2012 NFL Draft 2nd round mock draft

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 24: Stephen Hill #5 of the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets makes a catch for a 59-yard touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels at Bobby Dodd Field on September 24, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

Plenty of talent in the 2012 NFL Draft got pushed to the second round partly due to some questionable choices (Bruce Irvin, hello?). But this area is the strength of the draft this year. There's little different between the talent in the first half of the second round compared to many of the players in the first round.

So teams like Baltimore and Denver made prudent moves to trade back out of the first round to acquire more picks. Both teams have two picks in the round and the Rams have three. If we learned anything Thursday night, though, trades will happen. We didn't project any for this exercise, however.

33. St. Louis Rams - Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
First-round pick: Michael Brockers, DT

Several very good wide receivers slipped out of the first round of the draft, and the benefactor is the Rams. Trades for this pick will be a popular news item all day Friday, but it would behoove the Rams to keep the pick. Hill's upside is tremendous and would give the Rams a legitimate vertical threat.

34. Indianapolis Colts - Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
First-round pick: Andrew Luck, QB

Before the draft even started this was a popular pick. Now with Fleener still out there, it's time for that pick to become a reality. Luck needs weapons to have a chance at succeeding on the talent-depleted Colts. A player like Fleener could be a safety valve and much more.

35. Baltimore Ravens - Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
First-round pick: No pick

The Ravens lost out on Dont'a Hightower, David DeCastro and Kevin Zeitler and opted to trade out of the first round. Luckily for the Ravens, they still get a good talent in Glenn. He can begin his career inside at guard, but if the teams tackles struggles he could move to tackle.

36. Denver Broncos - Devon Still, DT, Penn State
First-round pick: No pick

Most believe the Broncos need to add pieces around Peyton Manning on the offense. But he has a penchant for making average players good. The Broncose need a lot of help up front on defense and Still is a very good talent.

37. Cleveland Browns - Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
First-round pick: Trent Richardson, RB and Brandon Weeden, QB

It's likely the Browns go with the best offensive player on their board with this pick. If they want Weeden to be successful, he needs a few targets. Jeffery's motor may run hot and cold, but he can run the same type of routes Justin Blackmon did at Oklahoma State.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars - Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
First-round pick: Justin Blackmon, WR

Jacksonville made a great move in round one to trade up for Blackmon. But the team still needs to add edge rushers to help improve a spotty defense. Branch is the kind of player who can play with his hand down in four-man fronts and drop in coverage from the linebacker spot.

39. St. Louis Rams - Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
First-round pick: Michael Brockers, DT

Two second-round wide receivers for the Rams? Believe it. Hill has much greater potential, but Randle is more pro ready.

40. Carolina Panthers - Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
First-round pick: Luke Kuechly, LB

Thompson may not be the gap-shooting defensive tackle some think the Panthers seek, but he's a stout player on the line. He'll make their pass rushers better with his ability to occupy blockers.

41. Buffalo Bills - Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
First-round pick: Stephon Gilmore, CB

Marin doesn't have the massive size the Bills usually target in offensive linemen, but he's by far the best tackle available.

42. Miami Dolphins - Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama
First-round pick: Ryan Tannehill, QB

Koa Misi has been an average pass rusher for the Dolphins and Upshaw would be a steal at this point. He's a natural 3-4 outside linebacker and may not even last this long.

43. Seattle Seahawks - Amini Silatolu, OL, Midwestern State
First-round pick: Bruce Irvin, DE

The Seahawks may have drafted several offensive linemen of late, but they still need a guard after losing Robert Gallery. Silatolu makes sense, which is why this pick may not happen. Pete Carroll is crazy.

44. Kansas City Chiefs - Peter Konz, OL, Wisconsin
First-round pick: Dontari Poe, DT

In the Chiefs' zone blocking scheme, they obviously need linemen who can get out on the move. Konz is a killer on sweeps in the run game, and gets to the edge really fast. He's a perfect fit for the Chiefs. He could start at guard as a rookie and be insurance if Rodney Hudson happens to struggle at center.

45. St. Louis Rams - Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
First-round pick: Michael Brockers, DT

No, not a third wide receiver for the Rams. That would be sillier than expecting them to draft two wide receivers in this round. Adding Cortland Finnegan was a good move, but it shouldn't be the last defensive back the team adds this offseason. If Jenkins' character is held in check, he's a top 15 talent.

46. Philadelphia Eagles - Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
First-round pick: Fletcher Cox, DT

Signing DeMeco Ryans was a good move at middle linebacker for the Eagles. But on the weak side, the team still has Brian Rolle and Casey Matthews at the top of the depth chart. David is a sideline-to-sideline player who will be a playmaker for Philadelphia.

47. New York Jets - Vinny Curry, OLB/DE, Marshall
First-round pick: Quinton Coples, DE

Jets fans wanted Melvin Ingram in the first round, and it would have been a good pick. Curry is a little less of a natural linebacker transition end, but he's relentless as a pass rusher.

48. New England Patriots - Jamell Fleming, CB, Oklahoma
First-round pick: Chandler Jones, DE and Dont'a Hightower, LB

After making two first-round trades, the Patriots are low on third-day picks in this year's draft. So with two second rounders, look for the Patriots to move around in the second round. If they stay here, though, a cornerback is possible. In particular, the Patriots need a cornerback who can be physical and tackle, Fleming's specialties.

49. San Diego Chargers - Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
First-round pick: Melvin Ingram, DE

The Chargers got their pass rusher, as many expected them to in the first round. Now it's time the team finds its replacement for Antonio Gates, who is still good but often injured. Allen is the draft's best all-around tight end.

50. Chicago Bears - Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
First-round pick: Shea McClellin, DE/OLB

The Bears may have added Brandon Marshall this offseason, but he's anything but a sure thing. Sanu has some of the best hands in the draft this year.

51. Philadelphia Eagles - Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida
First-round pick: Fletcher Cox, DT

The Eagles finally traded Asante Samuel and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is approaching free agency. What is often considered a strength for the team is now a need that the playmaking Robinson fills.

52. Tennessee Titans - Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
First-round pick: Kendall Wright, WR

The Titans have a good rotation of players at defensive tackle, but not a big-body plugger. Worthy has a motor that runs hot and cold, but Mike Munchak would likely be able to light a fire under him.

53. Cicinnati Bengals - Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
First-round pick: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB and Kevin Zeitler, G

BenJarvus Green-Ellis is little more than a stop-gap solution and Miller is a big talent. He'd make the trade back in the first round more palatable.

54. Detroit Lions - Leonard Johnson, CB, Iowa State
First-round pick: Riley Reiff, OT

The Lions need talent in the secondary and clean character. A player like Johnson, or another cornerback, represents both. The team may also target a running back with this choice.

55. Atlanta Falcons - Orson Charles, TE, Georgia
First-round pick: No pick

Behind Tony Gonzalez there is little quality at tight end for the Falcons. With most of the better interior linemen and pass rushers gone, Charles would be a good pickup.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers - Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama
First-round pick: David DeCastro, G

The Steelers arguably got the biggest steal of the first round of the draft with DeCastro. But their need for a replacement for Casey Hampton is still glaring. Chapman is a natural nose tackle who would fit perfectly in their scheme.

57. Denver Broncos - Bernard Pierce, RB, Temple
First-round pick: No pick

It will be a shock if the Broncos start the 2012 season with Willis McGahee and Knowshon Moreno as their top two running backs. Pierce is the best running back available.

58. Houston Texans - Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
First-round pick: Whitney Mercilus, DE

After cutting Eric Winston this offseason, the Texans have a big need on the right side of their line. Massie is one of the draft's better right side blockers and is agile enough to play in a zone scheme.

59. Green Bay Packers - Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
First-round pick: Nick Perry, DE

Even after adding a pass rusher on Day 1 of the draft, the front seven of the Packers' defense still needs another piece or two. Reyes should be a natural fit at end in their scheme.

60. Baltimore Ravens - Jared Crick, DE/DT, Nebraska
First-round pick: No pick

It's always difficult to mock for a team without a first-round pick. So in this exercise, the idea was to find a position lacking depth. The Ravens really don't have anyone behind the promising Pernell McPhee, so Crick is at least good depth. A backup running back may also be considered here.

61. San Francisco 49ers - Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
First-round pick: AJ Jenkins, WR

Carlos Rodgers scored a big paycheck this offseason, but San Francisco still needs playmakers in the defensive back. Add to it Boykin's incredible ability in the return game and this seems like an easy pick to guess.

62. New England Patriots - Marvin Jones, WR, California
First-round pick: Chandler Jones, DE and Dont'a Hightower, LB

The likelihood of the Patriots keeping this pick is low. But in a scenario where no trade is projected, it's hard to see the Patriots going defense with their first four picks. There may be some better wide receivers available, but none have Jones' pure speed. He would fit well in the offense the Patriots run.

63. New York Giants - Ladarius Green, TE, UL-Lafayette
First-round pick: David Wilson, RB

Some expected the Giants to go after Stanford's Coby Fleener in the first round, but they went for a running back. Green is the next best big-bodied, athletic tight end in the draft. An offensive tackle could be the choice here as well.

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