Analysis of the second round of the NFL draft
|04.27.12 at 7:16 pm ET|
Thoughts on the second round, with updates coming with each pick.
33. Rams took Brian Quick, the receiver out of Appalachian State. He’s a big boy at 6-foot-3 4/8 and 220 pounds, but there’s obviously the question of level of competition with the FCS product. LSU’s Rueben Randle, South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery and Georgia Tech’s Stephen Hill were on the board at the time, so this pick could be scrutinized in the future if the others prove to have better NFL careers. At the end of the day, the Rams finally got Sam Bradford a receiver, and that’s all that matters.
34. The Colts gave Andrew Luck a toy with whom he is very familiar by bringing in Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. While there were good receivers available in Randle, Hill and Jeffery, the idea of keeping Luck and Fleener together is an intriguing one. Fleener caught 10 touchdown passes from Luck last season.
35. Good on the Ravens to move out of that No. 29 spot Thursday night and still be able to land the pass-rusher they needed. Baltimore landed Alabama’s Courtney Upshaw, a definite first-round talent who fell out of the first round. Given that he played in Nick Saban’s 3-4, Upshaw has enough experience at outside linebacker but has also played with his hand in the dirt.
36. The Broncos got Cincinnati defensive tackle Derek Wolfe, and that begins to fill a huge need. The Broncos had been projected to go after the likes of Michael Brockers and Fletcher Cox in some of our mock drafts. Denver also needs help on the offensive line.
37. The Browns had receivers on the board again and continued to avoid the position by going after Cal tackle Mitchell Schwartz. Cleveland needs a right tackle, but the Browns’ draft remains underwhelming given the Brandon Weeden pick.
38. Clemson defensive end Andre Branch to the Jaguars, and the NFL Network shows him cool, calm and collected as he’s on the phone. He should be angry.
39. The Rams are the team that takes a chance on Janoris Jenkins. He could be one of the top five corners in the league soon, but he fell because he smoked too much marijuana in college. It worked out with the Patriots and Aaron Hernandez, so don’t write off Jenkins.
Here’s a story on Jenkins from the combine.
40. The Panthers make another smart pick by going with the tough-as-nails Amini Silatolu. The guard out of Midwestern State is another guy who has to prove he wasn’t just shining against lesser competition in college, but you have to love Carolina’s draft so far after landing Luke Kuechly and Silatolu.
41. Slam-dunk pick for the Bills by getting Cordy Glenn. How that guy got out of the first round is a mystery, but the big lineman can hold down the fort at guard or right tackle in the NFL.
42. Another first-round offensive lineman comes to the AFC East as the Dolphins get Stanford’s Jonathan Martin. The Dolphins can protect Ryan Tannehill better with Jake Long protecting his blindside and Martin at right tackle.
43. Smart move by the Jets to move up and put themselves in position to have their pick of the litter at wide receiver. They ended up giving Seattle their fifth and seventh-round picks in order to go up four spots before choosing Stephen Hill. Tim Tebow had a great former Georgia Tech receiver in Denver in Damaryius Thomas, and Hill is a similar player. He’s tall, fast and is a tremendous blocker, but the lack of production in Georgia Tech’s option offense could have hurt his stock. The issue with the Jets is whether either of the quarterbacks can throw him the ball.
44. Jeff Allen to the Chiefs. They needed guard help, so the Illinois product is a good fit. The question is why they wouldn’t have traded up four or five spots to get a better prospect at the position in Glenn.
45. Love the Alshon Jeffery pick for the Bears. Chicago moved up five spots to grab the South Carolina receiver whose stock took a big hit due to weight concerns. There were rumors that he had ballooned to 250 pounds in the offseason, but he was 213 pounds when scouts came to see him at his Pro Day. Jeffery moves well for a bigger receiver, and his ball skills are tremendous.
46. The Eagles needed linebacker help, and though they traded for Demeco Ryans, they continued to address the need with Mychal Kendricks out of Cal. Kendricks played inside at College, but Philadelphia could play him as an outside linebacker.
47. The Seahawks go for Utah State inside linebacker Bobby Wagner. Good versatility as either an inside or outside guy. Pete Carroll is really trying to give that defense a spark with Bruce Irvin 15th overall and Wagner in the second round.
48. Patriots go with Illinois defensive back Tavon Wilson. Won’t call it a reach, but will call it much higher than expected. Montana’s Trumaine Johnson was still on the board, and he’s a harder hitter and about two inches taller. Both players offer positional versatility as cornerbacks who could make the move to safety.
The NFL Network notes that Wilson is the first player selected in the draft not in Mike Mayock‘s top 100 players.
49. The Chargers go with UConn defensive tackle Kendall Reyes. Some saw him as a first-rounder, but this is a pretty appropriate slot.
50. Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead to the Rams. Another weapon for Bradford, but what about Randle? The bigger need remains at receiver, even after the selection of Quick at No. 33.
51. Packers trade up and take Jerel Worthy. The defensive tackles starting to come off the board quickly in the second round.
52. Titans take Zach Brown, a terrifically athletic linebacker out of UNC who can’t tackle. Kind of like the Darius Butler of linebackers.
53. The Bengals take Devon Still. You have to question the Penn State defensive tackle’s motor, but with the crop becoming depleted with the second-round run on D-tackles, he was the best option at the position.
54. The Lions get a good slot receiver in Oklahoma’s Ryan Broyles. A very good option for Matthew Stafford, but Broyles is a bit of a risk, as he’s coming off a torn ACL.
55. Falcons finally make a pick, and it’s a big one. Wisconsin’s Peter Konz is a stud center who had no business falling out of the first round.
56. Ohio State tackle Mike Adams to the Steelers. We projected him to Pittsburgh in the first round in some of our mock drafts, but character concerns made him fall.
57. The Broncos make their second pick of the draft and it’s Arizona State quarterback Brock Osweiler. Hey, Peyton Manning may have just signed there, but he’s 36 and missed all of last season with his neck injury. Can’t blame the Broncos for being responsible. Osweiler is huge, but very raw. The Broncos obviously hope he won’t be playing any time soon.
58. The Bucs trade up for Lavonte David out of Nebraska. Undersized outside linebacker but has upside.
59. The Eagles finally end Vinny Curry‘s slide and take the Marshall pass-rusher. Not a pick out of need, but a dynamite value.
60. Iowa State offensive lineman Kalechi Osemele to the Ravens. They needed offensive line help badly, and Osemele can contribute right away at either right tackle or either guard position.
62. The Patriots trade their second-round pick to the Packers for a third-rounder a fifth-rounder. Not great value there for the Pats, as they may have been better off getting a future pick back. The Packers take Vanderbilt corner Casey Hayward.