48. Pittsburgh Steelers
Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State
What better way to replace Mike Wallace than by adding the player that most compare to him. Wheaton can stretch the field vertically with his speed and ability to seperate. He runs very good routes and does a great job of tracking/adjusting to the deep ball. He would be a perfect fit in the Pittsburgh offense.
49. New York Giants
Dallas Thomas, OT, Tennessee
The Giants absolutely have to add youth and athleticism to the offensive line. After adding to their pass rush in the first round, the Giants add Thomas who can play LT, RT and even OG. Will Beatty and Kevin Boothe are free agents, so there are definitely needs up and down the OL.
50. Chicago Bears
Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
After finding their replacement for Brian Urlacher in the first round it’s critical that the Bears start to upgrade their OL to keep Jay Cutler upright. Warford is a plug and play OG, who is a road-grader vs the run and has the strength and power to stop even the strongest pass rushers. Each year it seems like the Bears enter the draft with the same OL needs, but fail to address them. This is the year they fix them.
51. Cincinnati Bengals
Giovani Bernard, RB, UNC
BJGE is a nice back, but let’s face it he “is what he is”. The Bengals need to add a more dynamic RB to compliment BJGE who is best suited for a short yardage, change of pace type role. Coming out of the first two rounds with Patterson and Bernard would make the Bengals offense so much more dangerous. It would be fun to watch.
52. Washington Redskins
Jonathan Cyprien, SAF, Florida International
The Redskins #1 need is to address their safety position as Brandon Meriweather isn’t exactly the most reliable player back there. While there are bigger “name” safeties available, Cyprien is a stud who is going to be a complete safety in the NFL. He plays with such a physical edge, but also showed the ability to cover in Mobile.
53. Minnesota Vikings
Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Vikings get their compliment to Percy Harvin in the second round and possibly the most physically gifted WR. Hunter has explosive down-field ability, but lacks concentration and consistency. Nevertheless, his ceiling and upside are much too high to pass up at this point in the draft.
54. Miami Dolphins (via IND)
Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers
Greene is one of the best linebackers in the draft and can slot into the Dolphins WLB position. Greene is good in coverage and can make plenty of tackles in run support. After Greene there is a big drop off at the OLB position, Greene has outstanding character and would be an upgrade over the aging Kevin Burnett.
55. Seattle Seahawks
Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
The Seahawks continue to add weapons for QB Russell Wilson. With Eifert already in the fold, Bailey gives them an outside the numbers receiver who was even more productive than Tavon Austin at WVU. Bailey has plenty of big play potential and can stretch the field for Wilson.
56. Green Bay Packers
Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Jermichael Finley is a free agent and the constantly under-performing tight end is likely to be elsewhere next year. Ertz is the best movable tight end in the draft, with ability to lineup off the line, in the slot and out wide. He would be a great fit in the Packers high powered passing attack and will provide more consistency than JMF.
57. Houston Texans
Brandon Williams, NT, Missouri Southern
The Texans finally use a high pick on a nose tackle, filling perhaps their biggest need. UFA Shaun Cody isn’t good enough to man the middle of the Texans defense and is likely gone. Williams is a physical monster, who is built like a boulder. He can be plugged into the middle of the Texans defensive line and eat up space/blockers for JJ Watt.
58. Denver Broncos
Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
The Broncos secondary, including Champ Bailey, really let them down in the playoffs. Even with Bailey back next year, they need to add young cover corners to the organization. Jamar Taylor is an impressive corner who can make some impressive plays on the ball and showed the ability to covert he underneath stuff, as well as the ability to run vertically with receivers.
59. New England Patriots
Matt Elam, SS, Florida
In round one the Patriots filled their biggest offensive need, but from here on out it’s time to add physicality and speed to the defense. Elam is the most physical Strong Safety in the draft and would pair with Devin McCourty to form a traditional SS/FS tandem. Elam’s hard-hitting nature rubs off on the rest of the defense. He’s a tone setter and plays the game in a fearless manner. He is exactly the type of player the Patriots need and the kind of player they have lacked since Rodney Harrison retired.
Elam is rated a bit higher than this right now, but by the time the draft rolls around I feel that his value will be in the late second round. Elam does have some work to do in coverage and isn’t great going backwards, but you play him near the line and let him intimidate and lay people out.
60. Atlanta Falcons
Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Tony Gonzalez is retiring and it’s critical that the Falcons replace him. Reed is an athletic movable tight end, that will be able to draw mismatches vs. linebackers and safeties. They probably should have drafted a TE last year, but luck out by getting one of the best in the 2013 class.
61. San Francisco 49ers
John Jenkins, DT, Georgia
As I said with their first round pick, the 49ers just need to build up their depth across the board. Jenkins is a massive human being with good quickness and a good motor. He could play the nose in San Francisco where Isaac Sopoaga is a free agent to be.
62. Baltimore Ravens
Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
The Ray Lewis era is finally coming to an end and after missing out on Ogletree and Minter in round one, they get the next best ILB with the athletic Alonso. If they don’t go ILB here they could go for pass rusher or cornerback.