49. New York Giants: Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers (Jr.)
The New York Giants have invested numerous draft picks in cornerbacks in recent years, but the position continued to be a major problem area for them this season. The Giants should be looking to add another defensive back who can hopefully improve their pass defense early in the draft, and Rutgers’ Logan Ryan is a good cover corner worth a second-round selection.
50. Chicago Bears: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford (Jr.)
The Chicago Bears’ head coaching search is focused upon offensive coordinators according to Yahoo! Sports, and a new offensive-minded head coach will almost certainly want to add something the Bears currently don’t have: a receiving playmaker at tight end. Stanford’s Zach Ertz is a very good all-around tight end who is both an effective receiver and a strong in-line blocker, and could be a huge asset in Chicago.
51. Washington Redskins: Lane Johnson, OT, Oklahoma
The Washington Redskins offensive line made major strides this season, but still needs to be upgraded at right tackle, where Tyler Polumbus struggled and Jammal Brown is unlikely to return. Oklahoma’s Lane Johnson is a long, athletic and strong offensive tackle who could be a significant upgrade on the right side of an offensive line whose performance is absolutely critical to the success of the Redskins’ offensive scheme.
52. Minnesota Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (Jr.)
The Minnesota Vikings desperately need to improve at wide receiver to give Christian Ponder legitimate weapons to work with in the passing offense, and have some great options still available in the second round.
Justin Hunter may be the best receiver available, but it would come as no surprise if his Tennessee teammate, quickly-rising prospect Cordarrelle Patterson, ends up being the first Volunteer wideout off the board. Patterson is a dynamic playmaker who can be the downfield threat the Vikings currently do not have among their wide receivers.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Khaseem Greene, OLB, Rutgers
The Cincinnati Bengals will likely let unrestricted free agent Rey Maualuga walk after a disappointing season, leaving them with very little at linebacker outside of Vontaze Burfict. Rutgers’ Khaseem Greene is an athletic playmaker who has terrific instincts and the speed ot make plays all over the field.
54. Miami Dolphins (from Indianapolis Colts): Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU (Jr.)
LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery would be an absolute steal if he falls until late in the second round, and the Dolphins could use an upgrade at the position across from Cameron Wake. Montgomery is a very athletic defensive end who can really bring pressure but is also a solid run-stopper, and his value would be too good to pass up at this point.
55. Baltimore Ravens: Robert Lester, S, Alabama
Standout safety Ed Reed’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he could end up joining Ray Lewis in retirement. Regardless of whether Reed comes back or not, the Ravens lack depth at the safety position, and would be smart to address the position early in the 2013 draft.
Alabama’s Robert Lester is a talented defensive back who can play both free and strong safety, and while his senior season has been littered with inconsistency, he is solid both in coverage and in the box.
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 still lack a player they can count on as a feature back. They could potentially find one with in-state ties by drafting Wisconsin’s Montee Ball, a very good all-around running back who can be the durable, productive and dynamic between-the-tackles ballcarrier that the Packers do not have.
57. Houston Texans: David Amerson, CB, North Carolina State (Jr.)
The Houston Texans have some talented defensive backs, yet have had trouble with giving up deep passing plays this season. The Texans should look to add more playmakers to their secondary, and North Carolina State’s David Amerson is well worth taking a shot on late in the second round.
Once graded as the top defensive back in the draft class, Amerson’s stock has dipped sharply in a disappointing junior season, but he is still a cornerback with great size, athleticism and ball skills with huge upside, and could end up being a steal if he falls this far on the board.
58. Atlanta Falcons: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU (Jr.)
The Atlanta Falcons should be looking for talent both inside and outside on their defensive line in the 2013 draft, as they are fairly weak at defensive tackle aside from Jonathan Babineaux. LSU’s Bennie Logan is an athletic defensive tackle with big upside as a penetrating under tackle, could be a very good complement to Babineaux inside, and is very good value late in the second round.
59. Seattle Seahawks: Dominique Easley, DE, Florida (Jr.)
If Florida defensive end Dominique Easley ends up declaring for the draft, he could be a great addition for the Seattle Seahawks with their second-round pick. As a run-stopping defensive end, Easley could be an upgrade over Red Bryant, while he can also line up inside as a pass-rusher and replace unrestricted free agents Alan Branch and Jason Jones should they go elsewhere.
60. Denver Broncos: Travis Frederick, C/G, Wisconsin (Jr.)
The Denver Broncos could be looking for upgrades at both center and right guard, and Wisconsin’s Travis Frederick could play either position. Frederick is a massive and powerful lineman, but he also has very good feet and is a good snapper at center. His versatility to take over or provide depth at multiple interior line positions makes him an attractive choice for the Broncos here.
61. New England Patriots: John Simon, DE, Ohio State
The New England Patriots still need to add more talent on the defensive line, and Ohio State’s John Simon seems like a great fit for the Patriots if available at their second-round pick.
Simon does not have great measurables, but is a good pass-rusher from both inside and outside with a relentless motor. Simon’s hard-working and unselfish attitude make him a Belichick-type player, while Belichick also has connections with OSU head coach Urban Meyer and defensive line coach Mike Vrabel.
62. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Cornerback play has been the San Francisco 49ers’ biggest weakness this season, which should have the 49ers looking for some young talent at the position early in the 2013 draft. Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer does not have great measurables, but had an outstanding senior season and could be a very solid No. 2 or nickel cornerback in the 49ers’ secondary.