Three Round Mock Draft

Written by Ryan Lownes on February 20, 2012


Round 2

 

33. St. Louis Rams Minnesota Vikings

Bobby Wagner – OLB – Utah State

 

St. Louis is currently home to what may be the least athletic group of linebackers in the NFL. Wagner is an exceptional athlete who would immediately upgrade the Rams’ weak-side linebacker position.

34. Indianapolis Colts Indianapolis Colts

Coby Fleener – TE – Stanford

 

After securing their quarterback of the future with the first overall pick, the Colts grab him a familiar target here. Fleener is a reliable tight end with the size and speed to develop into one of the league’s premier receivers at his position.

35. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings

Rueben Randle – WR – LSU

 

Lacking a top receiver, the Vikings are sure to address the position in free agency or early on draft weekend. Randle is a player on the rise with a combination of size and speed that is sure to draw first round looks.

36. Seattle Seahawks (f/TB) Seattle Seahawks

Brandon Weeden – QB – Oklahoma State

 

After missing out earlier, the Seahawks make a move here to secure their quarterback of the future. Weeden may be 28 years old, but he has the ability to start in Seattle some time during his rookie season.

 

37. Cleveland Browns Cleveland Browns

Zach Brown – OLB – North Carolina

 

Once again, the Browns miss out on a potential game-breaking wide receiver and starting quarterback. What they do get, however, is a gifted athlete capable of cracking the starting lineup from day one at weak-side linebacker.

38. Jacksonville Jaguars Jacksonville Jaguars

Leonard Johnson – CB – Iowa State

 

Few teams around the league were run as thin as the Jaguars at the cornerback position a year ago. Johnson is gifted in press-man coverage and is among this class’ most impressive on film.

39. Minnesota Vikings Minnesota Vikings

Alameda Ta’amu – DT – Washington

 

Since the loss of big Pat Williams inside, Minnesota has lacked stability at the defensive tackle spot next to Kevin Williams. Ta’amu looks like an improvement, adding tremendous size and impressive athleticism to the Vikings’ front.

40. Carolina Panthers Carolina Panthers

Stephon Gilmore – CB – South Carolina

 

Defense must be the focus for Carolina early on draft weekend and cornerback is among the positions most likely to be addressed. Gilmore possesses impressive physical ability and has the potential to be a very good starter in time.

41. Buffalo Bills Buffalo Bills

Chase Minnifield – CB – Virginia

 

While the Bills seemed to find a keeper in 2011 second round pick, Aaron Williams, they lack consistency across from him. Minnifield bring the size and cover skills necessary to contribute immediately.

42. Miami Dolphins Miami Dolphins

Nick Perry – OLB – Southern California

 

Having bypassed a pass rusher earlier to add a quarterback, the Dolphins cannot afford to give up this opportunity. A college defensive end, the explosive Perry could be a natural switching to linebacker in a 3-4 scheme.

43. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (f/SEA) Tampa Bay Buccaneers

David Wilson – RB – Virginia Tech

 

A running back is sure to be high on Tampa Bay’s wish list after a season in which they finished just 30th in the NFL in rushing yards. Wilson’s speed and game-breaking ability should breathe life into an offense that lack explosiveness a year ago.

44. Kansas City Chiefs Kansas City Chiefs

Doug Martin – RB – Boise State

 

With veteran Thomas Jones out the door in Kansas City, don’t be surprised if the Chiefs look to add a running back at some point. Martin is a complete back that looks like he would be an ideal compliment to the explosive Jamaal Charles.

45. Dallas Cowboys Dallas Cowboys

Ronnell Lewis – OLB – Oklahoma

 

The Cowboys are sure to be looking for an outside linebacker to play across from All-Pro DeMarcus Ware if they are unable to re-sign free agent Anthony Spencer. Lewis is a good fit, a college end with experience standing up and playing in space.

46. Philadelphia Eagles (f/ARI) Philadelphia Eagles

Kelechi Osemele – OG/OT – Iowa State

 

The Eagles continue to surprise here, addressing the trenches before taking a linebacker or defensive back. The immense Osemele fits into the typical Andy Reid mold and has the versatility to start immediately at guard or tackle.

47. New York Jets New York Jets

Bruce Irvin – OLB – West Virginia

 

Though New York opted to forego a chance to land a pass rusher in the first round, the opportunity presents itself again in the second. Irvin is one of this class’ most dynamic edge rushers and looks capable of flourishing in a 3-4 scheme.

48. New England Patriots (f/OAK) New England Patriots

Dont’a Hightower – ILB – Alabama

 

While the Patriots could very well be tempted to make a move up if Hightower falls out of the first round, they sit tight and land him here. The versatile inside backer is capable of rushing the passer from a variety of positions and adds depth and talent to a quickly improving defensive unit.

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Ryan Lownes

Ryan is currently an undergraduate student at Ohio University pursuing a degree in Sport Management. He has been attending the NFL Draft in New York City since 2005 and has aspirations of a career in scouting. He is currently a draft writer and analyst on the Draft Breakdown team, posting his latest rankings, mock drafts, scouting reports, and more. Be sure to follow Ryan on twitter for year-round NFL Draft analysis. See all posts by Ryan Lownes.