i hate the idea of the bungles snagging highly coveted NT alameda from under our noses. If thats the case move up. kirwan and tim ryan interviewed casey hayward a few days ago. dude sounds awesome. they both immediately agreed he had "steeler" written all over him. i think mitchell schwartz could fill a more immediate need (whether it be this year as a reserve or next year or 2 as starter). i need to research more.
anyways i think pat just about nails the first 10 selections of the 2nd round but there will probably be a ton of trades just like yesterdau.
The first round of the 2012 NFL Draft was fascinating with all the trading going on and six quality players left in the green room at Radio City Music Hall. There are plenty of players left for a terrific second round.
As I have said many times, the second round is a good place to satisfy needs. Many of the players have similar grades, and there's a chance we will see a number of trades once again as teams use the overnight to negotiate deals.
As Buffalo GM Buddy Nix said to me Thursday night while the first round was coming to an end, "I never realized how hard the draft was until we got the night off after the first round to regroup."
Here are my projections for the second round:
St. Louis Rams (First round: DT Michael Brockers): Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech. An immediate vertical threat with a great desire to be a downfield blocker.
Indianapolis Colts (First round: QB Andrew Luck): Cordy Glenn, RT, Georgia. Glenn is versatile and will not only help protect Luck but open holes for the run game.
Baltimore Ravens (No first round): Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama. This is their first of two second-round picks. Upshaw had 52 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 53 games and helps the Ravens with the loss of Jarrett Johnson.
Denver Broncos (No first round): Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State. This is the first of their two second-round picks. Worthy has some pass-rush skills for a big man inside.
Cleveland Browns (First round: RB Trent Richardson, QB Brandon Weeden): Rueben Randle, WR, LSU. Randle is a polished wide receiver to help the passing game.
Jacksonville Jaguars (First round: WR Justin Blackmon): Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall. Curry is a great effort guy who gets to the QB. He had 64 plays behind the line of scrimmage and 10 forced fumbles in 40 games.
St. Louis Rams: Trumaine Johnson, CB, Montana. They took a WR earlier in this round. Johnson has cover skills with 15 interceptions and 33 passes defended in college.
Carolina Panthers (First round: LB Luke Kuechly): Devon Still, DT, Penn State. The Panthers need to clog up the inside and get some penetration. Still had 38 plays behind the line of scrimmage in 42 games.
Buffalo Bills (First round: CB Stephon Gilmore): Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford. Most thought he was a first-round pick, but he falls to the Bills. He can play right or left tackle and has pass-blocking skills. He fell this far because he had 26 percent body fat, according to one O-line coach.
Miami Dolphins (First round: QB Ryan Tannehill): Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State. Adams is a plug-in starter at right tackle. He's a better run blocker than pass protector at this point in his career.
Seattle Seahawks (First round: LB Bruce Irvin): Mychal Kendricks, ILB, California. Kendricks has a nonstop motor and Pete Carroll knows him from the Pac-12. He can play Mike or Will linebacker in Carroll's scheme.
Kansas City Chiefs (First round: NT Dontari Poe): Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford. It is hard to pass up a pass-catching tight end that a few teams had with a first-round grade.
St. Louis Rams: Lamar Miller, RB, Miami (Fla.). After taking Stephen Hill and Trumaine Johnson earlier in the round, the Rams go back to offense. Miller has breakaway speed and good hands as a receiver.
Philadelphia Eagles (First round: DT Fletcher Cox): George Iloka, S, Boise State. Iloka is big and has corner skills as well as the ability to get up in run support. He can cover the tight ends like Jason Witten in the division.
New York Jets (First round: DE Quinton Coples): Andre Branch, OLB, Clemson. The Jets continue to beef up the defense. Branch will help a weak pass rush and give Rex Ryan a chance to not have to blitz so much.
New England Patriots (First round: DE Chandler Jones, LB Dont'a Hightower): Antonio Allen, S, South Carolina. The Patriots need a safety and Allen had a solid week at the Senior Bowl. He is a solid tackler.
San Diego Chargers (First round: OLB Melvin Ingram): Jeff Allen, OT/OG, Illinois. Allen is versatile and durable. He was more than competitive at the Senior Bowl and will find his way into the starting lineup as a rookie.
Chicago Bears (First round: OLB Shea McClellin): Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson. He has blocking and receiving skills and the "new" offense needs an old-school tight end.
Philadelphia Eagles: Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State. Earlier in this round the Eagles grabbed S George Iloka. The Eagles like to groom quarterbacks for future use or trades.
Tennessee Titans (First round: WR Kendall Wright): Kendall Reyes, DT, UConn. Reyes is sudden and played well the whole week at the Senior Bowl. He will line up as the 3 technique in the Titans' 4-3 defense.
Cincinnati Bengals (First round: CB Dre Kirkpatrick, OG Kevin Zeitler): Alameda Ta'amu, DT, Washington. Alameda will plug up the inside and has the feet to be disruptive in pass situations.
Detroit Lions (First round: OT Riley Reiff): Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama. Jenkins has first-round talent and off-field issues that are well-documented. He will upgrade the corner cover skills right away.
Atlanta Falcons (No first round): Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson. With their first pick of the draft, the Falcons decide to beef up the inside. Thompson played well in the Senior Bowl.
Pittsburgh Steelers (First round: OG David DeCastro): Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt. Hayward's stats -- 15 career college interceptions and 31 pass breakups -- speak for themselves.
Denver Broncos (No first round): Chris Polk, Washington. They took DT Jerel Worthy earlier in the round. Polk is a big power back with receiving skills. He will complement Willis McGahee for a year and then take over.
Houston Texans (First round: DE Whitney Mercilus): Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina. He is a big target opposite Pro Bowl receiver Andre Johnson. He had 23 touchdown receptions in his career.
New Orleans Saints: Pick forfeited.
Green Bay Packers (First round: OLB Nick Perry): Ben Jones, C/OG, Georgia. The Packers need to groom a center/guard and a number of line coaches told me they like Jones the most for the dual role.
Baltimore Ravens (No first round): Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin. The Ravens need a young center and he was considered a first-round pick before his performance at the combine. A year behind Matt Birk and he's ready to go.
San Francisco 49ers (First round: WR A.J. Jenkins): Amini Silatolu, OG, Midwestern State. He's raw but physical. He can move the DT in the run game and the Niners need a replacement for the loss of Adam Snyder.
New England Patriots: Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California. Earlier in this round I had them taking a safety. Schwartz is a good technician and competitive. He is the brother of NFL guard Geoff Schwartz.
New York Giants (First round: RB David Wilson): Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska. David is a hybrid player with safety skills and can match up on receivers as well as play the run. He was very productive in college blitzing the QB as well as playing coverage.