2012 NFL Mock Draft: Projecting the Second and Third Rounds

Wes StueveContributor IIIApril 27, 2012

AUBURN, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Courtney Upshaw #41 of the Alabama Crimson Tide reacts after a defensive stop against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan-Hare Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Auburn, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The first round of the 2012 NFL draft is over, and that means one thing.

It's time for Rounds 2 and 3.

Teams will be wheeling and dealing, addressing the needs they failed to fix in the first round. There will be shockers and there will be obvious picks.

It's the NFL draft, and we wouldn't have it any other way.

33. St. Louis Rams: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU

The Rams didn't get Justin Blackmon in Round 1, and Randle is a great fit with quarterback Sam Bradford.

34. Indianapolis Colts: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

Dwight Freeny's time in Indianapolis seems to be limited, and Upshaw is perfect for the Colts as they transition to a 3-4 defense.

35. Baltimore Ravens (from Minnesota): Cordy Glenn, OG, Georgia

After losing Ben Grubbs, the Ravens are without a left guard. Glenn could feasibly play tackle, as well.

36. Denver Broncos (from Tampa Bay): Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin

Peyton Manning needs an intelligent center to run his offense, and Konz is reportedly a genius at the whiteboard.

37. Cleveland Browns: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

Cleveland continues to retool its offense by adding a legitimate deep threat in Hill.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall

The Jaguars' pass rush is awful, and they haven't done much to improve it. Curry is a classic Gene Smith pick.

39. St. Louis Rams (from Washington): Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss

St. Louis struggled to protect Bradford in 2011, and Massie would be an upgrade at right or left tackle.

40. Carolina Panthers: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida

While Carolina's secondary is awful, Robinson is good.

41. Buffalo Bills: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

The Bills are searching for a left tackle after losing Demetress Bell. Surprisingly, Martin is available. 

42. Miami Dolphins: Andre Branch, DE, Clemson

As they transition to a 4-3 defense, the Dolphins need a defensive end opposite Cameron Wake.

43. Seattle Seahawks: Mychal Kendricks, LB, California

Despite already adding a linebacker in Bruce Irvin, the Seahawks need more help at the position.

44. Kansas City Chiefs: Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State

The Chiefs are looking to replace the struggling Ryan Lilja, and Silatolu is a potential steal.

45. St. Louis Rams (from Dallas): Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Coby Fleener #82 of the Stanford Cardinal runs in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw
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St. Louis continues to build around Bradford by adding a star tight end with wide receiver-like athleticism.

46. Philadelphia Eagles: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina

Even after trading for DeMeco Ryans, the Eagles need linebacker help.

47. New York Jets: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

Mark Sanchez needs a big, physical target to throw to.

48. New England Patriots (from Oakland): Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana

Johnson can play safety or cornerback, addressing two needs for the Patriots.

49. San Diego Chargers: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State

In the Chargers' 1-gap 3-4, Worthy could start alongside Corey Liuget at defensive end.

50. Chicago Bears: Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois

Allen could play guard or tackle for the Bears depending on where they need him.

51. Philadelphia Eagles (from Arizona): Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State

The Eagles need another backup quarterback to ransom off for an absurdly high price.

52. Tennessee Titans: Dwight Bentley, CB, Louisiana-Lafayette

Cortland Finnegan bolted in free agency, and the Titans are left thin at cornerback.

53. Cincinnati Bengals: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (FL)

Cincinnati really doesn't have a single good option at running back. Miller is a potential star.

54. Detroit Lions: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

Boykin may not be more than a nickelback, but he will be an excellent one.

55. Atlanta Falcons: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

With Tony Gonzalez nearing retirement, the Falcons need to find his replacement.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati

The Steelers are believed to love Pead, and he may not be available in the third.

57. Denver Broncos: Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut

Brodrick Bunkley left in free agency, leaving the cupboard bare at defensive tackle.

58. Houston Texans: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson

In Wade Phillips' defense, Thompson could play nose tackle or defensive end.

59. Green Bay Packers: Devon Still, DT, Penn State

STATE COLLEGE, PA - NOVEMBER 12:  Devon Still #71 of the Penn State Nittany Lions celebrates after sacking Taylor Martinez #3 (not pictured) of the Nebraska Cornhuskers during the game on November 12, 2011 at Beaver Stadium in State College, Pennsylvania.
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The Packers are still struggling to replace Cullen Jenkins. Still is athletic enough to help.

60. Baltimore Ravens: Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma

Ray Lewis won't be around forever, and Ronnell Lewis is a terrific athlete with sideline-to-sideline speed.

61. San Francisco 49ers: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

The 49ers can't pass up on a potential star here.

62. New England Patriots: Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma

Don't expect the Patriots to be scared off from Wes Walker's replacement by a past knee injury.

63. New York Giants: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California

 William Beatty and David Diehl is a weak offensive tackle combo. Schwartz could fill in on either side.

64. Indianapolis Colts: Alameda Ta’amu, DT, Washington

The Colts need a nose tackle for their new scheme.

65. St. Louis Rams: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt

Cortland Finnegan is just one cornerback. The Rams need three.

66. Minnesota Vikings: Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State

Percy Harvin should play in the slot, and the Vikings don't have a legitimate option on the outside.

67. Cleveland Browns: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

Adams falls this far only because of character issues, and Cleveland desperately needs a right tackle.

68. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma

The Buccaneers passed on Morris Claiborne. They need a cornerback at some point.

69. Washington Redskins: Kelechi Osemele, OT, Iowa State

Osemele will help protect Washington's three-first-round-pick investment.

70. Jacksonville Jaguars: Josh Norman, CB, Coastal Carolina

Gene Smith drafts small-school players, and he drafts cornerbacks.

71. Buffalo Bills: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers

Buffalo needs a legitimate wide receiver opposite Stevie Johnson.

72. Miami Dolphins: Marvin Jones, WR, California

The Dolphins need someone for Ryan Tannehill to throw to.

73. Miami Dolphins (from Carolina): Brandon Brooks, OG, Miami (FL)

Miami's offensive guard situation is far from perfect.

74. Kansas City Chiefs: Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati

Tyson Jackson and Glenn Dorsey are both nearing the ends of their contracts.

75. Seattle Seahawks: Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest

Seattle's wide receivers are nothing special, and Givens is an explosive talent. 

PALO ALTO, CA - SEPTEMBER 18:  Chris Givens #2 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons runs in for a touchdown against the Stanford Cardinal at Stanford Stadium on September 18, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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76. Houston Texans (from Chicago): Joe Adams, WR, Arkansas

Adams can make some plays vertically in Houston's dynamic offense.

77. New York Jets: Cam Johnson, OLB, Virginia

The Jets passed on Melvin Ingram, but they still need a pass-rusher.

78. San Diego Chargers: Donald Stephenson, OT, Oklahoma

Marcus McNeill is gone, and Jeromey Clary is awful.

79. Chicago Bears: George Iloka, S, Boise State

Iloka offers the Bears a physical safety in middle of their Cover-2 scheme.

80. Arizona Cardinals: Senio Kelemete, OG, Washington

With no offensive linemen thus far, the Cardinals need to do something.

81. Dallas Cowboys: Mike Martin, DT, Michigan

Martin could presumably play defensive end or nose tackle for the Cowboys.

82. Tennessee Titans: Olivier Vernon, DE, Miami (FL)

Tennessee's defensive end situation is, at best, unexciting. 

83. Cincinnati Bengals: Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa

With A.J. Green and Jordan Shipley on the roster, the Bengals don't need a superstar, just a solid player.

84. Atlanta Falcons: Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State

Thomas Dimitroff emphasizes urgent athleticism. Wagner provides it and fills a need at the same time.

85. Detroit Lions: Ben Jones, C, Georgia

Detroit's center situation may be better off without Dominic Raiola, but it's still not good.

86. Pittsburgh Steelers: Josh Chapman, DT, Alabama

Casey Hampton is aging, and Chapman could replace him in 2013. 

LAS VEGAS, NV - DECEMBER 22:  Brock Osweiler #17 of the Arizona State Sun Devils throws against the Boise State Broncos during the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas at Sam Boyd Stadium December 22, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boise State won 56-24.  (Photo by Ethan Mil
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87. Denver Broncos: Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State

John Elway loves the big-armed quarterback.

88. Philadelphia Eagles (from Houston): Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech

After trading Asante Samuel, the Eagles need to find his replacement.

89. New Orleans Saints: Tommy Streeter, WR, Miami (FL)

Streeter offers the Saints the deep threat they lost in Robert Meachem.

90. Green Bay Packers: Brandon Taylor, S, LSU

Nick Collins was recently released, and Taylor is well-liked throughout the league.

91. Baltimore Ravens: Jaye Howard, DT, Florida

Baltimore's defensive line depth is awful, and Howard is a potential star.

92. San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Washington, OG, Miami (FL)

Adam Snyder was the 49ers' worst starting offensive lineman in 2011, but he's better than anyone they have now.

93. Cincinnati Bengals (from New England): Keenan Robinson, LB, Texas

Robinson replaces the recently traded Keith Rivers.

94. New York Giants: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia

The Giants don't have much game-breaking talent at defensive end, and Charles is a steal.

95. Oakland Raiders: Jake Bequette, DE, Arkansas

Now running a 3-4 defense, the Raiders need to find some viable pass-rushers.


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