By Don Banks
April 27, 2012
2012 NFL Second-Round Mock Draft
NEW YORK -- I'm not sure what could top Thursday night's frenetic first round, but here goes: A second-round NFL mock draft to help us wile away the hours until the picking starts anew Friday night. With so many familiar names and so many teams still in must-have mode, the drama is far from over.

For those of you not keeping score, I had seven direct hits on my final first round mock, and correctly linked nine players with the team that selected them, albeit not in the exact draft slot. Not bad considering the record number of trades that went down, with so much movement across the entire round. Let's see if I'm any better the second time around: (Send comments to
33 OT/G Cordy Glenn Georgia Sr. 6-6 346
Yes, the Rams still need receiving weapons for Sam Bradford after taking LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers 14th overall in the first round. But that's where picks Nos. 39 and 45 come into play. Glenn won't last that long. Bradford needs protection too, and Glenn could upgrade St. Louis at right tackle over the underachieving Jason Smith, handle the vacant left guard job, or maybe even allow the Rams to think about shifting Rodger Saffold to the right tackle slot.
34 TE Coby Fleener Stanford Sr. 6-6 244
Some things are just meant to be, like reuniting the potent tandem of Fleener and Andrew Luck in Indy, in their roles as the Colts' latest version of Peyton Manning and Dallas Clark. Batman, you remember Robin?
35 DE/OLB Courtney Upshaw Alabama Sr. 6-2 265
(From Minnesota). A bit of a tough call here, because the Ravens are intrigued by Georgia Tech receiver Stephen Hill and could really use Wisconsin center Peter Konz. But Upshaw carried a clear-cut first-round grade and Baltimore needs both linebackers and more of an edge pass-rush presence after losing Jarrett Johnson in free agency. Having another second-round pick at No. 60 gives the Ravens the comfort of knowing their need list will get more help soon.
36 DT Jerel Worthy Michigan State Jr. 6-3 310
(From Tampa Bay). Like the Ravens, the Broncos traded out of the bottom of the first round Thursday night and are making their first pick of the draft Friday. It looks like a smart move from this vantage point, because Worthy is a first-round-rated talent who addresses the Broncos' need for a wide-bodied run-stuffer to replace the departed Brodrick Bunkley.
37 WR Stephen Hill Georgia Tech Jr. 6-5 206
As good as Stanford's Jonathan Martin would look filling the gaping hole that is the Browns' right offensive tackle spot, landing Hill continues the much-needed job of upgrading the Browns' offensive skill positions. He's the top-rated remaining pass-catcher, and his 4.3 speed adds a potential big-play element to Cleveland's attack.
38 DE Vinny Curry Marshall Sr. 6-4 263
The Jaguars got aggressive and moved up to No. 5 in the first round to get the receiver they needed in Oklahoma State's Justin Blackmon. Now it's time to address the woeful pass rush with Curry, who should walk into the starting lineup opposite defensive end Jeremy Mincey.
39 WR Rueben Randle LSU Jr. 6-4 208
(From Washington). Time to get Sam Bradford that receiver you've had on the wish list for months now. Randle and South Carolina's Alshon Jeffery are the two most accomplished pass-catchers remaining.
40 DT Devon Still Penn State Sr. 6-5 310
The Panthers opted for inside linebacker Luke Kuechly in the first round, passing up a needed defensive tackle like Fletcher Cox, Dontari Poe or Michael Brockers. In Still, they get a proven and productive player who will help staunch the bleeding on run defense.
41 OT Jonathan Martin Stanford Sr. 6-6 304
Bills GM Buddy Nix kept talking about needing to come away with a starting left offensive tackle in this draft, and it only took him one round longer than was first expected.
42 WR Alshon Jeffery South Carolina Jr. 6-4 229
With no more Brandon Marshall on the roster, the Dolphins need some juice on their receiving depth chart. It's Jeffrey, or the wonderfully named but lesser-known Brian Quick of Appalachian State, to pick from in this neck of the woods.
43 LB Lavonte David Nebraska Sr. 6-1 225
The Seahawks need an infusion of linebackers, so they draft a potential replacement for weakside starter Leroy Hill, whose shaky roster status is due to his repeated off-field issues.
44 OG Amini Silatolu Midwestern State Sr. 6-3 320
Nabbing a quarterback like Kirk Cousins or Brock Osweiler might be tempting here, but you can expect Chiefs GM Scott Pioli to stick to the value of his board. With guard Ryan Lilja getting toward the latter stages of his career, Silatolu is the smart move in terms of roster replenishment.
45 CB Trumaine Johnson Montana Sr. 6-3 210
(From Dallas). The Rams still have needs everywhere, and could look for an outside linebacker or a change-of-pace running back like LaMichael James with this, their third pick of the second round. But their cornerback depth chart was a disaster area last season, and Johnson is a prospect with potential shutdown talent.
46 CB Josh Robinson Central Florida Jr. 5-10 192
Unless the Eagles have sold themselves on North Carolina outside linebacker Zach Brown, the mid-second round value just isn't there at outside linebacker or safety, two remaining areas of need in Philly. But Robinson is a quality cover man and he'll slide nicely into the third-corner role that was recently vacated by the trade of Asante Samuel to Atlanta.
47 OT Bobby Massie Mississippi Jr. 6-6 315
The need at right offensive tackle survived beyond the first round, where the Jets took pass-rushing defensive end Quinton Coples of North Carolina. Massie puts veteran Wayne Hunter officially on notice.
48 DT Kendall Reyes Connecticut Sr. 6-4 295
(From Oakland). Baggage-laden cornerback Janoris Jenkins of North Alabama might be a strong consideration here, but the Patriots also like Reyes, and he comes relatively problem-free. The remaking of New England's defensive front seven gets another brick in the wall.
49 DT Brandon Thompson Clemson Sr. 6-2 310
The Chargers need to get their nose fixed. Thompson will help stiffen up a San Diego defensive line that got dictated to far too often in 2011.
50 OT Jeff Allen Illinois Sr. 6-5 315
The Bears offensive line is, well, you know. You've seen it. It's a mess. You could throw Allen or Wisconsin center Peter Konz at it in the second round and instantly improve Jay Cutler's first line of protection (so to speak).
51 S Brandon Taylor LSU Sr. 6-0 194
(From Arizona). The Eagles didn't get Mark Barron in the first round, but Taylor, the other strong safety in last season's National Championship Game, isn't a bad consolation prize.
52 CB Casey Hayward Vanderbilt Sr. 5-11 188
The Titans save on their scouting budget by staying home to scout Hayward, who helps replace the gone-to-St. Louis Cortland Finegan at cornerback.
53 RB LaMichael James Oregon Jr. 5-9 195
The Bengals want to go to a three-headed backfield this season, and even with four names, BenJarvus Green-Ellis can't handle the whole job. James would be a strong complementary runner, giving defenses a change of pace type rusher to prepare for.
54 CB Janoris Jenkins North Alabama Sr. 5-10 193
His history of pot use and other off-field issues aside, Jenkins might be a pretty good gamble in the second round for the Lions in ways he never would have been in the first round. Detroit's desperate need for a cornerback may speak louder than anyone's concerns within the organization.
55 OT Mike Adams Ohio State Sr. 6-8 320
Though they sat out Thursday night's proceedings due to 2011's Julio Jones trade, the Falcons have to feel pretty fortunate to still address their need for an offensive left tackle toward the bottom of the second round. Adams has some issues, but he also has size and potential. Atlanta could do a lot worse in its quest to upgrade over Sam Baker at left tackle.
56 DT Alameda Ta'amu Washington Sr. 6-3 337
With a name like Alameda, I was selfishly hoping he'd wind up in Oakland. But Ta'amu seems the perfect heir apparent for the aging Casey Hampton at the vital nose tackle slot in Dick LeBeau's 3-4 defensive front.
57 QB Brock Osweiler Arizona State Sr. 6-8 240
Why not give Peyton Manning someone to look up to? The supremely tall Osweiler needs some NFL grooming, but I would suggest Broncos fans don't want to entrust the season to Caleb Hanie if anything should go wrong in Manning's recovery from neck surgery.
58 WR Brian Quick Appalachian State Sr. 6-5 220
The Texans in the first round landed a pass rusher in outside linebacker Whitney Mercilus to help replace Mario Williams, but they still need someone to threaten a defense opposite of all-world receiver Andre Johnson.
59 C Peter Konz Wisconsin Jr. 6-5 314
The Packers have Jeff Saturday as their starter this year, but they won't pass on a prospect as highly rated as Konz, especially with him coming from a Badgers program that the Green Bay organization respects.
60 OG Kelechi Osemele Iowa State Sr. 6-6 333
The Ravens would have loved to see Konz last one pick longer on the board -- and maybe they'll trade up over Green Bay to avoid that scenario -- but Osemele gives them a youthful possibility as a replacement for the departed Ben Grubbs at guard.
61 49ers">49ers">49ers_45.gif" border="0"> OG Brandon Brooks Miami (Ohio) Sr.. 6-5 343
Given their need at right guard, the 49ers were probably prepared to jump on Osemele, but they're at the wrong end of this little run on interior linemen. No matter, Brooks is rated almost as highly, and he has been a fast-rising prospect as a non-combine-invitee all spring.
62 RB Lamar Miller Miami Jr. 5-11 212
After three defensive picks to open the draft, the Patriots get themselves a new toy in the backfield to help offset the loss of BenJarvus Green-Ellis.
63 TE Dwayne Allen Clemson Jr. 6-4 255
The Giants still could use another body at the position that saw both Travis Beckum and Jake Ballard go down to knee injuries in the Super Bowl. Allen was considered just behind top-rated tight end Coby Fleener in this year?s draft.

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