Welcome to the second round. For the first round of this mock draft go here.
33. St. Louis Rams, Kendall Wright, WR/KR, Baylor
Rams need another vertical weapon, RG3’s running mate who helped him get the Heisman is the most decorated WR in Baylor Bears history.
34. Indianapolis Colts, Lamar Miller, RB Miami
The National Football Post ranks Miller the No. 3 running back in this year’s draft class, and the 35th-best overall draft prospect.
Wes Bunting of the NFP describes Miller this way:
“Possesses a good first step, a natural feel between the tackles and exhibits the cut back ability to slice his way up the field. … isn’t a guy who is going to make a ton of NFL defenders miss or break many tackles inside.”
35. Minnesota Vikings, Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
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according to The Scores Report:
He’s massive at 6-foot-7 and 323 pounds, with an 82 1/2 –inch wingspan and huge 11-inch hands. Despite his size, he’s a good athlete with natural bend and is being viewed as a left tackle at the next level (as opposed to some college prospects that are forced to move to the right side because of limitations in their game). He was suspended the first two games of the 2009 season for violating team rules, was cited in January of ’09 for misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia (chargers were eventually dropped) after being stopped for running a stop sign, and was part of the group that was suspended for “Tattoogate.” But he has all of the physical tools to become a top 15 pick in April.
36. Tampa Bay, Mark Barron, SS, Alabama
Barron is already widely considered a strong NFL prospect. NFLDraftScout.com, a website that rates current college players based on their NFL potential, rates Barron as the second best safety in his class. The website also projects him going in the late first round of the 2012 NFL draft.
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37. Cleveland Browns, LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
Peyton Hillis will not be back with the team in 2012, and the Browns don’t have any other starting tailback/feature back candidates on their roster.
James is averaging a national best 149.6 yards on the ground while running for 1,646 yards; 4th in the country. Despite missing two games with a dislocated elbow.
He’s the school’s all-time leading rusher; just 77 yards shy of 5,000. Just don’t confuse with LeGarrette Blount, which is surprisingly easier to do than you think. James took over for the now Tampa Bay Buccaneers tailback at Oregon when Blount was suspended for his involvement in that brawl in 2009.
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38. Jacksonville, Mohamed Sanu, WR, Rutgers
39. Washington, Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina
From Scores Report:
This isn’t regarded as a very strong draft for pass rushers but Ingram is a raw talent that can get to the quarterback in a variety of ways. He’s a three-technique defensive lineman who proved he could consistently beat blockers on the inside while at South Carolina. That said, 4-3 and 3-4 teams will take a long look at him because he exhibits a fast first step and good burst off the ball. He does a nice job of shedding blockers in the run game as well so again, he’ll intrigue teams that run a 3-4.
40. Carolina, Jared Crick, DE/DT, Nebraska
Jared Crick has really torn up opposing offenses in his three years with the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Ndamukong Suh’s alma mater. Crick is a dominating player in his own right; but he’s not like Suh. Infractions aside, Suh is a beast among beasts, and the search is on for NFL teams to find the next game-changing DL in his mold. Crick’s name comes up often in this specific discussion because well obviously he played with Suh and wears the same uniform. But Crick has his own legacy to build.
“Suh and I are completely different people, completely different players,” Crick said when asked about how the media is quick to label him the next Suh.
“People just kind of see defensive tackle at Nebraska and think oh he must be like Suh, but I’m really not. He’s a great player, but our games are not alike in any fashion. We’re great friends, but we have completely different games,” he continued.
Getting more specific:
“We have different personalities, Suh is at the big time now, but we’re both humble guys. So that’s a similarity. But when we were playing together, he was more the bigger, stronger guy, more the anchor guy, and I was the quicker guy who would have to beat the 1-on-1 in order for the defensive line to succeed, and that’s still true now,” Jared said.
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41. Buffalo, Josh Chapman, NT, Alabama
Josh Chapman served as the backup to All-American Terrence Cody during the 2008 and 2009 seasons, and is currently regarded as one of the better nose guard prospects in his class. Chapman talked about how well and how seriously they take stopping the run.
“That’s about being physical up front and basically establishing a new line of scrimmage. And our guys go out and compete every day and want to stop the run. That’s our main goal here, make the team one dimensional,” Chapman said.
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42. Miami, Ryan Lindley, QB, San Diego
43. Seattle, Marvin McNutt, WR, Iowa
Marvin McNutt, Jr. set the school record for career touchdown receptions with an 80-yarder on Saturday. He added two more scoring receptions in the second period, giving him 24 for his career; breaking the previous mark of 21, held by former San Diego Charger Tim Dwight (1994-97) and Danan Hughes (1989-92).
McNutt, Jr., who hails from St. Louis, led Iowa receivers with six receptions for 184 yards and three touchdowns. The receiving yards and touchdown receptions were career bests. McNutt is kind of like former West Virginia Mountaineers college basketball star Kevin Pittsnogle- a college star who has a small cult following; partially because of his unique name.
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44. Kansas City, Aaron Henry, S, Wisconsin
Besides being one of the best interviews in college football, the Wisconsin Badgers Aaron Henry is also a talented prospect at the safety position.
The senior Henry will enter the NFL Draft this spring and as of now ranks as a top-five safety. With a strong showing prior to the draft, he could go as high as the second round, but shouldn’t go any lower than the third or fourth round.The biggest knack on Henry is his tackling. He’s been known to whiff on defenders from time-to-time and doesn’t have the large body-size to to take down big receivers with ease. He’s not a horrible tackler, but it’s not his strong suit.
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45. Dallas, David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech
46. Philadelphia, Mike Brewster, C, Ohio State
Brewster discussed the value of leadership.
“One thing we talk about before games is we need that poise.”
And the confidence comes from doing, and doing under pressure.
“You can practice as much as you want, but until you get in that game and bullets are flying, you can’t get that experience any other way. Game reps is the best experience you can get. After you go out there the first time, every time after that is just another day at the office,” he said.
Brewster is a 6-5, 293 Junior from Orlando, FL with three years of starting experience. He’s a NFL ready talent, but it’s difficult to predict where centers will get taken on draft day. The best at the position don’t often get picked until the third round at the earliest. Therefore “Brewster’s Millions” (yeah, you knew it was coming, an ’80s pop culture reference, I just couldn’t past that up) will likely have to wait to 2012. I doubt he’ll forgo his senior season.
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47. New York Jets, Kirk Cousins, QB, Michigan State
Mark Sanchez on the way out? Looking that way. I don’t think Cousins is the heir apparent, but he’s certainly a smart, well-rounded quality prospect that will get a shot.I love this soundbite from Big Ten media day, it shows you how Cousins has that work ethic which guarantees he’ll make it- in some capacity, somewhere.
“I’ll always feel overlooked, I’m always looking for motivation. I just told my brother the other day: I said Kyle, go on the internet and look up every article you can. Go find every preseason magazine you can, and compile a list, of all the quotes, articles, anything that disrespects us, or doesn’t give us our due,” Cousins told the media at conference media day in August.
I’m sorry I put you as #3 in preseason QB power rankings. And State to finish where I did. Today, they’re Rose Bowl favorites. “P4RB” was their preseason slogan. “Prepare for Rose Bowl.” With Cousins at the helm, it may happen. Because as this video attests, he’s not just good at football, but good at life.
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48. New England Patriots, Lavonte David, OLB, Nebraska
David has a special NFL role model.
“Ray Lewis, I just like his style of play and the type of motivator he is. I try to copy him as much as I can, but at the same time do my style, stuff he can do I can’t do and stuff I can do he can’t do. So I just take bits and pieces of that.” David said.
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49. San Diego, Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
50. Chicago Bears, Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State
51. Philadelphia, Brandon Washington, G/OT, Miami
52. Tennessee, Brandon Thompson, DT, Clemson
53. Cincinnati Bengals, Jayron Hosley, CB, Virginia Tech
54. Detroit Lions, Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
55. Atlanta, Ben Jones, C, Georgia
56. Pittsburgh, Kevin Zeitler, G, Wisconsin
Zeitler figures to be a 2-4 round prospect and his considered a tremendous talent. He’s leaner and meaner than many o-linemen. Often you see some chub sticking out when it comes to the big guys up front, you don’t see any of that with Zeitler.
Coming out of high school, he was ranked the third-best player in Wisconsin and No. 39 offensive lineman in the nation by Rivals.com, fourth-best player in the state and 22nd-best offensive lineman in the nation by Scout.com
57. Denver, Chris Polk, RB, Washington
58. Houston, Alameda Ta’amu, NT, Washington
59. New Orleans, Bruce Irvin, DE/OLB, West Virginia
60. Green Bay Packers, Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson
61. Baltimore, Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina
62. San Francisco, Lucas Nix, G, Pittsburgh
63. New England Patriots, Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
58. NY Giants, Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
See ya in the 3rd round? Maybe?
A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
Russell Wilson, QB, Wisconsin
Harrison Smith, SS, Notre Dame
Mike Martin, DT, Michigan
DeVier Posey, WR, Ohio State
For the first round of this mock draft go here.
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