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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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Lucas 09-18-2011 09:39 pm (total posts: 1)
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I get a striking suspicion that the Chefs will be picking at #1. Cough... 89-10 ...cough.
Hopefully, they crap the bed and don't take Luck or at least trade out.
INdy 09-18-2011 08:21 pm (total posts: 1)
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if Matt Barkley comes out watch the colts not taking him
brady 09-18-2011 03:50 pm (total posts: 1)
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i hope the patriots get two irish in the first round, teo and floyd will fit great into bill belichicks scheme
mitch 09-18-2011 03:37 pm (total posts: 1)
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theres no way the browns dont draft a RT, WR, or LB in the first three rounds...
LT 09-18-2011 05:20 am (total posts: 1)
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Barkley's not entering the draft. Of course he's going to stay for his Senior year, when he'll actually have the chance of winning something at USC
Chiefer 09-18-2011 02:23 am (total posts: 5)
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Like the Chiefs picks, as a USC fan would love Barkley on our team though he's a bit overrated.

When you make a 4th round consider giving the Chiefs Jerry Franklin, he seems like the perfect fit for our SILB position.
AJT 09-17-2011 11:48 pm (total posts: 11)
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I am still amazed that you have the Browns selecting two DB's with their first four picks. Dead wrong.
Abe 09-17-2011 10:42 pm (total posts: 1)
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Kelechi Osemele will be a 1st round pick.
Kyle 09-17-2011 08:00 pm (total posts: 5)
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I doubt you'll find many Detroit fans who think OT and CB are our biggest areas of need. Think most of us would say OC and OG need to be upgraded the most.
At least OT we have some youth that could pan out (Fox, Hillard). Same thing w/ the CB's. Lots of youngsters that can grow.

ZERo youth and/or depth at the OC and RG spots.
Football's Back... 09-17-2011 06:29 pm (total posts: 1)
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Is really not that funny. We don't need to see it 10393084023 times on the site.
Andy Z. 09-17-2011 04:19 pm (total posts: 1)
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What a joke this site is. An agent I work with said the top two scouting services, whose product is not available to the public, both have Nick Toon as the #1 ranked WR in the draft. The idiots on this site don't even have him in the top three rounds! Well done, schmucks.
John L 09-17-2011 07:19 am (total posts: 1)
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Writing as a Cincinnati fan, I see them taking a RB in the first round. Sure they have had a couple of busts in Chris Perry and Kenny Irons, but with their defence being young and improving, their offence is the area that has to improve the most. With the offensive line in good shape for the first time in 5 years, (although they could upgrade the guard position, but this isn't worth a first round pick) and key positions being held by recent high draft picks, Green, Dalton, Gresham. The RB position is the logical choice. Benson could get resigned, but that would only be on a one year basis. If no RB is worthy at their spot on the first day, it has to be a DB. A lot of people have been critical of them letting Jonathon Joseph go, but they recently resigned Leon Hall to a multi year deal. I think the reason for this, is that they prefer their DB's to be more physical. That's why the signing of Nate Clements is good for the next couple of years. The second round pick will be the best available offensive lineman, or a first round talent who dropped down the big board because of character concerns. (Some can work out, look at what Carlos Dunlap did last year).
Joe C 09-17-2011 01:36 am (total posts: 1)
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I would love to see the Redskins take a Cornerback very high in the 2012 draft...We haven't done that since Carlos Rogers, and w/ his departure this offseason, I think we need to add quality depth at the position. We definitely loaded up on offensive skill positions in free agency and the draft this year, so it's time to go get a shutdown corner. How about my man Hosely from VT near the end of round 1... (where we'll hopefully be picking from!) HTTR!
Max Pierson 09-17-2011 12:18 am (total posts: 1)
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I while i do agree with the Browns getting Quinton Coples there is no chance they go after Worthy. Browns just resigned Athyba Rubin to a three year extension and he led all defensive lineman in tackles last year with 3.5 sacks. i know the sack number isnt high but that is why they will get Coples
Tom 09-16-2011 09:31 pm (total posts: 1)
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The Colts absolutely have to snag one of the QB's if they're drafting in the Top 5. I remember the 90's and I'm not willing to go back to that. I'm a huge Peyton Manning fan, he's an iconic figure for our franchise, but five years from now he'll be gone. With a proper replacement we can do the Farve/ Rodgers/ Montana/ Young transition and come out OK. If we don't snag a QB while he have the chance we'll be Miami and Buffalo. They still haven't recovered from Marino and Kelly retiring. It'll be the 90's all over again.

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