49. New York Giants: Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
The comparisons of Ezekiel Ansah to Jason Pierre-Paul aren’t quite accurate, but the boom-or-bust prospect from BYU could become JPP’s teammate if still available at the Giants’ second-round pick.
Ansah is an incredibly raw prospect, but has tremendous upside. With his size and length, he has the potential to rush both outside and inside, and could be drafted as an heir apparent to Justin Tuck, who is entering the final year of his contract.
50. Chicago Bears: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford (Jr.)
New Chicago Bears head coach Marc Trestman should make the team’s offense more pass-oriented—and with that comes the need for a legitimate receiving playmaker at tight end.
Stanford’s Zach Ertz is great value at the end of the top-50 picks. He is a good all-around tight end, a skilled downfield receiver and a solid in-line blocker.
51. Washington Redskins: Keenan Allen, WR, California (Jr.)
It is unclear whether Robert Griffin III or Kirk Cousins will be starting next season under center for the Redskins, as Griffin will attempt to recover quickly from a torn ACL. Regardless who starts, adding another weapon to the passing game would be a great idea, especially with the value of receivers still available on the board.
California’s Keenan Allen would be a steal outside the top 50 and could give Griffin/Cousins a go-to playmaker opposite Pierre Garcon. Allen is a good possession receiver with great size, hands and route-running ability.
52. Minnesota Vikings: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
The Minnesota Vikings desperately need to improve at wide receiver to give Christian Ponder a better set of weapons in the passing offense. A good fit for the Vikings would be Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton.
Patton is a reliable receiver with great hands, route-running ability and body control. He is not a pure deep threat, but he does a great job getting open and making plays in the open field, which is the type of receiver Ponder needs in his offense.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee (Jr.)
The Cincinnati Bengals drafted two talented wideouts last year, but that should not stop them from adding another receiver if the value is right. The Bengals still need to find a true No. 2 receiver to line up opposite A.J. Green, and Tennessee’s Justin Hunter would be well worth taking a shot on late in the second round.
Hunter may have the most upside of any wide receiver in the draft class, with great size, speed and leaping ability. As a deep threat opposite Green, Hunter could draw coverages away and give Andy Dalton another playmaker.
54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse (Jr.)
Jake Long may be on his way out as an unrestricted free agent. If that is the case, the Miami Dolphins will need to find another offensive tackle to start opposite Jonathan Martin.
Syracuse’s Justin Pugh is a well-rounded tackle with good feet and who uses his hands well. He could be a fit to take over at right tackle if Long leaves, or inside at guard if Long returns.
55. Seattle Seahawks: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
Sylvester Williams still being available late in the second round would be a dream scenario for the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks could be in the market for a quick under tackle to start next to Brandon Mebane, and UNC’s Williams is a very explosive and quick defensive tackle. He struggles to penetrate if he does not win on his first move, which could cause him to slide down in the second round some, but he would be a real steal at this point.
56. Green Bay Packers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
DuJuan Harris has emerged in recent weeks as a talent in the Green Bay Packers backfield, but they should still be in the market for a feature back.
Wisconsin’s Montee Ball is a good all-around running back with in-state ties. Coming off a brilliant collegiate career, Ball is a durable, productive and dynamic between-the-tackles runner who could add consistency and reliability to the Packers backfield.
57. Houston Texans: T.J. McDonald, FS, USC
The Houston Texans could use an upgrade over unrestricted free agent Glover Quin at free safety, which could improve their deep pass coverage.
USC’s T.J. McDonald is a big, athletic and versatile free safety who could impact the Texans’ defense in a variety of ways, and be a potential upgrade in the secondary. He is solid in coverage, and he is very good as a blitzer and against the run.
58. Denver Broncos: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma (Jr.)
Rahim Moore has gone down as the scapegoat for the Denver Broncos’ postseason loss for his horrendous attempt at playing the Baltimore Ravens’ deep, game-tying touchdown pass in the final minute of regulation in that game. While Moore made progress in his sophomore season, upgrades at safety and in the secondary in general could be in order in the 2013 NFL draft.
Oklahoma’s Tony Jefferson is an athletic safety who is a playmaker in coverage and an instinctive hitter. He would be a potential upgrade at free safety, or at least a third safety who can play in packages with five or six DBs.
59. New England Patriots: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU (Jr.)
The Patriots really need to add a leaner but quicker defensive tackle who can bring more pressure and be an interior pass-rushing threat inside next to Vince Wilfork.
LSU’s Bennie Logan would be a great fit as a late second-round pick. Logan is a very athletic defensive tackle who can shoot gaps quickly and has the upside to be a very good inside rusher.
60. Atlanta Falcons: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU (Jr.)
If LSU’s Sam Montgomery falls all the way to late in the second round, the Atlanta Falcons will be getting a steal.
While Montgomery’s junior season was a bit of a disappointment, he is a first-round-caliber talent with a great combination of size and athleticism, and is both a skilled pass-rusher and solid run-stopper. The Falcons will be looking for another pass-rusher to rotate with Kroy Biermann and John Abraham, and would not want to pass upon Montgomery’s value in this scenario.
61. Baltimore Ravens: Phillip Thomas, FS/SS, Fresno State
Standout safety Ed Reed’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he could end up joining Ray Lewis in retirement. Regardless whether Reed comes back, the Ravens lack depth at the safety position and would be smart to address the position early in the 2013 draft.
Phillip Thomas had outstanding production as a playmaking safety for Fresno State, and is a ballhawk who has the potential fill at least some of the void Reed leaving would opening. Missed tackles are an issue for Thomas, but he is worth taking a chance on late in Round 2.
62. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
The San Francisco 49ers cornerbacks have struggled this season, leaving a need for a young influx of talent at the position.
Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is an instinctive, physical cornerback who has followed up a great senior season with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl, and would be a great choice as an upgrade as No. 2 or nickel cornerback at the end of Round 2.