NFL Draft 2012 Projections: Highlighting Big Round 2 Moves

Noah PoinarCorrespondent IApril 27, 2012

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 02: Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks makes a catch during the Capitol One Bowl against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Florida Citrus Bowl on January 2, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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One: If Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill and/or LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle are still on the board at No. 37, the Cleveland Browns will most likely take one or the other.  In taking a receiver, the Browns would complete the NFL blitz trifecta of adding a possible franchise quarterback, running back and wide receiver in the first two rounds.  

However, if Stanford OT Jonathan Martin and/or Georgia OT Cordy Glenn are still available, the Browns will have a decision to make.  Ohio State tackle Mike Adams could still be on the board in the third round when Cleveland picks again.  Adams would be a great value pick for any team because he’s a great talent, but there are some questions concerning his character.  I believe those questions are overstated.

The Browns still have needs to fill at the cornerback and linebacker positions.  Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw still remains on the board.  He would be a solid pick for Cleveland.  Actually, at this point he’ll be a solid pick for anyone.  He was projected to go middle first round. 

Two: Mel Kiper, Jr. has Upshaw ranked as the best available talent.  According to his updated mock, Kiper has him going to Baltimore, who traded up to No. 35.  Upshaw would be a perfect fit in Baltimore.

Three: The top-ranked tight end Coby Fleener of Stanford is still on the board, and Kiper believes Indianapolis will take him with the second pick to help out Andrew Luck.  It would be very interesting to see Luck and Fleener on the same team together.

Four: The Rams have three picks in the first 13 selections of the second round.  They have a multitude of options.  Kiper has them taking Glenn with the first pick in the second round, but with so many great offensive tackles on the board, I would think they will wait to go that route. 

Because the Rams missed out on Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon in the first round, it wouldn’t surprise me if they were to take someone like South Carolina wide receiver Alshon Jeffery.

Kiper has Jeffery going No. 44 to Kansas City.  I still believe he’s the second-best wideout talent in the draft behind Blackmon.  Like Adams, he’s dropped down most teams' big boards for various reasons.  We could potentially see Cleveland take him in a surprise pick.  They’ve already gambled considerably with their first two picks, so why stop now?

Five: Kiper has Denver taking Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler with the 57th pick.  Remember, it’s possible that Peyton Manning ends up on the IR within the first couple of weeks; we still don’t know if he’ll ever be completely healthy again.  Osweiler would be a great pick-up regardless of how long Manning plays.