46. St. Louis Rams –Zach Ertz, TE/Stanford
This is a steal for the Rams, as Ertz is destined to fall in the second round unless someone trades up to get him. Not only is he a smart player and a great fit for St. Louis’ offense, but he give Sam Bradford a deadly Rob Gronkowski type of player, which is the perfect weapon to place next to Cordarrelle Patterson and Eddie Lacy. The Rams went defense last year, it’s time to bring that offense up to par with the youth movement.
47. Dallas Cowboys – Larry Warford, G/Kentucky
The Cowboys need to protect Tony Romo, especially after giving him a massive contract extension. Passing on a guard in he first round was something the Cowboys couldn’t help, but now is the right time to take a look at the position again, and Warford is a guy that could be a godsend.
48. Pittsburgh Steelers – Johnathan Hankins, NT/Ohio State
I had Hankins going in the first round a few mocks back, but it’s looking like Hankins is a second round talent. The Steelers need help to reset the aging process on defense, and Hankins is a guy that can help achieve that up front.
49. New York Giants – Kevin Minter, LB/LSU
Reports are saying that the Giants are looking to draft a linebacker in top end of this year’s draft. If they pass on one in the first round, they’ll likely take on here. Minter is a first round talent to some and the Giants need a middle linebacker badly after the offseason they’ve had so far.
50. Chicago Bears – Kyle Long, OT/Oregon
Chicago needs help on the offensive line, as at one point in the 2012 season it was the Achilles heel for the Bears. Just because other areas crumbled down the stretch doesn’t mean Chicago has forgotten their offensive line sucks. Gabe Carimi is looking like a bust, Matt Slauson is on a one-year contract and Jay Cutler needs protection.
51. Washington Redskins – Arthur Brown, LB/Kansas State
The Redskins are in a bit of a situation with their first pick in the draft. They’d love to draft another weapon for RGIII, bt defense is something they’ll focus on in the Draft. London Fletcher is returning this season but he’s doing so injured and old. Behind him there’s not much depth and while Brown has some concerns entering the draft, he’s a young talent that can develop in the Redskins defensive secondary.
52. Minnesota Vikings – Robert Woods, WR/USC
Minnesota passed on a wide receiver in the first round to address glaring defensive needs, but now is the time to take that wide out. Woods is a solid pick at this position in the draft and he’ll be able to learn from Greg Jennings — and the last time a young Vikings receiver was mentored by a wise teacher, it turned out really well.
53. Cincinnati Bengals – Montee Ball, RB/Wisconsin
Ball is a guy who has proved himself at Wisconsin and is a guy the Bengals would love to have to take the load off of Benjarvis Green-Ellis. Cincinnati needs a reliable running back, and Ball could be a throwback to the days of Corey Dillon.
54. Miami Dolphins (From Indianapolis Colts) – John Jenkins, DT/Georgia
Jenkins has fallen out of the first round and is a solid second round talent. The Dolphins have two solid defensive tackles that are in contract seasons, which means by addressing the defensive tackle need now and grabbing a solid talent in Jenkins, Miami can focus elsewhere in 2013.
55. Green Bay Packers– Marcus Lattimore, RB/South Carolina
This is an out of the box pick, but it’s one that could happen. The Packers need a running back badly and Lattimore is one of the most interesting wild cards in the draft this year. He’s coming off of a serious knee injury but all signs indicate that he’s way ahead of schedule in his recovery. Had he not suffered the injury, Lattimore would have likely been a first-round pick, but if he’s here he’d be a steal for the Packers. They need help on defense and Lattimore is still a risk, but Willis McGahee got taken in the first round after a devastating knee injury and Lattimore is not only much better, but further along in his recovery.
56. Seattle Seahawks – Quinton Patton, WR/Louisiana Tech
Seattle reportedly has a heavy interest in Patton, and even though they traded for Percy Harvin, they can still use all the weapons they can get. Russell Wilson is entering a critical second season, and surrounding him with top talents is far from a bad idea.
57. Houston Texans - Jordan Reed, TE/Florida
Matt Schaub is entering a make-or-break season with the Texans and no matter who takes the reigns moving forward, Houston loves to use two tight ends in their offensive sets. Reed is the third best tight end in the draft and is a no-brainer for the Texans in the second round.
58. Denver Broncos – Jamar Taylor, CB/Boise State
Taylor is a guy who is considered a first round pick by some and a second round talent by others. All the Broncos know is they could use some depth in their secondary and Taylor is one of the best available options to do so.
59. New England Patriots – Tyrann Mathieu, S/LSU
This is such a Belichick pick and it’s going to piss a lot of people off. Some how, every year Belichick happens into a much buzzed about player who has loads of upside and this year that’s Tyrann Mathieu. Not only can the young man be mentored on the field in order to develop into a killer safety and return man, but he’s in a system of support that can straighten him out and make him a better human being. It’s a reach here, but Belichick doesn’t care what you think.
60. Atlanta Falcons – Jesse Williams, DT/Alabama
Williams is slipping on draft boards and even if some have him ranked high, he looks like the kind of guy that slips even if he doesn’t deserve it. He’ll fall right into a great spot with the Falcons as he can start right away and help make that defensive front one of the best in football.
61. San Francisco 49ers – Barrett Jones, C/Alabama
In all of our mocking and projected, it’s been forgotten how good the Crimson Tide offensive line was last season. The Niners are strapped for cash and need rookies to help avoid turnover that sinks their talent level. Jones can step in and play a vital role as Colin Kaepernick’s center of the future.
62. Baltimore Ravens – Kasheem Greene, ILB/Rutgers
I had this mocked in the first round a few mocks back, but Greene looks like a guy who may fall a bit. That’s all good news for the Ravens though as they have a guy in Greene who can try to fill Ray Lewis’ shoes in 2013. The Ravens love their defense and Greene is one of the best interior linebackers in the draft, despite some concerns that may cause him to tumble.