2012 NFL Mock Draft: Day 2 Predictions for the Bears, Packers, Lions and Vikings

Andrew GardaFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2012

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We're heading at breakneck speed towards the second round here on day two and at this point it looks to be as bonkers as last night.

Aside from the odd Packers-Colt McCoy connections, things are quiet in the NFC North now but I don't know how much longer that holds.

With that, let's take a quick look at what we could expect tonight.

Minnesota Vikings

I wouldn't be shocked if they traded back into the second with all the talent sitting there right now and all their needs. They could also just stockpile more late round picks, but I'd wager they try to move up into the second or add another third.

If that doesn't happen, come third round (pick 66 overall), I still like wide receiver Brian Quick who has repeatedly proven his ability despite the perception that his numbers were inflated by a lower level of competition.I would love to see him across from Percy Harvin in an offense that needs weapons.

Chicago Bears

The Bears have one pick in both the second and third round. McClellin was a bit flashy by their standards—unexpected and bold—but I don't expect any craziness tonight. We are getting a sense of what GM Philip Emery approaches the Draft—wait your turn and jump on the guy you love.

I liked cornerback Alfonzo Dennard here and maybe he's still a possibility but his arrest last week probably killed that. If they are going cornerback, Janoris Jenkins is a guy to look at. He has some off-the-field concerns but not enough to pass on here. If that doesn't work, the offensive line is a place to think about.

Any of the following could be there: Cordy Glenn, Peter Konz, Mike Adams, Jonathan Martin, Bob Massie. All could improve the Bears on the line.

For their round three pick (pick 79 overall) I'd like to see them grab a value wide receiver. If a great one drops, go get him but right about now 6'3", 223lb Juron Criner should be available and the Bears  could grab him.

Detroit Lions

Like the Bears, the Lions have one pick in both the second and third rounds.

Having grabbed an offensive lineman early, and with both top safeties off the board, perhaps the second round might be the time to grab cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Yes, he has off-the-field issues, but the Lions have said they aren't worried about that in general and they very much need a cornerback. I'd like to see them grab one and Jenkins is one of the better cover corners out there.

For their third round pick, a back like LaMichael James or Isaiah Pead might be there in which case I'd jump on him.

Green Bay Packers

The Packers have a very busy day three, but today is mellow by comparison with just—wait for it—one pick per round tonight.

They could do some maneuvering though—they have ample ammo for it with nine picks tomorrow, five of which can be traded (compensatory picks cannot be traded).

Assuming they stay where they are, I still like Trumaine Johnson, the small school corner from Montana. 

Johnson can cover in man or zone, and has a frame which can make life difficult for receivers one-on-one. As I have said before, there are some off-the-field issues, but under the care of the secondary already there, he could flourish.

For the third round pick (No. 90) I think adding some safety help would be wise. Markelle Martin is recovering from an ankle injury but is a big hitter with great anticipation and who sees the ball well. I don't foresee him as a day one starter but an immediate role player for sure.