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2012 NFL Draft - 2nd Round Analysis
Chicago WR Alshon Jeffery
Chicago WR Alshon Jeffery
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Apr 27, 2012


Breaking down and analyzing every second round draft pick.



2012 NFL Draft

Second Round


2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - AFC
EAST Buffalo | Miami | New England | NY Jets
WEST Denver | Kansas CityOakland | San Diego
NORTH Baltimore | Cincinnati  Cleveland | Pittsburgh
SOUTH Houston | Indy | Jacksonville | Tennessee

2012 NFL Draft Team Analysis - NFC
EAST Dallas | NY Giants | Philadelphia | Washington
WEST Arizona | San Francisco | Seattle | St. Louis
NORTH Chicago | Detroit | Green Bay | Minnesota
SOUTH Atlanta | Carolina | New Orleans | Tampa Bay    

Round-By-Round Picks & Analysis Round 1 | Round 2
Round 3 | Round 4 | Round 5 | Round 6 | Round 7 

1 33 St. Louis Rams

WR Brian Quick, Appalachian State 6-4, 220
Overall Pick No. 33 CFN Overall Ranking: 98
CFN Analysis: The Rams have their receiver. While he might not have the ridiculous tools like a Stephen Hill, who’s still on the board, he’s a big-bodied receiver who could instantly be Sam Bradford’s No. 1 target. The pressure will be on right away to produce.

With excellent size and tremendous athleticism, he has the tools including phenomenal leaping ability to get up and make big plays on jump balls. Smooth as silk for his size and gears up well with the ability to blow past defenders once he’s in the clear. A leader, he’ll do whatever he must to improve, and he needs some refinement. While he ended up finishing strong during Senior Bowl week, he didn’t look like he belonged with the big boys early on. The deep speed is there, but he’ll likely be a mid-range target early on. There are too many drops and he’ll need plenty of refinement, but there’s enough to work with to think he could eventually become a dangerous No. 2 target.
CFN Projection: Third Round

2 34 Indianapolis Colts

TE Coby Fleener, Stanford 6-6, 252
Overall Pick No. 34 CFN Overall Ranking: 57
CFN Analysis: Andrew Luck has his go-to target and he has his old safety valve back. Fleener was considered by many to be the best tight end on the board and it was a bit of a shocker that he slid out of the first round. Now he can be a vertical threat who instantly makes the Colt passing game better. Did he come up with enough big games at Stanford? No, but he’ll make the No. 1 overall pick very, very comfortable.

Very tall, very big, and a very good receiver, he’s not Jimmy Graham athletically but he has the same sort of body type and knows how to dominate smaller defensive backs. With great hands, he doesn’t drop the ball and is a good fighter when the ball is in the air. He didn’t need to bail out Andrew Luck too often, but he helped the cause coming up with several big plays highlighted by a huge game in the 2011 Orange Bowl. However, he only had a few big games last year despite scoring ten times. The potential is there to be a stat-sheet filler and become a pure receiver, but forget about blocking. While he’ll try, he doesn’t get enough of a push and he’s not going to do too much for the ground game. Yes, he’s an athletic receiver, but he’s not an elite athlete and is more of a football player than a workout warrior.
CFN Projection: Second Round

3 35 Baltimore (from Minnesota)

OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama 6-2, 272
Overall Pick No. 35 CFN Overall Ranking: 26
CFN Analysis: Ykes. There are some teams that can find defensive stars and know what to do with them. Upshaw might be a bit of hybrid and might not have one set position, but he’s exactly what the Ravens need to work on the other side of Terrell Suggs and make the great defense a lot younger in a hurry. A first-round talent, now Upshaw gets to make the rich defense even richer. He might have been made he didn’t go earlier, but there’s no complaining about where he ended up.

Part defensive end, part outside linebacker, Upshaw fits a variety of roles and schemes. While his 22 reps on the bench at the Combine were slightly underwhelming, he plays strong, hits big, and he’s a true intimidator with the right attitude and mentality. While he’s a warrior who’s always going 100 miles per hour on the field, he didn’t exactly go full bore in Indy, and it was noted. He looks the part, but he doesn’t always play like an end and can be blocked with a tough time disengaging. He’s a tweener of sorts, but he’s not quite athletic enough to be a speed rusher who can fly into the backfield on a regular basis. Even so, with his intensity and style he’ll be a tough defender on the outside for the next decade.
CFN Projection: First Round

4 36 Denver (from Tampa Bay)

DT Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati 6-5, 295
Overall Pick No. 36 CFN Overall Ranking: 121
CFN Analysis: While he’s a fantastic player, he’s also a bit of a reach with the 36th overall pick. Will Peyton Manning be happy the offense wasn’t addressed? No, but that’ll come later withseveral good receivers sure to still be on the board with the 57th overall pick. The rising defense needed help on the interior, and while Wolfe isn’t going to be a big-time run stuffer, he’ll be a high-motor producer who’ll work in a variety of ways. Again, he was a bit of a reach here, but he’ll be a solid starter for a long time.

The Big East Defensive Player of the Year got the honor on hustle. Always going 100 miles per hour and always working, he’s a disruptive force who’s great at screwing things up. A football player, he does the work needed in the weight room and on the field to improve and hone his craft, and he’s one of the best interior pass rushing prospects in the draft. Athletic, he moved well in Indy and showed he might be able to play on the outside in a 4-3 if needed. There’s no power in his game and he’s not going to be a tight run stopper, but being a niche defender might not be a bad thing .At the very least he’ll work to become the type of player who makes things happen when he gets the chance.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

5 37 Cleveland Browns

OT Mitchell Schwartz, California 6-5, 317
Overall Pick No. 37 CFN Overall Ranking: 141

CFN Analysis: The Browns really, really need to get a wide receiver at some point soon, but it’s going to be a while before they pick again. After addressing the skill stars in the first round with Trent Richardson and Brandon Weeden, they made sure the right tackle spot was solidified with a decent prospect who can move. This is a wee bit of a reach even through he was fantastic during Senior Bowl week. He’s a good technician who can play right away, but he can’t work at left tackle and he could end up spending most of his NFL career at guard. There will be plenty of second guessing if Stephen Hill or Rueben Randle turn out to be fantastic.

Versatile, he can either be an athletic guard or a solid right tackle with plenty of experience and good consistency. While he could see time on the left side if needed, he’ll be at his best when he doesn’t have to deal with the speedy rushers on the blindside. After seeing so much playing time he has his technique down and doesn’t need a ton of polish, and he’s crafty enough to make up for his mistakes by outthinking is man. There’s a huge concern about a back injury that’s going to be a problem throughout his career, and it’s enough to be a glaring red flag and possibly even knock him off some draft boards. If he’s healthy he’ll be a steady NFL starter, but how reliable can he be if he struggles with his back? Considering his lack of upside, he’s a buyer beware pick.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

6 38 Jacksonville Jaguars

DE Andre Branch, Clemson (OLB) 6-4, 259
Overall Pick No. 38 CFN Overall Ranking: 47
CFN Analysis: A big-time need pick for the Jaguars, they traded up to get Justin Blackmon in the first round and passed up on the pass rushers. Now they have their hybrid defender who has to be to get into the backfield on a consistent basis. Can he hold up against the run? That’s not going to be his job. If he can get to the quarterback all will be fine.

A beefed up outside linebacker, he’ll be fine in almost any scheme on the outside in some way, shape, or form. A hybrid more than a tweener, he’ll probably start out as an outside linebacker before adding a little more weight – he has the frame to get up to 270 without a problem – to become a true end. Quick, he gets around in a hurry and looked the part at the Combine with smooth quickness and cutting ability. The concern will be against the run. Not really a run stopper of an outside linebacker, he’ll have to hit the weight room to become functionally stronger. The biggest issue, though, is a back problem that’s not going to get any better after getting beaten on. There’s going to be a large Buyer Beware sign on his back, but he could flourish out of the box if he’s used only as a speed rusher.
CFN Projection: Second Round

7 39 St. Louis Rams (from Washington)

CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama 5-10, 193
Overall Pick No. 39 CFN Overall Ranking: 12
CFN Analysis: A HUGE get for the Rams. They addressed the receiver situation with Brian Quick early in the second round, and while it might have been nice to get another one to keep beefing up the weak position. Jenkins is a tremendous value pick. Yes, there are major character issues, and yes, he’s a dicey attitude prospect, but on sheer talent he’s a top ten talent who should lock down a spot right away. There’s no risk; if he busts, he was a chance worth taking at the 39.

Take away the character issues and he’d be a sure-thing top 20 pick. While he’s not huge, he’s big enough to get by and doesn’t have a problem against the bigger receivers. Lightning fast, he has the 4.4 wheels in workouts and he plays just as fast on the field with the ability to close on a receiver in a heartbeat. He’s a willing tackler, he’s great at tracking the ball, and he proved himself time and again when he was at Florida. But all of the positives are wiped away by the major warning signs that’ll make him undraftable on some boards. Along with his major-league attitude, he had a slew of off-the-field problems including an arrest for marijuana possession that got him the boot from Florida. He was banged up, and with his style he’ll always be hovering around the injury report. Will the concerns outweigh his incredible talent? On the right team he’s a No. 1 corner and a Pro Bowl talent.
CFN Projection:
Second Round

8 40 Carolina Panthers

OG/OT Amini Silatolu, Midwestern State 6-4, 312
Overall Pick No. 40 CFN Overall Ranking: 73
CFN Analysis: There was a time midway through the draft process when he was considered to be an almost certain late first rounder. He might be raw, but he’s a mauler with the versatility to play just about anywhere on the line. This is a little bit of a shocker considering the Panthers still need more help for the defense, but he’s a rising prospect who should be a key part of the running game from Day One.

Versatile, he’s athletic for his size and could easily fit at tackle without losing any of his power. Phenomenally strong and with good explosion, the raw tools are there to go along with a mauling attitude. Getting him fired up to bury his man isn’t an issue. A D-II product, he’ll need some work, but there’s nothing major that needs tweaking or working; he just needs a little bit of technique work to harness his talent. If anything, his mistakes usually come from trying too hard. There are durability concerns, and schoolwork was an issue, but he’s a promising developmental pick with excellent upside.
CFN Projection: Third Round

9 41 Buffalo Bills 

OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia (OT) 6-6, 345
Overall Pick No. 41 CFN Overall Ranking: 27
CFN Analysis: Is he a tackle or a guard? Whatever he’ll be, Buffalo got a terrific value pick with the size and the talent to find a spot on the line early on and be used in a variety of ways. His feet might not be great, and he’ll never be a left tackle, but the Bills wanted a blaster of a run blocker and want to make the line more powerful. He’ll do that right away with a terrific value pick. He could’ve easily have gone in the first round.

While he played tackle in college he’s considered to be a lock to move inside and work as a guard at the next level. Don’t be so fast to assume he’ll stick at guard after showing off the feet in offseason workouts to be someone’s right tackle if needed. However, he’s huge and built to be a dominant force at guard for a long, long time. Relatively athletic for his size, he moves with the quicker defenders without a problem, and he can bury his man when he engages. The key will be the training table. He needs to be best friends with the strength and conditioning coach to keep his weight in check, and he needs to bring the attitude play-in-and-play-out. Keeping the fire lit will be a must, and he could stand to lose at least 15 pounds of bad weight, but he’s a tremendous talent who can be tried out in a variety of ways.
CFN Projection: First Round

10 42 Miami Dolphins  

OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford
(Jr.) 6-6, 312
Overall Pick No. 42 CFN Overall Ranking: 16
CFN Analysis: PHENOMENAL value. He’s not a blaster at an NFL level and he might not kill anyone, but he’s going to be a pass protector for Ryan Tannehill and he was a rock-solid safe pick early in the first round. Early in the draft process there were many who considered him a lock to go in the top 20, if not 15, and while he was one of the biggest sliders he has found a home on the other side of Jake Long. He doesn’t have to be the star of the Dolphin line, but he’ll be a very, very good starter with a little bit of time.

He’ll be one of the biggest calls of the early part of the draft. The size, tools, and talent are all there to be a franchise pass blocker on the right side of the line for the next decade, but he’s probably going to be asked to be a star on the left side. However, he still needs lots of work and he looked great being next to guard David DeCastro, possibly the best blocker in the draft. While he needs refinement and he has to prove he can hold up against the flashier speed rushers, he’s ready to be thrown to the wolves after spending his career protecting Andrew Luck in a pro-style offense. Can he be a power blocker? Is he a good enough athlete to work on an island against the star speedsters? There are major question marks and there’s bust potential for where he’ll be drafted, but there’s also tremendous upside depending on the scheme and the work he puts in.
CFN Projection: First Round

11 43 New York Jets (from Seattle)

WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech (Jr.) 6-5, 215
Overall Pick No.43 CFN Overall Ranking: 139
CFN Analysis: New York doesn’t mind taking big chances on greatness. With his skill set he’ll be an instant threat and an instant deep ball option for Mark Sanchez, and possibly even Tim Tebow. Many had Hill with a first round grade and he slid and slid and slid because he has to prove he can be more than just a home run hitter. He’ll never be a 100-catch go-to guy in the Jet attack, but he could be a 50-catch, nine score target who changes around a few games.

He’s not Demaryius Thomas and he’s certainly not Calvin Johnson, but the tools are way too intriguing to ignore. Not only is he one of the biggest receivers in the draft, but he’s among the fastest clocking in a blazing 4.33. With his upside and talent he should be a mismatch nightmare and he might just be scratching the surface on what he can become. After a rocky start and academic issues he has matured, improved, and is ready to blossom – eventually. He fights the ball way too much and he’s more of a gear-up receiver than a quick one for midrange routes. It might take a little while and a lot of tweaking, but it’s all there to become a dangerous part of any attack. He helped himself in offseason workouts and now will be one of the biggest calls in the first few rounds.
CFN Projection: Second Round

12 44 Kansas City Chiefs

OT Jeff Allen, Illinois (OG) 6-4, 307
Overall Pick No. 44 CFN Overall Ranking: 123
CFN Analysis: The Chiefs needed a guy who could fit a variety of roles and Allen is it. While he’ll end his career as a guard, and he’ll compete for a spot inside right away on the Chief line, he’s a tackle who’ll also make a big push for a right tackle job early on. He’ll be a good run blocker and he’ll be able to see guy, hit guy as a nice fit for the attack. Remember, the Chiefs were great when the offensive line rocked, and this is a step in that direction.

A true tweener, he could be a decent tackle on either side or an undersized guard, but in either spot he has the tools and the talent to become a versatile starter for a long time on someone’s line. Strong and consistent, he doesn’t get knocked off his base and he doesn’t get shoved around, and he’s just athletic enough to get buy. Already a good blocker out of the box, there’s upside once he improves his body and takes to an NFL training regimen. A bit doughy for a starting tackle, he needs to hit the weights hard and learn how to job of flattening people. He’s going to be drafted as a left tackle possibility, but he’ll make his money as a right tackle unless he transforms his body.
CFN Projection: Second Round
 
13 45 Chicago Bears (from St. Louis from Dallas)

WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina (Jr.) 6-4, 216
Overall Pick No. 45 CFN Overall Ranking: 24
CFN Analysis: At the end of 2010 he might have been a top ten pick, he had that much potential and was that hot a prospect. As long as he keeps his weight in check, and as long as he wants it, he could become a brilliant value pick here. After stealing Brandon Marshall from Miami, now the Bears have another real, live wide receiver and a part of a passing game. The offense hasn’t had a receiver this talented in a long, long time, but there’s bust potential if he doesn’t do the work to maximize his potential. However, he was a need pick the Bears had to make.

After cutting down the fat a bit after playing at 230, he still has ideal size and the physical tools to know how to handle his bulk. Very tall, very tough, and with the right attitude, there’s a chance he could be a phenomenal value pick after likely sliding a bit after a poor season. Yes, he struggled to produce last year compared to 2010 – he had top ten overall potential after his sophomore season - but quarterback issues and a bit of a change in offensive focus had a lot to do with that. The top-end deep speed isn’t there at an elite level, and it would be a big help if he camped out with the NFL strength and conditioning coach to rock up his body a bit, but the potential is there if he works for it and decides he wants to be a star. He’ll be a relatively cheap and easy chance to take after the first round.
CFN Projection: Second Round

14 46 Philadelphia Eagles

ILB Mychal Kendricks, California 5-11, 239
Overall Pick No. 46 CFN Overall Ranking: 41
CFN Analysis: The Eagles always seem to get guys like this. There are flaws in his game and he might not fit a prototype, but he’s a pure football player who can move and can become a disruptive force on the outside while DeMeco Ryans can dominate in the interior. The right pick at the right time, Philly got a good fighter of a player to go along with first round DT Fletcher Cox to improve the front seven.

Really, really fast. He upped his stock in a huge way at the Combine with a 4.47 to go along with an explosive vertical and a nice 24 reps on the bench. Considering he’s a great hitter who blows through a ball-carrier, his athleticism could put him on the outside or in. Always working and always going 100 miles per hour, he gets to plays on hustle as well as his speed. The problem is his size. He’s not small, but this is it; he doesn’t have any room to get any bigger. While he’s an inside linebacker, he can be pushed around and he can be erased be a tough blocker. He’ll do whatever is needed to succeed, and he’ll be a nice part of any defense.
CFN Projection: Second Round

15 47 Seattle Seahawks

OLB Bobby Wagner, Utah State 6-0, 241
Overall Pick No. 47 CFN Overall Ranking: 101
CFN Analysis: After taking Bruce Irvin with a controversial pick in the first round, the Seahawks reached a little bit to get another defender for the front seven. However, he’s a baller who needs to step in right away and find a role in Pete Carroll’s defense and he’s going to be a key special teamer right away. A good inside defender, he could be the type of linebacker who doesn’t star for Carroll, but ends up being one of the team’s leading tacklers making every stop on everything that comes his way.

A bit too slow and without too much athleticism, he doesn’t really fit the NFL mold. He’s not all that big, he doesn’t have any room to add any size, and he’ll always be a step slow for the pros, but he’s a phenomenal football player. While he suffered a bout of pneumonia and wasn’t able to work out in Indianapolis, he had a great Senior Bowl week and didn’t look out of place in any way. Really, really strong, he’s rocked up and isn’t going to get moved around. Ultra-productive and a great leader and tackler, he could be a star if he’s surrounded by more athletic defenders. He’ll be at his best when things are funneled his way, and with a hard ceiling there’s a limit on what he can become. With his experience and tackling ability, he should be able to find a niche.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

16 48 New England Patriots (from Oakland)

CB Tavon Wilson, Illinois 6-0, 205
Overall Pick No. 48 CFN Overall Ranking: Unranked

Alright, Bill Belichick. You might be a super-genius and you might know how to find the right fit for players like Wilson, but … huh? He might be drafted as a corner but he’ll probably play free safety and spend most of his time in nickel and dime packages, but he’s an awful value selection at the 48. There aren’t many safety options in the position-poor draft, but there was absolutely no reason to make this pick here. This is where the Patriots usually trade down to get a guy like this.

With nice size and decent versatility, he could fill a variety of roles and could fit a variety of schemes. He’s a corner who can tackle a bit, and he has decent speed for a safety, but he’s not a blazer and he’s a bit of a leaky hitter in the open field. Around a 4.5 runner, he can move, and he does a lot of the little things right, but he doesn’t have a set position. He’ll be a good swing backup who’ll have a hard time finding a home.
CFN Projection: Fifth Round

17 49 San Diego Chargers

DT Kendall Reyes, Connecticut
6-4, 299
Overall Pick No. 49 CFN Overall Ranking: 59
CFN Analysis: Plug him into the inside of the Charger line and he’ll be a rock against the run. He’ll work like an end in the San Diego D, but he can be moved around to fill a variety of roles and he can move just enough to make a few decent plays in the backfield. With Melvin Ingram in the first round and now with Reyes in this spot, the front seven was a major area targeted and San Diego got too extremely solid players. This was the right pick at the right time.

With a great frame and a good body, he can play in almost any system and has the potential to get bigger and stronger with at least ten more pounds of good weight. More than anything else, he’s a great character guy and a tremendous leader who a coaching staff will love to have as a key part of the defense. However, while he’s athletic and strong – cranking up 36 reps on the bench - he can be erased and engulfed by bigger, stronger blockers. Okay as a collegian, he wasn’t special and is more of a prospect than a producer. Great in offseason workouts, and a favorite personality-wise, he’ll make himself into a good pro, but probably not an elite one.
CFN Projection: Second Round

18 50 St. Louis Rams

RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati
5-10, 197
Overall Pick No. 50 CFN Overall Ranking: 64
CFN Analysis: Okay … the Rams still need more receiver help even after getting Brian Quick, and Rueben Randle is still on the board, but Pead is a great football player who’ll be a terrific change-of-pace speedster to give Steven Jackson some help. He’s a playmaker who can find a role right away as Sam Bradford’s third down back who can make things happen in space. The offense needs weapons, and Pead is one.

He’s too small, too slight, and too thin, but he’s a pure football player who’s better than he looks with phenomenal speed and a nice all-around game. Extremely quick with all the raw tools, he might not be a workhorse but he has the potential to be a devastating 15-touch back in the right system. The Big East Player of the Year, he carried the Cincinnati offense and has been extremely productive whenever he has had a chance. Able to be used as a returner if he’s not a top runner right away, he also has the hands to be a playmaker as a third down receiver. The base and the frame just aren’t there, and he’ll never pound through the line, but if he can put it all together from a work standpoint, he could have a long career in a niche role if he’s not a No. 1 back.
CFN Projection: Third Round

19 51 Green Bay Packers (from Philadelphia from Arizona) 

DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State (Jr.) 6-3, 308
Overall Pick No. 21 CFN Overall Ranking: 21
CFN Analysis: Unbelievable value, the talent is all there to be a big part of a rotation on the Green Bay line. The Packers needed beefing up on the inside and they needed help for B.J. Raji. Now with Nick Perry for the outside and Worthy on the inside, the line got a tremendous boost in talent and they made the right move to get up and grab a first round talent midway through the second round.

A top-five overall talent, he could be a steal if he puts it all together. He has the NFL size, the right base, and the type of talent that can anchor a defense. The Pro Bowl skills are all there with the size to hold up against the run and enough quickness to collapse the pocket when he needs to crank things up another level. If he wants it and he can ramp up his motor to a consistent level, he has the upside to be the best tackle in the draft and a perennial star. However, he doesn’t always jack up the intensity and he went bye-bye way too often during games. Conditioning is an issue and he’ll have to get with an NFL-caliber strength and conditioning coach to tighten things up and get his wind up, however, the potential is there to become a whale of a 3-technique defender.
CFN Projection: First Round

20 52 Tennessee Titans

OLB Zach Brown, North Carolina
6-1, 244
Overall Pick No. 52 CFN Overall Ranking: 53
CFN Analysis: There are boom or bust picks, and there’s Brown, who could be a dream of a weakside linebacker. Will he be physical enough for the Tennessee defense? If nothing else, the Titans just got a whole lot faster and more athletic, and while there are mega-negatives to Brown’s game, he’s a good chance worth taking here. He’s too much of a freak of athletic nature to not be wroth a mid-second round flier.

Fast, fast, fast. While he might not be an elite all-around football player, linebackers with 4.4 wheels aren’t common, and at the very least Brown can be used as a speed rusher who does nothing but fly into the backfield on third downs. He beefed up a bit for the Combine and wasn’t quite as fast as expected, but he can move. The speed translates to the field, reeling in runners like he’s pulling them in. He’ll need seasoning and he’ll need to have the right coach to maximize his phenomenal athletic skills. Just okay against the run and not quite as productive as he probably should’ve been, there are warning flags and concerns, but on pure speed he’s worth the risk. There’s a good chance he’s just scratching the surface.
CFN Projection: Third Round

21 53 Cincinnati Bengals

DT Devon Still, Penn State 6-5, 307
Overall Pick No. 53 CFN Overall Ranking: 43
CFN Analysis: One of the biggest sliders in the early rounds, Still could’ve gone in the top 20 and no one would’ve blinked, but he sunk like a stone because of his inconsistencies. Watch out - sliding could be just the motivations push he needs. While there are some concerns, the upside is there to become a terrific value pick at this part in the second. No, he wouldn’t have been worth it in the first round, but he could be an absolute steal here. The Bengals didn’t address the wide receiver issue and there are still several other needs to address – more defensive help would be nice for the line on the outside – but there’s no arguing with a prospect like Still here.

With the right frame and the right size he’s a central casting 3-technique tackle with the ability to fly through the gap and get into the backfield in a hurry. A great technician, he has the finer points down and he’s not going to need a whole bunch of work; he’ll be ready to roll right out of the box. However, he was an overrated collegian, named the Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year even though he completely and totally disappeared in key games down the stretch, and didn’t have the motor always running. When he was on, though, he was the best player on the field, and in the right system he could be fantastic, but he’s not an anchor. There’s no bust potential, but in a draft class full of potentially special tackles, he’s in the middle of the pack.
CFN Projection: First Round
 
22 54 Detroit Lions

WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma
5-10, 192
Overall Pick No. 54 CFN Overall Ranking: 184
CFN Analysis: The Lions really, really needed help for the secondary and have to go after a corner, and they made a huge reach with Broyles over Rueben Randle. On the plus side, Broyles won’t have to be more than a complementary target with Calvin Johnson the obvious star of the franchise. However, when will Broyles be ready? He was just an okay prospect before the knee injury and this is way, way too early.

While he showed he’s coming back quickly from the torn ACL that cost him the last half of his final year, and he showed great straight-line speed in his pro day, there are still plenty of question marks about whether or not he can hold up. Being hurt is nothing new, though, with a variety of injuries throughout his career. Even so, he was able to produce at the highest of levels, turning out to be the greatest receiver in Oklahoma history. However, the great Sooner receiver in the NFL is … ? Very smart and very quick, he’s crafty and creative when it comes to getting open, and he’s extremely strong for his size. A great college football player, he doesn’t have the elite athleticism or speed to make up for his wiry frame, and if the knee injury cost him even a sliver of quickness he might not be anything more than a backup.
CFN Projection: Fourth Round

23 55 Atlanta Falcons

C Peter Konz, Wisconsin (Jr.) 6-3, 315
Overall Pick No. 55 CFN Overall Ranking: 20
CFN Analysis: Terrific value; Konz should’ve gone in the first round. Put him in the middle of the line and he can start right away, or he can even move to guard if needed. Atlanta really, really needed help up front to pave the way for Michael Turner and help keep Matt Ryan upright, and Konz will provide immediate help. The team needed to get more of an attitude and get more physical, and this pick does that.

The prototype run blocking center, he has tremendous size as a big blaster for the middle. Smart and dominant whenever he was on the field, he didn’t make mistakes and was a terrific leader for one of college football’s best lines over the last few seasons. A ten-year anchor, he has Pro Bowl skills with the talent and mental makeup to be thrown to the wolves right away. But can he stay healthy? He suffered an ankle injury last year, and it might be a bit telling that the Badger O line didn’t skip a beat when he was out. Not a great athlete, he’s not going to do much on the move and his 18 reps on the bench at the Combine were disappointing, but with a little more weight room work he has all the talent and all the ability to be a rock.
CFN Projection: First Round

24 56 Pittsburgh Steelers

OT Mike Adams, Ohio State 6-7, 323
Overall Pick No. 56 CFN Overall Ranking: 45
CFN Analysis: The Steelers went with the rock-solid lock of a guard in David DeCastro in the first round, and then they went with the shoot-for-the-stars pick in Adams. There are character issues that go against everything the franchise usually believes in when it comes to draft picks, but with his size and with his potential to be a big help for a line that got Ben Roethlisberger blasted, this was a chance worth taking.

Every NFL offensive tackle prospect is big, but Adams just looks really, REALLY big. He stands out size-wise on a tape, and then he showed up at the Senior Bowl and was just bigger-looking than everyone else. With his long frame he takes two hours to get around and he uses his arms and size extremely well. Not lumbering for his size, he moves well and can handle speed rushers and bull rushers alike. The problem, though, is his size can be a negative when it comes to getting too high. He never seems to be able to get the right leverage as a run blocker and he doesn’t blast his man off the ball. Throw in the lightweight 19 reps on the bench at the Combine along with his reported immaturity and lack of fire, and there are major warning signs. Even so, the size is rare and the potential is there if he gets a coach willing to keep the heat on.
CFN Projection: Second Round

25 57 Denver Broncos  

QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State (Jr.) 6-7, 242
Overall Pick No. 57 CFN Overall Ranking: 18
CFN Analysis: Perfect, PERFECT pick at the right time. The Broncos dumped the liability that is Tim Tebow and took a chance that Peyton Manning could be Peyton Manning again for one or two more runs. With Osweiler, the franchise has a very good, very talented prospect who can get a few years to learn behind the master and fill in when needed. Considering what Cleveland paid in the first round to get Brandon Weeden, Osweiler is a steal with a world of upside. In the span of six months the Broncos have upgraded their quarterback situation by leaps and bounds.

The NFL has a bias against too-tall quarterbacks, so it’s being played up that he measured in 1/8th of an inch shorter than 6-7. Even though he’s huge and lanky, he’s not a stick in the mud with good enough feet to get by. No, he doesn’t have the best release and he could make himself even bigger by going over the top with his delivery, but he’ll never get any passes batted down and he can sling the ball all over the field. A good guy, he’s likeable and won’t have any problems commanding respect in the locker room once he has a little bit of success. It’s going to take a little while to be ready to shine, and he’s going to need to live with a quarterback coach to tighten up his mechanics, but there’s undeniable upside to be a steal for someone with a little bit of patience.
CFN Projection: Second Round

26 58 Tampa Bay (from Houston)

ILB Lavonte David, Nebraska 6-1, 233
Overall Pick No. 58 CFN Overall Ranking: 36
CFN Analysis: David fits the tradition of great Tampa Bay defenders. He might not have the bulk the defense needs, but he can fly and he’s a baller who’ll find his way on the field on Day One. The Buccaneers needed to address the shaky linebacker situation after helping the secondary with Mark Barron in the first round, and they came up with a gem who’d be a first rounder if he was just a wee bit bigger. He might not have a long shelf life, and he didn’t time fast, but he’s a player.

A pure football player and a peerless tackler, he’s better on the field than he is in workouts. At least that’s the hope after shaky Combine with 4.6 speed and just 19 reps on the bench. At just 233 pounds he’s not big enough to be a dominant all-around force, and he doesn’t have any room to get any bigger. Throw in the average ability in pass coverage, and there are problems. However, he’s a great leader, he always gets around the ball, and he sniffs out plays two seconds before they seem to happen. He’s everything a defensive coordinator would want in a worker and in attitude, but there’s a hard ceiling on what he can do. Even so, whether it’s as a linebacker or a strong safety, he’ll work his way into a starting role and should be a triple-digit tackler in the right system.
CFN Projection: Third Round

27 59  Philadelphia Eagles

DE Vinny Curry, Marshall 6-3, 266
Overall Pick No. 59 CFN Overall Ranking: 34
CFN Analysis: Philly doesn’t need Curry, and it didn’t need a pass rushing end, but Curry was too valuable to let slide any further. With Fletcher Cox and Mychal Kendricks already taken, the front seven got a mega-boost of talent and should be terrific – and disruptive – for the next several years. This also should be a kick in the pants for Brandon Graham to become more of a playmaker. Curry will never, ever take a play off and he’ll push for the job.

An outstanding and productive college player who didn’t get enough national attention playing at Marshall. A worker, he never took anything for granted and always seemed to work to improve and sharpen his game. With good pass rushing ability, quickness, and strength, he’s one of the best all-around ends in the draft. Good enough against the run and with an innate ability to never take a play off, there’s little bust potential. However, there also might be a hard ceiling on what he can do. He’s not an elite athlete and he can be shoved a bit – he’s better against the run when he gets to move a bit. When he gets to be a pure pass rusher he’ll be fine, but any team that gets him will be hoping for a true three-down defender.
CFN Projection: Second Round

28 60 Baltimore Ravens

OG/OT Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State 6-5, 333
Overall Pick No. 60 CFN Overall Ranking: 51
CFN Analysis: The versatility will be the key. He’s a mauler who fits exactly what Baltimore likes to do with its running game as a starter right away at guard or as a backup tackle. With his size and his nastiness he should be a blaster and he fills a huge hole. The Ravens needed lots and lots of bodies for the line coming into the draft, and Osmele should be the first step.

It seems like most scouts want to kick him inside to guard right away, and he could end up spending most of his time as a left guard, but he’s proven on the outside. He showed during Senior Bowl week that he at least has to be given a look at left tackle and needs to be given every opportunity on the right side. Very big and very strong, he’s a true mauler who beats up his man when he locks on. While he has proven he could play at a high level, he has to bring it on every snap in every game and he might have to be consistently pushed. Staying in shape will be a constant fight with his bulk determining where he can play, and it’s not a lock that he’s not going to gain bad weight in a big hurry if he slips. The talent is there, but he has to want to be great.
CFN Projection: Second Round

29 61 San Francisco 49ers

RB LaMichael James, Oregon (Jr.) 5-8, 194
Overall Pick No. 61 CFN Overall Ranking: 77
CFN Analysis: A fun pick for a rising team, the 49ers went with speed taking WR A.J. Jenkins in the first round, and now they have James to use as a speedster in a rotation with the plodding Frank Gore. James will be a terrific toy to play around with using him on special teams, third downs, and any other areas to get him on the move. For a team that needed to make more impact plays, it’s making a statement with this pick. Jim Harbaugh will know how to use him.

A devastating producer, he tore off a sub-4.4 in offseason workouts to go along with all the elite quickness and athleticism expected. However, he’s really, really small and won’t come up with any power whatsoever. No one will expect him to blast through the line, though, and he could carve out a very nice career as a Darren Sproles type who can be a top third down playmaker and a change of pace back. No one will touch him in the open field and he’ll hit enough home runs to get everyone out of their seats when he gets on the move. But is he a function of the Chip Kelly offense? Maybe, and he was erased by the good defenses that were able to key on him, but that doesn’t take away from his raw skills. He might not be able to last a full 16-game season, and there will always be question marks about his character after a few big controversies, but some offensive coordinator is going to love the different ways to play around with the options.
CFN Projection: Second Round

30 62 Green Bay (for New England)

CB Casey Hayward, Vanderbilt 5-11, 192
Overall Pick No. 62 CFN Overall Ranking: 131

CFN Analysis: It’s a reach, but it makes sense. The Packers dealt with the defensive line with the first two picks, and now it’s getting a decent all-around defensive backs with the smarts and ability to play anywhere. He knows how to make plays and he should be a difference maker for a defense that’s used to getting big plays. He might not be the best athlete around, but he makes up with it with his peerless instincts. While he won’t be the star of the Packer secondary, he’ll be a good piece of the puzzle.

A bit slow to be a top corner, and not quite athletic enough to hold up against the better receivers, he showed excellent quickness in workouts and might be one of the smoothest, cut-on-a-dime defenders in the draft. He makes up for his lack of raw speed with smarts and instincts, always seeming to sniff plays out before they happen, and he does big things when he gets there. Terrific when the ball is in the air, he tracks well and always seems to be in the right place at the right time. However, he’s not a safety prospect with mediocre tackling skills and he isn’t physical in any way. He’ll be productive, and coaches will love him, but he might need to be in the right system that doesn’t force him to do much against the run.
CFN Projection: Third Round

31 63 New York Giants

WR Rueben Randle, LSU (Jr.) 6-4, 210
Overall Pick No. 63 CFN Overall Ranking: 50
CFN Analysis: The rich just got a whole lot richer. Lose Mario Manningham; upgrade with Randle. Big, tough, and in the right mold, he should be fantastic on the other side of Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz, and with Eli Manning throwing his way. Think about it; Randle is going from Jordan Jefferson to Manning, and the improved quarterback play should finally show off his explosion and skills. He’s a first round talent who barely made it in the second round.

A superstar high school prospect who was fine, but failed to be special because the Tigers didn’t have a high-octane passing attack, the potential is there to quickly turn into a great pro now that he’ll be unleashed. While he’s not a blazer and he had a bad Combine, he’s fast enough and athletic enough for his size with the potential to be a home run hitter who can work his way deep with deceptive on-field wheels. Able to play inside or out, he can fill a variety of roles and can fit any system. But now he has to actually produce. He didn’t have to run a full route tree often enough at LSU, and he was slowed to a stop by Alabama, but he has the potential to be a dangerous part of a pro passing game.
CFN Projection: Second Round