2012 NFL Mock Draft: Round 2, 1/16
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33. St. Louis Rams- CB Chase Minnifield, Virginia
The Rams have to find some help in their secondary, and Minnifield is the best CB on the board.
34. Indianapolis Colts- WR Mohamed Sanu, Rutgers
Basically the entire Colts receiving corps is heading to unrestricted free agency this year, meaning Indy will be looking to to add a receiver early. Sanu has great potential, and should develop nicely with Andrew Luck.
35. Minnesota Vikings-OT Zebrie Sanders, FSU
The Vikings need to find a LT if they want their offense to function, Sanders is a little raw but he’d be a big upgrade.
36. Tampa bay Buccaneers- LB Dont’a Hightower, Alabama
The Bucs could use a big play linebacker with this pick, and if Hightower falls to them they shouldn’t hesitate to make this selection.
37. Cleveland Browns- RB David Wilson, Virginia Tech
The Browns running game is a huge question mark going forward, and needs to be addressed in their first couple picks. Wilson is a great option for them at the top of the 2nd round, and really could give Cleveland a great young offense.
38. Jacksonville Jaguars- CB Jayron Hosley, Virginia tech
The Jags could go in a number of directions, but corner back should be near the top of their list. The Jags secondary gave up way too many big plays this year, and that needs to be fixed.
39. Washington Redskins- SS Mark Barron, Alabama
Now the Redskins could only not take a QB in the first 2 rounds if they signed Matt Flynn. While it is unclear how serious the Redskins would be for Flynn, he is at least an option. If they do go the Flynn route, Barron would be an excellent pick for them. The LaRon Landy era appears to be at an end, and Barron would be the perfect replacement. He could really solidify the back-end of the defense, and give Washington a piece to build around in the secondary.
40. Carolina Panthers- G Brandon Washington, Miami
The Panthers offensive line isn’t awful, but they could use some improvements at the guard spot. Washington has a lot of upside and should be able to start right away.
41. Buffalo Bills- OLB/DE Andre Branch, Clemson
This could be a slight reach for the Bills, but Buffalo is desperate for a big time pass rusher. Branch fits that need to a ‘T’ and will be an excellent addition to Buffalo’s defense.
42. Miami Dolphins- NT Dontari Poe, Memphis
The Dolphins could be losing NT Paul Soliai this offseason, and could add Poe as his replacement.
43. Seattle Seahawks- QB Nick Foles, Arizona
The Seahawks missed out on a first round QB, but I can’t see them ignoring the position completely.
44. Kansas City Chiefs-TE Coby Fleener, Stanford
The Chiefs do have Moeaki coming back, but with their offense likely to lose Dwayne Bowe this offseason they need to add another weapon. Running more two TE sets could create some nice mismatches, and also gives them a strong base formation to run out of.
45. Dallas Cowboys- CB Stephon Gilmore, South Carolina
Cowboys should look to address their secondary with this pick.
46. Philadelphia Eagles- DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State
The Eagles defensive tackles are pretty thin, and let down Philly in some crucial games last season. Adding a good 3rd tackle to rotate in could be huge for their defense.
47. New York Jets- QB Ryan Tannehill, Texas A&M
The Jets need to find a ‘fallback’ plan for Mark Sanchez this offseason, and Tannehill would be an excellent fit here in the mid-2nd round.
48. New England Patriots (via Oakland)- WR Nick Toon, Wisconsin
The Patriots Ochocinco experiment didn’t go according to plan, which means a WR will be near the top of their wish list this offseason.
49. San Diego Chargers- ILB Bobby Wagner, Utah State
The Chargers could continue to look at reshaping their linebacking corps, and Wagner’s a nice pick here. He’s quickly moving up draft boards and should be a force in the middle for years to come.
50. Chicago Bears-TE Dwayne Allen, Clemson
The Bears are now going back to an offensive philosophy that requires a TE, so look for that to be on their wish list.
51. Philadelphia Eagles (via Arizona)- WR Rueben Randle, LSU
DeSean Jackson might be on his way out, in which case Philly will look to add a WR early in April’s draft.
52. Tennessee Titans- C Ben Jones, Georgia
The Titans offensive line is one of the better units in the league, but they do have a weakness at the pivot. Adding Jones could make this unit elite and make the transition to Jake Locker pretty smooth.
53. Cincinnati Bengals- WR Dwight Jones, UNC
The Bengals could use another WR opposite A.J. Green, and Jones is an excellent value at this spot. A Green-Jones tandem would be pretty impressive, and help make Dalton’s life pretty easy.
54. Detroit Lions- OT Andrew Datko, FSU
The Lions need to add an offensive tackle early, and Datko is a nice choice because of his upside. He was injured this past year, otherwise he might have been in first round consideration.
55. Atlanta Falcons- TE Orson Charles, Georgia
Tony Gonzalez might look to hang them up after this year, which would leave a pretty big void in the Falcons passing attack.
56. Pittsburgh Steelers-DT Josh Chapman, Alabama
The Steelers need to find a good young NT, and Chapman looks to be the perfect fit for them.
57. Denver Broncos- RB LaMichael James, Oregon
When you run as much as Denver does you can never have enough running backs. Especially when one (Moreno) is coming off a serious injury, and the other (McGahee), is now on the other side of 30. James would be a nice complementary back to McGahee and really give this read option the weapons they need.
58. Houston Texans-NT Alameda, Ta’amu, Washington
The Texans could use an upgrade at nose tackle and Ta’amu is the best guy available (and there is a pretty big drop off after him).
59. New Orleans Saints- DT Kawaan Short, Purdue
Two of the Saints three top DT’s are free agents this season, and New Orleans could use a long term option for the position.
60. Green Bay Packers- CB Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt
The Packers need some serious help in their defensive backfield, and adding Hayward would be a good start.
61. New York Giants- OLB LaVonte David, Nebraska
The Giants have some decent young talent at LB, but it would be hard for them to pass up a talent like David if he fell to them.
62. Baltimore Ravens- OLB Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma
The Ravens might need to replace Jarrett Johnson this offseason, and Lewis would be a nice answer.
63. San Francisco 49ers- FS Markelle Martin, Oklahoma State
The 49ers don’t have many major needs, so I think they will look to take the best guy on their board at either WR or in the defensive backfield.
64. New England Patriots- DE Billy Winn, Boise State
New England needs to keep building up this defense, and Winn is a good versatile player who can play in both the 3-4 and 4-3 alignments.