2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 54

Feb 25, 2012; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa State Cyclones offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele runs the 40 yard dash during the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE

The SB Nation two-round NFL mock draft continues along with each lead NFL team blogger making the pick for their team. We continue the second round with the Detroit Lions with the No. 54 pick.

With the 54th pick in the SB Nation NFL writer's mock draft, the Detroit Lions select Iowa State offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele.

Pride of Detroit managing editor Sean Yuille explains his pick after the jump and I respond. For the latest on the Lions, make sure to follow along at PrideOfDetroit.com.

Sean Yuille explains: After addressing the Lions’ need for secondary help in the first round by selecting Janoris Jenkins, I turned my focus to the offensive line in the second round. While plenty of talent is already off the board at tackle, guard and center, there were several names I was considering for the 54th overall pick, including Kelechi Osemele, Amini Silatolu and Bobby Massie.

In the end, I opted to go with Osemele, partly because he is such a versatile offensive lineman. He can play inside at guard or outside at tackle. For the Lions, which don’t appear to have any openings in their starting lineup on the offensive line but do have a big need for depth across the board, Osemele is a good fit. He could start his career inside and compete for playing time while being groomed to one day take over for Jeff Backus at left tackle, a position where Osemele said he is more comfortable.

Dan Kadar responds: Every year, dopes like me say the Lions need to replace Backus at left tackle. At some point, Backus will have to leave. But as he's shown, it's not quite right now. So instead of taking his immediate replacement, adding a player like Osemele who can eventually shift to the outside is smart. The Massie hype train is in overdrive and Silatolu was largely untested coming from a small school. Osemele is one of the safer picks in this year's draft. Going to a team like the Lions, who are on the cusp of greatness, dependability could pay off huge.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College Report
25 David Wilson
RB Virginia Tech
scouting report
32 Chris Polk
RB Washington
Coming soon!
34 Mohamed Sanu
WR Rutgers
Coming soon!
40 Orson Charles
TE Georgia
quick report
41 Dwight Jones
WR North Carolina
quick report

Pick Team Player Pos. School Story
1 Indianapolis Colts Andrew Luck QB Stanford Story
2 Washington Redskins Robert Griffin III QB Baylor Story
3 Minnesota Vikings Matt Kalil OT USC Story
4 Cleveland Browns Justin Blackmon WR Oklahoma State Story
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Morris Claiborne CB LSU Story
6 St. Louis Rams Trent Richardson RB Alabama Story
7 Jacksonville Jaguars Quinton Coples DE North Carolina Story
8 Miami Dolphins Ryan Tannehill QB Texas A&M Story
9 Carolina Panthers Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State Story
10 Buffalo Bills Mike Adams OT Ohio State Story
11 Kansas City Chiefs Riley Reiff OT Iowa Story
12 Seattle Seahawks Courtney Upshaw OLB Alabama Story
13 Arizona Cardinals Jonathan Martin OT Stanford Story
14 Dallas Cowboys David DeCastro G Stanford Story
15 Philadelphia Eagles Luke Kuechly LB Boston College Story
16 New York Jets Melvin Ingram DE South Carolina Story
17 Cincinnati Bengals Stephon Gilmore CB South Carolina Story
18 San Diego Chargers Mark Barron S Alabama Story
19 Chicago Bears Michael Floyd WR Notre Dame Story
20 Tennessee Titans Dre Kirkpatrick CB Alabama Story
21 Cincinnati Bengals Cordy Glenn OT Georgia Story
22 Cleveland Browns Kendall Wright WR Baylor Story
23 Detroit Lions
Janoris Jenkins CB North Alabama
Story
24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dont'a Hightower MLB Alabama
Story
25 Denver Broncos
Michael Brockers DT LSU
Story
26 Houston Texans
Dontari Poe DT Memphis
Story
27 New England Patriots
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
Story
28 Green Bay Packers
Devon Still DT Penn State
Story
29 Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
Story
30 San Francisco 49ers
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
Story
31 New England Patriots
Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
Story
32 New York Giants
Peter Konz C Wisconsin
Story
33 St. Louis Rams
Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
Story
34 Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener TE Stanford
Story
35 Minnesota Vikings
Rueben Randle WR LSU
Story
36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin RB Boise State
Story
37 Cleveland Browns
Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
Story
38 Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
Story
39 St. Louis Rams
Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
Story
40 Carolina Panthers
Lavonte David OLB Nebraska
Story
41 Buffalo Bills
Chandler Jones
DE Syracuse
Story
42 Miami Dolphins
Andre Branch DE Clemson
Story
43 Seattle Seahawks
Mychal Kendricks MLB California
Story
44 Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Robinson CB Central Florida
Story
45 Dallas Cowboys
Nick Perry
DE Southern California
Story
46 Philadelphia Eagles
Trumaine Johnson
CB Montana
Story
47 New York Jets
Harrison Smith
S Notre Dame
Story
48 New England Patriots
Shea McClellin
DE/OLB Boise State
Story
49 San Diego Chargers
Dwayne Allen
TE Clemson
Story
50 Chicago Bears
Brandon Thompson
DT Clemson
Story
51 Philadelphia Eagles
LaMichael James
RB Oregon
Story
52 Tennessee Titans
Vinny Curry
DE Marshall
Story
53 Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Miller
RB Miami
Story
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