NFL Draft: Analyzing Round Two

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The 2012 NFL Draft is in the books. Here's a look at every pick and all of the trades from Round Two. Links to other Draft news.

The Rams moved down twice and missed out on the top two receivers, Justin Blackmon of Oklahoma State and Michael Floyd of Notre Dame, and also bypassed needed offensive line help.

But they found a potential lead receiver to open the second round.

33. St. Louis Rams: WR Brian Quick, Appalachian State -- After much maneuvering -- trading back from No. 2 and No. 6 to wind up with defensive tackle Michael Brockers with the 14th pick -- the Rams missed out on the top receiver in the draft, Justin Blackmon. Quick has 4.5 speed but elite size and arm length to develop into a No. 1-type receiver. The question is how long it might take for him to adjust coming out of the FBS.

34. Indianapolis Colts: TE Coby Fleener, Stanford -- Andrew Luck's favorite target for the Cardinal, the 6-6, 247-pounder was a late bloomer and more of a beefed up wide receiver who offers little as a blocker. But he fills an immediate position of need and was the first tight end off the board. The Colts released Dallas Clark in March, and Luck needs an underneath security blanket.

35. Baltimore Ravens: OLB Courtney Upshaw, Alabama -- The top-ranked player on the NFLDraftScout.com board entering the second round, Upshaw lacks classic DE size and isn't athletic enough to be a pure outside linebacker. But at 6-2, 272, his natural pass rush skills and versatility made him the ideal fit for the value-seeking Ravens.

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36. Denver Broncos: DT Derek Wolfe, Cincinnati -- A good athlete who moves well and has enough power to split blocks, Wolfe had 19.5 tackles for loss last season for the Bearcats. His name might not have the cachet of many defenders ranked ahead of him, but he's described as a football junkie. Broncos fans will ask: Is he more of an overachiever than game-changer?

37. Cleveland Browns: OT Mitchell Schwartz, California -- The Browns add to the first-round haul of RB Trent Richardson and QB Brandon Weeden with a bookend offensive tackle for Jake Long. Schwartz comes with minimal risk and a very low bust factor and could play inside if needed.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars: DE Andre Branch, Clemson -- A speed rusher to a pair with power end Jeremy Mincey, Branch has the explosiveness to ignite the Jaguars pressure packages.

39. St. Louis Rams: CB Janoris Jenkins, North Alabama -- Jeff Fisher has gambled on greatness many times before, including on Pacman Jones in the first round, the sixth overall pick in 2005 by Fisher's Titans. Fisher was a college and NFL defensive back and will hold the reins tight on Jenkins, who has top-10 talent but myriad off-field concerns.

40. Carolina Panthers:
OG Amini Silatolu, Northwestern State -- A powerful blocker and small-school left tackle some felt was the No. 2 guard prospect -- behind Stanford's David DeCastro -- with the upside to play right tackle and replace injury-prone former first-round pick Jeff Otah.

41. Buffalo Bills: OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia -- A nimble 6-6, 345-pounder who played left tackle in the SEC, Glenn projects to guard for some teams but will almost assuredly get a chance to play on the edge in Buffalo.

42. Miami Dolphins:
OT Jonathan Martin, Stanford -- The finesse junior might not be the ideal fit on the right side, but the bootleg, West Coast system offensive coordinator Mike Sherman will run gives Martin's movement skills added value.

43. New York Jets (draft-day trade with Seattle): WR Stephen Hill, Georgia Tech -- Anything but a typical receiver, Hill becomes the coveted deep threat with speed the Jets have long coveted (Braylon Edwards, Plaxico Burress) but he's extremely unpolished -- 49 career catches but 25.5 yards per reception in the Jackets' run-first offense -- at 6-4, 215 with 4.36 speed.

44. Kansas City Chiefs: OT Jeff Allen, Illinois -- Allen was a left tackle at Illinois but he grades better as a guard. The four-year starter could get a chance on the perimeter but he's a better athlete than his sloppy body would imply, and has potential to surprise as a solid, workmanlike blocker in the Jeff Backus mold.

45. Chicago Bears (draft-day trade with St. Louis): WR Alshon Jeffery, South Carolina -- A big receiver who played at over 230 pounds in the SEC but would be more of a post-up option at that size in the NFL. He's near 210 and ran in the high 4.4-second range at his pro day. The concern is that he won't easily separate in the NFL, the problem former Lions first-round pick Mike Williams had coming out of USC.

46. Philadelphia Eagles: LB Mychal Kendricks, California -- All of a sudden, the Eagles' LB corps has gone from defined weakness to underlined strength. Kendricks can play inside or outside, runs in the 4.47 range and hits with a purpose. He'll pair nicely with newcomer DeMeco Ryans.

47. Seattle Seahawks: LB Bobby Wagner, Utah State -- A four-year starter, two-year captain and three-time All-WAC honoree, Wagner can be called short, but he's not small. He packs power, and tracks to the sideline, including 147 tackles as a senior. Wagner plays much larger (6-0, 241) and uses that effectively to tackle anybody with the audacity to be in his vicinity with a football.

48. New England Patriots (from Oakland): FS Tavon Wilson, Illinois -- Wilson is similar to former Patriots second-round pick Eugene Wilson, who also played at Illinois, and was used as a corner-safety in New England. He runs in the 4.52 range is a good coverage safety to cut off deep routes, an area of weakness for the Patriots in 2011.

49. San Diego Chargers:
DT Kendall Reyes, Connecticut -- Characterized as a high-effort player but limited, ascent up boards began with an impressive Senior Bowl, but his 31.5 career tackles for loss prove he can be a playmaker as a five-technique defensive end in the Chargers' 3-4.

50. St. Louis Rams (draft-day trade with Chicago): RB Isaiah Pead, Cincinnati -- Pead stood out at the Senior Bowl, too, with the light feet and short-area explosiveness to be a third-down back and kickoff returner.

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51. Green Bay Packers (draft-day trade with Philadelphia): DT Jerel Worthy, Michigan State -- A disruptive, powerful, high-intensity penetrator, Worthy can shoot gaps and hold up against double-team blocks. The Packers upgraded at outside linebacker Thursday, drafting Nick Perry (Southern Cal) 28th overall, but also considered Worthy at that spot.

52. Tennessee Titans: LB Zach Brown, North Carolina -- Speedy and athletic, Brown is a fresh-legged version of LB Will Witherspoon, a weak-side linebacker who should excel in coverage and make explosive plays on against the run tracking the ball sideline-to-sideline.

53. Cincinnati Bengals: DT Devon Still, Penn State -- Still was considered a top-10 pick in some circles prior to the NFL Scouting Combine, when the stars of Fletcher Cox (Mississippi State) and Dontari Poe (Memphis) caused the oft-injured Still to fizzle. At 6-5, 307, he can be an impact player inside if motivated.

54. Detroit Lions: WR Ryan Broyles, Oklahoma -- Broyles shot back up draft boards after running a 40-yard dash in the mid-4.5-second range just five months removed from ACL surgery. A bit of a gamble, the Lions have a potential steal if Broyles fully recovers his pre-injury speed. He owns the NCAA record with 349 career receptions and is second with 4,586 yards.

55. Atlanta Falcons: C Peter Konz, Oklahoma -- The top-rated center in the draft was a first-round prospect until managing only 18 bench reps at 225 pounds at the scouting combine. He's a plug-and-play offensive lineman with 31 career starts with excellent technique, but an injury history. He wrote a letter to Wisconsin fans after deciding to leave school a year early for the NFL.

56. Pittsburgh Steelers: OT Mike Adams, Ohio State -- Adams has a great left tackle frame at 6-7, 323 pounds and an 82.5-inch wingspan, but he has heavy feet and suspect strength. There are off-field concerns as well, including reports that he failed a drug test at the scouting combine.

57. Denver Broncos: QB Brock Osweiler, Arizona State -- Only 15 starts, but a tremendous athlete at 6-7 tall who has great arm strength and should get plenty of time to mature and learn from Payton Manning and even John Elway.

58. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (draft-day trade with Houston): OLB Lavonte David, Nebraska -- A tackling machine (285 career tackles), David plays with good athleticism and football IQ. He's a bit undersized at 6-1, 233 pounds, which will limit him to the weak-side linebacker spot. But he should flourish on the outside with 4.65-second speed and a 36.5-inch vertical.

59. Philadelphia Eagles (draft-day trade with Green Bay): DE Vinny Curry, Marshall -- Potentially the steal of the second round -- and another wakeup call to 2010 first-round pick Brandon Graham -- Curry was the No. 43-rated prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. He's a playmaker off the edge who had 11 sacks seven forced fumbles and 22 tackles for loss in 2011.

60. Baltimore Ravens: OT Kelechi Osemele, Iowa State -- Maybe he's a guard, as many scouts project, or maybe he's the future at tackle opposite Michael Oher. Osemele's prototype body type makes him a nice fit on the edge, but he's tentative and needs NFL coaching to realize potential.

61. San Francisco 49ers: RB LaMichael James, Oregon -- Mighty mite of a running back who was ultra-productive in the Ducks' spread offense. He's a blur with the ball, and shows the same level of toughness that made undersized tailback Warrick Dunn a 12-year pro.

62. Green Bay Packers (draft-day trade with New England): CB Casey Heyward, Vanderbilt -- A late-rising cover man with the combination of short-area quickness, long arms and functional strength to survive in the Packers' press scheme. Could this mean Charles Woodson is shifting to safety sooner rather than later?

63. New York Giants: WR Reuben Randle, LSU -- Losing Mario Manningham doesn't sting as much with Randle in tow. The Giants won't feature the 6-3, 210-pounder, but he brings a big-play threat and the size the team hasn't had since Plaxico Burress.

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