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2012 NFL Draft second-round analysis

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By Nate Davis, USA TODAY

The Huddle will provide real-time analysis of each second- and third-round pick on the second night of the 2012 NFL draft on Friday night, so keep scrolling down and refreshing this page.

Round 2
33. Rams -- Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State: The Rams forgo better-known names like Stephen Hill and Rueben Randle for the big-bodied but more raw Quick (6-4, 220 pounds). At least QB Sam Bradford has his first downfield weapon from this draft.

34. Colts -- Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: Makes perfect sense to pair QB Andrew Luck with his go-to target from their time together with the Cardinal. Fleener's nothing special as a blocker, but he should step right into the pass-catching role vacated by departed Colts TEs Dallas Clark and Jacob Tamme.

35. Ravens (from Vikings) -- Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: Ravens GM and 'Bama alum Ozzie Newsome saves free-falling Upshaw -- once considered a potential Top 10 pick -- who can clearly play the game effectively even if he is a bit of a 'tweener at 6-2, 272 pounds. The pick makes sense after Baltimore let OLB Jarret Johnson walk. Yet Upshaw could be an even more formidable force opposite 2011 defensive MVP Terrell Suggs. Upshaw is the fifth Tide player selected in the draft's top 35 spots.

36. Broncos (from Buccaneers) -- Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati: Denver does the expected with its first pick of this draft, though goes somewhat outside the box by taking Wolfe, a lineman who's more of a penetrator than a gap plugger. Regardless, he plugs a gap on the depth chart given the free-agent defection of DT Brodrick Bunkley and the apparent reluctance to re-sign Marcus Thomas. Wolfe need only beat out vets Justin Bannan and Ty Warren for snaps.

37. Browns -- Mitchell Schwartz, T, California: Sensible pick. Cleveland cut RT Tony Pashos in March, so Schwartz steps into an open job. Not only that, he dovetails with the team's previous selections, providing protection for QB Brandon Weeden and holes for RB Trent Richardson. And who better to learn the NFL ropes from than all-pro LT Joe Thomas.

38. Jaguars -- Andre Branch, DE, Clemson: Jacksonville has been seeking a reliable pass rusher ever since the day DE Tony Brackens left town nearly a decade ago. Branch should form a nice tandem with improving Jeremy Mincey on a sneaky good defense.

39. Rams (from Redskins) -- Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: No fear from coach Jeff Fisher and GM Les Snead. Jenkins has first-round cover skills -- maybe the best in this year's draft -- but first-rate off-field problems (including marijuana charges) that led to his demise at the University of Florida. Yet assuming Jenkins has straightened himself out, the Rams have solved a spot that was a consistent problem in 2011 with the ability to pair the rookie with recently signed Cortland Finnegan.

40. Panthers -- Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State: Highly touted though he comes out of a relatively unknown program, Silatolu should immediately take over for departed Travelle Wharton and make plenty of space to run for QB Cam Newton and RBs DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart.

41. Bills -- Cordy Glenn, G/T, Georgia: Many prognosticated that he would go in the first round, so Buffalo gets good value for an O-line that needed help. Glenn played left tackle for the Dawgs and could get a shot to replace former LT Demetress Bell. But his 6-6, 345-pound frame may work better at right tackle or guard.

42. Dolphins -- Jonathan Martin, T, Stanford: No one seems to question his talent -- he clearly has the feet and balance to be a left tackle, which is why he looked like a first-round prospect -- just his physicality. Miami needed blocking help, and you almost wonder if Martin one day winds up on QB Ryan Tannehill's blind side with current LT Jake Long moving to the right side.

43. Jets (from Seahawks) -- Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: The latest intriguing wideout prospect from the Yellow Jackets (Calvin Johnson, Demaryius Thomas), the Jets move up four slots to get the big (6-4, 215 pounds) and speedy (4.36 speed) Hill. He'll need polish, but he should also effectively stretch the field (something Plaxico Burress couldn't do in 2o11) without a lick of coaching. That means more room to operate underneath for WR Santonio Holmes and it should take a safety out of the box for a team that wants to run the ball.

44. Chiefs -- Jeff Allen, OL, Illinois: Kansas City's been seeking youth and size for a line that already got better this offseason with the addition of RT Eric Winston. LG Ryan Lilja is on the small side and C Casey Wiegmann may be done at age 38. Possible lineup: LT Branden Albert, LG Allen, C Rodney Hudson, RG Jon Asamoah (also a former Illini) and RT Winston.

45. Bears (from Cowboys via Rams) -- Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina: A big target (6-3, 216 pounds) ... maybe too big since he was in the 230- or 240-pound range for the Gamecocks in 2011. Regardless, he should fit in nicely alongside new lead dog Brandon Marshall in Chicago while providing an enormous target for QB Jay Cutler. This may not portend good news for Johnny Knox, who suffered a scary back injury last season.

46. Eagles -- Mychal Kendricks, LB, California: Philadelphia continues revamping its linebacking corps having already obtained MLB DeMeco Ryans from the Texans this offseason. Kendricks could push for a job alongside Ryans at a spot where the team struggled noticeably in 2011. At 5-11, 240, Kendricks isn't huge, but he flashed a sub-4.5 40 time at the combine which might mean he's pegged for the weak side.

47. Seahawks (from Jets) -- Bobby Wagner, OLB, Utah State: Seattle didn't have much invested in its linebacking corps -- Barrett Ruud and Leroy Hill are there on one-year deals -- but might now. Wagner's athleticism should work well behind an underrated front four that should give him plenty of room to roam to the ball.

48. Patriots (from Raiders) -- Tavon Wilson, S, Illinois: This may seem to be a bit of a reach, but remember, New England currently has just one more pick left in this entire draft. Clearly Bill Belichick's scouts see something in Wilson, and the team spent much of 2011 experimenting at safety with Devin McCourty now a candidate to move there, too.

49. Chargers -- Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut: Two-time team captain and high-effort player should translate to a defensive end in the Bolts' three-man front, perhaps eventually pairing with last year's first rounder, Corey Liuget. Both should learn at the knee of vet Luis Castillo for one more season.

50. Rams (from Bears) -- Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati: Veteran RB Steven Jackson needed a backup, so why not enlist a player who can bring a burst as a changeup runner? Pead caught 87 passes for the Bearcats and also returns kicks, quite a versatile package for a team in need of players with wiggle.

51. Packers (from Cardinals via Eagles) -- Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State: Green Bay popped up eight spots for what looks like a value pick as Worthy was ranked as a borderline first rounder in some quarters. The Packers needed help at end in their three-man front after losing Cullen Jenkins to free agency a year ago and watching Mike Neal struggle with injuries and now a four-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. A defense that struggled in 2011 suddenly looks better with Worthy and first-round pass rusher Nick Perry.

52. Titans -- Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina: Tennessee goes for the athletic prospect. Brown has off-the-charts speed at his position but hasn't successfully translated that into production on the field ... seems we say that about a lot of UNC draft picks. The Titans are pretty well set at backer, so Brown should get some pressure-free time to prove his mettle.

53. Bengals -- Devon Still, DT, Penn State: He's taken quite a tumble after an underwhelming combine and predraft process. But expect fiery Cincy DC Mike Zimmer to extract every ounce of talent out of Still as he joins a defense that quietly ranked seventh last year. He should take departed Jonathan Fanene's spot in the rotation at first.

54. Lions -- Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma: He's coming back from a torn ACL but still caught 303 passes over the past three seasons for the Sooners, including 131 in 2010. He could eventually be the slot man in Detroit between WRs Calvin Johnson and Titus Young, though Young and Broyles are both on the smallish side. Regardless, with starter Nate Burleson still in the picture, Broyles looks like a long-term investment at this juncture.

55. Falcons -- Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: Cerebral player could step right in at guard on a line that struggled to keep QB Matt Ryan on his feet in 2011. Konz would also be the logical heir to veteran C Todd McClure long-term.

56. Steelers -- Mike Adams, T, Ohio State: Suspensions at OSU and a positive drug test at the combine did nothing to help Adams' draft stock, but Pittsburgh gets a good player at this spot. Starting five in 2012 could be LT Marcus Gilbert, rookie LG David DeCastro, C Maurkice Pouncey, RG Doug Legursky, RT Adams with oft-injured vet Willie Colon in the mix. That could be the best O-line group in the Steel City in quite some time.

57. Broncos -- Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State: This 6-7 prospect has some promising skills and a big arm but must battle perception that too-tall quarterbacks don't succeed in the NFL ... thank you, Dan McGwire. Osweiler won't play any time soon as he becomes a pupil of QB Peyton Manning and exec John Elway. But if Manning's neck or desire waver at any point, Osweiler could join the lineup sooner than you think.

58. Buccaneers (from Texans) -- Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska: After putting S Mark Barron on the back end yesterday, David joins the second level Friday and could immediately challenge for the job left vacated by departed Geno Hayes. David is smallish (6-1, 233 pounds), but he'll find ballcarriers and should bring more pop than the even more diminutive Hayes did.
This is the point where the Saints owned the 59th pick, but it was stripped by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in light of the team's bounty scandal.

59. Eagles (from Packers) -- Vinny Curry DE, Marshall: Philly grabs another relentless pass rusher -- Curry and Trent Cole should get along just fine -- to add to their front four. Curry doesn't have eye-popping measurables, but he's known for eye-popping hits on quarterbacks.

60. Ravens -- Kelechi Osemele, OL, Iowa State: Stout run blocker looks like he'll play inside at the pro level, and that works perfectly for the Ravens, who failed to re-sign G Ben Grubbs during free agency.

61. 49ers -- LaMichael James, RB, Oregon:Jim Harbaugh knows him all too well from his time in the Pac-10/Pac-12. Think of James as Darren Sproles -- he can run, catch and receive and is a perfect component to supplement Frank Gore and/or Kendall Hunter. The kind of game-breaker the Niners could really use.

62. Packers (from Patriots) -- Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt: He joins a secondary that wasn't nearly as effective in 2011 while surrendering the most passing yards in the NFL. This could be a sign that Charles Woodson's transition to safety could hit high gear -- especially with Nick Collins no longer in the picture -- with Hayward joining Tramon Williams and Sam Shields as the long-term trio in the corner rotation.

63. Giants -- Rueben Randle, WR, LSU: The consolation prize for Randle, the last player invited to the draft to be picked, is the opportunity to join the champs. GM Jerry Reese, as always, picks the man who obviously seems to be the best available player. Aside from that, Randle could quickly challenge for playing time given the free agent exit of Super Bowl hero Mario Manningham. Randle could let WR Victor Cruz play in the slot in three-wide sets. The rich get richer.

 

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