LSU wide receiver Rueben Randle and Alabama linebacker Courtney Upshaw could be the first two players off the board in the 2nd round of the 2012 NFL Draft on Friday, according to a report by Albert Breer of the NFL Network. Both players would fill major holes for the St. Louis Rams and the Indianapolis Colts, respectively.
Fit for Rams at 33 might be LSU WR Rueben Randle. And keep an eye on Courtney Upshaw for Indy at 34 -- Pagano's done his homework on him.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) April 27, 2012
The Rams were rumored to be taking a hard look at Justin Blackmon in the 1st round before the Jacksonville Jaguars traded up one spot ahead to snag the Oklahoma State wide receiver. Randle could be a nice consolation prize. He wasn't used as much as some would have liked with the LSU Tigers last season, but his athleticism and 6'4, 208-pound frame is as impressive as any in the draft.
Upshaw would give the Colts a much-needed pass-rushing defensive end, who can also play the run well, according to his scouting report via Mocking The Draft. He is arguably the best prospect available at the hybrid OLB/DE spot and can only help a Colts defense that ranked 25th in the league last season.
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