2012 SB Nation NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, Pick 62

BATON ROUGE, LA - OCTOBER 08: Brandon Taylor #18 of the Louisiana State University Tigers avoids a tackle after an interception over Frankie Hammond #85 of the Florida Gators at Tiger Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Tigers defeated the Gators 41-11. (Photo by Chris Graythen/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 New England Patriots and pick No. 62.

With the 62nd pick in the SB Nation NFL writer's mock draft, the New England Patriots select LSU safety Brandon Taylor.

For the fourth time, Greg Knopping of PatsPulpit.com is back up with the pick. Read his explanation after the jump.

Greg Knopping explains: With the 62nd pick, I was really in a unique position from a Patriots perspective. With the first three picks, I addressed the front seven of the defense with the selections of Whitney Mercilus, Kendall Reyes, and Shea McClellin. That left the biggest Patriots need as safety. I considered going BPA (possibly WR Mohamed Sanu), but at the same time, safety is such a big need for the Patriots that I didn't think I could leave the position unaddressed. While it would have been ideal to get a safety such as Mark Barron or Harrison Smith with one of my previous picks, Barron was never available and Smith went right before the Patriots last pick at 47 to the Jets. So at 62, that left three safeties remaining that I would consider: George Illoka, Markelle Martin, and Brandon Taylor.

None of these three safeties is anywhere close to being a finished product, but all are late 2nd - 3rd round prospects who have some strengths and could become immediate contributors in the Patriots secondary. Ultimately, I went with LSU's Brandon Taylor, who has risen up draft boards as of late and who the Patriots have shown some interest in. Taylor is a reliable safety who is both smart and hard working - two characteristics the Patriots love in their defenders. He can be a force against the run in the box, is instinctive in coverage, and while has only average athleticism and coverage skills for the position, I think he could develop into a solid starter at strong safety for the Patriots (with Patrick Chung transitioning to free safety).

Dan Kadar responds: Out of those three choices, Iloka, Martin and Taylor, the LSU safety is the better pick. Iloka and Martin are better coverage safeties, but Taylor is a better tackler. Four players on defense may seem like overkill, but it goes to show how much the Patriots need.

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
24 Pittsburgh Steelers
Dont'a Hightower MLB Alabama
25 Denver Broncos
Michael Brockers DT LSU
26 Houston Texans
Dontari Poe DT Memphis
27 New England Patriots
Whitney Mercilus DE Illinois
28 Green Bay Packers
Devon Still DT Penn State
29 Baltimore Ravens
Kevin Zeitler G Wisconsin
30 San Francisco 49ers
Stephen Hill WR Georgia Tech
31 New England Patriots
Kendall Reyes DT Connecticut
32 New York Giants
Peter Konz C Wisconsin
33 St. Louis Rams
Jerel Worthy DT Michigan State
34 Indianapolis Colts
Coby Fleener TE Stanford
35 Minnesota Vikings
Rueben Randle WR LSU
36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Doug Martin RB Boise State
37 Cleveland Browns
Zach Brown OLB North Carolina
38 Jacksonville Jaguars
Brian Quick WR Appalachian State
39 St. Louis Rams
Alshon Jeffery WR South Carolina
40 Carolina Panthers
Lavonte David OLB Nebraska
41 Buffalo Bills
Chandler Jones
DE Syracuse
42 Miami Dolphins
Andre Branch DE Clemson
43 Seattle Seahawks
Mychal Kendricks MLB California
44 Kansas City Chiefs
Josh Robinson CB Central Florida
45 Dallas Cowboys
Nick Perry
DE Southern California
46 Philadelphia Eagles
Trumaine Johnson
CB Montana
47 New York Jets
Harrison Smith
S Notre Dame
48 New England Patriots
Shea McClellin
DE/OLB Boise State
49 San Diego Chargers
Dwayne Allen
TE Clemson
50 Chicago Bears
Brandon Thompson
DT Clemson
51 Philadelphia Eagles
LaMichael James
RB Oregon
52 Tennessee Titans
Vinny Curry
DE Marshall
53 Cincinnati Bengals
Lamar Miller
RB Miami
54 Detroit Lions
Kelechi Osemele
OT Iowa State
55 Atlanta Falcons
David Wilson
RB Virginia Tech
56 Pittsburgh Steelers
Amini Silatolu
OT Midwestern State
57 Denver Broncos
Alfonzo Dennard
CB Nebraska
58 Houston Texans
Marvin Jones
WR California
59 Green Bay Packers
Bruce Irvin
OLB West Virginia
60 Baltimore Ravens
Bobby Wagner
MLB Utah State
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