This is round 2 in a 7 full 7 round mock draft with explanations. Yes, I’ve gone a bit mad. My 2012 NFL Mock draft is based off our own big board, but also with the help of profootabllweekly’s draft value chart. I tend to consider more positions need than most people. My belief is that injuries are so rampant that any place that is not stocked with depth is still a need and because of that I’m more best player available than I am need for most teams. Using PFW value board and our own will allow me to balance what the league might think and what I personally think about a player’s value.
Scouting reports for all of these player can be found on our scouting report page
Round one can be found here
Previous Pick Trent Richardson, RB
Worthy was inconsistent in college, but the idea is being floated around that a big issue was that Worthy just had to play too many snaps in college and that makes sense, because often in large stretches Worthy was absolutely dominating. If a team is able to draft Worthy and maximize his talents they could have a perennial pro-bowl type player.
Previous pick-Andrew Luck, QB
The Colts no longer have Jeff Saturday so they could be looking for another center. I think the WR class is deep so a receiver is not a necessity here. With a new defensive coordinator and a new defensive system the Colts could really be looking Defense early and often. But Konz is high on my board and good value here and because he can play Center or guard could be coveted by the Colts if available at this juncture.
Previous pick-Matt Kalil, T
The Vikings add a receiving option here for Christian Ponder to grow with. The Vikings still need another cornerback, but decide that the value risk here at cornerback is too great. The best cornerback available is Northern Alabama Janoris Jenkins. Jeffery also has some issues, but complements Percy Harvin right and Jeffery’s issue have more to deal with his conditioning more than his ability to stay out of trouble.
2 4 36 Tampa Bay Buccaneers- Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
Previous pick-Morris Claiborne, CB
I have no idea with Schanio now aboard what the Buccaneers plan on doing in the draft. Bobby Wagner is a versatile player who could play a number of spots at linebacker to give Schiano some options. He’s also extremely productive and athletic. Linebackers in general are downgraded so I can’t see him getting into the first round, but he could easily be drafted in the early second round.
Previous picks: Blackmon, Nick Perry
The Browns luck out that Doug Martin is available here. Between Blackmon and Martin the Browns have already upgraded their offense, they also get a talented pass rusher to develop to boot. Things are looking up for the Cleveland Browns.
2 6 38 Jacksonville Jaguars-Harrison Smith, Safety, Norte Dame
Previous pick: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
While I’m not myself convinced of the first round pick of Melvin Ingram for the Jaguars. Harrison Smith does seem like a Gene Smith type player. Smith is well thought off and could be drafted in the late part of the first round so this is good value here for the big, talented safety. Smith can play FS or SS though I think he’s best suited as a SS. He has great size, good range, and a knack for making big plays.
Previous picks: Richardson, Jerel Worthy
The Rams continue to just add the best player available by getting the talented pass rusher Whitney Mercilus. Mercilus had a terrific 2011 season in which he was one of the most productive pass rusher in College Football. There are some questions about whether or not Mercilus is a one year wonder or not and his athleticism. He’s looked very athletic in the pre-draft process and it’s hard to fault a player for finally putting it together.
2 8 40 Carolina Panthers-Janoris Jenkins, CB, Northern Alabama
Previous pick: Quinton Coples, DE
Last year everyone said Cam Newton isn’t a leader, and people watched him excel. This year they take another gamble when they select Janoris Jenkins who has first round talent, but off the field issues. His forays with women (and the children that have resulted from such instances) and marijuana use are well documented, but his talent is undeniable and in the right situation he could thrive.
2 9 41 Buffalo Bills-Amini Silatalou, G, Midwestern State
Previous pick: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Northern Alabama
Do the Bills need a guard, not as much as other positions, but the Bills front office harps on Best player available. In this case it’s the talented guard from Midwestern State.
2 10 42 Miami Dolphins-Shea McClelin, LB, Boise State
Previous pick: Ryan Tannehill, QB
The Dolphins get Tannehill in the first round as a high risk/ high reward prospect and then in the second round get a guy who’s considered a safe prospect, but also fills a need. The Dolphins need someone to play opposite Cameron Wake, and McClellin can do that. Whatever defense the Dolphins move forward with is suitable for McClellin who can play DE or even 43 SAM linebacker in systems.
2 11 43 Seattle Seahawks-Ronnell Lewis, LB, Oklahoma
Previous pick: Dontari Poe, DL
The Seahawks get their pass rushing LB/DE combo player here in the second round with Ronnell Lewis. Lewis is not going to excel playing coverage in the N.F.L, but he’s a guy who can moving forward to disrupt the run game and get after the passer. Lewis is under-appreciated by draft analyst, but I expect him to be drafted in the middle of the second round.
2 12 44 Kansas City Chiefs-David Wilson, RB, Va Tech
Previous pick: David Decastro, G
The Chiefs take best player available again with the talented running back David Wilson. Wilson has a good center of gravity and break-away speed. He dances a little bit too much, but can run between the tackles and has good power. Wilson would complement Charles and Hillis in the backfield. He’s not a need pick, but the Chiefs don’t have a lot of major needs, they just need to improve depth at all positions.
Previous pick: Fletcher Cox, DL, Mississippi State
The Cowboy took a Defensive linemen in the firs round, but will likely address the secondary in the first three rounds. Trumaine Johnson plays at Montana so he wasn’t on T.V. every week, but he is very talented. He has great size and good speed. He made a lot of big plays up in Montana and is going to be drafted during the second round in all likelhiood. Johnson can play Cornerback or safety, both positions of need for the Cowboys.
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