
Who are you most surprised didn't go on Day 1?
The Rams need to make this the first selection of the second round.
34. Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
The Colts would do well to not only get Andrew Luck a capable and dangerous weapon at TE, but to have that weapon be his college teammate.
Fleener could ultimately end up being Luck's favorite target for years to come. This should be a no-brainer for the Colts.
35. Baltimore Ravens: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Matt Birk is 35 years old—the Ravens need to address the center position now.
Originally I thought they would make this selection in the first round, but it turns out they didn't have to.
There is no reason to neglect this obvious position of need on Day 2 of the draft. Konz should be the pick here.
36. Denver Broncos: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Still was once considered a possible first-round pick, but he has slipped. This would be a nice pick for Denver.
37. Cleveland Browns: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
The Browns took a QB and RB in the first round. They may as well remake the other key skill position by drafting Randle here.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
The Jags took their WR on Day 1 in Justin Blackmon. Now they can grab a pass-rusher.
39. St. Louis Rams: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
It seems the Rams were torn between a wide receiver, tackle and pass-rusher. They took Brockers on Day 1—if they take Stephen Hill with the 33rd pick, that only leaves the OT on the early agenda.
Many teams still believe in Adams, and the Rams could and should pull the trigger on this pick.
40. Carolina Panthers: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Jeffery could be an excellent complement to Steve Smith and a great weapon downfield for Cam Newton.
41. Buffalo Bills: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
Brown has very good athleticism and could be a good pass-rusher in Buffalo.
42. Miami Dolphins: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
Curry has solid upside, and had he gone to a bigger school, he may have been a Day 1 pick. As it is, it could be a steal for the Dolphins.
43. Seattle Seahawks: Chris Polk, RB, Washington
The Seahawks do have Marshawn Lynch, but Polk could offer tremendous depth for them at RB.
44. Kansas City Chiefs: Cordy Glenn, G, Georgia
A player I had originally tabbed as a first-round pick has slipped. The Chiefs could take him here. I think he is the second best guard in the draft.
45. St. Louis Rams: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (FL)
The Rams can continue their solid draft by grabbing an eventual replacement for Steven Jackson.
46. Philadelphia Eagles: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Jenkins has Day 1 talent, but he also has some serious off-the-field concerns. The Eagles could be getting a major steal here.
47. New York Jets: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
The Jets need a wide receiver badly. They have a ton of uncertainty at the position, and Sanu is a very solid prospect.
48. New England Patriots: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Hosley has exceptional speed, but he and Vontaze Burfict reportedly failed drug tests prior to the draft. If he can erase the character concerns, this would be a solid pick.
49. San Diego Chargers: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, Cal
San Diego could stand to add some depth to their O-Line. Schwartz is a good pick for the Bolts here.
50. Chicago Bears: Mychal Kendricks, LB, Cal
I love Kendricks' ferocious play and his speed. He seems a little undersized, and that could be what has him as a Day 2 pick—at best. But I have liked him all season, and the Bears could have a starter at strong-side linebacker.
His athleticism and passion would make him an upgrade over Nick Roach, in my opinion.
Ultimately, he could replace Brian Urlacher in the middle.
51. Philadelphia Eagles: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
The Eagles have to take a backup QB, and I like Cousins a little better than Brock Osweiler.
52. Tennessee Titans: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
Robinson is an exceptional athlete who could help on special teams, as well as in pass coverage.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Juron Criner, WR, Arizona
Criner has some ability, and the Bengals need to get some other weapons in the passing game besides A.J. Green and Jermaine Gresham.
54. Detroit Lions: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
In my opinion, the Lions needed a CB on Day 1, but I can't blame them for taking Riley Reiff to protect Matt Stafford. Here they could address the need in the secondary with Johnson.
55. Atlanta Falcons: Kelechi Osemele, OT/OG, Iowa State
Osemele is a beast; strong and nasty. This would be a great pick to help the Falcons get back to a power style on offense.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Kevin Zeitler, OG, Wisconsin
The Steelers run game could get a boost from this pick. Zeitler is a talented guard prospect with the prerequisite mean streak.
57. Denver Broncos: LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
James' playmaking ability should be attractive to the Broncos. He's a solid receiving option out of the backfield.
58. Houston Texans: Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington
Ta'amu is a perfect fit for the 3-4 scheme. He's a strong run-stuffing DT.
59. Green Bay Packers: Kendall Reyes, DE/DT, Connecticut
Reyes is an underrated prospect, in my opinion. I watched him dominate games for UConn this past season. He has pass-rush potential and this could be a steal for the Packers.
60. Baltimore Ravens: Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (OH)
The Ravens could continue rebuilding their O-Line with this pick. Brooks and Konz in the same draft could solidify the line for some time.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Upshaw is a first-round talent in my opinion. He could be a nice backup for Ahmad Brooks.
62. New England Patriots: Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
With Matt Light retiring, Sanders is a solid draft pick. He has some talent and an O-Lineman's mentality.
63. New York Giants: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
Tight end has become a position of need for the Giants. Dwayne Allen is an exceptional athlete—if he can turn his physical gifts into football gifts, he could be a player.
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