2012 NFL Draft Round 2 Complete Review and Recap
1. (33) St. Louis Rams – Brian Quick, WR, Appalachian State
In the press conference at the end of the night, Les Snead said that Quick was a guy they had been targeting for a few weeks and that they knew at the end of the first round that this pick was taken.
Fantasy Impact: Big time upside, big time risk. We’ve been surprised by small-school WRs (Colston) before, but odds are at least a year away – more for keeper leagues
2. (34) Indianapolis Colts – Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford
Andrew Luck’s favorite collegiate target will try to continue the trend in the NFL.
Fantasy Impact: Immediate Top 15 potential. Was the best Fantasy rated TE in the draft & will start from day one. Jimmy Graham a decent comparison
3. (35) Baltimore Ravens – Courtney Upshaw, LB, Alabama
Many fans seemed very surprised Upshaw fell out of the first, but team sources had been circulating that clubs weren’t as in love as they were.
4. (36) Denver Broncos – Derek Wolfe, DT, Cincinnati
Wolfe turned a lot of heads at the Senior Bowl and fills a big need on the interior defensive line.
5. (37) Cleveland Browns – Mitchell Schwartz, OT, California
Cleveland will help protect their first round investments with a talented RT.
6. Jacksonville Jaguars – Andre Branch, DE, Clemson
We have felt the explosive Branch was better suited for a 3-4 scheme.
7. St. Louis Rams – Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama
In the post-draft presser, Fisher was asked about Jenkins character issues. He answered that they had done extensive homework on him including looking at scouting reports, Combine interviews, an official top-30 visit, and even went as far as a member of the organization spending “several days” both in Florida and Alabama and spoke with “many, many, many people that crossed paths with him since he was a young boy”. According to Fisher, every person they spoke with said “Take him”. He believes strongly that there won’t be a problem with Jenkins.
8. Carolina Panthers – Amini Silatolu, G, Midwestern State
We have Silatolu ranked number 39 in our top 100 draft prospects. He is an aggressive G that moves well and has a high ceiling.
9. Buffalo Bills – Cordy Glenn, OT, Georgia
Our second ranked OT went to the team we projected him to in our mock draft – just a round later than we thought.
10. Miami Dolphins – Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford
This is probably where Martin should have gone, considering there more questions than answers surrounding him.
11. New York Jets – Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech
The athletic, big, fast receiver gets cheers from Jets fans. After an on-stage interview, he wowed them some more with a “J-E-T-S Jets! Jets! Jets!” chant. He’ll be even more popular if he lives up to his potential.
Fantasy Impact: Do not overlook this pick based on numbers alone. Hill has the talent/mold to be a stud. Will likely take a year, so keeper leagues make sure you grab him late
12. Kansas City Chiefs – Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois
Allen is a solid tackle that floating quietly through the draft process, like his teammate AJ Jenkins (SF, 30th overall) did.
13. Chicago Bears – Alshon Jeffery, WR, South Carolina
The Bears are getting Jay Cutler as many weapons as they can at receiver that are over 6’ – first the trade with Miami for Brandon Marshall, now with Jeffery.
Fantasy Impact: If Chicago keeps him in shape, he’s a steal. Next to Marshall, can put up WR3/4 this year…IF in shape. That’s the only question as yes, he’d be their No 2 option
14. Philadelphia Eagles – Mychal Kendricks, LB, California
Our third ranked ILB in the class, Philadelphia fills a need they were hoping to fill with Luke Kuechly in the first. He isn’t Kuechly, but he can start immediately.
15. Seattle Seahawks – Bobby Wagner, LB, Utah State
Even though he played at a smaller school, he held his own against the big boys in the Senior Bowl.
16. New England Patriots – Tavon Wilson, S, Illinois
The Patriots needed a safety, and they got one. We feel Antonio Allen is a better prospect, but you never can tell what’s going on in the mind of Belichik.
17. San Diego Chargers – Kendall Reyes, DT, Connecticut
With their first two picks San Diego improved their front seven significantly from last year.
18. St. Louis Rams – Isaiah Pead, RB, Cincinnati
The Rams said before the draft their first three rounds should be starters. Even though Pead will be a change of pace guy for Steven Jackson, but he should still see significant playing time given Jackson’s age and recent durability/health concerns.
Fantasy Impact: Really liking their draft. Pead is a great fit in Zone Blocking & has explosiveness to be a Top 15 RB once takes over for SJax. In meantime, Pead is a MUST handcuff for SJax owners given SJax’s age/wear & tear
19. Green Bay Packers – Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State
Looking at the first two Packer picks (Nick Perry 28th overall) it’s apparent they now believe they can’t win games relying solely on Aaron Rodgers’ arm.
20. Tennessee Titans – Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
We’ve been leery all along about the North Carolina defenders in this class. Brown is an athletic, speedy guy who is a liability in space; needs to work on tackling if he wants to cut it as an NFL linebacker.
21. Cincinnati Bengals – Devon Still, DT, Penn State
Still shows flashes of speed, explosiveness, and power; he just needs to show more consistency at the higher level.
22. Detroit Lions – Ryan Broyles, WR, Oklahoma
GM Martin Mayhew said post-draft that Broyles was the best player on their board and they felt without the ACL injury Broyles wouldn’t have been there for them at this pick. Schwartz feels good about his rehab and his availability to start the season. If the knee can get back to 100%, this will be a great pick up as a compliment to Calvin Johnson.
Fantasy Impact: Surprising pick with Randle and Sanu still around, plus coming off injury. Productive but will be third in DET at best to start. Injuries with those WRs certainly a possibility and if so, could have nice numbers, but at least year away
23. Atlanta Falcons – Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin
First round talent at Center, who can start immediately at Guard. Nice pick up in the back half of the second round.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers – Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State
Both Steelers picks were steals – G David Decastro (24th overall) and Adams. Adams is a late first round talent, so the news that he failed a drug test at the Combine may have hurt his stock.
25. Denver Broncos – Brock Osweiler, QB, Arizona State
We haven’t bought into the hype of Osweiler and see an awkward, inexperienced QB.
Fantasy Impact: None…outside of dynasty leagues maybe. If you have Manning, sure, as Peyton will mentor him, but super raw & needs at least two years
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Lavonte David, LB, Nebraska
David is a complete outside linebacker and well worth the trade with Houston in order to get him.
27. Philadelphia Eagles – Vinny Curry, DE, Marshall
Curry fits perfectly in the Eagles’ wide-9.
28. Baltimore Ravens – Kelechi Osemele, G, Iowa State
Osemele is a versatile offensive lineman that played LT in college. He doesn’t have the technique to play tackle in the NFL, but should make an excellent guard.
29. San Franciscon 49ers – LaMichael James, RB, Oregon
The first round pick of AJ Jenkins (30th overall) was interesting to say the least considering better receivers were on the board and the 49ers already have a deep WR corps. This one is just as perplexing. They must be drafting his a speedy-homerun threat type of back.
Fantasy Impact: Uh what? With Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Brandon Jacobs, where does he fit? Kick returner? Scat back only? Wouldn’t draft outside of deep dynasty leagues
30. Green Bay Packers – Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
Hayward is a solid all-around CB who had success against the SEC’s best receivers. He also has a high football IQ; he played for three different head coaches in four years and increased production every season.
31. New York Giants – Rueben Randle, WR, LSU
The Super Bowl Champs just added a WR with a lot of NFL potential to a WR corps highlighted by Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz.
Fantasy Impact: Shocked he fell this far. Have you seen what the No3 WR does for Giants each year? Draft him in all leagues based on potential alone. Late round pick, but more that worth the upside. Cruz in slot in 3-WR sets which means opportunity for Randle.BourbonMeyer.com. Not just a college sports enthusiast, Dory is also a fan of NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB. Born outside Philly, she moved to Tampa, and now resides in Illinois, giving her a broad perspective on the sporting world. You may email Dory at [email protected] or follow her on twitter @DoryLeBlanc