2012 NFL Mock Draft Round 2: Players Who Will Provide 1st-Round Value as Rookies
There was certainly no shortage of surprises in the first round of the 2012 NFL draft, and because of that it means that there are several players still on the board who looked like they would be taken earlier. That doesn't mean that all of those players will become stars, but talented prospects fall through the cracks every, single year.
At least a few players taken in this year's second round are likely to become Pro Bowl players and some of them will make an impact right away as well. Teams are always looking to supplement good first-round picks with quality players in the second round as well and that is how teams ultimately progress and move forward.
Here are three players that will be selected in the second round, but will provide their teams with first-round value immediately.
33. St. Louis Rams: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
Martin looked like a sure-fire first rounder about a month ago, but a lack of interest in tackles pushes him into the second where St. Louis will happily select him.
34. Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Andrew Luck needs as many weapons as he can get and the Colts won't hesitate to get him his college tight end in Fleener as a security blanket.
35. Baltimore Ravens (via MIN): Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
Upshaw is yet another player who looked like a first rounder, but he lands in an ideal situation on the Ravens' dominant defense.
36. Denver Broncos (via TB): Cordy Glenn, OT/OG, Georgia
The Broncos have to do everything they can to protect Peyton Manning and Glenn can be an immediate starter at either tackle or guard.
37. Cleveland Browns: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
The Browns got their running back and quarterback of the future in the first round, and will complete their offensive triumvirate with Hill.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
Jacksonville had success with a small-school cornerback in the past with Rashean Mathis and will go to the well again with Jenkins.
39. St. Louis Rams: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
This is probably the right spot for LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle to be taken based on pre-draft rankings, but he will have a better chance to succeed right away than basically any other wide receiver in the class. After losing Brandon Lloyd in free agency, the St. Louis Rams are pretty much devoid of any talent at wide receiver, particularly on the outside.
With that in mind, there is no question that St. Louis will use one of its three second-rounders to get a weapon for quarterback Sam Bradford. Randle wasn't a dominant force in college, but he has all the measurables that you look for with a 6'3", 210-lb. frame, 4.55 speed and good hands to boot. All of those things likely make him the ideal selection for the Rams.
Unlike many of his counterparts, Randle would have a chance to start right away and build an immediate rapport with his quarterback. The same can maybe only be said of Justin Blackmon with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Rams integrated Donnie Avery into the offense quickly when they took him early in the second round a couple years back, and they will do the same with Randle.
40. Carolina Panthers: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Many were surprised when the Panthers passed up Fletcher Cox in the first round, but they'll get their defensive tackle in the second in the form of Worthy.
41. Buffalo Bills: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
Despite the fact that smaller players such as Maurice Jones-Drew, London Fletcher and Darren Sproles have proven that they can compete at a high level in the NFL over the years, it hasn't stopped teams from downgrading players who are smaller in stature than the average player at their respective positions. That is the case with Nebraska linebacker Lavonte David, who will fall to the second round because of his 6'1", 233-lb. frame.
David was extremely productive in college and was a tackling machine, but there is a belief that the diminutive linebacker will get pushed around in the NFL. David is an ideal outside linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, though, and some team will be very lucky to have him. One squad that would be an ideal fit is the Buffalo Bills, as they have an obvious need at the position.
The Bills have done a lot to build up their defense this offseason by signing defensive ends Mario Williams and Mark Anderson, and drafting cornerback Stephon Gilmore in the first round. David would be yet another piece to the puzzle and he would afford plenty of room to operate thanks to opposing offenses keying on Williams. That should lead to a 100-tackle season as a rookie and Defensive Rookie of the Year consideration.
42. Miami Dolphins: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
Jeffery has shown enough talent to be an elite receiver and even though his work ethic has been questioned, the Dolphins will take a chance.
43. Seattle Seahawks: Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
The Seahawks are in desperate need of a player who can patrol the middle of their defense, and Kendricks is the best true middle linebacker remaining.
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44. Kansas City Chiefs: Amini Silatolu, OT/OG, Midwestern State
Kansas City can afford to add some depth to the offensive line, making Silatolu a great selection as he can play both tackle and guard.
45. St. Louis Rams (via DAL): Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina
The Rams' linebacker corps is a bit of an embarrassment, so Brown should be the pick and he may be able to step in and start from day one.
46. Philadelphia Eagles: Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
Philly did well to address the middle of its defensive line in the first round, and the overhaul on that side of the ball continues with Wagner.
47. New York Jets: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Adams has first-round talent, but dropped to the second round because of a positive drug test. That won't stop the Jets from taking him to be their right tackle.
48. New England Patriots: Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
New England made major improvement to its defensive front seven in the first round and will now help out its weak secondary with the selection of Robinson.
49. San Diego Chargers: Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
The Chargers no longer have Marcus McNeill or Kris Dielman on the offensive line, so they must add some talent in the form of Massie.
50. Chicago Bears: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
Although center isn't a position that is usually heavily coveted in the NFL draft, there is no doubt that Wisconsin's Peter Konz is the best one in this class. Many scouts consider Konz to be one of the best center prospects in years and that should be enough for the Chicago Bears to take him at No. 50. Their offensive line suffered without long-time center Olin Kreutz last season, so it's time to find his replacement.
Keeping quarterback Jay Cutler off the injured list has been a major challenge for the Bears over the past few seasons, as their offensive line leaves a lot to be desired. Konz wouldn't immediately cure all of its ills, but a strong center can make the entire line better. Provided Konz is as good as advertised, he will start immediately and be given a lot of responsibility.
Konz is intelligent, strong and quick, so he has everything you look for in a center. He has the skills to be the general of Chicago's offensive line right away and he will make other teams regret not taking him earlier in the second or late in the first round.
51. Philadelphia Eagles: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana
After dealing Asante Samuel to the Atlanta Falcons, the Eagles need some depth at cornerback, so Johnson is a really nice fit here.
52. Tennessee Titans: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Losing defensive lineman Jason Jones in free agency hurt, but the Titans will forget about it quite quickly if Still happens to fall to them at No. 52.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
The only thing better than having one big, skilled receiver is having two, and the Bengals will have exactly that if they pair Quick with A.J. Green.
54. Detroit Lions: Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
Hosley has a knock against him for a positive drug test, but the Lions desperately need secondary help and he's clearly the best corner left.
55. Atlanta Falcons: Kelechi Osemele, OT/OG, Iowa State
The Falcons' offensive line was pretty shaky at times last season and is beginning to age, so Osemele should play a role right away.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers: Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington
There is a distinct possibility that Casey Hampton will never play again, so the Steelers will select Ta'amu to be their nose tackle of the future.
57. Denver Broncos: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
The Broncos need some beef in the middle to open up room for Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil, so Thompson is an ideal pick at this point.
58. Houston Texans: Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
Houston unceremoniously cut offensive tackle Eric Winston this offseason to save money, and that will lead to the Texans selecting Allen to fill his shoes.
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59. Green Bay Packers: Kendall Reyes, DL, Connecticut
The Packers have all kinds of needs on defense, and they will fill another one of them by taking Reyes to be a defensive end in their 3-4 system.
60. Baltimore Ravens: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
Bryant McKinnie is little more than a stopgap option, so the Ravens will take Schwartz as a long-term fix at offensive tackle.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
Not only would taking Boykin add some much-needed depth at cornerback for the Niners, but he could step right in and be the primary return man over Kyle Williams.
62. New England Patriots: Jared Crick, DL, Nebraska
The Patriots absolutely love defensive linemen who they can move around in multiple defensive packages, and Crick is a guy who can do just that.
63. New York Giants: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
After losing Jake Ballard and Travis Beckum to injury, the Giants will select Allen to form a solid tight end combo along with Martellus Bennett.
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