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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2

Last update: Thursday, April 26, 2012, 3:30 p.m. Changes in all 7 rounds.
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The order of this 2012 NFL Mock Draft is based on the real 2012 NFL Draft Order.

  1. St. Louis Rams: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
    This is yet another reason why the Rams have to take Justin Blackmon over Fletcher Cox. There will be plenty of defensive tackles available atop Round 2. Devon Still, Kendall Reyes and Jerel Worthy all could be options.

    Starting defensive tackles Fred Robbins and Justin Bannan were both released this offseason. The Rams added Kendall Langford through free agency, but he's not enough.

  2. Indianapolis Colts: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
    When teams draft a quarterback early, they typically like to complement their new signal-caller with some protection or a play-maker. Think Matthew Stafford-Brandon Pettigrew, Sam Bradford-Rodger Saffold, Christian Ponder-Kyle Rudolph, and so on. The cupboard is pretty bare on offense in Indianapolis, so the front office needs to provide Andrew Luck with some help.

    So, why not Luck's former teammate? This is a slam dunk if Coby Fleener somehow falls out of Round 1. The Colts really need a tight end with Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme both gone.

  3. Minnesota Vikings: Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
    The Vikings must continue to build around Christian Ponder, which includes spending a high draft pick on a receiver. Minnesota has nothing at the position outside of Percy Harvin and Jerome Simpson, who was signed to just a 1-year deal. The team has shown a tremendous amount of interest in Alshon Jeffery, who was once a top-15 prospect. He provides great value at No. 35.

    By the way, if the Vikings foolishly pass on Matt Kalil, they'll likely go with Mitchell Schwartz at this spot.

  4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State
    The recently fired Raheem Morris said it himself - this offense has no explosion. LeGarrette Blount is a great runner, but he doesn't offer much in the pass-catching department.

    Doug Martin would be a perfect complement. Drawing comparisons to Ray Rice, Martin excels in receiving and blocking. He'd be a great second-round addition for the Buccaneers.

  5. Cleveland Browns: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
    Mike Holmgren and Tom Heckert love bolstering the offensive front with early draft picks. Why not complement Trent Richardson with a major upgrade on the right side?

    Mike Adams will probably fall into Round 2 because of his positive drug test at the Combine, but Mike Holmgren has taken chances on players in similar situations.

  6. Jacksonville Jaguars: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
    Signing Laurent Robinson wasn't enough. The Jaguars must spend one of their first two picks on a receiver. Otherwise, Gene Smith risks having another terrible year from Blaine Gabbert, which would probably mean that he would be fired.

    Pick change; previously Jayron Hosley, CB

  7. St. Louis Rams: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
    Janoris Jenkins is definitely worth taking a flier on in the second round. He's had major character issues in the past, but seems to have turned his life around. If he truly has, the Rams will be getting a top-15 talent with their second selection on Day 2. Besides, the Titans took chances on shady individuals when Jeff Fisher was coaching them.

    Pick change; previously Lamar Miller, RB

  8. Carolina Panthers: Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
    The Panthers need to find some weapons for Cam Newton. Even if they truly still like Brandon LaFell, they'll need a future successor for Steve Smith. Besides, Rueben Randle provides some good value here, as some project him as a late first-round pick even though he couldn't get open against Dre Kirkpatrick in two meetings.

  9. Buffalo Bills: Ron Brooks, CB, LSU
    Both Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey discussed their need to improve the cornerback position. Ron Brooks could be someone they're interested in at this juncture.

    Pick change; previously Brian Quick, WR

  10. Miami Dolphins: Nick Perry, DE, USC
    As mentioned back in Round 1, the Dolphins desperately need an upgrade across from Cameron Wake. Nick Perry is a tremendous steal here even though Adam Schefter predicted that he would fall to Round 2. Perry can play both the 4-3 and 3-4, so he'd be a good fit for Joe Philbin's hybrid defense.

  11. Seattle Seahawks: Andre Branch, DE/OLB, Clemson
    The Seahawks really struggled to get to the quarterback this past year because Raheem Brock no longer provided any sort of pass rush from the left end position. Brock is no longer with the team anyway, so Seattle will have to find someone to take his spot as a situational pass-rusher. Also keep in mind that Chris Clemons will be a 31-year-old free agent the following offseason.

    Pick change; previously Mychal Kendricks, ILB

  12. Kansas City Chiefs: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State
    E-mailer Greg H. asked me which team I thought had the most talent on the roster outside of the quarterback position. I thought about it, and I came up with the Chiefs. They're pretty much stacked everywhere - except for that all-important signal-caller spot. It wouldn't hurt to add competition for Matt Cassel. I don't consider Brady Quinn competition.

    Brandon Weeden makes sense because he's presumably ready to step in right away. The Chiefs can win the Super Bowl with good quarterback play, so they're not interested in someone they can groom for a couple of years.

  13. Dallas Cowboys: Ronnell Lewis, DE/OLB, Oklahoma
    Anthony Spencer has been franchised, but that won't keep the Cowboys from spending a Day 2 selection on a rush linebacker. Spencer has severe consistency issues.

  14. Philadelphia Eagles: Devon Still, DT, Penn State
    Andy Reid will address the defensive line early in the 2012 NFL Draft. If he doesn't do it at No. 15 overall, he could easily do it here. Reid loves Devon Still, so he wouldn't hesitate to select him under these circumstances.

    Pick change; previously Janoris Jenkins, CB

  15. New York Jets: Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
    The Jets need to find some help for Tim Tebow. Chaz Schilens is one of their starting receivers. Chaz Schilens!

    Pick change; previously Andre Branch, DE/OLB

  16. New England Patriots: Amini Silatolu, G/OT, Midwestern State
    Bill Belichick loves versatile linemen. He's also shown interest in Amini Silatolu, who could go in the bottom of the first round. Silatolu can play both guard positions and right tackle.

    Pick change; previously Devon Still, DE/DT

  17. San Diego Chargers: Josh Robinson, CB/KR, Central Florida
    It's hard to believe, but Quentin Jammer will be 33 a couple of months after the 2012 NFL Draft. Norv Turner discussed possibly moving Jammer to safety sometime down the road.

    Pick change; previously Mohamed Sanu, WR

  18. Chicago Bears: Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
    Mike Tice did a phenomenal job with the offensive line this past year. However, the front still needs some help in the interior. Kevin Zeitler is a great fit for the scheme, and he happens to be one of the top prospects on the board.

  19. Philadelphia Eagles: Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
    Andy Reid hates drafting linebackers, but he may have to change his strategy after this nightmare of a season. Reid may not be the head coach of the Eagles in 2013 if he misses the playoffs again.

  20. Tennessee Titans: Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
    Colin McCarthy played really well since taking over for a struggling Barrett Ruud. It looks like he'll be the long-term answer in the middle. Now, the Titans have to find an upgrade on the weak side.

  21. Cincinnati Bengals: David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
    David Wilson is a steal down here. I had him atop this second round in a previous update, but he just happens to fall out of circumstance - something that happens to various prospects for whatever reasons every year.

    The Bengals have a great run-blocking offensive line. It's just a shame that they have nothing in the backfield to speak of. BenJarvus Green-Ellis was signed, but he's nothing more than a No. 2 back.

  22. Detroit Lions: Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
    Detroit loves to take the best player on their board, and that would likely be Vinny Curry in this scenario. However, Curry would also fill a need of sorts. The Lions have franchised Cliff Avril. They'll need some insurance just in case they can't keep him beyond 2012.

  23. Atlanta Falcons: Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State
    The Falcons have to make two upgrades to the offensive line (left tackle, right guard). They've shown a ton of interest in Kelechi Osemele.

  24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Bobby Massie, OT, Ole Miss
    Ben Roethlisberger is constantly knocked around, so the Steelers really need to make an effort to bolster the offensive front so he doesn't have to take as much punishment going forward. If he keeps taking nasty hits, his career will end much sooner than it should.

  25. Denver Broncos: Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
    The Broncos could easily go with two defensive tackles in the first couple of rounds. That's how desperate they are at the position. I wouldn't say they're locked into doing this, but Brandon Thompson is the top player available who makes sense for Denver.

  26. Houston Texans: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
    The Texans will start Rashad Butler at right tackle in the wake of Eric Winston's departure, but they'd be crazy not to find some competition for him.

  27. Green Bay Packers: Derek Wolfe, DE/DT, Cincinnati
    Green Bay could look at a five-tech early in the 2012 NFL Draft. Jarius Wynn isn't bad, but he's not very good either, while Mike Neal can't seem to stay healthy. Neal struggled since coming back anyway.

  28. Baltimore Ravens: Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California
    Ozzie Newsome indicated that he'll be looking for Ray Lewis' successor this upcoming April. Mychal Kendricks, the reigning Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, proved scouts wrong by showing off his unbelievable athleticism at the Combine.

    Pick change; previously Mychal Kendricks, ILB

  29. San Francisco 49ers: Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia
    The 49ers will want to spend a pick on a cornerback sometime in the middle rounds. Carlos Rogers turns 31 soon, while the newly signed Perrish Cox is a even bigger question mark. This is a bit earlier than "the middle rounds," but Brandon Boykin is one of the best players available.

  30. New England Patriots: Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
    The Patriots are obviously expected to add a pass-rushing linebacker early in the 2012 NFL Draft. They're also seeking a smaller linebacker who can cover. Zach Brown was once considered a first-round prospect, so he offers tremendous value here.

  31. New York Giants: Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
    Jake Ballard was a decent tight end, but he tore his ACL. The Giants needed competition at the position anyway. They signed Martellus Bennett, but that was just to a 1-year deal.

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Colt 09-22-2011 01:03 pm (total posts: 1)
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Very slim chance the Titans would take a MLB in the 1st round. Rookie Colin McCarthy from Miami has been VERY impressive. It's more likely the Titans draft a safety to replace Chris Hope or an interior offensive lineman to challenge/replace Eugene Amano or Leroy Harris.
C'mon man 09-22-2011 12:45 pm (total posts: 1)
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I would be sure if janorius j is still avaiable when the Panthers select in 2nd and they passed up on him. For one you would get great value for a top 15 prospect.
Wharthog 09-22-2011 12:41 pm (total posts: 8)
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Why are people getting worked up about the draft order in September? Ummm, this will change. At least this site updates the mock regularly - especially as the season wears on. Most draft sites update no more than once every 2 months or so.
Apex_Assassin 09-22-2011 12:17 pm (total posts: 2)
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This draft scenario would be a nightmare for Carolina, but I appreciate you having them draft 12th. That probably means good coaching by Ron Rivera and Cam is progressing. In this mock though, they lose out on the 2 blue chip WR prospects and the top CB prospect is taken right in front of them. I know they need DT depth, but reaching for the Clemson DT at 12 is absurd. If they for reach DT, it will be in the 2nd. Suprised you didn't mock CB M.Claiborne to them considering you had him at 7 in the last mock. The 2nd rd pick is almost as bad. WR Childs goes before them & WR Broyles right after while they reach, again, for a Safety. Godfrey just signed a 5 year extension, Martin is decent & the club is high on Pugh. All are young, learning a new system and getting better. CB, OG, & WR are bigger needs. Love the site & have been a fan for years, but I expect better next time out of you Walt, at least with the Panthers picks'.
Jordan 09-22-2011 11:16 am (total posts: 1)
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Matt Roth as a DE is working pretty well so far. He already has two sacks. Jacksonville's defense is rated 5th too. Get your facts straight Jag-hater.
Jesse 09-22-2011 11:15 am (total posts: 1)
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Ughh, the Ravens better not waste a pick on Chris Polk, who is garbage. Especially not with Montee Ball still on the board. I doubt he lasts into the fourth though Walt. Montee Ball will be a day two guy.
Johnnyallstar 09-22-2011 11:05 am (total posts: 5)
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@Joe I agree. They'd be better off using that pick to replace Tony Pashos.
Joe 09-22-2011 10:59 am (total posts: 3)
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It makes no sense for the browns to draft a DT in the 1st round.
communist 09-22-2011 10:23 am (total posts: 1)
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Walt, Niners at 6th ovr? BEFORE the Jags, and the Fins?
You should watch the Niners by yourself instead believing what your new Draft Scout tells you about them.
C'mon man 09-22-2011 10:19 am (total posts: 1)
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Brandon T = huge reach at 12. No dt in the 2012 draft class is worth a top 15 pick. The panthers drafting another dt would be silly, RR are high on them plus Ron e will be back from injury. Lb is a need since Thomas d career is likely over, Dan C will be a free agent after this year. Cb is a need, captain m is at best a nickel corner.
Chiefsfan584life 09-22-2011 09:53 am (total posts: 1)
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Chiefs drafted a Center in Round 2 last year that is going to be really good when Wiegman is done (Rodney Hudson). Also, Seahawks are going to be better when they play at home... Chiefs will have #1 pick overall.
Chargers won't draft a CB 09-22-2011 09:37 am (total posts: 7)
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they drafted Marcus Gilchrist to be the heir apparent to Jammer. No need to pick another one.
Brian 09-22-2011 07:12 am (total posts: 6)
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If you don't think Brian Quick will be a third round pick you should quit watching football.
Seriously? 09-22-2011 04:27 am (total posts: 1)
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When will you understand that Bill Polian doesn't make the draft decisions in Indy anymore?
Trey Hickman 09-22-2011 03:54 am (total posts: 20)
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There are two things in this first-round mock that are about as close to certainties as things come: The Seattle Seahawks will pick No. 1 overall, and they'll scoop up Stanford's Andrew Luck.

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