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2012 NFL Draft Projections: Second-Round Picks with Pro Bowl Talent

COLUMBIA, SC - OCTOBER 01:  Alshon Jeffery #1 of the South Carolina Gamecocks dives for a touchdown against T'Sharvan Bell #22 of the Auburn Tigers during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistApril 27, 2012

The 2012 NFL draft has about 42 picks that are worthy of first-round selections.

With 32 of them off the board, that means there are going to be 10 lucky teams to steal first-round picks on the second day.

But not all of these guys will end up being stars. That’s not how the NFL works. Yet for the following three players, they will be using the motivation of getting snubbed in the first round to prove the doubters wrong and eventually overtake their first-round predecessors to achieve the lofty Pro Bowl status every player in the league covets.

 

Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina

I don’t understand why teams are so afraid of this guy.

At 6’4’’ and 230 pounds, Jeffery is a rare talent that will win every jump ball in the end zone. Couple that with incredible speed, and you have a player that is more than capable of catching 80 passes for 1,000 yards and 10 TDs right off the bat.

Teams are scared off by his immaturity at times, but that can easily be fixed as the talent far outweighs the character issues.

Projected Land Spot: No. 37 Cleveland Browns

 

Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama

Playing in the SEC, he registered 9.5 sacks as a linebacker his senior season. That’s rather incredible.

He was the leader of one of the greatest defenses of all-time and is capable of starting, and potentially being a leader right away. He won’t last very long in Round 2.

Projected Landing Spot: No. 35 Baltimore Ravens

 

Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama

Another guy that has fallen due to character issues, I think Jenkins is a top-10 talent (just watch his 2010 highlights) and who really cares how many kids he has?

Trent Richardson has two after all.

He has the most fluid hips in the entire draft and the ball skills to rival Morris Claiborne. He seems to have calmed down after getting kicked out of Gainesville and has a bright future ahead of him.

Projected Landing Spot: No. 45 St. Louis Rams

 

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