2012 NFL Draft: Eight key stories to follow tonight

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 26: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands on stage as he announces a draft selection during the 2012 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 26, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Although most like the first round the most, true draftniks are amped up even more starting with the second round tonight. Starting at 7 p.m., the picks will begin flying faster and more furious. Here are some story lines we'll be following:

Rams loaded with picks
How will the St. Louis Rams handle the second day of the draft? The team has four picks today and three of the first 13. Adam Schefter already reported the team is keeping the 33rd pick, the first in the round. The likeliest scenario is the Rams go with whatever wide receiver they have rated first with the pick. Many presume it's Georgia Tech's Stephen Hill, but the 49ers picking A.J. Jenkins showed that we know nothing. Brian Quick is another name to remember for St. Louis. It won't be a surprise for the team to come out of the day with two new wide receivers.

Trades, trades, trades, trades
The first round was loaded with trades beginning with the No. 2 pick all the way to the No. 31 pick. We should see just as much action tonight. Look for teams to target the player they want and give up fourth- and fifth-round picks to get him.

Landing spot for quarterbacks
Last year the second day of the draft had three quarterbacks come off the boat, Andy Dalton, Colin Kaepernick and Ryan Mallett. We could see as many or more tonight. The order is unsure, but Kirk Cousins, Nick Foles, Brock Osweiler and even Russell Wilson could get drafted tonight.

Redskins on the clock
The Washington Redskins don't have a second-round pick after sending it to St. Louis to trade up for Robert Griffin III. Their first pick today is No. 69. Will they add talent around Griffin or address their issues at cornerback? There should be quality players at each position.

First picks for Broncos, Falcons and Ravens
Atlanta was without a first-round pick following last year's trade for Julio Jones. Don't be surprised if the Falcons trade out of pick 55 to replace the fourth-round pick they don't have. The Broncos have three picks tonight (36, 57, 87) after moving out of the first round last night. How many of those three picks will go toward helping Peyton Manning on offense? Baltimore also has three picks (35, 60, 91). The player General Manager Ozzie Newsome wanted in first round probably wasn't there. The veteran personnel man was wise to add more picks to target a variety of players.

Where do the pass rushers go?
Tonight some teams will get legitimate pass rushing help by taking either Andre Branch, Vinny Curry or Courtney Upshaw. Each should be second-round picks and at least be situational rushers early in their NFL careers.

Receivers for everyone
Whether it's wide receiver or tight end, a lot of the picks tonight will be pass catchers. The first round had four wide receivers come off the board but no tight ends. It wouldn't be a surprise if there were eight wide receivers or more gone by the end of round two. For the tight ends, it'll be up to scheme fit for players like Coby Fleener, Orson Charles and Dwayne Allen.

Character concern fallers
There were reports that Upshaw slipped out of the first round because of questions about his off-field character. Cornerback Janoris Jenkins likely slipped out of the first 32 picks for the same reason. Both are good players, so if they remain on the straight and narrow, teams will get steals. Which story lines are you following tonight? Follow along as we write about our favorites.

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