2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 59

LOUISVILLE KY - NOVEMBER 20: Justin Burke #13 of the Louisville Cardinals is sacked by Bruce Irvin #11 of the West Virginia Mountaineers during the game at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 20 2010 in Louisville Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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 Green Bay Packers and pick No. 59.

With the 59th pick in the SB Nation NFL writer's mock draft, the Green Bay Packers select West Virginia defensive end/outside linebacker Bruce Irvin.

Kevin McCauley is off and running at Acme Packing Company. He checks in with some pick insight after the jump and I respond. For more on the Packers, check out Acme Packing Company.

Kevin McCauley explains: The Green Bay Packers’ biggest problems in 2011 were along the front seven. B.J. Raji and Clay Matthews are Pro Bowl-level talents, but the players around them looked like anything but for most of the year. Acme Packing Company addressed one need for a versatile defensive lineman that can play as a 3-4 end in Round 1 with Devon Still, so we’re addressing the other pressing issue along the front seven in Round 2 with Bruce Irvin, who could make an immediate impact as a pass rusher on the opposite side of Matthews.

There are questions about Irvin’s ability to drop back in coverage and he had a minor run-in with the law, picking up a destruction of property charge in March after he broke a sign at a sandwich shop, but his physical tools and production are too good to ignore. He has the size to play as a 3-4 rush linebacker at 6’3", 245 pounds (though he could stand to put on a bit of weight) and his 4.50 40-yard dash time is impressive. His 8.5 sacks in 2011 were a drop-off from his 14 sacks in 2010, but he put up that lower number under a new coaching staff and on a bad all-around defense.

Irvin is limited, but he fits a need perfectly for the Packers, and it’s a bit rare that guys with this combination of physical upside and production fall into the lap of a team that needs them in the late 2nd round.

Dan Kadar responds: Irvin is one of the great unknowns of this year's draft class. He's an undersized end who had to play in a three-man front. He was often engulfed by powerful blockers or neutralized by double teams. Some believe if he played linebacker in college, he'd have developed into a slam dunk first-round pick. His athletic skill set is high, but how he can utilize it properly is the unknown. So he's a risk anywhere this high. But for a team like the Packers, who went 15-1 last season, can take a chance on a player like Irvin and hope it works. Best player available is the usual mantra, but taking a risk on a talent like Irvin could pay off.

Mocking the Draft's Top 5 Remaining Prospects

OVR Name Pos. College 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
45 Jared Crick
DT Nebraska
prospect notes

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
54 Detroit Lions
Kelechi Osemele
OT Iowa State
Story
55 Atlanta Falcons
David Wilson
RB Virginia Tech
Story
56 Pittsburgh Steelers
Amini Silatolu
OT Midwestern State
Story
57 Denver Broncos
Alfonzo Dennard
CB Nebraska
Story
58 Houston Texans
Marvin Jones
WR California
Story

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