48. Pittsburgh Steelers: Eddie Lacy, RB, Alabama
The Pittsburgh Steelers need to upgrade at running back, and Alabama’s Eddie Lacy runs like a classic Steelers back. Lacy is a physical, powerful, between-the-tackles runner but also has good speed and moves in the open field. He is outstanding value in the middle of Round 2, and would address one of the Steelers’ biggest positions of need.
49. New York Giants: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
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. Texas’ Alex Okafor is a very talented pass-rusher who is good value in the latter half of Round 2, and would be a great addition to the Giants’ defensive end rotation as one of the best players available.
50. Chicago Bears: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
Georgia’s Alec Ogletree may be the most talented of any linebacker in this year’s draft class, but an alarming string of legal issues, including a DUI arrest earlier this month, could lead to a big slide on draft weekend. If he is still available at the No. 50 overall pick, the potential reward of adding the athletic, playmaking linebacker would be worth the risk for the Bears.
51. Washington Redskins: Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
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.
Quinton Patton is a very good receiver who can line up both outside and in the slot, a talented downfield playmaker with athletic ability and body control but also a great route-runner. He can quickly emerge as a go-to target in the Redskins’ offense.
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: Giovani Bernard, RB, North Carolina
The Cincinnati Bengals should be looking for a playmaker at the running back position who can complement BenJarvus Green-Ellis with athleticism, quickness and receiving ability. Giovani Bernard is a dynamic player out of the backfield who is good value late in Round 2, and could be a terrific fit for that role.
54. Miami Dolphins: Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
The Miami Dolphins’ only starting-caliber cornerback, Sean Smith, is an unrestricted free agent. The Dolphins have a major need to add cornerbacks in this year’s draft, and would make a great choice to select Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer in Round 2.
While not as explosive or big as some of the top cornerbacks in this year’s draft, Poyer is an instinctive, fluid cover corner who can at least be a solid No. 2 or nickel cornerback in an NFL secondary.
55. Green Bay Packers: Dallas Thomas, G/OT, Tennessee
The Green Bay Packers need to reinforce their offensive line, and would do well to draft a versatile offensive lineman like Tennessee’s Dallas Thomas. Thomas is best suited to kick inside to guard, where he could compete for a starting spot, but also has experience playing both tackle spots, making him a player who could bring versatility, depth and talent, all needed components for the Packers offensive line.
56. Seattle Seahawks: Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
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. Purdue’s Kawann Short is a well-rounded defensive tackle who is both a skilled interior penetrator and powerful run-stopper, and he is good value as a late second-round selection.
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: John Jenkins, NT, Georgia
The Denver Broncos need to reinforce the defensive tackle position on their roster with size, power and strength. Georgia’s John Jenkins has fallen down the board due to motor and stamina concerns, but even if only a two-down player, Jenkins could be a very big addition to the Broncos’ interior run defense with his massive size and raw power.
59. New England Patriots: Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
The New England Patriots need to add an interior pass-rusher to their defensive line. LSU’s Bennie Logan is a raw talent, but he is a very athletic interior lineman who has the potential to be a dynamic penetrator as an under tackle next to Vince Wilfork, which is what the Patriots need badly to bring more pressure against their opponents.
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: Keenan Allen, WR, California
With a surplus of draft picks, the 49ers can afford to draft on value when a bargain falls into their lap. California wide receiver Keenan Allen would be a major steal if still available near the end of Round 2, and would give the 49ers a big, strong outside receiving threat to line up opposite Michael Crabtree. As the best player available, they should not pass him up in this scenario.
62. Baltimore Ravens: Kiko Alonso, ILB, Oregon
With Ray Lewis’ retirement, the Baltimore Ravens need to add a playmaker at the inside linebacker position who is an athletic blitzer and can drop into coverage. They could get that player in Oregon’s Kiko Alonso, a high-upside talent worth a shot at the end of Round 2.