49. New York Giants: Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
With Osi Umenyiora unlikely to return as an unrestricted free agent, and Justin Tuck entering the final year of his contract, the time is now for the Giants to reinforce their defensive line and pass-rush.
Specifically with Tuck’s future in question, the Giants should be looking for a pass-rushing defensive end who can also kick inside as an interior rusher. SMU’s Margus Hunt has huge potential as an outside-inside rusher, with a rare combination of size, length and athleticism, and has upside well worth taking a chance on in the middle of Round 2.
50. Chicago Bears: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee
The Chicago Bears desperately need to reinforce their offensive line, so drafting the best available lineman would be a smart plan in Round 2. Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas would be a great choice, a powerful but athletic lineman who has played a variety of offensive line spots for the Volunteers.
Thomas has experience as an offensive tackle, and may be able to step in as an immediate and much-needed upgrade at right tackle. He projects better as a guard, but the Bears could certainly use an upgrade at either guard spot also.
51. Washington Redskins: Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
The Washington Redskins offense improved in a big way last season with the addition of rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, but as RG3 not only continues to develop but also fights back from a torn ACL, the Redskins should try to give him more weapons in the passing game.
Baylor wide receiver Terrance Williams is outstanding value outside of the top 50 picks. Reuniting him with Griffin should only make their young quarterback more comfortable in the offense, while Williams would give the Redskins a true vertical, downfield threat as an outside receiver.
52. Minnesota Vikings: Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
The Minnesota Vikings interior run defense has not been the same since Pat Williams’ departure following the 2010 season. The Vikings need to upgrade at the position next to Kevin Williams, and could create “Williams Wall 2.0” by selecting Sylvester Williams with their second-round pick.
The North Carolina defensive tackle has explosive quickness and is one of the most disruptive defensive tackles in this year’s draft class. He has the size and strength to play the nose tackle position next to Williams, but can also bring pressure as an interior pass-rusher himself.
53. Cincinnati Bengals: Keenan Allen, WR, California
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 establish a true No. 2 receiver opposite A.J. Green, and the value of California wideout Keenan Allen would be tough to pass up.
Given that Allen does not have game-breaking speed or playmaking ability, Allen could slide in a deep wide receiver class, but would be great value late in Round 2. He is a big, athletic receiver with great hands and route-running ability, and would be a very good fit as a possession receiver to complement the deep vertical threat in Green.
54. Miami Dolphins: Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
The Miami Dolphins could use an upgrade over Jared Odrick opposite Cameron Wake at defensive end, especially as a pass-rusher. LSU’s Sam Montgomery is a well-rounded, athletic defensive end who can be both a edge rusher and a very solid run stopper, and would be great value late in Round 2.
55. Seattle Seahawks: Bennie Logan, DT/DE, LSU
The Seahawks should be in the market for a quicker under tackle/5-technique who can line up next to Brandon Mebane on their interior defensive line and bring more pressure. LSU’s Bennie Logan would fit the bill.
Logan is an athletic defensive tackle who can shoot the gap and bring pressure inside. He is somewhat raw and needs to become a stronger run stopper, but he has big potential and could make an immediate contribution as a rotational player.
56. Green Bay Packers: Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
DuJuan Harris emerged in the Green Bay Packers backfield late last season, but the Packers should still be in the market for a feature back in the 2013 NFL Draft.
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: Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
The Houston Texans need to find a better No. 2 receiving option to start across from Andre Johnson. Tennessee’s Justin Hunter is great value late in Round 2, and could draw coverages away from Johnson while giving the Texans another dangerous downfield playmaker.
With a great combination of size, athleticism and catching ability, Hunter has as much upside as any wide receiver in the draft class. He has some issues with drops and inconsistency, but could end up being a steal as a fantastic deep threat and red-zone target.
58. Denver Broncos: Tony Jefferson, FS, Oklahoma
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: Datone Jones, DE/DT, UCLA
The Patriots’ greatest need in the 2013 NFL Draft may be for an interior pass-rusher. UCLA’s Datone Jones would be a great choice late in Round 2 to help rectify that problem.
Jones is a big yet very quick and explosive defensive lineman who has experience playing both defensive end and defensive tackle. For the Patriots, Jones could contribute to the defensive end rotation as a run defender, but kick inside on pass-rushing downs to bring the pressure inside that the Patriots could not bring in 2012.
Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer would also be a fantastic choice to address a need late in Round 2, but Jones would be tough for the Patriots to pass up.
60. Atlanta Falcons: Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
Tony Gonzalez is expected to retire, leaving the Falcons in need of a replacement at tight end. Being able to get Stanford’s Zach Ertz as that replacement near the end of Round 2 would be a dream scenario.
Ertz is a very well-rounded tight end prospect. He is a big tight end with good athleticism and can really go up and get the ball as a receiver, but he is also a good run blocker. He is great value as a late second-round pick.
61. San Francisco 49ers: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
Drafting one defensive back in the first round shouldn’t stop the 49ers from adding more on Day 2, as the 49ers really need an overhaul at the cornerback position.
Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is one of the best players available on the board in this scenario. Poyer will not blow people away with measurables at the Combine, but he is an instinctive, physical cornerback with good ball skills, who can bring stability to the 49ers’ secondary.
62. Baltimore Ravens: Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse (Jr.)
The Baltimore Ravens found much-needed offensive line stability in their run to the Super Bowl, but even if unrestricted free agent Bryant McKinnie is brought back at left tackle, he is only a short-term fix.
Syracuse’s Justin Pugh may not be a left tackle either, but he is a talented offensive lineman who is good value at the end of Round 2. Pugh is a good pass blocker who uses his hands well, and has potential to play both tackle and guard.